Alexander Gerndt

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Alexander Gerndt
Personal information
Full name Alexander Clas Robin Gerndt
Date of birth (1986-07-14) 14 July 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth Visby, Sweden
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Right Winger
Club information
Current team
Young Boys
Number 9
Youth career
Visby IF Gute
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Visby IF Gute 39 (15)
2007–2008 AIK 5 (0)
2008 IK Sirius (loan) 14 (6)
2008–2010 Gefle IF 47 (11)
2010–2011 Helsingborgs IF 31 (19)
2011–2013 FC Utrecht 41 (13)
2013– Young Boys 59 (14)
National team
2010–2013 Sweden 10 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 04:54, 14 October 2015 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:26, 19 January 2014 (UTC)

Alexander Gerndt (born 14 July 1986 in Visby, Sweden) is a Swedish footballer who currently plays as a striker for BSC Young Boys in Swiss Super League as well as Sweden's national team.[1]



Raised in Visby, on the island of Gotland, Gerndt started to play for the island's top club Visby IF Gute during his youth system. As Gute's second best goal-scorer, he drew attention from Swedish top league clubs such as Örebro SK and AIK.[2][3] On 3 November 2006, he signed a three-year contract with AIK.[4] In 2007, he only made five appearances in the league, all without scoring. Struggling to make it into the starting 11, he was loaned out to the second tier club Sirius prior to the 2008 season.[5] In Sirius, he made 14 appearances, scoring six goals.

Gefle IF[edit]

Although it was thought that he would stay the entire season on loan at Sirius, he signed for Gefle IF in the top flight division during the summer transfer window of 2008.[6] His start in Gefle IF wasn’t a success at all; he didn't score any goals for the club during 2008. In the season of 2009, Gerndt played 26 out of 30 league games (14 as a starter), scoring 3 goals.[7]

In 2010, he made a major breakthrough in his career. Showing lots of improvements, he scored 8 goals in the first 14 games for Gefle IF. As a fact of that, it was rumored that he would make a transfer to the Dutch team SC Heerenveen in the summer transfer windows of 2010, but also that Helsingborgs IF wanted his signature.[8]

Helsingborgs IF[edit]

On 18 July 2010, it was confirmed that he would move to Helsingborgs IF, signing a 3.5 year contract. Helsingborg were during that time a club fighting to be the Swedish champions of 2010.[9] Gerndt continued to score goals and was a major reason that Helsingborg could battle against their biggest rivals Malmö FF for the title into the last round of the league. In 15 games, he scored 12 goals and was the top-scorer of Allsvenskan in 2010 with a total of 20 goals.[7] Alexander Gerndt was also named the Player of the Year in the 2010 Allsvenskan. He received the price at a gala in Malmö, the city of Helsingborg's rivals, and was greeted by whistles from the crowd. Alexander Gerndt, however, took his time and waited them out to have utter silence when holding his winning speech.[10]

FC Utrecht[edit]

Helsingborgs IF, aware there was a big risk that Alexander Gerndt would leave the club, started to look for replacements already in March 2011.[11] Alexander Gerndt was for a while rumored to sign with the Danish club F.C. Copenhagen,[12] and on 30 June he confirmed his interest in accepting a 20-million SEK deal with the club.[13] However, on 12 July it was announced that no deal with F.C. Copenhagen would be made.[14]

The same day as that announcement, the Dutch club FC Utrecht offered Alexander Gerndt a 35-million SEK deal.[15] On 18 July 2011, exactly a year after signing with Helsingborgs IF, Alexander Gerndt signed a four-year contract worth roughly 27 million SEK and joined the club playing in the Eredivisie, the top football league in the Netherlands, on 1 August.[1] The affair was the biggest in Helsingborgs IF's club history.[16]

Alexander Gerndt's first game with FC Utrecht did not come in the team's premiere game of the season on 6 August 2011; the Swedish Discipline Committee suspended Alexander Gerndt between 5–7 August as a result of an incident on 23 July when he punched Malmö FF player Miljan Mutavdžić in the head, and the suspension was carried over to FC Utrecht as the Dutch Football Association (DFA) was notified by the Swedish Football Association (SFA) of the suspension.[17][18] Instead, his debut game with FC Utrecht came on 14 August 2011, at home against De Graafschap. The game ended in a 2–2 tie. Alexander Gerndt had a great chance to score the game-winning goal in the second half, but the shot hit the inside post.[19] Gerndt's first goal with Utrecht came instead on 19 September 2011, in a match against Heracles Almelo that finished in another 2–2 tie.[20]

BSC Young Boys[edit]

On Transfer Deadline Day 31 January 2013, it was confirmed that Gerndt has joined BSC Young Boys in Switzerland. [1][21]

International goals[edit]

Alexander Gerndt scored his first goal for the national team against Botswana, scoring the 1–0 goal in a game that ended with a 2–1 win for the Swedish team.

