Elmander playing for Galatasaray in 2012.
|Full name||Johan Erik Calvin Elmander|
|Date of birth||27 May 1981|
|Place of birth||Alingsås, Sweden|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|2002–2003||→ Djurgården (loan)||19||(12)|
|2003–2004||→ NAC Breda (loan)||31||(7)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 January 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Johan Erik Calvin Elmander ([ˈjuː.ˈan ɛlˈmɑndɛr]; born 27 May 1981 in Alingsås) is a Swedish footballer who plays as a striker for Galatasaray and the Sweden national football team. He joined in a free transfer after his contract with English club Bolton Wanderers in the Premier League expired. Elmander has scored 18 goals in 68 games for the Swedish national team, and was chosen to represent his country at the 2006 World Cup, Euro 2008 and Euro 2012. His 2–0 goal away to Wolverhampton Wanderers on 13 November 2010 was voted the greatest Premier League goal ever in a poll by The Guardian.
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 the free roaming forward behind the sole striker in Laudrup's 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 his two seasons at Brøndby, Elmander scored 22 goals in 58 Danish Superliga games, attracting the attention of several clubs throughout Europe. He was called up to represent Sweden at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, where he played two games. Elmander signed a four-year contract with French side Toulouse for an undisclosed fee of around €4,500,000 on 7 July 2006.
Elmander scored 11 goals in his first season with Toulouse and was nominated as player of the year by his 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. The second season, much like that of his team, was much more irregular. And though he scored the same number of goals as he did the previous season, he was less decisive.
Bolton Wanderers 
On 27 June 2008, Elmander completed a move to Premier League club Bolton Wanderers, for an £8.2 million fee, the club's record signing, with the deal including Daniel Braaten going to Toulouse. He signed a three-year deal, before being given the number nine shirt by manager Gary Megson.
His first Premier League goal, a header, came on his competitive debut, against Stoke City on 16 August 2008 in a 3–1 win. Elmander played 30 games in 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 League Cup fixture against West Ham United as he scored in extra-time. His first league goal in 11 months came in a 5–1 defeat to Aston Villa.
Elmander finally found his goalscoring form in the 2010–11 season, scoring six goals in the opening thirteen games, all of them away from the Reebok Stadium. His first home goals of the season came against Newcastle United, giving him a joint lead as top scorer in the Premier League. However, his goalscoring form dipped and he scored just three goals between December and a goal on 12 March against Birmingham City in an FA Cup Sixth round tie. This brought his goal tally for all competitions to eleven for the season.
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.
2011-12 season 
On May 27, 2012, Elmander arrived in Turkey on his birthday, and on 30 May 2011, Elmander joined Galatasaray in a three-year deal on a free transfer as his contract expired at Bolton Wanderers in the same month. Elmander debuted on the second week of the Süper Lig season, coming on in the sixty first minute and scored his first goal in a 3–1 home win over Samsunspor on 18 September. Due to his great performance, Galatasaray coach Fatih Terim changed the team's formation to a 4–4–2, allowing Elmander to play together with teammate Milan Baros simultaneously. On 26 February 2012, he scored the opening and the winning goal of the game against Beşiktaş in a 3-2 win and also scored goals in all derby matches including Fenerbahçe and Trabzonspor. He scored 12 goals in 36 league matches in a season which saw Galatasaray crowned league champions.
2012-13 season 
He started the season in a match against Kasımpaşa and scored his first goal of the season in a 3-3 draw with Beşiktaş the following week. In the league's fourth week, he scored the opener against Antalyaspor in a 4-0 away win for Galatasaray. and On October 19, 2012, he scored an amazing goal against Gençlerbirliği in a 3-3 away draw and maintained the lead of the Süper Lig.
Career statistics 
|Sweden national team|
International goals 
* Match abandoned, see UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier fan attack.
Personal life 
Elmander was married on 27 December 2007 to highschool sweetheart Amanda Calvin in a lavish ceremony in her home town of Hemsjö, Sweden. The couple had over 200 guests including fellow former teammates Kim Källström and Jon Jönsson. At their wedding, Swedish-idol Christoffer Hiding performed. In August 2008, the couple announced the birth of their first child. On 18 November 2010 it was announced Elmander's wife had given birth to a baby girl named Lily.
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- Statistics at TFF.org (Turkish)
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- (Danish) Brøndby IF profile
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