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Johan Elmander

Johan Erik Calvin Elmander (; born 27 May 1981 in Alingsås) is a Sweden association football who plays as a Forward (association football) for Galatasaray S.K. (football team) and the Sweden national football team. Johan Elmander joined in a free transfer after Johan Elmander contract with English club Bolton Wanderers F.C. in the Premier League expired. Elmander has scored sixteen goals in 62 games for the Sweden national football team, and was chosen to represent Johan Elmander country at the 2006 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2008. Johan Elmander is credited as scoring the greatest Premier League goal ever in a poll by the Guardian.

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Johan Elmander biography


Johan Erik Calvin Elmander (; born 27 May 1981 in Alingsås) is a Sweden association football who plays as a Forward (association football) for Galatasaray S.K. (football team) and the Sweden national football team. Johan Elmander joined in a free transfer after Johan Elmander contract with English club Bolton Wanderers F.C. in the Premier League expired. Elmander has scored sixteen goals in 62 games for the Sweden national football team, and was chosen to represent Johan Elmander country at the 2006 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2008. Johan Elmander is credited as scoring the greatest Premier League goal ever in a poll by the Guardian.

Club career

Elmander started Johan Elmander career as a Forward (association football) for Swedish clubs but changed to a center midfielder Holmalunds IF and Örgryte IS, before making the move to Netherlands club Feyenoord at the age of 18 where Johan Elmander continued to be used as a midfielder. Although never a first team regular, Johan Elmander came on as a substitute in the 2002 UEFA Cup final 3–2 win against German team Borussia Dortmund.

Elmander was subsequently put loan (football) back in Sweden with Djurgårdens IF Fotboll, where Johan Elmander won Double (association football) of both Allsvenskan championship and Svenska Cupen title in 2002 and Allsvenskan in 2003, however Johan Elmander wasn't awarded any medal since Johan Elmander played too few matches. Johan Elmander also debuted for the Swedish national team, in a February 2002 friendly match against Greece national football team. In 2003, Johan Elmander was loaned out to Feyenoord's Dutch league rivals NAC Breda.

Brøndby IF

Before the 2004–05 season, Johan Elmander was bought by Danish Superliga outfit Brøndby IF. Despite not scoring as many goals for the club as was expected, Johan Elmander was the playmaker and creative spark of the Brøndby team in the Danish Superliga 2004-05 season, playing mainly as the free roaming forward behind the sole striker in Michael Laudrup 4–3–3 formation. The team won the Double of both the Danish Superliga and the Danish Cup title, and Elmander was voted Brøndby's Player of the Year.

In Johan Elmander two seasons at Brøndby, Elmander scored 22 goals in 58 Danish Superliga games, attracting the attention of several clubs throughout Europe. Johan Elmander was called up to represent Sweden at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, where Johan Elmander played two games. Elmander signed a four-year contract with French side Toulouse FC for an undisclosed fee of around Euro4,500,000 on 7 July 2006.

Toulouse

Elmander scored 11 goals in Johan Elmander first season with Toulouse and was nominated as player of the year by Johan Elmander fellow players. This award was subsequently won by Olympique Lyonnais player Florent Malouda. The season was very successful with Elmander guiding Toulouse to third place and a berth in the qualifying rounds of UEFA Champions League.

Bolton Wanderers

On 27 June 2008, Elmander completed a move to Premier League club Bolton Wanderers F.C., for an £8.2 million fee, the club's record signing, with the deal including Daniel Braaten going to Toulouse. Johan Elmander signed a three-year deal, before being given the number nine shirt by manager Gary Megson.

Johan Elmander first Premier League goal, a header, came on Johan Elmander competitive debut, against Stoke City F.C. on 16 August 2008 in a 3–1 win. Elmander played 30 games in Premier League 2008-09 season, scored 5 goals and 2 assists.

From December 2008 to September 2009, Elmander went on a nine-month goal drought, which ended during the Football League Cup fixture against West Ham United F.C. as Johan Elmander scored in extra-time. Johan Elmander first league goal in 11 months came in a 5–1 defeat to Aston Villa F.C..

Elmander finally found Johan Elmander goalscoring form in the 2010–11 Premier League season, scoring six goals in the opening thirteen games, all of them away from the Reebok Stadium. Johan Elmander first home goals of the season came against Newcastle United F.C., giving Johan Elmander a joint lead as top scorer in the Premier League. However, Johan Elmander goalscoring form dipped and Johan Elmander scored just three goals between December and a goal on 12 March against Birmingham City F.C. in an FA Cup Sixth round tie. This brought Johan Elmander goal tally for all competitions to eleven for the season.

Bolton manager Owen Coyle said in an interview on 20 May that Johan Elmander expected Elmander to join Galatasaray S.K. (football team). and Elmander confirmed later in the month that Johan Elmander would be leaving the club.

In total, Elmander made ninety two appearances in the Premier League, scoring eighteen goals, eleven appearances in the FA Cup, scoring three goals, and five appearances in the League Cup, scoring once.

Galatasaray

On 30 May 2011, Elmander joined Galatasaray in a three-year deal on a free transfer as Johan Elmander contract expired at Bolton Wanderers in the same month.
Elmander scored Johan Elmander first goal in 3-1 home win over Samsunspor on 18 September and so far, Johan Elmander has scored 11 goals in 26 league matches.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johan_Elmander

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