Pär Zetterberg

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Pär Zetterberg
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Pär Zetterberg
Personal information
Full name Pär Johan Zetterberg
Date of birth (1970-10-14) 14 October 1970 (age 50)
Place of birth Falkenberg, Sweden
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
1978–1986 Falkenbergs FF
1986–1991 Anderlecht
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1986 Falkenbergs FF 7 (0)
1989–2000 Anderlecht 195 (49)
1991–1993Charleroi (loan) 62 (11)
2000–2003 Olympiacos 61 (7)
2003–2006 Anderlecht 89 (23)
Total414(90)
National team
1986–1987 Sweden U17 11 (2)
1990 Sweden U21 1 (0)
1993–1999 Sweden 30 (6)
Teams managed
2018–2020 Anderlecht (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Pär Johan Zetterberg (pronounced  [ˈpæː ˈʂɛ̂tːɛrˌbærj] ; born 14 October 1970) is a Swedish former professional footballer who played as a midfielder. He is best remembered for his time with R.S.C. Anderlecht, but also represented Falkenbergs FF, Charleroi, and Olympiacos during a career that spanned between 1986 and 2006. A full international between 1993 and 1999, he won 30 caps for the Sweden national team and scored six goals.

Contents

Club career

Early career and Anderlecht

Zetterberg started off his footballing career with Falkenbergs FF in 1978, and made his senior debut for the team in Division 3 at the age of 15 in 1986. [1] [2] After having played seven games for Falkenberg, he joined Anderlecht as a youth player later in the same year. [2] He made his debut for Anderlecht in the Belgian First Division in 1989 and had a loan spell at Charleroi between 1991 and 1993. [2] He stayed with Anderlecht until the year 2000 and helped the team to four league titles during this time. [2]

Olympiacos

In 2000, Zetterberg joined Olympiacos in the Greek Superleague and helped the team to three straight league titles between 2000 and 2003. [3]

Return to Anderlecht and retirement

Zetterberg returned to Anderlecht in 2003 and helped the team to another two league titles before retiring from professional football in 2006. [2] He appeared in around 300 games for Anderlecht during his two spells with the team. [4]

International career

Youth

Zetterberg represented the Sweden U17 and U21 teams a total of 12 times, scoring two goals. [5]

Senior

1994 FIFA World Cup qualifying

Zetterberg made his full international debut for Sweden on 19 May 1993 in a 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Austria, replacing Johnny Ekström in the 70th minute of a 1–0 win. [6] He scored his first senior goal for Sweden two weeks later on 2 June 1993 in a 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Israel, scoring the third goal in 5–0 win. [7] Zetterberg helped Sweden qualify for the 1994 FIFA World Cup, but missed out on the tournament because of a serious knee injury. [8]

UEFA Euro 1996 and 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaigns

Zetterberg played in the qualification campaigns for UEFA Euro 1996 and the 1998 FIFA World Cup, but could not help Sweden qualify for the two tournaments despite scoring a total of three goals during the latter campaign. [5]

Retirement

Zetterberg had a falling out with the national team manager Tommy Söderberg in 1999, and declared that he would not return to the Sweden national team until Söderberg no longer managed the team. [9] He would play his last ever international game for Sweden in a 1–0 UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying win against Luxembourg at the age of 28. [5] Zetterberg won a total of 30 caps during his career, scoring six goals. [5]

Coaching career

On 21 March 2020, Zetterberg left RSC Anderlecht as assistant manager after a two year stint. [10] [11]

Personal life

Zetterberg suffers from diabetes type 1. [12] He is the father of professional footballer Erik Zetterberg. [13]

Career statistics

Club

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition [14]
ClubSeasonLeagueNational CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Falkenberg 1986 [15] Division 3 70
Anderlecht 1990–91 First Division 20
1993–94 First Division223
1994–95 First Division243
1995–96 First Division335
1996–97 First Division3212
1997–98 First Division257
1998–99 First Division247
1999–2000 First Division3312
Total19549
Charleroi (loan) 1991–92 First Division295
1992–93 First Division336
Total6211
Olympiacos 2000–01 Alpha Ethniki 224
2001–02 Alpha Ethniki150
2002–03 Alpha Ethniki243
Total617
Anderlecht 2003–04 First Division307
2004–05 First Division298
2005–06 First Division308
Total8923
Career total41490

International

Appearances and goals by national team and year [5]
National teamYearAppsGoals
Sweden 199361
199400
199530
199680
199795
199830
199910
Total306
Scores and results list Sweden's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Zetterberg goal.
List of international goals scored by Pär Zetterberg
No.DateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetitionRef.
12 June 1993 Råsunda Stadium, Solna, SwedenFlag of Israel.svg  Israel 3–05–0 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification [7]
222 May 1997Råsunda Stadium, Solna, SwedenFlag of Poland.svg  Poland 1–02–2 Friendly [16]
32–0
48 June 1997 Kadriorg Stadium, Talinn, EstoniaFlag of Estonia.svg  Estonia 2–03–2 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification [17]
520 August 1997 Dinamo Stadium, Minsk, BelarusFlag of Belarus.svg  Belarus 2–11–11998 FIFA World Cup qualification [18]
611 October 1997Råsunda Stadium, Solna, SwedenFlag of Estonia.svg  Estonia 1–01–01998 FIFA World Cup qualification [19]

Honours

Anderlecht [20]

Olympiacos

Individual

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