Michael Lennart Svensson is a Swedish former professional footballer who played as a centre back. He last played for Halmstads BK in Superettan, he is best known at club level for his playing career with Southampton. He played in the 2003 FA Cup Final against Arsenal, where Southampton lost 1–0 to a Robert Pires strike. Svensson played 25 times for the Sweden national football team and was a member of the squad for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Svensson started his career in his home country, playing for various Swedish clubs including IFK Värnamo and Halmstads BK, he began to be noticed by bigger clubs when Halmstads BK won the Swedish championship in 2000. He was transferred to Troyes AC in 2001, helping the club to seventh position in the French First Division in his only season. On 25 June 2002, Svensson was signed by Premier League club Southampton F. C. for £2m. Svensson arrived at Southampton just after being a member of Sweden's squad at the 2002 World Cup, he struck up a rapport with Claus Lundekvam at the centre of the Saints defence.
He is a tough tackling, no nonsense centre-half but likes to play the ball out of defence and get forward to help out in attack. His nickname with both fans and press is "Killer". Svensson holds the honour of scoring the last competitive goal at Maine Road on 11 May 2003, in a game won by Southampton 1–0. Due to a serious knee injury sustained at the end of the 2003–04 season, he missed the entire 2004–05 season, he returned to action in October 2005 but, after only seven games, he broke down again and remained out of action for the remainder of the 2005–06 season. He failed to return to full fitness in time for the start of the 2006–07 championship season due to a kick in the knee during an Aldershot reserves game in the 2006 pre-season. Since he has flown to Germany to continue treatment with FC Bayern Munich doctor Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt. On 23 May 2007, it was announced that Svensson would undergo further surgery in an attempt to save his career; the procedure was expected to put him out of action for over a year, throwing a major question mark over his future.
His contract with the Saints expired on 30 June 2007, was not renewed as Southampton face up to the financial realities of a third season in the Championship. In July 2008, Southampton announced that Svensson "could be on the verge of a remarkable footballing comeback" following a visit to a specialist rehabilitation centre in Italy. Svensson returned to training with a view to being re-signed by Southampton for the 2008–09 season, he completed a pre-season friendly against Winchester City in July 2008 and was in with a chance of making a full recovery from his injury. He captained the Southampton side. On 7 August 2008 he was appointed club captain. Two days he completed his remarkable comeback, playing 90 minutes in Southampton's first Championship match of the season, a 2–1 defeat to Cardiff City, his first competitive game for the club since a match against Hull City on 22 November 2005. A week prior to the home game against Birmingham City and Svensson agreed terms signing a 12 months contract.
He played three more league games that month, with his final competitive appearance coming in the League Cup against Rotherham United on 23 September 2008. On 24 January 2009, Svensson joined new manager Mark Wotte's coaching staff as an assistant first team coach alongside Dean Gorré. On 25 June 2009, Svensson announced his retirement from the playing side of the game seven years to the day after he was first unveiled at St. Mary's as Gordon Strachan's only summer signing of 2002 and thus severed the last remaining link on the playing side with the 2003 FA Cup final, in which he had played the full 90 minutes. During the 2011 season, as Halmstads BK struggled both at the bottom of the table and economically, Michael Svensson decided that he would try one last comeback, stating that he didn't feel any major problems with his earlier injuries, that he was training with the team, however limitedly, he made his comeback against IFK Norrköping on 7 August, as he came on in the 89th minute of the game.
