Sebastian Larsson

Bengt Ulf Sebastian Larsson (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈlɑːʂɔn]; born 6 June 1985) is a Swedish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Allsvenskan club AIK and the Sweden national team.

After beginning his career at hometown club IFK Eskilstuna, Larsson was signed by Arsenal. He made three league appearances for the Gunners, before joining Birmingham City, initially on loan for the 2006–07 season, before a permanent transfer in the summer of 2007. Larsson spent five years at Birmingham, experiencing promotion to, and relegation from, the Premier League on two occasions. He joined Sunderland on 1 July 2011 upon the expiry of his contract, after Birmingham suffered relegation. Larsson is renowned for being a set-piece specialist.[3]

A full international since 2008, Larsson has represented Sweden at the UEFA European Championships in 2008, 2012 and 2016, as well as at the FIFA World Cup in 2018.

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UEFA EURO qualifiers Sweden vs Romaina 20190323 Sebastian Larsson (cropped)
Larsson playing for Sweden in 2019
Personal information
Full name Bengt Ulf Sebastian Larsson[1]
Date of birth 6 June 1985 (age 33)[2]
Place of birth Eskilstuna, Sweden
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Playing position Central midfielder, winger
Club information
Current team
AIK
Number 7
Youth career
0000–2001 IFK Eskilstuna
2001–2004 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2007 Arsenal 3 (0)
2006–2007Birmingham City (loan) 27 (1)
2007–2011 Birmingham City 157 (18)
2011–2017 Sunderland 176 (12)
2017–2018 Hull City 40 (2)
2018– AIK 20 (2)
National team
2000–2002 Sweden U16/U17 23 (6)
2003 Sweden U19 9 (4)
2004–2006 Sweden U21 12 (0)
2008– Sweden 110 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 April 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 March 2019

Club career

Arsenal

Larsson was born in Eskilstuna[2] and initially played football for his hometown team, IFK Eskilstuna. He joined Arsenal aged 16 during the summer of 2001, on a four-year professional contract.[4] Having been on the substitutes bench for a match against Panathinaikos, he made his first-team debut against Manchester City in the League Cup on 27 October 2004, where he played out of position at left back. He played in two further League Cup matches that season.[5]

He made his Premier League debut on 1 February 2006, replacing Sol Campbell at half time as Arsenal lost 3–2 at home to West Ham United.[6] Due to Campbell's defensive errors in that match, Larsson started the next two league matches in defence in his absence, a 2–0 win away to Birmingham City three days later,[7] and a 1–1 draw at home to Bolton Wanderers on 11 February, in which he was substituted for Dennis Bergkamp as Arsenal sought their equaliser.[8]

Birmingham City

Larsson joined Championship club Birmingham City on a season-long loan from Arsenal in August 2006,[9] with an option to make the move permanent.[10] Larsson made an immediate impact, scoring late winners in his first few games, against Crystal Palace and Shrewsbury Town.[11] He also scored two goals against Newcastle United in the FA Cup.[12] At the end of January 2007, Larsson signed permanently for Birmingham City on a four-year deal for a £1 million fee.[13] He scored Birmingham's goal of the season, against Sheffield Wednesday in April 2007, running half the length of the field with the ball and finishing from inside the goal area.[14][15]

In the 2006–07 season, Larsson was used mainly on the right wing, occasionally filling in at right-back or left-back when players were injured. His performances on the wide right of midfield in the 2007–08 season, in particular a man-of-the-match showing against Bolton Wanderers,[16] indicated this to be his best position.

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Larsson taking a corner for Birmingham City in 2007

Recalled to the starting eleven by new manager Alex McLeish for the game at Tottenham Hotspur in December 2007, Larsson scored a spectacular stoppage-time goal to give Birmingham their first away win in the Premier League for over three months.[17] He scored half of his six goals that season with direct free kicks, two in consecutive games, against Tottenham and Portsmouth,[18] and one from 30 yards (27 m) against Liverpool.[19] With four weeks of the season remaining, Opta statistics rated Larsson as the most accurate taker of a direct free kick in the Premier League,[20] though this ability failed to save Birmingham from relegation.

