Fredrik Ljungberg
Swedish footballers
Fredrik Ljungberg
Karl Fredrik "Freddie" Ljungberg is a retired Swedish footballer. His last club was Shimizu S-Pulse after his contract was terminated by mutual consent. Ljungberg was captain of the Swedish national team until he announced his international retirement after UEFA Euro 2008. On 24 August 2012 Ljungberg announced his retirement from club football after a stint in the J-League after which he was contract-less for 6 months. Ljungberg was a model for Calvin Klein underwear until 2007.
Biography
Fredrik Ljungberg's personal information overview.
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Euro 2012: England vs. Sweden
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
By Oliver Platt, Goal.com A loss would eliminate Erik Hamren's team from Euro 2012 following its defeat against Ukraine as Roy Hodgson faces the country in which he has won seven league titles. PROBABLE LINEUPS SWEDEN Isaksson Lustig, Mellberg, Granqvist, Martin Olsson Svensson, Kallstrom Larsson, Ibrahimovic, Toivonen Elmander ENGLAND Hart Johnson, Terry, Lescott, Cole Milner, Gerrard, Parker, Oxlade-Chamberlain Young Welbeck The Sweden team spokesman, Hans Hultman, has confirmed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be fit to start against England despite missing parts of Wednesday's training session due to an injury to his left thigh. Erik Hamren could opt to restore Johan Elmander to the starting XI ahead of Markus Rosenberg, who was preferred against Ukraine. Elmander had been recovering from a fractured foot and only returned to full training two days before Sweden's opening match in Kiev. Many were surprised to see 24-year-old midfielder Rasmus Elm ...
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Stockholm Ranked Top of 10 Cities With Best-Looking Men
The Inquisitor - almost 5 years
Which cities have the best-looking men? This crucial and scientific question has finally – finally – been answered by travel mag Traveler’s Digest, with its newly-published list of where the world’s most head-turning men reside. While its methodology appears a little loose (by that, I mean it doesn’t seem to have a methodology – the only hint given is that this line-up of ten cities is based solely on the choices of women), Traveler’s Digest confidently crowned Swedish capital Stockholm as the hub for hotties.* It’s full top ten, which contained only one American city, is as follows: 1. Stockholm 2. New York 3. Amsterdam 4. Lisbon 5. Buenos Aires 6. Sydney 7. Madrid 8. Berlin 9. Milan 10. Tel Aviv Incredibly for a travel magazine, these appear to be mostly holiday-friendly destinations! Indeed, seven are capitals. Anyway, the Euro-centric list doesn’t stretch beyond ten, so it’s impossible to see where your own home city lies (in my case, Manchester, England – I’d ...
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Ljungberg agrees to bumper Japanese deal - The Local.se
Google News - over 5 years
Swede Fredrik Ljungberg is reportedly set to become the best paid footballer in the Japanese league after signing for Shimizu S-Pulse. The former Sweden international, who had been released after a stint at Celtic in Glasgow, has agreed to a deal which
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Ljungberg a caminho do Japão - A Bola
Google News - over 5 years
O sueco Fredrik Ljungberg, que se notabilizou no Arsenal, está a caminho do Shimizu S-Pulse, equipa que milita na liga japonesa. Em declarações ao jornal sueco Aftonbladet, Ljungberg, 34 anos, confirmou que vai assinar um contrato com a duração de duas
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El centrocampista sueco Fredrik Ljungberg jugará en Japón - elEconomista.es
Google News - over 5 years
El sueco Fredrik Ljungberg, ex centrocampista del Arsenal y Celtic Glasgow, continuará su carrera fútbolistíca, a los 34 años, en el club japonés de Shimizu S-Pulse, anunció este sábado el propio jugador al periódico Aftonbladet
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Arsenal FC: Ranking the 5 Best Midfielders in the Club's History - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Two other outstanding figures in the club's history were Robert Pires, a French wide midfielder who had flair and skill, and Fredrik Ljungberg, Pires's less eye-catching counterpart on the other wing. Later comes the English winger with so much skill
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Ljungberg om petningen i Celtic: ”Blev helt tagen på sängen” 13:54 - Fotbollskanalen
Google News - over 5 years
Fredrik Ljungberg har nu lämnat Celtic, där han inte fick spela många matcher. Tränaren Neil Lennon hyllade dock svensken. - Han sa att han tyckte att jag var helt fantastiskt bra, säger Ljungberg till Sportbladet. Fredrik Ljungbergs session i Celtic
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Ljungberg står utan konkreta erbjudanden: "Pratar med tre-fyra klubbar" - Fotbollskanalen
Google News - over 5 years
Fredrik Ljungberg är inte nära att hitta en ny klubb. Flera klubbar är intresserade – men ingen har erbjudit kontrakt. - Det är inget som är konkret på något sätt ännu, säger hans agent Phil Smith till fotbollskanalen.se. Fredrik Ljungberg är klubblös
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Wambach gör en Ljungberg - Sydsvenskan
Google News - over 5 years
En Fredrik Ljungberg, med andra ord. Pia Sundhage låter väldigt mycket mer tveksam – men där kan det vara taktik att inte avslöja hur USA kommer att ställa upp. Jag skulle i alla fall sätta en slant på att Abby Wambach spelar imorgon
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Fredrik Ljungberg invald i Arsenals drömlag - av fansen 15:31 - Fotbollskanalen
Google News - over 5 years
Foto: AP Fredrik Ljungberg är Arsenals bäste högerytter någonsin när Arsenalfansen själva får bestämma. Svensken har valts in i Arsenals officiella "dream team". David Seaman, Liam Brady, Patrick Vieira och - Fredrik "Freddie" Ljungberg
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Fredrik Ljungberg
    THIRTIES
  • 2014
    Age 36
    On 25 July 2014, Ljungberg announced a comeback to promote the launch of the Indian Super League.
