Benjamin Kibebe

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Benjamin Kibebe
Personal information
Date of birth (1981-08-13) August 13, 1981 (age 34)
Place of birth Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Rågsveds IF
IF Brommapojkarna
Hammarby IF
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2004 AIK 80 (2)
2005–2006 Tromsø 46 (4)
2007–2008 Aalesunds FK 35 (2)
2008–2010 FC Nordsjælland[1] 56 (1)
2010–2012 FC Luzern 12 (1)
2012–2013 FC Midtjylland 9 (0)
National team
2001 Sweden 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 March 2013.

† Appearances (goals)

Benjamin Kibebe (born August 13, 1981 in Addis Ababa[2]) is an Ethiopian-born Swedish footballer.


Early career[edit]

Kibebe was born in Addis Ababa and moved to Sweden as a child. He began his career with local side Hammarby IF but in 1999 moved to their bitter rivals AIK. He has said that the only reason he crossed the divide is that AIK offered him a professional contract and Hammarby didn't.


He spent 5 seasons with AIK and in 2005 moved to Norway to play in the Tippeligaen for Tromsø IL, the northernmost top-level football club in the world. Due to this Kibebe said that the team had to travel to most matches via plane. Kibebe had a successful year living in Tromsø as he played in the UEFA Cup. The club beat Danish club Esbjerg fB in the qualifying round then Turkish club Galatasaray S.K. in the First Round to qualified to the group stages. The team were drawn in Group E alongside AS Roma, RC Strasbourg, FC Basel and Red Star Belgrade.

At the end of the 2006 season Kibebe left Tromsø I.K. for Aalesunds FK who had just been promoted from the Adeccoligaen at the end of the 2006 season after finishing as runners up.


After a successful time at Aalesunds FK he was sold to Danish team FC Nordsjælland. In Denmark he quickly made a good name for himself where he was a strong contributor to helping the team win the Danish Cup 2010 for the first time in the clubs history. Kibebe is noted for 21 games in the UEFA cup and scored the first goal of the FC Nordsjælland's UEFA Cup contest against the Scottish club Queen of the South F.C. from Dumfries.[3]


On 5 May 2010, the day after FC Nordsjælland's Danish Cup victory he was bought by the Swiss Club FC Luzern. Kibebe signed a three-year contract.[4]

International career[edit]

Kibebe has played one match for the Swedish national team, as well as seven age-based international matches.[5]

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