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Larsson playing for Birmingham City in 2010

On the opening day of the 2010–11 season, Larsson recovered from what the Observer's reporter described as an "anonymous" start to provide assists for both Birmingham's goals as they drew 2–2 with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.[21] He again provided an assist, this time for Craig Gardner, in his side's first home game, a 2–1 win against Blackburn Rovers.[22] Away to Fulham on 27 November, Alexander Hleb made "a terrific run"[23] and a "slide-rule" pass to Larsson, who opened the scoring with his first goal of the season, a low shot across the goalkeeper. The game finished 1–1.[24]

Larsson played his part in Birmingham's run to the 2011 League Cup Final. He scored from the penalty spot before Nikola Žigić headed an 84th-minute winner in the quarter-final against local rivals Aston Villa.[25] In the first leg of the semi-final against West Ham United, Liam Ridgewell scored from Larsson's corner before Victor Obinna was sent off for kicking Larsson in the groin in an off-the-ball incident.[26] Despite speculation over his future at Birmingham – with his contract due to expire at the end of the season, his advisor was given permission to talk to Newcastle United about a proposed move during the January transfer window, but personal terms were not agreed,[27] and the player was booed when he came on as a substitute in the previous game, against Manchester United[28] – Larsson returned to the starting eleven in place of the cup-tied David Bentley[29] and played 100 minutes as Birmingham overturned a 2–1 deficit to win the semi-final 4–3 on aggregate.[30] Roger Johnson flicked on Larsson's corner for Žigić to give his team an unexpected lead in the final at Wembley against firm favourites Arsenal. Though Robin van Persie equalised, Obafemi Martins scored an 89th-minute winner to give Birmingham their first trophy since 1963 in what the Daily Mail described as "the biggest upset at Wembley since Wimbledon beat Liverpool to the 1988 FA Cup."[31][32]

Larsson took advantage of a defensive mix-up to open the scoring as Birmingham beat Sunderland 2–0 at St Andrew's on 16 April,[33] and four days later, marked his 200th appearance for the club in all competitions with a penalty, albeit in a losing cause, against reigning champions Chelsea.[34] On 1 May, he exploited Michael Mancienne's mistake to score the equalising goal against Wolverhampton Wanderers, helping his side earn a point despite playing with ten men for more than an hour after Gardner was sent off.[35] No new contract was agreed, and following relegation to the Championship, the club confirmed that Larsson was to leave at the end of the season when his existing deal expired.[36]

Sunderland

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Larsson taking a free-kick for Sunderland in 2011

On 22 June 2011, Sunderland confirmed that Larsson would join the club on a free transfer under the Bosman ruling on 1 July.[37] linking up with former Birmingham manager Steve Bruce. He was given squad number 7 for the 2011–12 season.[38] He marked his debut with the second-half equaliser in a 1–1 draw on the opening day of the season against Liverpool at Anfield, when given room at the far post to produce a "superb first-time angled volley."[39] His second Sunderland goal, direct from a free kick, put his team 4–0 up against Stoke City at the Stadium of Light in their first win of the season.[40] Larsson scored directly from another free-kick against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium a month later, prompting Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger to label his former player "maybe the best in the league as a free-kick-taker."[41]

He scored the opening goal in Sunderland's 2–1 home defeat by Wigan Athletic on 26 November, which proved to be Bruce's last game in charge of the Black Cats.[42] Sunderland visited Wolves the following week under caretaker manager Eric Black. With Sunderland 1–0 up, Larsson won a penalty, although replays suggested he dived. His penalty was saved by Wayne Hennessey; less than 30 seconds later, Steven Fletcher equalised for Wolves, and went on to add a late winner.[43] Larsson made amends in the following game, scoring from a free kick against Blackburn Rovers in injury-time to secure a late 2–1 win in Martin O'Neill's first game as manager.[44] Larsson scored another free kick on 8 January in the FA Cup in a 2–0 win against Peterborough United at London Road.[45] In the fifth round tie with Arsenal, a quick counterattack from Sunderland saw Larsson hit the woodwork, and the ball subsequently hit Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to put Sunderland 2–0 up and into the quarter-finals.[46] Larsson scored twice as Sunderland drew 3–3 with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on 31 March.[47]

