Top facts about Johan Elmander, the slayer of Wolves

Mon 18 October 2021 | 14:30

Johan Elmander will obviously be remembered forever for that goal against Wolves back in 2010. Read on to find out more facts about Johan Elmander, the former Bolton legend.

Johan Erik Calvin Elmander (born 27 May 1981) is a retired Swedish pro player who featured as a striker. He began his professional journey at Holmalunds IF in the late 1990s and went on to perform in the Holland, Sweden, Denmark, France, Britain, and Turkey until retirement in 2017 at Orgryte IS.

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is 40. Here you can find out the most important facts about Johan Elmander, the former striker.

Between 2002 and 2015, Elmander was a full international for Sweden, scoring 20 goals in 85 appearances and appearing at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2008, and UEFA Euro 2012.

In a survey conducted by The Guardian in 2011, his goal for

Bolton Wanderers


Wolverhampton Wanderers

throughout the 2010–11 season was named the best Premier League goal ever.

Top facts about Johan Elmander:

An important fact about Johan Elmander is that he began his career as a striker for Swedish teams Holmalunds IF and Orgryte, but switched to a center midfielder before joining Feyenoord at the age of 18 and continuing to play as a midfielder.

Johan Elmander early life

The striker was born in the municipality of Alingsas.

Johan Elamder’s parents

are Bert Elmander and Mona Elmander. There is not much information available regarding

Johan Elmander’s childhood


Johan Elmander personal life

Elmander has two brothers, Peter and Patrik, who were also professional football players at one point. Elmander married her high school love Amanda Calvin in a spectacular wedding in her hometown of Hemsjö, Sweden, on December 27, 2007.

Over 200 people attended the wedding, including former colleagues Kim Källström and Jon Jönsson. Christoffer Hiding, a Swedish pop star, performed during their wedding. The couple announced the birth of their first child in August 2008. Elmander's wife gave birth to a baby girl called Lily on the 18th of November 2010.

Johan Elmander professional career

The Swedish former professional footballer played as a striker, beginning his career with Holmalunds IF in the late 1990s, he went on to play professionally in the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, France, England, and Turkey before retiring at Örgryte IS in 2017.

Elmander represented Sweden at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2008, and UEFA Euro 2012. He retired from the national team in November 2015, having won 85 caps and scored 20 goals.

Johan Elmander club career

An important

fact about Johan Elmander

is that he began his career as a forward for Swedish teams before switching to centre midfield for Holmalunds IF and Orgryte before joining Feyenoord in the Netherlands at the age of 18 and continuing to play as a midfielder. He was a substitute in the 3–2 victory against

Borussia Dortmund

in the 2002 UEFA Cup Final, despite never being a regular in the first team.

Djurgårdens IF

Elmander was then loaned back to Djurgrden in Sweden, where he earned the Allsvenskan title and Swedish Cup championship in 2002 and 2003, respectively, although he was not given any medals since he participated too few games.

In a friendly game versus Greece in February 2002, he made his Swedish national team debut. He was loaned out to NAC Breda, Feyenoord's Dutch division rivals, in 2003.

Brøndby IF

Elmander was purchased by Danish Superliga club Brondby before to the 2004–05 season. Despite not scoring as many goals as anticipated for the club, he was the creator and creative spark behind the lone striker in Coach Michael Laudrup's 4–3–3 system in the 2004–05 Superliga season.

Elmander was named Brondby's Player of the Year after the squad won the Danish Superliga and the Danish Cup double.

A notable fact about Johan Elmander is that he netted 22 goals in 58 Danish Superliga matches over his two seasons at Brondby, drawing the interest of many European teams.

He was called up to participate in the 2006 World Cup for Sweden, where he appeared in two games. On July 7, 2006, Elmander signed a four-year deal with Toulouse for an undisclosed price of approximately €4,500,000.


Elmander netted 11 goals in his debut season at


and was nominated for player of the year by his teammates; nevertheless, Lyon winger Florent Malouda won the honor. Elmander was instrumental in guiding Toulouse to a third-place finish and a spot in the UEFA Champions League qualifying stages.

