Erik Johansson (footballer, born 1988)

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Erik Johansson
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Personal information
Full name Erik Johansson
Date of birth (1988-12-30) 30 December 1988 (age 29)
Place of birth Falkenberg, Sweden
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Djurgårdens IF
Number 21
Youth career
0000–2008 Falkenbergs FF
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Falkenbergs FF 98 (17)
2011–2012 GAIS 34 (5)
2013–2015 Malmö FF 55 (2)
2015–2016 Gent 9 (0)
2016–2018 Copenhagen 52 (3)
2018– Djurgårdens IF 1 (0)
National team
2014–2016 Sweden 12 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 July 2018

Erik Johansson (born 30 December 1988) is a Swedish footballer who plays for Djurgårdens IF as a defender. He represented Sweden at Euro 2016 after which he retired from international duty.

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.[1][2]

Club career[edit]

Falkenbergs FF[edit]

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.

GAIS[edit]

Johansson transferred to GAIS on 1 September 2011.[3] 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.[4]

Malmö FF[edit]

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.[5] 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.[6]

Gent[edit]

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.[7] He made his Gent debut on 31 July 2015 in a 1–0 home victory against Genk.[8] He went on to make eight more appearances for Gent, all in the league, before leaving the club permanently in January 2016.[9]

Copenhagen[edit]

On 18 January 2016, Johansson signed for Danish Superliga side Copenhagen for an undisclosed fee. He signed a contract until 2020 and will wear the number five shirt.[10]

Djurgårdens IF[edit]

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.[11] He signed a 4.5 year contract keeping him at the Stockholm club through 2022 where he will wear the jersey number 21.[12]

International career[edit]

Johansson made his international debut for Sweden in 2014.[13] 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.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 26 June 2018.[9]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Falkenbergs FF 2008 23 0 23 0
2009 27 4 27 4
2010 27 7 1 0 28 7
2011 21 6 3 1 24 7
Total 98 17 4 1 102 18
GAIS 2011 7 1 0 0 7 1
2012 27 4 1 0 28 4
Total 34 5 1 0 35 5
Malmö FF 2013 17 0 2 2 5 0 24 2
2014 25 0 5 0 10 0 40 0
2015 13 2 4 0 0 0 17 2
Total 55 2 11 2 15 0 81 4
Gent 2015–16 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Total 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Copenhagen 2015–16 13 0 3 0 0 0 16 0
2016–17 28 1 3 0 15 0 46 1
2017–18 11 2 0 0 4 0 15 2
Total 52 3 6 0 19 0 77 3
Djurgårdens IF 2018 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 248 27 22 3 34 0 304 30

International[edit]

National team Year Apps Goals
Sweden 2014 1 0
2015 7 0
2016 4 0
Total 12 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Malmö FF
Copenhagen

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Erik Johansson - den angrebslystne forsvarer der ikke gider se fodbold". unibet.dk (in Danish). Unibet. April 2018. Retrieved 26 May 2018. 
  2. ^ "Solbakken løfter sløret for sine FCK-profiler: Sådan er de i virkeligheden". bt.dk (in Danish). BT. 29 September 2016. Retrieved 26 May 2018. 
  3. ^ "Erik Johansson klar för GAIS". gais.se. GAIS. 1 September 2011. Archived from the original on 14 October 2014. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Erik och supportrarna årets spelare". gais.se. GAIS. 1 September 2011. Archived from the original on 14 October 2014. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Erik Johansson klar" (in Swedish). mff.se. 12 December 2012. Archived from the original on 13 January 2013. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Här är vinnarna i Allsvenskans stora pris". allsvenskan.se (in Swedish). Allsvenskan. 6 November 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "Erik Johansson tekent voor 4 seizoenen". kaagent.be (in Swedish). KAA Gent. 9 July 2015. Archived from the original on 22 August 2016. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  8. ^ "Gent vs. Genk - 31 July 2015". uk.soccerway.com/. Soccerway. 18 January 2016. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  9. ^ a b "Erik Johansson". soccerway.com (in Swedish). Soccerway. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "F.C. København køber Erik Johansson". fck.dk (in Danish). FC Copenhagen. 18 January 2016. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  11. ^ "AVSLÖJAR: Djurgården mot genombrott – nära jätteaffär med FCK-stjärnan". fotbolldirekt.se (in Swedish). Fotboll Direkt. Retrieved 26 June 2018. 
  12. ^ "Erik Johansson klar – presenteras i dag". expressen.se (in Swedish). Expressen. Retrieved 26 June 2018. 
  13. ^ http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro-finals/season=2016/teams/team=127/squad/index.html
  14. ^ https://svenskfotboll.se/arkiv/landslag/2016/08/erik-johansson-slutar-i-landslaget/

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