Wilhelmsson on the ball at Euro 2012
|Full name||Christian Ulf Wilhelmsson|
|Date of birth||8 December 1979|
|Place of birth||Malmö, Sweden|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|2007||→ Roma (loan)||19||(1)|
|2007–2008||→ Bolton Wanderers (loan)||8||(0)|
|2008||→ Deportivo La Coruña (loan)||15||(1)|
|2011–2012||→ Al Ahli (loan)||11||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
After playing several seasons with Mjällby (three years), Stabæk (four) and Anderlecht (three), he played in quick succession for teams in France, Italy, England and Spain, before spending the better part of four years in the late 2000s in Saudi Arabia with Al-Hilal.
Early years / Anderlecht
In the 2003 summer Wilhelmsson joined R.S.C. Anderlecht in Belgium, being an undisputed starter during his spell and scoring nine top division goals combined in the capital side's 2004 and 2006 league conquests.
Nantes and loans
In 2006, Wilhelmsson moved to French team FC Nantes. However, on 10 January of the following year, he joined A.S. Roma on loan until the end of the season, when the Italians had the option to buy for €3 millions. He made his Serie A debut on 14 January against FC Messina, but underwent criticism from teammates such as Christian Panucci for his lack of communication on the pitch, a derivative of his poor Italian language skills.
Roma opted against making Wilhelmsson's transfer permanent, preferring to sign Mauro Esposito and Ludovic Giuly instead, and he returned to Nantes, immediately starting seeking a new club following the Canaries' relegation from Ligue 1. Following speculation about a move to the Premier League or the Scottish Premier League, he signed for Bolton Wanderers on a 12-month loan, with an option to make the deal permanent after 20 games.
Despite a disappointing spell with the Trotters – 13 appearances all competitions comprised, mostly as a substitute, his debut coming in a 1–3 away defeat against Portsmouth – Wilhelmsson was instrumental in closing the club's signing of countryman Johan Elmander for a record transfer fee, for 2008–09.
After failing to impress Bolton manager Gary Megson he was again loaned by Nantes, this time moving to Spain and Deportivo de La Coruña on 30 January 2008. He played his first La Liga match against Getafe CF, coming on as a substitute in a 1–1 home draw, and made his first start two rounds later, in a home fixture match against RCD Espanyol (2–0 home win).
Wilhelmsson scored his first goal for Depor on 1 March 2008, in a 2–1 home win against Sevilla FC, and finished the campaign firmly established in the side's starting XI – he would start in 13 of his league appearances – as the Galicians eventually finished ninth and qualified to the UEFA Intertoto Cup.
In 2008, Wilhelmsson signed a three-year contract with Saudi club Al-Hilal FC for about €9 million. He helped the club win the league title in his second year, scoring nine goals and making ten assists in 20 appearances; for his contributions he received the Player of the Season award, going on to win four additional major titles during his tenure, including two consecutive Saudi Crown Prince Cup where he scored in both finals.
Los Angeles Galaxy
On 14 January 2013, following his release by the Galaxy, Wilhelmsson signed a one-and-a-half-year deal with Baniyas SC. Two years later, after a spell with former club Mjällby, the 35-year-old officially annnounced his retirement.
Gaining his first cap in 2001, Wilhelmsson represented Sweden at UEFA Euro 2004, Euro 2008 and the 2006 FIFA World Cup, featuring in every one of the national team's four games in the latter tournament and starting in two.
On 4 September 2006 he was one of three international players sent home for breaking a curfew during a night out, the other two being Olof Mellberg and Zlatan Ibrahimović. In March 2011, he was involved in a training ground scuffle with the latter.
