Martin Dahlin

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Martin Dahlin
Martin Dahlin in Jan 2014.jpg
Dahlin at the 2014 Svenska idrottsgalan
Personal information
Full name Dan Martin Nataniel Dahlin
Date of birth (1968-04-16) 16 April 1968 (age 46)
Place of birth Höganäs,[1] Sweden
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Lund
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1991 Malmö 79 (39)
1991–1996 Borussia Mönchengladbach 106 (50)
1996–1997 Roma 3 (0)
1996–1997 Borussia Mönchengladbach (loan) 19 (10)
1997–1999 Blackburn Rovers 27 (4)
1998–1999 Hamburger SV (loan) 8 (0)
Total 242 (103)
National team
1991–1997 Sweden 60 (29)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Dan Martin Nataniel Dahlin (born 16 April 1968 in Uddevalla) is a former Swedish footballer.

Early life[edit]

He is the son of an Afro-Venezuelan father, who was a musician, and a Swedish mother who both decided to name him after Martin Luther King.[2] He was born in Uddevalla, but lived as a child in Lund.[2]

Club career[edit]

In 1993 he was selected as best Swedish player of the year, winning Guldbollen.[3]

He played for Malmö FF, Borussia Mönchengladbach, AS Roma, Hamburger SV and Blackburn Rovers. The most successful time of his career he spent with Borussia Mönchengladbach with whom he won the German Cup in 1995 along with Stefan Effenberg.

Dahlin transferred from AS Roma to Blackburn Rovers in mid-1997 and made 21 appearances in the 1997–98 season, scoring four goals.

In the 1998–99 season, he only played five games when an injury in a training game ruled him out for the rest of the season and contributed to his retirement from the game after a short spell at Hamburger SV in 1999.

Blackburn Rovers later sued their insurance company who had refused to pay out over the injury claiming that normal wear and tear could have been a contributing factor. Although the initial verdict was given in favour of the club, in 2005 the Court of Appeal overturned the verdict and sent it back to the lower court. On 12 April 2006, the High Court ruled in favour of the insurance company, decreeing that the player probably had a pre-existing condition.[4] This decision left Blackburn about £4 million out-of-pocket.

International career[edit]

In 1988, he became the second afro Swedish player to represent Sweden.[3] He was part of the Swedish national team which finished third in the 1994 FIFA World Cup, scoring four goals in the tournament. He also participated in the team which reached the semifinals of UEFA Euro 1992.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Sweden's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 1 May 1991 Råsunda Stadium, Solna  Austria 4–0 6–0 Friendly
2. 5–0
3. 15 June 1991 Idrottsparken, Norrköping  Denmark 1–0 4–0 Scania 100
4. 2–0
5. 4 September 1991 Råsunda Stadium, Solna  Yugoslavia 1–0 4–3 Friendly
6. 3–2
7. 7 May 1992 Råsunda Stadium, Solna  Poland 4–0 5–0 Friendly
8. 26 August 1992 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo  Norway 1–1 2–2 Friendly
9. 7 October 1992 Råsunda Stadium, Solna  Bulgaria 1–0 2–0 1994 World Cup qualifier
10. 11 November 1992 Ramat Gan Stadium, Tel Aviv  Israel 2–1 3–1 1994 World Cup qualifier
11. 28 April 1993 Parc des Princes, Paris  France 1–0 1–2 1994 World Cup qualifier
12. 11 August 1993 Ryavallen, Borås  Switzerland 1–0 1–2 Friendly
13. 22 August 1993 Råsunda Stadium, Solna  France 1–1 1–1 1994 World Cup qualifier
14. 8 September 1993 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia  Bulgaria 1–1 1–1 1994 World Cup qualifier
15. 13 October 1993 Råsunda Stadium, Solna  Finland 1–1 3–2 1994 World Cup qualifier
16. 3–1
17. 19 June 1994 Rose Bowl, Pasadena  Cameroon 2–2 2–2 1994 World Cup
18. 24 June 1994 Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac  Russia 2–1 3–1 1994 World Cup
19. 3–1
20. 3 July 1994 Cotton Bowl, Dallas  Saudi Arabia 1–0 3–1 1994 World Cup
21. 12 October 1994 Wankdorf Stadium, Bern  Switzerland 2–1 2–4 Euro 1996 qualifier
22. 16 November 1994 Råsunda Stadium, Solna  Hungary 2–0 2–0 Euro 1996 qualifier
23. 24 April 1996 Windsor Park, Belfast  Northern Ireland 1–0 2–1 Friendly
24. 9 May 1996 Olympia, Helsingborg  Slovakia 1–0 2–1 Friendly
25. 16 May 1996 Olympic Stadium, Seoul  South Korea 1–0 2–0 Friendly
26. 1 June 1996 Råsunda Stadium, Solna  Belarus 2–0 5–1 1998 World Cup qualifier
27. 1 September 1996 Daugava Stadium, Riga  Latvia 1–0 2–1 1998 World Cup qualifier
28. 8 June 1997 Kadriorg Stadium, Tallinn  Estonia 1–0 3–2 1998 World Cup qualifier
29. 6 August 1997 Malmö Stadion, Malmö  Lithuania 1–0 1–0 Friendly

