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Top Facts about Emil Krafth, the Sweden International

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In this article we are going to have a look at top facts about Emil Krafth.

Emil Krafth is a Swedish professional footballer who plays as a right-back. We will have a look at the

top facts about Emil Krafth

 which include the facts in his professional and personal life.

Top Facts about Emil Krafth, the Sweden International

Emil Henry Kristoffer Krafth was on 2 August 1994. He is a Swedish professional football player who plays as a right-back for Premier League team Newcastle United and the Sweden national team.

Emil Krafth at a glance

  • Name in home country:

    Emil Henry ­Kristoffer Krafth

  • Date of birth:

    2 Augest 1994

  • Place of birth:

    Ljungby, Sweden

  • Age:

    27

  • Height:

    1,84 m

  • Citizenship:

    Sweden

  • Position:

    Defender - Right-Back

  • Foot:

    right

  • Player agent:

    Global Soccer Management

  • Current club:

    Newcastle United

  • Joined the club:

    8 Augest 2019

  • Contract expires:

    30 June 2023

  • Outfitter:

    adidas

Social-Media:

Instagram

Emil Krafth early life

Emil Krafth was born in Ljungby, Kronoberg in Sweden. His parents were Pelle and Pernilla, who were both football players, and joined his then mother's team, Lagans AIK, when he was five years old. Emil Krafth was trained by his parents during his time at Lagans AIK. He primarily started out playing as a defensive midfield and forward positions before he switched to the defender positions. He finally chose to play in the right–back position.

One of the

top facts about Emil Krafth

is that he has a sister and a brother. When Emil Krafth was fifteen years old, he left his parents’ house and went to Växjö, attending a football high school there and said it was easy to adapt. He was a fan of 

Manchester United

when he was a teenager.

Emil Krafth club career

One of the top facts about Emil Krafth is that he started his career at lower-division club Lagans AIK. It was with Lagans AIK that he made his first senior appearance in 2010, when he was only 16. In 2011, Emil Krafth joined 

Östers IF

. Emil Krafth played for the club at 17 years old, starting a match, in a 2–1 victory over GIF Sundsvall in the opening match of the season. 

Emil Krafth rapidly became a first team fixed player for the side and impressed in his first season in the Superettan. Due to his performance at one point, Krafth was named Tipselit Player of the Month for June. Emil Krafth was also named Sveriges Radio Kronoberg Prize for "Sports Surprise of the Year 2011". At the end of the 2011 season, Emil Krafth played in 35 matches in all tournaments.

Helsingborgs IF

One of the top facts about Emil Krafth is that he moved to Allsvenskan club 

Helsingborgs IF

 on 10 January 2012. After joining the team, he was given shirt number fifteen.

Emil Krafth did not play in Helsingborgs’ first match of the 2012 season, in a 2–0 victory over AIK in the Svenska Supercupen. Emil Krafth made his Helsingborgs debut, starting the whole match in a 1–1 draw.

A month later on 27 April 2012 against Mjällby, after the match, Emil Krafth's performance was admired by Manager Conny Karlsson. He then played in the next three games for the side, keeping two out of the three clean sheets.

Though, Emil Krafth suffered from an injury that kept him out for weeks and did not play until 28 July 2012 against IFK Norrköping, in which he assisted the team's only goal of the match, losing 2–1. Emil Krafth then made his first UEFA Europa League appearance, starting a game and played 65 minutes before he was substituted, in a 3–1 loss against Levante on 22 November 2012. 

During the 2012 season, he found his playing his time, mostly from the substitute bench and made six starts for the side.[23] Krafth went on to make fifteen appearances in all competitions when the season ended.

At the beginning of the 2013 season, Emil Krafth made his debut of the season, starting the whole match, in a 1–1 draw against Assyriska in the Svenska Cupen. After suffering from a knee injury at an international match, he made his first league appearance of the season on 18 April 2013, starting the whole match, assisting Helsingborgs’ first goal of the game, in a 4–1 victory over IFK Norrköping.

At the start of the 2014 season, Emil Krafth was a key player who helped Helsingborgs IF reach the final match of the Svenska Cupen. Nevertheless in the Svenska Cupen Final against Elfsborg, he played in the right–back position, as the team lost 1–0. Since the start of the 2014 season, he continued to be a first team regular for the team, playing in the right–back position. At the 2014 season, Emil Krafth was given the team vice captaincy. 

On 3 October 2014, Emil Krafth netted his first goal of the season, in a 4–1 victory over Kalmar. Despite missing two games during the 2014 season, he played in 32 matches and scored once in all tournaments.

Since the start of the 2015 season, Emil Krafth continued to be a first team regular for the side, playing in the right–back position. Though, Emil Krafth suffered from a back injury while training that caused him to miss one match. But he made his return, starting a game against Elfsborg on 20 May 2015, netting in a 2–1 defeat. Emil Krafth kept two successive clean sheets on two separate times. By the time Emil Krafth left the team, he played in twelve matches and scored once in all tournaments.

