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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|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|
|26.04.2015||Swedish First Division||Halmstad||1-0||Elfsborg||90||0||0|
|29.04.2015||Swedish First Division||Elfsborg||2-1||Kalmar||90||0||0|
|03.05.2015||Swedish First Division||Sundsvall||0-1||Elfsborg||90||0||0|
|11.05.2015||Swedish First Division||Elfsborg||2-2||Malmö||90||0||0|
|20.05.2015||Swedish First Division||Elfsborg||2-1||Helsingborg||90||0||0|
|24.05.2015||Swedish First Division||Åtvidaberg||1-2||Elfsborg||90||0||0|
|31.05.2015||Swedish First Division||Elfsborg||2-2||Örebro||90||0||0|
|04.06.2015||Swedish First Division||Göteborg||1-0||Elfsborg||90||0||0|
|07.06.2015||Swedish First Division||Elfsborg||5-1||Gefle||90||0||0|
|02.07.2015||UEFA Europa League||First qualifying round||Lahti||2-2||Elfsborg||90||0||0|
|09.07.2015||UEFA Europa League||First qualifying round||Elfsborg||5-0||Lahti||90||1||0|
|12.07.2015||Swedish First Division||Elfsborg||1-0||Häcken||0||0||0|
|16.07.2015||UEFA Europa League||Second qualifying round||Randers||0-0||Elfsborg||90||0||0|
|21.07.2015||UEFA Europa League||Second qualifying round||Elfsborg||1-0|
|30.07.2015||UEFA Europa League||Third qualifying round||Elfsborg||2-1||Odd||90||0||0|
|02.08.2015||Swedish First Division||Elfsborg||2-0||Halmstad||90||0||0|
|06.08.2015||UEFA Europa League||Third qualifying round||Odd||2-0||Elfsborg||90||0||0|
|09.08.2015||Swedish First Division||Hammarby||0-0||Elfsborg||90||0||0|
|12.08.2015||Swedish First Division||Gefle||2-3||Elfsborg||90||0||0|
|16.08.2015||Swedish First Division||Elfsborg||2-0||Djurgården||88||0||0|
|23.08.2015||Swedish First Division||Kalmar||0-3||Elfsborg||90||0||0|
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