Filip Helander

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Filip Helander
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Helander with Sweden in 2019
Personal information
Full name Filip Viktor Helander
Date of birth (1993-04-22) 22 April 1993 (age 26)
Place of birth Malmö, Sweden
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Rangers
Number 5
Youth career
Kvarnby IK
Husie IF
2007–2011 Malmö FF
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2015 Malmö FF 72 (1)
2015–2016 Verona 24 (2)
2016–2019 Bologna 60 (1)
2019– Rangers 0 (0)
National team
2010 Sweden U17 2 (0)
2011–2012 Sweden U19 2 (0)
2012–2015 Sweden U21 19 (0)
2017– Sweden 10 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:10, 31 May 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 June 2019

Filip Viktor Helander (born 22 April 1993) is a Swedish footballer who plays as a centre back for Scottish Premiership side Rangers and Sweden.

Club career[edit]

Malmö[edit]

Helander made his Allsvenskan debut in a match against Syrianska on 17 October 2011.[2] Helander played the first matches beside Pontus Jansson in 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 until the end of the 2015 season.[3] 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 defence. Helander played a total of 12 league matches for Malmö during the 2012 season.[citation needed]

The league title winning 2013 season proved to be the real breakthrough season for Helander as he played 18 matches for the club.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] He also scored his first league goal for Malmö in 2014 on 23 August in a 3–0 home win against IFK Norrköping.[4] For his performances in the league Helander was nominated for the award of Allsvenskan defender of the year.[5] He was also nominated for Swedish defender of the year at Fotbollsgalan.[6]

Hellas Verona[edit]

On 22 July 2015, Helander signed for Hellas Verona in the Italian Serie A.[citation needed] On 23 September, he made his debut against Internazionale in a 1–0 defeat at the San Siro.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] Lazio went on to win the game 2–1.[citation needed]

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.[7] On 12 June 2017, Helander joined Bologna on a definitive basis.[8]

The following season, his second with the Rossoblù, Helander found more space in the rotation under coach Roberto Donadoni, playing 29 games.[citation needed] His club season ended early in April 2018 because of an injury, but without risking the World Cup in which he participated as a reserve.

Rangers[edit]

Helander was announced as a new signing for Rangers in the Scottish Premiership on 13 July 2019.[9] Helander's cost was 3.5 million pounds.[10]

International career[edit]

Helander was called up to the senior senior Sweden squad to face Moldova in October 2015.[11]

In May 2018 he was named in Sweden's squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

Helander in 2019

Club[edit]

As of 31 May 2019.[13]
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
2017–18 29 0 0 0 29 0
2018–19 20 0 3 0 23 0
Total 60 1 3 0 0 0 63 1
Career total 155 4 18 2 12 0 185 6

International[edit]

As of 10 June 2019[14]
National team Year Apps Goals
Sweden 2017 3 0
2018 3 0
2019 4 0
Total 10 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Malmö FF

International[edit]

Sweden U21

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. ^ "En debut att minnas för Helander" [A debut to remember for Helander]. Sydsvenskan (in Swedish). 17 October 2011. Archived from the original on 21 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  3. ^ "Filip Helander tecknar A-lagskontrakt" [Filip Helander signs A-team contract] (in Swedish). Malmö FF. 17 July 2012. Archived from the original on 29 September 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2012.
  4. ^ "Malmö FF 3–0 IFK Norrköping" (in Swedish). Swedish Football Association. 23 August 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Här är vinnarna i Allsvenskans stora pris" [Here are the Winners of Allsvenskan Stora Pris] (in Swedish). Allsvenskan. 6 November 2014. Archived from the original on 19 January 2015. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Nomineringarna till Fotbollsgalan 2014" [Nominations for the Football Gala 2014]. Fogis.se (in Swedish). Swedish Football Association. 20 October 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Helander signs for Bologna, Cherubin moves to Verona". Bologna FC. 31 August 2016. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Ufficiale: Cherubin è gialloblù, Helander al Bologna" [Offfcial: Cherubin is Gialloblu, Helander at Bologna] (Press release) (in Italian). Hellas Verona FC. 12 June 2017. Retrieved 25 June 2017.
  9. ^ "Rangers sign Filip Helander". Rangers FC. 13 July 2019. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  10. ^ "Helander uppges läkarundersökas idag - hyllas av Gattuso: "Gillar spelaren"" [Helander is given medical examination today - hailed by Gattuso: "Likes the player"] (in Swedish). Fotbollskanalen. 12 July 2019. Retrieved 13 July 2019.[failed verification]
  11. ^ "Sweden 2–0 Moldova". BBC Sport. 12 October 2015. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  12. ^ "Revealed: Every World Cup 2018 squad - 23-man & preliminary lists & when will they be announced?". Goal.com.[dead link]
  13. ^ "Filip Helander". Soccerway. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  14. ^ "Filip Helander". EU-Football.info. 30 June 2018.
  15. ^ "The official Under-21 Team of the Tournament". UEFA. 1 July 2015.

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