Henok Goitom

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Henok Goitom
Henok Goitom (vs. Elfsborg, 2014, cropped).jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1984-09-22) 22 September 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Solna, Sweden
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre forward
Club information
Current team
Number 36
Youth career
1998–2000 Essinge IK
2001–2002 Inter Orhoy
2002–2003 Vasalunds IF
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2007 Udinese 1 (1)
2005–2007 Ciudad Murcia (loan) 75 (23)
2007–2009 Murcia 31 (2)
2008–2009 Valladolid (loan) 29 (10)
2009–2012 Almería 78 (8)
2012– AIK 55 (15)
National team
2005–2006 Sweden U21 13 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 August 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Henok Goitom (born 22 September 1984) is a Swedish professional footballer who plays for AIK Fotboll as a centre forward.

Club career[edit]


Goitom was born in Solna, Stockholm County of Eritrean origin, and raised in nearby Husby. He moved to Italy in 2004 to join Udinese Calcio, rarely being an option during his short stay.

However, in his sole Serie A appearance, on 19 February 2005, Goitom only needed seven minutes as a late substitute to score the 90th minute 1–1 equalizer against Inter Milan.[1]


Subsequently, Goitom served a two-year loan in the Spanish second division, with Ciudad de Murcia and netted 15 league goals during his second season.

In 2007 Goitom was released by Udinese, and signed a four-year deal with Ciudad Murcia's city rivals Real Murcia, for 3 million.[2] He was officially unveiled by the club on 14 July.

The president of UD Almería, Alfonso García, however, announced his club would take the matter to court: as he appeared before the media during the presentation of Aitor López Rekarte, showed journalists papers which proved an agreement had already been reached between Almería and Udinese.[3]

With Murcia, Goitom only scored twice during the entire campaign, which saw the team eventually relegated from La Liga as last. In July 2008 he was loaned for one season to fellow league side Real Valladolid, which had an option to buy at the campaign's closure.[4]

Established as first-choice, Goitom netted twice as Valladolid beat Recreativo de Huelva 3–2 away on 8 March 2009, but was also sent off during the match (as teammate Álvaro Rubio).[5] He finished the season as the club's top scorer, at ten.

In late July 2009 Goitom was released by Murcia and joined fellow league side Almería, replacing Sevilla FC-bound Álvaro Negredo. His 2009–10 season output consisted of one goal, in a 1–1 home draw against CD Tenerife;[6] also, even though he was the only pure striker in the squad, he was never an undisputed starter,[7] but the Andalusians retained their top division status in the end.

On 19 January 2011 Goitom scored one of Almería's most important goals, netting a penalty kick in a 3–2 win at Deportivo de La Coruña (4–2 on aggregate), with the club reaching the semifinals of the Copa del Rey for the first time ever (he added one more in the competition, against Real Sociedad[8]).[9] However, he again only netted once in the league, in a 2–2 home draw against Atlético Madrid,[10] and the club returned to the second division after four years; in mid-August 2012 he rescinded his contract.[11]


On 16 August 2012 Goitom signed a contract with hometown club AIK Fotboll, in the Allsvenskan.[12]

International career[edit]

Goitom was a regular starter for the Swedish under-21 team during 2006, and played for the nation during qualification for the 2006 and 2007 UEFA European Football Championships.[13][14]

He was on the verge of breaking into the full squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup squad in Germany, but did not make the final cut.

Club statistics[edit]

As of 27 March 2014[15]
Season Club Division League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2004–05 Udinese Serie A 1 1 1 0 2 1
2005–06 Ciudad de Murcia Segunda División 37 8 37 8
2006–07 38 15 38 15
2007–08 Murcia La Liga 31 2 2 0 33 2
2008–09 Valladolid 29 10 2 1 31 11
2009–10 Almería 21 1 21 1
2010–11 26 1 5 2 31 3
2011–12 Segunda División 31 6 1 0 32 6
2012 AIK Allsvenskan 9 1 1 0 2 1 12 2
2013 24 8 2 1 26 9
Career Total 247 53 14 4 2 1 263 58


  1. ^ Colpo di Veron, l'Inter si illude – Goitom beffa Mancini allo scadere (Veron strike, Inter thinks it's over – Goitom mocks Mancini in the end); La Repubblica, 19 February 2005 (Italian)
  2. ^ El Murcia ficha al delantero sueco Henok Goitom (Murcia sign Swedish forward Henok Goitom); Marca, 12 July 2007 (Spanish)
  3. ^ El Almería denunciará el fichaje de Goitom por el Murcia (Almería to denounce Murcia's signing of Goitom); La Opinión de Murcia, 17 July 2007 (Spanish)
  4. ^ Goitom llega al Valladolid "para marcar goles y ayudar a mantener la permanencia" (Goitom arrives in Valladolid to "score goals and help maintain top flight status"); Soitu, 17 July 2008 (Spanish)
  5. ^ Recreativo Huelva 2–3 Valladolid; ESPN Soccernet, 8 March 2009
  6. ^ Eritrean Henok Goitom back in action in La Liga; Eri-International Sports, 18 January 2010
  7. ^ El sueco no ha superado la 'maldición del 20' (The Swede has not overcome the 'curse of the 20'); Ideal, 25 May 2010 (Spanish)
  8. ^ El Almería ganó la eliminatoria ante una Real que lo intentó pero pagó sus errores (Almería won tie against Real who tried but paid for mistakes); Diario Vasco, 11 November 2010 (Spanish)
  9. ^ El Almería se niega a despertar del sueño (Almería refuses to awake from dream); Marca, 19 January 2011 (Spanish)
  10. ^ Almeria fight back for draw; ESPN Soccernet, 12 March 2011
  11. ^ Goitom deja de pertencer al Almería (Goitom no longer an Almería player); Almería's official website, 13 August 2012 (Spanish)
  12. ^ Goitom klar för AIK: "Är det rätta steget"; Expressen, 16 August 2012 (Swedish)
  13. ^ Goitom seals Sofia success; UEFA.com, 25 March 2005
  14. ^ Goitom fuels Swedes' dreams; UEFA.com, 16 August 2006
  15. ^ "H. Goitom". Soccerway. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 

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