Patrik "Bjärred" Jonas Andersson is a Swedish former footballer who played as a defender. Both his father, Roy Andersson, as well as his younger brother, Daniel Andersson, have played professional football. Andersson began his career in the local club, Bjärreds IF, from which he got his nickname, he moved on to Malmö FF, a team playing in the top national league. In December 1992, Andersson went professional as he moved to Blackburn Rovers for a fee of £800,000, where he stayed for one year, making just 12 Premier League appearances. However, he is notable for being one of the first foreign signings by Blackburn Rovers, one of the small group of foreigners who appeared in the first season of the new Premier League in England, he scored once for Blackburn, in a 2–1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in the second leg of the 1992–93 Football League Cup semi-final. His next step was to play for Borussia Mönchengladbach. There he won the DFB-Pokal with the team in 1995, but left the team as its performance deteriorated, in 1999.
In June 1999, Andersson signed for Bayern Munich for DM 6 million. He made his debut on 22 August 1999 in a 0–2 away defeat against Bayer Leverkusen, his time with Bayern resulted in two Bundesliga championships as well as a DFB-Pokal and victory in the 2000–01 UEFA Champions League, despite missing his penalty in the final shootout. Andersson spent three injury-plagued seasons there. For the 2004 season, Andersson came back to Malmö FF to play in the Swedish league again after 10 years; this year he captained Malmö FF. He has twice been awarded Guldbollen as the Swedish footballer of the year, in 1995 and 2001. After suffering yet another knee injury during a Champions League qualifier against Swiss team FC Thun on 10 August 2005, Andersson announced his retirement from professional football on 12 August 2005, he was appointed as Manchester United's scout in Scandinavia in August 2010. Andersson earned a total of 96 caps for the Swedish national team, he won a bronze medal in the 1994 FIFA World Cup. Andersson played in the team which reached the semi-finals in the 1992 European Championship.
He was part of the Swedish national squad that took part in the Euro 2000, 2002 FIFA World Cup and was a member of the Swedish squad that competed at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. In Euro 2000, he received a red card for a hard foul on Belgium's Bart Goor. During the last training session before Sweden's opening match against England in the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Andersson was injured and was not able to play in the tournament, he was replaced by the less experienced Andreas Jakobsson. Scores and results list Sweden's goal tally first. Borussia Mönchengladbach DFB-Pokal: 1994–95Bayern Munich Bundesliga: 1999–2000, 2000–01 DFB-Pokal: 1999–2000 DFB-Ligapokal: 1999, 2000 UEFA Champions League: 2000–01Malmö FF Allsvenskan: 2004 kicker Bundesliga Team of the Season: 1994–95, 1996–97 UEFA Team of the Year: 2001 Swedish Defender of the Year: 2001 Guldbollen: 1995, 2001 Patrik Andersson at Soccerbase
Claes Cronqvist is a former Swedish footballer. Claes Cronqvist began his career in Landskrona BoIS in 1962, played 1966–1970 for Djurgårdens IF and became Swedish champion during his first year in his new club. In 1971, he transferred back to Landskrona BoIS, where he won the Swedish cup in 1972 and two bronze medals for the seasons 1975 and 1976, he set the record for most red cards in Allsvenskan matched by Mats Rubarth, in a time when the red card was less common. He was capped 16 times for the Swedish national football team and was a member of the squad in the 1970 FIFA World Cup and in the 1974 FIFA World Cup. In 1981, he became manager for IFK Hässleholm. During 1983 and 1985 he became manager for his old club, Landskrona BoIS. In 1983 the team got to qualify for Allsvenskan, but the following year everything went wrong and Landskrona BoIS became instead relegated to tier 3 of Swedish football. However the club let him carry on, after a weak start he managed to make a turn during the second part of the 22-game league.
Landskrona BoIS won the regional tier 3 league and had to face Linköping FF in a home and away game qualification. Everything came to be decided by a penalty shootout at Landskrona IP, of which BoIS came out as the winners and returned to tier 2 of Swedish football in 1986, but for Claes Cronqvist as manager at some kind of important level, 1985 was his last season. He worked as a trainer in the lower divisions. Djurgårdens IF Allsvenskan: 1966Landskrona BoIS Svenska Cupen: 1972 Claes Cronqvist at WorldFootball.net
Sweden the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian Nordic country in Northern Europe. It borders Norway to the west and north and Finland to the east, is connected to Denmark in the southwest by a bridge-tunnel across the Öresund, a strait at the Swedish-Danish border. At 450,295 square kilometres, Sweden is the largest country in Northern Europe, the third-largest country in the European Union and the fifth largest country in Europe by area. Sweden has a total population of 10.2 million. It has a low population density of 22 inhabitants per square kilometre; the highest concentration is in the southern half of the country. Germanic peoples have inhabited Sweden since prehistoric times, emerging into history as the Geats and Swedes and constituting the sea peoples known as the Norsemen. Southern Sweden is predominantly agricultural, while the north is forested. Sweden is part of the geographical area of Fennoscandia; the climate is in general mild for its northerly latitude due to significant maritime influence, that in spite of this still retains warm continental summers.
