Daniel Sjölund

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Daniel Sjölund
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Personal information
Full name Henrik Daniel Sjölund
Date of birth (1983-04-22) 22 April 1983 (age 34)
Place of birth Finström, Åland, Finland
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
IFK Norrköping
Number 20
Youth career
0000–1998 IF Finströms Kamraterna
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–1999 IFK Mariehamn 27 (11)
1999 IF Brommapojkarna 9 (0)
1999–2000 West Ham United 0 (0)
2000–2003 Liverpool 0 (0)
2003–2012 Djurgårdens IF 205 (27)
2013–2014 Åtvidabergs FF 51 (6)
2015– IFK Norrköping 38 (2)
National team
Finland U21 18 (5)
2003–2012 Finland 37 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 May 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2012

Henrik Daniel "Daja" Sjölund (born 22 April 1983 in Finström, Åland) is a Finnish footballer who plays as a midfielder. He currently plays for IFK Norrköping in the Swedish Allsvenskan.

Career[edit]

Sjölund playing for Djurgården in 2011.

Daniel Sjölund was born in the municipality of Finström, based on the Åland Island group which is a Swedish-speaking autonomous region that belongs to Finland. Sjölund started his career at IF Finströms Kamraterna, when he was a child.[1] Afterwards he went to IFK Mariehamn[2] and IF Brommapojkarna,[2] before being signed by West Ham at the age of just 16, after impressive displays for Finland's youth teams. In 2000 Liverpool manager Gérard Houllier agreed to pay £1 million for the talented forward[3] in a deal that also saw Rigobert Song going the other way.[4] After failing to get into the first team at Liverpool, Sjölund joined Djurgården for the 2003 season, first on loan[5] and later on a permanent deal.[6] He has won two Swedish championships and two Swedish Cups with Djurgården. The 2005 season finally saw Sjölund become a regular in the Djurgården team, and he scored seven goals in the league.[1]

A regular for the Under-21s since the age of 17, Sjölund made his senior international debut for the Finnish national team on 22 May 2003 against Norway.[7] Good performances in the 2005 season have seen him promoted to the senior team on a regular basis. Sjölund was also a part of the Finland squad at the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship.

In September 2012 Sjölund played his 200th league game for Djurgården wearing a number 200 shirt.[8] But only a couple of months later the club announced that they would not be extending his contract.[9]

Sjölund signed with Åtvidabergs FF on 4 February 2013 and stayed with the club for two seasons.[10] He signed a pre-contract with local rivals IFK Norrköping during the 2014 season, and joined the squad for the 2015 season.[11]

Personal information[edit]

His sister Annica Sjölund is also a Finnish international who competed in Women's Euro 2009.

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 23 May 2016
Club statistics
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Brommapojkarna 1999 Division 1 Norra 9 0 9 0
Total 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
West Ham 1999–00 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2000–01 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Liverpool 2000–01 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2001–02 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002–03 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Djurgården 2003 Allsvenskan 19 3 3 1 1 0 23 4
2004 17 1 4 3 2 0 3 0 26 4
2005 22 7 6 6 2 0 6 1 36 14
2006 26 2 3 0 2 0 1 0 32 2
2007 23 5 1 0 24 5
2008 10 1 0 0 3 0 13 1
2009 19 3 0 0 0 0 19 3
2010 14 0 0 0 14 0
2011 28 2 2 1 30 3
2012 27 3 1 0 28 3
Total 205 27 20 11 10 0 10 1 245 39
Åtvidaberg 2013 Allsvenskan 28 6 4 1 32 7
2014 20 0 3 1 23 1
Total 48 6 7 2 0 0 0 0 55 8
IFK Norrköping 2015 Allsvenskan 28 2 5 0 33 2
2016 10 0 5 0 15 0
Total 38 2 10 0 0 0 0 0 48 2
Career total 300 35 37 13 0 0 10 0 10 1 357 49

International goals[edit]

As of 17 October 2010

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Reports
1. 12 November 2005 Olympic Stadium, Helsinki  Estonia 1–0 2–2 Friendly match [1]
2. 10 September 2008 Olympic Stadium, Helsinki  Germany 3–2 3–3 FIFA World Cup 2010 qualifying [2]

International[edit]

As of 14 November 2012
Finland national team
Year Apps Goals
2003 2 0
2004 2 0
2005 4 1
2006 1 0
2007 6 0
2008 3 1
2009 4 0
2010 4 0
2011 5 0
2012 6 0
Total 37 2

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Djurgårdens IF
IFK Norrköping

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Daniel Sjölund". svenskfotboll.se. Swedish Football Association. Retrieved 2010-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b Thomas Jonsson (7 October 2009). "Daja bästa IFK-are genom tiderna". alandstidningen.ax (in Swedish). Ålandstidningen. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 2010-01-23. 
  3. ^ "Daniel Sjolund". soccerbase.com. Retrieved 2010-01-23. 
  4. ^ "Rigobert Song". soccerbase.com. Retrieved 2010-01-23. 
  5. ^ Johanna Lundeberg (15 January 2003). "Vänsterfoten är Sjölunds vapen". dif.se (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Fotboll. Archived from the original on 23 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-23. 
  6. ^ "Daniel Sjölund kvar i Djurgården". dif.se. Djurgårdens IF Fotboll. 15 November 2003. Archived from the original on 23 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-23. 
  7. ^ "Daniel Sjölund". palloliitto.fi (in Finnish). Football Association of Finland. Retrieved 2010-01-23. 
  8. ^ "Sjölunds jublimeum blev ingen succé". dif.se (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF. Archived from the original on 1 November 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-03. 
  9. ^ "Daniel Sjölund och DIF går skilda vägar". dif.fi (in Finnish). Djurgårdens IF. Retrieved 2012-12-03. 
  10. ^ "Daniel Sjölund nästa nyförvärv" (in Swedish). 4 February 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  11. ^ "IFK Norrköping värvar från ÅFF". Norrköpings Tidningar (in Swedish). 21 July 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 

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