Daniel Andersson (footballer, born 1977)

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Daniel Andersson
Daniel Andersson during his playing career
Personal information
Full name Daniel Jerry Andersson
Date of birth (1977-08-28) 28 August 1977 (age 43)
Place of birth Lund, Sweden
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Defender / Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Malmö FF (Director of sports)
Youth career
0000–1994 Bjärreds IF
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1998 Malmö FF 85 (11)
1998–2001 Bari 97 (16)
2001–2002 Venezia 29 (0)
2002–2003Chievo (loan) 12 (0)
2003–2004Ancona (loan) 25 (1)
2004–2013[A] Malmö FF 207 (19)
Total 455 (47)
National team
1996–1998 Sweden U21 17 (2)
1997–2009 Sweden 74 (0)
Teams managed
2012–2013 Malmö FF (assistant manager)
2018 Malmö FF (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Daniel Jerry Andersson (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈdɑ̂ːnɪɛl ˈânːdɛˌʂɔn]; born 28 August 1977 in Lund) is a Swedish former professional football player who is the director of sports at Malmö FF. He played primarily as a defensive midfielder but could also play as a centre back, which he mostly did later in his career. Andersson played the majority of his career for Malmö FF in two different periods where he also served as team captain between 2006 and 2011, he also had a successful period playing for Serie A club Bari. He also had a long international playing career, playing 74 matches for Sweden. Daniel is part of a prosperous football family as both his father Roy Andersson and brother Patrik Andersson had successful football careers.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Andersson played for Bjärreds IF as a youngster, but joined Malmö FF in 1994. He gradually became a star in the Swedish league, and was bought by Italian Serie A outfit Bari.[3]


Andersson enjoyed big personal success at Bari, being named captain as a foreigner at only 23 years, in his third year. This attracted the interest of Juventus and Fiorentina amongst other clubs, with both clubs putting bids on the table. Andersson was also on his way to Fiorentina, but due to their financial problems the transfer was cancelled in the last minute.[4][5]

Venezia, Chievo and Ancona[edit]

Instead he transferred to Venezia for a fee of 6 million euro, where he had an average season.[4] After that he had short stints with Chievo and Ancona. In 2004, he returned to Malmö FF together with former teammate Yksel Osmanovski.

Second period at Malmö FF[edit]

Daniel Andersson returned to Malmö FF the same year as his brother, Patrik Andersson, who was captain of the team at the time. The return of both Andersson brothers was a contributing factor to the club winning the league the same year. When Patrik retired due to injury problems in 2005 Daniel took over the captaincy and held it until retirement.

After having played as centre midfielder for the majority of his career he took the position as centre back from the start of the 2010 season, where he enjoyed great success consistently being one of the best players in Malmö FF that year. By this change he became the third Andersson family member after his father Roy and brother Patrik to captain Malmö FF from the centre back position. He succeeded so well with the position change that he was nominated for Swedish defender of the year and Allsvenskan player of the year after he led Malmö FF to their 16th Swedish Championship.

On 29 October 2011 Andersson announced that he would focus on his forthcoming coaching career as one of the three assistant managers for Malmö FF but emphasized that he would continue to play for the club when he was needed. On 15 December 2011 Andersson played his last match for Malmö FF as player only in the away match against Austria Vienna in the final fixture of the group stage of the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League. Due to injury problems with the clubs younger defenders Andersson played 16 of 30 matches in the 2012 season, most of these matches were played before the summer break. His last match as a professional player was an away fixture against IF Elfsborg on 12 August 2012. On 16 November Andersson announced the end of his professional playing career to be able to fully focus on his coaching duties.[6]

International career[edit]

Andersson was capped 74 times for Sweden between 1997 and 2009. He was a squad member for Euro 2000, Euro 2008, and the 2002 and 2006 World Cup finals.

At Euro 2000, he was a regular starter in Sweden's line-up. As a result of Tobias Linderoth getting injured, he was once again a regular starter at Euro 2008, although the team did not make it into the knockout stages of the competition.

Andersson retired from the national team after the unsuccessful campaign to qualify for the 2010 World Cup, in order to devote his energies to Malmö FF.

Coaching career[edit]

Andersson was appointed as one of three new assistant managers at Malmö FF along with Jörgen Pettersson and Simon Hollyhead on 29 October 2011. His focus was primarily on the defensive side of training at first and helping former manager Rikard Norling with picking the starting eleven. On 9 January 2014 Andersson assumed the role of director of sports at the club, taking over the position from Per Ågren who was stepping down.[7]

On 14 May 2018, Andersson took over as the caretaker manager at Malmö FF, following the sacking of Magnus Pehrsson; as the club was placed 10th in the league after nine rounds.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Daniel Andersson is the son of Roy Andersson and the younger brother of Patrik Andersson, all three of them being some of the most successful players in Malmö FF. A notable fact is also that all three have played centre back and have been team captain of Malmö FF.

Career statistics[edit]

Andersson playing for Malmö FF in the UEFA Europa League.
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Club Season League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sweden League Svenska Cupen Europe Total
Malmö FF 1995 Allsvenskan 21 2 21 2
1996 26 2 26 2
1997 26 4 26 4
1998 12 3 12 3
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
Bari 1998–99 Serie A 33 3 33 3
1999–00 32 5 32 5
2000–01 32 8 32 8
Venezia 2001–02 29 0 29 0
Chievo 2002–03 12 0 12 0
Ancona 2003–04 25 1 25 1
Sweden League Svenska Cupen Europe Total
Malmö FF 2004 Allsvenskan 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
2005 25 2 3 1 5 1 33 4
2006 25 3 1 0 26 3
2007 23 4 2 0 25 4
2008 24 3 3 0 27 3
2009 26 1 1 0 27 1
2010 30 5 2 0 32 5
2011 25 0 3 1 11 0 38 1
2012 16 1 1 0 17 1
2013 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Sweden 292 30 16 2 16 1 324 33
Italy 163 17 0 0 0 0 163 17
Career total 455 47 16 2 16 1 487 50


Malmö FF


  • Swedish Midfielder of the Year: 1997
  • Swedish Goal of the Year: 1997


  1. ^ Andersson retired at the end of the 2012 season, but returned to play for Malmö FF on 1 June 2013 in a one off game.[1] He was later substituted on in the last minutes of the last game of the season against Syrianska FC to celebrate his career.[2]


  1. ^ "Matchinformation: IF Brommapojkarna – Malmö FF". svenskfotboll.se (in Swedish). The Swedish Football Association. 1 June 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Matchinformation: Malmö FF - Syrianska FC". svenskfotboll.se (in Swedish). The Swedish Football Association. 3 November 2013. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Daniel Andersson". skysports.com. Sky Sports. 30 July 2004. Archived from the original on 16 October 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  4. ^ a b http://fotboll.expressen.se/allsvenskan/1.1238858/daniel-andersson-om-em-och-buropen
  5. ^ "Andersson Pleased With Viola Switch". Sky Sports.
  6. ^ "Andersson assisterar på heltid". sydsvenskan.se (in Swedish). Sydsvenskan. 17 November 2012. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  7. ^ "Ny sportslig ledning i MFF". mff.se (in Swedish). Malmö FF. 9 January 2014. Archived from the original on 9 January 2014. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  8. ^ "Daniel Andersson ny huvudtränare i Malmö FF" (in Swedish). Malmö FF. 14 May 2018. Retrieved 14 May 2018.

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Patrik Andersson
Malmö FF

Succeeded by
Ulrich Vinzents