Andreas Granqvist

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Andreas Granqvist
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Granqvist with Sweden at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Date of birth (1985-04-16) 16 April 1985 (age 33)
Place of birth Påarp, Sweden
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Helsingborgs IF
Number 4
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2007 Helsingborgs IF 72 (1)
2007Wigan Athletic (loan) 0 (0)
2007–2008 Wigan Athletic 14 (0)
2008Helsingborgs IF (loan) 11 (1)
2008–2011 Groningen 96 (21)
2011–2013 Genoa 59 (2)
2013–2018 Krasnodar 134 (3)
2018– Helsingborgs IF 1 (0)
National team
2004–2006 Sweden U21 26 (0)
2006– Sweden 77 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 May 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15:52, 7 July 2018 (UTC)

Andreas Granqvist (Swedish pronunciation: [an²dreːas ²grɑːnkvɪst]; born 16 April 1985) is a Swedish footballer who plays as a centre-back. He serves as captain for the Sweden national football team. He plays for Helsingborgs IF.[2] He previously played for Krasnodar.

He was awarded Guldbollen (the Golden Ball), given to the Swedish player of the year, in 2017.[3]

Club career[edit]

Born in Påarp, Granqvist started his career with his local club, Påarps GIF. He later transferred to Helsingborgs IF and he made his debut in Allsvenskan, 2004. Two years later he was team captain, when the club won its third Swedish Cup title, beating Gefle with 2–0. The victorious Helsingborg side also contained Swedish internationals Henrik Larsson and Andreas Jakobsson as well as former Hibernian goalkeeper Daniel Andersson.

In January 2007, he completed a loan move to Wigan Athletic with a view to a permanent deal in the summer.[4] On 19 June 2007, he signed a two-year deal with Wigan,[5] for a fee reported to be around £750,000. On 12 March 2008, he returned to Helsingborg on a loan deal until the end of the English season in June.[6]

On 9 July 2008, Granqvist signed a four-year contract with Dutch club, Groningen,[7] with Wigan receiving a fee of around £600,000. On 13 September 2008, he scored after a 65-metre solo run,[8] a remarkable feat, which he again managed to accomplish in the last match of the regular season on 10 May 2009.[9]

On 15 June 2011, Groningen sold Granqvist to Genoa for €2 million. The Swedish international has signed a four-year contract with the Italian club.[10][11]

Granqvist lining up for Krasnodar in 2014

On 16 August 2013, Granqvist moved from Genoa to Russian Premier League side Krasnodar.[12]

On 28 January 2018, it was announced that Granqvist will return to Helsingborgs IF after the World Cup. He will join the club on a 3.5-year player contract that will be followed by a 3-year term as the director of sports for the club.[2] He officially played his farewell game for Krasnodar on 13 May 2018.[13]

International career[edit]

Granqvist has played for the Swedish national team, and, in May 2008, he was included in Sweden's 23-man squad for UEFA Euro 2008. However, he was an unused substitute in all three of Sweden's games. On 6 July 2016 Granqvist was appointed captain of Sweden by the new manager Janne Andersson. Granqvist succeeded Zlatan Ibrahimović after the latter's retirement from the national team following UEFA Euro 2016.

In May 2018 he was named in the 23-man Sweden squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[14] He captained the team for their opening World Cup fixture against South Korea on 18 June 2018. Over the course of the match he provided several long balls over the top which posed a threat to the South Korean defenders. In the 65th minute he scored the only goal of the game, calmly slotting home from the penalty spot. He was given the Player of the match award.[15] Nine days later he scored another penalty, the second goal in a 3–0 win over Mexico which meant Sweden qualified for the next round and topped the group.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Granqvist goes by the nickname "Granen" ([ˈgrɑːnɛn]; Swedish: the spruce) originating from his last name which means spruce twig.[citation needed]

Granqvist became a father for a second time after his wife Sofie gave birth in Helsingborg on 6 July 2018, while he was with the Sweden team at the World Cup in Russia.[17][18]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 13 May 2018[19]
Club statistics
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Helsingborg 2004 Allsvenskan 21 0 0 0 12 4
2005 26 1 0 0 37 18
2006 25 0 0 0 23 16
Total 72 1 0 0 72 1
Wigan Athletic (loan) 2006–07 Premier League 0 0 1 0 1 0
Wigan Athletic 2007–08 Premier League 14 0 2[a] 0 16 0
Helsingborg (loan) 2008 Allsvenskan 11 1 0 0 11 1
Groningen 2008–09 Eredivisie 32 4 1 1 33 5
2009–10 32 6 2 1 34 7
2010–11 33 11 4 1 37 12
Total 97 21 7 3 104 24
Genoa 2011–12 Serie A 28 1 2 0 30 1
2012–13 35 1 1 0 36 1
Total 63 2 3 0 66 2
Krasnodar 2013–14 Russian Premier League 20 1 3 0 23 1
2014–15 27 0 2 0 9[b] 1 38 1
2015–16 29 1 3 1 12[b] 1 44 3
2016–17 29 0 2 0 12[b] 0 43 0
2017–18 29 1 0 0 4[b] 1 33 2
Total 134 3 10 1 37 3 191 7
Helsingborg 2018 Superettan 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 391 28 23 4 37 3 433 35
  1. ^ One appearance in FA Cup, one appearance in EFL Cup
  2. ^ a b c d All appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League

