Eddies add Swedish midfielder Erik Zetterberg for 2020

Swedish midfielder Erik Zetterberg is moving to FC Edmonton for the 2020 season.

Zetterberg, 22, came through the youth system at Falkenbergs FF and eventually signed his first professional contract for the senior side in 2015. He featured eight times in the Swedish top division with Falkenbergs.

In 2018, Zetterberg moved to Varvergs BoIS where he featured six times for the Swedish club. He was then sent on loan to Tvååkers IF, where he made eight appearances.

“In Erik, we are bringing in a player with fantastic pedigree,” FC Edmonton coach Jeff Paulus said. “We believe his soccer IQ and his ability in possession will be a big asset for us. He is a technician, who has a great range of passing. He can hit those diagonal balls to get our wingers involved down the flanks and he can link up with our attacking players. He’s a strong physical player, good on both sides of the ball. But his ability to read the game is what really sold us on him.”

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His father, Par Zetterberg, earned 30 caps for the Swedish national team. Zetterberg Sr. featured 61 times with Greek club Olympiacos and 284 times for Belgian giants Anderlecht. He is currently the assistant coach of Anderlecht.

The young midfielder joins Hanson Boakai and Duran Lee as FCE’s three newcomers for the 2020 campaign. Coach Jeff Paulus’ side also has 14 players returning from 2019, including Son Yongchan, Easton Ongaro, Tomi Ameobi, and Ramόn Soria.