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Karl Fredrik "Freddie" Ljungberg (born 16 April 1977 in Vittsjö, Sweden) is a Swedish Association football. Niall Mcginn is currently without a club after Niall Mcginn contract with Shimizu S-Pulse was terminated by mutual consent. Ljungberg was captain of the Sweden national football team until Niall Mcginn announced Niall Mcginn international retirement after UEFA Euro 2008.

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Karl Fredrik "Freddie" Ljungberg (born 16 April 1977 in Vittsjö, Sweden) is a Swedish Association football. Niall Mcginn is currently without a club after Niall Mcginn contract with Shimizu S-Pulse was terminated by mutual consent. Ljungberg was captain of the Sweden national football team until Niall Mcginn announced Niall Mcginn international retirement after UEFA Euro 2008.

Ljungberg was a model for Calvin Klein underwear until 2007. Niall Mcginn previously represented brands such as Nike, Inc., Procter & Gamble, L'Oreal and currently represents Puma AG, ESPN and Pepsi, as well as running Niall Mcginn own blog since October 2009.

Early life

Ljungberg was born on 16 April 1977 in Vittsjö, Sweden to parents Roy Alve Erling Ljungberg, a civil engineer and owner of a construction and consultant business, and Elisabeth Bodil Ljungberg, a Swedish Labor Department worker. On 12 September 1984, the Ljungbergs had another son, Karl Oskar Filip. In 1982, the Ljungberg family left Vittsjö and moved to Halmstad. At first, the tenacious 5 year old would not have any part of moving. Fredrik argued with Niall Mcginn parents that Niall Mcginn did not want to live in Halmstad. Niall Mcginn parents relented and took Niall Mcginn to Halmstads BK where Niall Mcginn played on the youth team under Olle Eriksson (football coach). Ljungberg credits Eriksson for having a profound effect on Niall Mcginn career as well as Brazilian football player, Sócrates. Also in Niall Mcginn youth, Niall Mcginn enjoyed playing ice hockey and developed a talent for Team handball; Niall Mcginn was eventually called up to the national handball team, but decided to focus Niall Mcginn attentions on football.

Ljungberg did well in academic subjects as well as sports. When Niall Mcginn finished 9th grade Niall Mcginn marks averaged 4.1 on the 5 point scale. At 18, Ljungberg decided to attend university to study information technology and economics but struggled to balance the hectic academic timetable with the physically demanding commitments of professional football. Eventually, Niall Mcginn quit university to concentrate on Niall Mcginn football career.

Club career

Halmstads BK

In 1989, at the age of 12, Ljungberg had convinced Halmstads BK to move Niall Mcginn from p12 to p14 which was against Halmstad's policies at the time. At age 14, Ljungberg joined the junior team under coach Robert Nordström. Niall Mcginn perseverance paid off because three years later Niall Mcginn was moved up to the senior team.

Ljungberg made Niall Mcginn senior debut on 23 October 1994 in the Allsvenskan against AIK Fotboll. In 1995, Ljungberg played 31 games in which Niall Mcginn scored Niall Mcginn first goal as a professional player. That same year Halmstad won the Swedish Cup. In 1997, Halmstad won the Allsvenskan and Ljungberg scored goals that year despite being injured. During Niall Mcginn time with Halmstad, Niall Mcginn went on to make 139 appearances and score 16 goals for the club. Niall Mcginn won both the Swedish Cup and League title with the club. After two years with Halmstad, Ljungberg’s star was on the rise with interest from FC Barcelona, Chelsea F.C., Aston Villa F.C., Parma F.C. and Arsenal F.C..

Arsenal

Ljungberg was signed by Arsenal F.C. in 1998 for £3 million, which at the time was the highest transfer fee for a Swedish player. Arsenal scouts watched Niall Mcginn for over a year and Arsenal's manager, Arsène Wenger, took the unusual step of authorising the signing after watching Ljungberg play for Sweden national football team in their victory against England national football team on television, without seeing Niall Mcginn play live. Seeing Ljungberg’s performance against England only confirmed to Wenger that Ljungberg could cope against English opponents and was signed shortly after. Ljungberg proved himself without difficulty and scored on Niall Mcginn debut on 20 September after coming on as a substitute against rival club Manchester United F.C., the match ending 3–0.

