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Seb Larsson: My memories of 2011

27 February 2021

On the 10th anniversary of Birmingham City's famous League Cup triumph over Arsenal at Wembley, one of Blues' heroes from the day has been reliving the win in his own words.

Seb Larsson was part of the Birmingham side that helped the club to an unforgettable 2-1 victory under the arch, one which remains among the best moments of his career...

“I can’t believe it’s been 10 years but, as they say, time flies when you’re having fun!

"I still remember it so clearly; I remember the feeling beforehand because it was a special one. I remember the first goal, I remember Arsenal’s goal and how we had to hang on a bit, but of course I also remember Obafemi Martins being there to put it in at the end. We caused a big upset to beat Arsenal and win the Cup. I’ll remember it for life.

“I had a strong feeling that we could do it, especially in the run up. We had a local derby against Villa on the way to the Final, and we were almost down and out against West Ham but managed to turn it around, and that built our belief that anything was possible. Coming up against a team like Arsenal, we knew all the pressure was on them… no-one really gave us a chance. We used to that our advantage, because we didn’t focus too much on the pressure.

“Ben Foster was brilliant that day, and when you’re an underdog in a cup final, you need that. Without him, we’d have gone on to lose the Final that day, and that would have been it. You need you keeper to step up in a big game like that, and he did.


“I remember hearing beforehand that it had been such a long time since Birmingham had lifted a trophy, and so to be part of that is something special. All of a sudden, we’re 10 years down the road and reliving those memories again, so it’s a special feeling. Regardless of what I’ve done before or after that, to be a part of Birmingham City history in that way is special.

“Unfortunately, I had to go straight into doping control after the game, so I remember being sat in there with a bottle of champagne! I wanted to get back to the dressing room, but that was my initial celebration, on my own in the doping control room. We went back up to Birmingham and had a great night together; we just enjoyed ourselves and wanted to enjoy the moment together.

“It’s right up there with the best moments in my career, no doubt about it. It’s the only trophy I won in England. I’ve played for my country and won the league in Sweden, but of course that Final is right up there. Being at Wembley too, it’s such an iconic place to play football, so it’s in the top three moments of my career."

Larsson was speaking exclusively to the EFL.

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