Isaac Kiese Thelin

Isaac Kiese Thelin (born 24 June 1992) is a Swedish footballer who plays as a forward for Bayer Leverkusen, on loan from Anderlecht, and the Sweden national team.[3] He was born to a Swedish mother and a Congolese father.

Isaac Kiese Thelin
Kiese Thelin in 2018
Personal information
Full name Isaac Kiese Thelin
Date of birth 24 June 1992 (age 26)
Place of birth Örebro, Sweden[1]
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Bayer Leverkusen
(on loan from Anderlecht)
Number 11
Youth career
1997–2009 Karlslunds IF
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Karlslunds IF 44 (18)
2011–2014 IFK Norrköping 48 (6)
2014–2015 Malmö FF 14 (5)
2015–2017 Bordeaux 29 (3)
2017Anderlecht (loan) 16 (1)
2017– Anderlecht 2 (0)
2017–2018Waasland-Beveren (loan) 25 (16)
2018–Bayer Leverkusen (loan) 6 (0)
National team
2009 Sweden U17 3 (1)
2014–2015 Sweden U21 11 (7)
2014– Sweden 29 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 November 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 November 2018


Early career

Kiese Thelin playing for IFK Norrköping in 2013.

Kiese Thelin began his career at Karlslunds IF from Örebro, a club he had been playing football for since the age of five.[4] He played from the club as they played in Sweden's Division 1, Division 2 and Division 3. In 2011, he transferred to newly promoted Allsvenskan side IFK Norrköping. Kiese Thelin made his breakthrough in the 2012 season when he appeared in eleven matches for the club and scored twice. For the 2013 season he increased his appearances to 25 and scored another four goals. After having appeared regularly during the beginning of the 2014 season, it was announced on 4 June 2014 that Kiese Thelin had signed a four-year contract with fellow Allsvenskan club and reigning champions Malmö FF.[3]

Malmö FF

On 4 June 2014, it was announced that Kiese Thelin would transfer to Malmö FF. It was announced that Malmö FF were in negotiations with IFK Norrköping to complete the transfer in summer of 2014 instead of completing the transfer after the season when Kiese Thelin's contract ended.[5] On 5 July 2014 it was confirmed by Malmö FF that Kiese Thelin would join the club on 15 July 2014.[6] He made his debut for the club in the first leg of the second qualifying round to the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League against FK Ventspils on 16 July 2014.[7] Kiese Thelin would prove to play a crucial part of the team that defended the Allsvenskan league title and qualified for the group stage of the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League. In his 14 league appearances for the club he scored five goals, the first against Kalmar FF in the away fixture on 19 July 2014.[8] He also scored two important goals for the club in the UEFA Champions League qualifying campaign, the first in the away game against FK Ventspils on 23 July 2014 and the second in the away game against Sparta Prague on 29 July 2014.[9][10] Overall Kiese Thelin participated in all of the clubs 12 matches in the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League. After the season, he was nominated for newcomer of the year at Svenska idrottsgalan.[11] On 20 January 2015 Malmö FF announced that they had reached a verbal agreement with Ligue 1 side Bordeaux for the transfer of Kiese Thelin.[12]


On 22 January 2015, Ligue 1 club Bordeaux confirmed the transfer of Kiese Thelin. He signed a contract lasting until 2019.[13] He made his debut two days later in a goalless draw against SC Bastia, appearing in the whole match.

Loan to RSC Anderlecht

On 5 January 2017, the Swedish striker joined Belgian Jupiler Pro League giant Anderlecht on loan. He was resent to Anderlecht on 24 May for the following season.[14]

RSC Anderlecht

On 31 August 2017, Anderlecht bought his rights from Bordeaux and loaned him to Waasland-Beveren.

Loan to Bayer Leverkusen

On 7 August 2018, Bayer Leverkusen announced the signing on Kiese Thelin on a season-long loan, until 30 June 2019.[15]

International career

Kiese Thelin was selected for Sweden U17 in 2009, he made three caps and scored once. Thelin was selected for Sweden U21 in 2014 and scored two goals in his first two appearances. He made his international debut on 15 November 2014 against Montenegro.

