Helander with Sweden in 2019
|Full name||Filip Viktor Helander|
|Date of birth||22 April 1993|
|Place of birth||Malmö, Sweden|
|Height||1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:10, 31 May 2019 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 June 2019
Helander made his Allsvenskan debut in a match against Syrianska on 17 October 2011. Helander played the first matches beside Pontus Jansson in defence before being replaced by Daniel Andersson after the second round of matches. On 17 July 2012, Helander signed a first team contract with Malmö until the end of the 2015 season. When Andersson played less and less after the summer break Helander established himself in the starting lineup and finished the season as a regular starter in the defence. Helander played a total of 12 league matches for Malmö during the 2012 season.
The league title winning 2013 season proved to be the real breakthrough season for Helander as he played 18 matches for the club. He was injured in the early stages of the season and was replaced in the starting line-up by Erik Johansson but later reclaimed this spot in the second part of the season. For the 2014 season Helander played regularly throughout the entire season as the club defended their league title and qualified for the group stage of the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League. He also scored his first league goal for Malmö in 2014 on 23 August in a 3–0 home win against IFK Norrköping. For his performances in the league Helander was nominated for the award of Allsvenskan defender of the year. He was also nominated for Swedish defender of the year at Fotbollsgalan.
On 22 July 2015, Helander signed for Hellas Verona in the Italian Serie A. On 23 September, he made his debut against Internazionale in a 1–0 defeat at the San Siro. In the next game against Lazio at home he again was in the starting line up and in the 33rd minute he scored his first Serie A goal. Lazio went on to win the game 2–1.
On 31 August 2016, Helander joined Bologna on a season-long loan deal, with an obligation to sign outright at the end of season. As part of the deal, Nicolò Cherubin moved to Verona. On 12 June 2017, Helander joined Bologna on a definitive basis.
The following season, his second with the Rossoblù, Helander found more space in the rotation under coach Roberto Donadoni, playing 29 games. His club season ended early in April 2018 because of an injury, but without risking the World Cup in which he participated as a reserve.
- As of 31 May 2019.
- As of 10 June 2019
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