Erik Johansson (footballer, born 1988)
|Full name||Erik Johansson|
|Date of birth||30 December 1988|
|Place of birth||Falkenberg, Sweden|
|Height||1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 July 2018|
Unlike other footballers, he has the unusual trait of being totally uninterested in watching football. He only ever watches matches when he has to prepare himself for forthcoming games, and he views the sport solely as his profession.
Johansson started his career at Superettan side Falkenbergs FF in 2008 when he was promoted to the first team squad. He was a frequent used substitute for his first season at the club but also started in 10 matches out of 23 played. For the 2009 season Johansson had established himself as a regular in the starting lineup as he played 27 matches out of 30, all of which he started. He also scored 4 goals in the 2009 season as he was playing as a midfielder. His goal production increased to 7 for the 2010 season when he also played 27 matches for Falkenberg. In the 2011 season Johansson managed to play 21 matches and score 6 goals before transferring to Allsvenskan club GAIS.
Johansson transferred to GAIS on 1 September 2011. GAIS expressed early on that they considered to play his as a defender instead as a midfielder. He played 7 matches and scored one goal for his first season in Allsvenskan. For the 2012 season he played 27 matches out of 30 and scored 4 goals. GAIS were relegated to Superettan at the end of the season. Johansson was voted player of the year for GAIS in 2012.
On 12 December 2012, Johansson was presented as a Malmö FF player. He joined the club on 1 January 2013 when the transfer window opened in Sweden. Johansson signed a four-year contract lasting until the end of the 2016 season. During his debut season at the club Johansson played 17 matches in the league, primarily standing in for Filip Helander during the middle part of the season when he was injured. Johansson scored two goals in three matches for the club during the group stage of the 2012–13 Svenska Cupen before the start of the league season. For the 2014 season Johansson saw considerable more play as regular Pontus Jansson was sold during the summer transfer window. Johansson made 25 appearances in the league and ten matches in the clubs 2014–15 UEFA Champions League campaign, of which five matches were in the group stage. For his performances in the league Johansson was nominated for the award of Allsvenskan defender of the year.
On 9 July 2015, Johansson left Swedish football for the first time as he agreed to join Belgian Pro League club Gent on a four-year contract. He was assigned the number five shirt. He made his Gent debut on 31 July 2015 in a 1–0 home victory against Genk. He went on to make eight more appearances for Gent, all in the league, before leaving the club permanently in January 2016.
On 26 June 2018, Johansson was presented by Allsvenskan side Djurgårdens IF for an undisclosed fee rumored to be in the 8-9 million SEK range. He signed a 4.5 year contract keeping him at the Stockholm club through 2022 where he will wear the jersey number 21.
Johansson made his international debut for Sweden in 2014. He was selected for Euro 2016 where he played in all three games before Sweden was eliminated in the group stage. Johansson retired from the national team after the tournament at the age of 27, having only played 12 international games.
- As of 26 June 2018.
- Malmö FF
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