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Top facts about Freddie Ljungberg, Ljungan

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Freddie Ljungberg is basically Arsenal’s David Beckham with his pink hair and underwear modelling. Read on to find out more facts about Freddie Ljungberg.

Karl Fredrik "Freddie" Ljungberg (born 16 April 1977) is a former Swedish professional footballer and manager who played as a winger. He was most recently Arsenal's temporary head coach and assistant coach.

Freddie Ljungberg’s age

is 45.

An important fact about

Freddie Ljungberg

is that he started his career in Halmstad and spent the most of his time at

Arsenal

, where he won two Premier League championships and three FA Cups, scoring in two finals, including the 2002 triumph.

He had brief stints with a variety of teams in England, Scotland, the United States, Japan, and India after leaving Arsenal in 2007.

Ljungberg played for Sweden for a decade, earning 75 appearances and appearing in UEFA Euro 2000, 2004, and 2008, as well as the FIFA World Cups in 2002 and 2006. He captained Sweden from 2006 to UEFA Euro 2008, when he declared his international retirement.

Until 2007, Ljungberg was a Calvin Klein underwear model. He has previously worked with Nike, Procter & Gamble, L'Oréal, Puma, Beats, ESPN, and Pepsi.

Top facts about Freddie Ljungberg:

Ljungberg earned the nickname "Freddie" while playing in England, a moniker he seldom used in his home Sweden. There, he is most widely known by his birth name, Fredrik, while colleagues on the Swedish national team have given him the nickname "Ljungan".

Freddie Ljungberg early life

Ljungberg was born in Vittsjö on April 16, 1977. Regarding

Freddie Ljungberg’s parents

, it should be mentioned that his father was Roy Alve Erling Ljungberg, a civil engineer and company owner, and his mother was Elisabeth Bodil Ljungberg, a Swedish Labor Department employee.

His brother, Karl Oskar Filip Ljungberg was born on September 12, 1984. The Ljungberg family migrated from Vittsjö to Halmstad in 1982.

The feisty five-year-old was first adamant about not relocating. He battled with his parents over his dislike for Halmstad. His parents eventually gave in and moved him to Halmstads BK, where he was a member of the young squad coached by Olle Eriksson.

Speaking about

Freddie Ljungberg’s childhood

, it should be mentioned that he was coached by Eriksson from the age of five to fourteen. Eriksson said the boy was extremely gifted for his age and attentive of other players, adding that Ljungberg would transfer the ball to his buddies in order for them to have an opportunity to score.

He attributes his success to Sócrates, a Brazilian player, and Eriksson, a Swedish footballer. Ljungberg also loved playing ice hockey and had a flair for handball as a child; he was finally called up to the under-15 national handball team, but he chose to concentrate on football.

Ljungberg excelled in both academics and athletics. His högstadium school grades averaged 4.1 on a five-point scale when he graduated ninth grade.

Ljungberg started university at the age of 18 to study computer technology and economics, but he struggled to manage his academic schedule with his physically demanding professional football responsibilities. He eventually dropped out of university to focus on his football career.

Freddie Ljungberg personal life

On June 9, 2014, Ljungberg married long-time girlfriend Natalie Foster, whom he met in 2007, in a ceremony in front of the Natural History Museum.

Foster, the daughter of a business executive, is a supporter of Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal's local rivals. They have two kids together.

Freddie Ljungberg professional career

An important

fact about Freddie Ljungberg

is that he assisted Arsenal to their third straight FA Cup final in the 2002-03 season. He scored the game-winning goal against

Sheffield United

in the semi-finals, and then started the final as Arsenal overcame Southampton. Robert Pires scored the game-winning goal after Ljungberg's blocked shot.

Freddie Ljungberg club career

An important fact about Freddie Ljungberg is that he persuaded Halmstads BK to transfer him from P12 to P14 when he was 12 years old, against Halmstad's regulations at the time.

Halmstad

Ljungberg joined the junior squad under Coach Robert Nordström when he was 14 years old. His dedication paid off, as he was promoted to the senior squad three years later.

Ljungberg made his senior debut against AIK in the Allsvenskan on October 23, 1994. Ljungberg scored his first goal as a professional player in 1995, when he appeared in 31 games. Halmstad won Svenska Cupen in the same year.

