Top facts about Emil Forsberg, Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic successor

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Here you would go through an engaging ride through some fascinating top facts about Emil Forsberg, Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic successor.

Emil Forsberg is a Swedish professional football player who features for


club RB Leipzig and the Sweden national team in the position of an attacking midfielder.

It is wonderful to suggest that he was granted Guldbollen in 2021 as Sweden's best footballer of the year. Not to mention that he has also been voted the Swedish Midfielder of the Year four times (2016, 2017, 2019 and 2021).

While he was among the Sweden squad that reached the quarter-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, he starred for his national side at UEFA Euro 2016 and 2020 as well.

He is often recognized for his quick, effective passing style, earning popularity for his creative playmaking as well as his ability to create chances and assists.

You might find it interesting to know that football has been in his genes in as much of both his father and his grandfather played for local Swedish club Sundsvall.

So as the heir to his family dynasty, it is no wonder to see him start his career with his hometown team and then join the first-team squad in 2009 when the club was in Sweden's second tier of football, Superettan.

After that he spent four years of his career playing for Sundsvall, he moved to FC Malmo, his country’s biggest football club.

Whereas he had a successful debut season, playing in 28 matches out of 30, scoring five goals for the club, he led them to win the league title. For these great feats, he was honoured to win Allsvenskan Midfielder of the year.

Then in January 2015, he was transferred to


second league side RB Leipzig on a three and a half year deal, with whom he has grabbed some mind-blowing achievements.

Top facts about Emil Forsberg, Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic successor

Come along with us to delve into the Top facts about Emil Forsberg.

Emil Forsberg quick facts


  • Full Name

    : Emil Peter Forsberg

  • Nick Name

    : 'mini-Foppa’

General information

  • Date of Birth

    : October 23, 1991

  • Place of Birth

    : Sundsvall, Sweden

  • Age

    : 30 years old

  • Religion

    : Unknown 

  • Nationality

    : Swedish 

  • Ethnicity

    : White

  • Zodiac Sign

    : Scorpio

Physical status 

  • Height

    : 1.79 meters (5 feet 10 inches)

  • Weight

    : 76 kg (167.5 lbs)

  • Hair Color

    : Light blonde

  • Eye Color

    : Blue 

  • Build

    : Athletic 

Personal information

  • Father

    : Leif Folke Enar Forsberg

  • Mother

    : Anna Forsberg

  • Siblings

    : None 

  • Marital Status

    : Married 

  • Wife

    : Shanga Hussain

  • Kids

    : Florence Forsberg

Football information

  • Profession

    : Football player

  • Position

    : Attacking midfielder

  • Active Year's

    : 2009-present

  • Current team

    : RB Leipzig

  • Jersey Number

    : 10

  • Net Worth

    : €25 million

Emil Forsberg childhood and family

Forsberg was born on October 23, 1991, under Scorpio’s sun sign in Sundsvall, Sweden, as the only child of his mother Anna Forsberg and his father Leif Folke Enar Forsberg.

Coming from an athletic background, Emil Forsberg father and grandfather were both professional footballers back in their days.

Therefore during

Emil Forsberg childhood

, it was no wonder to see him being passionately introduced to the sport, laying his heart and soul to football, while he had already tasted numerous other sports.

Among top facts about Emil Forsberg, it is interesting to saggest that he is the grandson of the former professional footballer who played in the position of left-winger.

Precisely as saying, his grandfather Lennart was born on March 28, 1928, and made his professional debut when he was seventeen years old.

While he went on to score a total number of 14 goals, he featured for the clubs like GIF Sundsvall and Djurgården. But unfortunately, he is not alive anymore and passed away on September 6, 2020.

When it comes to Emil Forsberg father, Leif Folke Enar Forsberg, he was also a professional footballer who featured in the position of a forward.

That is to say, while his father was born on April 15, 1963, his debut football appearance occurred when he was also seventeen years old, while he starred for the clubs like GIF Sundsvall and IFK Göteborg, until he became retired at the age of 38 years old.

