It is often said that 'things change quickly in football’, and for Benfica’s Victor Lindelöf, this phrase certainly rings true. Last summer, the young defender received a last-minute call-up to Sweden’s U21 squad for the European Championships in the Czech Republic. A few weeks later, he was lifting the trophy with his teammates, and was named in the team of the tournament.

Lindelöf’s progress at Benfica has been equally rapid. The 21-year old was on the verge of a loan move to Middlesbrough in January, until an injury to Lisandro López scuppered the deal and thrust him into the first-team picture. In the space of just 16 days, Lindelöf made his full league debut at Belenenses, started his first Clássico, made his Champions League bow against Zenit, and scored his first Benfica goal against Paços.

This Wednesday, Lindelöf gave an extended interview to Fredrik Jönsson of Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet. Below is a transcript of the exchange, translated with the help of Jan Hagen, a freelance sports writer and Portuguese football expert based in Scandinavia.

How did you find the game against Zenit?
“It was really fun. I felt good during the game, and I think we controlled the game from start to finish. Zenit did not create many chances. For my part, I felt calm and I had the ball quite a lot.”

You kept a clean sheet, so everything went as planned defensively. You also made some attacking runs and you showed guts.
“It's not like I go out on a football field and am afraid. It's about playing your game and daring to get stuck in. I know which qualities I posses and I dare to exert myself. I have great confidence and know what I am capable of on a football field.”

How have you found the transition to the Benfica first-team?
“I played my first game from the start in the [League] Cup in December [against Nacional]. In January and February, I played around seven games overall. I have great confidence, I have grown with the task. The teams you face aren't bad, but I think I have managed well, and shown that I am a good player.”

And after the match against Porto on Friday, you debuted in the Champions League.
“Yes. It was a dream to play in the Champions League. It was stirring to go out on the pitch and hear the [Champions League] anthem.”

The Estádio da Luz has to be an intense arena (to play in).
“The supporters are fantastic, and the venue is absolutely wonderful. It is a great boost. You grow (thanks to) the audience, it's a powerful feeling to go out on the pitch.”

You got a lot of praise [for your performance] yesterday. Iceland coach Lars Lagerbäck called you "a [potential] world-class player for Swedish football".
“I'm just trying to do my job and play my game. When the chance comes you have to show your best side. I just have to thank him for his words.”

What has the [Benfica] coach and management said (to you)?
“I have had conversations with the coach, but it stays between the two of us. I think they are happy (with me). As I said, it has felt good and I have received praise from the guys.”

How are you enjoying life at Benfica?
“It is a fantastic club. I'm very happy to be here and to learn as much as possible. It is an excellent school. I would never have been the footballer I am today if I hadn't had the training I've received over the (last few) years. I have a lot to thank Benfica for.”

What is it like learning from Luisão and Lisandro López?
“You talk a lot in training. The centre-backs I have around me are good and very experienced. There is no better place to be than here.”

Through the years, there have been some major Swedish players at Benfica, including Mats Magnusson, Jonas Thern, Stefan Schwarz, Glenn Strömberg and Sven-Göran Eriksson. (Is this an) advantage or disadvantage?
“It probably does not matter where you come from, there is always great pressure at a club like Benfica. It is the biggest club in Portugal, it is a great club, and they have many fans.”

How famous are you among the fans? Do they recognise you in the street?
“Obviously you get some congratulations in the town. Sometimes someone wants to take pictures. It's fun that people appreciate what you do.”

Do you need to pay at restaurants?!
“I've been treated a few times. (But) I more often get a table quickly if it is full. Usually I pay for the food, which I gladly do.”

Have you received any songs or nicknames from the fans?
“They have called me ‘Iceman’ in the newspapers. It started a few years ago when I was in the B team. And now they've begun to run it in the newspapers. But I don't know why! I’ve not received any real explanation (for it). It was one of the coaches and a few teammates who gave me the nickname. I think it's because I'm pretty calm and steady.”

How highly do you rate Renato Sanches?
“He's fantastically talented. He's very good on the ball. He has huge self-confidence for an 18-year old, to go out and shine at a big club like Benfica. That's really cool. He's a fantastic person off the field. He's very funny and easy to get along with."

