Rasmus Elm

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Rasmus Elm
Rasmus Elm 2012.jpg
With CSKA Moscow in 2012
Personal information
Full name Rasmus Cristoffer Elm
Date of birth (1988-03-17) 17 March 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Kalmar, Sweden
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club CSKA Moscow
Number 20
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2009 Kalmar FF 96 (17)
2009–2012 AZ Alkmaar 83 (18)
2012– CSKA Moscow 43 (5)
National team
2003–2005 Sweden U17 15 (0)
2005–2007 Sweden U19 19 (5)
2007–2010 Sweden U21 18 (0)
2009– Sweden 39 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

| club-update = 12 April 2014 | nationalteam-update = 19:02, 20 November 2013 (UTC) }} Rasmus Cristoffer Elm (born 17 March 1988) is a Swedish footballer who plays with Russian side CSKA Moscow as a midfielder. He has previously played for Kalmar FF in Sweden and for AZ in the Netherlands. Elm has been capped playing for Sweden and competed at UEFA Euro 2012. He has two brothers, Viktor and David, who are also footballers.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Rasmuselm.jpg

In his childhood, Elm played for Johansfors IF and Emmaboda IS, before he signed in January 2005 to Kalmar FF. In four and a half years with the Allsvenskan club, Elm played 96 games and scored 17 goals.

AZ[edit]

On 27 August 2009, Elm signed a four-year deal with Eredivisie side AZ Alkmaar. He made his debut on 12 September 2009, in the 2–1 loss against ADO Den Haag.[1] The former coach of the Swedish national team Lars Lagerbäck, said that Elm was the biggest talent Sweden has produced since Zlatan Ibrahimovic.[2] While suffering from injuries and illness during his first two seasons in AZ, Elm experience a successful 2011–12 season. He received several player of the match awards during that season and was praised by the press and the fans for his passing and freekicks as well as his goal scoring.

Elm played a total of 83 matches for AZ before he left the club during the summer of 2012.[3]

CSKA Moscow[edit]

On 30 July 2012, Elm signed a three-year contract with Russian Premier League side CSKA Moscow and was given the shirt number 20.[3] On 21 October 2012 he scored his first goal for his new club after converting a penalty at home to Rubin Kazan in a 2–0 victory.[4]

International career[edit]

Elm was the captain of the Swedish U19 squad until in August 2007 Rasmus made his debut in the U21 squad.[5] On 11 February 2009, Elm scored his first goal for the Swedish national team in a friendly match against Austria.[5] On 16 October 2012, Elm scored the fourth and equalising goal in Sweden's remarkable 4–4 draw in Berlin against Germany in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group C. The Swedes were losing 0–4 until the last thirty minutes of the game when a flurry of Swedish goals were capped by the stoppage time goal of Rasmus Elm. The result was hailed as one of the greatest sporting achievements in Swedish history.[6][7]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 11 February 2009 UPC-Arena, Graz  Austria 1–0 2–0 Friendly match
2. 11 September 2012 Swedbank Stadion, Malmö  Kazakhstan 1–0 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. 16 October 2012 Olympic Stadium, Berlin  Germany 4–4 4–4 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
4. 6 February 2013 Friends Arena, Solna  Argentina 2–3 2–3 Friendly match

Career statistics[edit]

As of April 10, 2014
Club League Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Kalmar FF Allsvenskan 2005 15 1 0 0 15 1
2006 16 1 0 0 16 1
2007 19 4 0 0 19 4
2008 20 5 2 0 22 5
2009 21 6 1 0 2 0 24 6
Total 91 17 3 0 2 0 96 17
AZ Alkmaar Eredivisie 2009-10 18 3 4 1 4 0 26 4
2010-11 17 5 1 1 2 0 20 6
2011–12 31 7 3 1 3 0 37 8
Total 66 15 8 3 9 0 83 18
CSKA Moscow Premier League 2012–13 17 1 1 0 1 0 19 1
2013–14 21 4 2 0 1 0 24 4
Total 38 5 3 0 2 0 43 5
Career total 200 37 11 3 11 0 222 40

Personal life[edit]

His brother David, who played for Fulham, currently plays for the Swedish Allsvenskan club Kalmar FF, while his other brother Viktor joined Dutch club AZ in 2012.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Kalmar FF
CSKA Moscow

Individual[edit]

  • In the list of 33 best football players of the championship of Russia: 2012–13

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alkmaar holt Elm
  2. ^ Dutt, Sujav (11 June 2012). "Sweden's Elm backed to blossom at EURO". uefa.com. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Hedlundh, Kent (30 July 2012). "Elm explains Moscow move". Sky Sports. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  4. ^ http://pfc-cska.com/en/news/clubnews/?id=6255
  5. ^ a b Jansson, AnnaMaria (11 February 2009). "Rasmus Elm frälste Sverige" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. Retrieved 11 February 2009. 
  6. ^ O'Connor, Philip (17 October 2012). "Swedish coach didn't sleep following amazing fightback in Germany". Irish Independent. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "The night efficiency died: Sweden collapse signals the end of German mental toughness". GOAL. 17 October 2012. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 

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