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Johan Elmander

Johan Elmander

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.

UEFA honours
UEFA Cup: winner 2002

Last updated: 22/05/12 17.09CET

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General info

  • Name: Johan Elmander
  • Position: Forward
  • Date of birth (Age): 27/05/1981 (33)
  • Country: Sweden
  • Squad number: 11
  • Club: Brøndby ( DEN)

  • Height: 188cm
  • Weight: 85kg

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA Europa League 2014/15

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Cup (Qualifying round)
    10/08/00: Coleraine 1-2 Örgryte
  • National team: UEFA European Under-16 Championship (Qualifying round)
    26/10/97: Sweden 2-2 Lithuania

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

TeamPGS
Sweden256
Sweden U-212410
Sweden U-1830
Sweden U-1660
Total5816

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
ClubPGS
Brøndby42
Toulouse20
Galatasaray60
Feyenoord22
Total144
UEFA Europa League
ClubPGS
Feyenoord70
Djurgården42
Örgryte40
Toulouse41
NAC20
Brøndby51
Total264
Last updated: 09/09/2014 01:35 CET
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