He made his debut in the Swedish national team on 17 August 1999 against Austria. He was a member of the Swedish squad for the 2002 World Cup, he has 25 caps for his country. He was named in Sweden's UEFA Euro 2004 squad but had to withdraw through injury and was replaced by Alexander Östlund. Following his retirement from playing, Svensson announced that he would return home to Sweden and take up a career as manager, stating that he would prefer to start in Division 2 or 3. Following that, his former club Halmstads BK were looking for a new manager and rumours started that he was going to get the position; as of 2016, Svensson is head coach for Halmstad BK:s U-19 team. Halmstads BK Allsvenskan: 2000Southampton FA Cup runner-up: 2003 Michael Svensson at Soccerbase Michael Svensson Fans Interview Michael Svensson DVD by Javier Igeño Svensson calls it quits
Johan Larsson (footballer)
Johan Erik Liebert Larsson is a Swedish footballer who plays for Guingamp. He notably rose to prominence in the spring of 2010 when he scored four senior career goals, including two in home debut against Halmstad BK, he had played with Elfsborg Under-21 team and won the Junior Championship. Larsson is noted & praised by critics for his speed, passing range and ability to score goals with long range efforts or by dribbling past opposition's defense. Larsson played for Kinna IF until 2005, he played for the youth teams and won the Swedish Championship for juniors. He made his first team debut on 15 March 2010 in Elfsborg's 0–0 draw away at Gefle, he scored two goals in the next game at home to Halmstad BK. On 2 February 2015 he transferred to the Danish club Brøndby IF on a four-year contract, he was given the shirt number 13. On 10 May 2018, he played. On 23 December 2018, Larsson signed as a free agent for Ligue 1 side En Avant de Guingamp In 2010, he was called up to the Swedish national under-21 team and made his debut against Montenegro but was underwhelming in defense.
Brøndby Danish Cup: 2017–18 Allsvenskan defender of the year: 2014
Senegal national football team
The Senegal national football team, nicknamed the Lions of Teranga, is the national association football team of Senegal and is controlled by the Senegalese Football Federation. Established in the early 1960s, the team have been regular competitors in the Africa Cup of Nations, where their best performance was runner-up to Cameroon in the 2002 edition in Mali. In the same year, Senegal took part at the FIFA World Cup for the first time and reached the quarter-finals, having defeated reigning champions France in the opening game; the team made their second World Cup appearance 16 years earning four points, being eliminated in the group stage against Japan based on fair play points. Senegal gained its independence from France on 4 April 1960, the Senegalese Football Federation was founded that year; the first Senegal match took place on 31 December 1961 against Dahomey. Senegal lost 3–2; the Senegalese Football Federation has been affiliated with FIFA since 1962 and has been a member of the Confederation of African Football since 1963.
Senegal's first appearance in the Africa Cup of Nations was in 1965, where they finished second in their group, lost 1–0 to Ivory Coast to finish in fourth place. In the 1990 Africa Cup of Nations, Senegal finished fourth. Senegal hosted the 1992 tournament. After finishing second in their group, they were eliminated by Cameroon in the quarterfinals. Senegal qualified for four of six African championships that decade. Senegal's best finish in the African Cup of Nations came in 2002, where they lost the final on a penalty shootout after drawing 0–0 with Cameroon; that year, Senegal made their first-ever world championship appearance at the World Cup. Senegal reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup, one of only three African teams to do so. In the group, after defeating defending world champions France, they drew with Denmark and Uruguay, beat Sweden in extra time in the round of 16, before losing to Turkey in the quarter-finals. Senegal qualified for the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, but finished third in their group with two points.
They failed to make the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, the first World Cup to be held in Africa. Senegal was eliminated in the 2012 African Cup of Nations with zero points. After Senegal's former manager Bruno Metsu died on 14 October 2013, many Senegalese players were recalled to appear and have a moment of silence in memory of the manager who helped them reach the quarter-final in the 2002 World Cup. All activities of the national league and the national team were suspended for a few days in his memory; the West African nation narrowly missed the 2014 FIFA World Cup after losing in a round-robin match against Ivory Coast in the final qualification round. Senegal qualified for two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments since, being eliminated in the group stage in 2015 and reaching the quarterfinals in 2017. On 10 November 2017, after defeating South Africa 2–0, Senegal qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the second in its history after the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea. Senegal defeated Poland 2–1 in their opening group match.
