Kennet Andersson

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.

Kennet Andersson
Kennet Andersson at the Swedish Sports Awards inside the Stockholm Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden in January 2014
Personal information
Full name Bernt Kennet Andersson
Date of birth (1967-10-06) 6 October 1967 (age 53)
Place of birth Eskilstuna, Sweden
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Position(s) Forward
Youth career
1976–1981 Tunafors SK
1982–1984 IFK Eskilstuna
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1988 IFK Eskilstuna 76 (20)
1989–1991 IFK Göteborg 63 (29)
1991–1994 Mechelen 33 (8)
1993IFK Norrköping (loan) 13 (8)
1993–1994Lille (loan) 32 (11)
1994–1995 Caen 31 (9)
1995–1996 Bari 33 (12)
1996–1999 Bologna 86 (26)
1999 Lazio 2 (0)
1999–2000 Bologna 28 (7)
2000–2002 Fenerbahçe 73 (19)
2005 Gårda BK 18 (14)
Total 488 (163)
National team
1983 Sweden U16 4 (1)
1985–1986 Sweden U18 11 (1)
1988–1990 Sweden U21 14 (2)
1990–2000 Sweden 83 (31)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club career

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).

International career

For Sweden, Andersson made 83 appearances and scored 31 goals, both near the top in national history.[1] He played in the 1992 and 2000 European Championships. He led the Swedish team in scoring with five goals in the 1994 World Cup,[2] 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.[3][4] 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.[4][5][6][7][8][9] 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."[4] Regarding his aerial prowess, Carlo Ancelotti described him as being "practically impossible" to mark in the air.[4]

Career statistics


Appearances and goals by national team and year[1]

National teamSeasonAppsGoals

International goals

Scores and results list Sweden's goal tally first.[1]
1.26 September 1990Råsunda Stadium, Solna, Sweden Bulgaria2–02–0Friendly
2.1 May 1991Råsunda Stadium, Solna, Sweden Austria1–06–0Friendly
5.5 June 1991Råsunda Stadium, Solna, Sweden Colombia2–22–2Friendly
6.15 June 1991Idrottsparken, Norrköping, Sweden Denmark3–04–0Scania 100
7.22 April 1992Stade El Menzah, Tunis, Tunisia Tunisia1–01–0Friendly
8.7 May 1992Råsunda Stadium, Solna, Sweden Poland1–05–0Friendly
10.21 June 1992Råsunda Stadium, Solna, Sweden Germany2–32–3UEFA Euro 1992
11.20 February 1994Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami, Florida, United States United States2–13–1Joe Robbie Cup
12.28 June 1994Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan, United States Brazil1–01–11994 FIFA World Cup
13.3 July 1994Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas, United States Saudi Arabia2–03–11994 FIFA World Cup
15.10 July 1994Stanford Stadium, Stanford, California, United States Romania2–22–2
(5–4 p)
1994 FIFA World Cup
16.16 July 1994Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California, United States Bulgaria4–04–01994 FIFA World Cup
17.12 October 1994Wankdorf Stadium, Bern, Switzerland  Switzerland1–02–4UEFA Euro 1996 qualifier
18.8 March 1995Tsirion Stadium, Limassol, Cyprus Cyprus2–23–3Friendly
19.29 March 1995İnönü Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey Turkey1–01–2UEFA Euro 1996 qualifier
20.8 June 1995Elland Road, Leeds, England England3–13–3Umbro Cup
21.10 June 1995City Ground, Nottingham, England Japan1–12–2Umbro Cup
23.1 June 1996Råsunda Stadium, Solna, Sweden Belarus1–05–11998 FIFA World Cup qualifier
25.1 September 1996Daugava Stadium, Riga, Latvia Latvia2–02–11998 FIFA World Cup qualifier
26.30 April 1997Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden Scotland1–02–11998 FIFA World Cup qualifier
28.8 June 1997Kadriorg Stadium, Tallinn, Estonia Estonia3–03–21998 FIFA World Cup qualifier
29.20 August 1997Dinamo Stadium, Minsk, Belarus Belarus1–12–11998 FIFA World Cup qualifier
30.2 June 1998Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden Italy1–01–0Friendly
31.9 October 1999Råsunda Stadium, Solna, Sweden Poland1–02–0UEFA Euro 2000 qualifier



IFK Göteborg




Lazio : Serie A 2000




  1. Mamrud, Roberto (25 July 2004). "Kennet Andersson – Goals in International Matches". RSSSF.
  2. Kennet AnderssonFIFA competition record (archived)
  3. "Swedish gem who propelled Parma". Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) – Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  4. "BBC Sport – Kennet Andersson". BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  5. Alessandro Di Gioia (16 October 2016). "Che fine ha fatto? Kennet Andersson, il gigante di Bologna oggi allena la mente" (in Italian). Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  6. Alberto Cerruti; Silvano Stella (8 November 1999). "E' un' Inter da scherzi a parte" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  7. Phil Shaw (5 July 1994). "Football / World Cup USA '94: Nilsson relieved to make up for past traumas: Sweden's wily full-back insists this could be their year. Phil Shaw reports". The Independent. Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  8. "Happy Birthday to Kennet Andersson!". 6 October 2016. Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  9. Phil Shaw (1 May 1997). "Football: Scots scuppered by Andersson". The Independent. Retrieved 23 July 2018.