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Saturday 22 June 2013

On this day: Sebastian Larsson joins Sunderland

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall the set-piece specialist moving to the Black Cats

  • Sunderland signed Sebastian Larsson from relegated League Cup winners Birmingham

  • Larsson marked his Sunderland debut with a well-taken goal against Liverpool at Anfield

  • The Swede, who earned a reputation as a set-piece specialist, curled in a free-kick vs Stoke

  • Larsson scored seven goals in his first season at the club, including two at Man City

  • He played every match of the 2012/13 League campaign and scored a stunner vs West Ham rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day: 22 June 2011 Sebastian Larsson moves to Sunderland

Sunderland secured the services of out-of-contract Sweden international Sebastian Larsson ahead of the 2011/12 Barclays Premier League campaign.

The 26-year-old had mixed fortunes with previous club Birmingham City in the previous season, winning the 2011 League Cup but also suffering relegation from the top flight. However, he remained in the Premier League as Steve Bruce's Sunderland bolstered their squad.

Sweden international Larsson had been with the Blues for three seasons in the Premier League, scoring 14 goals in 103 appearances, having started his professional career with Arsenal.

The midfielder made an instant impact at Sunderland with a superbly taken goal in the opening match of the season against Liverpool at Anfield.

Larsson scored seven League goals in the 2011/12 season, including a brace in a thrilling 3-3 draw with eventual title winners Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. The Black Cats finished 13th that season.

Larsson featured in all 38 of Sunderland's matches last season as they avoided relegation once more. He scored one League goal, which was a spectacular long range strike against West Ham United at the Stadium of Light.

Larsson has become something of a free-kick specialist during his time in the Premier League too, scoring nine goals from free-kicks since his first top flight campaign with Birmingham City in 2006/07.

Larsson is set to feature for the Black Cats on 24 July when they face Tottenham Hotspur at the Barclays Asia Trophy in Hong Kong.

There are tickets still available for that match, as well as Manchester City v South China, the same day. Click here for more information.

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Key Points

  • looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember the day Sunderland moved for Birmingham's League Cup winning midfielder Sebastian Larsson