The first goal was an own goal by Thiago Cionek, the second one was scored by M'Baye Niang. In the next group stage match, Senegal drew 2–2 against Japan with one goal by Sadio Mané and the other by Moussa Wagué. However, despite having a great advantage, they missed the opportunity by losing 0–1 to Colombia, due to poor fair play point comparing to Japan, who lost 0–1 to Poland, Senegal was eliminated in the group stage for the first time in their World Cup history. Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991. Win Draw Loss The following players were selected for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier match against Madagascar and the friendly match against Mali on 23 and 26 March 2019. Caps and goals updated as of 26 March 2019 after the game against Mali; the following players have been called up for Senegal in the last 12 months. As of 26 March 2019 Players in bold text are still active with Senegal. FIFA World Cup 2018 FIFA World Cup squad – Senegal 2002 FIFA World Cup squad – SenegalAfrica Cup of Nations 2017 Africa Cup of Nations squad – Senegal 2015 Africa Cup of Nations squad – Senegal 2012 Africa Cup of Nations squad – Senegal 2008 Africa Cup of Nations squad – Senegal 2006 Africa Cup of Nations squad – Senegal 2004 Africa Cup of Nations squad – Senegal 2002 Africa Cup of Nations squad – Senegal 2000 Africa Cup of Nations squad – Senegal 1994 Africa Cup of Nations squad – Senegal 1992 Africa Cup of Nations squad – Senegal 1990 Africa Cup of Nations squad – Senegal 1986 Africa Cup of Nations squad – Senegal 1968 Africa Cup of Nations squad – Senegal 1965 Africa Cup of Nations squad – Senegal Last updated 14 August 2017 Africa Cup of NationsRunners-up: 2002 Amilcar Cabral Cup Champions: 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1991, 2001 Runners-up: 1982, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2005 Senegal national under-20 football team Fédération Sénégalaise Galsenfoot Football Senegal Senegal Football Le Sénégal du football Senegal FIFA
Gothenburg is the second-largest city in Sweden, fifth-largest in the Nordic countries, capital of the Västra Götaland County. It is situated by Kattegat, on the west coast of Sweden, has a population of 570,000 in the city center and about 1 million inhabitants in the metropolitan area. Gothenburg was founded as a fortified Dutch, trading colony, by royal charter in 1621 by King Gustavus Adolphus. In addition to the generous privileges given to his Dutch allies from the then-ongoing Thirty Years' War, the king attracted significant numbers of his German and Scottish allies to populate his only town on the western coast. At a key strategic location at the mouth of the Göta älv, where Scandinavia's largest drainage basin enters the sea, the Port of Gothenburg is now the largest port in the Nordic countries. Gothenburg is home to many students, as the city includes the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology. Volvo was founded in Gothenburg in 1927; the original parent Volvo Group and the now separate Volvo Car Corporation are still headquartered on the island of Hisingen in the city.
Other key companies are Astra Zeneca. Gothenburg is served by Göteborg Landvetter Airport 30 km southeast of the city center; the smaller Göteborg City Airport, 15 km from the city center, was closed to regular airline traffic in 2015. The city hosts the Gothia Cup, the world's largest youth football tournament, alongside some of the largest annual events in Scandinavia; the Gothenburg Film Festival, held in January since 1979, is the leading Scandinavian film festival with over 155,000 visitors each year. In summer, a wide variety of music festivals are held in the city, including the popular Way Out West Festival; the city was named Göteborg in the city's charter in 1621 and given the German and English name Gothenburg. The Swedish name was given after the Göta älv, called Göta River in English, other cities ending in -borg. Both the Swedish and German/English names were in use before 1621 and had been used for the previous city founded in 1604 and burned down in 1611. Gothenburg is one of few Swedish cities to still have an official and used exonym.
Another example is the province of Scania in southern Sweden. The city council of 1641 consisted of four Swedish, three Dutch, three German, two Scottish members. In Dutch, Scots and German, all languages with a long history in this trade and maritime-oriented city, the name Gothenburg is or was used for the city. Variations of the official German/English name Gothenburg in the city's 1621 charter existed or exist in many languages; the French form of the city name is Gothembourg, but in French texts, the Swedish name Göteborg is more frequent. "Gothenburg" can be seen in some older English texts. In Spanish and Portuguese the city is called Gotemburgo; these traditional forms are sometimes replaced with the use of the Swedish Göteborg, for example by The Göteborg Opera and the Göteborg Ballet. However, Göteborgs universitet designated as the Göteborg University in English, changed its name to the University of Gothenburg in 2008; the Gothenburg municipality has reverted to the use of the English name in international contexts.
