Swedish Sports Stars
安德斯·林帕 Anders Limpar
安德斯·林帕 Anders Limpar
- 发布时间：2019-12-11 00:00:00
Limpar's footballing career began in 1981 in West Stockholm where he played for Brommapojkarna, a team famous for its development of young talent. His performances attracted the attention of the Gothenburg club Örgryte IS who in 1985 had sensationally just won the Swedish football championship. Limpar's impact during his two years at Örgryte IS made him a hot property in Swedish football and opened the way for a move abroad.
In the 1988-89 season, Limpar played for the Young Boys club in Bern, Switzerland and was then signed in the following season by Cremonese in Italy's Serie A. Cremonese struggled and were relegated, but Limpar was now competing at an elite level in a league graced by footballing giants that included Diego Maradona, Marco Van Basten, Roberto Baggio and Jurgen Klinsmann. His next move brought the greatest successes of his club career and established his place as a legend in English club football.
During the year’s league competition which was dominated by the rivalry between Arsenal and Liverpool, Limpar contributed a number of notable performances and scored a total of 13 goals including the winning goal against Manchester United at Old Trafford and a hat-trick against Coventry City on the final day of the season by which time Arsenal were already champions, having lost only once. Limpar’s high impact season helped him claim Sweden’s 1991 Guldbollen player of the year award.
In the following seasons Limpar continued as an Arsenal regular, scoring a memorably audacious goal from the halfway line against Liverpool in 1992 with the club seeing further success in 1993 as they won both the FA Cup and League Cup.
1994 saw both the end of Limpar’s Arsenal career after his £1.6 million move to Everton and a year of international excitement as he travelled to the USA for the World Cup with what was one of Sweden’s most successful ever squads. Following a thrilling sequence of matches, Sweden were knocked out by Brazil in the semi-final before winning the third-place game against Bulgaria 4-0 with Limpar coming on as a late substitute. Limpar, and the rest of Sweden’s World Cup squad, were awarded the Swedish national Dagbladet´s Medal and Jerring Prize as a reward for their memorable achievements.
Limpar once again saw success in 1995 as Everton lifted the FA Cup, his surging run leading to the winning goal from Paul Rideout.
After 1997, Limpar move between clubs including Birmingham City before returning to Sweden where he won the Swedish Championship with AIK Solna. In 1999 he signed for the Colorado Rapids in the United States and ultimately retired from playing professional football in 2001.
Limpar is currently a football coach at Sollentuna Football Club in Stockholm and in 2015 he was crowned winner of the popular Swedish reality TV show ‘The Greatest Adventure’ which challenges celebrities to survive the harsh Scandinavian wilderness.