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Anders Limpar

Personal information
Full nameAnders Erik Limpar
Date of birth24 September 1965(age 51)
Place of birthSolna, Sweden
Playing positionMidfielder
Club information
Current clubSollentuna United (assistant coach)

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Anders Erik Limpar (Hungarian: Limpár András) (born September 24, 1965 in Solna) is a Swedish former footballer of Hungarian origin, who played as a winger. He has played for clubs in Switzerland, Sweden, Italy, England, and the United States.

He was part of one of the most successful Swedish sides ever, the Sweden team that finished third at the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States, but did not have a large role during the tournament. In total, he won 58 caps for Sweden, scoring 6 goals.

Being Swedish he started playing football in Brommapojkarna, famous for its production of footballing talent. He then played for Örgryte, joining in the wake of its sensational Swedish championship title in 1985. Although the team was not that successful, Limpar quickly became one of the hottest properties in Swedish football, which meant he was offered the chance to moved abroad to Switzerland with the Young Boys club of Bern. This was followed by a one season spell in Italy with Cremonese during the 1989-90 season.

His club career peaked when he signed for Arsenal in the summer of 1990 from Cremonese, going on to win the Football League in 1990-91, and the FA Cup and League Cup in 1992-93. He played a particularly notable part in the 1990-91 campaign, scoring some important goals, and impressing in his first season with exciting wing play and crowd-pleasing displays.

In March 1994, Limpar transferred to Everton for £1.6m, and while there he won the FA Cup a second time with Everton in 1995. Indeed, he played a vital role, his run from inside his own half leading to the winning goal by Paul Rideout. He also hit a memorable 50-yard reverse-pass which led to an Everton break-away that BBC commentator Barry Davies described as the 'pass of the match'.

However, Limpar fell out of favour at Goodison Park after 1995-96, making only two appearances for the club during the 1996-97 season, and was sold to Birmingham City in January 1997 for £100,000. This move proved unsuccessful as he made only 4 appearances before moving back to his homeland on a free transfer to AIK Stockholm in the summer of 1997.

After two years in Stockholm, he signed for Major League Soccer side Colorado Rapids in February 1999. He stayed until November 2000, before returning to Sweden and signing for Djurgårdens IF. He failed to make an appearance for them, however, as he retired from the game in March 2001 at the age of 35, due to his declining physical condition, he began coaching the youth team at Djurgårdens IF.

After retiring from football in 2001, Limpar opened a bar, The Limp Bar, in central Stockholm, although it has since closed. Whilst the bar's closure was initially shrouded in mystery, it has since emerged that it was probably a decision taken on health and safety grounds, due to an incident that occurred in late November 2000. Rumour has it that an over-zealous punter drunkenly slipped and suffered a broken leg, in the process of congratulating Limpar on the afore-mentioned 50-yard reverse ball which lit up the '95 cup final so memorably.

He won the Guldbollen (the Golden Ball - Sweden's player of the year award) 1991. He also won the Swedish championship (Allsvenskan) with AIK in 1998.

Limpar is currently the Assistant Coach for the Swedish second division team Sollentuna United.


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