Relegation, promotion and games on the international stage: FC’s new arrival, Sebastian Andersson has experienced plenty in his career already. With 1. FC Köln, he will head into his second Bundesliga season.
Andersson was born on 15th July 1991 in Ängelholm, Sweden. The forward learned his trade with Helsingborgs IF and Ängelholms FF, and featured in the Allsvenskan for Kalmar FF, Djurgårdens IF and IFK Norrköping. Overall, Andersson made 136 apperances in the Swedish top flight and scored 36 goals whilst adding 12 assists. At both Kalmar and Norrköping, he gained experience in both the Champions League (two games, three goals) and Europa League (10 games, four goals).
In summer 2017, the 1.90m striker made the next step and left his homeland for Germany and 1. FC Kaiserslautern in the 2. Bundesliga. He made 29 appearances and scored 12 goals for Lautern in a difficult season, which saw them relegated to the third tier. While Kaiserslautern dropped down a division, Andersson would remain in the 2. Bundesliga and moved to Union Berlin.
It was a decision which paid off. In the capital, the nine-time Swedish international became the team’s star striker. With another 12 goals, he helped Union to reach the Bundesliga for the first time in the club’s history. In the previous campaign, he played a huge part in keeping the club in the top flight. He scored 12 goals and added three assists, cementing his place as the Köpenicker’s top scorer.
The Swede missed just one game last term, the final game of the season – which was due to a suspension against Fortuna Düsseldorf. Two things stood out alongside his goalscoring ability during his first Bundesliga campaign. His heading and tackling ability. No other Bundesliga player won more headers (260) and no other player won more duels (503) than Andersson.