At 35, Anders Svensson continues to pile up the caps and will contest his fifth major tournament at UEFA EURO 2012. A calm, purposeful midfielder who strikes the ball with power and precision, particularly from free-kicks, his loyalty to IF Elfsborg has helped to extend his international career with Sweden into a 13th season.
• Born in Gothenburg, he moved to Boras to join Elfsborg as a schoolboy and made his debut for the club in Sweden's second tier before winning promotion to Allsvenskan in 1996.
• He enjoyed four full seasons in the top flight, achieving a best finish of fifth in 2000, when he made his breakthrough into the national team following a debut against South Africa in Pretoria on 27 November 1999.
• Established himself for his country during a successful qualifying campaign for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, where he became a national hero with a decisive free-kick goal that knocked out Argentina and put Sweden into the last 16 as group winners.
• Moved to Southampton FC in summer 2001 shortly after winning the Swedish Cup with Elfsborg; enjoyed an impressive first season in the Premier League and played in the FA Cup final (lost 2-0 against Arsenal FC) at the end of his second term.
• Earned his 50th cap for Sweden at UEFA EURO 2004 in a quarter-final against Netherlands that was spoilt by a penalty shoot-out defeat and elimination.
• Returned to Elfsborg in 2005 after four seasons with the Saints – during which he made 127 Premier League appearances, scoring ten goals – and proved an inspirational captain as the club surprisingly won the title a year later.
• Continued to lead Elfsborg while representing his country throughout the remainder of the decade, playing every minute of Sweden's three games at UEFA EURO 2008 – the year in which Elfsborg finished runners-up to Kalmar FF.
• Reached his century of international appearances on 9 September 2009 in a 2010 World Cup qualifier against Malta and continued to figure prominently under new Sweden head coach Erik Hamrén during UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying.
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|11.09.2012||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Sweden||2-0||Kazakhstan||26||0||0|
|12.10.2012||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Faroe Islands||1-2||Sweden||28||0||0|
|07.06.2013||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Austria||2-1||Sweden||30||0||0|
|11.06.2013||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Sweden||2-0||Faroe Islands||32||0||0|
|06.09.2013||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Republic of Ireland||1-2||Sweden||68||1||0|
|10.09.2013||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Kazakhstan||0-1||Sweden||87||0||0|
|11.10.2013||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Sweden||2-1||Austria||81||0||0|
|15.10.2013||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Sweden||3-5||Germany||32||0||0|
|15.11.2013||FIFA World Cup||Play-off for Final Tournament||Portugal||1-0||Sweden||12||0||0|
|19.11.2013||FIFA World Cup||Play-off for Final Tournament||Sweden||2-3||Portugal||44||0||0|
|17.07.2014||UEFA Europa League||Second qualifying round||Elfsborg||0-1||İnter Bakı||90||0||0|
|24.07.2014||UEFA Europa League||Second qualifying round||İnter Bakı||0-1|
|31.07.2014||UEFA Europa League||Third qualifying round||Elfsborg||4-1||FH||90||0||0|
|21.08.2014||UEFA Europa League||Play-offs||Elfsborg||2-1||Rio Ave||90||0||0|
|28.08.2014||UEFA Europa League||Play-offs||Rio Ave||1-0||Elfsborg||90||0||0|
|05.04.2015||Swedish First Division||Djurgården||1-2||Elfsborg||90||0||0|
|08.04.2015||Swedish First Division||Elfsborg||1-1||Hammarby||90||0||0|
|13.04.2015||Swedish First Division||Norrköping||0-4||Elfsborg||90||0||0|
|21.04.2015||Swedish First Division||Elfsborg||3-2||AIK||90||0||0|
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