It could not be excluded from our

top facts about Emil Forsberg

that his father Leif, represented the Sweden Olympic football team amazingly seven times between 1987 and 1988.

Not to mention that he was a club legend during the 1980s and ’90s, as he had scored 143 goals in more than 400 games, while he netted two goals on the national stage too.

Back to Emil Forsberg, it seems that he initially registered in every sport he got, like tennis,

table tennis

, floorball, ice hockey. But since he played “street sports” with his friends, his passion for football began to form. But ironically, if it was not football, he would be unemployed or be working in his father's fire department.

Emil Forsberg professional career

Hailing from Sundsvall, Sweden, Forsberg began his football profession with his hometown team and went on to join the first-team squad in 2009 at the time that they were playing in


's second tier of football, Superettan.

While he starred in a number of matches for Sundsvall in his first season, in his second season with them, he proved to be a regular starting eleven at Sundsvall, where he played 30 out of 30 matches for the 2010 season.

But it was just in the second season with them that he started to find the back of the net. Likewise, his performance in the 2011 season was that much incredible that with scoring 11 goals in 27 matches, Sundsvall was promoted to Sweden's first tier of football, Allsvenskan.

While in his first season in Allsvenskan, he featured in 21 matches out of 30 and put away 6 goals, Sundsvall ended up being relegated to Superettan once again following that they conceded the relegation play-offs to Halmstads BK.

Afterwards, on 10 December 2012, Forsberg was already in the club of Malmö since he moved to the club on 1 January 2013 with the opening of the transfer window in Sweden. That is to say, he made a four-year contract with them so as to stay there until the end of the 2016 season.

In his first season with them, he earned great success as he featured in 28 matches out of 30 and netted five goals, leading them to win the league title.

He also starred in all matches of the club participation in the qualification stage for the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League and ended up scoring two goals for them too.

With making 29 league appearances as well as scoring 14 goals, he had an influential role in Malmö FF's successful 2014 season as he helped them to defend the league title.

Whereas he contributed in all of the club's matches in the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League campaign, Malmö FF managed to be qualified for the group stage.

In tribute to Forsberg's great feats during the season, he was granted the award for Allsvenskan Midfielder of the year and went on to be nominated for Swedish midfielder of the year at Fotbollsgalan.

Then in January 2015, Forsberg moved to German second league side RB Leipzig as he signed a three and a half year contract with them, whereas, in February 2016, he also promoted his contract until 2021.

While in the 2015–16 season, he was voted the best player in 2. Bundesliga, it was no wonder to see that in January 2016


's eyes had been attracted to him.

As part of the top facts about Emil Forsberg, it is quite just fascinating to suggest that in round three of 2016–17 Bundesliga, he was heralded as the player of the round by Kicker.

At the end of the 2016–17 season, he ended up to be the highest assister in the Bundesliga and top 5 leagues in Europe by bagging 22 assists, so as to earn a spot in the Bundesliga team of the season too.

Then on 13 September 2017, he put away RB Leipzig's first-ever Champions League goal in their first ever match  in a 1–1 draw against Monaco.

Likewise, in the 2019–20 season, with his brace in the stoppage time in a 2–2 draw against Benfica, he secured a spot for RB Leipzig in the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League knockout phase, as they ended up reaching the semi-finals.

Above all, on 4 November 2020, he amazingly put away a goal in a 2–1 triumph over

Paris Saint-Germain

in the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League.

Emil Forsberg international career

On the international stage, while he had already represented the Swedish under-19 team, he debuted for the senior Swedish national team in a 2–1 friendly victory over Moldova on 17 January 2014.

His competitive debut also occurred on 12 October 2014 in a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier against Liechtenstein. He managed to net his first international goal for Sweden in the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying play-offs against Denmark, where he helped Sweden smash the Danes 4-3 on aggregate to become qualified for

Euro 2016


Moreover, Forsberg featured in all three games of Sweden at Euro 2016 while Sweden was eliminated in the group stage.