The second season was considerably more unpredictable, much like his team's, and although scoring the same amount of goals as the previous season, he was less decisive.

Bolton Wanderers

In 2008, Gary Megson was chastised for spending a club record £8.2 million for Johan Elmander, who failed to impress at Bolton. As the Swede failed to justify his high price tag, he went 11 months without scoring in the Premier League.

Owen Coyle, Megson's successor at Bolton, helped to revive the striker temporarily during the 2010-2011 season, although his overall record of 18 goals in 92 league games in England hardly qualifies as productive.

Elmander acknowledges that he joined Feyenoord too soon, at the age of 18, after beginning with Holmalund and Orgryte in his country, and that he should have remained in Sweden for at least another season.

He won a UEFA Cup winner's medal with Rotterdam in 2002 despite not knowing if he was a midfielder or a striker. He was too inexperienced to keep onto a regular position.

He was only able to really master the craft of a number nine during a loan stint at Djurgarden, but coach Bert van Marwijk was unable to give him first-team football, so he was farmed out again, this time to NAC Breda. He signed a four-year contract with Brondby after being enticed by the prospect of working under Michael Laudrup, and he excelled in a free attacking position.

In 2004, Elmander drew a lot of attention. He channeled his rage and disappointment at missing out on Euro 2004 into the Under-21 Championship, where he was joint-top scorer and described the event as his "international breakthrough."

Despite interest from English teams and Rangers, he made Sweden's World Cup squad in 2006 and was signed by Toulouse following the games. He thrived in a youthful side under Elie Baup and was made aware of attention from


. In the end, the Premier League was his next destination, and he had always stated his desire to play in either England or Spain.

Despite Megson's original suggestion that he was too costly, Bolton won off the competition to get their man. Before finding form in 2010, Elmander struggled to replace Nicolas Anelka's shoes, and when his contract ended in the summer of 2011, the striker went to



A notable

fact about Johan Elmander

is that when he first arrived at Bolton, he informed the supporters that he is the kind of player that battles for 90 minutes and puts in a lot of effort for the club. His power, along with his experience playing in various offensive positions, make him a valuable striker to have.

He Had trouble adjusting to the rigors of the Premier League and seemed out of place playing for a club whose style didn't fit him. Despite a significant improvement under previous coach Coyle, his finishing may be improved.

A stunning solo goal against Wolves, which displayed great tight control and agile movement and was a visual representation of a player full of confidence in his own abilities.

Fans thought he exhibited a lack of commitment by refusing a new contract and running down his term at The Reebok, despite the club sticking by him throughout his prolonged settling-in phase.

Elmander turned down the opportunity to join

Manchester United

as a youngster when he left Ogryte. "I would have remained on the bench if I had gone to England, and I wanted to play," he said.

Elmander completed an £8.2 million transfer to Premier League team Bolton Wanderers on June 27, 2008, the team's record signing, with Daniel Braaten going to Toulouse as part of the transaction. Elmander signed a three-year contract with the club, and manager Gary Megson assigned him the number 9 jersey.

Elmander's debut Premier League strike, a header, came versus

Stoke City

on his competitive debut on August 16, 2008, in a 3–1 victory. In the 2008–09 season, Elmander appeared in 30 games, scoring five goals and assisting on two others.

Elmander had a nine-month goal drought from December 2008 to September 2009, which ended when he scored in extra time against West Ham United in a League Cup match. In a 5–1 loss to Aston Villa, he scored his first league goal in 11 months.

Elmander rediscovered his scoring touch in the 2010–11 campaign, netting six goals in his first 13 appearances, all of which were played away from the Reebok Stadium. His first home goals of the campaign came versus Newcastle United, putting him in a tie for the league's leading scorer.

However, his goal-scoring record dropped, with just three goals netted between December and a goal versus

Birmingham City

in an FA Cup sixth-round game on March 12th. With this goal, he now has eleven goals for the season in all competitions.