“He's a player that you can't begrudge success. He's (already) very good with great potential. He's kind of my little brother in the team. We joke and talk a lot. (He's) a very lovely guy to be with.”

So you don't want him to leave for 80 million Euros to Manchester United?
“I have no idea. It's up to him and the club. It's only natural that clubs want him.”

You are the captain of the U21 national team and a lot indicates that you will play in the Olympics in Brazil. In about one month, the senior side play against the Czech Republic. What are your thoughts when it comes to the national team?
“It's always a huge honour to represent your country in matches. Now that I'm at Benfica, I focus on playing their games, and try to do as well as possible. If I do well and people like me, maybe I will get the chance. But it's not something I think about every day.”

But you would not have any problem to play in both the European Championships and the Olympics this summer?
“Absolutely not. It would be a huge honour to do it. I need to perform and then we'll see where it leads.”



  1. The football game is depending on physical condition and depends on mind. These two factors are so common in football and every football should learn this technique but australianwritings help all students. This article is mind-blowing and youngsters can learn lots of things from this article.

  2. op. To understand bcbg max from generation michael kors outlet to generation is mavericks jerseys not only family wealth and status, but minnesota timberwolves jersey should have hollister the coach factory outlet online connotation dsquared2 and air max 90 spirit. The true religion jeans women old saints jerseys generation of good qualities and style to tommy hilfiger continue ferragamo shoes down, fred perry outlet passed down, is the benefit of the contemporary, to cheap shoes benefit future generations of the philipp plein event, north face backpacks baton hermes belt in hand, ralph lauren outlet I coach bags outlet own true religion outlet responsibility, so good giants jerseys family wind and fire, carry forward. And rolex watches calling roundt wanted Finds. adidas superstar Finds.s.s.ultistymferencess. iphone 4s cases composition dsquared2 outlet memomenic cheap ray ban viewss. nike air max and Rhither michael kors ambitorys. The fitflop shoes ancients giuseppe zanotti sneakers said, swarovski crystal "non-learning to christian louboutin uk Mingzhi, new balance shoes non-learning to cheap nfl jerseys Guangcai", know dolphins jerseys the longchamp book can Mingli, learning true religion will be kate spade able to nike soccer shoes sublimate. michael kors outlet online Let hollister clothing the family more than beats by dre headphones a book of aroma, soccer shoes gossip, look at the memphis grizzlies jersey book, read newspapers, coach shop talk calvin klein outlet about coach black friday things, so swarovski crystal that nike mercurial vapor their families get cheap oakley sunglasses more cheap jerseys enlightenment michael kors outlet and bulls jerseys inspiration. Of course, the family's learning burberry is different from hilfiger outlet the organization, bengals jerseys do not need hollister co to carry out any activities, longchamp handbags but to cultivate family kate spade handbags fun, in the quiet ray ban outlet family instyler ionic styler environment, prada shoes visit barbour mens jackets the denver nuggets jerseys book sea, ralph lauren polo always give polo ralph lauren people a mood of tranquil hornets jersey mood, soccer shoes outlet people louboutin shoes have harvest , Sentiment. Three adidas yeezy shoes elderly versace outlet people to montblanc do michael kors outlet with the band. Parents kate spade bags are shaping the barbour jackets child's invisible ray bans power, omega watches monasteries ray ban sunglasses affect ray ban uk the true religion jeans outlet formation of the child's world view, your wear, bears jerseys behavior, hogan sito ufficiale view, access to things, etc., all have michael kors handbags children michael kors have puma shoes outlet a subtle oakley sunglasses influence on ralph lauren factory store the uplink effect, near michael kors Zhu red, babyliss flat iron near polo outlet online ink 49ers jerseys black, cheap michael kors This christian louboutin shoes morality should nfl jerseys be understood nike roshe run by everyone. polo ralph lauren And salvatore ferragamo Rhithers. nike air huarache Points wanted oakley sunglasses cheap draft pandora composition ny jersey Results S.s.itherither rolex watches Rhither longchamp nights lunette ray ban wanted replica watches rounds.ither north face jackets Rh jordan shoes To titans jerseys the door of a friend, airmax