Viktor Claesson

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Viktor Claesson
UEFA EURO qualifiers Sweden vs Romaina 20190323 Viktor Claesson 28.jpg
Claesson playing for Sweden in 2019
Personal information
Full name Viktor Johan Anton Claesson[1]
Date of birth (1992-01-02) 2 January 1992 (age 27)
Place of birth Värnamo, Sweden
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Krasnodar
Number 16
Youth career
IFK Värnamo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 IFK Värnamo 70 (29)
2012–2016 IF Elfsborg 134 (32)
2017– Krasnodar 66 (19)
National team
2009 Sweden U17 2 (0)
2009–2010 Sweden U19 9 (3)
2011–2015 Sweden U21 20 (1)
2012– Sweden 35 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 April 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 March 2019

Viktor Johan Anton Claesson (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈvɪkːtɔr ˈklɑːsɔn] born 2 January 1992) is a Swedish international footballer who plays for Krasnodar. He is a playmaker or left winger well known for his passing and set piece abilities.[2] [3]

Career[edit]

Club[edit]

On 25 January 2017, Claesson signed a 3.5-year contract with Russian Premier League team FC Krasnodar.[4] He scored on his debut on 16 February 2017 in a 1–0 Europa League Round of 32 win against Turkish Süper Lig side Fenerbahçe, scoring a header on his first touch in any competitive Krasnodar game in the 4th minute. He was selected by UEFA as "Man of the Match".[5] He continued his form with two goals in a Russian Cup game against FC Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast on 28 February 2017[6] and a goal against Celta de Vigo in the first leg of Europa League Round of 16 on 9 March 2017.[7]

International career[edit]

In May 2018 he was named in Sweden’s 23 man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[8] He was one of Sweden's main men for the duration of the tournament, in which the Blågult reached the quarterfinals.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 30 September 2018[9]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
IFK Värnamo 2009 Division 1 Södra 16 5 16 5
2010 25 11 1 0 2 0 28 11
2011 Superettan 29 13 1 0 30 13
Total 70 29 2 0 2 0 74 29
IF Elfsborg 2012 Allsvenskan 27 5 0 0 6 2 33 7
2013 23 3 3 0 8 3 34 6
2014 26 5 7 2 6 0 39 7
2015 29 11 5 3 6 1 40 15
2016 29 8 3 2 32 10
Total 134 32 18 7 0 0 26 6 0 0 178 45
Krasnodar 2016–17 Russian Premier League 13 1 1 2 4 2 18 5
2017–18 30 10 0 0 4 2 34 12
2018–19 9 4 1 0 1 1 11 5
Total 52 15 2 2 0 0 9 5 0 0 63 22
Career total 186 47 20 9 0 0 35 11 0 0 241 67
Claesson playing for Krasnodar in 2017.

International[edit]

As of 26 March 2019[10]
National team Year Apps Goals
Sweden
2012 2 1
2013 2 0
2016 3 0
2017 12 2
2018 14 1
2019 2 2
Total 35 6

International goals[edit]

As of match played 26 March 2019. Sweden score listed first, score column indicates score after each Claesson goal.[11]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 23 January 2012 Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar  Qatar 2–0 5–0 Friendly
2. 28 March 2017 Estádio do Marítimo, Funchal, Portugal  Portugal 1–2 3–2 Friendly
3. 2–2
4. 10 September 2018 Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden  Turkey 2–0 2–3 2018–19 UEFA Nations League B
5. 23 March 2019 Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden  Romania 2–0 2–1 UEFA Euro 2020 qualification
6. 26 March 2019 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Norway  Norway 1–2 3–3 UEFA Euro 2020 qualification

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Elfsborg

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – List of Players" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Viktor Claesson". Svenskfotboll.se. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
  3. ^ "Elfsborg.se". Elfsborg.se. Archived from the original on 24 March 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
  4. ^ "Краснодар укрепил рядыВиктором Клаэссоном". fckrasnodar.ru (in Russian). FC Krasnodar. 25 January 2017. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Krasnodar-Fenerbahce game report". UEFA. 16 February 2017.
  6. ^ "Ural-Krasnodar game report" (in Russian). Russian Premier League. 28 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Celta-Krasnodar game report". UEFA. 9 March 2017.
  8. ^ http://www.goal.com/en-gb/amp/news/revealed-every-world-cup-2018-squad-23-man-preliminary-lists/oa0atsduflsv1nsf6oqk576rb
  9. ^ "V.Claesson". soccerway.com. Soccerway. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  10. ^ "Viktor Claesson". European Football. 30 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Claesson, Viktor". National Football Teams. Retrieved 18 September 2018.