Isaksson playing for Kasımpaşa in 2014
|Full name||Andreas Isaksson|
|Date of birth||3 October 1981|
|Place of birth||Smygehamn, Sweden|
|Height||1.99 m (6 ft 6 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 November 2015.
He began his career at local Trelleborgs FF, before briefly representing Juventus, and returned to Sweden where he won two Allsvenskan titles at Djurgårdens. After two seasons at Stade Rennais, he was signed for £2 million by Manchester City of the Premier League, where he was not a regular. After four seasons in the Eredivisie at PSV Eindhoven, he joined Kasımpaşa on a free transfer in 2014.
Isaksson has earned 125 caps for Sweden from his debut in 2002, putting him third in their most capped players of all time. He was included in the Swedish squads for two World Cups and three UEFA European Championships.
Born in Smygehamn, Isaksson started his career with the team Trelleborg, where he played two seasons 1998 and 1999. He became known as a great goalkeeping prospect and was thus bought by Italian club Juventus in July 1999, but with the likes of Dutch international goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar in the squad, Isaksson never played a first-team game for the Turin club.
In January 2001, he signed with Swedish team Djurgården in order to play first-team football. In his first two full seasons, 2002 and 2003, Djurgården won two straight Swedish titles as well as the cup in 2002. He was voted best Swedish goalkeeper for four consecutive years from 2002 to 2005.
After the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Isaksson completed a £2 million move to Manchester City of the Premier League on 15 August 2006. He was expected to replace David James as their first choice keeper, but due to knee and ankle injuries and the form of Nicky Weaver, he did not achieve this. He made his debut on 9 December 2006, when he replaced the injured Weaver at half time in a Manchester derby match which City lost 3–1 to Manchester United. After his second start for City on 14 March 2007, he played all of the remaining ten games of 2006–07, keeping four clean sheets, and saved a penalty kick from Jermain Defoe on the last day of the season, although City nonetheless lost 2–1 to Tottenham Hotspur.
Isaksson played the majority of Manchester City's next pre-season campaign in Sweden and Belgium, but after his thumb was fractured in a training session, he did not play for City in the first two months of 2007–08, picking up a knee injury right afterwards. Isaksson made his first appearance of the season for Manchester City by keeping a clean sheet in a 1–0 away win against Bolton Wanderers to put the team into the quarter-finals of the League Cup, on 31 October 2007. In November and December he had a run of five league games in the first team, as part of a rotation used by manager Sven-Göran Eriksson to decide upon his first-choice goalkeeper. However, his run was ended by an injury. While he was out, England U-21 goalkeeper Joe Hart took over in goal and impressed. The youngster kept his place even after Isaksson returned to full fitness and the Swede was once again relegated to the bench.
Manchester City confirmed that they would be willing to sell Isaksson at the end of the season, and his final appearance was in the humiliating 8–1 defeat by Middlesbrough which would have been even worse if not for several excellent saves by Isaksson.
Isaksson signed for Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven, thus enabling him to play in the Champions League. He took over the number 1 shirt from Heurelho Gomes who transferred to Tottenham Hotspur. Isaksson tallied 124 league appearances for PSV before leaving the club in the summer of 2012 when his contract expired.
On 9 July 2012 it was confirmed that Isaksson had left PSV after four seasons to join newly promoted Turkish side Kasımpaşa S.K. on a free transfer. On joining the club, Isaksson signed a three-year deal and became the Turkish side's sixth signing during the summer transfer window.
While at Djurgården, Isaksson established himself as the second-choice goalkeeper after Magnus Hedman for the Swedish national team, making his international debut against Switzerland in March 2002. An injury to Hedman allowed Isaksson the opportunity to play for Sweden on a regular basis, playing in all but one of Sweden's qualifying matches for Euro 2004, and all of Sweden's matches during the tournament.
Isaksson has remained the first-choice goalkeeper for his national team since Euro 2004, making three appearances in the 2006 World Cup in Germany. An injury prevented him from playing in more games. By July 2006, he had amassed 42 caps for his country.
Isaksson was selected for Sweden's Euro 2008 squad, and appeared in all three of Sweden's group games. He kept a clean sheet in Sweden's first match against Greece, which ended 2–0, but Sweden were unable to reach the quarterfinals.
Isaksson was also first choice goalkeeper through Sweden's disappointing qualification campaign for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa as well as the qualifying rounds for UEFA Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine. On 29 May 2012, national team manager Erik Hamrén announced his final 23-man squad for the Euros, including the vastly experienced Isaksson. Isaksson again appeared in all three group games as Sweden failed to make it out of group play, although he did keep a clean sheet in their 2–0 victory over France in the final match.
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|Italy||League||Coppa Italia||League Cup||Europe||Total|
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|France||League||Coupe de France||Coupe de la Ligue||Europe||Total|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|2006–07||Manchester City||Premier League||14||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||14||0|
|Netherlands||League||KNVB Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Turkey||League||Turkish Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
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- Johan Cruijff Shield: 2008
- Årets komet (1): 1999
- Swedish Goalkeeper of the Year (10): 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
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