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Olof Mellberg


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Brilliant player and a true warrior on the pitch. A club legend and one of the finest to ever wear the claret and blue.

 

Oh to be one of the lucky lads with a “Thanks 4 Your Support” jersey.

 

Thanks for the memories.

 

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An Ode to Olof;

 

"Oh Olof, I love you so,

Oh Olof, why do you have to go?

Oh Olof, when you scored we all cheered,

Oh Olof, it was all down to your beard"

 

R.I.P Olof, you will be missed.. :(

 

I thought he just retired ;)

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An Ode to Olof;

"Oh Olof, I love you so,

Oh Olof, why do you have to go?

Oh Olof, when you scored we all cheered,

Oh Olof, it was all down to your beard"

R.I.P Olof, you will be missed.. :(

I thought he just retired ;)

Ooooooh.

I thought all footballers were shot and turned into cat food once they'd retired, like horses...

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Easily my favourite ever Villa player. Not sure what his plans are but it'd be nice if he goes into management which could then keep alive the romantic hope that we'll be reunited with him again one day.

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As Olof Mellberg prepares to wave farewell to football, we look back at his best memories of playing for Aston Villa.

Who has been your best central defensive partner?

Martin Laursen. When I came here, myself and Alpay started together but first I got injured, then he got injured and then he left for various reasons! So it would probably have to be Martin Laursen and myself, especially at the end of my last season it worked really well. We seemed to complement each other really well. We understood each other quite well too.

Your favourite Villa player?

David Ginola. The most talented rather than anything else would have to be David Ginola. He had everything. Even though he was at the end of his career, he was really fit and strong and great technical ability - and the goals he scored were unbelievable.

I have never seen such a talent. It was a shame he stopped playing because he had a few years in him with the physique he had. He probably wasn’t at the top of his game when he was here but you could definitely see his talent. He had great presence and he was a great character off the pitch as well.

Best game for Villa?

Villa 5 Blues 1. I felt we really dominated that game from the first minute and because of how special those games are, to perform like we did under pressure makes it even better.

Best atmosphere?

Villa 3 Blues 1. I will always remember this last derby game. I wasn’t involved when we won 3-1 at home and Gary Cahill scored that wonder goal. I sat in the stands and you feel the atmosphere in a different way when you’re watching it from the stands.

There is always a great atmosphere at the away games as well. It’s special when you see all the travelling fans.

The fans who go to the away games are really up for it - they sing from the first minute we come out in the warm-up to the very last minute.

Most influential person on your Villa career?

John Gregory. John signed me and if he hadn’t have signed me, I probably wouldn’t be here. He was the one who followed me for quite a long time. He came down to Spain and he watched me with the national team on a few occasions so he was the one who really wanted to sign me. But a lot of players have influenced me as well. When I came to Villa, I got a great start and I really felt welcome.

Favourite Villa goal?

Middlesbrough away in 2007-08. I took the ball down in the box and had a good finish. The one I scored against Manchester United at Old Trafford from a corner was special as well (2002). We got a point from there by drawing 1-1 which doesn’t always happen so it was a good result and special to score in a big game like that. The goal I scored at Arsenal was similar because we got a draw and it was special because it was the first goal at the Emirates.

 

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Easily the most likeable foreign player we've ever had. Maybe Carew would be too, it was a great shame how he left the club.

 

I adore the guy, probably the last player we had with any sense of loyalty. I remember him agreeing to move to Juve (I was happy for him) and we all thought he was going to take it easy for the last 5/6 months. In those 6 months he played out of position at RB, was outstanding and gave us THAT celebration in the 5-1, Mellberg day, and that great gesture with the shirts.

 

I'd love to get him back involved with the club in some way.

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