September 18th, 2014

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"I never thought about being invincible"

The Big Interview: Freddie Ljungberg
by Josh James

He was always one of Arsenal’s most cosmopolitan stars, and Freddie Ljungberg is soon to embark on a new chapter of a colourful and eclectic career – in India.

The marauding midfielder of the 2002 and 2004 title- winning sides, who was a firm fans’ favourite during nine eventful years at the club, is the latest player to put his name down for the new Indian Super League.

Starting in October, the eight-team Super League has already signed up Luis Garcia and David Trezeguet, as India look to transfer the successful Cricket Twenty20 format to football.

A well travelled and highly marketable footballer (he previously modelled for Calvin Klein), Freddie would appear to be the ideal choice for the nascent league, and the Swede will also be continuing his role as an Arsenal club ambassador, a position he took up last summer.

The Arsenal Magazine caught up with Freddie on the eve of the new season to ask him about his recent movements, but started by reminiscing about his glory days in red and white...

Freddie, let’s go back 16 years to 1998 when you signed for Arsenal. How did the move come about?
It’s a long time ago now! I’d been saying no to a few clubs for quite a while but then I played for the national team against England and the week after, a lot of bids were coming in. I made a decision that I would speak to three clubs, on three successive days. I went to Arsenal first, I liked Arsène and that was it, I signed. I had a meeting with a similar club to Arsenal booked in for the next day, but I didn’t go and see them – I cancelled it because I knew I wanted to join Arsenal. Arsène and I sat down and spoke about football. For me that was the most important thing – having the same vision as the manager. I think that’s quite important as a player.


You’ve had a very interesting career since leaving Arsenal. Talk us through it.
After West Ham, I felt I needed to do something different. I don’t speak about it often but I did a bit with Calvin Klein and fame got a bit much. I didn’t really trust anyone and I didn’t leave my house because I felt that I couldn’t trust people. Collapse )

There's more at the source. It's a very good read, Freddie is so lovely.

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Euro League match day

Do we do one or not?

Group A:
B Mönchengladbach - FC Villareal 1-1
Apo. Limassol - FC Zürich 3-2
Group B:
FC Brügge - FC Torino 0-0
FC Kopenhavn - JHK Helsinki 2-0
Group C:
Part. Belgrad - Tottenham H. 0-0
Besiktas - Ast. Tripolis 1-1
Group D:
RB Salzburg - Glasgow 2-2
Dinamo Zagreb - Astra Giorgiu 5-1
Group E:
PSV Eindhoven - GD Estoril 1-0
Panathinaikos - Dyn. Moskau 1-2
Group F:
Karab Agdam - AS ST. Etienne 0-0
Dnjepropetrowsk - Inter Milan 0-1
Group G:
currently playing:
FC Sevilla - Feyenoord ... 2-0 so far
Stand. Lüttich - HNK Rijeka 0-0 so far
Group H:
currently playing
FC Everton - VfL Wolfsburg 2-0 so far
OSC Lille - FK Krasnodar 0-1 so far
Group I:
SSC Napoli - Sparta Prag 1-1 so far
Young B. Bern - Bratislava 2-0 so far
Group J:
Rio Ave FC - Dyn. Kiew 0-2 so far
St. Bukarest - Aalborg BK 0-0 so far
Group K:
AC Fiorentina - EA Guingamp 1-0 so far
PAOK Saloniki - Dyn Minsk 4-0 so far
Group L:
Metal. Charkow - Trabzonspor 0-1 so far
Leg. Warsawa - KSC Lokeren 0-0 so far