Anders Svensson

  • Date of birth : 17/07/1976
  • Position : Midfield
  • Country : Sweden Sweden
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Anders Svensson

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.

Last updated: 08/12/13 7.38CET

Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 04/12/2014 01:16 CET
11.09.2012FIFA World CupQualifying roundSwedenSweden2-0KazakhstanKazakhstan2600
12.10.2012FIFA World CupQualifying roundFaroe IslandsFaroe Islands1-2SwedenSweden2800
07.06.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundAustriaAustria2-1SwedenSweden3000
11.06.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundSwedenSweden2-0Faroe IslandsFaroe Islands3200
06.09.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundRepublic of IrelandRepublic of Ireland1-2SwedenSweden6810
10.09.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundKazakhstanKazakhstan0-1SwedenSweden8700
11.10.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundSwedenSweden2-1AustriaAustria8100
15.10.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundSwedenSweden3-5GermanyGermany3200
15.11.2013FIFA World CupPlay-off for Final TournamentPortugalPortugal1-0SwedenSweden1200
19.11.2013FIFA World CupPlay-off for Final TournamentSwedenSweden2-3PortugalPortugal4400
31.03.2014Swedish First DivisionÅtvidabergÅtvidaberg2-1ElfsborgElfsborg9000
04.04.2014Swedish First DivisionElfsborgElfsborg3-1HäckenHäcken9010
17.04.2014Swedish First DivisionElfsborgElfsborg1-0HelsingborgHelsingborg9000
21.04.2014Swedish First DivisionFalkenbergFalkenberg2-3ElfsborgElfsborg9000
28.04.2014Swedish First DivisionElfsborgElfsborg4-1HalmstadHalmstad9000
07.05.2014Swedish First DivisionElfsborgElfsborg3-1MjällbyMjällby6800
11.05.2014Swedish First DivisionGefleGefle0-1ElfsborgElfsborg9000
15.05.2014Swedish First DivisionAIKAIK2-1ElfsborgElfsborg7700
01.06.2014Swedish First DivisionElfsborgElfsborg0-1MalmöMalmö9000
07.07.2014Swedish First DivisionDjurgårdenDjurgården1-1ElfsborgElfsborg9000
13.07.2014Swedish First DivisionElfsborgElfsborg2-2BrommapojkarnaBrommapojkarna2100
17.07.2014UEFA Europa LeagueSecond qualifying roundElfsborgElfsborg0-1İnter Bakıİnter Bakı9000
24.07.2014UEFA Europa LeagueSecond qualifying roundİnter Bakıİnter Bakı0-1
27.07.2014Swedish First DivisionElfsborgElfsborg3-0NorrköpingNorrköping9000
31.07.2014UEFA Europa LeagueThird qualifying roundElfsborgElfsborg4-1FHFH9000
03.08.2014Swedish First DivisionElfsborgElfsborg1-0ÅtvidabergÅtvidaberg9000
11.08.2014Swedish First DivisionHäckenHäcken0-2ElfsborgElfsborg8000
14.08.2014Swedish First DivisionHelsingborgHelsingborg4-1ElfsborgElfsborg9000
17.08.2014Swedish First DivisionElfsborgElfsborg2-0KalmarKalmar9000
21.08.2014UEFA Europa LeaguePlay-offsElfsborgElfsborg2-1Rio AveRio Ave9000
24.08.2014Swedish First DivisionHalmstadHalmstad1-1ElfsborgElfsborg9000
28.08.2014UEFA Europa LeaguePlay-offsRio AveRio Ave1-0ElfsborgElfsborg9000
31.08.2014Swedish First DivisionElfsborgElfsborg1-0FalkenbergFalkenberg9000
14.09.2014Swedish First DivisionElfsborgElfsborg0-0GöteborgGöteborg8700
21.09.2014Swedish First DivisionMjällbyMjällby1-0ElfsborgElfsborg9000
24.09.2014Swedish First DivisionElfsborgElfsborg1-0GefleGefle9000
05.10.2014Swedish First DivisionÖrebroÖrebro5-1ElfsborgElfsborg9010
18.10.2014Swedish First DivisionMalmöMalmö1-2ElfsborgElfsborg9000
26.10.2014Swedish First DivisionElfsborgElfsborg0-1DjurgårdenDjurgården9000
01.11.2014Swedish First DivisionBrommapojkarnaBrommapojkarna0-1ElfsborgElfsborg9000

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General info

  • Name: Anders Svensson
  • Position: Midfield
  • Date of birth (Age): 17/07/1976 (38)
  • Country: Sweden

  • Height: 177cm
  • Weight: 80kg

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA Europa League 2014/15

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Cup (First round)
    24/09/03: Southampton 1-1 Steaua
  • National team: UEFA European Under-21 Championship (Qualifying round)
    07/06/97: Estonia 0-2 Sweden

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

Sweden U-2182

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
UEFA Intertoto Cup
Last updated: 29/08/2014 02:12 CET
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