OLOF MELLBERG Biography - Theater, Opera and Movie personalities


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Olof Mellberg (born September 3, 1977 in Amneharad, Gullspang) is a Swedish football player and current captain of Aston Villa.Aston Villa.


Mellberg is a strong central defender currently playing club football with Aston Villa. He has also played for Gullspang, Degerfors IF, AIK, and Racing Santander (Spain). Mellberg was a member of the Swedish national team in the World Cup 2002, as well as Euro 2000 and Euro 2004. He has scored 2 goals in 61 caps, as of December 2005.


In 2003 he was selected as best Swedish player of the year, winning Guldbollen.


In 2005 he was named by Manchester City F.C. manager Stuart Pearce as “the best player in England” following a series of outstanding displays under his under fire coach David O’Leary. His aerial presence is second only to Sylvain Distin, while his attacking flair is often overestimated. Although he is still a goal scoring virgin, O’Leary has stuck by his central defender, rushing him forward for set pieces.