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Michael Borgqvist

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Michael Borgqvist
Personalia
Name Michael Vitalis Borgqvist
Birthday 17. December 1967
Birthplace Stockholm, Sweden
Position Midfielder
Juniors
Years Station
1973–1974 Vårberg/Skärholmens SK
1975–1981 IFK Stockholm
1982 Brinkens IF
1983–1987 AIK
Men
Years Station Games (goals)1
1987–1990 Spårvägens GoIF 81 (7)
1991–1995 AIK 91 (4)
1996 Spårvägens FF 25 (4)
1997–1999 Djurgårdens IF 70 (5)
2000–2003 Assyriska Foreningen 106 (8)
2005 Enköping’s SK
Stages as a trainer
Years Station
2005–2006 Enköping’s SK
2007–2008 Assyriska Foreningen
2010 Hammarby IF
1 Only league games are indicated.

Michael Borgqvist (born 17 December 1967 in Stockholm) is a former Swedish footballer. Following his active career, which was crowned with winning the Swedish championship title, the defensive midfielder moved to the coaching bench.

Career

Player career

Borgqvist started playing football with Vårberg/Skärholmens SK in 1973, but moved to the youth side of IFK Stockholm just two years later. After a short stint with Brinkens IF in the 1982 season, he joined AIK’s youth team in early 1983. There he progressed through the various youth teams and as a junior player moved up to the squad of the adult team competing in the Allsvenskan. Although he did not make any league appearances for the team, his only appearances were in the Stockholm Cup, which he helped win on penalties against Vasalunds IF in 1986, and in the prestigious Nackas minne indoor tournament.

In the summer of 1987, Borgqvist moved to local rivals Spårvägens GoIF. He played for promotion to the second division with the third division side, which they narrowly missed out on as runners-up behind Väsby IK and Motala AIF respectively, before finishing the 1989 season with the team as winners of the northern division, eleven points ahead of second-placed IFK Östersund. He surprised with a fourth-place finish in the Second Division North with the promoted side in the new division. He then returned to AIK. He immediately became a regular for the club alongside Björn Kindlund, Wadym Yevtushenko, Gary Sundgren and Bernt Ljung, appearing in all 18 regular-season matches and the ten games in the championship finals. Under coach Tommy Söderberg, the team also advanced to the championship round in the 1992 season. Although he missed one game in the final round, he was on the pitch in the final 3-2 win over Malmö FF and was able to celebrate winning the Von Rosens Cup as a championship trophy. He continued to be a regular in the following years, but the club slipped down the table

During the 1995 season, Borgqvist lost his regular place, not least because of a sending-off in the match against Halmstads BK. After finishing the season in eighth place, Erik Hamrén took over as coach the following season. After announcing that he no longer wanted to rely on Borgqvist’s services, the latter left the club despite a contract that ran until 1997 and returned to Spårvägens FF, as Spårvägens GoIF was now known. He missed out on promotion to the Allsvenskan with the second division club, finishing third in the table behind Västerås SK and Hammarby IF, but was poached by local rivals Djurgårdens IF. With the club relegated to the second division the previous year, he qualified for the relegation play-offs as second in the table, but Östers IF prevailed. After winning promotion the following year – he was named the club’s player of the year at the end of the 1998 season – he played in the first division[1] – he played in 22 games in the 1999 first division season alongside Lucas Nilsson, Niclas Rasck, Sharbel Touma, Magnus Pehrsson and Stefan Alvén. Despite one goal from him, direct relegation could not be avoided. After Borgqvist’s contract was not renewed, he moved on to Assyriska Föreningen. With his new club he played four years in the Superettan before ending his career at the end of 2003

Coaching career

In 2005, Borqvist replaced Hans Eskilsson as coach at Enköping’s SK. Partly back on the pitch himself, he led the side that had been relegated from the second division the previous year to the promotion round of the six third division champions as Division 2 Norra Svealand winners. There, after a 0-0 draw, he and the club were eliminated by a 2-0 defeat at Umeå FC. This qualified the team for the newly-introduced Division 1, which they went on to dominate in the northern tier, finishing top of the table and gaining promotion to Superettan. Following their successful return to the top flight, the club decided not to renew Borgqvist’s contract.[2]

In August 2007, Borgqvist took over coaching at his former playing station Assyriska FF.[3] By the end of the season, he had led the relegated team to the top of the third division and promoted them to Superettan. For a long time, the team was also in the top group in the Superettan and had a chance of going straight through to the Allsvenskan, but due to a period of weakness at the end of the 2008 season, the club ultimately finished in fourth place, the last place not to be promoted. As a result, the club did not renew the expiring contract and hired Roberth Johansson as his successor.[4]

After almost a year without a club, Borgqvist returned to the bench. First division relegated Hammarby IF secured his services in December 2009 for the 2010 second division season, bringing in former England professional Jesper Blomqvist as his assistant coach.[5] During the season, however, the team only placed in mid-table. After threats against his person by unknown persons, he resigned from his post at the beginning of September.[6]

Individual references

  1. sif.se: “Tack och lycka till “Borken””@1@2Template:Dead link/www.dif.se(page no longer available, search web archives ) Info: Thelink was automatically marked as broken. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (retrieved 6 September 2010)
  2. svenskidrott.se: “Borgqvist lämnar efter två succéår”(Memento of the Originals of 14 December 2009 in the Internet Archive) Info:The archive linkwas inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check original and archive link according to instructions and then remove this notice.@1@2Template:Webachiv/IABot/www.svenskidrott.se (retrieved September 6, 2010)
  3. assyriska.se: “Borgqvist ny tränare i Assyriska”@1@2Template:Dead link/www.assyriska.se(page no longer available, search web archives ) Info: Thelink was automatically marked as broken. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (retrieved 6 September 2010)
  4. dn.se: “Robert Johansson ny tränare i Assyriska” (retrieved 6 September 2010)
  5. sydsvenskan.se: “Ny tränarduo i Hammarby”@1@2Template:Dead link/www.sydsvenskan.se(page no longer available, search web archives ) Info: Thelink was automatically marked as broken. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (retrieved 6 September 2010)
  6. sydsvenskan.se: “Hammarbys tränare slutar efter hot”@1@2Template:Dead link/www.sydsvenskan.se(page no longer available, search web archives ) Info: Thelink was automatically marked as broken. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (retrieved 6 September 2010)

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