A powerhouse at the back for Sweden since his made his international debut in 2000, Euro 2012 will be his sixth senior international tournament of his illustrious career.
There was a moment in his youth when Mellberg toyed with following in the footsteps of Swedish sporting icon Bjorn Borg and committing his future to tennis, but he was persuaded to become a footballer and made his name with Degerfors in his homeland.
Impressive displays ensured he quickly become a prized asset and after shooting to prominence with AIK in Stockholm, he moved to Spain with Racing Santander before settling into the most stable period of his career with Aston Villa in England. He left as a Villa Park hero, giving every fan that watched his final game a shirt by way of thanks for the support they had given him.
Spells with Juventus and now in Greece with Olympiacos have helped to extend this the international career of this cultured centre-back and after playing in five Euro 2012 qualifiers, he heads into another major tournament as a key man for coach Erik Hamren. More importantly than all of that, Mellberg is one of the game’s good guys.