Albin Ekdal

Albin Ekdal
Ekdal with Sweden at the 2018 World Cup
Personal information
Full name Albin Ekdal
Date of birth (1989-07-28) 28 July 1989
Place of birth Stockholm, Sweden
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 6
Youth career
2005–2006 IF Brommapojkarna
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 IF Brommapojkarna 24 (0)
2008–2010 Juventus 3 (0)
2009–2010Siena (loan) 26 (1)
2010–2011 Bologna 22 (1)
2011–2015 Cagliari 114 (8)
2015–2018 Hamburger SV 54 (1)
2018– Sampdoria 0 (0)
National team
2004–2006 Sweden U17 18 (5)
2007–2008 Sweden U19 8 (2)
2008–2010 Sweden U21 12 (2)
2011– Sweden 39 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:58, 3 July 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15:54, 7 July 2018 (UTC)

Albin Ekdal (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈalːbɪn ²eːkdɑːl]; born 28 July 1989) is a Swedish footballer who plays as a midfielder for Serie A side Sampdoria.

Club career


Albin Ekdal started his professional playing career with Brommapojkarna at the beginning of the 2007 Allsvenskan season. He played mainly as a central midfielder but also as an attacking midfielder or right midfielder.


On 23 May 2008, he signed an official four-year contract with Juventus F.C.. Ekdal turned down offers from other clubs, including Chelsea and Inter, before signing for Juventus FC.[2] Ekdal made his Serie A debut on 18 October 2008 in the 1–2 defeat against Napoli when he came on as a substitute in the 75th minute, replacing Christian Poulsen.


On 15 July 2009, A.C. Siena signed Ekdal on loan from Juventus F.C. for a season. In his lone season with the club, Ekdal was very impressive, making 27 appearances with 1 goal, although this was not enough to save the club from relegation. He was called up to end season friendly tour in the US from Juventus[3] and call-up to pre-season camp on 1 July.[4]


On 28 June 2010, Juventus F.C. sold 50% of their shares in Ekdal to Bologna. Before each season the two clubs need to come to terms in what club he will play that season. He quickly established himself as a starter for the club.[5]


On 24 June, he returned to Juventus as they beat Bologna in the blind auction. But on 21 August 2011 he was sold in a co-ownership deal to fellow Serie A club Cagliari Calcio.[6]

On 28 September 2014, Ekdal scored a hat-trick as Cagliari won 4–1 at Inter Milan.[7]

Hamburger SV

On 18 July 2015, German club Hamburger SV signed Ekdal from Cagliari on a four-year deal for €4.5 million which will earn him €600.000 per season.[8] He was given the number 20 shirt. On 3 March 2017, Ekdal scored his first Bundesliga goal in the 1–0 win against Hertha BSC.


On 14 August 2018, After three years with Hamburger SV, Ekdal returned to Serie A by signing for Sampdoria.[9]

International career

Ekdal made his debut for Sweden on 10 August 2011 in a friendly game against Ukraine.

In May 2018 he was named in Sweden’s 23 man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[10]

Career statistics


As of 7 July 2018.[11]
National teamYearAppsGoals
Sweden 201110

Personal life

He is the son of Lennart Ekdal, an award-winning Swedish journalist, TV personality and newscaster known for his work for the newspaper Dagens Nyheter and the financial magazine Veckans Affärer, as well as hosting TV shows such as Kalla fakta, Halvtid för Reinfeldt, Kvällsöppet med Ekdal & Hakelius and Hetluft.[12][13]

Ekdal's younger brother, Hjalmar Ekdal, is also a professional footballer who plays for Swedish second tier club IK Frej Täby.[14]


  1. "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – List of Players" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  2. Albin Ekdal signs 4-year contract with Juventus Archived 26 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. "From Vinovo to New York!". Juventus FC. 20 May 2010. Retrieved 21 May 2010.
  4. "Bianconeri al raduno, si parte!". Juventus FC (in Italian). 1 July 2010. Retrieved 3 July 2010.
  5. "Albin Ekdal flyttar till Bologna – DN.SE". 28 July 2010. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  6. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 26 August 2009. Retrieved 21 August 2011.
  7. "Inter 1 Cagliari 4: Ekdal hat-trick inspires sensational away win". Four Four Two. 28 September 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  8. "Hamburg announce Albin Ekdal signing". Soccernews. 18 July 2015. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
  9. "Ekdal arrives from Hamburg on a permanent deal". 16 August 2018.
  11. Albin Ekdal at Soccerway
  12. "Lennart Ekdal prisad för sin journalistik – Kvällsöppet –". Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  13. "Sveriges Radio – Sidan finns ej". Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  14. "Hjalmar Ekdal vill gå i brorsans fotspår" (in Swedish). Expressen. 15 July 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
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