Olof Mellberg

  • Date of birth : 03/09/1977
  • Position : Defender
  • Country : Sweden Sweden
 
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Olof Mellberg

Olof Mellberg

One of a select band of Swedish footballers to have amassed 100 caps, Olof Mellberg will participate at his fourth UEFA European Championship final tournament in 2012. A solid, reliable central defender who can also play at right-back, he arrives in Poland and Ukraine fresh from helping Olympiacos FC to the Greek double in 2011/12.

• Joined AIK Solna from Degerfors IF in 1998 and won Allsvenskan title, although he missed the run-in and celebrations after joining Real Racing Club that August.

• Impressive performances in Spain led to his international debut in February 2000 – against Italy – and a starting berth at the UEFA European Championship finals four months later.

• Relegated with Racing in 2001, he moved to Aston Villa FC, where consistent performances helped earn him the 2003 Guldbollen as Sweden's footballer of the year.

• A key man for Sweden at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and UEFA EURO 2004, where he missed a penalty in a quarter-final shoot-out loss to the Netherlands; captained his country at the 2006 World Cup in Germany but relinquished the armband afterwards.

• Left Aston Villa in 2008 on free transfer to Juventus after making 232 league appearances for the Birmingham club but winning no trophies; no silverware either in his sole campaign in Turin, prompting a €2.5m move to Olympiacos.

• A runner-up in his first term in Greece, he scored a career-best tally of three league goals the following season, including one in a last-day 6-0 defeat of Larissa FC, as the Pireaus outfit topped the Super League.

• Made his 100th appearance for Sweden on 3 March 2010 in a 1-0 friendly victory against Wales in Swansea.

UEFA honours
UEFA EURO 2004: All-Star Squad

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UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year

General info

  • Name: Olof Mellberg
  • Position: Defender
  • Date of birth (Age): 03/09/1977 (36)
  • Country: Sweden

  • Height: 187cm
  • Weight: 85kg

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA Champions League 2014/15

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Cup (First round)
    20/09/01: Aston Villa 2-3 Varaždin
  • National team: UEFA European Under-21 Championship (Qualifying round)
    31/08/96: Latvia 0-2 Sweden

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

TeamPGS
Sweden364
Sweden U-21173
Total537

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
ClubPGS
København61
Olympiacos180
Juventus70
Total311
UEFA Europa League
ClubPGS
Aston Villa20
Olympiacos60
Total80
UEFA Intertoto Cup
ClubPGS
Aston Villa30
Total30
Last updated: 31/07/2014 12:19 CET
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