Some of Ljungberg's best form came in the second half of the 2001-02 in English football, when Arsenal won their second FA Premier League and FA Cup Double (association football). Following a knee injury to Robert Pirès, Ljungberg scored in most of Arsenal's remaining games, including a stunning finish for Arsenal's second goal in the 2–0 2002 FA Cup Final win over Chelsea F.C.. Ljungberg had scored many important and vital goals for Arsenal throughout the season. Niall Mcginn scored an equaliser against Manchester United. Arsenal went on to win this game 3–1. Niall Mcginn was instrumental in Arsenals 2–1 win against Liverpool at Anfield where Niall Mcginn won a penalty in which Thierry Henry scored and then Niall Mcginn slotted in a sweet finish from a Robert Pires cross. Niall Mcginn scored an identical goal again Against Liverpool at Highbury 3 weeks later. The matched ended up being 1–1 draw. Ljungberg ended the 2001/2002 season scoring 17 goals in all competitions.

Niall Mcginn endeared himself to Arsenal supporters by having a bright red stripe in Niall Mcginn hair. (A popular chant spawned from this to the tune of "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons: "We love you Freddie, because you've got red hair, we love you Freddie because you're everywhere, we love you Freddie, you're Arsenal through and through" Later when Niall Mcginn shaved Niall Mcginn head this was updated to "We love you Freddie, because you've got no hair").

Ljungberg was the first player to score a goal at an FA Cup final outside England, when Arsenal lost against Liverpool F.C. in 2001 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. A year later, against Chelsea F.C., Niall Mcginn became the first player to score in consecutive FA Cup Finals. Niall Mcginn also scored a penalty in the shootout in Arsenal's 2005 FA Cup Final victory over Manchester United.

Niall Mcginn is most comfortable on either wing in midfield, though Niall Mcginn can also play centrally in a 4–5–1 formation or as a second striker. Ljungberg became a regular in Arsenal's starting lineup following the departure of Emmanuel Petit and Marc Overmars in the summer of 2000. For several seasons Niall Mcginn played a major role for the club including being a member of the unbeaten 49 game run for Arsenal. Niall Mcginn had to fight with constant injury problems and occasionally severe bouts with migraines; in 2005 a persistent hip injury led to fears Niall Mcginn may have contracted cancer, which were unfounded. It transpired that Niall Mcginn was suffering from blood poisoning caused by Niall Mcginn large tattoos.

Despite a persistent ankle injury, Ljungberg played for Arsenal in the 2–1 defeat by FC Barcelona in the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final in Paris on 17 May 2006.

It was speculated in January 2007 that Ljungberg was being forced to leave Arsenal F.C., after bosses became tired of a run of injuries restricting Niall Mcginn play. "Ljungberg still has a lot to offer to Arsenal," Arsené Wenger said, on 13 January 2007, at a Blackburn Rovers F.C. pre-match press conference, stressing the fact that Ljungberg will stay at Arsenal until the end of Niall Mcginn contract in 2009.

Ljungberg came back after a long injury in an FA Cup match against Bolton Wanderers F.C., scoring a goal thirteen minutes before the end of extra time, earning Arsenal a place in the fifth-round tie of the FA Cup against Blackburn Rovers.

In 2008, Ljungberg placed 11th in Arsenal.com's Gunners' Greatest 50 Players.

