Oscar Hiljemark

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Oscar Hiljemark
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Hiljemark in action for Sweden U21
Personal information
Full name Oscar Carl Niclas Hiljemark
Date of birth (1992-06-28) 28 June 1992 (age 24)
Place of birth Gislaved, Sweden
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Genoa
(on loan from Palermo)
Number 15
Youth career
Gislaveds IS
2008–2010 IF Elfsborg
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2013 IF Elfsborg 61 (5)
2013–2015 PSV 49 (2)
2015– Palermo 54 (4)
2017– Genoa (loan) 6 (2)
National team
2008–2009 Sweden U17 3 (1)
2009–2010 Sweden U19 10 (2)
2011–2015 Sweden U21 37 (4)
2012– Sweden 18 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 March 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 June 2017

Oscar Carl Niclas Hiljemark (Swedish pronunciation: ['hɪljɛ'mark]; born 28 June 1992) is a Swedish footballer who plays as a midfielder for Italian club Genoa on loan from Palermo.

Personal life[edit]

He is the son of Niclas and Lena Hiljemark and has two younger sisters, Anna (1994) and Elin (2000). Since 2014 Hiljemark lives with his girlfriend Elin Wass and his dog Milo.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Hiljemark played for Swedish top team IF Elfsborg. He was chased by many clubs in Sweden in his youth but decided to sign a youth contract with Elfsborg in 2008. He participated in many national team camps as a young player, and was predicted a great career for his mature style of play.

IF Elfsborg[edit]

Hiljemark with Elfsborg in 2012

Two years after signing with Elfsborg, at an age of 18, he earned a place in the senior team after playing in the Elfsborg and Sweden national youth teams. During his first year in the Elfsborg senior team he played 4 games in Allsvenskan and 2 games in the Europa League qualifications. He played 30 minutes in the Europa League play-off match against Napoli. The game ended with a 2–0 lost for Elfsborg after two goals from Edinson Cavani.

He made his first team debut in Elfsborg's 2–2 draw away at IF Brommapojkarna on 26 September 2010, and scored his first goal against Syrianska FC in a 2–1 home victory on 27 June 2011.[1]

At an age of 18 in his true début season 2011, he was nominated as newcomer of the year, being the youngest of the nominated. He also won the prestigious Månadens Tipselitspelare prize with the jury's citation: "Oscar Hiljemark has been endowed with a massive winning attitude that he has used to the competitive environment for the optimum development. He is a talented player who works hard and takes a mature responsibility from his midfield position." Players who also won the prize are Fredrik Ljungberg, Johan Elmander, Olof Mellberg and Kim Källström.[2]

After a successful 2011 season, Hiljemark was scouted and chased by clubs such as Genoa and Club Brugge, but Elfsborg ignored the bids, as they want him for a few more seasons.

PSV Eindhoven[edit]

Hiljemark with PSV in 2013

On 4 January 2013, Hiljemark signed with PSV until 2017, for €2.2 million.[3] He made his Eredivisie debut on 26 January 2013 in a 5–1 away victory against Heracles Almelo, replacing Tim Matavž. He scored his first goal on 17 August 2013 in a convincing 3–0 victory against Go Ahead Eagles. With the likes of Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum in the midfield, however, Hiljemark struggled to find consistent minutes. Injuries also prevented him from establishing any sort of rhythm. Despite 49 league appearances for PSV, mostly as a late substitute, Hiljemark managed just 2 league goals in 2 years for his club.

Palermo[edit]

After winning the 2015 U21 European Championship, several teams were interested in the Swedish midfielder. He moved to Italian team Palermo for €2 million (plus €500.000 in add-ons), signing a four-year contract.[4] In Rosanero, he joined U21 teammate Robin Quaison. He recorded his first Serie A goal on 13 September 2015 against Carpi, a game that ended in a 2–2 draw. Six days later, he scored a brace against Milan, tying the game twice before a 2–3 loss. Hiljemark's brilliant start to the season attracted the attention of bigger clubs. He was linked with Italian giants Milan and Napoli for a possible transfer, as well as Premier League teams Norwich City, Southampton, Watford and West Ham. Towards the end of the 2015–16 Serie A season, Palermo looked to be in danger of being relegated. In the last game of the season, Hiljemark provided a crucial assist for Franco Vázquez in a 3–2 victory against Verona to clinch a spot for Palermo in the 2016–17 Serie A season. Hiljemark was appearanced in all 38 matches of Palermo in that season.

International career[edit]

Sweden U-21[edit]

Hiljemark interviewed after winning the 2015 U21 European Championship

Hiljemark made his debut for Sweden U-21 on 9 February 2011 in a 1–3 loss against Portugal U21. He captained Sweden U-21 throughout their successful 2015 U21 European Championship campaign, in Czech Republic.

Senior team[edit]

Hiljemark was selected for the annual training camp for the Sweden national team in January 2012. He made his debut for Sweden in a friendly against Bahrain on 18 January 2012, scoring his first goal for his country. Due to his involvement with the U-21 squad, Hiljemark was not regularly selected for the senior team until after the 2015 U21 European Championship. He received his first big call-up to the senior side in November 2015 against Denmark for the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying play-offs. He came on in the 81st minute of the second leg for Sebastian Larsson. Hiljemark then was announced to be one of the 23 players called up for Euro 2016 campaign.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 18 January 2012 Thani bin Jassim Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar  Bahrain 2–0 2–0 Friendly
2. 10 October 2016 Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden  Bulgaria 2–0 3–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Elfsborg
PSV

International[edit]

Sweden U21

References[edit]

  1. ^ ""Tråkiga BP" kryssade hemma mot Elfsborg" (in Swedish). eurosport.se. Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Månadens Tipselitspelare: Oscar Hiljemark" (in Swedish). svenskfotboll.se. Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "PSV bindt middenvelder Hiljemark voor 4,5 jaar". www.voetbalprimeur.nl. Voetbalprimeur. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "HILJEMARK E' DEL PALERMO". palermocalcio.it. palermocalcio.itdate=. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 

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