Pascal Simpson

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Pascal Simpson
Personal information
Date of birth (1971-05-04) 4 May 1971 (age 46)
Place of birth Lomé, Togo
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 3 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1978–1983 Ekerö IK
1984–1990 IF Brommapojkarna
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990 IF Brommapojkarna 26 (5)
1991–1998 AIK 161 (48)
1998–2000 Vålerenga IF 51 (11)
2001–2003 FC Copenhagen 23 (3)
2002 Halmstads BK (loan) 11 (3)
National team
Sweden U23[1] 7 (3)
Sweden B[1] 1 (0)
1997 Sweden 2 (0)
Teams managed
2004–2006 IF Brommapojkarna (youth coach)
2007 IFK Eskilstuna
2008–2009 IF Brommapojkarna (youth coach)
2010 Gröndals IK
2011–2012 IF Brommapojkarna (youth coach)
2013 Enebybergs IF
2014 Ekerö IK
2015 Södertälje FK
2015– Vasalunds IF
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 December 2015.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 January 2010 (UTC)

Pascal "Pagge" Simpson is a former Swedish football striker who has played for AIK and FC Copenhagen.

Early life[edit]

Simpson was born in Lomé, Togo, to a Togolese mother and a German father, moved to Sweden at the age of six and was raised on Ekerö, Stockholm.[2] His father had played professional football in Germany.[3] He acquired Swedish citizenship in September 1991.[4]

Playing career[edit]

Club[edit]

He started his football career in Ekerö IK and joined IF Brommapojkarna in 1988.[1] He won the JSM för klubblag with the IF Brommapojkarna youth squad in 1989 and made his senior debut in 1990.[1]

He joined AIK and was part of the AIK squad that won the Swedish Championship in 1992, its first such championship in 55 years. Simpson contributed significantly to the win. He scored twice against FC Barcelona in the 1997 Cup Winners Cup quarter-finals; at Camp Nou he stunned the Catalans by scoring in the first minute of play. He was also part of the AIK squad that won the Swedish cup in 1996 and 1997. In the 1996 cup final he scored the winning goal against Malmö FF.[3]

Simpson had severe leg and knee problems due to a ligament injury. He had surgery in 1997 but in the end this damage caused his footballing career to come to an early end.[5] The knee injury has caused Simpson severe pain, stopping him from running and jogging. Despite this, he has stayed involved with football by coaching youth for Brommapojkarna and lower league clubs. In 2007, he was the coach for IFK Eskilstuna but left due to the club's financial problems. [6]

International[edit]

He was capped twice for the Swedish national team and played 7 matches for the Swedish Olympic football team in 1992.[6] He scored the qualifying goal for the Swedish Olympic football team against the Netherlands that landed the team a spot at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.

Coaching career[edit]

Simpson managed Södertälje FK.[7] In December 2015, it was announced that Simpson was taking over Swedish third-tier team Vasalund after Roberth Björknesjö .[8] His first game in charge was a pre-season 5-4 victory over his old club AIK. [9]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

AIK
FC Copenhagen

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Frantz, Alf; Glanell, Tomas; Persson, Gunnar, eds. (2008). Det svenska fotbollslandslaget 1908–2008 [The Swedish National Football Team 1908–2008] (in Swedish). Vällingby: CA Strömberg AB. ISBN 91-86184-69-5. 
  2. ^ Nilsson, Pea (18 July 1992), "Siktar på medalj och autografer", Dagens Nyheter 
  3. ^ a b http://www.aik.se/fotboll/aikindex.html?/fotboll/historik/500aikare/pascsimp.html
  4. ^ Linné, Hans (26 March 1992), "Jag är så glad att du är svensk, Pascal", Expressen 
  5. ^ http://www.dn.se/sport/fotboll/pascal-simpson-helrenoverad-1.120476,?ref.
  6. ^ a b "Pascal Simpson: "Talang är viljan att träna för att bli bättre"". Expressen. 
  7. ^ http://www.fotbollskanalen.se/sverige/forre-aik-profilen-tar-over-vasalund/
  8. ^ http://www.fotbollskanalen.se/sverige/forre-aik-profilen-tar-over-vasalund/
  9. ^ http://www.aftonbladet.se/sportbladet/fotboll/sverige/allsvenskan/aik/article22137729.ab