In 2009, the city council launched a new logotype for Gothenburg. Since the name "Göteborg" contains the Swedish letter "ö" the idea was to make the name more international and up to date by "turning" the "ö" sideways; as of 2015, the name is spelled "Go:teborg" on a large number of signs in the city. In the early modern period, the configuration of Sweden's borders made Gothenburg strategically critical as the only Swedish gateway to the North Sea and Atlantic, situated on the west coast in a narrow strip of Swedish territory between Danish Halland in the south and Norwegian Bohuslän in the north. After several failed attempts, Gothenburg was founded in 1621 by King Gustavus Adolphus; the site of the first church built in Gothenburg, subsequently destroyed by Danish invaders, is marked by a stone near the north end of the Älvsborg Bridge in the Färjenäs Park. The church was built in 1603 and destroyed in 1611; the city was influenced by the Dutch and Scots, Dutch planners and engineers were contracted to construct the city as they had the skills needed to drain and build in the marshy areas chosen for the city.
The town was designed like Dutch cities such as Amsterdam and New Amsterdam. The planning of the streets and canals of Gothenburg resembled that of Jakarta, built by the Dutch around the same time; the Dutchmen won political power, it was not until 1652, when the last Dutch politician in the city's council died, that Swedes acquired political power over Gothenburg. During the Dutch period, the town followed Dutch town laws and Dutch was proposed as the official language in the town. Robust city walls were built during the 17th century. In 1807, a decision was made to tear down most of the city's wall; the work started in 1810, was carried out by 150 soldiers from the Bohus regiment. Along with the Dutch, the town was influenced by Scots who settled down in Gothenburg. Many became people of high-profile. William Chalmers, the son of a Scottish immigrant, donated his fortunes to set up what became the Chalmers University of Technology. In 1841, the Scotsman Alexander Keiller founded the Götaverken shipbuilding company, in business until 1989.
His son James Keiller donated Keiller Park to the city in 1906. The Gothenburg coat of arms was based on the lion of the coat of arms of Sweden, symbolically holding a shield w
Gordon David Strachan is a Scottish football manager and former player, the manager of the Scotland national team. Strachan played for Dundee, Manchester United, Leeds United and Coventry City, as well as the Scotland national team, he has managed Coventry City, Southampton and Middlesbrough. In club football, he played 635 league games, scoring a total of 138 goals, playing 21 of 25 career seasons in either the English or Scottish top-flight. In international football Strachan earned 50 caps, scoring five goals and playing in two FIFA World Cup final tournaments, Spain 82 and Mexico 86. Strachan retired from playing in 1997 at age 40, setting a Premier League record for an outfield player. A right-sided midfielder, Strachan made his senior debut in 1974 with Dundee before moving on within Scotland, to spend seven seasons at Aberdeen, he first played for the Scotland national team in 1980. While at Aberdeen Strachan won multiple domestic league and cup honours in the early 1980s, as well as the 1982–83 European Cup Winners' Cup and 1983 European Super Cup.
Moving to England, Strachan won the 1985 FA Cup Final in five seasons with Manchester United, before spending the next seven seasons as club captain at Leeds, winning the 1989–90 Second Division and 1991–92 First Division league titles. He played his last game for Scotland in 1992 while still at Leeds, moved to Coventry in 1995 for a final three seasons, as a player-coach. Strachan became full-time manager of Coventry when the incumbent Ron Atkinson was appointed as director of football. After five years in the role, he was sacked in 2001 when Coventry were relegated from the top-flight for the first time in 34 years. However, he returned to the Premier League with Southampton and guided the "Saints" to the 2003 FA Cup Final, where they lost 1–0 to Arsenal. Strachan resigned from Southampton in 2004 and took a 16-month break from management before returning to Scotland to become manager of Celtic in the Scottish Premier League. With Celtic, he achieved three successive league titles and other domestic cup wins, before resigning in May 2009 after failing to win a fourth title.
