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Emil Forsberg

Emil Forsberg

Swedish footballer
Emil Forsberg
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro Swedish footballer
Is Athlete Football player Association football player
From Sweden
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 23 October 1991, Sundsvall, Sundsvall Municipality, Västernorrland County, Sweden
Age 28 years
Stats
Height: 178
Weight: 73
The details

Biography

Emil Peter Forsberg (Swedish pronunciation: [²fɔʂbærj]; born 23 October 1991) is a Swedish footballer who plays for RB Leipzig as a winger. He was voted the Swedish Midfielder of the Year in 2014 and 2016.

Club career

GIF Sundsvall

Born in Sundsvall, Forsberg started his career with his home-town team and joined the first team squad in 2009 when the club was playing in Sweden's second tier of football, Superettan. He went on a loan deal to Division 3 side Medskogsbron BK. He scored twice in his first game, but after his second game he was recalled to GIF Sundsvall. He went on to play several matches for Sundsvall in his first season. For his second season at the club he had become a regular in the starting eleven at Sundsvall and played 30 out of 30 matches for the 2010 season. Forsberg had started to produce goals during his second season at the club but raised his performance for the 2011 season when he scored 11 goals in 27 matches as Sundsvall were promoted to Sweden's first tier of football, Allsvenskan. For his first season in Allsvenskan Forsberg played 21 matches out of 30 and scored 6 goals, however Sundsvall were relegated to Superettan once again after losing the relegation play-offs against Halmstads BK.

Malmö FF

Forsberg playing for Malmö in 2013.

On 10 December 2012 Forsberg was presented as a Malmö player. He joined the club on 1 January 2013 when the transfer window opened in Sweden. Forsberg signed a four-year contract lasting until the end of the 2016 season. His first season at the club proved to be a success as he played 28 matches out of 30 and scored five goals for the club as they won the league title. He also played all matches for the club during the qualification stage for the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League and scored two goals. During Malmö FF's successful 2014 season Forsberg made 29 league appearances, scoring 14 goals and thus being an important part in the team that defended the league title. He also participated in all of the club's matches in the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League campaign in which Malmö FF qualified for the group stage. As recognition of Forsbergs feats during the season he won the award for Allsvenskan Midfielder of the year. He was also nominated for Swedish midfielder of the year at Fotbollsgalan.

RB Leipzig

In January 2015 Forsberg joined German second league side RB Leipzig on a three and a half year deal. In February 2016, he extended his contract until 2021. During the 2015–16 season Forsberg was voted the best player in 2. Bundesliga and in January 2016 Liverpool was reported eying Forsberg. In round three of Bundesliga 2016–17 Forsberg was named player of the round by Kicker.

International career

Having previously played for the Swedish under-19 team, Emil Forsberg made his senior international debut for the Swedish national team in a 2–1 friendly win over Moldova on 17 January 2014. He made his competitive debut in a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier against Liechtenstein on 12 October 2014.

Career statistics

Club

Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total Ref.
League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sundsvall 2009 Superettan 19 1 1 0 20 1
2010 30 6 2 0 2 0 34 6
2011 27 11 2 3 29 14
2012 Allsvenskan 21 6 1 0 1 0 23 6
Totals 97 24 6 3 3 0 106 27
Medskogsbron (loan) 2009 Division 3 2 2 2 2
Malmö 2013 Allsvenskan 28 5 4 0 6 2 1 2 39 9
2014 29 14 5 2 12 2 1 1 47 19
Totals 57 19 9 2 18 4 2 3 86 28
Leipzig 2014–15 2. Bundesliga 14 0 1 0 15 0
2015–16 32 8 1 0 33 8
2016–17 Bundesliga 22 8 1 0 23 8
Totals 68 16 3 0 0 0 0 0 71 16
Career totals 224 61 18 5 18 4 5 3 323 73
  • 1.^ Includes Swedish Cup and German Cup.
  • 2.^ Includes Champions League and Europa League.
  • 3.^ Includes Swedish Promotion/relegation playoff.
Forsberg playing for Sweden in 2015.

International

International statistics

National team Year Apps Goals
Sweden 2014 5 0
2015 8 1
2016 11 2
2017 1 2
Total 25 5

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 14 November 2015 Sweden Friends Arena, Solna  Denmark 1–0 2–1 UEFA Euro qualifying play-off
2. 5 June 2016 Sweden Friends Arena, Solna  Wales 1–0 3–0 Friendly
3. 11 November 2016 France Stade de France, Saint-Denis  France 1–0 1–2 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
4. 25 March 2017 Sweden Friends Arena, Solna  Belarus 1–0 4–0
5. 2–0

Personal life

Emil Forsberg is the son of former GIF Sundsvall player Leif Forsberg who played for the club between 1980 and 2001, and grandson of Lennart Forsberg who also played for GIF Sundsvall. On 17 July 2016, Forsberg married Shanga Hussain, who is also a footballer. The pair live in Leipzig, having first met in Sundsvall. They own a dog, Roffe, who is a Golden Retriever.

Honours

Club

  • Allsvenskan: 2013, 2014
  • Svenska Supercupen: 2013, 2014

Individual

  • Allsvenskan Midfielder of the Year: 2014
  • Swedish Midfielder of the Year: 2016
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