Today, the sovereign state of Sweden is a constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy, with a monarch as head of state, like its neighbour Norway. The capital city is Stockholm, the most populous city in the country. Legislative power is vested in the 349-member unicameral Riksdag. Executive power is exercised by the government chaired by the prime minister. Sweden is a unitary state divided into 21 counties and 290 municipalities. An independent Swedish state emerged during the early 12th century. After the Black Death in the middle of the 14th century killed about a third of the Scandinavian population, the Hanseatic League threatened Scandinavia's culture and languages; this led to the forming of the Scandinavian Kalmar Union in 1397, which Sweden left in 1523. When Sweden became involved in the Thirty Years War on the Reformist side, an expansion of its territories began and the Swedish Empire was formed; this became one of the great powers of Europe until the early 18th century. Swedish territories outside the Scandinavian Peninsula were lost during the 18th and 19th centuries, ending with the annexation of present-day Finland by Russia in 1809.
The last war in which Sweden was directly involved was in 1814, when Norway was militarily forced into personal union. Since Sweden has been at peace, maintaining an official policy of neutrality in foreign affairs; the union with Norway was peacefully dissolved in 1905. Sweden was formally neutral through both world wars and the Cold War, albeit Sweden has since 2009 moved towards cooperation with NATO. After the end of the Cold War, Sweden joined the European Union on 1 January 1995, but declined NATO membership, as well as Eurozone membership following a referendum, it is a member of the United Nations, the Nordic Council, the Council of Europe, the World Trade Organization and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Sweden maintains a Nordic social welfare system that provides universal health care and tertiary education for its citizens, it has the world's eleventh-highest per capita income and ranks in numerous metrics of national performance, including quality of life, education, protection of civil liberties, economic competitiveness, equality and human development.
The name Sweden was loaned from Dutch in the 17th century to refer to Sweden as an emerging great power. Before Sweden's imperial expansion, Early Modern English used Swedeland. Sweden is derived through back-formation from Old English Swēoþēod, which meant "people of the Swedes"; this word is derived from Sweon/Sweonas. The Swedish name Sverige means "realm of the Swedes", excluding the Geats in Götaland. Variations of the name Sweden are used in most languages, with the exception of Danish and Norwegian using Sverige, Faroese Svøríki, Icelandic Svíþjóð, the more notable exception of some Finnic languages where Ruotsi and Rootsi are used, names considered as referring to the people from the coastal areas of Roslagen, who were known as the Rus', through them etymologically related to the English name for Russia; the etymology of Swedes, thus Sweden, is not agreed upon but may derive from Proto-Germanic Swihoniz meaning "one's own", referring to one's own Germanic tribe. Sweden's prehistory begins in the Allerød oscillation, a warm period around 12,000 BC, with Late Palaeolithic reindeer-hunting camps of the Bromme culture at the edge of the ice in what is now the country's southernmost province, Scania.
This period was characterised by small bands of hunter-gatherer-fishers using flint technology. Sweden is first described in a written source in Germania by Tacitus in 98 AD. In Germania 44 and 45 he mentions the Swedes as a powerful tribe with ships that had a prow at each end. Which kings ruled these Suiones is unknown, but Norse mythology presents a long line of legendary and semi-legendary kings going back to the last centuries BC; as for literacy in Sweden itself, the runic script was in use among the south Scandinavian elite by at least the 2nd century AD, but all that has come down to the present from the Roman Period is curt inscriptions on artefacts of male names, demonstrating th
Malmö Fotbollförening known as Malmö FF, Malmö, or MFF, is the most successful football club in Sweden in terms of trophies won. Formed in 1910 and affiliated with Skånes Fotbollförbund, Malmö FF are based at Stadion in Malmö, Scania; the club have won the most Swedish championship titles, twenty, a record twenty-three league titles, a record fourteen national cup titles. The club won their first Championship in 1944; the powerhouse of Swedish football in recent years, Malmö FF saw glory in the 1970s, winning five Swedish championships and four Svenska Cupen titles. What is more, MFF is the only club from the Nordic countries to have reached the final of the European Cup, the predecessor of the UEFA Champions League, they were runners-up in the 1979 European Champions Cup final, which they lost 1–0 to English club Nottingham Forest. For this feat, Malmö FF were awarded the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal. Malmö FF are the leaders of the overall Allsvenskan table maratontabellen. In more recent history the team qualified for two consecutive group stages of the Champions League in 2014 and 2015.
