Quotes: US MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Ljungberg roots for Euro team  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Muscat Daily - 22/04/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Arsenal legend and ex-Sweden international Fredrik Freddie' Ljungberg is eagerly looking forward to the prospect of a European team winning the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, although no country from that continent has ever won the coveted trophy on South American soil.

The 37 year old Ljungberg, who is in Muscat on a visit to Arsenal Soccer School Oman, told Muscat Daily on Monday, ''From Europe, Germany and Spain are great teams, but I think Portugal's gameplay is better suited to the heat in Brazil. Brazil, as the hosts, are considered as one of the favourites to win the World Cup. Personally, I like Argentina, but it needs to be seen how far they reach.''

freddie

Freddie Ljungberg

Ljungberg played for Arsenal from 1998-2007 and was capped 216 times, scoring 46 goals as a midfielder. He also played for Sweden in 75 games, scoring 16 goals.

The Swedish international was part of the all-conquering team of 2002 and 2004. He was a member of the Arsenal side that romped to the Premier League title unbeaten, and also won three FA Cups, scoring in the 2002 final win over Chelsea.

Ljungberg was also part of the side that reached, but lost, the 2006 Champions League final against Barcelona in Paris.

Since leaving Arsenal, he played in leagues in the US, Japan, Scotland and Malaysia. A former Sweden captain, he retired from football in 2012.

Recalling his playing days at Arsenal, he said, ''While playing for Arsenal, we were players from different nationalities, which helped us enrich ourselves culturally. I always enjoyed that and I do enjoy travelling and meeting new people.''

Ljungberg rubbished rumours that he has already signed up for a newly-proposed football league in India as a player.

He said, ''I haven't made any decisions yet on signing up. If I do, it will be on the lines of playing a few exhibition matches for the franchises and promoting the league. The concept is a great one and it will popularise the game in India. But I am yet to confirm anything.''

Speaking about the slump that the Gunners have faced in recent years, Ljungberg said, ''During my playing days, we had great players at every position. It was a pleasure to play with all of them and I believe we had a lot of pace, which is missing from the current stream of players. In today's football, the time taken to play from defence to attack plays a huge part. The boys need to concentrate on that.''

He also said that there has been a certain financial strain on the club due to the building of its new stadium, but then that shouldn't be an excuse for not performing well consistently.

''It is true that the club underwent a bit of financial strain after building a new stadium, but we did make some good signings over the summer,'' he pointed out. ''Bringing in Mesut Ozil gave a big boost to the team. It was evident in the way they performed at the start of the season.''

Ljungberg is keeping his options open for the future, and is currently concentrating on getting his new franchise back home - Freddie Sports Bar - to newer locations. ''It's not like I am young anymore. I need to settle down. If the Indian league happens, it's well and good. But otherwise, I would like to concentrate on business back home,'' the Premier League veteran said.

Kids enjoy session with Swedish star:

Freddie Ljungberg was quite naturally the star attraction at the Arsenal Soccer School Oman's meet-and-greet programme at the British School Muscat (BSM) on Monday, where he also interacted with schoolchildren and gave them a tip or two.

Also present with him were Mihir Khimji, the director of Arsenal Soccer School Oman, and Ross Plain, senior coach at the football school.

Ljungberg said, ''It's great to be in Oman and see so many passionate parents exposing their children to a good quality football training syllabus principled by coach Ars


 






  MENA News Headlines
 Aug 23 2014 - NMC Health profits up 27 percent in H1MENAFN
(MENAFN) NMC Health, the United Arab Emirates healthcare provider, boosted first-half profit by nearly 27 percent, led by higher occupancy across its hospitals, The Peninsula Qatar reported.The ...

 Aug 23 2014 - Emirates Airlines, TRIFAC sign MoUMENAFN
(MENAFN) Emirates airlines and Madhya Pradesh Trade and Investment Facilitation Corporation Limited (TRIFAC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), Khaleej Times reported.An Emirates ...

 Aug 23 2014 - Saudi non-oil exports up 14.9 percent in JuneMENAFN
(MENAFN) Saudi's non-oil commodity exports increased in June to USD4.97 million, up 14.9 percent over a year, while imports dropped 8.2 percent to USD13.72 million, QNA reported.Plastics and rubber ...

 Aug 23 2014 - Kuwait's KPC, UNIPEC sign crude supply dealMENAFN
(MENAFN) State-run Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) and China's UNIPEC signed a significant deal that would almost double crude oil deliveries over a decade, QNA reported.Under the agreement, KPC ...

 Aug 23 2014 - LG Electronics Holds a Training Session on "Multi V4"MENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) (Amman, 23 August 2014) LG's Air Conditioning Academy recently held a series of training seminars in its headquarters focusing on the latest LG innovation in the VRF industry, "Multi ...

 Aug 23 2014 - Future of Kuwaits Banking Sector to Be Examined at Euromoney Kuwait ConferenceMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) Euromoney Conferences will hold their sixth annual Kuwait Conference on 9 September in Kuwait CityKuwait City, KuwaitIn less than just three weeks, the sixth annual Euromoney Kuwait ...

 Aug 23 2014 - Unlimited Vacation Club Introduces The Lifestyle CollectionMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) A new vacation membership program has been unveiled by the rapidly expanding Unlimited Vacation Club.Unlimited Vacation Club by AMResorts (UVC) is proud to announce the Lifestyle ...

 Aug 23 2014 - TripAdvisor Ranks Grand Residences Number One In Riviera MayaMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) Grand Residences Riviera Cancun a Leading Hotel of the World is the newest addition to the Royal Resorts portfolio and has already hit the number 1 spot on TripAdvisor.com for hotels ...

 Aug 22 2014 - Mmashop.dk Offers the Best Collection of MMA Equipment OnlineMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) Over the past couple of years more and more people have become rather interested in Mixed Martial Arts. The MMA industry can be seen to be growing through every passing day simply ...

 Aug 22 2014 - Mixing It Up Cory Brim Is Bringing First Class Mobile Bar Service To Events Across The DC Metro AreaMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) Cory Brim of Sugar Rim Bar is revolutionizing event bar service in the DC Metro with his entirely mobile bartending service. A big hit Sugar Rim Bar is increasingly sought after in ...

more...


 






Google

Click to Apply

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

IPO News
Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

US Markets Details

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Investment Game
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

My MENAFN
Portfolio Tracker

Voting

Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2000 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help