Filip Helander

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Filip Helander
Filip Helander in July 2015.jpg
Personal information
Full name Filip Viktor Helander
Date of birth (1993-04-22) 22 April 1993 (age 24)
Place of birth Malmö, Sweden
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Bologna
Number 18
Youth career
Kvarnby IK
0000–2006 Husie IF
2007–2011 Malmö FF
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2015 Malmö FF 72 (1)
2015–2016 Verona 24 (2)
2016– Bologna 17 (1)
National team
2010 Sweden U17 2 (0)
2011–2012 Sweden U19 2 (0)
2012–2015 Sweden U21 19 (0)
2017– Sweden 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 September 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 June 2017

Filip Viktor Helander (born 22 April 1993) is a Swedish footballer currently playing for Bologna in Serie A as a centre back.

Club career[edit]

Helander made his Allsvenskan debut in a match against Syrianska FC on 17 October 2011.[1] Helander played the first matches beside Pontus Jansson in the defence before being replaced by Daniel Andersson after the second round of matches. On 17 July 2012, Helander signed a first team contract with Malmö FF until the end of the 2015 season.[2] When Andersson played less and less after the summer break Helander established himself in the starting lineup and finished the season as a regular starter in the defense. Helander played a total of 12 league matches for Malmö FF during the 2012 season.

The league title winning 2013 season proved to be the real breakthrough season for Helander as he played 18 matches for the club. He was injured in the early stages of the season and was replaced in the starting line-up by Erik Johansson but later reclaimed this spot in the second part of the season. For the 2014 season Helander played regularly throughout the entire season as the club defended their league title and qualified for the group stage of the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League. He also scored his first league goal for Malmö FF in 2014 on 23 August in a 3–0 home win against IFK Norrköping.[3] For his performances in the league Helander was nominated for the award of Allsvenskan defender of the year.[4] He was also nominated for Swedish defender of the year at Fotbollsgalan.[5]

Hellas Verona[edit]

On 22 July 2015, Helander signed for Hellas Verona in the Italian Serie A. On 23 September, he made his debut against Internazionale in an 1–0 defeat at the San Siro. In the next game against Lazio at home he again was in the starting line up and in the 33rd minute he scored his first Serie A goal. Lazio went on to win the game 2–1.

Bologna[edit]

On 31 August 2016, Helander joined Bologna on a season-long loan deal, with an obligation to sign outright at the end of season. As part of the deal, Nicolò Cherubin moved to Verona.[6] On 12 June 2017, Helander joined Bologna on a definitive basis.[7]

International career[edit]

Helander was called up to the senior Sweden squad to face Moldova in October 2015.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

Helander playing for Malmö FF in 2013.
As of 8 August 2017.[9]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Malmö FF 2011 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2012 12 0 0 0 12 0
2013 18 0 3 0 2 0 23 0
2014 28 1 4 1 10 0 42 2
2015 12 0 4 1 0 0 16 1
Total 71 1 11 2 12 0 94 3
Hellas Verona 2015–16 24 2 2 0 26 2
2016–17 0 0 2 0 2 0
Total 24 2 4 0 0 0 28 2
Bologna 2016–17 11 1 0 0 11 1
Total 11 1 0 0 0 0 11 1
Career total 106 4 15 2 12 0 133 6

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Malmö FF

International[edit]

Sweden U21

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "En debut att minnas för Helander". Sydsvenskan.se (in Swedish). 17 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Filip Helander tecknar A-lagskontrakt". mff.se (in Swedish). 17 July 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Malmö FF 3–0 IFK Norrköping". svenskfotboll.se (in Swedish). The Swedish Football Association. 23 August 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Här är vinnarna i Allsvenskans stora pris". allsvenskan.se (in Swedish). Allsvenskan. 6 November 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Nomineringarna till Fotbollsgalan 2014". fogis.se (in Swedish). The Swedish Football Association. 20 October 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Helander signs for Bologna, Cherubin moves to Verona". Bologna F.C. 1909. 31 August 2016. Retrieved 2 September 2016. 
  7. ^ "Ufficiale: Cherubin è gialloblù, Helander al Bologna" (Press release) (in Italian). Hellas Verona F.C. 12 June 2017. Retrieved 25 June 2017. 
  8. ^ "Sweden 2-0 Moldova". BBC. 12 October 2015. Retrieved 13 November 2015. 
  9. ^ "Filip Helander". soccerway.com (in Swedish). Soccerway. Retrieved 8 August 2017. 
  10. ^ "The official Under-21 Team of the Tournament". UEFA.com. 1 July 2015. 

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