Markus Rosenberg

Nils Markus Rosenberg (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈmarːkɵs ˇruːsɛnˌbærj]; born 27 September 1982) is a Swedish former footballer who played as a forward. He spent the majority of his career in Allsvenskan club Malmö FF, where he also served as club captain from 2015 to 2019. Rosenberg won 33 caps for the Sweden national team, scoring 6 goals and representing them at the 2006 World Cup, Euro 2008, and Euro 2012.[3][4]

Markus Rosenberg
Personal information
Full name Nils Markus Rosenberg[1]
Date of birth (1982-09-27) 27 September 1982
Place of birth Malmö, Sweden
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1987–2001 Malmö FF
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2005 Malmö FF 52 (8)
2004Halmstads BK (loan) 26 (14)
2005–2007 Ajax 40 (12)
2007–2012 Werder Bremen 123 (40)
2007Werder Bremen II 2 (0)
2010–2011Racing Santander (loan) 33 (9)
2012–2014 West Bromwich Albion 28 (0)
2014–2019 Malmö FF 156 (67)
Total 460 (150)
National team
2002–2004 Sweden U21 9 (3)
2005–2012 Sweden 33 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Rosenberg began his career at hometown club Malmö FF before moving on to other European leagues. He also became top scorer in the Allsvenskan while on loan at Halmstads BK during the 2004 season. Rosenberg has played for big clubs across Europe, including Werder Bremen in the German Bundesliga, Ajax in the Eredivisie and Racing de Santander in La Liga. After returning to Malmö FF in 2014, Rosenberg scored several key goals in the club's UEFA Champions League run and helped the team win the league title. The following year, Rosenberg once again played a pivotal role in securing consecutive group stage qualifications for Malmö FF in the Champions League. He was also involved in winning two more consecutive league titles in 2016 and 2017, as well as advancing past the 2018–19 and 2019–20 UEFA Europa League group stage levels with Malmö.[5]

Club career

Early career

Born in Malmö, Rosenberg began his playing career at Malmö FF at age five. He was successful in the youth team, where he started playing as a right-back before becoming a striker at age 16. He made his debut in 2001 against AIK, but struggled to become a first-team regular with strong competition from Niklas Skoog and Peter Ijeh. When the club purchased strikers Afonso Alves and Igor Sypniewski ahead of the season, Rosenberg opted to go to Halmstads BK on loan in 2004. Playing at Halmstad, he became the top goalscorer of the 2004 season and just missed out on becoming the league champion after Halmstad finished two points behind Malmö. In his last match back in Malmö, he also topped the Royal League 2004–05 scoring list as well as leading Allsvenskan in assists before joining Dutch club Ajax.


Rosenberg joined Ajax at the start of the 2005–06 season for a €5.3 million transfer fee. Manager Danny Blind showed his faith in Rosenberg by immediately inserting him into the starting 11. Rosenberg started well, scoring at his debut against Brøndby in the UEFA Champions League qualifiers and scoring in his Eredivisie debut, against RBC Roosendaal. On 27 September 2005 (his 23rd birthday), Rosenberg scored against Arsenal in a 2–1 loss in the UEFA Champions League. During the season, his performances dropped until Blind decided to play in a 4–4–2 system ,with Rosenberg and Angelos Charisteas as their strikers instead of the 4–3–3 system, with Rosenberg as the only central striker, as was played before.

Under the new system, Ajax were still underachieving in that period, and during the winter break, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar joined them for a €9 million transfer fee. Consequently, Rosenberg was moved from central forward to the left wing in a 4–3–3 the club reverted to. Playing in this line-up for the second half of the season, Ajax performed better and were able to reach the newly born Eredivisie play-offs after finishing in the fifth position in the regular competition. In the play-offs, they defeated Feyenoord and Groningen to claim a spot in the Champions League preliminaries for the following season. Ajax also won the KNVB Cup that season.

When the 2006–07 season began, Rosenberg was no longer a regular first team player, mostly backing-up Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. He scored three goals in two UEFA Cup appearances against Start, but could not take Huntelaar's place as the main striker under new coach Henk ten Cate.

Werder Bremen

On 26 January 2007, Rosenberg moved to Bundesliga club Werder Bremen, playing his first match two days later against Hannover 96.[6] He scored his first goal for Bremen against Bayern Munich in a 1–1 draw on 11 March, with the back of the head. On 8 April, Rosenberg scored a winning goal (also the only goal and second goal for the club) in a 1–0 win over 1. FC Nürnberg in Bremen's fight for the Bundesliga title. On 6 May 2007, Rosenberg scored his first hat-trick for the club in a 4–1 win over Hertha BSC.[7] In the last match of the season, and with Bremen out of the title race after losing to Eintracht Frankfurt 2–1 the previous week, Rosenberg scored twice in a 2–0 win over VfL Wolfsburg on 19 May. Overall, Rosenberg scored 8 goals in 14 starts in his first Bundesliga season, five of them as a substitute, making him the most effective substitute in the league.[8]

Because of his aerial ability and his strength, Rosenberg is considered a dangerous header of the ball, but he is also dangerous when having the ball at his feet. Rosenberg soon became fan favourite and earned a nickname "Rosi". Rosenberg struggled to perform in the league, but proved to be a very efficient goal scorer in both the European and domestic cups. He established himself in the starting and formed a partnership with strikers such as Hugo Almeida and Boubacar Sanogo.

