Berg with Hamburger SV
|Date of birth||17 August 1986|
|Place of birth||Torsby, Sweden|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in)|
|2010–2011||→ PSV (loan)||25||(8)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 November 2015.
Marcus Berg (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈmarkɵs bærj]; born 17 August 1986 in Torsby) is a Swedish professional footballer who plays as a striker for Greek team Panathinaikos F.C., and the Swedish national team. In Sweden he is nicknamed Svarte-Marcus ("Black Marcus") due to scoring a lot of goals in the junior teams, in reference to Filip "Svarte-Filip" Johansson.
After spending two years in the youth team, in the season 2005, Berg was promoted to the regular squad and played for IFK Göteborg in the Allsvenskan. During the time playing for IFK Göteborg, he played alongside his older brother Jonatan.
Berg played for IFK Göteborg until the 2007 summer and put forth an attracting performance throughout his final season, as he maintained a high scoring efficiency throughout the league matches. Göteborg won the league that season and Berg received a standing ovation upon leaving the field after the 5–0 away victory over Kalmar FF where Berg scored, which was his last for the club because of his suspension for the game against Djurgårdens IF.
In the 2008–09 season, Groningen remained top of the Eredivisie table after five games played. Berg had a good display as well. He managed to score 13 goals in 15 matches. He also scored four goals in a December game against Roda JC.
On 17 July 2009, Hamburger SV confirmed that Berg had signed a five-year contract with the club. The official FC Groningen website mentioned it was a record fee paid for a Groningen player. Dagblad van het Noorden, a Dutch newspaper, stated that Berg swapped clubs for €10.5 million. The contract also mentioned that a friendly match will be played between Groningen and Hamburg in the summer of 2010 or 2011 in the Euroborg, the main stadium of Groningen. Although initially the fee of €9.5 million was too high for Hamburg, Berg's desire of moving to Bundesliga persuaded Groningen to complete the transfer. In his first Bundesliga game for Hamburg, playing at home against Borussia Dortmund, Berg scored his first goal for the club in the 72nd minute, just 182 seconds after coming off the bench, a record in the club's history. Despite the promising start, his debut season in the Bundesliga would not become a success, with Berg only scoring three additional goals in 30 appearances.
Return to Hamburg
After returning from his loan spell at PSV, Berg only made 13 appearances the 2011–12 Bundesliga due to injuries and continued lack of form, scoring once. On 9 November 2012, Hamburger SV Athletic supervisor Frank Arnesen stated that the club had to sell five players to raise funds after having invested heavily in new players in the previous summer (including Dutch star Rafael van der Vaart). One of these five players was said to be Marcus Berg. After these news, Berg was linked with a return to his former club IFK Göteborg.
On 4 July 2013, it was revealed that Berg had travelled to Athens, in order to sign with Panathinaikos. On 8 July 2013, Panathinaikos announced that Berg had signed a contract with the team for four years. On 18 August 2013, in his debut appearance, Berg scored his first goal with Panathinaikos, as his team won the game against Panetolikos. On the first derby of the year against PAOK FC, Berg scored Panathinaikos' goal and lost a penalty, as his team lost with a score of 2–1. On 2 March 2014, Berg was the MVP in the 3–0 away victory against Olympiacos with one goal and one assist for Danijel Pranjić. This was the biggest away victory in the history of the Eternal Rivals. The following week, he scored a hat-trick when Panathinaikos defeated Aris 4–1 at home.
On 26 April 2014, in the Greek Cup final against rivals PAOK, Berg scored a hat-trick, leading Panathinaikos to a 4–1 victory, who won the Greek Cup as they had done in 2010. On 11 January 2015, Berg scored his second hat-trick in 5-0 home win against Ergotelis in the Superleague Greece. On 26 January 2015, Marcus signed a one-year extension contract, until 2018 On 8 March, at Panathinaikos-PAOK meeting, Marcus scored his third hat-trick in 4-3 home win. On 30 March 2015, after 2 and a half years, Marcus scores his 7th international goal on friendly match against Iran.
On 31 August 2015, Panathinaikos rivals PAOK offered to €2 million for Berg, but the “Greens” turned it down as SDNA reported. Panathinaikos rejected a bid from PAOK, however Marseille also tried to complete a move for the Swedish striker on the deadline date. According to SDNA sources, Marseille enquiried Panathinaikos over Berg, however they were put off by the high Panathinaikos's demands.
