|Full name||Erland Johnsen|
|Date of birth||5 April 1967|
|Place of birth||Fredrikstad, Norway|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
He played mainly as a centre back from 1983 until 1999, notably in the Premier League for Chelsea and in the Bundesliga for Bayern Munich. He also played for Moss, Rosenborg and Strømsgodset and earned 24 caps for Norway. He moved into management in 1999 with Strømsgodset and later with Moss, Follo, Lillestrøm and Strømmen.
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In December 1989, he transferred to English team Chelsea, where he played for eight seasons and was voted player of the year for the club in 1995. He scored his only goal for the club against Southampton in April 1994. Whilst at Chelsea he played in the 1994 FA Cup Final. Chelsea won the 1996–97 FA Cup; Johnsen was left out of the squad for the final but played in the semi-final against Wimbledon. Shortly after this he returned to his native Norway where he played for Rosenborg and finally Strømsgodset before retiring in June 1999.
Johnsen was a central defender who was capped 19 times for the Norwegian national team, participating in the 1994 World Cup. He also won five caps during Norway's unsuccessful qualification campaign for 1988 Olympics, although these are not recognized as full internationals by FIFA. He made 16 under-21 appearances for Norway. Perhaps the most famous moment in Johnsen's career came on 15 November 1989, during a match between Norway and Scotland, at Hampden Park, where he scored a goal from the middle of the pitch. The goal went around the world, even making CNN's "Play of the Day". It also caught the interest of Chelsea who purchased Johnsen later that same year. Legendary Scottish goalkeeper Jim Leighton said about the shot twenty years later: "I'm never allowed to forget about it in Scotland, it is the furthest I've ever lost a goal from." Johnsen reconstructed the goal together with Leighton in 2009 on the Norwegian sports entertainment show Golden Goal.
Johnsen remained with Strømsgodset as an assistant coach for the next three years after he retired as a footballer. Later he had spells with Moss (2002–2003) and Follo (2003–2006). He also worked for Lillestrøm as a player developer.
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
1Includes four 1989–90 Full Members Cup games.
|Norway national team|
|1.||15 November 1989||Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland||Scotland||1–1||1–1||1990 World Cup qualifier|
|2.||27 March 1990||Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland||Northern Ireland||2–3||2–3||Friendly|
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