Five months he became manager of Middlesbrough in the English Championship, but left the club after an unsuccessful 12 months in the job. Strachan was named as FWA Footballer of the Year for the 1990–91 season while at Leeds, he was named Manager of the Year in Scotland several times by writers and players while at Celtic. In 2007, Strachan was inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame, he is the father of Craig Strachan and Gavin Strachan footballers. Born and raised in Muirhouse, Strachan supported Hibernian as a boy, his father, worked as a scaffolder, his mother, worked at a whisky distillery. At age 15, he damaged his vision playing football on the school playground when a pen in his pocket became lodged in his right eye, he was offered a contract by Hibernian manager Eddie Turnbull, but his father decided against the offer after stating the club did not pay sufficient expenses for footwear. Strachan began his career with Dundee, having decided to sign with the Scottish club at age 14.
In joining the club, he rejected an approach from Manchester United, reasoning he had a better chance to establish himself in the first team at Dens Park. His natural talent was apparent and he earned a reputation as an outstanding player in the second team, twice winning the Scottish Reserve Player of the Year Award, he made his mark as an 18-year-old when he outplayed Alan Ball in a friendly with Arsenal in August 1975. Strachan became a regular player in the 1975–76 season, the inaugural season of the Scottish Premier Division, featuring in 17 of the club's 36 league matches; however David White's "Dee" were relegated on the last day of the season after rivals Dundee United edged ahead on goal average with an unlikely draw with champions Rangers. New boss Tommy Gemmell handed 19-year-old Strachan the captaincy for the 1976–77 First Division campaign, he remains the youngest player to have captained Dundee. However, the club failed to shine in the lower divisions, Strachan lost his first team place early in the 1977–78 season following a drinking session with Jimmy Johnstone.
Strachan decided to leave Dundee. His last match for Dundee was on 26 October 1977 in a 6–0 defeat in the League Cup to Queen of the South at Palmerston Park, which Strachan described in his autobiography as "embarrassing". Strachan was signed by Aberdeen manager Billy McNeill in November 1977 for a fee of £50,000 plus Jim Shirra. Poor form and niggling injuries made 1977–78 a poor season for Strachan, though the "Dons" went on to finish second in the Scottish Premier Division, he was not picked for the 1978 Scottish Cup Final defeat to Rangers. McNeill left the Pittodrie Stadium for Celtic in summer 1978, Alex Ferguson was appointed as the new manager. Strachan played at Hampden Park in the 1979 League Cup defeat to Rangers, set up Duncan Davidson for the game's opening goal. Though the 1978–79 campaign was a disappointment, Aberdeen went on to win the league title in 1979–80 after closing a ten-point deficit over Celtic with a late run that included two victories at Celtic Park, they again reached the League Cup Fi
Martin Reim is an Estonian football manager and former professional player. He is the manager of the Estonia national team. Reim played as a central midfielder for Lõvid, Sport Tallinn, Flora, KTP and the Estonia national team, he is Estonia's most capped player of all time with 157 appearances, was the most capped European player from August 2007 until December 2009, when he was surpassed by Latvia's Vitālijs Astafjevs. Reim is the most capped player never to have played in a major tournament. Reim was named Estonian Footballer of the Year in 1995 and won the Estonian Silverball award three times, in 1995, 1997, 1999. In 2011, he received the Order of the White Star for his services to Estonia. In 2007, Reim opened a football academy. In 2016, the academy team Viimsi MRJK merged with Esiliiga B club HÜJK Emmaste, became Viimsi JK. Reim grew up in Tallinn, he graduated from the Tallinn Secondary School No. 49 in 1989, from the Tallinn University of Technology in 2000. Reim played for a local club Tallinna Lõvid, where he was coached by his father Olev Reim and Roman Ubakivi.