Bologna

One of the

top facts about Emil Krafth

is that on 19 August 2015, it was declared that Emil Krafth migrated from Sweden to Italy as he joined Serie A club 

Bologna

. It came after when Emil Krafth declared his purpose to leave Helsingborgs IF in the summer transfer window. After joining the team, he was given a shirt number 4.

Nonetheless, Emil Krafth continued to get well after a back injury that he sustained over the summer. On 24 October 2015, Emil Krafth made his first Bologna's appearance against Carpi, starting a game and played 42 minutes before he was substituted, due to a knee injury, as they won 2–1. 

Subsequently, it was publicized that Emil Krafth was side-lined for the rest of the year after suffering from another injury while he was at international team with Sweden U-21, and it continued for him for the first four months of 2016. 

On 11 April 2016, he played in his first match after months, coming on as an 85th-minute substitute, in a 1–1 draw against 

A.S. Roma

. Emil Krafth played in two more matches later in the 2015–16 season, including a game against Chievo on the last week of the season. 

At the end of the season, Emil Krafth played in four matches in all tournaments. After it, Emil Krafth said: "I didn't have a lucky season: the recovery from my injury was longer than expected and it kept me out for a long time. However, it was a year in which I learned a lot, especially in terms of mentality. I always hope to train well and play as much as possible in the championship to come, I intend to show that I am a good right back and show you how much I am worth."

Emil Krafth was a fixed player in the first four league matches of the 2016–17 season in the right–back position. Then, he  was sent off for a straight red card in the 81st minute, being defeated 3–1 against Napoli on 17 September 2016. 

After Emil Krafth was was suspended one match, he returned to the starting line–up against 

Inter Milan

 on 25 September 2016 and played 80 minutes before he was substituted, as Bologna drew 1–1. But, his return lasted for a short time as Emil Krafth was side-lined on two occasions that saw him out for two months. 

On 6 November 2016, he returned to the starting line–up, starting the whole match, in a 1–1 draw against Roma. After this, Emil Krafth found himself in and out of the starting eleven for the team, challenging with Vasilis Torosidis and Ibrahima Mbaye over the right–back position. 

Emil Krafth then netted his first goal for Bologna, and assisted the team's third goal of the match, in a 4–0 victory over 

Hellas Verona

 in the fourth round of the Coppa Italia. Nevertheless, Emil Krafth was sent off for a straight red card in the 90th minute, in a 1–1 draw against Cagliari on 29 January 2017.

At the beginning of the 2017–18 season, Emil Krafth was side-lined for two weeks after a muscle injury during the team's pre–season tour. After returning from his injury, Emil Krafth found himself on the bench, and began competing with Torosidis and Mbaye over the right–back position. Emil Krafth made played his first match of the season, starting the whole match, in a 3–0 defeat against

Napoli

on 10 September 2017. 

After the injury of Torosidis during a game against Atalanta on 22 October 2017, Emil Krafth came on as a 25th-minute substitute and played the remaining of the game, as Bologna was defeated 1–0. 

Subsequently Emil Krafth started in the next four games in the right–back position before Torosidis returned on the pitch. At the end of the 2017–18 season, Emil Krafth played in twelve matches in all competitions.

Then it was revealed his first team chances at Bologna were limited, due to his lack of tactical intelligence to succeed in Serie A.

Amiens SC

One of the top facts about Emil Krafth is that on 6 August 2018, he moved to Ligue 1 side 

Amiens SC

 on a season-long loan from the Italian side, Bologna.

Emil Krafth made his first appearance for Amiens SC, coming on as a late substitute, in a 2–1 defeat against Montpellier on 18 August 2018. In the next match against Stade de Reims, he assisted the team's third goal of the match, in a 4–1 victory. After the game, Emil Krafth was named L’Equipe Team of the Week. 

Emil Krafth then netted his first goal for Amiens SC, in a 3–1 defeat against RC Strasbourg on 22 September 2018. 

After playing in his first match for the club, Emil Krafth quickly established himself in the starting line-up, playing in the right–back position for the team. Later in the 2018–19 season, he later helped Amiens finish in 15th place on the table and secured their survival after a 2-1 win against already relegated team EA Guingamp.

In spite of the fact that he could not play for Bologna in Serie A, Emil Krafth made 35 appearances in the Ligue 1 while on loan. Accordingly, Emil Krafth joined Amiens on a permanent transfer in June 2019 after the two teams agreed to a €2m transfer fee.

Newcastle United

One of the top facts about Emil Krafth is that he signed a four-year deal with Premier League team 

Newcastle United

 on 8 August 2019 after they reached a £5m agreement with Amiens SC. 