Despite injuries, Halmstad won the Allsvenskan in 1997, with Ljungberg scoring and assisted on goals for the team. He made 139 appearances for Halmstad and scored 16 goals during his career with the club.

Ljungberg's fame was rising, with Barcelona, Chelsea, Aston Villa, Parma, and Arsenal all interested in signing him after he won many titles with Halmstad.

Arsenal

Arsenal bought Ljungberg for £3 million in 1998. Arsenal scouts had been studying him for over a year, and Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger took the rare step of approving the purchase after seeing Ljungberg play for Sweden in their triumph over England on television.

Wenger was convinced after seeing Ljungberg's performance against England that he could handle against English opponents, and he signed him soon after.

An important fact about Freddie Ljungberg is that he had an immediate impact after coming in as a substitute against

Manchester United

on September 20, scoring his first goal in a 3–0 victory.

In his debut season, Ljungberg made 21 appearances in all competitions, and 43 in his second (1999-2000). A rib ailment forced him to miss the 2000 UEFA Cup Final.

Arsenal reached the 2001 FA Cup Final at the conclusion of his third season with the club, 2000–01. Arsenal was ahead 1-0 thanks to a Ljungberg goal, but Liverpool scored two late goals to win 2-1.

With the game being the inaugural final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Ljungberg became the first player to score in an FA Cup final outside of England.

In the second half of the 2001–02 season, when Arsenal won their second Premier League and FA Cup double, Ljungberg was at his best. Ljungberg scored in most of Arsenal's remaining games after Robert Pires' knee injury, including a fantastic finish for Arsenal's second goal in the 2–0 FA Cup Final triumph against Chelsea.

Throughout the season, Ljungberg has scored a number of crucial goals for Arsenal. In a game that Arsenal went on to win 3–1, he equalized against Manchester United.

An important fact about Freddie Ljungberg is that he played a key role in Arsenal's 2–1 triumph against Liverpool at Anfield, winning a penalty that was converted by Thierry Henry and then slotting home a lovely finish from a Pires cross.

Three weeks later, he scored a virtually similar goal against

Liverpool

at Highbury, where the match finished in a 1–1 tie.

Ljungberg scored 17 goals in all competitions during the 2001–02 season. He became the first player in 40 years to score in successive FA Cup Finals when he scored in the 2002 FA Cup Final.

Ljungberg also scored his first hat-trick for Arsenal in a 4-0 victory against Sunderland earlier this season. During Arsenal's undefeated Invincibles season in 2003-04, Ljungberg made 30 league appearances.

He scored the game-winning goal against Tottenham Hotspur at Highbury that season. Ljungberg appeared in his fourth FA Cup final the following season (2004–05), coming in as a substitute and scoring one of Arsenal's penalty shootout goals as they overcame Manchester United.

He was most comfortable on either side of midfield as a winger, although he could also play centrally in a 4–5–1 system or as a second striker. Following the departures of Emmanuel Petit and Marc Overmars in the summer of 2000, Ljungberg became a fixture in Arsenal's starting lineup.

He was a key player for Arsenal for numerous seasons, notably being a part of the club's undefeated 49-game run.

He had to deal with frequent pain issues and sometimes severe headaches; in 2005, a prolonged hip ailment led to erroneous suspicions that he had developed cancer. He was found to be suffering from blood poisoning as a result of his huge tattoos.

Despite a prolonged ankle injury, Ljungberg participated in Arsenal's 2–1 Champions League Final loss to Barcelona in Paris on May 17, 2006.

In January 2007, it was reported that Ljungberg was being pushed to quit Arsenal due to a string of ailments that limited his playing time.

"Ljungberg still has a lot to contribute to Arsenal," Arsène Wenger remarked during a

Blackburn Rovers

pre-match news conference on January 13, 2007, emphasizing that Ljungberg would remain at Arsenal until his contract expires in 2009.

Ljungberg returned from a lengthy injury to score a goal thirteen minutes before the conclusion of extra time in an FA Cup encounter against Bolton Wanderers, securing Arsenal a spot in the FA Cup fifth round fixture against Blackburn Rovers.

Ljungberg walked out with an injury in the first half of a game against Tottenham Hotspur on April 21, 2007, and it was his last appearance for the club. Ljungberg was ranked tenth among Arsenal.com's Gunners' Greatest 50 Players in 2008.

West Ham United

An important fact about Freddie Ljungberg is that he signed a four-year deal with

West Ham United

on July 23, 2007, following nine years at Arsenal.