In May 2018 he was named in Sweden's 23 man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[16]

Career statistics


As of 13 April 2019[17][18]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Karlslunds IF 2009 Division 1 6 0 6 0
2010 Division 2 21 10 21 10
2011 Division 3 17 8 1 0 18 8
Total 44 18 1[a] 0 0 0 0 0 45 18
IFK Norrköping 2011 Allsvenskan 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012 11 2 1[a] 0 12 2
2013 25 4 4[a] 0 29 4
2014 12 0 2[a] 0 14 0
Total 48 6 7 0 0 0 0 0 55 6
Malmö FF 2014 Allsvenskan 14 5 0 0 12[b] 2 1[c] 1 26 7
Total 14 5 0 0 12 2 1 1 26 7
Bordeaux 2014–15 Ligue 1 15 1 15 1
2015–16 7 0 0 0 5[d] 1 12 1
2016–17 7 2 2[e] 0 9 2
Total 29 3 2 0 5 1 0 0 36 4
Anderlecht 2016–17 First Division A 16 1 0 0 6[d] 1 10[f] 1 32 3
2017–18 2 0 0 0 0 0 1[g] 0 3 0
Total 18 1 0 0 6 1 11 1 35 3
Waasland-Beveren (loan) 2017–18 First Division A 25 16 3 0 8[f] 3 36 19
Total 25 16 3 0 0 0 8 3 36 19
Bayer Leverkusen (loan) 2018–19 Bundesliga 6 0 2 0 6[d] 1 0 0 14 1
Total 6 0 2 0 6 1 0 0 14 1
Career total 184 49 15 0 29 5 20 5 248 59
  1. ^ a b c d Appearances in the Svenska Cupen
  2. ^ Appearances in the Champions League
  3. ^ Appearance in the Svenska Supercupen
  4. ^ a b c Appearances in the Europa League
  5. ^ Appearances in the Coupe de la Ligue
  6. ^ a b Appearances in the First Division A playoffs
  7. ^ Appearance in the Belgian Super Cup


As of 3 July 2018.[18]
National team Year Apps Goals
Sweden 2014 2 0
2015 5 0
2016 3 1
2017 7 1
2018 7 0
Total 24 2

International goals

Scores and results list Sweden's goal tally first.[19]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 15 November 2016 Groupama Arena, Budapest, Hungary  Hungary 2–0 2–0 Friendly
2. 25 March 2017 Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden  Belarus 4–0 4–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. 10 September 2018 Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden  Turkey 1–0 2–3 2018–19 UEFA Nations League B



Malmö FF



Sweden U21


  1. ^ Balkander, Mattias (11 November 2014). "Debutanten Kiese Thelin är inte nervös". Göteborgs-Posten (in Swedish). Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  2. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – List of Players" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Isaac Kiese Thelin". Svenskfotboll. Archived from the original on 27 August 2017. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
  4. ^ "Isaac Kiese Thelin på plats i Malmö FF". (in Swedish). Malmö FF. 7 July 2014. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Isaac Kiese Thelin klar för MFF". (in Swedish). Malmö FF. 4 June 2014. Archived from the original on 6 June 2014. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Isaac Kiese Thelin är spelklar för MFF per den 15 juli". (in Swedish). Malmö FF. 5 July 2014. Archived from the original on 9 July 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  7. ^ "Malmö and Ventspils play out goalless draw". UEFA. 16 July 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2014.
  8. ^ "Kalmar FF 1–1 Malmö FF". (in Swedish). The Swedish Football Association. 19 July 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  9. ^ "Ventspils' dream dashed by Malmö". UEFA. 23 July 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  10. ^ "Lafata treble puts Sparta in charge against Malmö". UEFA. 29 July 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  11. ^ "Här är de nominerade till Idrottsgalan". (in Swedish). Sveriges Radio. 12 November 2014. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  12. ^ "MFF muntligen överrens om Kiese Thelin-övergång". (in Swedish). Malmö FF. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  13. ^ "Transfert - Isaac Kiese Thelin est bordelais !". (in French). FC Girondins de Bordeaux. 22 January 2015. Archived from the original on 22 January 2015. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  14. ^ "Isaac Kiese Thelin retournera à Anderlecht" (in French). L'Équipe. 24 May 2017. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  15. ^ "WM-Joker Thelin: Leih-Deal perfekt" (in German). kicker. 7 August 2018. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  16. ^ "Revealed: Every World Cup 2018 squad - Final 23-man lists -".
  17. ^ "Isaac Thelin » Club matches". Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  18. ^ a b "Isaac Kiese Thelin". Soccerway. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  19. ^ "Thelin, Isaac". National Football Teams. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  20. ^ Isaac Kiese Thelin at Soccerway. Retrieved 27 May 2017.