Among the

top facts about Emil Forsberg

, it is necessary to suggest that in May 2018, while he was among Sweden's 23 man squad for the 2018 FIFA

World Cup

in Russia, on the 3 July 2018, he successfully scored the winner for Sweden in their round of 16 tie match against Switzerland so as to fascinatingly send them into the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time about a quarter of a century.

Likewise, while ha was a member of Sweden's 26-man squad for UEFA

Euro 2020

, he astonishingly managed to put away four goals in the tournament, hitting both the crossbar and the post in the Round of 16 games against Ukraine in Sweden's 2–1 defeat after extra-time.

It is quite mindblowing to note that he has taken the second spot among the legendary players who have scored

The fastest goals in Euro history


That is to say, he found the back of Poland's net when just within the first 84 seconds of Sweden's third UEFA Euro 2020 group stage game so as to even outperform the record of Poland's talisman Robert Lewandowski who scored a goal in 1:40 minutes of Poland 1-1 Portugal (3-5 pens) confront at Euro 2016.

It goes without saying that he has proved to be the only Swedish player to have ever scored four goals in a UEFA European Championship, as he smashed Tomas Brolin's (in 1992) and Henrik Larsson's (in 2004) previous record of three goals.

Emil Forsberg love life


top facts about Emil Forsberg

, it is worth suggesting that aside from his illustrious football career, he is also a lovely family man, as he is a loving husband and a father too.

In case you are curious about his wife, it is very interesting to know that his soulmate is Sanga Hussain who is a former professional footballer too. So they are assumed to be among very few football couples.

Emil and Shanga met each other for the first time in Shanga’s home city of Sundsvall in 2004. Following that they knew each other better, they started dating sometime in 2006.

Afterwards, following the passage of ten years, the lovebirds tied the knot on July 16, 2016, as they took the vows in front of their friend and family, in a wedding ceremony in Sweden in which Hussain was adorned in a V-necked white dress while Forsberg wore a black suit.

Following the passage of two years, in February 2018 the couples welcomed their first baby child, a daughter called Florence Forsberg as they are still having a healthy and strong relationship with each other.

Emil Forsberg wife

When it comes to

Emil Forsberg wife

, she was born on August 16, 1992, under Leo’s sun sign in Sweden. While Shanga Hussain belongs to the Caucasian ethnicity, she is graduated from Hedbergska college.

But what is more interesting is the fact that she is also interested in the sport of football and started it professionally in her early childhood by joining a local club in her hometown.

While she even went on to play for FFV Leipzig and RB Leipzig, she had to quit football in the cope of suffering from a serious knee injury just at the age of 18 years old.

Yet she is still very passionate about football and is a high supporter of Emil, standing beside him ever since they met while they are still utterly besotted with each other.

It might intrigue you that she is a car lover too as she is often splurging over them to the point that she has bought a black Audi R8 and Audi SF 10.

Moreover, the couple is currently living in Leipzig (Germany state of Saxony) with his family and a dog, Roffe, who is a Golden Retriever as they are both pet lovers as well.

Emil Forsberg net worth

If your curiosity has been raised about the amount of money he is making, you have landed on the right path. While in February 2017, Forsberg made a contract with Red Bull Leipzig, it has earned him a whopping salary of 4 Million Euro (3.7 Million Pound) per year.

Following that he has had two successful campaigns in the Bundesliga with Leipzig, it is no wonder to see

Emil Forsberg net worth

be the whooping amount of €25 million since late 2017.

Emil Forsberg social media

In the last part of our top facts about Emil Forsberg, it is notable to suggest that he has activity on online networking platforms.

So, as far as

Emil Forsberg social media

is concerned, one can suggest that with his account of


, he has racked up around 200 thousand followers where he tends to share posts in line with his football profession, his stunning wife as well as his lovely children.


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