Pontus Anders Mikael Wernbloom (Swedish pronunciation: [²vɛːɳblʊm]; born 25 June 1986) is a Swedish professional footballer who plays for Greek club PAOK FC as a midfielder. He is regarded by fans as a 'fearless defensive midfielder who is very capable in the air as well as with his feet'.
Wernbloom playing for CSKA Moscow in 2017
|Date of birth||25 June 1986|
|Place of birth||Kungälv, Sweden|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 December 2018|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 May 2016
After playing for local club IK Kongahälla, he joined the youth team of IFK Göteborg in 2004, before being promoted to the senior team in 2005. He quickly made a name for himself with his hard tackles, fighting spirit and generally fearless playing style. When Håkan Mild retired after the 2005 season, Wernbloom secured a place in the starting line-up. However, during the following season he struggled to retain his place as the club changed its playing style under new management. When striker Marcus Berg left to play for FC Groningen in the summer of 2007, Wernbloom switched to forward and was able to be a starter once again.
In April 2009, he signed a contract with Dutch club AZ. He made his Eredivisie debut against Heracles Almelo on 2 August 2009 and scored his first goal in a 3–3 draw away to VVV on 21 February 2010. Wernbloom scored a goal in both play-off round legs against Kazakh side FC Aktobe, helping his team to qualify for the group stage of the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League.
In January 2012, Wernbloom left AZ for signing a long-term contract with the Russian top club CSKA Moscow. Plagued by injuries, Wernbloom was plunged into the deep end against a highly favored Real Madrid side in the knockout stages of the Champions League. In the game against his alleged favorite club, he scored a dramatic half-volley in the dying minutes to equalize 1–1.
On 16 August 2018, Wernbloom arrived in Thessaloniki to agree on personal terms with Greek club PAOK FC. Eventually he signed a three–year contract worth €1.1 million per year. On 17 December 2018, Wernbloom was unlucky in the away game against Levadiakos, as he suffered a Cruciate Ligament Rupture and would stay out of the action for several months, meaning PAOK will be without a key player as they look to win their first league title since 1985.
He debuted for the Sweden under-21 side in 2006, scoring a goal in the 12th minute of the match. On 7 January 2007, he was picked for the Swedish national team's January Tour in South America, and he made his debut on 18 January against Ecuador. He won his 50th cap for Sweden on 29 March 2016, a 1-1 draw with the Czech Republic Pontus Wernbloom retired from international duty following Euro 2016. Wernbloom won 51 caps for Sweden, representing his country at Euro 2012 and Euro 2016.
Wernbloom married girlfriend Nina in 2010 who gave birth to their son Mille the following year.
- IFK Göteborg
- AZ Alkmaar
- CSKA Moscow
- Russian Premier League: 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16
- Russian Cup: 2012–13
- Russian Super Cup: 2013, 2014
- PAOK Salonika
- Holm, Stefan (2 June 2012). "Jag lät honom alltid vinna, annars grät han". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 3 June 2012.
- "Pontus Wernbloom profile". CSKA Moscow official website. Retrieved 3 June 2012.
- Pontus Wernbloom: "Svenska spelare är för tråkiga" on www.ifkgoetborg.blogspot.com
- "Official: CSKA Moscow snap up Pontus Wernbloom from AZ". www.goal.com/en. goal.com. 19 January 2012. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
- "Спасибо за всё, Понтус!". pfc-cska.com (in Russian). CSKA Moscow. 13 May 2018. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
- ""Υπέγραψε προσύμφωνο με ΠΑΟΚ ο Βέρνμπλουμ"" (in Greek). www.sport-fm.gr. 15 August 2018.
- "Uppgifter: Wernbloom klar för Paok - får över 60 miljoner för tre år" (in Swedish). www.fotbollskanalen.se. 15 August 2018.
- "Υπέγραψε και προπονείται ο Βέρνμπλουμ" (in Greek). www.sport24.gr. 16 August 2018.
- "Βέρνμπλουμ: "Κομμάτι του ποδοσφαίρου οι τραυματισμοί, ας μη γινόμαστε δραματικοί"" (in Greek). www.sport-fm.gr. 17 December 2018.
- "Jag är en maträtt med mycket krydda i" on www.recept.nu
- "Nina Wernbloom's blog" (in Swedish). Behindeveryman.se. 14 February 2012. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
- "Bodström: Gör Wernbloom till minister" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. 13 October 2010. Retrieved 16 April 2011.
- "P. Wernbloom". Soccerway. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
- "Pontus Wernbloom". www.national-football-teams.com. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
- "Pontus Wernbloom" (in Swedish). svenskfotboll.se. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
- "Pontus Wernbloom » Club matches". World Football. Retrieved 3 May 2018.