Johan Elmander

Johan Elmander

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Johan Erik Calvin Elmander (; born 27 May 1981 in Alingsås) is a Swedish footballer, who plays as a striker for Galatasaray. He joined in a free transfer after his contract with English club Bolton Wanderers in the Premier League expired. Elmander has scored sixteen goals in 55 games for the Swedish national team, and was chosen to represent his country at the 2006 World Cup and Euro 2008.

Club career

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

Elmander was subsequently put on loan back in Sweden with Djurgården, where he won the Double of both Allsvenskan championship and Swedish Cup title in 2002 and Allsvenskan in 2003, however he wasn't awarded any medal since he played too few matches. He also debuted for the Swedish national team, in a February 2002 friendly match against Greece. In 2003, he was loaned out to Feyenoord's Dutch league rivals NAC Breda.

Brøndby IF

Before the 2004–05 season, he was bought by Danish Superliga outfit Brøndby. Despite not scoring as many goals for the club as was expected, he was the playmaker and creative spark of the Brøndby team in the 2004–05 Superliga season, playing mainly as...
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