Bernt Kennet Andersson (born 6 October 1967) is a Swedish former professional footballer who played as a forward. Starting off his career with IFK Eskilstuna in the mid-1980s, he went on to play professionally in Sweden, Belgium, France, Italy, and Turkey. A full international between 1990 and 2000, he was a key member of the Swedish national team that finished third at the 1994 FIFA World Cup. He also represented Sweden at UEFA Euro 1992 and 2000.
|Full name||Bernt Kennet Andersson|
|Date of birth||6 October 1967|
|Place of birth||Eskilstuna, Sweden|
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|1993||→ IFK Norrköping (loan)||13||(8)|
|1993–1994||→ Lille (loan)||32||(11)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Andersson was born in Eskilstuna. On club level, he played for Tunafors SK (1976−1981), Eskilstuna (1982–88), Göteborg (1988–91), Mechelen (1991–92), Norrköping (1993), Lille (1993–94), Caen (1994–95), Bari (1995–96), Bologna (1996–99 and 1999–2000), Lazio (1999), Fenerbahçe (2000–02) and Gårda BK (2005).
For Sweden, Andersson made 83 appearances and scored 31 goals, both near the top in national history. He played in the 1992 and 2000 European Championships. He led the Swedish team in scoring with five goals in the 1994 World Cup, a feat which tied him for third place as the tournament's leading goalscorer. His physical size gave him an advantage in the air, and in this tournament he became known for towering over defenders to score goals with his head; in Sweden's quarter-final win over Romania, he headed in a vital goal by outjumping even the Romanian goalkeeper.
Style of play
Andersson was considered one of the top-class strikers of his generation. A tall, athletic, and physically strong forward, who was also a prolific goalscorer, in spite of his lack of pace or notable technical skills, he was renowned for his work-rate, hold-up play with his back to goal, and in particular his excellent abilities in the air, which enabled him both to score goals with his head and get on the end of long balls to provide assists for his teammates from knock-downs; due to his playing style, he was frequently dubbed an "old-fashioned" centre-forward or "target-man" in the media throughout his career. BBC has described Andersson as "one of the world's greatest forwards in the air", adding that "his aerial ability is complemented by decent passing and unselfish support play that has allowed other strikers to flourish alongside him." Regarding his aerial prowess, Carlo Ancelotti described him as being "practically impossible" to mark in the air.
|1.||26 September 1990||Råsunda Stadium, Solna, Sweden||Bulgaria||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
|2.||1 May 1991||Råsunda Stadium, Solna, Sweden||Austria||1–0||6–0||Friendly|
|5.||5 June 1991||Råsunda Stadium, Solna, Sweden||Colombia||2–2||2–2||Friendly|
|6.||15 June 1991||Idrottsparken, Norrköping, Sweden||Denmark||3–0||4–0||Scania 100|
|7.||22 April 1992||Stade El Menzah, Tunis, Tunisia||Tunisia||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|8.||7 May 1992||Råsunda Stadium, Solna, Sweden||Poland||1–0||5–0||Friendly|
|10.||21 June 1992||Råsunda Stadium, Solna, Sweden||Germany||2–3||2–3||UEFA Euro 1992|
|11.||20 February 1994||Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami, Florida, United States||United States||2–1||3–1||Joe Robbie Cup|
|12.||28 June 1994||Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan, United States||Brazil||1–0||1–1||1994 FIFA World Cup|
|13.||3 July 1994||Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas, United States||Saudi Arabia||2–0||3–1||1994 FIFA World Cup|
|15.||10 July 1994||Stanford Stadium, Stanford, California, United States||Romania||2–2||2–2|
|1994 FIFA World Cup|
|16.||16 July 1994||Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California, United States||Bulgaria||4–0||4–0||1994 FIFA World Cup|
|17.||12 October 1994||Wankdorf Stadium, Bern, Switzerland||Switzerland||1–0||2–4||UEFA Euro 1996 qualifier|
|18.||8 March 1995||Tsirion Stadium, Limassol, Cyprus||Cyprus||2–2||3–3||Friendly|
|19.||29 March 1995||İnönü Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey||Turkey||1–0||1–2||UEFA Euro 1996 qualifier|
|20.||8 June 1995||Elland Road, Leeds, England||England||3–1||3–3||Umbro Cup|
|21.||10 June 1995||City Ground, Nottingham, England||Japan||1–1||2–2||Umbro Cup|
|23.||1 June 1996||Råsunda Stadium, Solna, Sweden||Belarus||1–0||5–1||1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier|
|25.||1 September 1996||Daugava Stadium, Riga, Latvia||Latvia||2–0||2–1||1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier|
|26.||30 April 1997||Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden||Scotland||1–0||2–1||1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier|
|28.||8 June 1997||Kadriorg Stadium, Tallinn, Estonia||Estonia||3–0||3–2||1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier|
|29.||20 August 1997||Dinamo Stadium, Minsk, Belarus||Belarus||1–1||2–1||1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier|
|30.||2 June 1998||Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden||Italy||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|31.||9 October 1999||Råsunda Stadium, Solna, Sweden||Poland||1–0||2–0||UEFA Euro 2000 qualifier|
Lazio : Serie A 2000
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- Kennet Andersson – FIFA competition record (archived)
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- Phil Shaw (1 May 1997). "Football: Scots scuppered by Andersson". The Independent. Retrieved 23 July 2018.