Patrik Andersson

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Patrik Andersson
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Patrik Andersson (2012)
birthday 18th August 1971
place of birth BorgebySweden
size 185 cm
position Defense
Years station
0000-1988 Bjärreds IF
1988-1989 Malmö FF
Years station Games (goals) 1
1989-1992 Malmö FF 90 (11)
1992-1993 Blackburn Rovers 12 0(0)
1993-1999 Borussia Monchengladbach 174 (10)
1999-2001 FC Bayern Munich 38 0(1)
2001-2003 FC Barcelona 19 0(1)
2004-2005 Malmö FF 19 0(1)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1992-2002 Sweden 96 0(3)
1 Only league games are given.

Patrik 'Bjärred' Andersson (born August 18, 1971 in Borgeby ) is a former Swedish football player . The defender , who played 96 international matches for the senior national team between 1992 and 2002 and scored three goals, was awarded the Guldbollen for "Sweden's Footballer of the Year" in 1995 and 2001 . Today he works as a club official.


Beginning in Sweden

Andersson began his career at the age of eight with his hometown club Bjärreds IF . His father, former Swedish international Roy Andersson , wanted him to join his former club Malmö FF as soon as he could play in the first team. Therefore, he only moved to MFF in the summer of 1988 at the age of 17, for whom he made his debut in the Allsvenskan a year later . Under coach Roy Hodgson he belonged in the 1989 season parallel to the first division and youth team. In the fall of the year he reached the finals for the Swedish championship with the youth team. Since there was a game in the Allsvenskan on the same day, he initially competed with the senior team against AIK , before he later participated in the 2-0 first leg win against the offspring of IF Brommapojkarna . After a 2-0 defeat in the second leg, the playoff was also lost - this time without Andersson's involvement - and after the final defeat in the Allsvenskan against IFK Norrköping , he narrowly missed his first two title wins.

Before the 1990 season , Bob Houghton took over as coach at Malmö FF. Under his leadership, Andersson finally became a regular player, where he was used as a central defender or defensive midfielder as needed . Although he only achieved midfield positions with the team, he still played his way into the notebook of national coach Tommy Svensson . On January 29, 1992 he made his debut in the 0-1 defeat against the Australian national team on the side of Håkan Mild , Stefan Rehn and Magnus Erlingmark in the Swedish national jersey . As a central defender at Jan Eriksson's side , he established himself in the team and was on the pitch at the 1992 European Championships in the group stage. In the 2: 3 defeat in the semi-finals against the selection of Germany , who later came second in the European Championship, he was not used due to a yellow card suspension.

Years abroad

After the end of the 1992 season , Andersson left Sweden in the fall of that year. Now internationally known, he moved to England for the first division club Blackburn Rovers . There coach Kenny Dalglish used him mainly in midfield, where he was not convincing and was hardly used.

After only one year, Andersson moved to Germany for Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach in autumn 1993 . From his debut in the 3-2 win over Werder Bremen on November 19 of that year, he was a regular under coach Bernd Krauss . After the end of the season, which he finished with the club as tenth in the table, he was part of the Swedish team at the 1994 World Cup tournament . In the United States, he appeared in all six of the national team's finals, contributing to third place, the best result since the 1958 World Cup . As a result, he was awarded the Svenska Dagbladet gold medal for the best Swedish sporting performance with the team .

At the end of the 1994/95 season , Andersson, who played all 34 Bundesliga games, won his first title. After finishing fifth in the league, he and the team won the 1994/95 DFB Cup final after goals from fellow countryman Martin Dahlin , Stefan Effenberg and Heiko Herrlich with a 3-0 win over the second division VfL Wolfsburg the DFB Cup . At the end of the year his good performance was honored with the award for Sweden's Footballer of the Year. In the following season he reached the quarter-finals of the competition with Borussia in the 1995/96 European Cup Winners' Cup . There the club failed after the 2-2 draw at home after the 0-1 defeat in the away game at the Dutch first division club Feyenoord Rotterdam . With four goals this season in 33 games, he helped the team to fourth place in the table, so that they were still represented in the European Cup in the following season. Although Arsenal FC was thrown out of the competition at the start of the season with two victories in the 1996/97 UEFA Cup , the following season was mixed. After the second round against AS Monaco , Andersson only finished tenth with the club.

Long since becoming a regular in the national team, Andersson inherited Jonas Thern , who ended his international career due to an injury, as the national team captain in 1997 . A year later he was given the same honor at club level when he rose to the team captain of the Gladbach team at the beginning of the 1998/99 season as the successor to Stefan Effenberg, who had migrated to Bayern Munich . In 28 Bundesliga games he was still unable to prevent the multiple German champions from relegating from the Bundesliga, but was nevertheless voted into the “(Borussia) team of the century” at the club’s centenary in August 2000.