    More Details Hide Details On 2 September, he was signed by Mumbai City FC, becoming their marquee signing. Due to injury, he missed their involvement in the league's opening match, a 3 - defeat at Atlético de Kolkata on 12 October. Ljungberg's comeback was cut short due to persistent back problems. After only four games played, he decided to end his contract and return to his home in London.
    Ljungberg married long-time partner Natalie Foster, whom he met while playing at West Ham, on 9 June 2014 at ceremony in front of the Natural History Museum, London.
    More Details Hide Details The daughter of a business executive, Foster is a fan of Arsenal's local rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
  • 2012
    Age 34
    On 24 August 2012, Ljungberg announced his retirement from football.
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    Upon his release, Ljungberg was linked to Australian club Central Coast Mariners and South African team, Orlando Pirates. Meanwhile, he became a Premier League ambassador in which he promoted the league. He also participated in charitable events such as Soccer Aid 2012 and McDonald's Player Escort Program in Kiev.
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    He left the club by mutual consent on 14 February 2012.
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  • 2011
    Age 33
    On 6 September 2011, Ljungberg signed for Japanese club Shimizu S-Pulse.
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    Ljungberg made his debut for Celtic away to Berwick Rangers in the Scottish Cup on 9 January 2011, playing over 60 minutes and helping his team to a 2–0 victory.
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  • 2010
    Age 32
    After a successful trial, Ljungberg officially signed a contract with the club on 30 December 2010.
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    On 27 December 2010, Ljungberg joined Scottish Premier League club Celtic on a week-long trial.
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    After 15 league appearances, Ljungberg announced that he would be leaving Chicago at the end of the 2010 MLS season.
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    Ljungberg was traded to Major League Soccer club Chicago Fire on 30 July 2010 in exchange for a second-round selection in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft.
    More Details Hide Details He made his team debut as a substitute in the club's 3–2 victory over the LA Galaxy the following Sunday. Ljungberg's first start for the Fire came against the New York Red Bulls in a match that featured five designated players.
  • 2009
    Age 31
    Ljungberg was also appointed captain of the 2009 MLS All-Star Team in their game versus Everton.
    More Details Hide Details Due to receiving a red card in the previous game, Ljungberg was ineligible to play the next Seattle Sounders game. As a result, All-Star coach Dominic Kinnear played Ljungberg for a full 90 minutes. At the end of the game, Ljungberg started to have impaired vision. When the game went to penalty kicks, he chose to sit it out due to his loss of vision after an on-set migraine. Unfortunately for Ljungberg, the initial five kicks ended in a draw. Kinnear, not fully understanding Ljungberg's condition, sent him out as the sixth kicker. Ljungberg, unable to see, took a chance and just tapped the ball in the center of net. However, Tim Howard caught it, resulting in Everton's win. Immediately following the game, Ljungberg was removed from the field on a stretcher. Later, Ljungberg told reporters that he ingested trace amount of red wine while in Utah, resulting in his second migraine within months.
    In July 2009, Ljungberg was selected for starting MLS' All-Stars along with teammate Kasey Keller.
    More Details Hide Details Selection for the All-Star team is based upon votes from players, coaches, general managers, members of the media and an online fan voting system. Ljungberg received the most votes among fans, a testament to his popularity in the MLS.