When he joined Newcastle United, Emil Krafth said: "It feels really good. It's been a busy couple of days, but finally I'm here. I'm very happy to sign for Newcastle and I can't wait to start training with the guys. When a Premier League team wants to sign you, of course you are happy. I know Newcastle is a big club, so I'm very happy to sign here and to be here right now. It's a good moment in my career to take a step forward. The plans Newcastle had for me, I felt like they was fitting me perfectly, so that was why I chose Newcastle."

Emil Krafth made his debut for the team on 19 August 2019, playing in the right–midfield position, as Newcastle United were defeated by Norwich City 3–1. 

Then, Emil Krafth made five more starts for the next two months for his team. After that, he was dropped to the substitute bench as soon as Manager Steve Bruce started using Javier Manquillo and DeAndre Yedlin.

On 5 December 2019, Emil Krafth made his first appearance for Newcastle United in two months, coming on as a late substitute, in a 2–0 victory over Sheffield United. He then started the match in the third round of the FA Cup against Rochdale, as they drew 1–1. Though, Emil Krafth suffered from ankle injury against Everton on 21 January 2020 and was substituted in the 28th minute. 

When the time the season was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Emil Krafth made fourteen appearances for Newcastle United and recovered from the injury. 

Once the season continued behind closed doors, Emil Krafth did not make any appearances until 1 July 2020 when he started the whole game, in a 4–1 victory over Bournemouth. This was followed up by assisting the team's first goal of the match, in a 2–2 draw against West Ham United. After that, he played in the four matches out of the last five remaining league matches.

At the end of the 2019–20 season, Emil Krafth played in twenty matches in all tournaments. On 14 May 2021, Emil Krafth netted his first Newcastle goal in a 3–4 home league loss to champions Manchester City.

Emil Krafth International career

One of the top facts about Emil Krafth is that in May 2011, he was called up to the Sweden U-17 squad for the first time. He only made played in one match for the U-17 team.

In August 2012, Emil Krafth was called up to the Sweden U-19 team for the first time. He then netted on his debut, winning 2–0 against Finland U-19 on 14 August 2012. Krafth continued to make eight appearances and netted once for the U-19 team.

In May 2012, Emil Krafth was called up to the Sweden U-21 team for the first time. He became the fifth youngest player ever to play in the Sweden U-21 team, being 17 years and 309 days old when he played in Sweden U-21s' game against Malta on 6 June 2012. Emil Krafth then kept three successive clean sheets between 5 June 2014 and 5 September 2014 against Iceland U21, Slovakia U-21 and Greece U-21, all of them were victories. However, during a 2–2 draw against Denmark U-21 on 11 June 2015, he suffered from a back injury that kept saw him miss the UEFA European Under-21 Championship and Sweden U21 went on to win the tournament. A year later on 3 June 2016 against Georgia U-21, Emil Krafth netted the U-21 side's second goal of the match, in a 3–2 victory, which was his last appearance for Sweden U-21. He made sixteen appearances and scored once for the U-21 team.

Senior career

One of the top facts about Emil Krafth is that in January 2014 he was called up to the Sweden's team for the first time. He made his debut for Sweden against Moldova, coming on as an 85th-minute substitute, and assisted the national's team goal for Erton Fejzullahu, who netted twice, in a 2–1 victory on 17 January 2014.

After a two year absent from the national team, Emil Krafth was called up to the Sweden's team for the second time, appearing as an unused substitute against Netherlands and Luxembourg. On 10 October 2016 he started the match against Bulgaria and assisted the national side's second goal of the game, in a 3–0 victory. 

The next year on 10 November 2017, Emil Krafth played 83 minutes in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Second Round Play-Off first leg, as Sweden won 1–0 against Italy at the Friends Arena.

On 13 November 2017, Emil Krafth appeared as an unused substitute in the game where Sweden gained a 0-0 draw in the second leg at the San Siro to defeat the Italians 1–0 on aggregate in the Russia 2018 World Cup play-off.

One of the top facts about Emil Krafth is that he was named in Sweden's 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. In spite of suffering from a fever, Emil Krafth appeared in the substitute bench in the national side's first three games. 

Emil Krafth made his World Cup debut, coming on as an 82nd-minute substitute, in a 1–0 victory against Switzerland in the Round of 16. 

Following a suspension of Mikael Lustig, Emil Krafth started in the quarter–finals against England and played 85 minutes in the game before being substituted, as they were defeated 2–0 and Sweden were eliminated from the World Cup. Emil Krafth’s performance was criticised by ESPN and Expressen. Later Emil Krafth appeared played in three more matches by the end of the year.

Emil Krafth was also included in Sweden's 26-man squad for UEFA Euro 2020.

Emil Krafth personal life

One of the top facts about Emil Krafth is that he is in a long-term relationship with Lina Lundqvist. In November 2019, he became a first time father when Lundqvist gave birth to a baby girl.

Emil Krafth can speak English and Italian in addition to speaking Swedish.

 

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