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Sven Andersson (footballer, born 1963)

Sven Andersson (born 6 October 1963) is a retired Swedish football goalkeeper. Born in Strömstad near the Norwegian border, he began his professional career in Örgryte IS, a club with which he won the Allsvenskan championship in 1985. He got 1 cap for Sweden, and was called up as a reserve in the Swedish squad for the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy.

Sven Andersson
Personal information
Date of birth (1963-10-06) 6 October 1963 (age 56)
Place of birth Strömstad, Sweden
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1991 Örgryte IS 247 (0)
1992 IFK Strömstad 28 (0)
1993–2001 Helsingborgs IF 233 (0)
2001–2002 West Ham United 0 (0)
Total 508 (0)
National team
1979–1980 Sweden U16 5 (0)
1980–1982 Sweden U18 22 (0)
1981–1986 Sweden U21 30 (0)
1986–1988 Sweden Olympic 22 (0)
1990 Sweden[1] 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

In 1993, after having retired from professional football, he was persuaded by Helsingborgs IF to make his comeback. Between 1993 and 2001 he played 233 consecutive Allsvenskan matches, and a total of 268 matches for the club. He was suspended from what was planned to be his last match for HIF due to a red card in his 233rd match.

In 2000, he earned his nickname San Siro-Sven with a last-minute penalty save against Inter Milan. In a 2000-01 UEFA Champions League qualifier, Helsingborgs were leading 1-0 on aggregate from the first leg with the second leg delicately poised at 0-0. In the final minute Inter were awarded a penalty but Alvaro Recoba saw his effort saved by Andersson, and Helsingborgs qualified at Inter's expense.[2]

In November 2001 he joined Premier League side West Ham United,[3] but left the following summer having not made an appearance for the club.[4]

Today Sven Andersson is the goalkeepers' coach of IFK Göteborg.


  1. ^ "Sweden national football team stats". (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 2001-06-09.
  2. ^ "Euro big four go out". BBC Sport. 23 August 2000. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Football Transfers". BBC Sport. 1 August 2002. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Van der Gouw joins West Ham". BBC Sport. 28 June 2002. Retrieved 20 November 2015.

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