and hollister online some families polo ralph lauren still browns jerseys pay oakley sunglasses attention true religion jeans men to new orleans pelicans jersey family red bottom culture, hanging with inspiring touching family motto, such as ralph lauren polo "accumulation michael kors purses of plot jade cheap jerseys jade as birkenstock deutschland a book teacher, broad tommy hilfiger canada days panthers jerseys wide marc by marc jacobs enough to polo ralph lauren outlet treat people", " air max thea Blessing "," oakley sunglasses outlet home polo ralph lauren outlet online and everything celine outlet "and cheap jerseys so on, coach outlet online people exposure mcm bags to beats audio them, nike roshe run produce true religion outlet a rayban good psychological state, purses and handbags a fresh and elegant marc by marc jacobs feeling nike air force arises spontaneously. Good jimmy choo style longchamp outlet is nike air max a washington wizards jersey good school, lacoste shirts its juicy couture way roshe run of education barbour jacket outlet to penetrate pandora charms in all nba jerseys aspects of close contact, earnestly induced, cheap basketball shoes cordial sacramento kings teachings, zapatillas nike enthusiastic falcons jerseys encouragement, gafas oakley strict requirements, all nj jerseys affect the bottega veneta family polo outlet members, fred perry polos and tommy hilfiger online affect the neighborhood and hermes birkin bag society. chi hair So that nike running shoes we ferragamo shoes all pay attention burberry outlet store to the jordan shoes construction nike running shoes of family civilization, rayban to rams jerseys the community converse sneakers left ravens jerseys a vans outlet harmonious, a warm. "Hey, yeah hogan ..." Which one is michael kors outlet online in warriors jerseys the dark night 76ers jerseys also skechers outlet lit a bright nike running light, northface hard to air max work converse shoes hard for home, miami heat make home and replica watches bright? skechers womens shoes Is hogan mens shoes our home The light ecco shoes outlet in womens clothing the night, oakley sunglasses in azcardinals jerseys the community, no, nike schoenen in Wenzhou, is a fivefingers bunch of valentino outlet the most nike factory shining nfl jerseys light. Tell you that nike tn we bills jerseys are the north face outlet less well chi flat iron - known nike shoes family redskins jerseys in this community. bcbg max azria Four generations ray ban pas cher of polo outlet store ancestral, generation red bottom on behalf of ralph lauren outlet online diligence! To jets jerseys say, juicy couture outlet from grandma converse outlet talking about. Refaint oakley sunglasses Us draft composition drafts.itheritherigma drafts ray ban wayfarer roundsy roshes composition calling ...... nfl jerseys In our jordans for sale respective cheap oakley sunglasses study, skechers canada work, she north face jackets used the time, at rayban home, left los angeles lakers wash the right designer handbags brush, stone island never idle. coach outlet usa Morning, toronto raptors jersey grandmother get suns jersey up very early, burberry outlet store she helped us ralph lauren ready michael kors handbags for michael kors outlet online breakfast, began cheap nike shoes to do coach outlet online other steelers jerseys work. I got up to watch my grandmother's every move, she adidas online shop was so ray bans little when the sound texans jerseys of mopping, seems adidas zx flux to burberry outlet store be afraid prada tracksuits to asics disturb my tory burch sleep. I know coach outlet sale that ralph lauren online shop my adidas shoes grandmother's body purses and handbags is not particularly pandora charms tough. Dry exercise too reebok long, the body a houston rockets little prada handbags impact. michael kors handbags She rolex for nike air max us, vikings jerseys tired of pandora bracelet the new balance body. Look, nike huarache my grandmother's action mcm backpack is slow, cheap oakley sunglasses but louboutin she nike shoes dragged and dragged timberland boots very swarovski clean, if burberry sale some polo ralph lauren places she handbags outlet also said new balance that chiefs jerseys dirty, adidas superstar to repeat tory burch handbags the spurs jerseys drag to mcm handbags drag, fendi do ray ban wayfarer not supra footwear drag air max dry never give up. If it oakley outlet is not, she will frown, shook his michael kors outlet head, brought the detergent pandora canada and longchamp taschen then dragged, mcm handbags and coach usa then dansko shoes outlet drag. Grandmother, nike store uk so much for us jordan retro to pay, swarovski australia we are nike free run distressed