    During his 2009 season, the Daily Express noted rumors that Ljungberg was poised to return to a European club, but Ljungberg assured fans that he would stay to fulfill his two-year contract.
    More Details Hide Details The Daily Express also noted that he might even extend his contract beyond 2010.
    Ljungberg did suit up for the New York Red Bull game on 20 June 2009, but he did not play as a result of the injury.
    More Details Hide Details On 28 June, Ljungberg assisted Montero's 23rd minute goal against the Colorado Rapids. He was subbed out toward the end of the game, in which he received a standing ovation. Ljungberg sat out for the US Open Cup game against the USL Portland Timbers and focused on training during the 4-week vacation in July. Following the brief holiday vacation, Seattle defeated Houston Dynamo, a game in which Ljungberg was heavily targeted and fouled. Despite this, Ljungberg outmaneuvered his opponents and assisted a goal to Patrick Ianni. The Bleacher Report dubbed him the man of the match.
    Ljungberg scored his second goal for the season against the San Jose Earthquakes on 13 June 2009 as a result of beating Joe Cannon to the ball, lofting it over him and into the center of the net.
    More Details Hide Details In the 59th minute, Ljungberg's corner kick set up Fredy Montero's goal which led the Sounders to a 2–0 victory. After playing DC United, Ljungberg suffered from some hamstring tightness.
    Ljungberg missed two games against FC Dallas and Colorado Rapids due to a migraine attack. He quickly recovered to play against Chivas USA. On 30 May 2009, the Sounders drew their fifth match in a row, this time against the Columbus Crew, after Ljungberg missed a penalty kick in the 31st minute.
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    The following week he made his first start on 4 April 2009 against Toronto FC where he also scored his first MLS goal.
    More Details Hide Details Ljungberg played his first full game against Chivas USA in Los Angeles in which they lost 2–0. While some noted that Fredy Montero and Ljungberg were not cohesive on the pitch due to Ljungberg's absence in the preseason and few practices with one other, coach Sigi Schmid answered, "That's just something that takes some time. But they're both quality players and it will get sorted out I think a lot sooner than later."
    Once the Sounders returned to Seattle, Ljungberg joined in training. Despite his speedy recovery, Ljungberg did not participate in the inaugural game against New York Red Bulls. He made his debut one week later on 28 March 2009, coming on as a 61st minute substitute in a 2–0 victory over Real Salt Lake.
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  • 2008
    Age 30
    In December 2008, it was announced that Ljungberg would undergo surgery to repair a persistent hip injury that has plagued him throughout his later career.
    More Details Hide Details Surgeons repaired a slightly torn hip labrum and shaved a small amount of bone where the hip meets the femur to prevent future injury. The Seattle Times reported that Ljungberg was expected to miss 10–12 weeks of training and possibly be sidelined for the team's inaugural game, but he recovered from his hip injury sooner than expected. Although Ljungberg did not take part of Seattle's preseason in Argentina, he did however do light training with IS Halmia.
    On 28 October 2008, Seattle Sounders officially announced they had signed Ljungberg as their Designated Player for the 2009 season.
    More Details Hide Details The terms of his contract saw Ljungberg earn $10 million over two seasons with the Sounders. Much like the contract of David Beckham and as is the norm for professional sports stars in the US, Ljungberg's contract will assure he keeps all of his private endorsement money. Because of this, Grahame L. Jones of the Los Angeles Times was quick to compare Ljungberg with Beckham. Alexi Lalas stated, "Eddie Vedder, I think, would have a better chance of making an impact at Seattle than Freddie Ljungberg". However, after the 2009 regular season Lalas acknowledged his initial skepticism but admitted he had changed his mind. "For me he's the best DP signing, because of the way he plays in MLS."
    On 17 October 2008, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that Ljungberg might be a part of the new (at the time) Major League Soccer franchise Seattle Sounders FC.
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    In June 2008, Ljungberg retired from the Swedish National team stating, "The simple fact is the physical strain of playing on the national team and in club football for such a long time has finally taken its toll.
