The professional Swedish soccer star, Anthony Elanga, is the only son of his parents, Joseph and Daniella Elanga. Instead, he grew up with two sisters, Sandra and Chanelle.
Anthony followed in his father’s footsteps keeping his family’s football dreams alive. His father, Joseph, is a former Cameroonian soccer player.
In various stages of his life, Anthony has received the support of his family as they are frequently seen cheering up for him on his match days.
Anthony David Junior Elanga started his youth career with IF Elfsborg and Malmo FF in his hometown in 2014.
At 12, Elanga made it into the Manchester United youth academy. His debut for the club came at 15, playing for the under-18s in April 2018.
The winger made his first-team debut with the club in a pre-season friendly against Aston Villa. Moreover, his league debut came on May 11, 2021, against Leicester City.
The 21 year-old was named the 2020 Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year.
Additionally, Anthony has represented Swedish U-17, U-19, U-21, and at senior level.
His senior international debut came in March 2022 against the Czech Republic for the World Cup qualifiers.
The Swedish professional soccer player recently signed a five-year deal with Premier League club Nottingham Forest on July 25, 2023.
Anthony Elanga Parents
Anthony Elanga’s parents Joseph and Daniella Elanga raised him in public housing in Hyllie, Sweden.
His father, Joseph, is a former professional soccer player who started his career in Cameroon in the late 1990s.
Moreover, during his 4-year international career, he won 17 caps for the country and represented Cameroon national team at the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
Later, he moved to Greece and started his European career playing for PAOK, Apollon, Malmo FF, and Brondby.
However, Anthony’s father ended his playing career in 2012 and focused on studying for a UEFA Pro License to become a coach.
Like her husband, Daniella Elanga is originally from Cameron and played women’s soccer for the Cameroon National team.
Most of the time, her husband was out of the county playing soccer; Daniella raised her three children and didn’t compromise their schooling.
His Parents Are His Motivation
At age 4, after the Elanga family moved to Boras, Anthony’s dad Joseph introduced him to the soccer world.
The winger’s parents did not only focus on their son’s sporting career but also vested in his education.
The youngster was not compromised of his schooling when the family moved to England. Anthony attended Hyde High School, one of the top schools in England.
Moreover, his father, Joseph, moved to Denmark without his family to not disrupt Anthony’s progress with Elfsborg.
Thereon, his mother, Daniella, accompanied little Anthony to training and other match events.
Due to Joseph’s absence, Daniella took responsibility for Anthony and his siblings, Sandra and Chanelle.