Alexander Søderlund

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Alexander Søderlund
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Søderlund in 2013
Personal information
Full nameAlexander Toft Søderlund
Date of birth (1987-08-03) 3 August 1987 (age 32)
Place of birth Haugesund, Norway
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
BK Häcken
Number 15
Youth career
Stegaberg IL
Senior career*
2005–2006 Haugesund 0 (0)
2006–2008 Vard Haugesund 11 (4)
2008 Virtus Lanciano 0 (0)
2008–2010 Treviso 0 (0)
2008UR Namur (loan) 3 (0)
2009Botev Plovdiv (loan) 0 (0)
2009FH (loan) 18 (3)
2010 Lecco 7 (0)
2010 Vard Haugesund 12 (4)
2011–2013 Haugesund 70 (24)
2013–2015 Rosenborg 63 (38)
2016–2018 Saint-Étienne 43 (3)
2018–2020 Rosenborg 55 (16)
2020– BK Häcken 5 (3)
National team
2006 Norway U21 1 (0)
2012– Norway 32 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 11 July 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2017

Alexander Toft Søderlund (born 3 August 1987) is a Norwegian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Allsvenskan side Häcken. He has been capped for Norway at international level.


Club career

After playing for Stegaberg IL in his youth, Søderlund played for Haugesund and Vard Haugesund. [1] He later became something of a journeyman, spending time at six different clubs in four different foreign countries between 2008 and 2010 (notably in the third italian division, fourth italian division and Belgian Second Division).

His unsuccessful experience abroad ended in summer 2010, when the fourth italian division club of Calcio Lecco did not renew his probation period of 4 months.

He then returned home, and played for his former club Vard Haugesund (second norwegian division) in the closing stages of the 2010 season.

In January 2011, he moved to FK Haugesund, and on 20 March 2011, Søderlund made his debut in Tippeligaen against Tromsø. He got his first two league goals against Stabæk on 8 May 2011, and finished his debut season with 11 goals.

On 17 June 2013, Rosenborg BK announced that they had bought Søderlund from Haugesund as a replacement for Tarik Elyounoussi who was sold to the German Bundesliga. Søderlund joined the club on 15 July. [2] He played 12 matches and scored three goals for Haugesund in the 2013 season, and as the club eventually finished in third place in Tippeligaen for the first time in the club's history, Søderlund was eligible for bronze medals. But as his new team Rosenborg finished second, he was only awarded silver medals due to a change in the rules after Thomas Holm won both gold and silver with two different teams in the 2011 season. [3] Søderlund won another silver-medal in 2013, as Rosenborg lost the 2013 Norwegian Football Cup Final 4–2 against Molde.

On 4 January 2016, Søderlund joined Saint-Étienne on 3.5-year contract. The transfer fee paid to Rosenborg was estimated at between €1.5 and 2 million. [4] Thirteen days later, he scored his first goal for the club in a 1–0 derby win against Lyon. [5]

Frequently criticized in France for his lack of speed and technique, he was transferred in January 2018 to his former club Rosenborg. The transfer fee paid was estimated at €500,000. [6]

International career

On 23 November 2011, Søderlund was named in the Norway squad for the three friendly matches in Thailand in January 2012. [7] He made his debut for Norway in a 1–1 friendly draw against Denmark on 15 January 2012. [8] On 1 June 2012, he was added to Norway's squad when Mohammed Abdellaoue was doubtful for the match against Croatia. [9] Søderlund got his first cap at home when he replaced Erik Huseklepp as a substitute in the 84th minute, and later assisted Tarik Elyounoussi equalizing goal against Croatia. [10] [11] In the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Slovenia on 11 September 2012, he replaced Elyounoussi after 89 minutes earning a penalty three minutes later which John Arne Riise converted for the match-winning goal as Norway won 2–1. [12] He started his first qualifying match when Norway met Switzerland on 12 October 2012. [13]

Career statistics


As of 11 July 2020 [14]
ClubSeasonLeagueCupEurope [A] Total
Treviso 2008-09 000000
Namur (loan)2008–093030
FH (loan) 2009 18320203
Lecco 2009-10 7070
Haugesund 2011 2911443315
2012 2910323212
2013 123123
Rosenborg 2013 1331121165
2014 231331523116
2015 2722421464530
Saint-Étienne 2015–16 14210152
2016–17 1712142234
2017–18 1201000130
Rosenborg 2018 278651014314
2019 288201354313
BK Häcken 2020 32400072
Career total2628631165017343119
A.  ^ Appearances and goals in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.

International goals

Scores and results list Norway's goal tally first.
1.10 October 2015 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Norway Flag of Malta.svg  Malta 2–02–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualification [15]
2.10 June 2017Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, NorwayFlag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 1–11–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification [16]





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