In a 20 May interview, Bolton boss Owen Coyle said that he anticipated Elmander to join Galatasaray, and Elmander announced his departure later that month.

Elmander made a total of 92 Premier League games, scoring 18 goals; 11 FA Cup appearances, scoring three goals; and five League Cup appearances, scoring one.


A notable

fact about Johan Elmander

is that he came in Turkey on his birthday, May 27, 2011, and on May 30, 2011, he signed a three-year free transfer agreement with Galatasaray after his contract with Bolton ended the same month.

He made his Süper Lig debut in week two, coming in in the 61st minute and scoring his first goal in a 3–1 home victory over Samsunspor on September 18. Due to Elmander's outstanding performance, Galatasaray coach Fatih Terim switched the team's formation to a 4–4–2, enabling him to play alongside fellow striker Milan Baro at the same time.

Elmander scored the opening and winning goals in a 3–2 victory against Beşiktaş on February 26, 2012, and he also scored goals in all derby meetings, including against Fenerbahçe and Trabzonspor. In a season in which Galatasaray was named league winners, he scored 12 goals in 36 league appearances.

Elmander debuted in the 2012–13 season against Kasmpaşa and scored his first goal the following week in a 3–3 draw with Beşiktaş. In Galatasaray's 4–0 away victory against Antalyaspor in the fourth week of the league, he scored the first goal.

On October 19, 2012, he scored an incredible goal against Gençlerbirlii in a 3–3 away tie to keep the Süper Lig lead. He departed in August 2013 to join Norwich City on a season-long loan from the Premier League.

Norwich City

Elmander returned to England on a season-long loan with

Norwich City

. On August 27, 2013, he made his Norwich City debut against Hull City and scored his first two goals for the club against Bury in the League Cup.

On August 31, 2013, he made his league debut against Southampton. On March 15, 2014, Elmander scored his first league goal against Southampton in a 4–2 away defeat for the Canaries. Elmander failed to impress during his loan stint at Norwich, but he did won many supporters' hearts with his hard effort and desire to play.


Elmander signed a two-year deal with Brondby in Denmark on a free transfer when his contract with Galatasaray ended on June 24, 2014. On his return to the club, he was given the number 11 jersey.

Retirement and return to Orgryte

Elmander's last season as a professional player was played with Orgryte, when he scored five goals in 25 appearances across all competitions.

Johan Elmander international career

An important fact about Johan Elmander is that in 2004, he was part of the Swedish U21 national team that came fourth in the U21 European Championships in Germany.

He was selected in the Swedish World Cup squad in 2006. For a number of years, he was one of the main candidates for the attacking places in the national team.

Again, selected for the European Championships in 2008, he was awarded a midfield position due to tough competition in the attacking positions.

He also participated in the European Championships in 2012 and on November 6, 2015, Johan Elmander announced that he was leaving the Swedish national team after 85 international matches and 20 goals since his debut in 2002.

Despite this, he never became as dominant a player in the national team as his generation mates Andreas Isaksson, Kim Källström and Zlatan Ibrahimović.

Johan Elmander spectacular goal

When his Lancastrian team needed it the most, a big Swedish striker scored an unbelievable skillful goal. Take a seat, Ibrahimovic; this one is about Johan Elmander and the period in 2010 when he transformed into a footballing Michael Flatley.

Elmander, who scored 20 goals in 85 appearances for Sweden, joined Bolton in his prime in 2008, when he was 27 years old, for a club-record price of approximately £10 million.

Gary Megson was still the manager of the Wanderers at the time, and The Macron was still known as The Reebok.

Here are a few more events from 2010, the year of his stunning goal: Angry Birds was released, Apple unveiled the first iPad, and no one knew what Inception was about or what the Lost finale meant.

Over 100,000 flights were canceled due to volcanic ash, and Blackburn Rovers were unable to sign

Robert Lewandowski

, while Spain won the World Cup for the first time, Carlo Ancelotti's Chelsea won the league and cup double, and Jose Mourinho led Inter Milan to the treble, winning the Champions League in a Diego Milito-inspired final against Bayern Munich after a legendary performance against Barcelona in the semis.

