Erik Edman

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Erik Edman
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Edman warming-up for Sweden in 2007
Personal information
Full name Erik Kenneth Edman[1]
Date of birth (1978-11-11) 11 November 1978 (age 39)
Place of birth Jönköping, Sweden
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Habo IF
Helsingborgs IF
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1999 Helsingborgs IF 61 (1)
1999–2000 Torino 0 (0)
2000 Karlsruher SC 8 (0)
2000–2001 AIK 21 (0)
2001–2004 Heerenveen 91 (1)
2004–2005 Tottenham Hotspur 31 (1)
2005–2008 Rennes 56 (0)
2008–2010 Wigan Athletic 10 (0)
2010–2013 Helsingborgs IF 51 (0)
Total 329 (3)
National team
1993–1994 Sweden U16 22 (0)
1995–1996 Sweden U18 10 (0)
1997–1999 Sweden U21 19 (0)
2001–2009 Sweden 57 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:20, 29 April 2012

Erik Kenneth Edman (Swedish pronunciation: [²eːrɪk ˈeːdman]; born 11 November 1978) is a retired Swedish footballer who played as a defender. His last club was Helsingborgs IF in Allsvenskan.[2]

Edman earned 57 caps for Sweden from his debut in 2001, and was selected for two FIFA World Cups and Euro 2004.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Edman is an experienced left back, who has played for a number of clubs during his career. Edman was a player at Helsingborgs IF until 1999, which was his first time leaving Sweden and moved abroad. In 2001, after having unremarkable spells at Italian club Torino and Karlsruher SC in Germany, Edman returned to Sweden and joined AIK for one season. After that, Heerenveen in the Netherlands brought Edman from Sweden.

Tottenham Hotspur[edit]

In July 2004, Tottenham Hotspur signed Edman from Heerenveen.[3] Edman quickly established himself at the club, and will probably be best remembered at Spurs for his stunning goal, which he scored from 41 yards out, in the Premier League match against Liverpool in April 2005.[4] However, in the summer of 2005, the arrival of South Korean left back, Lee Young-Pyo, led Edman to make the decision of leaving England.


In the last week of August, Spurs accepted an offer from French club Rennes.[5] It did not take long for Edman to impress his new manager, László Bölöni, and once again established himself as first choice at left-back.

Wigan Athletic[edit]

In January 2008, Edman was signed by Wigan Athletic for a transfer fee of £500,000.[6] The arrival of Edman was a good deal for Wigan Athletic, since the club did not find a good replacement after the departure of Leighton Baines, the previous summer. In March 2008, Edman was injured in a match against Blackburn Rovers, damaging his anterior crutiate ligament in his knee.[7] This means he missed the rest of Wigan's season, as well as Euro 2008. Edman made his return to the Wigan team, as a substitute in January 2009 at Old Trafford, as Wigan lost 1–0 to Manchester United.[8] However, he has lacked playing time, due to injuries and Maynor Figueroa's impressive performances throughout the season, which have earned him a spot in Roberto Martínez's starting eleven. Edman played his last game in the Latics' 9–1 loss against Tottenham Hotspur in November,[9] where he had a torrid time against Aaron Lennon.[10]

Helsingborgs IF[edit]

On 5 February 2010, Helsingborgs IF confirmed that they had resigned Edman.[11] Edman signed a five-year contract with the Swedish club.

International career[edit]

Edman was a part of the Swedish national team setup from 2001 until 2009. In 2002, he was part of Sweden's 2002 World Cup squad, but did not make any appearances. He then began to feature more regularly for Sweden after the 2002 World Cup, and at Euro 2004 and the 2006 World Cup, he featured as a starting left back for the team.

He scored his first and only goal, a free kick, in a 2006 World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria at the Vasil Levski National Stadium in March 2005.[12]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Sweden's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 26 March 2005 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia  Bulgaria 2–0 3–0 2006 World Cup qualifier



Helsingborgs IF


  • Swedish Defender of the Year: 2004

Personal life[edit]

Edman married Hanna Kjellsson in December 2006. They have a son named Elias (born September 2005), and a daughter, Nora (born May 2008).


  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10. Mainstream Publishing. p. 133. ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0.
  2. ^ "Officiellt: Kalle Björklund till Helsingborg – som ger Erik Edman tränarroll". Fotbolltransfers. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Spurs sign Edman". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 31 July 2004. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  4. ^ "Liverpool 2–2 Tottenham". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 16 April 2005. Retrieved 27 August 2009.
  5. ^ "Rennes complete signing of Edman". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 31 August 2005. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  6. ^ Mole, Giles (18 January 2008). "Wigan complete Valencia and Edman signings". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
  7. ^ "Injured Edman faces long lay-off". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 25 March 2008. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  8. ^ McNulty, Phil (14 January 2009). "Man Utd 1–0 Wigan". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  9. ^ Fletcher, Paul (22 November 2009). "Tottenham 9–1 Wigan". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  10. ^ "Defender Edman makes Wigan exit". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 8 February 2010. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
  11. ^ "Wigan defender joins Helsingborg". 5 February 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2010.
  12. ^ "Bulgaria 0–3 Sweden: Ljungberg brace". ESPN Soccernet. ESPN. 26 March 2005. Retrieved 29 April 2012.

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