Patrik Jonas Andersson
b.Borgeby (Sweden) 18 August 1971
Debut 9 January 1993 (21y 144d) Final Game 29 August 1993 (22y 11d)
First Goal 14 March 1993
CAREER: Bjarred '85;Malmo FF '88;Blackburn Rovers Jan'93 (£800,000);Borussia Moenchengladbach (Germany) Nov'93 (£425,000);Bayern Munich (Germany) Jun'99 (£2,000,000);Barcelona (Spain) Jun'01 (£5,000,000); Malmo FF Feb'04 (free)-Aug’05.
INTERNATIONALS Sweden 94 + 2 apps 3 gls
’92 v Aus,Aus,Pol,Hun,Fra,Den,Eng.’93 v Nor,Fin,Bul,Isr,Hun(s),Fra,Isr.’94 v Swi,Fra,Bul,Wal,Nig(s),Den,Nor, Cam,Rus,Bra,Sau,Rom,Bra,Bul.’95 v Lit 1 gl,Ice,Swi,Hun,Cyp,Tur,Hun,Ice.’96 v USA,Swi,Sco,Tur,NIr,Svk,SKo ,Bel 1 gl.’97 v Den,Lat,Aut,Sco,Fra,Sco,Pol,Est,’98 v Lit,Blr,Aut,Lat,Est,Spa,Fra,Den,Ita.’99 v Rus,Eng,Bul,Tun, Lux,Pol,RoI,Jam, Eng.’00 v Bul,Lux,Pol,Ita,Aut,Den,Spa,Bel,Ita.’01 v Ice,Aze,Tur,Slo,Mol,Mac,Mol,Swi,Svk, Mol.’02 v SAf,Mac 1 gl,Tur,Aze,Gre,Par,Jap.
HONOURS World Cup 3rd (Sweden) ’94.Ger Ch (Bayern Munich) ’00,’01.Ger Cp (Bayern Munich) ’00.
Swe Ch (Malmo) ’04.
Swedish Player of the Year ’95,’01.
SQUAD NUMBER 17 Jan’93.
FL 7 + 5 apps - 4 wdn 11 ns
FAC 1 app - 1 wdn 1 ns
FLC 2 apps 1 gl - 1 wdn
Total 10 + 5 apps 1 gl - 6 wdn +114m -120m 12 ns
Andersson's father, Roy, was one of the all time greats of the Malmo club, having made the second highest number of appearances. It was therefore not surprising that Patrik became a footballer (making his debut in the regionalised Swedish fourth division at the age of 14) nor that he quickly joined his father's old club. When Jonas Thern left for Benfica he established himself in the first team, playing a key role in their European victory over Inter Milan. There was competition for his signature when Kenny Dalglish brought him to Blackburn but he found no happy haven at Ewood Park. Unable to gel with Colin Hendry at the centre of the defence and lacking stamina when played in mid-field he was discarded within a year but found the Bundesliga more to his liking. With the confidence of a third place medal from the 1994 World Cup his international career blossomed and he was a stalwart in the defence for a decade. Calm, resolute and unflinching he played with concentration and efficiency. A move to Bayern Munich brought league and cup medals and a financially lucrative move to Barcelona. His years there were dogged by injuries which forced him out of the 2002 World Cup and placed question marks over his future. A move back to Sweden brought him a championship medal although recurring injuries prevented him playing the final weeks of the season. Returning to action in the European tie against FC Thun he tore his cruciate ligament and decided after undergoing surgery to retire. He later became Manchester United’s Scandinavian scout.