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Erik Friberg (footballer)

Erik Friberg (born 10 February 1986) is a Swedish footballer who plays for BK Häcken in Allsvenskan.

Club career



Early career

Friberg began his career with Västra Frölunda IF before moving to BK Häcken in January 2007. He made his UEFA Europa League debut on 2 August 2007 against KR Reykjavíkur. The game ended 0–1 for Häcken. He played 20 minutes in two games against Spartak Moscow during the first round of the UEFA Cup.

Seattle Sounders

On 16 December 2010, it was announced that Friberg had signed a deal with Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer. He made his debut for the Sounders in their opening game of the 2011 MLS season against Los Angeles Galaxy.

Malmö FF

On 12 December 2011, Seattle Sounders confirmed that Friberg would move to Malmö FF for the 2012 season. Malmö FF announced the day after that Friberg had signed a contract until the end of the 2014 season. He joined Malmö FF when the transfer window opened on 1 January 2012. Friberg was applauded by media for his play during the 2012 pre-season. Friberg later played 24 out of 30 matches during his first season at the club.

For the club's league title winning 2013 season Friberg played 27 matches and scored 6 goals. He also played all six matches of the club's participation in the qualifying stages for the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League. During the season Friberg earned the nickname Mr. 100% after scoring six goals in six shots on goal during the entire season. His most important goal of the season was when he scored the only goal of the game at home against Mjällby AIF in the 26th round of the league with just a couple of minutes to go of the game.

Bologna

On 30 January 2014, Friberg signed with Italian Serie A club Bologna.

Return to Seattle Sounders

Friberg returned to Seattle Sounders FC on 29 June 2015.

International career

Friberg was selected for the annual training camp for the Sweden national team in January 2012 after Malmö teammates Mathias Ranégie and Ivo Pękalski had to withdraw from the squad. The squad selection for the camp traditionally feature the best Swedish players in domestic and other Scandinavian leagues. He made his debut for Sweden in the friendly against Bahrain on 18 January 2012.

Personal life

He is the cousin of CS:GO player Adam Friberg.

Career statistics

Club

:As of 9 November 2019.

International

:As of 18 January 2012.

Honours

Club

;Malmö FF
  • Allsvenskan: 2013
  • Svenska Supercupen: 2013

    ;Seattle Sounders
  • Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup (1): 2011
  • MLS Cup (1): 2016