Niklas Bärkroth

Niklas Bärkroth
Niklas Bärkroth
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Personal information
Full name Niklas Bärkroth
Date of birth 19 January 1992 (1992-01-19) (age 19)
Place of birth Gothenburg, Sweden
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Striker / Winger
Club information
Current club IFK Göteborg
Number 21
Youth career
1998–2006 Balltorp
2006–2007 IFK Göteborg
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007– IFK Göteborg 51 (4)
2011 Brommapojkarna (loan) 11 (6)
National team
2007–2009 Sweden U17 12 (4)
2010– Sweden U19 8 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 May 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 June 2010

Niklas Bärkroth (also written as Nicklas; born 19 January 1992 in Gothenburg) is a Swedish footballer who plays as a striker for IFK Göteborg. He joined IFK Göteborg in 2007 after having played for the local team Balltorps FF.

He became the youngest person ever to play in the highest Swedish football league, Allsvenskan, being 15 years, seven months and 14 days old when he started in IFK Göteborg's match against IF Brommapojkarna on 2 September 2007. The record was previously held by Peter Dahlqvist, who was 15 years, nine months and five days when he made his debut for Örgryte IS in 1971 against IFK Norrköping, these are the only two 15-year-olds ever to play in the history of Allsvenskan.[1]

His father, Robert Bengtsson-Bärkroth, played 239 matches in Allsvenskan with Västra Frölunda IF and Örgryte IS.[2] On 23 July 2008 he made his UEFA Champions League debut[3] and scored 2 goals in IFK's 4–0 win against S.S. Murata in the second leg of the first qualifying round, coming on as a substitute at half time.[4] It has been speculated in recent weeks, that English Championship clubs, Nottingham Forest and Barnsley are interested in the player. He is also one of the youngest two players to score in a UEFA competition.