Retirement[edit]

Dahlin now lives in Sweden. He lends his name to a clothing line.[5] He speaks three languages – Swedish, English and German.[3]

Dahlin became a sports agent working for former teammate Roger Ljung's sport agency Roger Ljung Promotion AB.[6] He has since formed his own agency called MD Management.[7] He represents Ola Toivonen,[8] Guillermo Molins,[9] Marcus Rosenberg, Jonas Olsson,[10] and Behrang Safari.[11]

Honours[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

[12]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sweden League Svenska Cupen League Cup Europe Total
1988 Malmö Allsvenskan 21 17
1989 17 4
1990 19 7
1991 22 11
Germany League DFB-Pokal Other Europe Total
1991–92 Borussia Mönchengladbach Bundesliga 12 2 2 0 14 2
1992–93 20 10 3 1 23 11
1993–94 27 12 5 2 32 14
1994–95 24 11 5 2 29 13
1995–96 23 15 1 0 5 3 29 18
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
1996–97 Roma Serie A 3 0
Germany League DFB-Pokal Other Europe Total
1996–97 Borussia Mönchengladbach Bundesliga 19 10
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1997–98 Blackburn Rovers Premier League 27 4 1 0 2 2 30 6
Germany League DFB-Pokal Other Europe Total
1998–99 Hamburger SV Bundesliga 8 0
Total Sweden 79 39
Germany 133 60
Italy 3 0
England 27 4
Career total 242 103

International[edit]

National team Season Apps Goals
Sweden
1991 7 6
1992 10 4
1993 8 6
1994 12 6
1995 6 0
1996 8 5
1997 9 2
Total 60 29

References[edit]

  1. ^ SveBef1970
  2. ^ a b Christopher Clarey (10 July 1994). "Dahlin Is Swedish Player First, Pioneer a Distant Second". NY Times. Retrieved 8 July 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c Dwight Chapin (8 July 1994). "Skill, not race, separates Dahlin". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 8 July 2009. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Rovers fail in Dahlin damages bid". BBC Sport. 12 April 2006. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "dahlin". dahlin.nu. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "Dahlins nya jobb - agent" (in Swedish). aftonbladet.se. 18 April 2001. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "Martin Dahlin EXCLUSIVE: Zlatan Ibrahimovic One Of Sweden’s Greatest Ever Players". goal.com. 17 April 2009. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "Liverpool target £5m PSV Eindhoven forward Ola Toivonen". Daily Mail (London). 16 August 2010. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  9. ^ Smith, Rune (27 December 2009). "Tyska Köln vill ha Guillermo Molins" (in Swedish). expressen.se. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  10. ^ Torgerson, Richard (5 June 2009). "Olsson flattered by Villa link". Sky Sports. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  11. ^ Malmström, Håkan (15 June 2008). "Behrang Safari går till schweiziska Basel" (in Swedish). Sydsvenskan. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  12. ^ "Martin DAHLIN". level-k.com. Retrieved 22 April 2011.