On the opening day of the 2007–08 season, Ljungberg made his West Ham debut in a 2–0 home loss against Manchester City on August 11, a game in which he also served as captain.

Ljungberg scored his first goal for West Ham in a home encounter against Birmingham City on 9 February 2008, putting the Hammers up 1–0, with the game ending 1–1. A month later, in a 2–1 loss against Sunderland, Ljungberg scored what would be his last goal for the club.

Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor broke his ribs after landing on top of him while attempting to vault over him in the last game of the season. Ljungberg missed the balance of the season due to the injury. Ljungberg was reportedly offered £3 million to terminate his contract in May.

Both Ljungberg's representatives, Claes Elefalk, and Scott Duxbury, West Ham's chief executive, promptly refuted this.

Ljungberg announced his retirement from the Swedish national team in June 2008, saying, "I've made the decision to focus solely on my football at West Ham. This is now my top priority."

Ljungberg was nowhere to be seen after the start of training camp. Despite Elefalk's assertions that Ljungberg would return, many assumed that a move was in the works. Days later, Ljungberg decided to only quit his four-year contract after one year for a fee of £6 million.

Following that, Ljungberg stated: "I gave it my all at West Ham and had a great experience there, but this is the greatest option for both of us. Now is the moment for me to think about my football future."

Years without a club

Fans and sports experts alike questioned about Ljungberg's future after his departure from West Ham. Ljungberg was seen in Los Angeles on August 8, fueling rumors of a transfer to the LA Galaxy, which were swiftly debunked.

In reality, Ljungberg traveled to Los Angeles to get a tattoo by Mister Cartoon, a well-known tattoo artist. Elefalk encouraged Ljungberg to meet with Joe Roth, a Hollywood producer and main shareholder in the Major League Soccer expansion club Seattle Sounders FC, when he was in Los Angeles.

Ljungberg met Roth in private but avoided making any hasty judgments. At the same time, there were rumors that Lazio, Milan, Roma, and Fiorentina were all interested in signing Ljungberg.

An important

fact about Freddie Ljungberg

is that he was connected to Portsmouth by the end of August. Ljungberg's agent informed the Swedish press on August 28 that his client was still training at his previous club Halmstads BK but was undecided about his football future.

Ljungberg was connected with

AS Monaco

towards the conclusion of the transfer window. Many thought Ljungberg was done with football when he refused to join Monaco after the transfer window closed.

Ljungberg was seen in New York City during New York Fashion Week in early September. The Daily Star claimed at the time that Ljungberg wanted to be a furniture designer. Ljungberg was later spotted in London with Natalie Imbruglia.

Seattle Sounders

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer stated on October 17, 2008, that Ljungberg may join the Seattle Sounders, a new Major League Soccer team.

The Seattle Sounders formally confirmed Ljungberg as their designated player for the 2009 season on October 28, 2008. Ljungberg earned $10 million over two seasons with the Sounders under the terms of his contract.

Ljungberg's deal ensured that he retained all of the money gained from his private sponsorships, similar to David Beckham's contract and as is the usual for professional sports players in the United States. As a result, Ljungberg was quickly compared to Beckham by Grahame L. Jones of the Los Angeles Times.

 "I believe Eddie Vedder would have a greater chance of having an impact at Seattle than Freddie Ljungberg," Alexi Lalas said.

Lalas acknowledged his initial mistrust following the 2009 regular season, but stated he had changed his opinion. "He's the finest DP signing in my opinion because of his MLS performance."

A notable fact about Freddie Ljungberg is that he revealed in December 2008 that he will have surgery to treat a recurring hip ailment that has troubled him throughout his career. To avoid future damage, surgeons repaired a little torn hip labrum and removed a tiny bit of bone where the hip joins the femur.

Ljungberg was projected to miss 10 to twelve weeks of training and maybe the team's debut game, according to the Seattle Times, but he recovered from his hip injury sooner than planned. Despite not participating in Seattle's preseason in Argentina, Ljungberg performed some light training with IS Halmia.

Ljungberg joined the Sounders in training when they returned to Seattle. Despite his quick recovery, Ljungberg was unable to play in the first game against the New York Red Bulls. In March 28, 2009, he made his debut, coming on as a 61st-minute replacement in a 2–0 win over Real Salt Lake.

