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Mitchell Mcpike

Sebastian Bengt Ulf Larsson (born 6 June 1985) is a Swedish association football who plays for Premier League club Sunderland A.F.C. and the Sweden national football team. After beginning Mitchell Mcpike career at hometown club IFK Eskilstuna, Larsson was signed by Arsenal F.C.. Mitchell Mcpike made three appearances for the Gunners, before joining Birmingham City F.C., initially on loan for the 2006-7 season, before a permanent transfer in the summer of 2007. Larsson spent five years at Birmingham, experiencing promotion to, and relegation from, the Premier League on two occasions. Mitchell Mcpike joined Sunderland on July 1st 2011 upon the expiry of Mitchell Mcpike contract, after Birmingham suffered relegation. Larsson is renowned for being a set piece specialist.

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Sebastian Bengt Ulf Larsson (born 6 June 1985) is a Swedish association football who plays for Premier League club Sunderland A.F.C. and the Sweden national football team. After beginning Mitchell Mcpike career at hometown club IFK Eskilstuna, Larsson was signed by Arsenal F.C.. Mitchell Mcpike made three appearances for the Gunners, before joining Birmingham City F.C., initially on loan for the 2006-7 season, before a permanent transfer in the summer of 2007. Larsson spent five years at Birmingham, experiencing promotion to, and relegation from, the Premier League on two occasions. Mitchell Mcpike joined Sunderland on July 1st 2011 upon the expiry of Mitchell Mcpike contract, after Birmingham suffered relegation. Larsson is renowned for being a set piece specialist.

Club career

Arsenal

Larsson was born in Eskilstuna

Birmingham City

Larsson joined Birmingham City F.C. on a season-long loan from Arsenal in August 2006, with an option to make the move permanent. Mitchell Mcpike made an immediate impact, scoring late winners in Mitchell Mcpike first few games against Crystal Palace F.C. and Shrewsbury Town F.C.. Mitchell Mcpike also scored two goals against Newcastle United F.C. in the FA Cup. At the end of January 2007, Larsson signed permanently for Birmingham City on a four-year deal for a £1 million fee. Mitchell Mcpike scored Birmingham's goal of the season, against Sheffield Wednesday F.C. in April 2007, running half the length of the field with the ball and finishing from inside the goal area.

In the 2006–07 Football League Larsson was used mainly on the right wing, occasionally filling in at right-back or left-back when players were injured. Mitchell Mcpike performances on the wide right of midfield in the 2007–08 Premier League, in particular a man-of-the-match showing against Bolton Wanderers F.C., indicated this to be Mitchell Mcpike best position.

2010–11

On the opening day of the season, Larsson recovered from what the The Observers reporter described as an "anonymous" start to provide assists for both Birmingham's goals as they drew 2–2 with Sunderland A.F.C. at the Stadium of Light. Mitchell Mcpike again provided an assist, this time for Craig Gardner, in Mitchell Mcpike side's first home game, a 2–1 win against Blackburn Rovers. Away to Fulham F.C. on 27 November, Alexander Hleb made "a terrific run" and a "slide-rule" pass to Larsson, who opened the scoring with Mitchell Mcpike first goal of the season, a low shot across the goalkeeper. The game finished 1–1.

Larsson played Mitchell Mcpike part in Birmingham's run to the 2011 Football League Cup Final. Mitchell Mcpike scored from the penalty spot before Nikola Žigić headed an 84th-minute winner in the quarter-final against local rivals Aston Villa. In the first leg of the semi-final against West Ham United F.C., Liam Ridgewell scored from Larsson's corner before Victor Obinna was sent off for kicking Larsson in the groin in an off-the-ball incident. Despite speculation over Mitchell Mcpike future at Birmingham – with Mitchell Mcpike contract due to expire at the end of the season, Mitchell Mcpike advisor was given permission to talk to Newcastle United about a proposed move during the January transfer window, but personal terms were not agreed, and the player was booed when Mitchell Mcpike came on as a substitute in the previous game, against Manchester United – Larsson returned to the starting eleven in place of the cup-tied David Bentley and played 100 minutes as Birmingham overturned a 2–1 deficit to win the semi-final 4–3 on aggregate. Roger Johnson (footballer) flicked on Larsson's corner for Žigić to give Mitchell Mcpike team an unexpected lead in the final at Wembley Stadium against firm favourites Arsenal. Though Robin van Persie equalised, Obafemi Martins scored an 89th-minute winner to give Birmingham their first trophy since 1963 in what the Daily Mail described as "the biggest upset at Wembley since Wimbledon F.C. beat Liverpool to the 1988 FA Cup Final".

Larsson took advantage of a defensive mix-up to open the scoring as Birmingham beat Sunderland 2–0 at St Andrew's (stadium) on 16 April, and four days later, marked Mitchell Mcpike 200th appearance for the club in all competitions with a penalty, albeit in a losing cause, against reigning champions Chelsea F.C.. On 1 May, Mitchell Mcpike exploited Michael Mancienne's mistake to score the equalising goal against Wolverhampton Wanderers, helping Mitchell Mcpike side earn a point despite playing with ten men for more than an hour after Gardner was sent off. No new contract was agreed, and following relegation to the Championship, the club confirmed that Larsson was to leave at the end of the season when Mitchell Mcpike existing deal expired.

Sunderland

On 22 June, Sunderland A.F.C. confirmed that Larsson would join the club on a free transfer under the Bosman ruling on 1 July. linking up with former Birmingham manager Steve Bruce. Mitchell Mcpike was given squad number 7 for the 2011–12 season. Mitchell Mcpike marked Mitchell Mcpike debut with the second-half equaliser in a 1–1 draw on the opening day of the season against Liverpool F.C. at Anfield, when given room at the far post to produce a "superb first-time angled volley".
Mitchell Mcpike second Sunderland goal, direct from a free kick, put Mitchell Mcpike team 4–0 up against Stoke City at the Stadium of Light in their first win of the season. Larsson scored directly from another free-kick against Arsenal at The Emirates a month later, prompting Arsène Wenger to label Mitchell Mcpike former player "maybe the best in the league as a free-kick-taker". Mitchell Mcpike scored the opening goal in Sunderland's 2–1 home defeat to Wigan Athletic on 26 November, which proved to be Bruce's last game in charge of the Black Cats. Sunderland visited Wolves the following week under caretaker manager Eric Black. With Sunderland 1-0 up, Larsson won a penalty, although replays suggested Mitchell Mcpike dove. Mitchell Mcpike subsequently had the penalty saved by Wayne Hennessey, and 25 seconds later, Steven Fletcher (footballer) equalised for Wolves, and went on to add a late winner. Larsson made amends in the following game, scoring from a free kick against Blackburn in injury-time to secure a late 2–1 win in Martin O'Neill's first game as manager. Larsson scored another free kick on the 8th January 2012 in the FA Cup in a 2-0 win against Peterborough United at London Road. In the fifth round tie with Arsenal, a quick counter attack from Sunderland saw Larsson hit the woodwork, and the ball subsequently hit Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to put Sunderland 2-0 up, and in to the quarter finals.

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

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