The club colours, reflected in their crest and kit, are sky blue and white, with sky blue shirts and white shorts being the club's traditional kit colours. The main rivals of MFF are fellow regional rivals Helsingborg, historical domestic rival IFK Göteborg and local Division 2 Södra Götaland side IFK Malmö. MFF Support are their official fan club; the club arose from a municipal initiative in 1905 to encourage young people in Malmö to play organised football. One of the youth teams, Bollklubben Idrott known as BK Idrott, was a predecessor to Malmö FF. BK Idrott joined the newly created football department of IFK Malmö in 1909, but soon left because of issues between the two clubs. On 24 February 1910 the 19 members of BK Idrott founded Malmö FF; the club spent their first ten years in local and regional divisions as there was no official national league competition, playing the majority of their matches in the city division called Malmömästerskapen. They competed in regional competitions in Scania, played matches against Danish clubs.
In 1916 Malmö FF reached the final of the Scanian regional competition for the first time, playing against rival Helsingborgs IF but losing 3–4. The club defeated local rival IFK Malmö three times during the season, thus earned the unofficial but much desired title of Malmö's best football club. In 1917 Malmö FF competed in Svenska Mästerskapet for the first time, a cup tournament for the title of Swedish champions, but lost their first match in the second qualifying round 4–1 against IFK Malmö; the club continued to play in the cup until 1922, reaching the quarter-finals in 1920 when they were knocked out by Landskrona BoIS. The cup was discontinued and the title of Swedish champions was given to the winners of Allsvenskan, first created for the 1924–25 season. In 1920 the Swedish Football Association invited Swedish football clubs to compete in official national competitions. Malmö FF earned a place in Division 2 Sydsvenska Serien, they won this division in the first season, were promoted to Svenska Serien Västra, the highest level of competition in Sweden at the time.
However, they were relegated after a single season, found themselves back in Sydsvenska Serien for nearly a decade until they again achieved promotion to Allsvenskan, in 1931. The club achieved mid-table league positions for two seasons, but they were relegated in 1934 as a penalty for breaking amateur regulations; the club had paid their players a small sum of money for each game. Although against the rules, this was common at the time. In addition to relegation to Division 2, the club suffered bans for the entire board of directors and twenty-six players; the version of events told by Malmö FF and local press suggests that local rival IFK Malmö reported the violation to the Swedish Football Association. This belief has contributed to the longstanding competitive tensions between the clubs; the club made their way back to Allsvenskan in 1937 after two seasons in Division 2. In the same year Eric Persson was elected as chairman after being secretary since 1929, held the position until 1974. Persson is regarded by club leaders and fans as the most important person in the club's history, as he turned the club professional in the 1970s.
Under his leadership the club went from being titleless in 1937 to holding ten Swedish championships by the end of the 1974 season. In 1939 the club reached their highest position yet, third place in Allsvenskan, nine points behind champions IF Elfsborg. Malmö FF's first Swedish championship came in 1944, when the club won the penultimate game of the season against AIK before 36,000 spectators at Råsunda; the last game of the season was won 7–0 against Halmstad BK. For the next nine seasons, Malmö FF finished in the top three in the league; the club won the Swedish Championship in 1949, 1950, 1951 and 1953, were runners-up in 1946, 1948 and 1952. The club won Svenska Cupen in 1944, 1946, 1947, 1951 and 1953, finished as runners-up in 1945. Between 6 May 1949 and 1 June 1951, the team were unbeaten in 49 matches, of which 23 were an unbroken streak of victories; the club finished as runners-up in Allsvenskan twice more, in 1956 and 1957. The following year the club left Malmö IP for Malmö Stadion, built for the 1958 FIFA World Cup, was to host the club for the next 50 years.
