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Martin Olsson

Published: Thursday 1 March 2012, 15.28CET
Blackburn Rovers FC
Published: Thursday 1 March 2012, 15.28CET

Martin Olsson

Blackburn Rovers FC

A former Swedish Under-21 international, Martin Olsson emerged as the first-choice left-back for the senior national side during the latter stages of the UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying campaign. Also more than capable of playing on the left wing, he has spent his whole career in England with Blackburn Rovers FC, who were relegated from the Premier League in 2012.

• Joined Blackburn in January 2006 after word began to spread of his exceptional talent while he was playing youth football in Sweden for Högaborgs BK.

• Made his Blackburn debut as a substitute in a UEFA Cup second qualifying round tie against Finnish club Myllykosken Pallo-47 in August 2007 – it remains his only outing in UEFA club competition.

• Made only scant appearances in his first two seasons at Blackburn but featured prominently for Sweden's Under-21 side and was a member of the 2009 UEFA European U21 Championship final squad in his native land, playing three times.

• Broke into the Blackburn first team under manager Sam Allardyce in 2009/10 and, when fit, became a fixture in the side at left-back under successor Steve Kean, scoring Premier League goals in vital home wins against Liverpool FC (3-1) and Bolton Wanderers FC (1-0).

• Made a sensational start to his senior international career, scoring twice on his debut – as a 66th-minute substitute – in a 4-2 defeat of Bosnia and Herzegovina on 29 May 2010; he also found the net on his first two competitive starts, in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifiers away to San Marino (5-0) and Finland (2-1).

Last updated: 22/05/12 16.06CET

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