    More Details Hide Details And that is why I have decided to concentrate on playing for West Ham United and that is where my focus will be." Following the start of training camp, Ljungberg was nowhere to be seen. Many speculated a transfer was in the works despite Elefalk's claims that Ljungberg was to return. Days later, Ljungberg agreed to terminate his contract only after one year into the four-year deal for a sum of £6 million. Ljungberg stated afterward, "I gave my all at West Ham and enjoyed my time there but the decision is the best for the both of us. Now, I will take my time to consider my football future." After Ljungberg's West Ham exit, fans and sport pundits alike speculated about Ljungberg's future. On 8 August, Ljungberg was seen in Los Angeles fueling rumours of a move to LA Galaxy which was quickly dismissed. In actuality, Ljungberg went to Los Angeles to get a tattoo done by renowned tattoo artist Mister Cartoon. While he was in Los Angeles, Claes Elefalk urged Ljungberg to meet with Joe Roth, a Hollywood producer and majority stakeholder in the MLS Expansion Team Seattle Sounders. Ljungberg secretly met with Roth but did not want to make any rash decisions. At the same time, there were rumors of four Italian clubs being interested in Ljungberg including Lazio, Milan, Roma, and Fiorentina. By the end of August, Ljungberg was linked to Portsmouth.
    After seven months at the club, Ljungberg finally scored his first goal for West Ham in the home match against Birmingham City on 9 February 2008, putting West Ham up 1–0, with the game finishing 1–1.
    More Details Hide Details Ljungberg also scored away at Sunderland a month later in a 1–2 defeat, being his final goal for the club. In his last game of the season, Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor accidentally landed on top of him while trying to jump over him, breaking his ribs. The injury sidelined Ljungberg for the rest of the season. In May, it was reported that Ljungberg was offered £3m to tear up his contract. This was quickly dismissed by both Ljungberg's agents, Claes Elefalk and Scott Duxbury, West Ham's chief executive.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2007
    Age 29
    Ljungberg made his West Ham United debut on the opening day of the 2007/08 Premier League season, in West Ham's 0–2 home defeat by Manchester City on 11 August, a game in which he was also captain.
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    On 23 July 2007, after nine years at Arsenal, Ljungberg joined London rivals West Ham United on a four-year contract.
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    It was speculated in January 2007 that Ljungberg was being forced to leave Arsenal, after bosses became tired of a run of injuries restricting his play. "Ljungberg still has a lot to offer to Arsenal," Arsène Wenger said, on 13 January 2007, at a Blackburn Rovers pre-match press conference, stressing the fact that Ljungberg will stay at Arsenal until the end of his contract in 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Ljungberg came back after a long injury in an FA Cup match against Bolton Wanderers, scoring a goal thirteen minutes before the end of extra time, earning Arsenal a place in the fifth-round tie of the FA Cup against Blackburn Rovers. In 2008, Ljungberg placed 11th in Arsenal.com's Gunners' Greatest 50 Players.
  • 2006
    Age 28
    Despite a persistent ankle injury, Ljungberg played for Arsenal in the 2–1 defeat by Barcelona in the Champions League Final in Paris on 17 May 2006.
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  • 2005
    Age 27
    He had to fight with constant injury problems and occasionally severe bouts with migraines; in 2005 a persistent hip injury led to fears he may have contracted cancer, which were unfounded.
    More Details Hide Details It transpired that he was suffering from blood poisoning caused by his large tattoos.
    He also scored a penalty in the shootout in Arsenal's 2005 FA Cup Final victory over Manchester United.
    More Details Hide Details He was most comfortable on either wing in midfield, though he could play centrally in a 4–5–1 formation or as a second striker. Ljungberg became a regular in Arsenal's starting lineup following the departure of Emmanuel Petit and Marc Overmars in the summer of 2000. For several seasons he played a major role for the club including being a member of the unbeaten 49 game run for Arsenal.
  • 2001
    Age 23
    Ljungberg was the first player to score a goal at an FA Cup final outside England, when Arsenal lost against Liverpool in 2001 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
    More Details Hide Details A year later, against Chelsea, he became the first player to score in consecutive FA Cup Finals.
    Ljungberg ended the 2001–02 season scoring 17 goals in all competitions.
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    Some of Ljungberg's best form came in the second half of the 2001–02 season, when Arsenal won their second Premier League and FA Cup double.
    More Details Hide Details Following a knee injury to Robert Pirès, Ljungberg scored in most of Arsenal's remaining games, including a stunning finish for Arsenal's second goal in the 2–0 FA Cup Final win over Chelsea. Ljungberg had scored many important and vital goals for Arsenal throughout the season. He scored an equaliser against Manchester United. Arsenal went on to win this game 3–1. He was instrumental in Arsenal's 2–1 win against Liverpool at Anfield where he won a penalty which Thierry Henry scored and then he slotted in a sweet finish from a Robert Pirès cross. He scored an identical goal again against Liverpool at Highbury three weeks later. The matched ended up being a 1–1 draw.
