Freddie Ljungberg: From underwear model to Arsenal manager
The Swede with vivid hair. The private underwear model. Arsenal caretaker manager Freddie Ljungberg is a paradox, a far more booked man than the image may suggest.
More than 12 years since leaving as a participant, 42, former winger Ljungberg, was called on to save the Gunners’ year following Unai Emery’s sacking.
He is an Arsenal and Sweden legend, but what do we understand about the Gunners’ boss that is new?
Trading Arsenal for West Ham after nine years at 2007, Ljungberg – a key figure in Arsenal’s record-breaking’Invincibles’ aspect that travelled an entire Premier League season at 2003-04 without defeat – strangled as three-time FA Cup winner and a yearlong Premier League.
He had been appointed Arsenal’s 11th biggest player of all time in 2017, despite his hairstyles around the pitch – and his notorious underwear modelling it off Ljungberg is actually a private person.
“Considering the fact he is among our greatest of all time, we do not know a lot about Fredrik Ljungberg,” Swedish soccer journalist Frida Fagerlund informed Sport.
“He’s always been very low key when it comes to the media and other public appearances. He’s spoken about not actually trusting people in generalnot during his last few years at the Premier League. That is most likely why he has not done so many interviews.”
Even at home in Sweden – a country which has recently been spearheaded to the worldwide football stage by the Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Vittsjo-born Ljungberg has preserved his puzzle.
His standing as a football icon hasn’t wavered while his character has kept him in the headlines.
Fagerlund included:”Fredrik will likely be deemed one of the greatest. He did a lot for the Team and now Arsenal is one of the most well-known nightclubs in Sweden.
“He finds himself as shy but he’s a strong character today. That he’s not driven by recognition or fame could be an advantage in his leadership. The version work for Calvin Klein was a tiny surprise to everybody, that he did but he has said that it forced him out of his comfort zone, and it likely did.
“With that having been said, he will stay a tiny puzzle. It is fairly peculiar.”
Spells in India and Japan concluded the 20-year acting career of Ljungberg. Prior to being given the opportunity to combine director Andries Jonker in Vfl Wolfsburg as assistant in February 29, the Swede returned to Arsenal.
Tasked with maintaining the fighting side in the top flight, Jonker and Ljungberg attained their objective courtesy of an relegation play-off, but were sacked following a poor start to this 2017-18 season.
A friend of his period in the Bundesliga informed Sport that attention was controlled by Ljungberg despite his quiet approach – along with the position of the club.
“Andries and Freddie arrived with a mission to stabilise the fighting team at the worst portion of Wolfsburg’s background and stop the disaster of relegation,” said Hartmann.
“The club had many problems. There were insecurities everywhere. Freddie’s job was to talk to the players and give them back their assurance. He acted in the backdrop, but if he spoke .
“The gamers listened carefully when he spoke, since they had looked up to him if they were younger.”
Given the chance to continue into the new season, Jonker and Ljungberg made”enormous mistakes” prior to being sacked based on Hartmann, failing to alter their methods as staff fitness was neglected in favour of strategies.
“Freddie explained he wished to have greater time to provide their ideas a real chance to grow, but it was the wrong time and wrong location. The club had much bigger problems than a former helper and an inexperienced but ambitious young trainer could resolve,” additional Hartmann.
The Gunners welcomed their team legend back as Under-23s boss in 2018, and he impressed satisfactorily to becomes Emery’s first-team coach for the campaign.
Tons of managers have been linked with the vacant managerial position at Emirates Stadium, but could Ljungberg conceivably stay as supervisor?
Compared to other frontrunners for this place, Ljungberg’s CV does not measure up to former Tottenham boss’ Premier League encounter Mauricio Pochettino or even Wolves’ Nuno Espirito Santo – nor the qualifications of Carlo Ancelotti along with Massimiliano Allegri.
National competitions Manchester United and Chelsea have adopted a’club legend’ approach, with the former’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after he took control, earning a contract after a sharp upturn in shape.
That, of course, will likely soon be the sole goal of Ljungberg when his negative journey on Sunday to Norwich.
“During his career he’s always done things his own way,” Aftonbladet journalist Fagerlund explained.
“I feel that’s why he returned to Sweden. In London it’s much easier to be yourself and it doesn’t matter where you come from or what you’re into. It was very unusual to own outspoken and unique characters in soccer.
“The fact is we do not know much about Fredrik’s style as a supervisor. What we do know is that he has done a fantastic job with the kids and is likely to keep on that route. He will also likely bring back a few gamers who have been outside in the cold.”
A number of Arsenal youngsters have commended the influence of Ljungberg with 18-year-old forward Bukayo Saka admitting he relied upon Ljungberg to explain boss Emery’s instructions.
With a decade of guidance from Arsene Wenger an inevitable influence, Ljungberg knows and any the sort of soccer Arsenal fans are accustomed to. But, while the pink hair has vanished, he’ll probably know no other way than just to include his personal stamp.
“He needs his group to perform offensive football and that is exactly what Arsenal stands to get” additional Hartmann.
“I think he will do his job like he always has. Quiet, thoughtful and with a concentration on strategy and tactics.
“When someone with such a wonderful career such as Freddie gives everything in a little town like Wolfsburg, where everyone liked his unpretentious way, why should they succeed in the club that he loves?”