Daniel Andersson during his playing career
|Full name||Daniel Jerry Andersson|
|Date of birth||28 August 1977|
|Place of birth||Lund, Sweden|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position(s)||Defender / Midfielder|
|Malmö FF (Director of sports)|
|2002-2003||-> Chievo (loan)||12||(0)|
|2003-2004||-> Ancona (loan)||25||(1)|
|2012-2013||Malmö FF (assistant manager)|
|2018||Malmö FF (caretaker)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Daniel Jerry Andersson (Swedish pronunciation: ['d:nl 'ân:d?n]; born 28 August 1977 in Lund) is a Swedish former professional football player who is the director of sports at Malmö FF. He played primarily as a defensive midfielder but could also play as a centre back, which he mostly did later in his career. Andersson played the majority of his career for Malmö FF in two different periods where he also served as team captain between 2006 and 2011, he also had a successful period playing for Serie A club Bari. He also had a long international playing career, playing 74 matches for Sweden. Daniel is part of a prosperous football family as both his father Roy Andersson and brother Patrik Andersson had successful football careers.
Andersson enjoyed big personal success at Bari, being named captain as a foreigner at only 23 years, in his third year. This attracted the interest of Juventus and Fiorentina amongst other clubs, with both clubs putting bids on the table. Andersson was also on his way to Fiorentina, but due to their financial problems the transfer was cancelled in the last minute.
Instead he transferred to Venezia for a fee of 6 million euro, where he had an average season. After that he had short stints with Chievo and Ancona. In 2004, he returned to Malmö FF together with former teammate Yksel Osmanovski.
Daniel Andersson returned to Malmö FF the same year as his brother, Patrik Andersson, who was captain of the team at the time. The return of both Andersson brothers was a contributing factor to the club winning the league the same year. When Patrik retired due to injury problems in 2005 Daniel took over the captaincy and held it until retirement.
After having played as centre midfielder for the majority of his career he took the position as centre back from the start of the 2010 season, where he enjoyed great success consistently being one of the best players in Malmö FF that year. By this change he became the third Andersson family member after his father Roy and brother Patrik to captain Malmö FF from the centre back position. He succeeded so well with the position change that he was nominated for Swedish defender of the year and Allsvenskan player of the year after he led Malmö FF to their 16th Swedish Championship.
On 29 October 2011 Andersson announced that he would focus on his forthcoming coaching career as one of the three assistant managers for Malmö FF but emphasized that he would continue to play for the club when he was needed. On 15 December 2011 Andersson played his last match for Malmö FF as player only in the away match against Austria Vienna in the final fixture of the group stage of the 2011-12 UEFA Europa League. Due to injury problems with the clubs younger defenders Andersson played 16 of 30 matches in the 2012 season, most of these matches were played before the summer break. His last match as a professional player was an away fixture against IF Elfsborg on 12 August 2012. On 16 November Andersson announced the end of his professional playing career to be able to fully focus on his coaching duties.
At Euro 2000, he was a regular starter in Sweden's line-up. As a result of Tobias Linderoth getting injured, he was once again a regular starter at Euro 2008, although the team did not make it into the knockout stages of the competition.
Andersson retired from the national team after the unsuccessful campaign to qualify for the 2010 World Cup, in order to devote his energies to Malmö FF.
Andersson was appointed as one of three new assistant managers at Malmö FF along with Jörgen Pettersson and Simon Hollyhead on 29 October 2011. His focus was primarily on the defensive side of training at first and helping former manager Rikard Norling with picking the starting eleven. On 9 January 2014 Andersson assumed the role of director of sports at the club, taking over the position from Per Ågren who was stepping down.
Daniel Andersson is the son of Roy Andersson and the younger brother of Patrik Andersson, all three of them being some of the most successful players in Malmö FF. A notable fact is also that all three have played centre back and have been team captain of Malmö FF.