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For two years (from 2004 to 2006) Henrik Larsson played for FC Barcelona. In 59 games for the Azulgrana, the attacker scored 19 times and prepared six hits. Now the son of the goalscorer is making a name for himself at. And it may also play into the field of vision of his father's ex-club.
Because, as the filius of the 104-time Swedish national player is called in honor of the legendary basketball player Michael Jordan, has finally emerged from the shadowy existence of a mere talent - and that of his name.
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Shaped in La Masia
Born at the legendary La Masia youth academy, Jordan Larsson made his first steps in paid football at the clubs for which his father was once active. At the Swedish first division club Högaborgs, father and son even played together in some games.
Via the other stations in Helsingborg (Sweden), Nijmegen (Holland) and Norköpping (Sweden), the attacker finally landed last year at the Russian top club Spartak Moscow, trained by ex-Schalke Domenico Tedesco, where his career really took off.
In the past season, the technically not too savvy, but lightning fast (just like dad!) And with good shooting technique, scored eleven points (7 goals, 4 assists) in 26 games. In the recently started season he even seems to be able to improve these statistics a lot.
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After playing twelve games in the Premier League, Larsson has almost reached last year's values. Six goals and four assists are recorded. Only the Equatorian Christian Noboa (Sochi) has more hits in the Russian league at the moment. In doing so, the 23-year-old is following his words, which he spoke at his presentation in Moscow a year ago, into action. "I always wanted to step out of my father's shadow and be able to say that I'm a good footballer and not just Henrik Larsson's son. I want to make my own name."
He's doing just fine in the Russian capital at the moment. And of course the corresponding rumors cannot fail to appear. Especially since his father is now back at the Nou Camp - as one of the assistants to Barcelona's head coach Ronald Koeman. A rogue who thinks evil.
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Spartak boss with a declaration of war
But also Spartak's club boss, the eccentric Leonid Fedun, seems to know about the mechanisms of the industry. Because if the son of the FC Barcelona assistant coach continues to attract such attention, you don't need to be a clairvoyant to foresee the Blaugrana's interest in the player. But the Catalans would not get the Swedes cheaply. Spartak is not considered a typical sales association in Russia - and with Fedun, who also works for the Lukoil oil company, can build on a stable financial framework.
Correspondingly, the Spartak president also sounds in the direction of Barcelona: "We have a guess what the next big transfer target for FC Barcelona could be. But the player is also very important for us," said Fedun recently (source: marca.com ). And immediately afterwards sent an even clearer announcement, with specific figures: "Bring 100 million euros in to sign him, otherwise you don't even need to contact us."
Of course, FC Barcelona will not take such an amount into their hands for a player who is just getting through his first major station in professional football. But if the development of the player, who after his international debut for Sweden (in January 2018) is now increasingly nominated under the new national coach Janne Andersson, continues in the future, the interest of Blaugrana will inevitably come. Because not only since Henrik Larsson (or later Zlatan Ibrahimovic) did Barcelona know about the qualities of Swedish strikers.
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