In 1989, he joined Soviet Second League club Sport Tallinn. Reim joined Norma, he was the top goalscorer in the 1990 season with 18 goals. In 1992, Reim joined the successor of the Lõvid team, he won seven trophies with the club, including four Meistriliiga titles, in 1993–94, 1994–95, 1997–98 and 1998, two Estonian Cups, in 1994–95 and 1997–98, an Estonian Supercup in 1998. In June 1999, Reim joined Veikkausliiga club KTP on loan until the end of the season; the move was made permanent in December 1999, for a reported fee of 150,000 FIM. In 2001, Reim returned to Flora. During his second spell at Flora, he won three consecutive Meistriliiga titles, in 2001, 2002 and 2003, another Estonian Cup in 2008, three more Estonian Supercups, in 2002, 2003 and 2004. On 5 December 2008, Reim announced his retirement from professional football, he holds the club record for the most appearances in the Meistriliiga, with 385. Reim made his international debut for Estonia on 3 June 1992, in a historic 1–1 draw against Slovenia in a friendly at Kadriorg Stadium.
The match was Estonia's first official match since restoration of independence and Slovenia's first match ever. Reim scored his first international goal on 23 May 1994, in a 1–2 home loss to Wales in a friendly, he won the Estonian Silverball award for the best national team goal of the year three times, in 1995, 1997, 1999. On 2 June 2001, Reim made his 100th appearance for Estonia in a 2–4 home loss to the Netherlands in a qualification match for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, he ended his international career with a testimonial match on 6 June 2009, a 3–0 home win over Equatorial Guinea. With 157 appearances and 14 goals scored, he is Estonia's most capped player of all time. On 3 December 2009, Flora announced that Reim would replace Tarmo Rüütli as the new manager of the club, he led Flora to victory in the 2010 season, ending the reign of Levadia who had won the four previous Meistriliiga titles. Flora defended their title in 2011 season and won the 2010–11 Estonian Cup, defeating Narva Trans 2–0 in the final.
On 14 October 2012, Reim resigned after poor results in the Meistriliiga, with Marko Lelov and Norbert Hurt taking over. In October 2012, Reim was named as manager of the Estonia under-18, under-21 and under-23 national sides, he led the under-21 team to win the 2014 Baltic Cup. On 14 September 2016, the Estonian Football Association appointed Reim signed as manager of the Estonia national team until the end of the qualification tournament for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Estonia score listed first, score column indicates score after each Reim goal; as of 26 March 2019 Martin Reim at the Estonian Football Association Martin Reim – FIFA competition record Martin Reimi Jalgpallikool
Thomas Ravelli is a retired Swedish footballer who played as a goalkeeper. His 21-year professional career was exclusively associated with Öster and Göteborg, for whom he appeared in 430 Allsvenskan games combined; the most-capped player for the Sweden national team for several years, Ravelli represented the nation at two World Cups and one European Championship. He particiates as a celebrity dance in Let's Dance 2019, broadcast on TV4 Ravelli was born in Vimmerby. At the club level he played for Östers IF and IFK Göteborg, winning three Allsvenskan championships during his ten-year tenure with the former team before signing for the latter in 1989, at the age of 29. With Göteborg, Ravelli conquered his only Swedish Cup. In 1998 39, he joined the Tampa Bay Mutiny of Major League Soccer, closing out his career the following year with his first club. Ravelli's international career spanned two decades, starting in 1981, he played in the 1990 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 1992, the 1994 World Cup, with Sweden finishing third in the latter tournament, appeared in a total of 143 games.
He is well known for saving two penalties during the shootout against Romania in 1994 World Cup's quarter-final clash, including one in the "sudden death" by Miodrag Belodedici. This feat led to him finishing second in the year's race for Goalkeeper of the Year, he was named by France Football as the seventh best player in Europe. Extroverted and competitive with a tall and slender frame, known for his leadership and vocal presence in goal in spite of his eccentric and temperamental personality, Ravelli was a traditional and efficient goalkeeper with solid all-round fundamentals, regarded in particular for his positional sense and ability to read the game and organise his defence, he stood out for his longevity throughout his career. Although Ravelli was not known to be a penalty-saving specialist, Ravelli drew attention to himself in the media when he stopped two penalties in Sweden's quarter-final penalty shoot-out victory over Romania at the 1994 World Cup. Ravelli's twin brother, was a footballer.
Their father was an Austrian immigrant of Italian descent who moved to Sweden in 1952, the siblings played alongside each other at Öster and the national team. Östers Allsvenskan: 1978, 1980, 1981Göteborg Allsvenskan: 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 Svenska Cupen: 1991.