External links

2014 Malmö FF season

The 2014 season was Malmö FF's 103rd in existence, their 79th season in Allsvenskan and their 14th consecutive season in the league. They competed in Allsvenskan where they finished first, 2013–14 Svenska Cupen where they were knocked out in the semi-finals, Svenska Supercupen where they won the competition against IF Elfsborg and the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League where they were knocked out in the group stage. Malmö FF also participated in one competition in which the club continued playing in for the 2015 season, 2014–15 Svenska Cupen. This season was the first time since the 2005 season that the club played consecutive seasons in European competition. The season began with the group stage of Svenska Cupen on 1 March, league play started on 30 March and concluded on 1 November. The season concluded with the last Champions League group stage match on 9 December.

For the second consecutive season, the club had to appoint a new club captain as Jiloan Hamad left the club after the previous season. Midfielder Guillermo Molins was chosen as Hamad's successor as club captain, Markus Rosenberg took over the captaincy temporarily after the first half of the season as Molins was out with an injury for the rest of the year. Åge Hareide was appointed as the club's new manager on 9 January 2014, this was after Rikard Norling announced his resignation on 27 November 2013.

Malmö FF qualified for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in the club's history. They were also the first Swedish club to qualify in 14 years since Helsingborgs IF in the 2000–01 season. The club won their second consecutive league title, their 18th Swedish championship title and 21st Allsvenskan title on 5 October 2014 when they defeated AIK in an away fixture at Friends Arena in the 27th round of the league. Malmö FF became the first Swedish club to win back to back league titles in eleven years, the last club to achieve this feat was Djurgårdens IF in 2003. The last time Malmö FF won consecutive league titles was in 1989 and consecutive Swedish championships in 1975.

2014 Svenska Supercupen

Svenska Supercupen 2014, Swedish Super Cup 2014, was the 8th Svenska Supercupen, an annual football match contested by the winners of the previous season's Allsvenskan and Svenska Cupen competitions. The match was played at Malmö Stadion, Malmö, on 9 November 2014, and was played by the 2014 Allsvenskan champions Malmö FF and the 2013–14 Svenska Cupen champions IF Elfsborg. The match was IF Elfsborg's second in the competition and their first since 2007. It was Malmö FF's second successive appearance and third in total, it was also the first time that the competition was hosted at Malmö Stadion and the first time the competition was hosted at an alternative home venue.

In Sweden the match was broadcast live on TV12. Martin Strömbergsson from Gävle was the referee for match, his first time officiating the competition. His older brother Markus had previously officiated three Svenska Supercupen matches. Malmö FF won the match on penalties 5–4 after the match had ended 2–2 after extra time. IF Elfsborg took the lead through Viktor Claesson in the first half, Malmö FF equalized Elfsborg's lead in the 89th minute of ordinary time. Malmö FF then took the lead through Emil Forsberg in the second half of extra time, only to have their lead equalized by Viktor Prodell on a penalty in the last minute of extra time. The match proceeded to penalties which Malmö FF won 5–4 after Elfsborg had missed their last two penalties. This was the first time Svenska Supercupen went to extra time and penalties in its eight-year history.

2014–15 FC Girondins de Bordeaux season

The 2014–15 FC Girondins de Bordeaux season is the 134th professional season of the club since its creation in 1881.

2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Final

The 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Final was a football match that took place on 30 June 2015 at the Eden Arena in Prague, Czech Republic, and determined the winner of the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship. Sweden won their first title defeating Portugal 4–3 in the penalty shoot-out, after a goalless draw.

2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification Group 7

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The ten group winners and the four best second-placed teams advanced to the play-offs.

2015–16 FC Girondins de Bordeaux season

The 2015–16 FC Girondins de Bordeaux season is the 135th professional season of the club since its creation in 1881.

2016–17 FC Girondins de Bordeaux season

The 2016–17 FC Girondins de Bordeaux season is the 136th professional season of the club since its creation in 1881.

2017 Belgian Super Cup

The 2017 Belgian Super Cup was a football match that took place on 22 July 2017 between Anderlecht, winners of the 2016–17 Belgian First Division A and Zulte Waregem, winners of the 2016–17 Belgian Cup. For the first time in Belgian football, a video assistant referee was used to review decisions during the match.

