Anders Svensson

Anders Svensson is a Swedish midfielder who was born in Goteborg, Sweden on 17th July 1976. Svensson began his professional career with Elfsborg in 1993. He became a regular in 1995, and soon became one of the league's top performers. Svensson was a technically gifted player, with a good range of passing. He won his first international cap in 1999 against South Africa. Svensson helped Sweden reach the 2002 World Cup finals with goals in qualifying against Azerbaijan and Macedonia.

In June 2001 Svensson signed for Southampton. He made his debut in a 2-0 defeat at Leeds on 18th August 2001, and scored his first two goals in a 3-0 win at Brighton on September 11th 2001. Svensson was hit and miss during his time at St Marys. Sometimes he looked outstanding, but on other occasions he flattered to deceive. He enjoyed a reasonably successful first season in 2001/02, scoring a brace in a 4-0 win at Leicester, and also goals against Middlesbrough and Newcastle. He was part of Sweden's 2002 World Cup squad, and helped them to the 2nd round after netting a superb free kick against Argentina in the final group match 12th June.

Svensson played in a key role in helping Saints qualify for the FA Cup final in 2003. He scored in the 4-0 win over Tottenham in the third round, running half the length of the pitch before finishing past Kasey Keller. Svensson also scored in the 5th round tie with Norwich. His form dipped during 2003/04, but he still did enough to be part of Sweden's 2004 European Championship squad. Despite Southampton's struggles during 2004/05, Svensson's performances improved. The Swede was one of the few players in the squad who lived up to expectation in the opening months of the campaign. He scored in games against Blackburn, Newcastle and West Brom. Svensson reacted angrily when Steve Wigley substituted him at Fulham on 25th September 2005, with fans chanting "You don't know what you're doing" at the Saints boss. His form was inconsistent in the second half of the season. Svensson left the club on a free transfer in the summer of 2005 following relegation.

Svensson returned to Sweden in June 2005 to join Elfsborg. He helped the club to a league title win in 2006 and runners up finish in 2008. In 2006 Svensson took part in Sweden's 2006 World Cup campaign. Only Thomas Ravelli has won more international caps for the Blue-Yellow.