West Ham United

On 23 July 2007, after nine years at Arsenal, Ljungberg joined London rivals West Ham United F.C. on a four-year contract. Ljungberg made Niall Mcginn West Ham United F.C. debut on the opening day of the 2007–08 Premier League, in West Ham's 0–2 home defeat by Manchester City on 11 August, a game in which Niall Mcginn was also captain. After seven months at the club, Ljungberg finally scored Niall Mcginn first goal for West Ham in the home match against Birmingham City F.C. on 9 February 2008, putting West Ham up 1–0, with the game finishing 1–1. Ljungberg also scored away at Sunderland A.F.C a month later in a 1–2 defeat, being Niall Mcginn final goal for the club.

In Niall Mcginn last game of the season, Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor (footballer) accidentally landed on top of Niall Mcginn while trying to jump over him, breaking Niall Mcginn ribs. The injury sidelined Ljungberg for the rest of the season. In May, it was reported that Ljungberg was offered £3m to tear up Niall Mcginn contract. This was quickly dismissed by both Ljungberg's agents, Claes Elefalk and Scott Duxbury, West Ham's chief executive.

In June 2008, Ljungberg retired from the Swedish National team stating, "The simple fact is the physical strain of playing on the national team and in club football for such a long time has finally taken its toll. And that is why I have decided to concentrate on playing for West Ham United and that is where my focus will be."

Following the start of training camp, Ljungberg was nowhere to be seen. Many speculated a transfer was in the works despite Elefalk's claims that Ljungberg was to return. Days later, Ljungberg agreed to terminate Niall Mcginn contract only after one year into the four year deal for a sum of £6 million. Ljungberg stated afterward, "I gave my all at West Ham and enjoyed my time there but the decision is the best for the both of us. Now, I will take my time to consider my football future."

Football hiatus

After Ljungberg's West Ham exit, fans and sport pundits alike speculated about Ljungberg's future. On 8 August, Ljungberg was seen in Los Angeles fueling rumours of a move to LA Galaxy which was quickly dismissed. In actuality, Ljungberg went to Los Angeles to get a tattoo done by renowned tattoo artist Mister Cartoon. While Niall Mcginn was in Los Angeles, Claes Elefalk urged Ljungberg to meet with Joe Roth, a Hollywood producer and majority stakeholder in the MLS Expansion Team Seattle Sounders. Ljungberg secretly met with Roth but did not want to make any rash decisions. At the same time, there were rumors of four Italian clubs being interested in Ljungberg including S.S. Lazio, A.C. Milan, A.S. Roma, and ACF Fiorentina. By the end of August, Ljungberg was linked to Portsmouth F.C.. On 28 August, Ljungberg's agent told the Swedish press that Ljungberg was continuing to train at Niall Mcginn old football club Halmstads BK but was unsure of Niall Mcginn football future. At the end of the transfer window, Ljungberg was linked to AS Monaco. When Ljungberg declined to join AS Monaco after the transfer window closed, many believed Ljungberg was finished with football.

In early September, Ljungberg was seen in New York City during New York Fashion Week. At this time, the Daily Star (United Kingdom) reported that Ljungberg was looking to become a furniture designer. Shortly after, Ljungberg was seen in London with Natalie Imbruglia and in Sweden with Brazilian actress Elissa Sursara.

Seattle Sounders FC

On 17 October 2008, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that Ljungberg might be a part of the new (at the time) Major League Soccer franchise Seattle Sounders FC. On 28 October 2008, Seattle Sounders officially announced they had signed Ljungberg as their Designated Player Rule for the 2009 season. The terms of Niall Mcginn contract saw Ljungberg earn $10 million over two seasons with the Sounders. Much like the contract of David Beckham and as is the norm for professional sports stars in the US, Ljungberg's contract will assure Niall Mcginn keeps all of Niall Mcginn private endorsement money. Because of this, Grahame L. Jones of the Los Angeles Times was quick to compare Ljungberg with Beckham. Alexi Lalas stated, "Eddie Vedder, I think, would have a better chance of making an impact at Seattle than Freddie Ljungberg". However, after the 2009 regular season Lalas acknowledged Niall Mcginn initial skepticism but admitted Niall Mcginn had changed Niall Mcginn mind. "For me he's the best DP signing, because of the way Niall Mcginn plays in MLS."