A notable fact about Freddie Ljungberg is that he got his first start against

Toronto FC

the following week, scoring his first MLS goal in the process. Ljungberg made his complete debut against Chivas USA in Los Angeles, where they were defeated 2–0.

While some speculated that Fredy Montero and Ljungberg were not on the same page on the field owing to Ljungberg's preseason absence and little practice time together, Coach Sigi Schmid responded: "That is just something that requires time. But they're both good players, and I believe it will be resolved sooner rather than later."

Due to a migraine attack, Ljungberg missed two games against FC Dallas and the Colorado Rapids. He bounced back immediately to face Chivas USA. After Ljungberg missed a penalty attempt in the 31st minute, the Sounders drew their sixth match in a row, this time against the Columbus Crew.

On June 13, 2009, Ljungberg scored his second goal of the season against the San Jose Earthquakes, beating Joe Cannon to the ball and lofting it over him and into the net. Ljungberg's corner kick set up Montero's goal in the 59th minute, giving the Sounders a 2–0 win.

Ljungberg had hamstring soreness after playing D.C. United. Ljungberg dressed for the New York Red Bulls game on June 20, 2009, but was unable to participate due to injury.

A notable fact about Freddie Ljungberg is that he assisted Montero on a 23rd-minute goal against the Colorado Rapids on June 28. He earned a standing ovation when he was substituted off at the conclusion of the game.

During his four-week vacation in July, Ljungberg sat out the US Open Cup match against the Portland Timbers of the United Soccer League. Seattle beat Houston Dynamo after a short Christmas break, a game in which Ljungberg was extensively targeted and fouled.

Despite this, Ljungberg outsmarted his opponents and assisted Patrick Ianni on a goal. As a result, the Bleacher Report named him the match's man of the match.

The Daily Express reported during Ljungberg's 2009 season that he was close to returning to a European club, but Ljungberg promised supporters that he would remain to finish his two-year deal. The Swede also hinted at the possibility of extending his contract beyond 2010.

Ljungberg was named to the MLS All-Star squad in July 2009, with colleague Kasey Keller. Players, coaches, general managers, members of the media, and an online fan voting method are used to choose the All-Star squad.

Ljungberg garnered the most votes from fans, demonstrating his MLS popularity. In their win against

Everton

, Ljungberg was also named captain of the 2009 MLS All-Star Team.

A notable

fact about Freddie Ljungberg

is that he was ineligible to participate in the following Seattle Sounders game after collecting a red card in the previous game. As a consequence, All-Star coach Dominic Kinnear gave Ljungberg a full 90 minutes of playing time.

Ljungberg's eyesight began to deteriorate toward the conclusion of the game. He elected to sit out the penalty kicks because he had lost his eyesight owing to an on-set migraine.

The first five kicks, unfortunately for Ljungberg, ended in a tie. Ljungberg was sent out as the sixth kicker by Kinnear, who did not completely comprehend his situation.

Due of his inability to see, Ljungberg took a gamble and just tapped the ball into the net's center. However, Everton won thanks to Tim Howard's heroics.

Ljungberg was carried off the field on a stretcher shortly after the game. Later, when in Utah, Ljungberg swallowed a tiny quantity of red wine, resulting in his second migraine in as many months. In September of that year, Ljungberg and the Seattle Sounders won the United States Open Cup.

Chicago

On July 30, 2010, Ljungberg was moved to the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer in return for a second-round pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft.

The following Sunday, he made his team debut as a substitute in the club's 3–2 victory against the LA Galaxy.

A notable fact about Freddie Ljungberg is that he made his Fire debut against the New York Red Bulls in a match featuring five designated players. Ljungberg confirmed his departure from the Chicago Fire at the conclusion of the 2010 season, after 15 league appearances.

Celtic

Ljungberg began a week-long trial with Celtic in the Scottish Premier League on December 27, 2010. Ljungberg officially signed a deal with the club on December 30, 2010, after a successful trial.

On 9 January 2011, Ljungberg made his Celtic debut against Berwick Rangers in the Scottish Cup, playing over 60 minutes and assisting his side to a 2–0 win.

Shimizu

Ljungberg joined Shimizu S-Pulse of Japan on September 6, 2011. On February 14, 2012, he departed the club by mutual agreement.

Ljungberg was connected to the Central Coast Mariners in Australia and the Orlando Pirates in South Africa after his release.