In his second season at Bremen, 2007–08, Rosenberg made 30 appearances and scored 14 goals, making him Bremen's top goalscorer, ahead of Diego with 13 goals. Rosenberg made his debut of the season in a 2–2 draw against VfL Bochum. On 29 September 2007, he scored his first goal of the season in an 8–1 thriller against Arminia Bielefeld, also setting up a goal for Hugo Almeida.[9] In a UEFA Champions League group stage match on 28 November, Rosenberg scored his first Champions League goal for the club in a 3–2 win over Real Madrid, also setting up a goal for Boubacar Sanogo.

In his third season, 2008–09, Rosenberg made 29 appearance and scored 7 goals, finishing as the club's second-highest goalscorer, behind Claudio Pizarro. That season, the club won the DFB-Pokal and reached the UEFA Cup final against Shakhtar Donetsk, but lost 2–1. On 9 August 2008, in the DFB-Pokal, Rosenberg scored four goals and set up Hugo Almeida twice in a 9–3 win over Eintracht Nordhorn. On 16 August, Rosenberg scored a brace on his debut of the season in a 2–2 against Arminia Bielefeld. On 20 September, he scored twice in a 5–2 win over Bayern Munich, marking the first time Bremen defeated Bayern at the Allianz Arena in Munich.[10] In the Champions League group stage on 26 November, Rosenberg set up Almeida to score the second goal in a 2–2 draw against Anorthosis Famagusta. In the last Champions League group stage match, on 9 December, Rosenberg scored the winning goal in a 2–1 victory over Internazionale. However, Werder were eliminated from the group stage and demoted to the UEFA Cup. On 15 March 2009, Rosenberg scored twice in a 4–0 win over VfB Stuttgart.

In his fourth season, 2009–10, Rosenberg made 17 appearance and score 1 goal. He made his season debut in the 0–0 draw against Bayer Leverkusen on 20 September 2009 after being out of action with a knee problems for three months. He was placed on the substitutes' bench for large parts of the season. On 21 November, he scored his first and only goal of the season in a 6–0 win over SC Freiburg. Unable to produce goalscoring form, Rosenberg managed to score in the UEFA Europa League with a scoring a brace in a 4–1 win over Nacional and a 3–1 win over Athletic Bilbao. In March 2010, following a poor performance in the Bundesliga against VfL Bochum, Rosenberg was not included in the squad for the subsequent semi-final match of the DFB-Pokal, against FC Augsburg. He subsequently said to German tabloid Bild, "I wasn't the only one to play badly against Bochum. It is not good that I was immediately removed from the squad. I'm frustrated. Obviously, I'm thinking about what happens in the summer. I'm not here to sit in the stands. I want to play football."[11]

Just prior to the 2010–11 season, Rosenberg stated that he wanted to stay with Bremen after being reportedly unhappy over the contract stall.[12] In the second leg of their play-off round of the UEFA Champions League against Sampdoria on 24 August 2010, with Bremen trailing 0–3 behind, Rosenberg scored in injury time helping Bremen to make it into extra time before Claudio Pizarro scored the decisive goal to reach the group stage of the Champions League.[13]

After returning from loan at Racing de Santander, Rosenberg scored a brace in a 2–0 win over 1. FC Kaiserslautern on the opening day of the 2011–12 Bundesliga season. On 28 April 2012, he scored his last goal for the club in a 3–1 loss against VfL Wolfsburg. On 5 May 2012, he made his last appearance for the club in a 3–2 loss against Schalke 04.[14] At the end of the 2011–12 season, Werder Bremen opted not to extend Rosenberg's contract.[15]

Racing Santander

On 31 August 2010, Rosenberg signed a contract extension which would see him at Bremen until 2012, and he was loaned to Spanish La Liga club Racing de Santander until June 2011.[16] Rosenberg made his debut for Santander in a 1–0 defeat against Valencia on 11 September 2010.[17] On 26 September, he received a red card after a second bookable offence resulting in a one-match ban. On 23 October, he scored his first goal for Santander in a 6–1 defeat to Real Madrid.[18] At the end of season, Rosenberg lead the club's scoring chart at nine goals in the beginning of May.[19] On 23 June 2011, he expressed his wishes to continue to be playing in Europe for a couple of years and then to finish his career at his hometown club, Malmö FF.[20]

West Bromwich Albion

On 7 August 2012, Premier League club West Bromwich Albion announced they had secured Rosenberg on a three-year contract.[21] He wore the number 8 for the 2012–13 season. Rosenberg played 24 Premier League matches for the club during his first season at the club, but failed to score any goals. Having only appeared in four league matches for the 2013–14 season, Rosenberg and the club reached a mutual agreement to terminate his contract on 1 February 2014.[22][23] When he left West Brom, Rosenberg donated all contents in his house to charity.[24]

