Lindelöf playing for Manchester United in 2017
|Full name||Victor Jörgen Nilsson Lindelöf|
|Date of birth||17 July 1994|
|Place of birth||Västerås, Sweden|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:29, 17 January 2021 (UTC)|
? National team caps and goals correct as of 22:12, 17 November 2020 (UTC)
Victor Jörgen Nilsson Lindelöf (Swedish pronunciation: ['ln:dlø:v]; born 17 July 1994) is a Swedish professional footballer who plays as a defender for English Premier League club Manchester United and the Sweden national team. Mainly a centre-back, he can also play as a right-back.
Lindelöf began his career in Sweden at Västerås SK, making his debut in October 2009. In December 2011, he agreed to move to Benfica in Portugal, initially representing the club at youth and B levels. After making his first-team debut in September 2013, he continued to appear for the club at B level, while also winning three Primeira Liga titles. He joined Manchester United in July 2017.
Lindelöf has represented Sweden at under-17, under-19, under-21, and senior levels. He was a member of the under-21 side that won the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship. He made his senior international debut in March 2016 and represented his country at UEFA Euro 2016 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
In October 2009, at the age of 15, Lindelöf made his first-team debut for Västerås SK, when the team beat BK Forward 3-0 in the last round of the 2009 Division 1 Norra season. In the following season, he helped his team advance a step higher in the Swedish league system, as they were promoted to the second highest league. In 2011, he travelled to England to have a trial with Stoke City, but they did not make an offer for him.
On 1 December 2011, Lindelöf agreed to join Portuguese club Benfica in the summer of 2012, and on 8 June 2015, the contract was extended until 2020. In the 2012-13 season, he played for the youth team and won the Portuguese under-19 championship. On 19 October 2013, he debuted for the first-team in a 1-0 Portuguese Cup win against CD Cinfães, playing the full match. In the 2013-14 season, he scored 2 goals in 33 matches for the reserve team. In the 2015-16 season, he returned to the first-team in a 1-0 win against Nacional in the Taça da Liga. On 16 February 2016, he played the entire match for Benfica in a 1-0 home win against Zenit Saint Petersburg in the first leg of UEFA Champions League's round of 16. Four days later, he scored his first goal for Benfica, in a 3-1 Primeira Liga victory at Paços de Ferreira. On 28 May 2017, he played in the Taça de Portugal final, which Benfica won over Vitória de Guimarães (2-1).
On 10 June 2017, Manchester United announced that they had agreed a deal with Benfica to sign Lindelöf for a fee of EUR35 million (with a potential EUR10 million in add-ons), pending the agreement of personal terms and the player passing a medical. Lindelöf passed his medical at the Trafford Training Centre on 14 June, with the Swede signing a four-year contract with the option of an extra year; Manchester United announced that the contract would begin on 1 July.
He made his official debut for the club against Real Madrid in the 2017 UEFA Super Cup; however, it was more than two months before his Premier League debut, brought on during added time against Liverpool on 14 October. Lindelöf scored his first goal for Manchester United on 29 January 2019, scoring their second goal in a 2-2 league draw at home to Burnley.
In September 2019 he signed a new contract until 2024, with the option of a further year.
Although Lindelöf was not named in the final squad for the UEFA European Under-21 Championship, on 15 June 2015 he replaced defender Emil Krafth who was ruled out of the tournament after a back injury. He made his debut in the tournament in the first game against Italy. On 30 June 2015 he successfully converted Sweden's fifth and last penalty against Portugal in a 4-3 penalty shoot-out victory in the final to become European under-21 champion. He was named in the Team of the Tournament.
Lindelöf received his first call up to the senior Sweden squad in March 2016 for friendlies against Turkey and Czech Republic. He debuted for the country in a 2-1 away loss to Turkey on 24 March 2016.
He was selected in Sweden's squad for UEFA Euro 2016 in France, where he started all three of their group games, although Sweden failed to progress to the round of 16. Lindelöf was also selected in Sweden's 35-man provisional squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, but was prevented from participating in the tournament by his club Benfica, who believed that the involvement of their players in the Olympics would harm their chances for the following season.
In May 2018, he was named in Sweden's 23-man squad for the FIFA World Cup in Russia. Lindelöf missed the first game against South Korea due to illness, but was a regular starter in defense alongside fellow central defender Andreas Granqvist for the remainder of the tournament. Lindelöf and Sweden were eliminated in the quarter final against England.
In March 2019, Lindelöf was called up for Sweden's UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Romania and Norway. However, he chose to withdraw from the squad, citing personal reasons, namely the birth of his first child. He was replaced by Anton Tinnerholm.
Following his move to Manchester United in 2017, Lindelöf announced his engagement to his long-time girlfriend Maja Nilsson. They got married at the end of May 2018, in Sweden. In March 2019, their first child was born.
While in his home city in August 2020, Lindelöf witnessed the robbery of a 90-year-old woman by a man on a bicycle; Lindelöf chased the thief on foot and managed to catch him, holding him until the police arrived. The police later thanked Lindelöf for his "quick and wise intervention".
|Club||Season||League||National Cup[a]||League Cup[b]||Europe[c]||Other||Total|
|Västerås SK||2009||Division 1 Norra||1||0||--||--||--||--||1||0|
|2010||Division 1 Norra||9||0||--||--||--||--||9||0|
|2012||Division 1 Norra||13||0||--||--||--||--||13||0|
|Benfica B||2012-13||Segunda Liga||15||0||--||--||--||--||15||0|
|Manchester United||2017-18||Premier League||17||0||3||0||3||0||5||0||1[e]||0||29||0|
|1||10 October 2016||Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden||Bulgaria||3-0||3-0||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2||20 November 2018||Russia||1-0||2-0||2018-19 UEFA Nations League B|
|3||5 September 2019||Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands||Faroe Islands||3-0||4-0||UEFA Euro 2020 qualification|