Anders Gunnar Svensson (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈandɛʂ ˈsvɛnsɔn]; born 17 July 1976) is a Swedish former footballer. He was a playmaker and a central midfielder, known for his passing, free kicks, and set piece abilities. He was capped 148 times for the Swedish national football team, many times as a captain, before he retired from international football in 2013. He is the most capped male player for Sweden, beating Thomas Ravelli's previous record of 143 caps.
As well as being named captain of Sweden on several occasions, Svensson also captained Southampton and Elfsborg. He played important roles in the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, in which he proved his leadership skills, resulting in him being named captain of Sweden in 2009.
He is the sixth most capped player in Europe after Iker Casillas, Lothar Matthäus, Vitālijs Astafjevs, Martin Reim, and Gianluigi Buffon. Svensson also represented the Swedish national football team for three consecutive European Championships in 2004, 2008, and 2012.Close