Alexander Isak

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Alexander Isak
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Isak with Sweden in 2019
Personal information
Full name Alexander Isak
Date of birth (1999-09-21) 21 September 1999 (age 21)
Place of birth Solna, Stockholm, Sweden
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)[1]
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Real Sociedad
Number 19
Youth career
2005–2016 AIK
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2017 AIK 24 (10)
2017–2019 Borussia Dortmund II 12 (5)
2017–2019 Borussia Dortmund 5 (0)
2018–2019Willem II (loan) 16 (13)
2019– Real Sociedad 71 (26)
National team
2015–2016 Sweden U17 19 (6)
2016–2017 Sweden U19 6 (2)
2016–2018 Sweden U21 7 (0)
2017– Sweden 26 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:22, 22 May 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14:57, 30 June 2021 (UTC)

Alexander Isak (Swedish: [alɛkˈsanːdɛr ˈiːsak]; born 21 September 1999) is a Swedish professional footballer who plays as a forward for La Liga club Real Sociedad and the Sweden national team.

Starting off his professional career with AIK in 2016, Isak represented Borussia Dortmund and Willem II before signing with Real Sociedad in 2019. A full Swedish international since 2017, he has won over 20 caps for his country, representing the side at UEFA Euro 2020. He is the youngest ever goalscorer for both AIK and the Sweden national team.

Club career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Isak was born and raised in Solna Municipality, in central Stockholm County, by Eritrean parents.[2] He started playing for the youth team of one of the largest clubs in the area, the team he supports, AIK, at age six.[3]

Breakthrough at AIK[edit]

Isak made his first-team debut for AIK on 28 February 2016, appearing as a substitute in the 75th minute of the Swedish Cup away match against fourth-tier side Tenhults IF. At age 16, Isak scored a goal in the 6–0 victory.[4]

On 7 April 2016, AIK head coach Andreas Alm included Isak in the starting lineup on matchday 2 of the Allsvenskan in an away fixture against Östersunds FK, alongside fellow young striker Carlos Strandberg. He secured the victory for his side, scoring the second goal in a 2–0 win, thus becoming the youngest scorer for AIK in Allsvenskan history at the age of 16 years and 199 days.[5]

On 25 April, Isak scored his first goal at AIK's home ground, Friends Arena, opening the score in a 2–1 victory against IF Elfsborg.[6]

Isak training with AIK 2016

On 3 May 2016, Isak signed his first professional contract through the end of the 2018 season, having impressed in his first few games, and establishing himself as a first-team regular.[4] Between matchdays 8 and 9, head coach Alm was sacked, but Isak was confirmed in the lineup by new manager Rikard Norling.[7]

On 21 September 2016, Isak's 17th birthday, he scored two critical goals in AIK's 3–0 derby win over arch-rivals Djurgårdens IF. He was later described by teammate Chinedu Obasi as "Sweden's new Zlatan Ibrahimović".[8]

Borussia Dortmund[edit]

Isak training with Dortmund in July 2017

On 23 January 2017, Isak signed for Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund on a long-term contract, lasting until the summer of 2022.[9] The transfer fee was undisclosed, but reports suggested that it was set at 9 million, which would be the highest transfer fee ever paid for an Allsvenskan player.[10] Before signing with Dortmund, Isak reportedly turned down a move to Real Madrid.[11]

Isak made his first appearance for the club in a 3–0 cup win over Sportfreunde Lotte on 14 March 2017.[12] Isak won his first medal with the club when Dortmund won the 2016–17 DFB-Pokal, only appearing once in the tournament, and not being in the squad for the final.[13][14]

He scored his first competitive goal for Dortmund in a 2017–18 DFB-Pokal second round win against 1. FC Magdeburg on 24 October 2017, scoring the second goal in a 5–0 win.[15]

Loan to Willem II[edit]

After making no appearances in the 2018–19 Bundesliga season for Borussia Dortmund, Isak was loaned to Dutch Eredivisie club Willem II.[16] On 28 February 2019, he scored the equaliser and the winning penalty against AZ Alkmaar in the semi-finals of the KNVB Cup, helping Willem II reach the Dutch cup final for the first time since 2005. On 30 March 2019, he became the first player ever to score three penalties in an Eredivisie match, in a 3–2 win against Fortuna Sittard.[17] On 14 April 2019, Isak became the first foreign-born player in the Eredivisie to score 12 goals in his first 12 league games.[18]

Real Sociedad[edit]

2019–20 season[edit]