Return to Malmö FF

On 1 February 2014, Malmö FF confirmed they had agreed on a three-year contract with Rosenberg.[25] On 3 February 2014, the transfer was confirmed after the medical examination had been performed, and Rosenberg subsequently travelled to Bradenton, Florida, where the club was engaged in a pre-season training camp.[26] Rosenberg scored his first league goal after returning to the club on 7 April 2014 in a 3–0 away win against rivals IFK Göteborg.[27] In August 2014, Rosenberg announced his retirement from the Sweden national team in order to fully concentrate on Malmö FF.[28] The following day, he scored a brace as Malmö FF defeated Red Bull Salzburg in a 3–0 win to qualify for the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League. On 1 October 2014, Rosenberg scored both goals in a 2–0 win against Olympiacos, securing Malmö's first win in the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League.[29]

Overall, Rosenberg scored 15 goals and made 14 assists in the league, proving to be a vital part of the team as they defended their league title.[30][31] This was also the first time in Rosenberg's career he won a league title. With 15 league goals and 24 goals in all competitions, 2014 became Rosenberg's most successful season to date in terms of goals. After the successful season, Rosenberg was named Allsvenskan Forward of the Year and Allsvenskan Most Valuable Player of the Year.[32] He was also nominated for Swedish Forward of the Year at Fotbollsgalan.[33]

On 5 August 2015, Rosenberg scored a goal in Malmö's 3–0 return leg win over Red Bull Salzburg in the third qualifying round for the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League. Thanks to an aggregate score of 3–2, Malmö eliminated Salzburg for the second successive season, contributing to Salzburg's run of eight unsuccessful attempts to qualify for the Champions League since being purchased by the Red Bull company in 2005.[34] In their home match on 25 August 2015, Rosenberg scored the first goal as Malmö defeated Celtic 2–0, winning 4–3 on aggregate and thereby qualifying for the Champions League group stage for the second consecutive year.[35]

Malmö FF were unable to follow up their success in European qualifying with a league title in 2015, disappointingly finishing in fifth place. In 2016, the team was able to bounce back and Rosenberg won his second league title with Malmö FF after scoring 8 goals in 22 appearances.

In October 2017, Rosenberg won the league title with Malmö FF three matchdays before the end of the season.[36]

He helped Malmö FF advance past the 2018–19 and 2019–20 UEFA Europa League group stages.[5] In his last ever home game for Malmö FF, Rosenberg scored two goals in a 4–3 Europa League win against Dynamo Kyiv including the game-winning 4–3 goal in the 96th minute.[37]

International career

Rosenberg made his debut for Sweden in a match against South Korea on 22 January 2005. He was chosen for the 2006 FIFA World Cup as well as the UEFA Euro 2008 and the Euro 2012 squad. In total, he made 33 appearances and scored six goals for Sweden before retiring from international duty in August 2014.

In the Euro 2008 qualifier fan attack, Rosenberg was punched in the stomach by Christian Poulsen. Sweden was given a penalty kick as a result of Poulsen's punch, which resulted in a Danish supporter attacking the referee and the match being abandoned, with Sweden being awarded a default victory by UEFA.

Following the Euro 2012, Rosenberg lost his place with the national team. After a successful season in 2014, he was once again eyed by Sweden head coach Erik Hamrén, but chose to declare his retirement from international football to focus on his club career at Malmö FF.[3][4]

Career statistics


Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Malmö FF 2001 Allsvenskan 13100131
2002 11020130
2003 1633220215
2005 1241100135
Total 52863206011
Halmstads BK (loan) 2004 Allsvenskan 2614332917
Total 261433002917
Ajax 2005–06 Eredivisie 311200823914
2006–07 900053143
Total 4012001355317
Werder Bremen 2006–07 Bundesliga 14800148
2007–08 3014311114416
2008–09 297551314713
2009–10 1711063244
2010–11 00001111
2011–12 3310113411
Total 1234010731616453
Werder Bremen II 2006–07 Regionalliga 2020
Total 20000020
Racing Santander (loan) 2010–11 La Liga 33920359
Total 3392000359
West Bromwich Albion 2012–13 Premier League 24030270
2013–14 402060
Total 2805000330
Malmö FF 2014 Allsvenskan 2815421274424
2015 2811421034216
2016 228632811
2017 2470011258
2018 2713621344619
2019 2713101284121
Total 15667219482322599
Career total 46015047229434601206


National teamYearAppsGoals
Sweden 200563

International goals

Scores and results list Sweden's goal tally first.[39]
1.22 January 2005The Home Depot Center, Carson South Korea1–11–1Friendly
2.17 August 2005Ullevi, Gothenburg Czech Republic2–12–1Friendly
3.12 November 2005Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul South Korea2–22–2Friendly
4.6 September 2006Ullevi, Gothenburg Liechtenstein3–13–1UEFA Euro 2008 qualification
5.6 June 2007Råsunda Stadium, Solna Iceland4–05–0UEFA Euro 2008 qualification
6.12 September 2007Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica Montenegro1–12–1Friendly




Werder Bremen

Malmö FF



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