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Patrik Andersson

Personal information
Full namePatrik Jonas Andersson
Date of birth18 August 1971(age 45)
Place of birthBorgeby, Sweden
Height1.85 m
Playing positionDefender

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Patrik "Bjärred" Jonas Andersson (born 18 August 1971 in Borgeby) is a Swedish former footballer. Both his father, Roy Andersson, as well as his younger brother, Daniel Andersson, have also played professional football.

Andersson has a total of 96 caps for the Swedish national team, scoring 3 goals. He won a bronze medal in the 1994 FIFA World Cup. Andersson also played in the team which reached the semi-finals in the 1992 European Championship. He was also part of the Swedish national squad that took part in the Euro 2000, 2002 FIFA World Cup and was a member of the Swedish squad that competed at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. In Euro 2000, he did receive a yellow red card for a hard foul on Bart Goor.

Starting his career in the local club, Bjärreds IF, from which he also got his nickname, he moved on to Malmö FF, a team playing in the top national league.

In December 1992 he went professional as he moved to Blackburn Rovers for £800,000, where he stayed for one year, making just 12 Premier League appearances. However, he is notable for being one of the first foreign signings by Blackburn Rovers, and one of the relatively small group of foreigners who appeared in the first season of the new Premier League in England.

His next step was to go to Germany and play for Borussia Mönchengladbach. There he won the German Cup with the team in 1995, but left the team as its performance deteriorated, in 1999. The famous Bayern Munich became his next club. His time with Bayern resulted in two Bundesliga championships (in the 2000 01 championship season he scored the final and decisive goal against Hamburg in the last minute his only goal for the club) as well as a German Cup and victory in the Champions League, despite missing his penalty in the final shootout. Andersson moved to Catalan giants FC Barcelona in 2001 and spent three injury-plagued seasons there.

For the 2004 season, Andersson came back to Malmö FF to play in the Swedish league again after 10 years. This year he captained Malmö FF who won their first Swedish league (Allsvenskan) title in 18 years. He has twice been awarded Guldbollen as the Swedish footballer of the year, in 1995 and 2001. After suffering yet another knee injury during a Champions League qualifier against Swiss team FC Thun on 10 August 2005, Andersson announced his retirement from top level football on 12 August 2005. He is currently employed as the Scandinavian scout of Manchester United.

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