Marcus Olsson

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Marcus Olsson
Marcus Olsson 2008.jpg
Olsson in 2008
Personal information
Full name Marcus Jonas Munuhe Olsson[1]
Date of birth (1988-05-17) 17 May 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Gävle, Sweden
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder / Forward
Club information
Current team
Blackburn Rovers
Number 14
Youth career
Högaborgs BK
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Högaborgs BK
2008–2011 Halmstads BK 100 (12)
2012– Blackburn Rovers 43 (1)
National team
2009 Sweden U21 1 (0)
2012 Sweden 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:53, 5 May 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:47, 19 August 2009 (UTC)

Marcus Jonas Munuhe Olsson (born 17 May 1988) is a Swedish footballer who plays for Blackburn Rovers as a midfielder.

Career[edit]

Halmstads BK[edit]

Born in Gävle, Sweden, Olsson started his career at Högaborgs BK. In 2008 he signed a contract with Halmstad,[2] replacing Martin Fribrock as left winger as Fribrock departed for Esbjerg fB in the summer of 2008. Mainly featured as left winger, he also used as a forward in several games, during Josep Clotet Ruiz time at Halmstad and the lack of a natural left side defender, Olsson and Kujtim Bala took turns on playing on the position.[3] As Halmstads BK was relegated from Allsvenskan in 2011, Marcus announced that he would not sign a new contract with the club and that he would start searching for a new club to play for.[4]

Blackburn Rovers[edit]

After rejecting a contract from Djurgårdens IF,[5] and being linked to Standard Liège and Viking FK,[6][7] Blackburn Rovers confirmed on 31 January that Olsson had signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with the club, joining his twin brother at the club.[8]

Marcus Olsson made his debut for Blackburn Rovers in the 3–0 away defeat to Manchester City in the Premier League on 25 February 2012, playing on the left wing, in front of his twin Martin who played at left back, with both completing a full 90 minutes.[9] He scored his first goal for Blackburn in a 3–3 draw with Leeds United on 1 September 2012.[10]

Club career statistics[edit]

Club Season League Cup[11] Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Halmstads 2008 21 2 3 1 0 0 24 3
2009 20 4 2 0 0 0 22 4
2010 30 4 1 0 0 0 31 4
2011 29 2 2 1 0 0 31 3
Halmstads Total 100 12 8 2 0 0 108 14
Blackburn Rovers 2011–12 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
2012–13 23 1 5 0 0 0 21 1
2013–14 8 0 1 0 0 0 9 0
Blackburn Rovers Total 43 1 6 0 0 0 49 1
Career Total 143 13 14 2 0 0 157 15

National team[edit]

Marcus Olsson was called up to the annual January tour of the Swedish national team in 2012, facing Bahrain and Qatar U23.[12] Marcus made his national team debut against Bahrain when he came on as a substitute for Tobias Hysén at half-time,[13] he made his second appearance against Qatar in the following match, again coming on as a substitute at half-time, this time replacing Jiloan Hamad.[14]

Personal life[edit]

His twin brother Martin Olsson plays for Norwich City in the English Premier Division. His brother-in-law is Dallas Mavericks basketball player Dirk Nowitzki.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier League Clubs submit Squad Lists" (PDF). The Football Association. 2 February 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Från HBK till HBK" (in Swedish). hbk.se. 12 April 2008. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Olsson vill radera Halmstads 0–13" (in Swedish). hallandsposten.se. 23 May 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Spelarflykt hotar Halmstads BK: "Superettan lockar inte"" (in Swedish). fotbolltransfers.com. 25 September 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Uppgifter: "Marcus Olsson nobbar Djurgårdens IF"" (in Swedish). fotbolltransfers.com. 2 November 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Marcus Olsson bekräftar: "Standard Liege intresserat"" (in Swedish). fotbolltransfers.com. 22 January 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Viking Stavanger bekräftar sitt intresse för Marcus Olsson" (in Swedish). fotbolltransfers.com. 25 January 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Marcus make Rovers move". Blackburn Rovers F.C. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  9. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/17093495
  10. ^ "Leeds 3–3 Blackburn". BBC. 1 September 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  11. ^ Includes Svenska Cupen.
  12. ^ "Med A-landslaget till Qatar" (in Swedish). hbk.se. 14 December 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  13. ^ "Herr: 2–0 mot Bahrain i Doha" (in Swedish). svenskfotboll.se. 18 January 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  14. ^ "Storseger mot Qatar" (in Swedish). svenskfotboll.se. 23 January 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  15. ^ http://munaluchibridal.com/nba-star-dirk-nowitzki-weds-fiancee-jessica-olsson-in-kenyan-traditional-ceremony

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