Marcus Allback – October 23rd

Born in Gotenburg in 1973, Marcus Allback started his career with his local club Orgryte where he stayed for seven years. He scored 52 goals in 139 games. He then had a brief flirtation with football aboard playing for Danish Club Lygnby and then Bari, before returning back to Orgryte after just one season away.

He spent a further three seasons at Orgryte where he scored an impressive 34 in 64 games. This resulted in a move to the Eredivisie and Heerenveen. A two year spell there resulted in a good goal return and a move to the English Premier League. His destination was Villa Park, and Aston Villa.

Allback struggled in England, scoring just six times during his spell with Aston Villa. He was on the road again in 2004 as he moved to German club Hansa Rostock. He spent a year with them, before he moved to Danish club Copenhagen, where was won two Danish League titles. He found his way back to his first club Orgryte, where he saw out the remained of his career.

International striker

Alongside players such as Henrik Larsson and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Allback had a goal ratio of a goal every 2.05 games. He played for his country 74 times, scoring 30 goals.

Whilst he was a formidable scorer in Scandinavia and Holland, he struggled to transfer those skills to the harder leagues, such as the Premier League and German Bundesliga.


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