|Full name||Oscar Joakim Wendt|
|Date of birth||24 October 1985|
|Place of birth||Skövde, Sweden|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 20:01, 29 May 2023 (UTC)|
Oscar Joakim Wendt (born 24 October 1985) is a Swedish professional footballer who plays as a left back for Allsvenskan club IFK Göteborg.
A product of the IFK Skövde youth academy, Wendt started off his professional career with IFK Göteborg in 2003 before signing with FC Copenhagen in 2006. In 2011, he joined Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach on a free transfer. After ten seasons in Germany, Wendt returned to IFK Göteborg in 2021. A full international between 2007 and 2016, he won 28 caps for the Sweden national team.
After playing for IFK Skövde, he joined IFK Göteborg in 2003. He became an important first team player, earning 14 appearances on the Swedish U21 team and a call-up for the Swedish national team.
In his time at the club he played 91 matches, before moving to the Danish champions Copenhagen on a four-year contract for 6 million DKK. After his departure to Copenhagen, a huge gap arose in the defence, later filled by Argentine defender José Shaffer coming from Racing Club.
In his first two years at Copenhagen, he struggled to become a first team regular, first being a back-up for former Norwegian international André Bergdølmo and later Danish international Niclas Jensen. However, in 2008, he managed to become a first choice on the left back position for his team, earning him a call-up to the Swedish national team, his first in over 18 months. His strong performances also had him linked with both English club West Ham United and Italian club Genoa.
With an injured Bergdølmo in Copenhagen's 2006–07 UEFA Champions League campaign, Wendt played regularly as a left back, and in the team's 3–1 win against Celtic, he alongside fellow Copenhagen defender Michael Gravgaard was chosen for the Eurosport "Team of the Round".
Wendt joined Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach on a free transfer on 10 June 2011.
Return to IFK Göteborg
On 23 March 2021, it was announced that Wendt would return to IFK Göteborg on a free transfer. Signing a one-and-a-half-year contract, he returned on 1 July 2021.
Having represented Sweden at U17, U19, and U21 levels, Wendt made his senior Sweden debut in January 2007 in a friendly game against Venezuela. Wendt was overlooked for a spot in Sweden's UEFA Euro 2016 squad despite a strong season in Bundesliga. Wendt retired from the national team in March 2017, having represented his country a total of 28 times.
He is the son of former footballer Joakim Wendt, who played two seasons with IFK Göteborg.
- As of 16 March 2021.
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- ^ "Oscar Wendt utanför EM-truppen: "Hade velat vara med"".
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- ^ Oscar Wendt at Soccerway
- ^ Oscar Wendt at National-Football-Teams.com
- Oscar Wendt at the Swedish Football Association (in Swedish)
- Oscar Wendt (archived) at Danmarks Radio (in Danish)
- Oscar Wendt at fussballdaten.de (in German)
- 1985 births
- Living people
- Footballers from Gothenburg
- Men's association football fullbacks
- Swedish footballers
- Sweden men's international footballers
- Sweden men's youth international footballers
- Sweden men's under-21 international footballers
- IFK Göteborg players
- F.C. Copenhagen players
- Borussia Mönchengladbach players
- Allsvenskan players
- Danish Superliga players
- Bundesliga players
- Swedish expatriate footballers
- Expatriate men's footballers in Denmark
- Expatriate footballers in Germany
- IFK Skövde Fotboll players