In 1964 Malmö FF contracted Spanish manager Antonio Durán. Young talents such as Lars Granström and Bo Larsson emerged during the early 1960s and would pro
Lars Edvin "Lasse" Lagerbäck is a Swedish football manager and former player. He is the manager of the Norwegian national football team. Lagerbäck has managed a number of national teams prior to his current position, he managed the Swedish national team from 1998 until 2009, leading Sweden to five consecutive championships. He resigned as manager in 2009 after Sweden's failure to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. After a short stint as manager of Nigeria, he led Iceland to unprecedented success as they qualified for their first finals competition, Euro 2016, reached the quarter-finals, beating England in the last 16. Apart from his coaching duties, Lagerbäck has in recent years been a pundit for Premier League and UEFA Champions League broadcasting on Swedish television, he holds the record for managing a team in the finals of the European Championships with 4 appearances. Born in Katrineholm and raised in Ovansjö, Medelpad, in his youth, Lagerbäck played for Alby FF; when he was 13 years old, he began playing for their P16 team.
After completing his upper secondary school studies at the end of the 1960s, Lagerbäck studied political science and economics at Umeå University in northern Sweden. On the side of his studies, he played football for Gimonäs CK under the guidance of Calle Lindelöf, he continued to play there until 1974 and worked as a club clerk from 1970. Over the course of the following years, he played twice for the club in the qualifying rounds to division two in the Swedish League without success. Lagerbäck himself played midfielder, but was an unused substitute. In 1974, he attended Gymnastik- och Idrottshögskolan, where he was a classmate of current assistant coach Roland Andersson. In 1977, he was called up to the senior team, it was former teammate Kjell Pettersson. He coached the Division IV team until 1982. In 1983, he moved to Arbrå IK until 1985. In 1987, he took over Hudiksvall ABK but left in 1989. In 1990, Lagerbäck took a job with the Swedish Football Association, he began as a coach for the junior levels.
He helped Tord Grip with the Swedish national team. In 1996, Lagerbäck took over the Sweden B national team, until 1997. In 1998, Tommy Söderberg chose him to be the assistant coach for the Swedish national team. In 2000, he was promoted to dual-coach, a responsibility he shared with Söderberg until 2004. Under his guidance, the Swedish national team qualified for the Euro 2000 but was eliminated in the group stages. In 2002, he led Sweden to the World Cup, where Sweden were drawn in the'group of death', together with England and Nigeria. Sweden subsequently lost against Senegal in the first knockout round. In 2004, Sweden qualified for their third straight championship. In the Euro 2004, Sweden made it to the quarter-finals; that same year, Tommy Söderberg left the Swedish national team to coach the U21 team. After the departure of Söderberg, Lagerbäck appointed Roland Andersson as assistant coach. In 2006, Lagerbäck took Sweden to their fourth consecutive championship, the first time in Swedish history.
He led Sweden to the 2006 World Cup. Under Lagerbäck, Sweden qualified for UEFA Euro 2008, however they were eliminated in the group stage after losing 2–0 against Russia; the team's early dismissal from the tournament led sport columnists to ask Lagerbäck to be sacked. Despite this, he signed an extension, which kept him until the end of the 2010 FIFA World Cup campaign. After Sweden's unsuccessful qualification campaign, Lagerbäck resigned. On 26 February 2010, Lagerbäck signed a five-month contract that would see him lead Nigeria in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Despite Nigeria's poor performance in the World Cup, the Nigeria Football Federation offered Lagerbäck a contract extension for another two years. Lagerbäck declined the offer. Around this time, Lagerbäck was a candidate for the position of manager of the Welsh national team. On 4 October 2011, KSÍ's chief executive Geir Þorsteinsson reported that talks had begun over the appointment of Lagerbäck as the new manager of the Icelandic national team.
The appointment was confirmed ten days later. Under Lagerbäck, Iceland qualified for the play-off stage of the qualification tournament for the 2014 World Cup, but Croatia were the victors over two legs. Shortly thereafter Lagerbäck signed a new contract, this time as joint manager with his former Iceland assistant Heimir Hallgrímsson, who took over as sole manager with Lagerbäck's retirement following Euro 2016, where Iceland famously reached the quarter-finals, beating England in the last 16, they went out to France in the quarter-finals. On 1 February 2017, Lagerbäck was announced as the new manager for Norway, signing a contract lasting until the end of 2019. On 26 March 2017, Lagerbäck took charge of his first game as manager of Norway, which resulted in a 2-0 defeat to Northern Ireland in Belfast; as of 26 March 2019 Sweden Nigeria Iceland Norway Lars Lagerbäck profile
Magnus Carl Hedman is a Swedish former football goalkeeper. He played 58 matches for the Sweden national football team, represented his country at two FIFA World Cup and two European Championship tournaments, he is divorced from Magdalena Graaf, a Swedish author, former model and pop singer. The couple have two sons together. Hedman started his career with AIK in 1990, he won the 1992 Allsvenskan championship with AIK, was chosen as a backup for first-choice keeper Thomas Ravelli at the 1994 World Cup. He debuted for the Swedish national team in February 1997, moved abroad to play for English club Coventry City in July that year. Hedman was chosen for the Swedish squad at the Euro 2000 where he played all Sweden's matches and conceded goals from Bart Goor and Emile Mpenza against Belgium and from Luigi Di Biagio and Alessandro Del Piero against Italy; the other match, against Turkey, was 0–0 draw. He won the 2000 Guldbollen award, he played full-time for Sweden at the 2002 World Cup. Hedman was replaced by future England international Chris Kirkland in the Coventry City team during their relegation from the FA Premier League in the 2000/01 season.
