Emil Forsberg

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Emil Forsberg
Forsberg 2018 (cropped) 2.jpg
Forsberg with Sweden at the 2018 World Cup
Personal information
Full name Emil Peter Forsberg
Date of birth (1991-10-23) 23 October 1991 (age 27)
Place of birth Sundsvall, Sweden
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
RB Leipzig
Number 10
Youth career
0000–2008 GIF Sundsvall
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2013 GIF Sundsvall 97 (24)
2013–2015 Malmö FF 57 (19)
2015– RB Leipzig 109 (19)
National team
2009–2010 Sweden U19 8 (0)
2014– Sweden 42 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 March 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 October 2018

Emil Peter Forsberg (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈeːmɪl ²fɔʂbæɹj]; born 23 October 1991) is a Swedish professional footballer who plays for RB Leipzig as a winger, and the Swedish national team. He was voted the Swedish Midfielder of the Year in 2014, 2016 and 2017.[2]He was a member of the Swedish squad that qualified for the quarterfinals of the 2018 World Cup. He is known for his quick, effective passing style, and is a creative playmaker renowned for his ability to create chances and assists.

Club career[edit]

Forsberg playing for GIF Sundsvall in 2011.

GIF Sundsvall[edit]

Born in Sundsvall, Forsberg started his career with his home-town team and joined the first team squad in 2009 when the club was playing in Sweden's second tier of football, Superettan. He went on to play several matches for Sundsvall in his first season. For his second season at the club he had become a regular in the starting eleven at Sundsvall and played 30 out of 30 matches for the 2010 season. Forsberg had started to produce goals during his second season at the club but raised his performance for the 2011 season when he scored 11 goals in 27 matches as Sundsvall were promoted to Sweden's first tier of football, Allsvenskan. For his first season in Allsvenskan Forsberg played 21 matches out of 30 and scored 6 goals, however Sundsvall were relegated to Superettan once again after losing the relegation play-offs against Halmstads BK.

Malmö FF[edit]

Forsberg playing for Malmö FF in 2014.

On 10 December 2012, Forsberg was presented as a Malmö player. He joined the club on 1 January 2013 when the transfer window opened in Sweden. Forsberg signed a four-year contract lasting until the end of the 2016 season.[2] His first season at the club proved to be a success as he played 28 matches out of 30 and scored five goals for the club as they won the league title. He also played all matches for the club during the qualification stage for the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League and scored two goals. During Malmö FF's successful 2014 season Forsberg made 29 league appearances, scoring 14 goals and thus being an important part in the team that defended the league title. He also participated in all of the club's matches in the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League campaign in which Malmö FF qualified for the group stage. As recognition of Forsbergs feats during the season he won the award for Allsvenskan Midfielder of the year.[3] He was also nominated for Swedish midfielder of the year at Fotbollsgalan.[4]

RB Leipzig[edit]

In January 2015, Forsberg joined German second league side RB Leipzig on a three and a half year deal.[5] In February 2016, he extended his contract until 2021.[6] During the 2015–16 season Forsberg was voted the best player in 2. Bundesliga and in January 2016 Liverpool were reportedly eyeing Forsberg.[7] In round three of Bundesliga 2016–17 Forsberg was named player of the round by Kicker. At the end of the 2016-17 season, Forsberg finished off as the highest assister in the Bundesliga and top 5 leagues in Europe with 22 assists,[8] and made the Bundesliga team of the season.[9]

On 13 September 2017, Forsberg scored RB Leipzig's first ever Champions League goal in their first match ever against AS Monaco.

International career[edit]

Having previously played for the Swedish under-19 team, Emil Forsberg made his senior international debut for the Swedish national team in a 2–1 friendly win over Moldova on 17 January 2014.[10] He made his competitive debut in a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier against Liechtenstein on 12 October 2014.[11]

In May 2018, he was named in Sweden's 23 man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[12] On the 3rd of July 2018 in a round of 16 tie between Sweden and Switzerland Forsberg scored the winner for Sweden to send them into the quarter finals of the World Cup for the first time in almost a quarter of a century.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of matches played on 12 November 2018
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club[13] Season[13] League Cup1 Continental2 Other3 Total Ref.
League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GIF Sundsvall 2009 Superettan 19 1 1 0 20 1 [13][14]
2010 30 6 2 0 2 0 34 6 [13][14]
2011 27 11 2 3 29 14 [13][14]
2012 Allsvenskan 21 6 1 0 1 0 23 6 [13][14]
Totals 97 24 6 3 3 0 106 27
Medskogsbron (loan) 2009 Division 3 2 2 2 2
Malmö FF 2013 Allsvenskan 28 5 4 0 6 2 1 2 39 9 [13][14]
2014 29 14 5 2 12 2 1 1 47 19 [13][14]
Totals 57 19 9 2 18 4 2 3 86 28
RB Leipzig 2014–15 2. Bundesliga 14 0 1 0 15 0 [15]
2015–16 32 8 1 0 33 8 [16]
2016–17 Bundesliga 30 8 1 0 31 8 [17]
2017–18 21 2 1 1 7 2 1 0 30 5 [18]
2018–19 6 1 1 1 5 1 0 0 12 3 [19]
Totals 103 19 5 2 12 3 1 0 121 24
Career totals 259 64 20 7 30 7 6 3 315 81

