I am happy to announce that totalBarça have arranged an exclusive interview with ex-Barça player Patrik Andersson. The Interview will take place in the coming week and will soon after be published here on the site. We at totalBarça want you, our readers, to be able to take part in this big opportunity, so if you have any question you would like to ask Andersson, please post it in the comment section along with your name and country. We will choose the three best questions to ask Patrik during the interview.
If you have become a fan of Barça in the last few years or just don’t remember who Patrik Andersson is, here is a short profile of him.
Patrik “Bjärred” Andersson was born in Borgeby outside of Malmö, Sweden in 1971. Patrik is the son of former Swedish football player Roy Andersson and the big brother of another Swedish football player, Daniel Andersson, current playing for Malmö FF.
Patrik was a central defender who started out his football career playing for a local club Bjärreds IF, from which he also got his nickname “bjärred”. However, in 1998 Andersson signed for Swedish top club Malmö FF, a club his dad had played for and ex-Barca player Zlatan Ibrahimovic and his younger brother Daniel would later play for. In 1992 he made his national debut and would go on to play for the Swedish national team through 2002, playing 95 games and becoming the captain. He is considered to be one of Sweden’s best ever central defenders. In 1992, he left the Swedish league for the English Premier League and Blackburn but after a hard season he left the club for Mönchengladbach in the Bundesliga in 1993. In Mönchengladbach, Andersson had a great time and would come to play 154 games until the club dropped out of the Bundesliga in 1999. Bayern München would be the next stop for Andersson. At Bayern, he had one his biggest periods of success, winning both the Bundesliga and the German cup twice as well as winning the Champions League in 2001.
Before the 2001/2002 season Patrik Andersson signed for FC Barcelona and played for the club until 2004. Three seasons where he had a lot of injury problems, and the club stuggled without a single trophy. Due to the injuries, he only played 19 games for the club, 12 in 2001/02, 3 in 2002/03 and 4 in 2003/04.
In 2004 Andersson decided to move back home to Sweden and Malmö FF. In Malmö, the return of Patrik Andersson caused big headlines as the media and club announced that the kaiser was back. Nothing would now stop the club from winning it’s first league gold in 16 years. But the Kaiser Patrik Andersson kept on having injury problems at Malmö. The club won the league but Patrik was on the sideline with crutches. In 2005 he decided to leave football due to another injury.
During his footballing career Patrik Andersson won a lot trophies and individual awards with the biggest being a bronze in the 1994 World Cup, the Champions League trophy in 2001 and the Swedish Gold Ball* in 1995 and 2001.
*The Swedish Gold Ball is a trophy given out every year since 1946 to the best Swedish footballer of the year. Except for Zlatan Ibrahimovic who has won it four times, only Patrik Andersson, Henrik Larsson and Fredrik Ljungberg have won it more than one time, each winning it twice. Patrik’s dad Roy Andersson have also won it once.