He regained his place following Kirkland's transfer to Liverpool after a single game of the 2001/02 season. His Coventry City career came to an acrimonious conclusion towards the end of that season, when he was approached on the pitch during an away match against Preston North End on 6 April 2002 by a'fan', questioning his commitment to the club and desire to play in the Football League Championship. Hedman played two further games for Coventry that season before moving on to Celtic in the Scottish Premier League in 2002, he had a loan spell at Italian team A. C. Ancona in 2004, a time in which he claimed to have witnessed bribery on part of his Ancona teammates. While at Ancona, he was chosen to represent Sweden at the Euro 2004, where he served as a back-up for keeper Andreas Isaksson, he played a further season for Celtic, before being released at the start of the 2005/06 season. He retired from professional football. In September 2006, he was rumoured to be making a sensational comeback at English FA Premier League club Newcastle United.
According to himself he denied an offer from the club, citing it was too short of a contract to be interesting. The club itself has denied contacting the goalkeeper. On 9 November 2006 it was announced that Hedman would join FA Premier League Champions Chelsea on a week's trial, due to Chelsea's current lack of fit goalkeepers except for Henrique Hilário and youth team keeper Yves Ma-Kalambay; the move was completed on 14 November 2006, with Hedman taking the number 22 shirt worn by Eidur Gudjohnsen. At the end of the season Hedman was released from his contract, having made no official appearances for Chelsea. In November 2008 he claimed he was approached by Manchester City to provide back up following the injury to their current number 1 Joe Hart. Hedman began training with Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur on 5 January 2009, with a view to gaining a contract with Spurs until at least the end of the 2008–09 season, of which he did not achieve. According to BBC Sport, Hedman has begun working with the backroom staff of Weymouth F.
C, with a view to training goalkeepers at the club. He was the goalkeeping coach for third-tier club IK Frej. On 21 June 2013 he made a one-match comeback and played 90 minutes in Frej's 3-1 victory against Selånger FK. Swedish national football team 2004 profile Magnus Hedman at Soccerbase
Joachim Björklund is a Swedish former professional footballer who played as a centre back. He is assistant manager at Hammarby IF in Allsvenskan. Taking the leap from junior team obscurity to becoming a star in Brann, Björklund was sold to IFK Göteborg. There, his side achieved a surprise 3–1 victory over Manchester United in the group stage of the 1994–95 Champions League. At the end of the following season, he was transferred to Vicenza, the following year to Rangers, where he won a Scottish league championship medal, for £2.2m. He moved to Valencia for £2.5m on 20 June 1998 and spent three years at Valencia before joining Venezia in Italy, where he played for just one season. Björklund joined Sunderland in January 2002 for £1.5million, but was unable to prevent them from being relegated in the following 2002–03 season. However the 2003–04 season was better, as he helped Sunderland finish third in Division One and reach the FA Cup semi finals yet his services were deemed to be no longer required by manager Mick McCarthy so he joined Wolverhampton Wanderers, who had just been relegated from the Premier League.
He left the club and retired after just one injury-hampered season that restricted him to just five appearances in total as the club failed to win an immediate return to the top flight. For many years he formed a successful central defensive partnership with Patrik Andersson for the Swedish national team. Björklund was selected for the UEFA Euro 1992, 1994 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2000, he was a member of the Swedish squad that competed at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. His maternal uncle is Tommy Svensson, the Sweden national football team manager from 1991 to 1997. Having finished his playing career, he worked as a scout for Valencia targeting the Nordic countries, he worked as a pundit for Swedish Canal+, covering La Liga football, for several years. On 28 January 2018, Björklund was appointed assistant manager of Hammarby IF in Allsvenskan, he signed a one year-deal with the club. RangersScottish Premier Division: 1996–97 Scottish League Cup: 1996–97ValenciaCopa del Rey: 1999 Supercopa de España: 1999 Joachim Björklund at Soccerbase Joachim Björklund at National-Football-Teams.com