Mikael Antonsson

Antonsson in July 2011

Mikael Antonsson (born 31 May 1981 in Karlskrona, Sweden) is a Swedish football player. The defender, who made his debut in the Swedish national team in 2004, won in Austria and Denmark several national titles. After a long time - among other things because of various injuries and wounds - had only sporadic belongs to country selection, he took eight years after his debut for the first time at a big tournament when he was included in the squad for the 2012 European Championship.


Start your career in Sweden

Antonsson began his career with AIK Sillhövda. Even as a teenager, he made ​​his debut in the A- team of unterklassig antretenden amateur clubs. In 1997, the defender of the Swedish top club IFK Göteborg, where he was though initially used mainly in the youth department. In parallel, he was in several Swedish Junior junior national teams. In the season of 2001 he came to his debut in Allsvenskan. After three brief appearances in his first year as a pro, he debuted in February 2002 in the Swedish U21 national team, as they defeated the Greek junior national team in the debut of new coach Torbjörn Nilsson.

In the following years, Antonsson established in both the junior national team and for his club. As of the 2003 defensive player of one of the permanent employees of the club. In 23 games, he came to the club to use, on the side of Håkan Mild, Jonas Henriksson, Magnus Erling and Mark Martin Ericsson, he finished the season in seventh place. On 22 January 2004, he was rewarded by coach Lars Lagerback with his debut in the national team, as this was subject to the Norwegian national team in Hong Kong with a 0-3 defeat. Later in the year he took part with the youth team at the U-21 European Championship. With the team he finished fourth and played in all five tournament games.

Move abroad

In Austria and Greece

Following the tournament in the summer of 2004 Antonsson left Sweden and went to FK Austria Wien. The two years in Austria were overshadowed by a number of diseases and injuries, so that he was able to complete each less than half of the season games in the two seasons. Coach Frenk Schinkel had to do without its use both in the OFB Cup final in 2005 and 2006, when the team went from place respectively as the winner. When championship win in 2006 he had been employed in the course of the season in only twelve games.

In summer 2006, Antonsson moved on to Greek club Panathinaikos Athens, which was coached by his compatriot Hans Backe, and signed a contract with three years duration. There he met with Mikael Nilsson on another Sweden. During that regularly came into use, Antonsson particular remained after discharge Backes mid-September usually only the role of the substitute score. Therefore, he stayed here also unlucky and returned in the summer of 2007 back to northern Europe.

Heart problems and title wins in Denmark

When Danish first division club and reigning champions FC Copenhagen Antonsson signed a four -year contract. Shortly after the start of the season, he injured his knee. In October of that year he returned to the court and established himself Ståle Solbakken under coach until the end of the season as a regular force. After cardiac arrhythmias, however, he paused again end of the season. End of June 2008, he underwent an operation, therefore, but complained afterwards still have problems. Following the resumption of training in July, he also injured his knee again. In August, he began again with light exercise and underwent a re- examination of his heart, this time with Swedish specialists. The end of September he received the final decision of the treating physicians to be used again and celebrated in the reserve team comeback.

From November active again for the Danish club in the first team, Antonsson denied until the end of the season 19 league matches, contributing to winning the league title. In the following seasons, he remained virtually injury-free. On the side of César Santin, Jesper Grønkjær, William Kvist and his countrymen Oscar Wendt, Johan Wiland and Peter Larsson, he defended in the following season the title against APOEL Nicosia he failed with the team but in the play-off round of the UEFA Champions League 2009/10.

In the season 2010/11 Antonsson ran in 28 league games and was one of the pillars at the third championship win in a row. This time, the team also reached the group stage of the Champions League and reached a second group behind the eventual winners FC Barcelona against Rubin Kazan and Panathinaikos Athens the knockout stage. After a 0-2 home defeat against Chelsea the team was eliminated despite a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge from the competition. Longer term, injury free and with good performances in the Danish Superliga Antonsson was also returned under coach Erik Hamrén in autumn 2010 in the national team when Andreas Granqvist turned out due to injury. The internationals against the Netherlands in the context of qualifying for Euro 2012 and Germany, it remained without use, he celebrated his comeback in March when qualifier against the Moldovan selection. Shortly after the end of the season he was injured again and fell for the final matches of.

Change in the Serie A

Beginning of July 2011 Antonsson moved to Serie A, and signed with FC Bologna. After a brief start-up difficulties, he established himself in the squad and the club was after a coaching change, as Stefano Pioli took over, especially in the second half tribe force of the North Italian Association of Emilia -Romagna. In March slowed him an injury to his thigh that forced him to an almost month-long break. At the end of the season he reached the ninth place in the table with the team on the side of Andrea Raggi, Gaby Mudingayi and Daniele Portanova.

14 May 2012 appointed coach Erik Hamrén Antonsson, who had since his comeback in March of last year denied any further international match in his 23 players full squad for the European Championship in Poland and Ukraine, where he is one of 20 active foreign players.


  • Danish champion: 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Danish Cup winner: 2009
  • Austrian Champion: 2006
  • Austrian Cup winner: 2005, 2006