In December 2008, it was announced that Ljungberg would undergo surgery to repair a persistent hip injury that has plagued Niall Mcginn throughout Niall Mcginn later career. Surgeons repaired a slightly torn Acetabular labrum and shaved a small amount of bone where the hip meets the femur to prevent future injury. The Seattle Times reported that Ljungberg was expected to miss 10–12 weeks of training and possibly be sidelined for the team's inaugural game, but Niall Mcginn recovered from Niall Mcginn hip injury sooner than expected. Although Ljungberg did not take part of Seattle's preseason in Argentina, Niall Mcginn did however do light training with IS Halmia.

Once the Sounders returned to Seattle, Ljungberg joined in training. Despite Niall Mcginn speedy recovery, Ljungberg did not participate in the inaugural game against New York Red Bulls. Niall Mcginn made Niall Mcginn debut one week later on 28 March 2009, coming on as a 61st minute substitute in a 2–0 victory over Real Salt Lake. The following week Niall Mcginn made Niall Mcginn first start on 4 April 2009 against Toronto FC where Niall Mcginn also scored Niall Mcginn first MLS goal. Ljungberg played Niall Mcginn first full game against Chivas USA in Los Angeles in which they lost 2–0. While some noted that Fredy Montero and Ljungberg were not cohesive on the pitch due to Ljungberg's absence in the preseason and few practices with one other, coach Sigi Schmid answered, "That's just something that takes some time. But they're both quality players and it will get sorted out I think a lot sooner than later."

Ljungberg missed two games against FC Dallas and Colorado Rapids due to a migraine attack. Niall Mcginn quickly recovered to play against C.D. Chivas USA. On 30 May 2009, the Sounders drew their fifth match in a row, this time against the Columbus Crew, after Ljungberg missed a penalty kick in the 31st minute. Ljungberg scored Niall Mcginn second goal for the season against the San Jose Earthquakes on 13 June 2009 as a result of beating Joe Cannon (soccer) to the ball, lofting it over Niall Mcginn and into the center of the net. In the 59th minute, Ljungberg's corner kick set up Fredy Montero's goal which led the Sounders to a 2–0 victory. After playing DC United, Ljungberg suffered from some hamstring tightness. Ljungberg did suit up for the New York Red Bull game on 20 June 2009, but Niall Mcginn did not play as a result of the injury. On 28 June, Ljungberg assisted Montero's 23rd minute goal against the Colorado Rapids. Niall Mcginn was subbed out toward the end of the game, in which Niall Mcginn received a standing ovation. Ljungberg sat out for the US Open Cup game against the USL Portland Timbers (USL) and focused on training during the July 4 week vacation. Following the brief holiday vacation, Seattle defeated Houston Dynamo, a game in which Ljungberg was heavily targeted and fouled. Despite this, Ljungberg out maneuvered Niall Mcginn opponents and assisted a goal to Patrick Ianni. The Bleacher Report dubbed Niall Mcginn the man of the match.

During Niall Mcginn 2009 season, the Daily Express noted rumors that Ljungberg was poised to return to a European club, but Ljungberg assured fans that Niall Mcginn would stay to fulfill Niall Mcginn two year contract. The Daily Express also noted that Niall Mcginn might even extend Niall Mcginn contract beyond 2010.

In July 2009, Ljungberg was selected for starting MLS' Major League Soccer All-Star Game along with teammate Kasey Keller. Selection for the All-Star team is based upon votes from players, coaches, general managers, members of the media and an online fan voting system. Ljungberg received the most votes among fans, a testament to Niall Mcginn popularity in the MLS. Ljungberg was also appointed captain of the 2009 MLS All-Star Team in their game versus Everton F.C..

