Copenhagen swoop for former Sweden defender Mellberg

Tue Jul 9, 2013 5:56pm BST

Sweden's Olof Mellberg (R) celebrates after scoring against England during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match at the Olympic stadium in KIev, June 15, 2012. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

Sweden's Olof Mellberg (R) celebrates after scoring against England during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match at the Olympic stadium in KIev, June 15, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Michael Dalder

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(Reuters) - Former Sweden defender Olof Mellberg has signed a two-year contract with Danish champions FC Copenhagen after leaving Spanish club Villarreal.

"The history of Copenhagen speaks for itself," Mellberg said in a statement, referring to the 10-times league winners.

"I feel I can contribute on the field but I also hope I contribute off it with the experience I have gained from the various clubs I have represented."

Capped 117 times by Sweden, Mellberg has appeared in the finals of six major tournaments including Euro 2012.

Having previously played for Aston Villa, Olympiakos Piraeus and Juventus, the 36-year-old arrives in Copenhagen having won promotion to Spain's top flight with Villarreal last season.

Copenhagen will play in the 2013-14 Champions League.

(Reporting by Philip O'Connor; editing by Tony Jimenez)

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