On 12 June 2019, Isak signed a five-year deal with Real Sociedad, worth £988,000, £19000 per week,[19] joining the La Liga club on 1 July 2019, in which he scored his first goal in his first game. He strongly continued the pre-season, scoring four goals in five games.[20] Isak scored his first competitive goal for Real Sociedad in a 3–1 La Liga win against RCD Espanyol on 22 September 2019.[21] On 6 February, Isak scored two goals and made one assist in the Copa del Rey quarter-final against Real Madrid.[22] On February 9, he scored the winning goal in the Basque derby against Athletic Bilbao.[23]

On 3 April 2021, Isak won his first silverware with the club when he started and played in 89 minutes of the 2020 Copa del Rey Final in a 1–0 win against Athletic Bilbao, helping Real Sociedad win the 2019–20 Copa del Rey.[24][25]

2020–21 season[edit]

He scored his first hat-trick for the club on 21 February 2021 in a 4–0 league win against Deportivo Alavés, becoming the first Swedish player to score a La Liga hat-trick since Henry "Garvis" Carlsson did the same for Atletico Madrid in 1949.[26][27]

International career[edit]

Isak was called up to the Sweden national team for the friendly matches against Ivory Coast on 8 January 2017 and Slovakia on 12 January. He made his debut against the Ivory Coast, coming on for Per Frick in the 62nd minute of a 1–2 loss. He started the second game against Slovakia, scoring the first goal in a 6–0 win in the 19th minute, becoming the youngest goalscorer ever in the history of the Sweden national team.[28]

On 23 March 2019, Isak made his first competitive appearance for Sweden, when he replaced Robin Quaison in the 88th minute in a UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying game against Romania, which Sweden won 2–1.[29]

Isak scored his first competitive goal for Sweden on 7 June 2019, when Sweden beat Malta in a UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying game at Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.[30] Isak scored the last goal in a 3–0 win.[31]

Isak was called up for a major tournament for the first time when he was included in Sweden's 26-man squad for UEFA Euro 2020.[32]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 22 May 2021.[33][34]
Club Season League Cup[a] Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
AIK 2016 Allsvenskan 24 10 2 3 3[b] 0 29 13
Total 24 10 2 3 3 0 29 13
Borussia Dortmund II 2016–17 Regionalliga West 1 0 1 0
2018–19 Regionalliga West 11 5 11 5
Total 12 5 12 5
Borussia Dortmund 2016–17 Bundesliga 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2017–18 Bundesliga 5 0 3 1 4[c] 0 0 0 12 1
Total 5 0 4 1 4 0 0 0 13 1
Willem II (loan) 2018–19 Eredivisie 16 13 2 1 18 14
Total 16 13 2 1 18 14
Real Sociedad 2019–20 La Liga 37 9 8[d] 7 45 16
2020–21 La Liga 34 17 1 0 8[b] 0 1[e] 0 44 17
Total 71 26 9 7 8 0 1 0 89 33
Career total 128 54 17 12 15 0 1 0 161 66

Notes

  1. ^ Includes Svenska Cupen, DFB-Pokal, KNVB Cup and Copa del Rey
  2. ^ a b Appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ One appearance in UEFA Champions League, three appearances in UEFA Europa League
  4. ^ Includes appearance in 2020 Copa del Rey Final (played in 2021)
  5. ^ Appearance(s) in Supercopa de España

International[edit]

As of match played 29 June 2021.[35]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Sweden 2017 2 1
2019 10 3
2020 6 1
2021 8 1
Total 26 6
As of match played 29 June 2021.[35] Scores and results list Sweden's goal tally first.
List of international goals scored by Alexander Isak
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 12 January 2017 Armed Forces Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates  Slovakia 1–0 6–0 Friendly
2. 7 June 2019 Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden  Malta 3–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying
3. 5 September 2019 Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands  Faroe Islands 1–0 4–0
4. 2–0
5. 8 October 2020 VEB Arena, Moscow, Russia  Russia 1–0 2–1 Friendly
6. 28 March 2021 Fadil Vokrri Stadium, Pristina, Kosovo  Kosovo 2–0 3–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Borussia Dortmund

Real Sociedad

Individual[edit]

Awards

Achievements

Records

  • Youngest goalscorer for AIK: 16 years, 5 months and 7 days – (one goal in a 6–0 win against Tenhults IF on 28 February 2016)[41]
  • Youngest goalscorer of the Sweden national football team: 17 years, 3 months and 22 days – (one goal in a 6–0 win against Slovakia on 12 January 2017)[28]
  • The only player in the Eredivisie to make a hat-trick with only penalties – (three goals in a 3–2 win against Fortuna Sittard on 30 March 2019)[42]

References[edit]

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