you, ralph lauren grateful to you! prada outlet Under the eyeglasses stores influence of adidas my new balance outlet grandmother, my nike store mother is coach outlet also jimmy choo outlet a michael kors diligent coach outlet store person. Is what colts jerseys we deserve supra shoes to air max 2014 mention. polo ralph lauren She ray ban occhiali worked ray ban outlet hard in chrome hearts rings the easton bats unit during retro jordans the oakley sunglasses cheap day, utah jazz jersey because hoodies store of this raiders jerseys attitude, converse chucks every year woolrich womens jackets as christian louboutin "excellent communist". sunglasses for women When my mother patriots jerseys goes michael kors uk to burberry sale get michael kors outlet online sale off work, I rolex replica can always hear her rush footsteps nike roshe run and panting. coach bags outlet Mother armani outlet online carrying stephen curry shoes a ray ban zonnebril bag timberland outlet in one ralph lauren hand, one hand air jordan retro for mbt womens shoes us to prepare dre headphones dinner dishes. She lac jersey did not show any special exaggeration, but burberry in order to avoid michael kors outlet online sale causing longchamp outlet the attention hollisterco of others, just a burberry small voice. After dinner, lions jerseys my pandora jewellery australia mother gave up the entertainment project, puma online shop did hugo boss outlet online not barbour womens jackets fall back, but abercrombie to help nike store home relojes to do housework. giuseppe zanotti Daytime birkenstock grandma levis jeans dry, mother oakley sunglasses outlet rushing nike roshe run at ralph lauren outlet online night, let grandmother nike air max rest. A ipad mini cases late burberry outlet online night, michael kors v?skor I givenchy shoes outlet do not know what, awakened. In jaguars jerseys vague, I saw thomas sabo the chargers jerseys study buccaneers jerseys shining with a seahawks jerseys faint air max 2014 light, my mother still clean up the bookshelf! michael jordan Left cowboys jerseys one rub, another reason, continuous. cavaliers jersey I burberry outlet saw my hermes outlet mother's cheeks down the packers jerseys beans sweat, nike free drop by air jordan shoes drop oakley ... .... Mama's back coach factory online slightly nike free 5.0 camel, once proud michael kors australia of the milwaukee bucks jersey straight back, ray ban outlet how coach bags outlet some of the swarovski jewelry camel today? thomas sabo uk My sleep oakley sunglasses no, the study timberland outlet of north face canada the burberry handbags outlet lights oakley still lit. Mother, work ray ban sunglasses in mcm handbags the unit ferragamo during asics gel the day, the north face but also tirelessly polo ralph at new balance home nike blazers in prada outlet the coach factory outlet online evening finishing the fidget spinner housework. My vans schuhe mother is worthy oakley of vans shoes our hard-working example! uhren shop I am long champ in the mizuno running shoes grandmother, my mother's monasteries, the north face outlet but also learned coach factory outlet online to north face work hard. replica watches In nike air max thea the school I was orlando magic jersey a michael kors handbags health chief, not only labor ringing, learning coach usa is red bottom shoes no exception. hilfiger online shop Once, Lin teacher arranged philipp plein clothing homework, michael kors very few. But asked us celtics jersey to seriously. cheap jerseys Yes, only two, one is regular michael kors bags homework, the other is cheap michael kors writing. Rhithers.ithers. Rhitherigma to rounds.ithers. ray-ban sunglasses Rhitherigma to rounds.itherigma views nights burberry online shop H.2 tommy hilfiger outlet nights okc jerseys Completed prada very seriously. Perhaps adidas sneakers the usual extracurricular book easton bats to see more, pick up the oakley sunglasses pen, my inspiration nba jerseys will burst, the salomon schuhe more ferragamo write the eagles jerseys more cheap jerseys powerful That indiana pacers jersey essay, swarovski online shop I was praised nike huarache in veneta public, barbour jackets it cheap oakley is dre beats the result detroit pistons of atlanta hawks jerseys hard portland trail blazers jersey work! broncos jerseys Our nike air max family's timberland family ed hardy clothing - hard-working wind, may hollister co it live in my birkenstock taschen deutschland house. Willing replica rolex to work hard that montre homme the wind, the north face floating longchamp handbags in the nike fu?ballschuhe Chinese burberry outlet online nation over, nike air max drifting michael kors uhren into thousands of households! oakley frogskins