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 19 January 2011 South Africa Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town  Botswana 1–0 2–1 Friendly
2. 3 June 2011 Moldova Zimbru Stadium, Chişinău  Moldova 4–1 4–1 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying

Personal life[edit]

Gerndt has gone through a divorce with his wife My, and they have two children together.[22] Gerndt is very popular among fans of his former teams in Helsingborg as well as Gävle. He has talked about his big interest of tattoos and he has said it's like an obsession. "Once you’ve started, you can’t stop; you are always looking for what the next tattoo project can be."[23] Gerndt was also a survivor of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.[24]


In December 2011, Gerndt was handed a suspended jail sentence and fined 80,000 SEK for assaulting his ex-wife My. This handed him an indefinite ban from the Swedish national team, as decided by the Swedish Football Association (SvFF).[25][26] However, the suspension from the national team was lifted on 27 April 2012.[27] Both Gerndt and the prosecutor of the case decided to appeal the sentence on 3 January 2012. Gerndt considered himself not guilty while the prosecutor originally was appealing for a three-month jail sentence.[28]



  1. ^ a b "FC Utrecht strikt Alexander Gerndt" (in Dutch). FC Utrecht. 18 July 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Gerndt testar vidare – gör succé i Örebro" (in Swedish). FotbollDirekt. 27 October 2006. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Tommy Bäckman (11 October 2006). "Gerndt från Visby Gute provspelar" (in Swedish). AIK Fotboll. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  4. ^ Tommy Bäckman (3 November 2006). "Alexander Gerndt klar för AIK" (in Swedish). AIK Fotboll. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Sirius lånar Alexander Gerndt från AIK" (in Swedish). IK Sirius Fotboll. 20 December 2007. Retrieved 28 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "Gerndt klar för Gefle IF" (in Swedish). Gefle IF. 21 July 2008. Retrieved 28 April 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "Alexander Gerndt —" (in Swedish)
  8. ^ Rebecka Martikainen (17 July 2010). "Gefle och Gerndt överens om HIF-flytt" (in Swedish). Expressen. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  9. ^ Hampus Hagman (18 July 2010). "KLART: Skyttekung till HIF: "Väldigt nöjda"" (in Swedish). Fotbollskanalen. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  10. ^ Bo Eriksson (16 November 2010). "Gerndt årets allsvenska spelare" (in Swedish). Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  11. ^ Kenneth Andersson (22 March 2011). "Helsingborgs IF letar en ersättare" (in Swedish). Matchdax. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  12. ^ Mathias Lühr (19 June 2011). "Efter tunga våren – nära en flytt till FCK" (in Swedish). Expressen. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  13. ^ Lars Wiklund (30 June 2011). "Gerndts besked: Vill till FC Köpenhamn" (in Swedish). Expressen. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  14. ^ "Ingen Gerndt till FCK: "Blir ingen affär"" (in Swedish). Expressen. 12 July 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  15. ^ "Utrecht kan snuva FCK på Gerndt" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. 12 July 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  16. ^ "HIF: "Största affären i klubbens historia"" (in Swedish). Expressen. 18 July 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  17. ^ Johan Flinck, Fredrik Jönsson (4 August 2011). "Gerndt får inte spela premiären med Utrecht" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  18. ^ Daniel Grefve (23 July 2011). "Gerndt lämnade HIF – med ett rött kort" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. Retrieved 24 July 2011. 
  19. ^ Torbjörn Dencker (14 August 2011). "Gerndt mållös i debuten" (in Swedish). Helsingborgs Dagblad. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  20. ^ Fredrik Jönsson (18 September 2011). "Flera svenskar nätade i Holland" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  21. ^ Gerndt till Young Boys för 20 miljoner kronor, Aftonbladet 31 January 2013.
  22. ^ "Jag var helt förstörd". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 11 April 2011. 
  23. ^ "TV: Ekwall vs. Lundh med Gerndt: "När man börjat tatuera sig är det svårt att sluta"" (in Swedish). Fotbollskanalen. 28 October 2010. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  24. ^ Ludvig Holmberg (21 July 2010). "Gerndt: "Vi hade bara tur som överlevde"" (in Swedish). Expressen. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  25. ^ Laul/Wagner/Linderstam/Sjögren (14 December 2011). "Alexander Gerndt stängs av från landslaget". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  26. ^ Johan Andersson (13 December 2011). "Alexander Gerndt döms för misshandel" (in Swedish). Retrieved 26 December 2011. 
  27. ^ Holmberg, Ludvig (27 April 2012). "Gerndts avstängning hävs - kan spela i EM". Expressen (in Swedish). Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  28. ^ "Gerndt överklagar domen". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). 3 January 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 

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