Karl-Johan Johnsson

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Karl-Johan Johnsson
Personal information
Full name Karl-Johan Johnsson
Date of birth (1990-01-28) 28 January 1990 (age 27)
Place of birth Ränneslöv, Sweden
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
EA Guingamp
Number 1
Youth career
Ränneslövs GIF
2005–2008 Halmstads BK
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 Halmstads BK 67 (0)
2013–2014 NEC 30 (0)
2014–2016 Randers FC 64 (0)
2016– EA Guingamp 17 (0)
National team
2007–2009 Sweden U19 4 (0)
2009–2012 Sweden U21 17 (0)
2012– Sweden 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 december 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 January 2016

Karl-Johan Johnsson (born 28 January 1990) is a Swedish footballer who plays for EA Guingamp in the Ligue 1 as a goalkeeper.[1]


In 2005, at the age of 15, Johnsson moved to Halmstads BK. Johnsson began his career in Ränneslövs GIF. When goalkeeper Marcus Sahlman was loaned to Trelleborgs FF Johnsson was picked up as third choice goalkeeper on the senior team and he made his game debut on 24 August 2008 against Djurgårdens IF when Magnus Bahne was forced to leave the field during halftime.[2] On 20 November 2008 it was reported that Johansson would go to Manchester, England, for a week and join Manchester City during training.[3][4] As Conny Johansson retired and Marcus Sahlman left for Tromsø IL, Karl-Johan was made second choice goalkeeper for the 2009 season.

During the 2010 season Johnsson became second choice behind Robin Malmqvist. The 2011 season became turbulent, at first Halmstads BK appointed Josep Clotet Ruiz as new manager of the club, this saw changes among the goalkeepers as Malmqvist was loaned out to Tromsø IL in Norway and Spanish keeper Nauzet Pérez was brought in as first choice, however poor performance and problems with adapting to the Swedish lifestyle saw Pérez depart the club before half the season was played,[5] with his departure Johnsson was appointed first choice as goalkeeper at the club.[6]

On 5 November 2012 Halmstads BK announced that Johnsson would leave the club as a bosman for Dutch club NEC Nijmegen when the transfer window opened on 1 January 2013.[7][8]

International career[edit]

Karl-Johan Johnsson represented Sweden at U19 level before moving up to the Swedish U21 team and debuting against the Slovakian U21 team in 2009. Over time Johnsson was able work himself into becoming the first choice goalkeeper in the U21 team.

Despite Halmstads BK's poor performance in Allsvenskan 2011 and their relegation, Karl-Johan Johnsson was called up to the Swedish national team for the 2012 January tour against Qatar U23 and Bahrain,[9] missing out on the game against Bahrain, he then came on as a substitute in halft time against Qatar,[10] making his senior team debut.



Tipsbladet Det Gyldne Bur (1): 2015


  1. ^ "Officiellt: Karl-Johan Johnsson klar för NEC Nijmegen" (in Swedish). Fotbolltransfers. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Djurgården vann över Halmstads BK" (in Swedish). Hallandsposten.se. 24 August 2008. Retrieved 1 July 2009. 
  3. ^ "Kalle tränar med Manchester City" (in Swedish). HBK.se. 19 November 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2009. 
  4. ^ "Keeper training with City". Skysports.com. 19 November 2008. Retrieved 30 June 2009. 
  5. ^ "Förändringar i truppen" (in Swedish). hbk.se. 29 May 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Tuff press på ung HBK-keeper: "Kan bli problem"" (in Swedish). fotbolldirekt.se. 30 May 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Kalle lämnar HBK efter säsongen" (in Swedish). hbk.se. 5 November 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "N.E.C. legt talentvolle keeper Kalle Johnsson vast" (in Dutch). nec-nijmegen.nl. 5 November 2012. Retrieved 12 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "Herr: Nio U21-spelare med till Qatar" (in Swedish). svenskfotboll.se. 14 December 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  10. ^ "Storseger mot Qatar" (in Swedish). svenskfotboll.se. 23 January 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 

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