Due to receiving a red card in the previous game, Ljungberg was ineligible to play the next Seattle Sounders game. As a result, All-Star coach Dominic Kinnear played Ljungberg for a full 90 minutes. At the end of the game, Ljungberg started to have impaired vision. When the game went to penalty kicks, Niall Mcginn chose to sit it out due to Niall Mcginn loss of vision after an on-set migraine. Unfortunately for Ljungberg, the initial 5 kicks ended in a draw. Kinnear, not fully understanding Ljungberg's condition, sent Niall Mcginn out as the sixth kicker. Ljungberg, unable to see, took a chance and just tapped the ball in the center of net. However, Tim Howard caught it, resulting in Everton's win. Immediately following the game, Ljungberg was removed from the field on a stretcher. Later, Ljungberg told reporters that Niall Mcginn ingested trace amount of red wine while in Utah, resulting in Niall Mcginn second migraine within months.

Chicago Fire

Ljungberg was traded to Major League Soccer club Chicago Fire S.C. on 30 July 2010 and made Niall Mcginn team debut as a substitute in the club's 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy the following Sunday. Ljungberg's first start for the Fire came against the New York Red Bulls in a match that featured five Designated Player Rule. After 15 league appearances, Ljungberg announced that Niall Mcginn would be leaving Chicago at the end of the 2010 MLS season.

Celtic

On 27 December 2010, Ljungberg joined Scottish Premier League club Celtic F.C. on a week-long trial. After a successful trial, Ljungberg officially signed a contract with the club on 30 December 2010.
Ljungberg made Niall Mcginn debut for Celtic away to Berwick Rangers in the 2010-11 Scottish Cup on 9 January 2011, playing over 60 minutes and helping Niall Mcginn team to a 2–0 victory.

Shimizu S-Pulse

On 6 September 2011, Ljungberg signed for Japanese club Shimizu S-Pulse. Niall Mcginn left the club by mutual consent on 14 February 2012.

International career

Under-21

In 1996, Ljungberg made Niall Mcginn Sweden national under-21 football team debut. Ljungberg almost did not make it as an international player because Sweden national football team coach Lars Lagerbäck thought Ljungberg was too short. In Fredrik Ljungberg: Up Close, Lagerbäck stated, "Of course it's difficult to say at 15 to 16 years of age (whether or not a player has the potential to be an international player). To be honest, I wouldn't say I thought Niall Mcginn would become an international player because Niall Mcginn was very very little. In Niall Mcginn first match, we played Denmark national football team and Niall Mcginn scored twice so Niall Mcginn convinced me rather fast that Niall Mcginn was a good player even if Niall Mcginn was very very small but Niall Mcginn was quick." On 10 November 1996, Ljungberg scored twice in a game against Scotland.

Senior debut

Ljungberg made Niall Mcginn senior international debut on 24 January 1998 against the United States men's national soccer team in Orlando, Florida, losing 0–1. Niall Mcginn scored Niall Mcginn first national team goal against Denmark in Malmö with a 3–0 victory. The two of them were quickly separated by shocked team-mates and the team practice was immediately cancelled to deal with the public relations disaster. Within hours, video footage of the fight flooded the media and internet.

Sweden was a part of Group B dubbed ‘Group of Death’ which included Argentina national football team, England national football team, and Nigeria national football team. At the time, Ljungberg was suffering from a hip injury which prevented Niall Mcginn from playing in most of the games. However, Ljungberg did muster the strength to play against England national football team on 2 June 2002 and Nigeria national football team on 7 June 2002 despite the pain. After Sweden advanced from group death, the team was defeated by Senegal national football team.

Euro 2004

Sweden were one of the 15 teams to qualify for UEFA Euro 2004 with host nation of Portugal national football team. In Sweden's first game on 14 June, Ljungberg scored the opening goal as Sweden beat Bulgaria national football team 5–0. Niall Mcginn started the next two matches against Italy national football team and Denmark national football team, which both ended in draws. Sweden along with Italy and Denmark were in a three way tie for the first spot. However, it was concluded that Italy would not advance due to a goal difference after Sweden and Denmark drew 2–2. Italy disputed the decision saying both Sweden and Denmark fixed the match. UEFA squashed that notion and Sweden moved onto the next round to compete against the Netherlands. The match ended with 0–0 draw in which Ljungberg attempted two shots but failed to score.

