GBAMM! ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE SCANDINAVIA FIRST XI


GBAMM! ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE SCANDINAVIA FIRST XI

Since the inception of the Premier League in 1992, a number of outstanding Scandinavian players (from either Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland or Finland) have left an impressive mark on the league. Indeed, several have been integral parts of league winning teams.

We present our first XI from the ice cold Viking region of Europe. Enjoy...

 

Goal Keeper

Peter Schmeichel (Denmark) - Undisputed king of the goal, and easy choice to make when put side-by-side with his competitors. He arrived the Premier League at age 27, and won 5 Premier League titles in a glittering 8 years at Old Trafford. He later played for Aston Villa and Manchester City just before he retired from the game.

 

Defenders 

Sebastian Larsson (Sweden) - The mobile right sided player is equally adept at playing on the right side of midfield, central midfield and right back. He started out at Arsenal, making his league debut in the 2005/6 season. In search of regular playing time, he moved to Birmingham City and Sunderland where he has remained with the Black Cats since 2011.

Martin Laursen (Denmark) - The experienced and talented centre back joined Aston Villa from Italian giants, AC Milan, after winning the UEFA Champions League with the Italian team. He played for 5 years at Villa, scoring some vital goals in that period. But his career was often plagued by a persistent knee injury that forced him to call it quits from the game earlier than expected.

Olof Mellberg (Sweden) - Big Swede was a hit at Aston Villa, imposing himself as one of the leaders of the team during a successful 7 year spell. Mellberg was dominant in the air and although not the quickest of defenders, he always gave any forward a run for their money.

John Arne Riise (Norway) - The left-back packed a ballistic shot in his left foot. Riise was a delight to watch with his distinctly dyed red hair and constant over-lapping runs - regularly chipping in with goals from either left-back or left midfield role. Most definitely Liverpool fans would still reminisce about the glorious moments the Norwegian brought to the team.

 

Midfield

Jesper Blomqvist (Sweden) - The left sided midfielder signed for Manchester United in 1998 as a back-up to Ryan Giggs. He played his part in United’s treble winning campaign in his first season but subsequently saw limited game time before his eventual departure in 2001.

Gylfi Sigurdsson (Iceland) - This talented Icelandic playmaker handles the ball with such grace that you instantly believe in his abilities to make it at the top. He initially played for Swansea City in the Premier League before transferring to Tottenham, but squad rotation and not being properly utilised saw him head back to Swansea City where he remains till date, taking over the mantle as talisman of the South Wales club.

Eidur Gudjohnsen (Iceland) - The former Bolton Wanderers, Chelsea, Tottenham and Stoke City man is a two-time Premier League winner with Chelsea. He was a part of the famed Chelsea team of 2004/5, playing an integral role with his superb link-up play in a competitive Mourinho side. Chelsea fans would remember those superb runs, skills, goals and hair which made him totally unique from the rest of the group.

 

Forwards 

Henrik Larsson (Sweden) - The prolific striker arrived the Premier League at the advanced age of 35 to sign a short term loan deal for Manchester United from home town club, Helsingborg. He played 7 games scoring a solitary league goal in the 2 months period, but he surely left a lasting impression on the coaching staff, players and fans.

John Carew (Norway) - Big John was a mountain of a striker who knew his way to goal despite his huge size. He had previously excelled in the Spanish La Liga, Italian Serie A and French Ligue 1, before signing for Aston Villa in 2007. He was an instant hit with the Villa faithful scoring goals for fun, as he made an average Aston Villa team feared during his 4-year Villa career. He subsequently moved to West Ham United and Stoke City, though he didn’t have as much success as his first team in England.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden) - Recently arrived iconic Swedish star striker has already proclaimed himself the ‘god of Manchester’. He joined Manchester United on a free transfer from PSG of France after the 2016 UEFA Euros and has instantly slotted into the starting XI of the Red Devils scoring 4 league goals in 9 games till date.




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