* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (goals)
Karl Fredrik "Freddie" Ljungberg(Swedish pronunciation: [ˈfreːdrɪk ˈjɵŋ.ˈbærj]) (born 16 April 1977 in Vittsjö , Sweden ) is a Swedish former footballer who played as a winger .He began his career at Halmstads BK and went on to spend most of his career at Arsenal , where he won honours including two Premier League titles and three FA Cups , scoring in two finals including the victory in 2002 . After leaving Arsenal in 2007, he had short spells at a number of clubs in England, Scotland, the United States, Japan and India. An international for a full decade, Ljungberg earned 75 caps and was captain of the Swedish national team until he announced his international retirement after UEFA Euro 2008 .Ljungberg was a model for Calvin Klein underwearuntil 2007.He previously represented brands such as Nike , Procter & Gamble , L'Oreal and currently represents Puma , ESPN and Pepsi , as well as running his own blog since October 2009.
In 1982, the Ljungberg family left Vittsjö and moved to Halmstad . At first, the tenacious 5-year old would not have any part of moving. Fredrik argued with his parents that he did not want to live in Halmstad. His parents relented and took him to Halmstads BK where he played on the youth team under Olle Eriksson .
Also in his youth, he enjoyed playing ice hockey and developed a talent for handball ; he was eventually called up to the under-15 national handball team,but decided to focus his attentions on football.
At age 14, Ljungberg joined the junior team under coach Robert Nordström. His perseverance paid off because three years later he was moved up to the senior team.
Some of Ljungberg's best form came in the second half of the 2001–02 season , when Arsenal won their second Premier League and FA Cup double . Following a knee injury to Robert Pirès , Ljungberg scored in most of Arsenal's remaining games, including a stunning finish for Arsenal's second goal in the 2–0 FA Cup Final win over Chelsea . Ljungberg had scored many important and vital goals for Arsenal throughout the season. He scored an equaliser against Manchester United, in a game where Arsenal went on to win 3–1. He was instrumental in Arsenal's 2–1 win against Liverpool at Anfield where he won a penalty which Thierry Henry scored and then he slotted in a sweet finish from a Robert Pirès cross. He scored a nearly identical goal again against Liverpool at Highbury three weeks later, where the matched ended up being a 1–1 draw. Ljungberg ended the 2001–02 season scoring 17 goals in all competitions.
Ljungberg was the first player to score a goal at an FA Cup final outside England , when Arsenal lost against Liverpool in 2001 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff . A year later, against Chelsea , he became the first player to score in consecutive FA Cup Finals .He also scored a penalty in the shootout in Arsenal's 2005 FA Cup Final victory over Manchester United.
Despite a persistent ankle injury, Ljungberg played for Arsenal in the 2–1 defeat by Barcelona in the Champions League Final in Paris on 17 May 2006.
Ljungberg came back after a long injury in an FA Cup match against Bolton Wanderers , scoring a goal thirteen minutes before the end of extra time, earning Arsenal a place in the fifth-round tie of the FA Cup against Blackburn Rovers.
Ljungberg also scored away at Sunderland a month later in a 1–2 defeat, being his final goal for the club.
In May, it was reported that Ljungberg was offered £3m to tear up his contract. This was quickly dismissed by both Ljungberg's agents, Claes Elefalk and Scott Duxbury, West Ham's chief executive.
On 28 August, Ljungberg's agent told the Swedish press that Ljungberg was continuing to train at his old football club Halmstads BK but was unsure of his football future. At the end of the transfer window, Ljungberg was linked to AS Monaco . When Ljungberg declined to join Monaco after the transfer window closed, many believed Ljungberg was finished with football.
Daily Starreported that Ljungberg was looking to become a furniture designer. Shortly after, Ljungberg was seen in London with Natalie Imbruglia and in Sweden with Brazilian actress Elissa Sursara.
Alexi Lalas stated, " Eddie Vedder , I think, would have a better chance of making an impact at Seattle than Freddie Ljungberg".However, after the 2009 regular season Lalas acknowledged his initial skepticism but admitted he had changed his mind. "For me he's the best DP signing, because of the way he plays in MLS."
The Seattle Timesreported that Ljungberg was expected to miss 10–12 weeks of training and possibly be sidelined for the team's inaugural game, but he recovered from his hip injury sooner than expected. Although Ljungberg did not take part of Seattle's preseason in Argentina, he did however do light training with IS Halmia .
Ljungberg played his first full game against Chivas USA in Los Angeles in which they lost 2–0. While some noted that Fredy Montero and Ljungberg were not cohesive on the pitch due to Ljungberg's absence in the preseason and few practices with one other, coach Sigi Schmid answered, "That's just something that takes some time. But they're both quality players and it will get sorted out I think a lot sooner than later."
After playing DC United, Ljungberg suffered from some hamstring tightness. Ljungberg did suit up for the New York Red Bull game on 20 June 2009, but he did not play as a result of the injury.On 28 June, Ljungberg assisted Montero's 23rd-minute goal against the Colorado Rapids. He was subbed out toward the end of the game, in which he received a standing ovation. Ljungberg sat out for the US Open Cup game against the USL Portland Timbers and focused on training during the 4-week vacation in July. Following the brief holiday vacation, Seattle defeated Houston Dynamo , a game in which Ljungberg was heavily targeted and fouled. Despite this, Ljungberg outmaneuvered his opponents and assisted a goal to Patrick Ianni . The Bleacher Report dubbed him the man of the match.