In the meanwhile, he became a Premier League ambassador, promoting the league. He also took part in philanthropic activities in Kyiv, including Soccer Aid 2012 and the McDonald's Player Escort Program. Ljungberg announced his retirement from football on August 24, 2012.

Mumbai

A notable fact about Freddie Ljungberg is that he confirmed his return on July 25, 2014, to promote the opening of the Indian Super League. Mumbai City signed him on September 2nd, making him their flagship signing.

He was unable to play in the league's first encounter, a 3–0 loss against Atlético de Kolkata on October 12, due to injury.

Due to severe back difficulties, Ljungberg's return was cut short. He opted to quit his contract after just four games and return to his home in London.

Freddie Ljungberg international career

Ljungberg earned his Sweden national under-21 team debut in 1996. Ljungberg nearly didn't make the Swedish national team because head coach Lars Lagerbäck believed he was too short.

Lagerbäck commented in the 2003 documentary film Fredrik Ljungberg: Up Close: "Of course, at 15 or 16 years old, it's tough to tell (whether or not a player has the potential to be an international player). To be honest, I didn't think he'd ever make it as an international player since he was so little.

We played Denmark in his debut match, and he scored twice, so he quickly persuaded me that he was a fine player, despite his little stature."

A notable fact about Freddie Ljungberg is that he scored twice against Scotland U21 on November 10, 1996. Ljungberg made his senior international debut against the United States in Orlando on January 24, 1998, losing 0–1. In a 3–0 triumph against Denmark in Malmö, he scored his first national team goal.

Ljungberg was a part of the Swedish team in the UEFA Euro 2000 tournament, appearing in all three group stage matches against Belgium, Turkey, and Italy before Sweden was eliminated after the group stage.

Following a strong tackle from Mellberg at an open team exercise before to the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Ljungberg got into a brawl with teammate Olof Mellberg.

Ljungberg shoved Mellberg in front of the international press, and Mellberg retaliated by grasping Ljungberg's jersey top at the neck level, before the two grappled on the ground.

Surprised teammates hastily separated the two of them, and the team practice was immediately canceled to cope with the public relations nightmare. Video footage of the brawl inundated the media and the internet within hours.

Sweden was in Group F, sometimes known as the "Group of Death," which comprised Argentina, England, and Nigeria. Ljungberg was suffering from a hip injury at the time, which kept him out of most of the games.

Despite the pain, Ljungberg found the strength to play against England on June 2, 2002, and Nigeria on June 7, 2002. Senegal defeated Sweden after Sweden advanced from group death.

Sweden qualified for UEFA Euro 2004 in Portugal as one of 16 teams. Ljungberg scored the opening goal in Sweden's 5–0 victory over Bulgaria on June 14. He started the following two matches, which both ended in draws, against Italy and Denmark.

Sweden was in a three-way tie for first place with Italy and Denmark. After Sweden and Denmark tied 2–2, it was decided that Italy would not progress owing to a goal difference. Italy challenged the judgment, claiming that the match was manipulated by both Sweden and Denmark.

Sweden advanced to the next round of the competition, where they will face the

Netherlands

. Ljungberg tried two attempts but failed to score, and the match finished in a 0–0 tie.

To safeguard Ljungberg's damaged foot, team doctor Magnus Forssblad banned him from partaking in full-fledged training between matches before to the finals.

Fluid had built up within his ankle joint, causing his right foot to swell. At Sweden's camp in Bremen, Ljungberg sat out the warm-up games against Finland and Chile.

Despite being encouraged to take a break, Ljungberg persisted on participating in the World Cup in order to assist Sweden win.

Sweden's poor start in the 2006 FIFA World Cup was swiftly forgotten following their triumph against Paraguay. Paraguay almost held out for a scoreless draw until Ljungberg scored in the 89th minute to give Sweden a 1–0 win.

Sweden's third match in the group finished in a 2–2 tie against England. Despite the tie, Sweden advanced to the next round, only to lose 0–2 to Germany, the hosts.

Ljungberg won the Guldbollen trophy for heading in the game-winning goal against Paraguay, which helped Sweden progress to the next round of the World Cup, "I am honored and humbled to receive this award," stated Ljungberg.

"The football year 2006 was one of the most eventful in recent memory. If I were to sum it up, the Champions League final made a lasting impression. That was rather hefty. But the World Cup was the most important event of the year for me."