For the 1999/2000 season , Andersson moved to Bayern Munich for a transfer fee of around four million Deutschmarks . Initially only a substitute player, he won the championship title and the DFB Cup 1999/2000 with the club at the end of the season , when the team clearly defeated Werder Bremen 3-0 with goals from Giovane Élber , Paulo Sérgio and Mehmet Scholl . He also moved into the semi-finals of the Champions League with the team , in which the eventual winner Real Madrid prevailed. After the end of the season he took part in the 2000 European Championship with the national team, which had not qualified for a major tournament since 1994 . He was used in two preliminary round matches after he was sent off in the 2-1 loss to Belgium . As the bottom of the group, the team dropped out of the competition early.

In the following year he was one of the regular players for much of the season, but occasionally fell out with minor injuries. On the last day of the 2000/01 season , he scored his only Bundesliga goal for Bayern Munich in a 1-1 draw in the away game against Hamburger SV when he converted an indirect free kick in the 4th minute of stoppage time. With this equalizing goal, he helped the club to win the championship trophy, as FC Schalke 04 was thus outstripped. Four days later he was with the club in the final of the Champions League 2000/01 against the Spanish representative FC Valencia , which was decided on penalties . Although his penalty was saved by Santiago Cañizares , the team won the trophy after three penalty kicks saved by Oliver Kahn .

In July 2001 Andersson left Germany after 212 Bundesliga games. For a transfer fee of a little more than 15 million D-Marks, he moved to Spain, where he signed a four-year contract with FC Barcelona . At the end of 2001 he was named Sweden's Footballer of the Year for the second time. Due to injury, he came to the end of 2003 only 19 appearances for the Catalan club in the Primera División . Therefore, he also missed the 2002 World Cup , in the preparation of which he played his last of 96 international matches in a 1-1 draw against Japan in May , in which he was replaced by Andreas Jakobsson as central defender. After the team was eliminated in the second round, he ended his national team career in which he scored three goals.

Return to Sweden

In January 2004 Andersson returned to his first professional station Malmö FF after twelve years. At the side of players like Andreas Yngvesson , Afonso Alves , Mattias Asper and Daniel Majstorović , he played ten league games and thus contributed to winning the Lennart Johansson Cup for the Swedish national champions. In the following season he played nine more games before tearing a cruciate ligament and meniscus damage in a qualifying game for the Champions League 2005/06 against Swiss club FC Thun in August 2005 . A short time later he announced the end of his career.

Beginning as a club official

In October 2007 Andersson was offered a position at his former club Malmö FF, which he declined. In December of the following year, the club dismissed its sports director Hans Borg after four unsuccessful years and made Andersson his successor. Andersson has been jointly responsible for the Scandinavian sales of the Pelé Sports football brand since 2011 .


Andersson was born the son of Swedish international Roy Andersson and is the older brother of Daniel , who also became an international during his career.

In 2020 he reported that he lived with his family in Stockholm and worked in the real estate industry.

Parallel to Andersson's career in Sweden in the 1990s, Patrik Andersson ran in the Allsvenskan . In order to better distinguish the two players with identical names, they were given their hometowns as nicknames. Andersson got his nickname "Bjärred", while the competitor was called Patrik "Trelleborg" Andersson.



Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Interview ( Memento from May 2, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) on dfb .de
  2. ^ Matthias Arnhold: Patrik Jonas Andersson - Matches and Goals in Bundesliga . . November 14, 2019. Retrieved November 15, 2019.
  3. "Andersson change to Barcelona perfect" ( Memento of the original from September 1, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (accessed on December 14, 2009) @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  4. ^ Roberto Mamrud: Patrik Andersson - International Appearances . . November 14, 2019. Retrieved November 15, 2019.
  5. "Ex-Gladbacher Andersson before the end of his career" ( Memento of the original from May 9, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (accessed on December 14, 2009) @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  6. "Fotbollskarriären slut bekräftar Patrik Andersson" ( Memento from September 11, 2012 in the web archive )
  7. "Patrik Andersson utanför MFF" ( Memento of the original from March 27, 2008 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (accessed on December 14, 2009) @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  8. "Patrik Andersson pekas ut som ny sportchef i Malmö FF" ( Memento of the original from February 5, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (accessed on January 6, 2009) @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  9. Patrik Andersson now also in the Pelé Sports Team ( Memento from July 8, 2012 in the web archive )
  10. Patrik Andersson: "Especially 2001 remains unique" , FC Bayern, April 1, 2020