On 6 September 2015, Berg was left frustrated as he did not start in the line-up for the game against Russia. Sweden lost 1-0 at the hands of Russia with Berg making his appearance for only 30 minutes on the pitch as he started from the bench. Swedish press criticised this decision and Berg demanded first team football in the National Team after the final whistle.“Ola Toivonen is a kind of a different player than me and this decision has been taken. But it's pretty clear that I want to play as I'm in a decent form,” the Panathinaikos striker underlined straight after the game. Berg has been improved after the injury he picked with Sweden in the international game for Euro 2016 qualifying against Liechtenstein and he is likely to be back ahead of PAOK derby. He is getting better and better in Panathinaikos's trainings and there is a slight chance to be in the squad to face PAS Giannina on Monday 19th, 2015. However, the chances to take part in this game are very slim, but the Swedish striker will certainly be available for the derby against PAOK at Toumba which follows next week. On 7 November 2015, he scored the winning goal in the 10th day of the Greek Super League match against Atromitos, It was his 50th goal with the club in all competitions.
Style of play
Berg is renowned for his heading ability, first touches, and being able to shoot and pass with both his right and left foot. He is also known for his tactical dribbles and scoring from unusual angles. Berg scored 15 goals in his first season in the Eredivisie, having only played 25 matches due to having a back-strain injury. In his second season for Groningen, he scored 13 goals in the first 15 matches and was by then the second highest goalscorer in the league. He also showed his scoring ability in the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, which he scored a record-breaking seven goals in four matches. His excellent performance earned him the player of the tournament award.
- As of 7 November 2015
|1.||10 June 2009||Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden||Malta||4–0||4–0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|||
|2.||14 October 2009||Råsunda Stadium, Solna, Sweden||Albania||2–0||4–1||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|||
|3.||29 May 2010||Råsunda Stadium, Solna, Sweden||Bosnia and Herzegovina||4–2||4–2||Friendly|||
|4.||7 September 2010||Swedbank Stadion, Malmö, Sweden||San Marino||6–0||6–0||UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying|||
|5.||8 February 2011||GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus||Cyprus||2–0||2–0||Friendly|||
|6.||11 September 2012||Swedbank Stadion, Malmö, Sweden||Kazakhstan||2–0||2–0||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|||
|7.||31 March 2015||Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden||Iran||2–0||3–1||Friendly|||
|8.||14 June 2015||Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden||Montenegro||1–0||3–1||UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying|||
|9.||9 October 2015||Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz, Liechtenstein||Liechtenstein||0–1||0–2||UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying|||
- IFK Göteborg
- Allsvenskan top scorer: 2007 (shared with Razak Omotoyossi)
- 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Golden Boot
- 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Player of the Tournament
- 2013-14 Greek Football Cup Top Scorer 7 Goals
- Greek Superleague Top Scorer season 2013-14 15 Goals
- "Groningen Swoop for Berg". sportinglife.com. Retrieved 9 February 2010.
- "Kommt Schweden-Knipser Marcus Berg für vier Jahre?" (in German). Hamburger Abendblatt. 8 July 2009. Retrieved 9 February 2010.
- "Hamburg clinch Berg deal". Sky Sports. 17 July 2009. Retrieved 17 July 2009.
- "Marcus Berg joins Hamburger SV". DFL. 17 July 2009. Retrieved 17 July 2009.
- "PSV land Berg on loan from Hamburg". UEFA.com. 21 July 2010. Retrieved 20 November 2010.
- "Arnesen: Hamburg must offload five players". goal.com. 9 November 2012. Retrieved 25 November 2012.
- "IFK Göteborg vill köpa tillbaka Berg" (in Swedish). aftonbladet.se. 21 November 2012. Retrieved 25 November 2012.
- Συμφωνία με Μπεργκ (in Greek). 8 July 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
- PAOK tried to sign Berg
- Marseille enquiried Panathinaikos over Berg Retrieved 1 September 2015
- Berg wants first team football in Sweden Retrieved 6 September 2015
- Berg close to full fitness Retrieved 18 October 2015
- Επιστροφή στις νίκες με ανατροπή για τον Παναθηναϊκο 2-1 τον Ατρόμητο Retrieved 7 November 2015
- "HSV-Neuzugang Eljero Elia lobt Schweden-Stürmer Marcus Berg" (in German). bild.de. 16 July 2009. Retrieved 9 February 2010.
- "HSV macht Verpflichtung von Stürmer Berg perfekt" (in German). NDR. 17 July 2009. Retrieved 9 February 2010.
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