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Carl Mikael Lustig (Swedish pronunciation: [²miːkaɛl ²lɵsːtɪɡ]; born 13 December 1986) is a Swedish footballer who plays as a right or centre back for Gent and the Sweden national team.[2] A full international for Sweden since 2008, he represented the country at UEFA Euro 2012, UEFA Euro 2016 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Mikael Lustig
Mikael Lustig (cropped).jpg
Lustig playing for Sweden at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Carl Mikael Lustig[1]
Date of birth (1986-12-13) 13 December 1986 (age 32)
Place of birth Umeå, Sweden
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Gent
Number 23
Youth career
Sandåkerns SK
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Umeå FC 32 (1)
2005–2008 GIF Sundsvall 81 (8)
2008–2012 Rosenborg BK 95 (14)
2012–2019 Celtic 160 (13)
2019– Gent 6 (0)
National team
2004 Sweden U19 1 (0)
2006–2009 Sweden U21 21 (1)
2008– Sweden 82 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 October 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 November 2019

Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Lustig began his career with Sandåkerns SK. He then moved to Umeå FC, where he played for two years.

GIF SundsvallEdit

Lustig moved to Allsvenskan club GIF Sundsvall for the 2005 season, scoring twice in eight games. GIF Sundsvall were relegated the following season to the Superettan. They were in that division for the next two years, with Lustig playing in 57 of their 60 games. For the 2008 season the team was back in the Allsvenskan and Lustig continued to be a regular in the team, playing in all 11 league games before the Euro break. During the summer he moved to the Norwegian club Rosenborg BK.

RosenborgEdit

After four seasons with Rosenborg, Lustig left the club in November 2011. He had attracted interest from other European clubs, such as Scottish Premier League team Celtic, English Premier League club Fulham and La Liga side Espanyol.[3]

CelticEdit

On 23 November 2011, Celtic announced that they had signed Lustig on a pre-contract.[4] He officially joined the club on 1 January 2012.[5] He made his debut for Celtic on 3 March, in a 1–1 draw with Aberdeen.[6] He scored his first goal for the Hoops in a 2–2 home draw against Hibernian on 1 September 2012. He was also initially credited with Celtic's second goal that day, although it was later given as an own goal.[7] On 17 July 2013, Lustig opened the scoring in Celtic's 3–0 away victory in the second round of qualifying against Cliftonville in the Champions League.

On 6 February 2017, Lustig performed a classic rabona in an unbroken 25-pass move involving all 11 Celtic players, which resulted moments later in a goal for team-mate Moussa Dembélé, sealing his hat-trick and a 5–2 win over home team St. Johnstone.[8] The goal was shortlisted for FIFA's prestigious Puskas Award.[9]

On 28 October 2018, Lustig led the Hoops out to victory in what was his 250th game for the club as they defeated Hearts 3-0 in the League Cup semi-final at Murrayfield.[10]

On 4 May 2019, Lustig nodded home a terrific diving header against Aberdeen, sparking a 3-0 victory for the Celts which secured all three points and the club's eighth consecutive league title.[11] On 20 June Lustig decided to leave Celtic after 7 and a half years which saw him lift 8 titles in a row.

On 21 June 2019 , Lustig signed a contract with Gent.

International careerEdit

Lustig played for Sweden's under-18 team. During the 2006 season, Lustig made his national team debut in under-21 team playing in the 2009 European Under-21 Championship. He had been made vice-captain of the team. In total Lustig made 21 appearances for Sweden under-21s.[12]

 
Lustig (left) challenging Ukraine's Yevhen Konoplyanka during UEFA Euro 2012.

Lustig made his full debut for the Sweden national team on 19 January 2008 in a 2–0 loss against the USA in January 2008.[12] His first goal came on 29 March 2011 in a European Championship qualifier with Moldova, which Sweden won 2–1.[13] He won his 50th cap for Sweden on 29 March 2016, a 1–1 draw with the Czech Republic.[14][15]

