Andreas Jakobsson

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Andreas Jakobsson is a former Swedish defender who was born in Lund, Sweden on 6th October 1972. Jakobsson began his senior career with local outfit Landskrona BoIS in 1990. He helped the club reach the Swedish top flight in 1993. Landskrona were relegated a year later, but Jakobsson impressed enough to earn himself a move to Helsingborgs in 1995. He helped the club to a league championship win in 1999, having picked up a Swedish cup winners medal one year earlier. Jakobsson won his first international cap in February 1996, and remained a semi regular until 2004.

In July 2000 Jakobsson signed for Bundesliga outfit Hansa Rostock. He helped the club to three consecutive mid table finishes, and was a near ever present at the DKB Arena. In 2002 he was part of Sweden's World Cup squad, playing in all four games against England, Nigeria, Argentina and Senegal. In 2003 Jakobsson joined Brondby, where he stayed for just over a year. He was also involved in his country's 2004 European Championship squad, starting every match as Sweden crashed out at the quarter final stage.

Jakobsson signed for Southampton on August 31st 2004. Saints had been in desperate search for a new centre back for some time following a serious injury to Michael Svensson. Unfortunately Jakobsson proved to be an inadequate replacement. Saints had previously found success bringing in cut price Scandinavian's, but the same can't be said for Jakobsson who was largely disappointing. While he looked fairly comfortable on the ball, he made too many mistakes, which proved costly at the end of the season as the club was relegated from the Premier League. To be fair to Jakbsson he was thrown in at a difficult time, with his fellow teammates struggling for form too. He was in and out of the team throughout 2004/05, and scored an own goal against Portsmouth on 13th November, before coming off injured. On the plus side, he scored against Crystal Palace on his return, and also netted in the 3-1 win over Middlesbrough on 20th March 2005, the clubs only away victory all season.

Following his release from Southampton in the summer of 2005 Jakobsson returned to Helsingborgs. He picked up another Swedish cup winners medal before hanging up his boots in 2007.