Larsson produced a "25-yard thunderbolt" as his first goal of the 2012–13 Premier League season against West Ham United on 12 January 2013 in a 3–0 win.[48] He provided the assist for Stéphane Sessègnon's goal in Sunderland's 1–0 defeat of Everton on 20 April, pushing the club clear of the relegation zone.[49] The strike against West Ham proved to be Larsson's only goal of the campaign, a season in which was underwhelming on both individual and club levels as Sunderland barely managed to avoid relegation.[50]

His first goal of the 2013–14 season came on 6 November 2013, in a 2–1 win against Southampton in the League Cup.[51] His first league goal of the season came against Manchester United on 3 May 2014, where he scored the only goal of the game. The result gave Sunderland their first win at Old Trafford since 1968.[52] After contributing to Sunderland's escape from relegation, he was given a new contract to run until 2017.[53]

On 16 August 2014, Larsson scored a late equaliser for Sunderland in their 2–2 draw with West Bromwich Albion on the opening day of the 2014–15 Premier League season.[54] His second goal of the season was a free kick to open the scoring in a 1–1 draw with Everton on 9 November,[55] and his third, another direct free kick, came in a 2–1 loss at Tottenham on 17 December.[56] Larsson was named Sunderland's Supporters' Player of the Year for the 2014–15 season.[57]

Hull City

After being released by Sunderland when their relegation from the Premier League coincided with the expiry of his contract,[58] Larsson signed a one-year contract with Championship club Hull City on 9 August 2017.[59] He made his first appearance for the club when he came off the bench as a 74th-minute substitute for Kamil Grosicki in the 4–1 home win against Burton Albion on 12 August 2017.[60] On 30 September 2017, he scored his first goal for Hull City, when he scored the 6th goal in a 6–1 home victory over Birmingham City.[61]

He was offered a new contract by Hull at the end of the 2017–18 season.[62]

AIK

On 11 June 2018, Larsson signed for Allsvenskan club AIK.[63]

International career

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Larsson playing for Sweden at UEFA Euro 2012

Larsson received his first call-up to the Sweden squad for the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying games against Liechtenstein and Northern Ireland in October 2007.[64] He was an unused substitute against Liechtenstein but did not make the bench for the Northern Ireland game.[65][66] He made his debut for Sweden in February 2008, playing the whole 90 minutes of a friendly draw against Turkey in Istanbul.[67] He was named in Sweden's 23-man squad for UEFA Euro 2008,[68] and has since become a regular in the national team.[69]

He scored his first goal at senior international level in March 2011 as Sweden beat Moldova 2–1 in a Euro 2012 qualifier.[70] During the qualifiers in October, Larsson added two more goals to his international tally. The first was the opener in a 2–1 away victory over Finland in Helsinki,[71] and the second was a penalty as Sweden came from behind to beat the Netherlands 3–2 on 11 October at the Råsunda Stadium in Stockholm.[72] In February 2012, Larsson scored two second-half goals to down Croatia 3–1 at the Maksimir Stadium in Zagreb.[73]

Larsson was selected in Sweden's squad for Euro 2012. He started all three of their group games and scored the second goal in their 2–0 win over France, but Sweden did not make it through to the knockout stages of the competition.[74][75]

He was named in Sweden's 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.[1] In the last warm-up match before the tournament, a goalless draw with Peru on 9 June, he made his 100th senior appearance for his country.[76]

