A member of Sweden's UEFA EURO 2008 squad, Christian Wilhelmsson has remained on the radar of national coach Erik Hamrén despite having spent the past four years playing his club football in the Middle East. An experienced and reliable right-winger, he is set to appear in his fourth major tournament.
• Left Sweden for Norway at 20, joining Stabæk Fotball from Mjällby AIF, and spent the next four seasons in the top flight, always finishing between third and fifth place; he played in the 2002/03 UEFA Cup against RSC Anderlecht and scored the second leg on home soil.
• Duly joined Anderlecht in 2003 and proved a popular acquisition, winning two Eerste Klasse titles in three seasons and competing in three straight UEFA Champions League campaigns, scoring goals against SV Werder Bremen and Valencia CF.
• First capped by Sweden in January 2001, he made one start and three substitute appearances at UEFA EURO 2004, scoring in the penalty shoot-out against the Netherlands; four games at the 2006 FIFA World Cup were followed by a solitary appearance – against Greece – at UEFA EURO 2008.
• Joined FC Nantes in 2006 but stayed for just half a season, spending the next 18 months on loan to three clubs – AS Roma, Bolton Wanderers FC and RC Deportivo La Coruña.
• Ended an unsettled spell in Europe by joining Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal FC, where he became a prominent figure, scoring freely in three seasons before a less successful loan spell at Qatari club Al-Ahli SC in 2011/12.
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