Marcus Olsson

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For the Swedish ice hockey player, see Marcus Olsson (ice hockey). For the Swedish handball player, see Markus Olsson.
Marcus Olsson
Marcus Olsson 2008.jpg
Olsson in the colours of Halmstads BK in 2008
Personal information
Full name Marcus Jonas Munuhe Olsson[1]
Date of birth (1988-05-17) 17 May 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth Gävle, Sweden
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Derby County
Number 29
Youth career
0000–2006 Högaborgs BK
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Högaborgs BK
2008–2011 Halmstads BK 100 (12)
2012–2016 Blackburn Rovers 104 (1)
2016– Derby County 39 (1)
National team
2009 Sweden U21 1 (0)
2012 Sweden 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:18, 1 April 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 August 2009

Marcus Jonas Munuhe Olsson (born 17 May 1988) is a Swedish professional footballer who plays for Derby County as a midfielder and left back.

Club career[edit]

Halmstads BK[edit]

Born in Gävle, Sweden, Olsson started his career at Högaborgs BK. In 2008, he signed a contract with Halmstad,[2] replacing Martin Fribrock as left winger as Fribrock departed for Esbjerg fB in the summer of 2008. Mainly featured as left winger, he also used as a forward in several games, during Josep Clotet Ruiz time at Halmstad and the lack of a natural left side defender, Olsson and Kujtim Bala took turns on playing on the position.[3] As Halmstads BK was relegated from Allsvenskan in 2011, Marcus announced that he would not sign a new contract with the club and that he would start searching for a new club to play for.[4]

Blackburn Rovers[edit]

After rejecting a contract from Djurgårdens IF,[5] and being linked to Standard Liège and Viking FK,[6][7] Blackburn Rovers confirmed on 31 January that Olsson had signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with the club, joining his twin brother at the club.[8]

Marcus Olsson made his debut for Blackburn Rovers in the 3–0 away defeat to Manchester City in the Premier League on 25 February 2012, playing on the left wing, in front of his twin Martin who played at left back, with both completing a full 90 minutes.[9] He scored his first goal for Blackburn in a 3–3 draw with Leeds United on 1 September 2012.[10]

Olsson was released by Rovers following the conclusion of his contract with the club on 1 July 2014, but after lengthy negotiations signed a new contract for the club on 11 July.[11]

He was voted Blackburn Rovers player of the season for the 2014/15 season.[12]

Derby County[edit]

On 26 January 2016, Olsson was transferred from Blackburn to Derby County for an undisclosed fee, signing a three-and-a-half year contract.[13]

Olsson played his full debut on 6 February 2016 against Fulham, scoring an own goal after 17 minutes.[14] He scored his first goal for the club in a 1–0 win over Nottingham Forest on 19 March 2016.[15]

National team[edit]

Marcus Olsson was called up to the annual January tour of the Swedish national team in 2012, facing Bahrain and Qatar U23.[16] Marcus made his national team debut against Bahrain when he came on as a substitute for Tobias Hysén at half-time,[17] he made his second appearance against Qatar in the following match, again coming on as a substitute at half-time, this time replacing Jiloan Hamad.[18]

He can still play for the Kenyan national team as the two matches he played with Sweden were not in a competitive fixture.

Personal life[edit]

His twin brother Martin Olsson plays for Swansea City F.C. Their brother-in-law is Dallas Mavericks basketball player Dirk Nowitzki, who married their older sister Jessica.[19]


  1. ^ "EFL: Retained list: 2015/16" (PDF). English Football League. p. 21. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "Från HBK till HBK" (in Swedish). 12 April 2008. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Olsson vill radera Halmstads 0–13" (in Swedish). 23 May 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Spelarflykt hotar Halmstads BK: "Superettan lockar inte"" (in Swedish). 25 September 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Uppgifter: "Marcus Olsson nobbar Djurgårdens IF"" (in Swedish). 2 November 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Marcus Olsson bekräftar: "Standard Liege intresserat"" (in Swedish). 22 January 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Viking Stavanger bekräftar sitt intresse för Marcus Olsson" (in Swedish). 25 January 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Marcus make Rovers move". Blackburn Rovers F.C. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "Manchester City 3–0 Blackburn". 25 February 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2016 – via 
  10. ^ "Leeds 3–3 Blackburn". BBC. 1 September 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Olsson signs one-year Blackburn extension". Retrieved 7 December 2016. 
  12. ^ "Rovers star Markus Olsson has been named Player of the Year for 2014–15.". Retrieved 7 December 2016. 
  13. ^ "Marcus Olsson: Derby County sign Blackburn Rovers defender". BBC Sport. 26 January 2016. Retrieved 26 January 2016. 
  14. ^ "Match at Craven Cottage, London". Fulham FC. Retrieved 6 February 2016. 
  15. ^ "Derby 1–0 Nottm Forest". BBC Sport. BBC. 19 March 2016. Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
  16. ^ "Med A-landslaget till Qatar" (in Swedish). 14 December 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  17. ^ "Herr: 2–0 mot Bahrain i Doha" (in Swedish). 18 January 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  18. ^ "Storseger mot Qatar" (in Swedish). 23 January 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  19. ^ "NBA Star, Dirk Nowitzki, Weds Fiancee Jessica Olsson in Kenyan Traditional Ceremony -Munaluchi Bride". 31 July 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2016. 

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