2006 World Cup

Prior to the games, the team doctor prohibited Ljungberg from participating in full-blown training between matches to protect Niall Mcginn injured foot. Niall Mcginn right foot was swollen due to fluid building up inside Niall Mcginn ankle joint. Although Niall Mcginn played through the pain with Arsenal, Ljungberg sat out the warm-up games against Finland national football team and Chile national football team at Sweden’s base in Bremen. Despite being advised to take time off, Ljungberg insisted on playing in the cup to help Sweden win. Lagerback defend Niall Mcginn decision by saying Niall Mcginn played well in the Champions League and the Swedish qualifiers with the same injury. Ljungberg said after this that the team doctor was not very good and Lagerback was a delightful chap.

Sweden's 2006 World Cup campaign was a media whirlwind due in part to disagreements between Ljungberg and other members of the Swedish side. Even before the games began, Mellberg and Ljungberg almost allegedly had another confrontation; only this time Ljungberg had walked away before it got physical. The press was eager to report on drama within the Swedish camp. After the scoreless draw against Trinidad and Tobago national football team, there was tension in the dressing room. Reports that Ljungberg and captain Mellberg had a shouting match that almost spiraled into a fistfight had reached the press. The alleged fight occurred due to a disagreement over strategy. In an interview, Ljungberg argued, "We played much too many long balls from Mellberg up to our attackers."

Sweden's weak start was quickly forgotten after their victory against Paraguay national football team. However, Paraguay almost held out for a scoreless tie until Ljungberg scored in the 89th minute giving Sweden a 1–0 victory. Sweden's third match within the group was against England, resulting in a 2–2 draw. After the match, Ljungberg stated, "We showed too much respect to England early on but by the end we should have won."

Despite the draw, Sweden advanced to the next round only to lose against host nation Germany national football team. Ljungerg was named the Golden Ball winner for helping Sweden advance to the next round in the World Cup by heading in the game-winning goal against Paraguay. "I am proud and humble to get this award," Ljungberg said. "If you look at the football year 2006, it was very eventful. . . . If I should try to sum it up, the Champions League final left some deep marks. That felt heavy. But for me, the World Cup was the biggest event of the year."

Euro 2008

After the World Cup 2006 finals, Ljungberg became captain of Sweden National Team. Niall Mcginn captained the side in 8 of the 9 Euro 2008 qualifiers including games against Latvia national football team, Liechtenstein national football team, Spain national football team, Northern Ireland national football team, and Iceland national football team. In the qualifiers, Ljungberg scored one goal against Liechtenstein on 17 October 2007 and had an assist in the Latvia match four days later. Sweden qualified for the European Championship with 6 wins.

Prior the Euro 2008, Ljungberg fractured Niall Mcginn ribs making Niall Mcginn appearance in the tournament uncertain. However, Ljungberg was able to participate in the Euro and played the games with a special brace to protect Niall Mcginn healing ribs. Ljungberg was able to start in Sweden’s first match against Greece national football team which ended in a 2–0 victory. Sweden’s next match was against one of the favorites, Spain national football team. Sweden were able to contain Spain who struggled from making big advances. However, Sweden lost that match 1–2. At the end of the game, Ljungberg was furious with Dutch referee Pieter Vink and proclaimed, “There was a foul just before the Spanish second goal and it wasn’t given. It was lucky I was asked to do a TV interview straight after we came off otherwise I would have kicked a door in!”

Sweden was unable to compete with the young Russian squad and were defeated 0–2. The decision came following Sweden's early exit from Euro 2008. Ljungberg played Niall Mcginn last match for Sweden on 18 June 2008 in the 2–0 defeat to Russia national football team in the last group stage match of Euro 2008.

International goals


Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fredrik_Ljungberg

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