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Martin Olsson

Martin Olsson

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

Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 23/06/2016 01:07 CET
04.09.2014Friendlies 2014-16Final tournament - Group stageSwedenSweden2-0EstoniaEstonia7700
08.09.2014UEFA EUROQualifying roundAustriaAustria1-1SwedenSweden9000
09.10.2014UEFA EUROQualifying roundSwedenSweden1-1RussiaRussia9000
12.10.2014UEFA EUROQualifying roundSwedenSweden2-0LiechtensteinLiechtenstein9000
27.03.2015UEFA EUROQualifying roundMoldovaMoldova0-2SwedenSweden9000
05.09.2015UEFA EUROQualifying roundRussiaRussia1-0SwedenSweden9000
08.09.2015UEFA EUROQualifying roundSwedenSweden1-4AustriaAustria8200
12.09.2015English Premier LeagueNorwichNorwich3-1BournemouthBournemouth1700
23.09.2015English League CupThird roundNorwichNorwich3-0West BromWest Brom9000
26.09.2015English Premier LeagueWest HamWest Ham2-2NorwichNorwich9000
09.10.2015UEFA EUROQualifying roundLiechtensteinLiechtenstein0-2SwedenSweden9000
12.10.2015UEFA EUROQualifying roundSwedenSweden2-0MoldovaMoldova9000
18.10.2015English Premier LeagueNewcastleNewcastle6-2NorwichNorwich8402
27.10.2015English League CupFourth roundEvertonEverton1-1
31.10.2015English Premier LeagueMan. CityMan. City2-1NorwichNorwich9000
07.11.2015English Premier LeagueNorwichNorwich1-0SwanseaSwansea9000
14.11.2015UEFA EUROPlay-off for Final TournamentSwedenSweden2-1DenmarkDenmark9000
17.11.2015UEFA EUROPlay-off for Final TournamentDenmarkDenmark2-2SwedenSweden400
21.11.2015English Premier LeagueChelseaChelsea1-0NorwichNorwich9000
29.11.2015English Premier LeagueNorwichNorwich1-1ArsenalArsenal9000
05.12.2015English Premier LeagueWatfordWatford2-0NorwichNorwich9000
12.12.2015English Premier LeagueNorwichNorwich1-1EvertonEverton9000
19.12.2015English Premier LeagueMan. UnitedMan. United1-2NorwichNorwich9000
26.12.2015English Premier LeagueTottenhamTottenham3-0NorwichNorwich9000
02.01.2016English Premier LeagueNorwichNorwich1-0SouthamptonSouthampton800
09.01.2016English FA CupThird roundNorwichNorwich0-3Man. CityMan. City9000
23.01.2016English Premier LeagueNorwichNorwich4-5LiverpoolLiverpool000
02.02.2016English Premier LeagueNorwichNorwich0-3TottenhamTottenham9000
13.02.2016English Premier LeagueNorwichNorwich2-2West HamWest Ham1400
12.03.2016English Premier LeagueNorwichNorwich0-0Man. CityMan. City9000
19.03.2016English Premier LeagueWest BromWest Brom0-1NorwichNorwich9000
29.03.2016Friendlies 2014-16Final tournament - Group stageSwedenSweden1-1Czech RepublicCzech Republic9001
02.04.2016English Premier LeagueNorwichNorwich3-2NewcastleNewcastle9010
09.04.2016English Premier LeagueCrystal PalaceCrystal Palace1-0NorwichNorwich9000
16.04.2016English Premier LeagueNorwichNorwich0-3SunderlandSunderland9000
30.04.2016English Premier LeagueArsenalArsenal1-0NorwichNorwich9000
07.05.2016English Premier LeagueNorwichNorwich0-1Man. UnitedMan. United9000
11.05.2016English Premier LeagueNorwichNorwich4-2WatfordWatford9000
15.05.2016English Premier LeagueEvertonEverton3-0NorwichNorwich1000
05.06.2016Friendlies 2014-16Final tournament - Group stageSwedenSweden3-0WalesWales4500
13.06.2016UEFA EUROFinal tournament - Group stageRepublic of IrelandRepublic of Ireland1-1SwedenSweden9000
17.06.2016UEFA EUROFinal tournament - Group stageItalyItaly1-0SwedenSweden9000
22.06.2016UEFA EUROFinal tournament - Group stageSwedenSweden0-1BelgiumBelgium9400

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General info

  • Name: Martin Olsson
  • Position: Defender
  • Date of birth (Age): 17/05/1988 (28)
  • Country: Sweden
  • Club: Norwich ( ENG)

  • Height: 170cm
  • Weight: 81kg

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA European Football Championship 2014/16
    • Friendlies 2014/16

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Cup (Second qualifying round)
    30/08/07: Blackburn 2-0 MYPA
  • National team: UEFA European Under-19 Championship (Qualifying round)
    08/10/06: Sweden 2-0 Iceland

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

Sweden U-21121
Sweden U-1941

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Europa League
Last updated: 23/06/2016 01:07 CET