Ljungberg was named Sweden's captain after the 2006 World Cup. He led the team to victory in eight of the nine UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying matches, including matches against Latvia, Liechtenstein, Spain, Northern Ireland, and Iceland.

Ljungberg scored one goal against Liechtenstein in the qualifications on October 17, 2007, and an assist against

Latvia

four days later. With six victories, Sweden qualified for the European Championship.

Ljungberg broke his ribs just before UEFA Euro 2008, putting his participation in the competition in jeopardy. Ljungberg, on the other hand, was allowed to play in the Euro and did so while wearing a special brace to preserve his recovering ribs.

Ljungberg was allowed to start Sweden's opening match, which concluded in a 2–0 triumph against Greece. Sweden's next match was against Spain, a heavy favorite. Sweden was able to prevent Spain from making significant inroads. Sweden, on the other hand, lost the match 1–2.

Sweden was unable to match with Russia's inexperienced team and lost 0–2. Despite Sweden's early exit from the tournament, Ljungberg was regarded as Sweden's best player during the competition by publications in Sweden, France, Italy, Germany, and Austria.

Ljungberg announced his retirement from the Swedish national team on June 27, 2008, after a ten-year career.

Sweden's early withdrawal from UEFA Euro 2008 prompted the decision. Ljungberg represented Sweden 75 times and scored 14 goals.

Freddie Ljungberg coaching career

Ljungberg said in May 2013 that he would be "renewing his links with the club" by becoming an ambassador, with the goal of raising the club's worldwide profile. He expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to serve as an ambassador.

On July 12, 2016, it was announced that he will be joining the Arsenal Academy as a coach for the under-15s.

Wolfsburg VfL

Following the hiring of Andries Jonker as the new manager of VfL Wolfsburg on February 27, 2017, the club announced that he will be accompanied by Ljungberg and Uwe Speidel later that day. Jonker and his assistants were fired in September 2017 after just six months with the club.

Arsenal

Ljungberg was confirmed as the under-23 coach for Arsenal on June 12, 2018. Ljungberg was promoted to Arsenal's first-team coaching staff on June 5, 2019. Following Unai Emery's firing on November 29, 2019, Ljungberg was named temporary head coach. He said in December 2019 that he was working game by game.

On 1 December, his first match as temporary head coach finished in a 2-2 draw away to

Norwich City

, and eight days later, he won his first and only game, defeating West Ham United 3-1.

After Mikel Arteta was named club head coach, Ljungberg was retained as the first-team assistant coach, despite an interim head coach record of one victory, three draws, and two losses.

Ljungberg announced his departure from his first-team assistant coaching position at Arsenal on August 22, 2020, in order to expand his management experience and pursue new opportunities.

Fredrik Ljungberg social media

Regarding

Fredrik Ljungberg social media

, it should be mentioned that he has an Instagram page (

@freddieljungberg

) with 180k followers. On the page, we can see various pictures of him along with his fans and family.

He also has a Twitter account (

@freddie

) with 311k followers. He often posts new stuff on his Twitter page.

Fredrik Ljungberg body measurements

Speaking about

Fredrik Ljungberg body measurements

, it should be mentioned that the former player is 175cm and 73kg.

Fredrik Ljungberg net worth and salary

Fredrik Ljungberg's net worth

is estimated to be around $1.5 million, according to Wikipedia, Forbes, and Business Insider.

Ljungberg's job as a male model has gotten him as much media attention as his football career. In 2003, he got a deal with Calvin Klein as an underwear model, fronting one of the company's most successful campaigns ever. Women continued to grope Ljungberg at nightclubs as a consequence, which irritated him.

Ljungberg's work as a male model has gotten him more media attention than his football career. He was signed as a Calvin Klein underwear model in 2003, and he fronted one of Calvin Klein's most successful campaigns to date. Ljungberg was a Nike sponsored athlete who appeared in Nike commercials.

He starred in a "Secret Tournament" commercial (branded "Scopion KO") directed by Terry Gilliam in the run-up to the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan, alongside football players such as Ruud van Nistelrooy, Thierry Henry, Ronaldo, Edgar Davids, Fabio Cannavaro, Francesco Totti, Ronaldinho, Luis Figo, and Hidetoshi Nakata, with former player Eric Cantona serving as the tournament "referee”.

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