International[edit]

As of 7 July 2018.[14]
National team Year Apps Goals
Sweden 2014 5 0
2015 8 1
2016 11 2
2017 9 3
2018 8 1
Total 41 7

International goals[edit]

Forsberg playing for Sweden in 2015.
Scores and results list Sweden's goal tally first.[20]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 14 November 2015 Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden  Denmark 1–0 2–1 UEFA Euro 2016 qualification
2. 5 June 2016 Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden  Wales 1–0 3–0 Friendly
3. 11 November 2016 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  France 1–0 1–2 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
4. 25 March 2017 Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden  Belarus 1–0 4–0
5. 2–0
6. 3 September 2017 Borisov Arena, Barysaw, Belarus 1–0 4–0
7. 3 July 2018 Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia   Switzerland 1–0 1–0 2018 FIFA World Cup

Personal life[edit]

Emil Forsberg is the son of former GIF Sundsvall player Leif Forsberg, and grandson of Lennart Forsberg who also played for GIF Sundsvall.[21] On 17 July 2016, Forsberg married Shanga Hussain, who is also a footballer. The couple live in Leipzig,[22][23] having first met in Sundsvall.[23] They own a dog, Roffe, who is a Golden Retriever.[23] He also has a brother, Niklas, aged 32.

Forsberg has named Dutch winger Ryan Babel as a player he has looked up to.[24]

Honours[edit]

Forsberg playing for Malmö FF in 2013.

Club[edit]

Malmö FF

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 "Emil Forsberg klar för MFF". mff.se. Malmö FF. 10 December 2012. Archived from the original on 21 October 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  3. ^ "Här är vinnarna i Allsvenskans stora pris". allsvenskan.se (in Swedish). Allsvenskan. 6 November 2014. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Nomineringarna till Fotbollsgalan 2014". fogis.se (in Swedish). The Swedish Football Association. 20 October 2014. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Erster Winterneuzugang! Emil Forsberg stürmt für die Roten Bullen!". dierotenbullen.com (in German). RB Leipzig. 7 January 2015. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  6. ^ "VERTRAGSVERLÄNGERUNG! EMIL FORSBERG BLEIBT BIS 2021!" (in German). Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  7. ^ "Liverpool eye £6.6m transfer bid for Red Bull Leipzig star Emil Forsberg – report". Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Forsberg har slagit assistrekord: Kolla var jag är nu".
  9. ^ "BUNDESLIGA TEAM OF THE SEASON - FIFA 17 ULTIMATE TEAM". bundesliga.com - the official Bundesliga website.
  10. ^ "Herrar A Landskamp Matchinformation: Moldavien mot Sverige 2014-01-17 (1-2) — svenskfotboll.se". svenskfotboll.se.
  11. ^ uefa.com. "UEFA EURO 2016 - History - Matches – UEFA.com". Uefa.com.
  12. ^ "Revealed: Every World Cup 2018 squad - Final 23-man lists - Goal.com".
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h "Emil Forsberg » Club matches". World Football. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g "Emil Forsberg". soccerway.com (in Swedish). Soccerway. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
  15. ^ "Emil Forsberg". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  16. ^ "Emil Forsberg". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  17. ^ "Emil Forsberg". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  18. ^ "Emil Forsberg". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  19. ^ "Emil Forsberg". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  20. ^ "Forsberg, Emil Hải". National Football Teams. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  21. ^ Elofsson, Sven (25 March 2013). "MFF-Emil är tredje generationen allsvenskar i släkten Forsberg - Smålandsposten".
  22. ^ "Fyra från SDFF i landslag" [Four from SDFF in national team]. Sveriges Radio (in Swedish). Sveriges Television. 24 May 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  23. ^ a b c Lewenhagen, Jan (13 December 2015). ""Vildsvinet" hittar EM-formen i Tysklands mest hatade klubb" ["The Wild Boar" finds his European Championship form in Germany's most hated club]. Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  24. ^ https://www.101greatgoals.com/news/arsenal-target-turns-massive-liverpool-fan/
  25. ^ "Football". Bundesliga.com. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  26. ^ "Team of the Season 16/17 Results". Bundesliga. Retrieved 30 May 2017.

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