  • 1998
    Age 20
    Ljungberg made his senior international debut on 24 January 1998 against the United States in Orlando, losing 0–1.
    More Details Hide Details He scored his first national team goal against Denmark in Malmö with a 3–0 victory. During an open team practice before the 2002 World Cup, Ljungberg broke into a fight with teammate Olof Mellberg after a robust tackle from the latter. Ljungberg pushed Mellberg right in front of the world press and Mellberg responded by grabbing at Ljungberg's jersey top at throat level before the two wrestled on the ground. The two of them were quickly separated by shocked team-mates and the team practice was immediately cancelled to deal with the public relations disaster. Within hours, video footage of the fight flooded the media and internet. Sweden was a part of Group F dubbed ‘Group of Death’ which included Argentina, England, and Nigeria. At the time, Ljungberg was suffering from a hip injury which prevented him from playing in most of the games. However, Ljungberg did muster the strength to play against England on 2 June 2002 and Nigeria on 7 June 2002 despite the pain. After Sweden advanced from group death, the team was defeated by Senegal.
    Ljungberg was signed by Arsenal in 1998 for £3 million.
    More Details Hide Details Arsenal scouts watched him for over a year and Arsenal's manager, Arsène Wenger, took the unusual step of authorising the signing after watching Ljungberg play for Sweden in their victory against England on television, without seeing him play live. Seeing Ljungberg’s performance against England only confirmed to Wenger that Ljungberg could cope against English opponents, and he was signed shortly after. Ljungberg proved himself without difficulty and scored on his debut on 20 September after coming on as a substitute against rival club Manchester United, the match ending 3–0.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1997
    Age 19
    In 1997, Halmstad won the Allsvenskan and Ljungberg scored goals that year despite being injured.
    More Details Hide Details During his time with Halmstad, he went on to make 139 appearances and score 16 goals for the club. He won both the Swedish Cup and League title with the club. After two years with Halmstad, Ljungberg’s star was on the rise with interest from Barcelona, Chelsea, Aston Villa, Parma and Arsenal.
  • 1996
    Age 18
    In 1996, Ljungberg made his Sweden U21 debut.
    More Details Hide Details Ljungberg almost did not make it as an international player because Sweden coach Lasse Lagerbäck thought Ljungberg was too short. In Fredrik Ljungberg: Up Close, Lagerbäck stated, "Of course it's difficult to say at 15 to 16 years of age (whether or not a player has the potential to be an international player). To be honest, I wouldn't say I thought he would become an international player because he was very very little. In his first match, we played Denmark and he scored twice so he convinced me rather fast that he was a good player even if he was very very small but he was quick." On 10 November 1996, Ljungberg scored twice in a game against Scotland.
  • 1995
    Age 17
    In 1995, Ljungberg played 31 games in which he scored his first goal as a professional player.
    More Details Hide Details That same year Halmstad won the Swedish Cup.
  • 1994
    Age 16
    Ljungberg made his senior debut on 23 October 1994 in the Allsvenskan against AIK.
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  • 1989
    Age 11
    In 1989, at the age of 12, Ljungberg had convinced Halmstads BK to move him from p12 to p14 which was against Halmstad's policies at the time.
    More Details Hide Details At age 14, Ljungberg joined the junior team under coach Robert Nordström. His perseverance paid off because three years later he was moved up to the senior team.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1982
    Age 4
    In 1982, the Ljungberg family left Vittsjö and moved to Halmstad.
    More Details Hide Details At first, the tenacious 5-year old would not have any part of moving. Fredrik argued with his parents that he did not want to live in Halmstad. His parents relented and took him to Halmstads BK where he played on the youth team under Olle Eriksson. From the time he was 5–14, Ljungberg was coached by Eriksson. Eriksson’s impression of the youngster was that he was remarkably talented for his age and that he was considerate of other players, noting that Ljungberg would pass the ball to his friends, so that they would have a chance to score. Ljungberg credits Eriksson for having a profound effect on his career as well as Brazilian football player, Sócrates. Also in his youth, he enjoyed playing ice hockey and developed a talent for handball; he was eventually called up to the under-15 national handball team, but decided to focus his attentions on football.
  • 1977
    Born
    Ljungberg was born on 16 April 1977 in Vittsjö, Sweden to parents Roy Alve Erling Ljungberg, a civil engineer and owner of a construction and consultant business, and Elisabeth Bodil Ljungberg, a Swedish Labor Department worker.
    More Details Hide Details On 12 September 1984, the Ljungbergs had another son, Karl Oskar Filip.
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