2017–18 Belgian First Division A

The 2017–18 Belgian First Division A was the 115th season of top-tier football in Belgium. The season began on 28 July 2017 and concluded on 20 May 2018. The fixtures were announced in early June 2017. Anderlecht were the defending champions but had to settle for third place with Club Brugge taking their 15th title.

2017–18 R.S.C. Anderlecht season

The 2017–18 season is a season played by Anderlecht, a Belgian football club based in Anderlecht, Brussels. The season covers the period from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018. Anderlecht will be participating in the Belgian First Division A, Belgian Super Cup, Belgian Cup and the UEFA Champions League.

2018 FIFA World Cup Group F

Group F of the 2018 FIFA World Cup took place from 17 to 27 June 2018. The group consisted of Germany, Mexico, Sweden, and South Korea. Sweden and Mexico were the top two teams that advanced to the round of 16. The incumbent World Cup champions, Germany, placed last, making it the first time since 1938 that the Germans did not advance beyond the first round, and the first time ever, the group stage. The early German exit was "greeted with shock in newspapers around the world".

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group A

The 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification UEFA Group A was one of the nine UEFA groups for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification. The group consisted of six teams: Netherlands, France, Sweden, Bulgaria, Belarus, and Luxembourg.

The draw for the first round (group stage) was held as part of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Preliminary Draw on 25 July 2015, starting 18:00 MSK (UTC+3), at the Konstantinovsky Palace in Strelna, Saint Petersburg, Russia.The group winners, France, qualified directly for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The group runners-up, Sweden, advanced to the play-offs as one of the best 8 runners-up, where they defeated Italy and thus also qualified for the tournament. France went on to win the World Cup, defeating Croatia in the final.

2018–19 Bayer 04 Leverkusen season

The 2018–19 Bayer 04 Leverkusen season is the 115th season in the football club's history and 40th consecutive and overall season in the top flight of German football, the Bundesliga, having been promoted from the 2. Bundesliga Nord in 1979. In addition to the domestic league, Bayer Leverkusen also are participating in this season's editions of the domestic cup, the DFB-Pokal, and the second-tier continental cup, the UEFA Europa League. This is the 61st season for Leverkusen in the BayArena, located in Leverkusen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The season covers a period from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019.

2018–19 UEFA Nations League B

The 2018–19 UEFA Nations League B was the second division of the 2018–19 edition of the UEFA Nations League, the inaugural season of the international football competition involving the men's national teams of the 55 member associations of UEFA.

African immigrants to Sweden

African Swedish include naturalized citizens and residents of Sweden who were born in Africa. As of 2018, there are 219,914 people in Sweden who were born in Africa.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Bayer 04 Leverkusen Fußball GmbH, also known as Bayer 04 Leverkusen [ˌbaɪ̯ɐ ˈleːvɐˌkuːzn̩], Bayer Leverkusen, Leverkusen or simply Bayer, is a German football club based in Leverkusen, North Rhine-Westphalia. The club plays in the Bundesliga, the top tier of German football, and hosts matches at the BayArena.The club was founded in 1904 by employees of the German pharmaceutical company Bayer, whose headquarters are in Leverkusen and from which the club draws its name. It was formerly the best-known department of TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen, a sports club whose members also participate in athletics, gymnastics, basketball and other sports including the RTHC Bayer Leverkusen (rowing, tennis and hockey). In 1999 the football department was separated from the sports club and is now a separate entity formally called Bayer 04 Leverkusen GmbH.Bayer Leverkusen have won one DFB-Pokal and one UEFA Cup. Their local rivals are 1. FC Köln.


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Sweden national under-23 football team

The Sweden national under-23 football team (also known as Sweden Olympic football team from 1992) is the football team representing Sweden in Olympics and is controlled by the Swedish Football Association. Between 1952 and 1976, the Swedish U23 team was the main Swedish national youth team and represented Sweden in the UEFA European Under-23 Championship. Sweden made their first and only European Under-23 Championship appearance in 1972 and was knocked out in the quarter-finals. In 1976 the European Under-23 Championship was changed to be an Under-21 competition, so the Swedish U23 team became defunct and was replaced by the Sweden national under-21 football team.

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