In May 2018 he was named in Sweden's 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[16] At the 2018 World Cup, Lustig started in 4 games for Sweden as they were eliminated by England in the quarter final.[17]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 25 May 2019
Club Season Division League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GIF Sundsvall 2005 Allsvenskan 8 2 0 0 - - - - 8 2
2006 Superettan 28 3 2 1 - - - - 30 4
2007 29 2 2 1 - - - - 31 3
2008 Allsvenskan 16 1 1 0 - - - - 17 1
Total 81 8 5 2 - - - - 86 10
Rosenborg 2008 Tippeligaen 11 1 0 0 - - 8 0 19 1
2009 25 4 3 0 - - 3 1 31 5
2010 29 4 5 2 - - 12 1 46 7
2011 30 5 4 2 - - 6 1 40 8
Total 95 14 12 4 - - 29 3 136 21
Celtic 2011–12 Scottish Premier League 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2012–13 23 3 5 0 2 0 9 0 39 3
2013–14 Scottish Premiership 16 0 1 1 1 0 12 1 30 2
2014–15 5 2 1 0 2 0 8 0 16 2
2015–16 30 4 3 0 2 0 11 1 46 5
2016–17 29 1 4 2 4 0 11 1 48 4
2017–18 26 1 2 0 3 2 14 0 45 3
2018–19 27 2 3 0 3 0 11 0 44 2
Total 160 13 20 3 17 2 76 3 273 21
Career Total 315 35 35 9 17 2 105 6 472 52

InternationalEdit

As of match played 23 March 2019[18]
National team Year Apps Goals
Sweden 2008 1 0
2009 1 0
2010 10 0
2011 11 1
2012 8 1
2013 10 0
2014 3 0
2015 4 0
2016 7 2
2017 8 2
2018 11 0
2019 1 0
Total 75 6

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Sweden's goal tally first.[19]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 29 March 2011 Råsunda Stadium, Solna, Sweden   Moldova 1–0 2–1 UEFA Euro 2012 qualification
2. 16 October 2012 Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany   Germany 2–4 4–4 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. 5 June 2016 Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden   Wales 2–0 3–0 Friendly
4. 7 October 2016 Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg   Luxembourg 1–0 1–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
5. 31 August 2017 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria   Bulgaria 1–1 2–3
6. 7 October 2017 Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden   Luxembourg 5–0 8–0

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – List of Players" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  2. ^ Henrik Larsson sold Celtic to Mikael Lustig Express.co.uk, 24 November 2011
  3. ^ British pair chase Lustig Sky Sports, 9 November 2011
  4. ^ "Celtic agree pre-contract deal with Mikael Lustig". BBC Sport. 23 November 2011. Retrieved 23 November 2011.
  5. ^ Mikael Lustig delighted to finally be a Celt Archived 24 July 2012 at Archive.today Celtic FC, 30 December 2011
  6. ^ "Aberdeen 1–1 Celtic". BBC Sport. 3 March 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  7. ^ "Celtic 2–2 Hibernian". BBC Sport. 1 September 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  8. ^ McLaughlin, Chris (5 February 2017). "St Johnstone 2–5 Celtic". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Moussa Dembele goal nominated for prestigious FIFA Puskas Award". Celtic F.C. 22 February 2017. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  10. ^ Sullivan, Joe. "Mikael Lustig hits milestone 250-appearance mark for Celtic". Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  11. ^ English, Tom. "Celtic secured an eighth consecutive title in style with a convincing win away to wasteful Aberdeen". Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  12. ^ a b Mikael Lustig UEFA.com
  13. ^ "Sweden 2 – 1 Moldova". Soccernet. ESPN. 29 March 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  14. ^ "Sweden v Czech Republic – International Friendly".
  15. ^ "Sweden and Czech Republic football teams played to a 1:1 draw, 29 March 2016". eu-football.info.
  16. ^ "Revealed: Every World Cup 2018 squad - 23-man & preliminary lists & when will they be announced? - Goal.com". Goal.
  17. ^ FIFA.com. "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ - Teams - Sweden - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com. Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  18. ^ "Mikael Lustig". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  19. ^ "Lustig, Mikael". National Football Teams. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
  20. ^ "Mestvinnende spillere" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2 November 2010.
  21. ^ "Rosenborg overlegne i superfinalen". Verdens Gang (in Norwegian). 7 March 2010. Archived from the original on 27 April 2011. Retrieved 27 April 2011.
  22. ^ Mikael Lustig at Soccerway. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  23. ^ "Motherwell 0 – 2 Celtic". BBC Sport. BBC. 26 November 2017. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  24. ^ "PFA SCOTLAND TEAMS OF THE YEAR 2017". PFA Scotland. Retrieved 22 May 2017.

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