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: 20/11/2015 02:15 CET
05.04.2015Swedish First DivisionDjurgårdenDjurgården1-2ElfsborgElfsborg9000
08.04.2015Swedish First DivisionElfsborgElfsborg1-1HammarbyHammarby9000
13.04.2015Swedish First DivisionNorrköpingNorrköping0-4ElfsborgElfsborg9000
21.04.2015Swedish First DivisionElfsborgElfsborg3-2AIKAIK9000
26.04.2015Swedish First DivisionHalmstadHalmstad1-0ElfsborgElfsborg9000
29.04.2015Swedish First DivisionElfsborgElfsborg2-1KalmarKalmar9000
03.05.2015Swedish First DivisionSundsvallSundsvall0-1ElfsborgElfsborg9000
11.05.2015Swedish First DivisionElfsborgElfsborg2-2MalmöMalmö9000
20.05.2015Swedish First DivisionElfsborgElfsborg2-1HelsingborgHelsingborg9000
24.05.2015Swedish First DivisionÅtvidabergÅtvidaberg1-2ElfsborgElfsborg9000
31.05.2015Swedish First DivisionElfsborgElfsborg2-2ÖrebroÖrebro9000
04.06.2015Swedish First DivisionGöteborgGöteborg1-0ElfsborgElfsborg9000
07.06.2015Swedish First DivisionElfsborgElfsborg5-1GefleGefle9000
02.07.2015UEFA Europa LeagueFirst qualifying roundLahtiLahti2-2ElfsborgElfsborg9000
09.07.2015UEFA Europa LeagueFirst qualifying roundElfsborgElfsborg5-0LahtiLahti9010
12.07.2015Swedish First DivisionElfsborgElfsborg1-0HäckenHäcken000
16.07.2015UEFA Europa LeagueSecond qualifying roundRandersRanders0-0ElfsborgElfsborg9000
21.07.2015UEFA Europa LeagueSecond qualifying roundElfsborgElfsborg1-0
30.07.2015UEFA Europa LeagueThird qualifying roundElfsborgElfsborg2-1OddOdd9000
02.08.2015Swedish First DivisionElfsborgElfsborg2-0HalmstadHalmstad9000
06.08.2015UEFA Europa LeagueThird qualifying roundOddOdd2-0ElfsborgElfsborg9000
09.08.2015Swedish First DivisionHammarbyHammarby0-0ElfsborgElfsborg9000
12.08.2015Swedish First DivisionGefleGefle2-3ElfsborgElfsborg9000
16.08.2015Swedish First DivisionElfsborgElfsborg2-0DjurgårdenDjurgården8800
23.08.2015Swedish First DivisionKalmarKalmar0-3ElfsborgElfsborg9000
30.08.2015Swedish First DivisionElfsborgElfsborg1-2SundsvallSundsvall9000
12.09.2015Swedish First DivisionMalmöMalmö1-1ElfsborgElfsborg9000
21.09.2015Swedish First DivisionÖrebroÖrebro4-2ElfsborgElfsborg9010
24.09.2015Swedish First DivisionElfsborgElfsborg1-1GöteborgGöteborg9010
28.09.2015Swedish First DivisionElfsborgElfsborg3-1ÅtvidabergÅtvidaberg9000
04.10.2015Swedish First DivisionHelsingborgHelsingborg2-1ElfsborgElfsborg9000
19.10.2015Swedish First DivisionElfsborgElfsborg3-2NorrköpingNorrköping1300
31.10.2015Swedish First DivisionElfsborgElfsborg4-2FalkenbergFalkenberg9000

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

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General info

  • Name: Anders Svensson
  • Position: Midfield
  • Date of birth (Age): 17/07/1976 (39)
  • Country: Sweden
  • Squad number: 8
  • Club: Elfsborg ( SWE)

  • Height: 177cm
  • Weight: 80kg

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA Europa League 2015/16

  • 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: 07/08/2015 01:23 CET