Erland Johnsen

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Erland Johnsen
Personal information
Full name Erland Johnsen
Date of birth (1967-04-05) 5 April 1967 (age 47)
Place of birth Fredrikstad, Norway[1]
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
Ekholt Ballklubb
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1988 Moss
1988–1989 Bayern Munich 21 (0)
1989–1997 Chelsea 145 (1)
1997–1998 Rosenborg 12 (0)
1998–1999 Strømsgodset 11 (0)
Total 189 (1)
National team
1982–1983 Norway U-16[2] 3 (0)
1983–1984 Norway U-19[2] 11 (1)
1985–1987 Norway U-21[2] 16 (0)
1987–1995 Norway 24 (2)
Teams managed
1999–2002 Strømsgodset (assistant)
2002–2003 Moss
2003–2006 Follo
2008 Lillestrøm
2012– Strømmen
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Erland Johnsen (born 5 April 1967 in Fredrikstad[1]) is a Norwegian former professional footballer and current manager.[3]

He played mainly as a centre back from 1983 until 1999 notably in the Premier League for Chelsea and in the Bundesliga for Bayern Munich. He also played for Moss, Rosenborg and Strømsgodset and earned 24 caps for Norway. He moved into management in 1999 with Strømsgodset and later with Moss, Follo, Lillestrøm and Strømmen.

Club career[edit]

His playing career began in Moss, and he later joined Bayern Munich as a professional. During his two seasons at the club he was involved in two championships in 1989 and 1990.

In December 1989, he transferred to English team Chelsea, where he played for eight seasons and was voted player of the year for the club in 1995. He scored his only goal for the club against Southampton in April 1994.[4] Whilst at Chelsea he played in the 1994 FA Cup Final. Shortly after winning the 1997 FA Cup, he returned to his native Norway where he played for Rosenborg and finally Strømsgodset before retiring in June 1999.

International career[edit]

Johnsen was a central defender who was capped 19 times for the Norwegian national team, participating in the 1994 World Cup. He also won five caps during Norway's unsuccessful qualification campaign for 1988 Olympics, although these are not recognized as full internationals by FIFA. He made 16 under-21 appearances for Norway. Perhaps the most famous moment in Johnsen's career came on 15 November 1989, during a match between Norway and Scotland, at Hampden Park, where he scored a goal from the middle of the pitch. The goal went around the world, even making CNN's "Play of the Day". It also caught the interest of Chelsea who purchased Johnsen later that same year. Legendary Scottish goalkeeper Jim Leighton said about the shot twenty years later: "I'm never allowed to forget about it in Scotland, it is the furthest I've ever lost a goal from." Johnsen reconstructed the goal together with Leighton in 2009 on the Norwegian sports entertainment show Golden Goal.[5]

Managerial career[edit]

Johnsen remained with Strømsgodset as an assistant coach for the next three years after he retired as a footballer. Later he had spells with Moss (2002–2003) and Follo (2003–2006). He also worked for Lillestrøm as a player developer.

After Tom Nordlie resigned on 29 May 2008, Johnsen stepped in as caretaker,[6] together with former Chelsea teammate Frode Grodås.

In January 2012, he agreed to coach Strømmen[1]

Honours[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

[7][8][9][10]

Season Club Division League Cup Other Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Norway League Norwegian Cup Playoffs Europe Total
1983 Moss 1. Divisjon 0 0 0 0 0 0
1984 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
1985 22 1 2(?) 0(?) 1 0 25 1
1986 2. Divisjon 22(?) 1(?) 2(?) 1(?) 24 2
1987 1. Divisjon 22 0 3(?) 1 25 1
1988 11 0 3(?) 1 0 0 14 1
Germany League DFB-Pokal Supercup Europe Total
1988–89 Bayern Munich Bundesliga 13 0 1 0 5 1 19 1
1989–90 8 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 10 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1989–90 Chelsea First Division 18 0 3 0 0 0 251 0
1990–91 6 0 1 0 0 0 7 0
1991–92 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
1992–93 Premier League 13 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
1993–94 28 1 8 0 1 0 37 1
1994–95 33 0 2 0 3 0 8 0 46 0
1995–96 22 0 2 0 2 0 26 0
1996–97 18 0 3 0 1 0 22 0
Norway League Norwegian Cup Europe Total
1997 Rosenborg Tippeligaen 6 0 1 0 0 0 6 0
1998 6 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
1998 Strømsgodset 7 0 0 0 3 0 10 0
1999 4 0 0 0 4 0
Total Norway 100 2 11 3 3 0 3 0 117 5
Germany 21 0 1 0 0 0 7 1 29 1
England 145 1 19 0 7 0 8 0 183 1
Career total 266 3 31 3 10 0 18 1 329 7

1Includes four 1989–90 Full Members Cup games.

International[edit]

[7]

Norway national team
Year Apps Goals
1987 4 0
1988 6 0
1989 4 1
1990 4 1
1991 0 0
1992 0 0
1993 0 0
1994 3 0
1995 3 0
Total 24 2

International goals[edit]

[11]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 15 November 1989 Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland  Scotland 1–1 1–1 1990 World Cup qualifier
2. 27 March 1990 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland  Northern Ireland 2–3 2–3 Friendly

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Erland Johnsen" (in Norwegian). Strømmen IF. 25 July 2012. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Erland Johnsen" (in Norwegian). N3Sport.no. 25 July 2012. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Erland Johnsen". Store Norske Leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Chelsea v Southampton". The Daily Telegraph. 9 April 2001. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Avslutter «Golden Goal» med et brak" (in Norwegian). TV2. 7 May 2009. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Lillestrøm SK's trenere fra 1945–2012" (in Norwegian). LSKhistorikk.com. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Johnsen's Norwegian stats" (in Norwegian). NFF. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Johnsen's Bayern stats". Fussballdaten.de (in German). Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Johnsen's Chelsea stats". Bounder.Friardale.co.uk. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Johnsen's Rosenborg stats" (in Norwegian). Rosenborg BK. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Erland Johnsen". EU-Football.info. Retrieved 2 May 2013.

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