Marcus Berg: The green killer
Last week, Marcus Berg departed Panathinaikos for Al Ain yet no one can deny that the Swede contributed a lot to the Trifylli. Surely, a player like Berg will be missed by the club’s fans as apart from a natural leader and fan favorite, he was a true asset on the pitch. AGONAsport looks at Berg’s most memorable moments with the Trifylli.
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Marcus Berg joined Panathinaikos in 2013 at a point where his career was in decline, however his talents could not be doubted. Through Panathinaikos, Berg found his old form and immediately adapted to the team’s high demands on both the domestic and international levels. His leadership abilities proved to be a valuable tool for every Panathinaikos coach through the years. He had an immediate impact from his first season in Athens, playing a major role in the club’s Greek Cup conquest which in the end, was the only title he won with the green jersey.
Berg proved to be a goal scoring machine at Panathinaikos; the numbers say it all:
- In 115 league matches, Berg scored 73 goals (0.63 goals per match) a goal in every 135 minutes of play.
- In 19 Cup matches, Berg scored 11 goals (0.58 goals per match) a goal every 1.7 matches.
- In 17 matches in Europe, Berg scored 11 goals (0.65 goals per game) a goal every 1.5 matches. From a total of 95 goals with the club, 72 were scored by shots, 16 by headers, and 7 from the penalty spot.
- Apart from scoring, Berg has given 24 assists during his 4-years at Panathinaikos.
- Against the Big-4, Berg counted 10 goals against PAOK, 3 against Olympiacos, and 3 against AEK.
- His per season averages in his 4 years in the green jersey include 38 matches per season, 24 goals, and 6 assists.
- The 2016-2017 season was the his best at the club climbing to the top of Superleague’s goal scoring charts with 19 goals. He ended up scoring 31 goals from 44 matches in all competitions.
Marcus Berg has been a ‘killer’ in the green jesy in his 4-year spell and has contributed to numerous Panathinaikos’ victories both in Greece and abroad. AGONAsport takes a look at the top 9 moments of Panathinaikos former #9:
Olympiacos - Panathinaikos 0-3
Although Olympiacos had run away with the league title, Panathinaikos recorded a historic away victory against their eternal rivals on March 2, 2014. Berg scored the Prasini’s second goal and gave an assist to Pranjic for the opening goal.
Panathinaikos - Aris 4-1
Six days after the away triumph over Olympiacos, Berg scored his first hat-trick in the green jersey leading Panathinaikos to a 4-1 victory over Aris.
Panathinaikos - OFI 3-0
Great players prove themselves when working under pressure and Berg did just that in the second leg of the Greek Cup semifinals against OFI on April 16, 2014. With Panathinaikos ahead 1-0 (1-1 on aggregate) the match at the Apostolos Nikolaidis stadium was sent to extra time. Berg took over in the extra period scoring 2 goals (a header and a penalty), sending Panathinaikos to the final.
Panathinaikos - PAOK 4-1
Having led Panathinaikos to the Greek Cup final, Berg put on a one-man show against PAOK in the Cup Final to bring the trophy back to Leoforos. His hat-trick was the perfect ending to his first season with the Trifylli.
Panathinaikos - Midtjylland 4-1
The next season, Berg continued where he left off in the Cup Final. With Panathinaikos down 0-1 to Midtjylland in the first leg in Europa League qualifying, the Swede scored 3 goals in 23 minutes to put Panathinaikos ahead 3-1 before adding a fourth in the final minutes, giving Panathinaikos a decisive lead on aggregate from the first match.
Panathinaikos - PAOK 4-3
One can say that Berg had a “soft spot” for PAOK during his reign at Panathinaikos. In the derby against the Dikefalos tou Vora on March 8, 2015, Berg scored his second hat trick against the Thessalonikis and gave one assist for an astonishing 4-3 victory over their rivals.
Panathinaikos - Brondby 3-0
One year after leading Panathinaikos past Midtjylland, Berg scored two goals against Brondby in the Europa League qualifying playoffs, leading his side to a 3-0 victory over the Danes and a ticket to group stages of the competition.
Panathinaikos - Panthrakikos 6-1
On April 17, 2016, Marcus Berg scored an astonishing 5 goals in 38 minutes against Panthrakikos, in a 6-1 victory over the Komotini side. If the Swede was not subbed off he could have very put his name in a closed club of players that have managed to score 6 goals in a single match.
Panathinaikos - Olympiacos 1-0
In his final derby against Olympiacos, it was Marcus Berg who led his side once again to victory, scoring a real beauty in a 1-0 win over the Erythrolefki.