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 11 November 2018
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup[b] Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Arsenal 2004–05[77] Premier League 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 0
2005–06[78] Premier League 3 0 1 0 4 0 1[c] 0 9 0
Total 3 0 1 0 7 0 1 0 12 0
Birmingham City 2006–07[12] Championship 43 4 3 3 4 2 50 9
2007–08[79] Premier League 35 6 1 0 1 0 37 6
2008–09[80] Championship 38 1 0 0 1 0 39 1
2009–10[81] Premier League 33 4 4 0 1 0 38 4
2010–11[82] Premier League 35 4 1 0 5 1 41 5
Total 184 19 9 3 12 3 205 25
Sunderland 2011–12[83] Premier League 32 7 6 1 1 0 39 8
2012–13[84] Premier League 38 1 2 0 1 0 41 1
2013–14[85] Premier League 31 1 4 0 6 1 41 2
2014–15[86] Premier League 36 3 3 0 1 0 40 3
2015–16[87] Premier League 18 0 0 0 1 0 19 0
2016–17[88] Premier League 21 0 2 0 0 0 23 0
Total 176 12 17 1 10 1 203 14
Sunderland U23 2016–17[88] 1[d] 0 1 0
Hull City 2017–18[89] Championship 40 2 0 0 0 0 40 2
AIK 2018[90] Allsvenskan 15 2 1 0 2[e] 0 18 2
Career total 418 35 28 4 29 4 4 0 479 43
  1. ^ Includes FA Cup and Svenska Cupen
  2. ^ Includes League Cup
  3. ^ Appearance in UEFA Champions League
  4. ^ Appearance in EFL Trophy
  5. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League

International

As of match played 26 March 2019[91]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Sweden 2008 9 0
2009 10 0
2010 8 0
2011 11 3
2012 12 3
2013 12 0
2014 8 0
2015 10 0
2016 7 0
2017 9 0
2018 13 0
2019 2 0
Total 111 6

International goals

As of played 20 November 2018. Sweden score listed first, score column indicates score after each Larsson goal.[91]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1 29 March 2011 Råsunda Stadium, Solna, Sweden 29  Moldova 2–0 2–1 UEFA Euro 2012 qualification [70]
2 7 October 2011 Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland 35  Finland 1–0 2–1 UEFA Euro 2012 qualification [71]
3 11 October 2011 Råsunda Stadium, Solna, Sweden 36  Netherlands 2–2 3–2 UEFA Euro 2012 qualification [72]
4 29 February 2012 Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb, Croatia 39  Croatia 2–1 3–1 Friendly [73]
5 3–1
6 19 June 2012 Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex, Kiev, Ukraine 44  France 2–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2012 [75]

Honours

AIK

Birmingham City

Sunderland

Individual

  • Birmingham City Player of the Year: 2007–08[92]
  • Birmingham City Players' Player of the Year: 2007–08[92]
  • Birmingham City Goal of the Season: 2007–08[92]
  • Sunderland Supporters' Player of the Year: 2014–15[57]

See also

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The season covers the period from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018.

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".

2019 Allsvenskan

The 2019 Allsvenskan, part of the 2019 Swedish football season, will be the 95th season of Allsvenskan since its establishment in 1924. A total of 16 teams will participate.

AIK are the defending champions after winning the title in the previous season.

Akropolis IF

Akropolis IF is a Swedish football club located in Spånga, formed by Greek immigrants in 1968.The club is named after the Acropolis of Athens, and Parthenon is pictured in its badge.

Craig Gardner

Craig Gardner (born 25 November 1986) is an English professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Birmingham City. A versatile midfielder, Gardner can play in many different positions, although central midfield is his preferred position. Gardner began his career at Aston Villa before spending the 2010–11 season with city rivals Birmingham City. After three seasons with Sunderland, he joined West Bromwich Albion in 2014 before rejoining Birmingham City in 2017.

Larsson

Larsson [ˈlɑːʂɔn] is a Swedish patronymic surname meaning "son of Lars". There are various spellings.

List of Birmingham City F.C. players

Birmingham City Football Club, an English association football club based in the city of Birmingham, was founded in 1875 under the name of Small Heath Alliance. They first entered the FA Cup in the 1881–82 season. When nationally organised league football in England began, the club, by then called simply Small Heath F.C., was a founder member of the Football Alliance, formed the year after the Football League. In 1892, the Football League decided to form a Second Division, inviting the members of the Football Alliance to join; as one of the less successful members, Small Heath were placed in the Second Division. Since that time the club's first team has competed in numerous nationally and internationally organised competitions, and all players who have played in 100 or more such matches are listed below.

