Anders Limpar

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Anders Limpar
Anders Limpar*.jpg
Anders Limpar featuring for Sweden
Personal information
Full name Anders Erik Limpar
Date of birth (1965-09-24) 24 September 1965 (age 51)
Place of birth Solna, Sweden
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Sollentuna Fotbollsklubb
(Assistant coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1986 IF Brommapojkarna 77 (20)
1986–1988 Örgryte 47 (9)
1988–1989 Young Boys 27 (7)
1989–1990 Cremonese 24 (3)
1990–1994 Arsenal 96 (17)
1994–1997 Everton 66 (5)
1997 Birmingham City 4 (0)
1998–1999 AIK 22 (2)
1999–2000 Colorado Rapids[1][2] 36 (3)
2000 Djurgårdens IF 0 (0)
2001–2002 IF Brommapojkarna
2008 Sollentuna United 0 (0)
Total 399 (66)
National team
1987–1996 Sweden 58 (6)
Teams managed
2008– Sollentuna United (Reserve Team)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Anders Erik Limpar (born 24 September 1965 in Solna) is a Swedish former professional footballer and assistant coach of Sollentuna Fotbollsklubb.

As a player he was a winger from 1981 until 2000. He has played for clubs in Switzerland, Sweden, Italy, England, and the United States, appearing for IF Brommapojkarna, Young Boys, Cremonese, Arsenal, Everton, Birmingham City, AIK, Colorado Rapids and Djurgårdens IF. He was capped 58 times by Sweden, scoring 6 goals.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

He started playing football in Brommapojkarna, famous for its production of footballing talent. He then played for Örgryte, joining in the wake of its sensational Swedish championship title in 1985. Although the team was not that successful, Limpar quickly became one of the hottest properties in Swedish football, which meant he was offered the chance to moved abroad to Switzerland with the Young Boys club of Bern. This was followed by a one-season spell in Italy with Cremonese during the 1989–90 season.


His club career peaked when he signed for Arsenal in the summer of 1990 from Cremonese, when he went on to win the Football League in the 1990–91 season, but he sat on the sidelines injured for Arsenal's cup wins in 1993 in both the League Cup and the FA Cup.[3][4] He played a particularly notable part in the 1990–91 season, scoring some important goals, and impressing in his first season with exciting wing play and crowd-pleasing displays. These included a hat-trick against Coventry City a 6–1 win on the final day of the league season, by which time Arsenal were already champions. He managed a total of 13 goals that season, 11 of them in league.[5][6] His efforts that year won him the Guldbollen also known as the Golden Ball which is Sweden's player of the year award in 1991.[7]


On transfer deadline day[8] in March 1994, Limpar transferred to Everton for £1.6 million,[8][9] and while there he won the FA Cup a second time with Everton in 1995.[4] Indeed, he played a vital role, his run from inside his own half leading to the winning goal by Paul Rideout. He also hit a memorable 50-yard reverse-pass which led to an Everton break-away that BBC commentator Barry Davies described as the 'pass of the match'.

However, Limpar fell out of favour at Goodison Park after 1995–96, making only two appearances for the club during the 1996–97 season.

Birmingham City[edit]

On 20 January 1997, Limpar was signed by Birmingham City for a fee of £100,000.[10][11] He made his league debut on 1 February 1997, in a 1–2 away defeat against Bolton Wanderers.[10] The move proved unsuccessful, as he made only four appearances, before the club later cancelled his contract in April 1997.[11]

Later career[edit]

Moving back to Sweden on a free transfer to AIK in the summer of 1997, he won the Swedish championship (Allsvenskan) in 1998.[12] After two years in Stockholm, he signed for Major League Soccer side Colorado Rapids in February 1999. He stayed until November 2000. He returned to Sweden, signing for Djurgårdens IF. He failed to make an appearance for them, however, as he retired from the game in March 2001 at the age of 35, due to his declining physical condition.

International career[edit]

In total, Limpar won 58 caps for Sweden, scoring 6 goals. He was a member of one of the most successful Sweden squads ever – the team that finished third at the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States. However he did not have a large role during the tournament, making just one substitute appearance, in the 3rd-place match.

Coaching career[edit]

Limpar began coaching the youth team at Djurgårdens IF. He was later appointed assistant manager for the Swedish second division team Sollentuna United. In October 2008, aged 43, he played a one-off game for Sollentuna United's reserve side in the position of left back.[13]

Personal life[edit]

After retiring from football in 2001, Limpar opened a bar, The Limp Bar, in central Stockholm, although it has since closed.[9] In 2012 Limpar, together with colleague Mikael Crona, founded Swedish company Super Lock which produces plastic boxes. He currently is the CEO of betting site[9]

Limpar in 2011



Djurgårdens IF





  1. ^ "Colorado Rapids 1998/99 players stats". Retrieved 12 September 2007. 
  2. ^ "Colorado Rapids 1999/2000 players stats". Retrieved 12 September 2007. 
  3. ^ "The Sublime Swede: Whatever happened to Anders Limpar?". 
  4. ^ a b c "Snapshot: Anders Limpar". Everton 
  5. ^ a b "Anders Limpar: Feature". 
  6. ^ "Anders Limpar". Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Guldbollen". (in Swedish). 
  8. ^ a b Haylett, Trevor (25 March 1994). "Football: Peacock goes but Francis stays: Mixed day at Queen's Park Rangers while Limpar joins Everton and Beagrie hops to City". The Independent. London. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  9. ^ a b c Bletsoe, Dai (15 February 2015). "The Sublime Swede: Whatever happened to Anders Limpar?". Vavel. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  10. ^ a b "Anders Limpar career stats". Soccerbase. Racing Post. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  11. ^ a b Davies, Ian (16 April 1997). "Boro given final piece of fixture jigsaw". The Independent. London. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  12. ^ a b c d "Anders Limpar". 
  13. ^ "Snapshot: Anders Limpar". Everton F.C. official website. 17 October 2008. Retrieved 9 March 2009. 

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