A reliable, high-energy forward, Johan Elmander has been a Swedish international for a decade but has probably never felt so settled in the team as he does now. He was ever-present in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying and has made an excellent start to a new challenge in Turkey with Galatasaray AŞ following a three-year spell at Bolton Wanderers FC.
• Highly rated in his teens, he had two seasons in the Swedish Allsvenskan with Örgryte IS before moving abroad to join Feyenoord in 2000; underachieved in the Eredivisie but scored on each of his two UEFA Champions League appearances and earned a winners' medal in the UEFA Cup (he was a substitute in the final versus Borussia Dortmund).
• Returned home on loan to Djurgårdens IF and made a big impact in a short time as the club won the domestic double; on course for another Allsvenskan title in 2003 after scoring seven goals in 11 games but departed mid-season for NAC Breda.
• Joined Brøndby IF in 2004 and won the Danish double at the first attempt; he maintained that momentum following a 2006 switch to Toulouse FC, scoring a hat-trick on the final day of the season to beat local rivals FC Girondins de Bordeaux 3-1 and lift his side into third place, which earned a UEFA Champions League qualifying slot.
• Scored four goals for Sweden at the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals and made two substitute appearances for the senior team at the 2006 FIFA World Cup; became more involved during UEFA EURO 2008 qualification, scoring four goals, including one in a 2-0 home win against eventual winners Spain, and went on to make three appearances at the finals.
• Joined Premier League Bolton for €12.6m in 2008 and had two fair-to-middling campaigns before showing his true colours in 2010/11, starting 37 of the 38 matches and scoring ten goals.
• His form brought regular participation for Sweden in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying – albeit with just two goals to his credit, both in a 4-1 win in Moldova – and a free transfer to Galatasaray, who he helped to the Süper Lig title with a dozen efforts in 36 appearances.
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|11.09.2012||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Sweden||2-0||Kazakhstan||85||0||0|
|16.10.2012||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Germany||4-4||Sweden||90||1||0|
|07.06.2013||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Austria||2-1||Sweden||84||1||0|
|06.09.2013||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Republic of Ireland||1-2||Sweden||90||1||0|
|10.09.2013||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Kazakhstan||0-1||Sweden||81||0||0|
|11.10.2013||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Sweden||2-1||Austria||90||0||0|
|15.11.2013||FIFA World Cup||Play-off for Final Tournament||Portugal||1-0||Sweden||88||0||0|
|19.11.2013||FIFA World Cup||Play-off for Final Tournament||Sweden||2-3||Portugal||90||0||0|
|10.08.2014||Danish Super League||Brøndby||1-1||OB||20||0||0|
|17.08.2014||Danish Super League||Brøndby||2-0||SønderjyskE||24||0||0|
|31.08.2014||Danish Super League||Nordsjælland||0-3||Brøndby||80||1||0|
|08.09.2014||UEFA EURO||Qualifying round||Austria||1-1||Sweden||18||0||0|
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