International[edit]

As of 7 July 2018[20]
National team Year Apps Goals
Sweden
2006 1 0
2007 1 0
2008 2 0
2009 1 0
2010 4 2
2011 6 0
2012 12 0
2013 5 0
2014 8 0
2015 8 0
2016 12 1
2017 9 3
2018 8 2
Total 77 8

International goals[edit]

As of 27 June 2018 Sweden score listed first, score column indicates score after each Granqvist goal.[21]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 7 September 2010 Swedbank Stadion, Malmö, Sweden 7  San Marino 4–0 6–0 UEFA Euro 2012 qualification
2 12 October 2010 Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands 8  Netherlands 1–4 1–4
3 24 March 2016 New Antalya Stadium, Antalya, Turkey 49  Turkey 1–1 1–2 Friendly
4 3 September 2017 Borisov Arena, Barysaw, Belarus 65  Belarus 4–0 4–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
5 7 October 2017 Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden 66  Luxembourg 1–0 8–0
6 6–0
7 18 June 2018 Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia 73  South Korea 1–0 1–0 2018 FIFA World Cup
8 27 June 2018 Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg, Russia 75  Mexico 2–0 3–0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Helsingborgs IF

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – List of Players" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 19 June 2018. 
  2. ^ a b "ANDREAS GRANQVIST RETURNS TO HIF" (in Swedish). Helsingborgs IF. 28 January 2018. 
  3. ^ "Guldbollen 2017 till Andreas Granqvist" (in Swedish). Svenskfotboll. 20 November 2017. Retrieved 20 November 2017. 
  4. ^ "Granqvist signs for Wigan on loan". BBC Sport. 28 December 2006. Retrieved 1 April 2007. 
  5. ^ "Wigan clinch deal for Granqvist". BBC Sport. 19 June 2007. Retrieved 19 June 2007. 
  6. ^ "Granqvist makes Helsingborg move". BBC Sport. 12 March 2008. Retrieved 12 March 2008. 
  7. ^ "Granqvist joins Groningen". Sky Sports. 9 July 2008. Retrieved 9 July 2008. 
  8. ^ "Andreas Granqvist FC Groningen vs Fc Utrecht 14-08-08". Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "SUPER GOAL Andreas Granqvist (fc groningen-nac)". Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Granqvist signs for Genoa". ESPN FC. 15 June 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2017. 
  11. ^ McKnight, Gareth (15 June 2011). "Genoa confirm signing of Groningen's Andreas Granqvist". Goal. Retrieved 21 November 2017. 
  12. ^ «Краснодар» согласовал трансфер Андреаса Гранквиста (in Russian). FC Krasnodar. 16 August 2013. Archived from the original on 23 September 2013. 
  13. ^ ""КРАСНОДАР" ТОРЖЕСТВЕННО ПРОВОДИЛ ГРАНКВИСТА И ЖОАОЗИНЬО" (in Russian). FC Krasnodar. 13 May 2018. 
  14. ^ Revealed:Every World Cup squad
  15. ^ Cawthorne, Andrew (18 June 2018). "Sweden bury World Cup opening jinx to beat South Korea". Reuters. Retrieved 1 July 2018. 
  16. ^ "Mexico 0-3 Sweden: World Cup 2018 – as it happened". The Guardian. 27 June 2018. Retrieved 1 July 2018. 
  17. ^ Earnshaw, Jessica (2018-07-06). "Andreas Granqvist wife: Sweden captain and spouse Sofie 'finally' welcome 'World Cup baby'". Express.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-07-06. 
  18. ^ "Swedish captain welcomes a baby girl a DAY before facing England". Mail Online. Retrieved 2018-07-06. 
  19. ^ Andreas Granqvist at Soccerway. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  20. ^ "Andreas Granqvist". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 27 June 2018. 
  21. ^ "Andreas Granqvist - national football team player". EU-Football.info. Retrieved 27 June 2018. 

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