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Last Updated: Tuesday, 25 May, 2004, 14:59 GMT 15:59 UK
Freddie Ljungberg
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Sweden midfielder Freddie Ljungberg tries to cool down at the 2002 World Cup
Born: 16/04/1977
Club: Arsenal
Position: Midfielder
Debut: 24/01/98 v USA
After coming through the ranks with Halmstads BK, Freddie Ljungberg joined Arsenal for a 3m fee in 1998 and quickly became a crowd favourite after scoring on his debut against Manchester United.

Ljungberg was outstanding as the Gunners claimed the Double in 2002, scoring 17 goals including a superb effort against Chelsea in the FA Cup final.

A hip injury hampered his contributions to Sweden's World Cup campaign that summer, but he still found the energy to scuffle with team-mate Olof Mellberg in a training ground brawl filmed by the media.

A natural athlete, Ljungberg is a good finisher who likes to ghost into the box undetected from the right flank.

Though he is more suited to Arsenal's intricate passing movements than the direct style favoured by Sweden, opposition managers in Portugal will be wary of his goal threat.

Famous for dyeing and styling his hair, fashion-conscious Freddie has a lucrative contract modelling underwear for Calvin Klein.


Did you know? Ljungberg's team-mates call him "Biggles" because Freddie says he would have like to have been a fighter pilot if he had not made the grade in football.





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