Karl Svensson

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Karl Svensson
Personal information
Full name Karl Svensson
Date of birth (1984-03-21) 21 March 1984 (age 34)
Place of birth Jönköping, Sweden
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Playing position Centre Back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2002 Jönköpings Södra 36 (7)
2003–2006 IFK Göteborg 55 (5)
2006–2007 Rangers 27 (0)
2007–2009 Caen 7 (0)
2009–2011 IFK Göteborg 26 (0)
2012–2014 Jönköpings Södra 53 (0)
Total 204 (12)
National team
2001 Sweden U17 6 (0)
2003 Sweden U19 2 (0)
2004–2006 Sweden U21 17 (0)
2006 Sweden 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 January 2015
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of July 27, 2006

Karl Svensson (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈkɑːɭ ˈsvɛnːsɔn]; born 21 March 1984 in Jönköping) is a retired Swedish football defender.

Club career[edit]

He played for a local club called Sven Ingvars AB before he went on to Jönköpings Södra IF. In 2003 Svensson joined IFK Göteborg. He had shown little talent in leading a defense, despite his old age, and also had the role of team cheerleader. In 2005, Svensson almost led the club to their first Allsvenskan title since 1996, but lost out to Djurgårdens IF in the penultimate game.

Svensson signed with Rangers on 26 May 2006 for an undisclosed fee on a three–year contract. The fee was reported to have been in the region of £600,000. He made his Rangers debut in the first match of the Scottish Premier League that season, a 2–1 victory away to Motherwell.

On 27 June 2007, Svensson signed a three–year contract with French side Caen, newly promoted to Ligue 1.[1]

On 19 January 2009, Svensson signed a four–year contract with his former club IFK Göteborg. He told the Swedish media: "I'm glad to be back at home".

Both the manager Håkan Mild and coach Stefan Rehn says Svensson could be the new captain of IFK Göteborg after the retired Niclas Alexandersson.

As of 11 August 2010, Svensson's comeback has been unsuccessful. On 1,5 season he has only played 7 games in Allsvenskan. Svensson has been subsided by other defenders and also has his fair share of injuries. Svensson stated that he felt that he wasn't at the same level like the other players when he returned home to IFK and IFK head coach Jonas Olsson said that it's never good to have such a good player as Karl outside the starting eleven, but he had hopes that Karl will get back in the old shape.[2]

On 23 December 2011, Karl Svensson signed a three-year contract with his hometown club Jönköpings Södra IF in the Swedish second division, Superettan. Free agent since 2015


  1. ^ "Svensson joins Caen from Rangers". BBC Sport website. June 27, 2007.
  2. ^ . Expressen website. August 11, 2010 http://fotboll.expressen.se/allsvenskan/1.2092691/man-orkar-inte-hur-mycket-som-helst. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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