Mikael Nilsson (footballer, born 1978)
|Full name||Mikael Nilsson|
|Date of birth||24 June 1978|
|Place of birth||Ovesholm, Sweden|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Midfielder, defender|
|1999||Åhus Horna BK||22||(11)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Mikael "Micke" Nilsson [ˈmiːkɑɛl ˈnɪlsɔn] (born 24 June 1978 in Ovesholm) is a retired Swedish footballer who played as a midfielder and defender. His last club was Fremad Amager in the Danish 2nd Division East. Between 2002 and 2009, he played 64 matches for Sweden and scored three goals. He is called "MiNi" by Swedish supporters, referring to the first letters in his first and second names.
Nilsson started his career with Ovesholms IF, where he stayed until 1998 when he moved to Åhus Horna BK. He played for the club for only one season before moving to Halmstads BK in 2000. His first season was mostly spent on the bench, but eventually he became one of the team's more important players until, during the 2004 season, he was sold to English club Southampton.
On 8 April 2009, Nilsson announced a transfer to Brøndby IF. He signed a three-year contract and will move to the club on 1 July 2009.
Nilsson's Brøndby contract expired on 30 June 2012 after which Nilsson left the club following three years playing as both a right back, midfielder and occasionally right midfielder. In his last six months at Brøndby, Nilsson did not play much as Brøndby did not see Nilsson as part of the club's future.
In August 2012 he agreed to play for the Copenhagen-based club Fremad Amager due to the new assigned coach Per F. Hansen, as he was the former assistant coach of Brøndby IF. Although on 8 August 2012, Nilsson officially announced his retirement as a player.
He has played in the Sweden national team since 20 November 2002, when he made his debut against the Czech Republic in which he scored two goals in a 3–3 draw. He has been a part of Sweden's squad to the UEFA Euro 2004, 2006 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2008, mainly playing as a defender.
He started out as a midfielder, but once when the national team lacked defenders, Nilsson was moved back, since when he generally plays as a defender for the national team.
During the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification Sweden changed to 3–5–2 formation, placing Nilsson again on the midfield. On 6 June 2009, Sweden played a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Denmark at the Råsunda Stadium in Solna. Nilsson made a terrible mistake that caused Sweden to lose 0–1 and eventually miss the World Cup. A cross came in from the right and Nilsson was going to clear it out of Swedish penalty area. He was not under pressure when the ball came. Somehow, he managed to get the ball on his left leg, causing it to roll across the goal-line and to the Danish midfielder Thomas Kahlenberg who scored easily.
Following Sweden's failure to reach the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Nilsson announced his retirement from international football, stating he would not be able to balance playing for both Brøndby IF and the Sweden national team.
|1.||20 November 2002||Na Stínadlech, Teplice||Czech Republic||1–1||3–3||Friendly|
|2.||20 November 2002||Na Stínadlech, Teplice||Czech Republic||1–2||3–3||Friendly|
|3.||10 September 2003||Silesian Stadium, Chorzów||Poland||0–1||0–2||UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying|
- Champion: 2000
- Runner-up: 2004
- "Mikale Nilsson slutar spela fotboll" (in Swedish). SvD. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
- "Mikael Nilsson till Southampton" (in Swedish). SR.se. 1 July 2004. Archived from the original on 30 May 2009. Retrieved 4 July 2008.
- "Southampton and HBK agreed" (in Swedish). Hallandsposten.se. 23 July 2004. Retrieved 4 July 2008.[dead link]
- "Nilsson greek for 4 years" (in Swedish). Hallandsposten.se. 1 August 2005. Retrieved 4 July 2008.[dead link]
- "Nilsson till HBK – men inte än..." (in Swedish). Hallandsposten.se. 4 March 2008. Archived from the original on 18 May 2008. Retrieved 28 May 2008.
- "Remis i lokalderbyet" (in Danish). Fremad Amager. Archived from the original on 7 August 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
- "Herr: Målkalas i årets sista landskamp" (in Swedish). Svenskfotboll.se. 20 November 2002. Retrieved 4 July 2008.
- "Micke Nilsson slutar i landslaget" (in Swedish). hallandsposten.se. 12 October 2009. Retrieved 15 December 2009.