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Bernt Kennet Andersson (born 6 October 1967) is a Swedish former professional footballer, who played as a forward. He was a key member of the Swedish national team that finished third in the 1994 World Cup.

Kennet Andersson
Kennet Andersson in Jan 2014.jpg
Andersson at the 2014 Svenska idrottsgalan
Personal information
Full name Bernt Kennet Andersson
Date of birth (1967-10-06) 6 October 1967 (age 51)
Place of birth Eskilstuna, Sweden
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1976–1981 Tunafors SK
1982–1984 IFK Eskilstuna
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1988 IFK Eskilstuna 76 (20)
1989–1991 IFK Göteborg 63 (29)
1991–1994 Mechelen 33 (8)
1993IFK Norrköping (loan) 13 (8)
1993–1994Lille (loan) 32 (11)
1994–1995 Caen 31 (9)
1995–1996 Bari 33 (12)
1996–1999 Bologna 86 (26)
1999 Lazio 2 (0)
1999–2000 Bologna 28 (7)
2000–2002 Fenerbahçe 73 (19)
2005 Gårda BK 18 (14)
Total 488 (163)
National team
1983 Sweden U16 4 (1)
1985–1986 Sweden U18 10 (1)
1988–1990 Sweden U21 14 (2)
1990–2000 Sweden 83 (31)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Contents

Club careerEdit

Andersson was born in Eskilstuna. On club level, he played for Tunafors SK (1976−1981), Eskilstuna (1982–88), Göteborg (1988–91), Mechelen (1991–92), Norrköping (1993), Lille (1993–94), Caen (1994–95), Bari (1995–96), Bologna (1996–99 and 1999–2000), Lazio (1999), Fenerbahçe (2000–02) and Gårda BK (2005).

International careerEdit

For Sweden, Andersson made 83 appearances and scored 31 goals, both near the top in national history.[1] He played in the 1992 and 2000 European Championships. He led the Swedish team in scoring with five goals in the 1994 World Cup,[2] a feat which tied him for third place as the tournament's leading goalscorer. His physical size gave him an advantage in the air, and in this tournament he became known for towering over defenders to score goals with his head; in Sweden's quarter-final win over Romania, he headed in a vital goal by outjumping even the Romanian goalkeeper.


Style of playEdit

Andersson was considered one of the top-class strikers of his generation.[3][4] A tall, athletic, and physically strong forward, who was also a prolific goalscorer, in spite of his lack of pace or notable technical skills, he was renowned for his work-rate, hold-up play with his back to goal, and in particular his excellent abilities in the air, which enabled him both to score goals with his head and get on the end of long balls to provide assists for his teammates from knock-downs; due to his playing style, he was frequently dubbed an "old-fashioned" centre-forward or "target-man" in the media throughout his career.[4][5][6][7][8][9] BBC has described Andersson as "one of the world's greatest forwards in the air", adding that "his aerial ability is complemented by decent passing and unselfish support play that has allowed other strikers to flourish alongside him."[4] Regarding his aerial prowess, Carlo Ancelotti described him as being "practically impossible" to mark in the air.[4]

Career statisticsEdit

InternationalEdit

Source:[1]
National team Season Apps Goals
Sweden
1990 4 1
1991 8 5
1992 6 4
1993 0 0
1994 17 7
1995 10 5
1996 8 3
1997 9 4
1998 3 1
1999 8 1
2000 10 0
Total 83 31

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Sweden's goal tally first.[1]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 26 September 1990 Råsunda Stadium, Solna   Bulgaria 2–0 2–0 Friendly
2. 1 May 1991 Råsunda Stadium, Solna   Austria 1–0 6–0 Friendly
3. 2–0
4. 6–0
5. 5 June 1991 Råsunda Stadium, Solna   Colombia 2–2 2–2 Friendly
6. 15 June 1991 Idrottsparken, Norrköping   Denmark 3–0 4–0 Scania 100
7. 22 April 1992 Stade El Menzah, Tunis   Tunisia 1–0 1–0 Friendly
8. 7 May 1992 Råsunda Stadium, Solna   Poland 1–0 5–0 Friendly
9. 2–0
10. 21 June 1992 Råsunda Stadium, Solna   Germany 2–3 2–3 Euro 1992
11. 20 February 1994 Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami   United States 2–1 3–1 Joe Robbie Cup
12. 28 June 1994 Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac   Brazil 1–0 1–1 1994 World Cup
13. 3 July 1994 Cotton Bowl, Dallas   Saudi Arabia 2–0 3–1 1994 World Cup
14. 3–1
15. 10 July 1994 Stanford Stadium, Stanford   Romania 2–2 2–2
(5–4 p)
1994 World Cup
16. 16 July 1994 Rose Bowl, Pasadena   Bulgaria 4–0 4–0 1994 World Cup
17. 12 October 1994 Wankdorf Stadium, Bern    Switzerland 1–0 2–4 Euro 1996 qualifier
18. 8 March 1995 Tsirion Stadium, Limassol   Cyprus 2–2 3–3 Friendly
19. 29 March 1995 İnönü Stadium, Istanbul   Turkey 1–0 1–2 Euro 1996 qualifier
20. 8 June 1995 Elland Road, Leeds   England 3–1 3–3 Umbro Cup
21. 10 June 1995 City Ground, Nottingham   Japan 1–1 2–2 Umbro Cup
22. 2–1
23. 1 June 1996 Råsunda Stadium, Solna   Belarus 1–0 5–1 1998 World Cup qualifier
24. 3–0
25. 1 September 1996 Daugava Stadium, Riga   Latvia 2–0 2–1 1998 World Cup qualifier
26. 30 April 1997 Ullevi, Gothenburg   Scotland 1–0 2–1 1998 World Cup qualifier
27. 2–0
28. 8 June 1997 Kadriorg Stadium, Tallinn   Estonia 3–0 3–2 1998 World Cup qualifier
29. 20 August 1997 Dinamo Stadium, Minsk   Belarus 1–1 2–1 1998 World Cup qualifier
30. 2 June 1998 Ullevi, Gothenburg   Italy 1–0 1–0 Friendly
31. 9 October 1999 Råsunda Stadium   Poland 1–0 2–0 Euro 2000 qualifier

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

IFK Göteborg

Bologna

Lazio

Fenerbahçe

InternationalEdit

IndividualEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Mamrud, Roberto (25 July 2004). "Kennet Andersson – Goals in International Matches". RSSSF.
  2. ^ Kennet AnderssonFIFA competition record
  3. ^ "Swedish gem who propelled Parma". Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) – FIFA.com. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d "BBC Sport – Kennet Andersson". BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  5. ^ Alessandro Di Gioia (16 October 2016). "Che fine ha fatto? Kennet Andersson, il gigante di Bologna oggi allena la mente" (in Italian). Calciomercato.com. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  6. ^ Alberto Cerruti; Silvano Stella (8 November 1999). "E' un' Inter da scherzi a parte" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  7. ^ Phil Shaw (5 July 1994). "Football / World Cup USA '94: Nilsson relieved to make up for past traumas: Sweden's wily full-back insists this could be their year. Phil Shaw reports". The Independent. Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Happy Birthday to Kennet Andersson!". www.bolognafc.it. 6 October 2016. Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  9. ^ Phil Shaw (1 May 1997). "Football: Scots scuppered by Andersson". The Independent. Retrieved 23 July 2018.