Frank Womack holds the record for Birmingham league appearances, having played 491 matches between 1908 and 1928, closely followed by Gil Merrick with 485 between 1946 and 1959. If all senior competitions are included, Merrick has 551, followed by Womack's 515 which is the record for an outfield player. As of the end of the 2014–15 season, the player who had won most international caps while at the club is Maik Taylor with 58 for Northern Ireland.The goalscoring record is held by Joe Bradford, with 249 league goals, and 267 in total, scored between 1920 and 1935. No other player comes close; Trevor Francis is the nearest with 119 league goals, 133 in total, scored between 1970 and 1979. Bradford holds the record for league goals scored in a top-flight season with 29 in the First Division in 1927–28.

Robinson 2019

Robinson 2019 is the eighteenth season of Expedition Robinson. This season begins with twenty contestants being split into two tribes, competing against each other to try and win 500,000 SEK Like last season, this season was filmed in Kadavu Group, in Fiji. The season premiered on 17 March 2019 on TV4. Like last season, the season was presented by Anders Öfvergård.

Seb (given name)

Seb is a masculine given name, often a shortened form (hypocorism) of Sebastian. It may refer to:

People:

Sebastian Vettel (born 1987), German racing driver, four-time Formula One world champion

Seb Brown (born 1989), English football goalkeeper

Sebastian Coe (born 1956), British politician and former middle-distance runner

Seb Dance (born 1981), British politician

Seb Feszczur-Hatchett (born 1995), English cricketer

Seb Gotch (born 1993), Australian cricketer

Seb Hines (born 1988), English footballer

Seb Jewell (born 1987), English rugby union player

Sebastian Larsson (born 1985), Swedish footballer

Seb Rochford, Scottish drummer and bandleader

Sebastian Rodger (born 1991), British hurdler and former decathlete

Seb Sanders (born 1971), English flat race jockey

Seb Stegmann (born 1989), English rugby union player

Seb Stewart-Taylor (born 1995), English cricketer

Seb Tape (born 1992), former Australian rules footballerFictional characters:

Seb Crossley, in the British television series The Evermoor Chronicles

Seb Miller, in the Australian soap opera Home and Away

Svante Larsson

Svante Larsson is a former football player born April 23, 1955. He played for IFK Norrköping between 1976 and 1977. He is also the father of footballer Sebastian Larsson.

UEFA Euro 2012 Group D

Group D of UEFA Euro 2012 began on 11 June 2012 and ended on 19 June 2012. The pool was made up of Ukraine, Sweden, France and England. The top two teams, England and France, progressed to the quarter-finals to play Italy and Spain respectively, while Ukraine and Sweden were eliminated from the tournament.

On the second matchday, on 15 June, the match between Ukraine and France that began at 19:00 local time was interrupted by heavy rainfall and a thunderstorm. The conditions forced the referee to suspend the game during the fifth minute, and play was only resumed 58 minutes later. UEFA therefore delayed the match between Sweden and England to kick off 15 minutes later than originally scheduled, instead beginning at 22:00 local time, to avoid the matches overlapping.On the final matchday, on 19 June, the match between England and Ukraine featured a ghost goal by Marko Dević. In the second half, with Ukraine losing 1–0 to a Wayne Rooney goal, Dević's shot was hooked clear from behind the England goal-line by John Terry under the eyes of the additional assistant referee standing beside the goal (as confirmed by video replays). The incident reopened football's goal-line technology debate. Although in the build-up to the incident, Dević's teammate Artem Milevskiy was in an offside position when the ball was played to him, which also went unnoticed by the match officials. UEFA and its chief refereeing officer Pierluigi Collina admitted on the following day that an error had been made and that Ukraine had been denied a legitimate goal.

UEFA Euro 2016 Group E

Group E of UEFA Euro 2016 contained Belgium, Italy, Republic of Ireland and Sweden. Italy was the only former European champion in this group, having won in 1968. Matches were played from 13 to 22 June 2016.

AIK – current squad
Sweden squads

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