In July 2009, Ljungberg was selected for starting MLS' All-Stars along with teammate Kasey Keller . Selection for the All-Star team is based upon votes from players, coaches, general managers, members of the media and an online fan voting system. Ljungberg received the most votes among fans, a testament to his popularity in the MLS. Ljungberg was also appointed captain of the 2009 MLS All-Star Team in their game versus Everton .
Unfortunately for Ljungberg, the initial five kicks ended in a draw. Kinnear, not fully understanding Ljungberg's condition, sent him out as the sixth kicker. Ljungberg, unable to see, took a chance and just tapped the ball in the center of net. However, Tim Howard caught it, resulting in Everton's win. Immediately following the game, Ljungberg was removed from the field on a stretcher. Later, Ljungberg told reporters that he ingested trace amount of red wine while in Utah, resulting in his second migraine within months.
Ljungberg's first start for the Fire came against the New York Red Bulls in a match that featured five designated players .After 15 league appearances, Ljungberg announced that he would be leaving Chicago at the end of the 2010 MLS season.
Ljungberg made his debut for Celtic away to Berwick Rangers in the Scottish Cup on 9 January 2011, playing over 60 minutes and helping his team to a 2–0 victory.
He left the club by mutual consent on 14 February 2012.
Ljungberg's comeback was cut short due to persistent back problems. After only four games played, he decided to end his contract and return to his home in London.
On 10 November 1996, Ljungberg scored twice in a game against Scotland.
He scored his first national team goal against Denmark in Malmö with a 3–0 victory.
The two of them were quickly separated by shocked team-mates and the team practice was immediately cancelled to deal with the public relations disaster. Within hours, video footage of the fight flooded the media and internet.
However, Ljungberg did muster the strength to play against England on 2 June 2002 and Nigeria on 7 June 2002 despite the pain. After Sweden advanced from group death, the team was defeated by Senegal .
Sweden along with Italy and Denmark were in a three way tie for the first spot. However, it was concluded that Italy would not advance due to a goal difference after Sweden and Denmark drew 2–2. Italy disputed the decision saying both Sweden and Denmark fixed the match.UEFA squashed that notion and Sweden moved onto the next round to compete against the Netherlands. The match ended with 0–0 draw in which Ljungberg attempted two shots but failed to score.
"Ljungberg said. "If you look at the football year 2006, it was very eventful. . . . If I should try to sum it up, the Champions League final left some deep marks. That felt heavy. But for me, the World Cup was the biggest event of the year."
After the World Cup 2006 finals, Ljungberg became captain of Sweden National Team. He captained the side in 8 of the 9 Euro 2008 qualifiers including games against Latvia , Liechtenstein , Spain , Northern Ireland , and Iceland . In the qualifiers, Ljungberg scored one goal against Liechtenstein on 17 October 2007 and had an assist in the Latvia match four days later. Sweden qualified for the European Championship with 6 wins.
Ljungberg played in 75 internationals for Sweden, scoring 14 goals.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|2007–08||West Ham United||25||2||1||0||0||0||-||26||2|
|2009||Seattle Sounders FC||Major League Soccer||22||2||1||0||2||0||0||0||25||2|
|2010–11||Celtic||Scottish Premier League||7||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||8||0|
|2011||Shimizu S-Pulse||J. League||8||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||8||0|
|1.||28 May 1998||Malmö Stadion , Malmö||Denmark||3–0||Friendly|
|2.||31 March 1999||Stadion Śląski , Chorzów||Poland||1–0||Euro 2000 qualification|
|3.||7 June 2003||Stadio Serravalle , Serravalle||San Marino||0–6||Euro 2004 qualification|
|4.||14 June 2004||Estádio José Alvalade , Lisbon||Bulgaria||5–0||Euro 2004|
|5.||4 September 2004||Ta' Qali National Stadium , Ta'Qali||Malta||0–7||2006 World Cup qualification|
|6.||4 September 2004||Ta' Qali National Stadium , Ta'Qali||Malta||0–7||2006 World Cup qualification|
|7.||9 October 2004||Råsunda Stadium , Stockholm||Hungary||3–0||2006 World Cup qualification|
|8.||9 February 2005||Stade de France , Paris||France||1–1||Friendly|
|9.||26 March 2005||Vasil Levski National Stadium , Sofia||Bulgaria||0–3||2006 World Cup qualification|
|10.||26 March 2005||Vasil Levski National Stadium , Sofia||Bulgaria||0–3||2006 World Cup qualification|
|11.||4 June 2005||Ullevi , Gothenburg||Malta||6–0||2006 World Cup qualification|
|12.||3 September 2005||Råsunda Stadium , Stockholm||Bulgaria||3–0||2006 World Cup qualification|
|13.||15 June 2006||Olympiastadion , Berlin||Paraguay||1–0||2006 World Cup|
|14.||13 October 2007||Rheinpark Stadion , Vaduz||Liechtenstein||0–3||Euro 2008 qualification|
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