Wilhelmsson scored his first brace for Sweden in a Euro 2012 qualifier against San Marino on 6 September 2011 (5–0 away win), for his seventh and eighth international goals. He was also selected for the finals in Poland and Ukraine by manager Erik Hamren, collecting three bench appearances in an eventual group stage exit.
|1.||13 October 2004||Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland||Iceland||4–0||4–1||2006 World Cup qualification|
|2.||4 June 2005||Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden||Malta||3–0||6–0||2006 World Cup qualification|
|3.||11 October 2006||Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland||Iceland||2–1||2–1||Euro 2008 qualifying|
|4.||13 October 2007||Rheinpark, Vaduz, Liechtenstein||Liechtenstein||2–0||3–0||Euro 2008 qualifying|
|5.||2 June 2010||Dynama Stadium, Minsk, Belarus||Belarus||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|6.||2 September 2011||Ferenc Puskás, Budapest, Hungary||Hungary||1–1||1–2||Euro 2012 qualifying|
|7.||6 September 2011||Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle, San Marino||San Marino||2–0||5–0||Euro 2012 qualifying|
|9.||30 May 2012||Gamla Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden||Iceland||3–1||3–2||Friendly|
- Los Angeles Galaxy
- King's Cup: 2003
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Sweden||League||Svenska Cupen||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|1997||Mjällby||Division 1 Södra||6||0||0||0||-||-||6||0|
|Norway||League||Norwegian Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Belgium||League||Belgian Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|2003–04||Anderlecht||Belgian Pro League||27||5||0||0||-||-||27||5|
|France||League||Coupe de France||Coupe de la Ligue||Europe||Total|
|Italy||League||Coppa Italia||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Spain||League||Copa del Rey||Supercopa de España||Europe||Total|
|Saudi Arabia||League||Crown Prince Cup||League Cup||Asia||Total|
|2008–09||Al-Hilal||Saudi Professional League||18||4||9||4||-||4||0||31||8|
|Qatar||League||Emir of Qatar Cup||League Cup||Asia||Total|
|2011–12||Al Ahli||Qatar Stars League||11||0||0||0||-||-||11||0|
|Saudi Arabia||League||Crown Prince Cup||League Cup||Asia||Total|
|2011–12||Al-Hilal||Saudi Professional League||8||5||1||1||-||1||2||10||8|
|USA||League||Open Cup||League Cup||North America||Total|
|2012||LA Galaxy||Major League Soccer||1||1||0||0||-||0||0||1||1|
- "Tactical Formation". Football-Lineups. Retrieved 18 January 2007.
- Kent Hedlundh (2 July 2007). "Wilhemsson looking for switch". Sky Sports.
- Graeme Bailey (11 July 2007). "Prem trio battle for winger". Sky Sports.
- "Celtic monitor winger Wilhelmsson". Vital Football. 8 July 2007.
- "Wilhelmsson completes Bolton move". BBC Sport. 27 July 2007. Retrieved 31 December 2009.
- "Portsmouth 3–1 Bolton". BBC Sport. 18 August 2007. Retrieved 7 September 2011.
- "Deportivo La Coruña 2–0 Espanyol". ESPN Soccernet. 24 February 2008. Retrieved 7 September 2011.
- "Deportivo La Coruña 2–1 Sevilla FC". ESPN Soccernet. 1 March 2008. Retrieved 7 September 2011.
- "Ah Ahli sign Swedish international Wilhelmsson". Qatar Football Association. 5 September 2011.
- "LA Galaxy sign Swedish international midfielder Christian Wilhelmsson". LA Galaxy. 5 September 2012.
- ""Chippen" lägger av med fotbollen: "Det har varit en fantastisk resa"" ["Chippen" retires from football: "It has been a fantastic journey"] (in Swedish). Fotbollskanalen Europa. 11 February 2015. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
- Swedish football stars booted out of national squad; The Local, 5 September 2006
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic kicks Christian Wilhelmsson during training – Video; Total Football Madness, 28 March 2011
- Five star Sweden too good for ten-man San Marino; UEFA.com, 6 September 2011
- "C. Wilhelmsson". Soccerway. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
- "Chippen Wilhelmsson och Oksana Andersson gifta i Las Vegas" [Chippen Wilhelmsson and Oksana Andersson married in Las Vegas] (in Swedish). Expressen. 25 May 2010. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
- Christian Wilhelmsson career statistics at Soccerbase
- BDFutbol profile
- Christian Wilhelmsson at National-Football-Teams.com
- Christian Wilhelmsson – FIFA competition record
- MLS player profile