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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|05.07.2012||UEFA Europa League||First qualifying round||Elfsborg||8-0||Floriana||90||0||1|
|19.07.2012||UEFA Europa League||Second qualifying round||Dacia||1-0||Elfsborg||90||0||0|
|26.07.2012||UEFA Europa League||Second qualifying round||Elfsborg||2-0||Dacia||90||0||0|
|02.08.2012||UEFA Europa League||Third qualifying round||Horsens||1-1||Elfsborg||90||0||0|
|09.08.2012||UEFA Europa League||Third qualifying round||Elfsborg||2-3||Horsens||90||0||1|
|15.08.2012||Friendlies 2010-12||First round||Sweden||0-3||Brazil||26||0||0|
|06.09.2012||Friendlies 2010-12||First round||Sweden||1-0||China PR||3||0||0|
|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|
|11.11.2012||Swedish Cup||Second round||Hovslätts IK||0-4||Elfsborg||90||0||0|
|14.11.2012||Friendlies 2010-12||First round||Sweden||4-2||England||29||0||0|
|06.02.2013||Friendlies 2010-12||First round||Sweden||2-3||Argentina||61||0||0|
|02.03.2013||Swedish Cup||Third round||Elfsborg||5-1||Ljungskile||90||0||0|
|01.04.2013||Swedish First Division||Elfsborg||2-2||AIK||90||0||0|
|07.04.2013||Swedish First Division||Halmstad||1-1||Elfsborg||90||0||0|
|15.04.2013||Swedish First Division||Elfsborg||0-0||Göteborg||90||0||0|
|18.04.2013||Swedish First Division||Kalmar||1-1||Elfsborg||90||0||0|
|22.04.2013||Swedish First Division||Elfsborg||2-0||Djurgården||90||0||0|
|28.04.2013||Swedish First Division||Öster||1-3||Elfsborg||90||0||0|
|05.05.2013||Swedish First Division||Elfsborg||2-1||Mjällby||90||0||0|
|10.05.2013||Swedish First Division||Norrköping||1-2||Elfsborg||90||0||0|
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