Elmander's aim, on the other hand, could be better than all of that put together. It was so excellent, in fact, that in a survey conducted by The Guardian in 2011, it was named the best Premier League goal of all time.

Of course, it's impossible to exclude out the possibility that these polls are rigged, but Elmander came out on top of a shortlist of fifty candidates with 27 percent of the final vote.

Dennis Bergkamp's historic strike against


was the only other goal to get more than 10% of the vote, although it was still in second place with 19%. Let us recall what made it so unique...

It's mid-November 2010, Bolton is on a five-game undefeated streak with three wins and two draws – which was just about enough to keep them out of relegation that season – and a Richard Stearman own goal in the opening minute puts them up 1-0 at Molineux against a Wolves team that is right behind them.

Then, in the 62nd minute, Stuart Holden sprinted onto the ball just outside the penalty area, dragging in two defenders before squaring to Elmander, who had his back to goal and three opponents within touching distance.

To get the ball under control, he uses one touch with his left foot. He takes another on his left to knock it over to his right, then drops his shoulder and drags the ball full circle, losing his defensive coverage in the process.

Elmander extends his body to improve his shooting angle one more time, passing the ball into the far corner of the goal, beyond the goalie who is diving full-stretch.

Kevin Davies had already raised his arms in delight on the edge of the box as the ball touches the inside of the post on its way in.

Nothing truly captures the beauty of Johan Elmander's finish like the sight of seven Wolves defenders all staring back towards their goal in perfect immobility, while their goalie is lying on the floor attempting to comprehend what's just occurred in front of him. If you've ever wondered why it's called the "beautiful game," now you know.

Johan Elmander quotes

About what distinguished Erik Hamren's Sweden from ex-coach Lagerback's, he said, “We were more defensive under Lars Lagerback. We had a lot of 1-0 wins and were extremely steady.

Erik is more of a bounce-and-go kind of person. However, following that defeat in Holland, he had to adjust his strategy. We could play well both offensively and defensively.

We played higher on the field, pressed harder, and attempted to reclaim the ball as soon as possible. We were not as timid as we used to be, and we were taking more risks. We would adjust our style in response to our opponents while remaining true to our ideology. They had distinct personalities as well.”

About playing alongside

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

in the national team, he has said, “It was often impossible to predict what he would do, and suddenly you find yourself with the ball at your feet. He is a great playmaker as well as a striker, and he takes on a lot of responsibility on the field. He seems to be in better shape than ever.”

Some quick facts about Johan Elmander:

Although Johan Elmander was never a regular in the first team, he came in as a substitute in the 3–2 victory over Borussia Dortmund in the 2002 UEFA Cup final. Elmander was then loaned back to Djurgrden in Sweden, where he won both the Allsvenskan championship and the Swedish Cup trophy in 2002.

He was loaned out to NAC Breda, Feyenoord's Dutch division rivals, in 2003.

He was purchased by Danish Superliga club Brondby before to the 2004–05 season. Despite not scoring as many goals as anticipated for the club, he was the playmaker and creative spark behind the lone striker in Michael Laudrup's 4–3–3 system in the 2004–05 Superliga season. Elmander was named Brondby's Player of the Year after the squad won both the Danish Superliga and the Danish Cup championship.

Elmander scored 22 goals in 58 Danish Superliga games over his two seasons at Brondby, drawing the interest of many European teams. He was selected to participate in the 2006 FIFA World Cup for Sweden, where he appeared in two games.

On July 7, 2006, Elmander signed a four-year deal with Toulouse for an undisclosed price of approximately €4,500,000. In his debut season at Toulouse, Elmander scored 11 goals and was named player of the year by his teammates.

A notable fact about Johan Elmander is that he signed an £8.2 million contract with Premier League side Bolton Wanderers on June 27, 2008, making him the club's record signing. The deal also included Daniel Braaten, who went to Toulouse. Manager Gary Megson gave him the number nine jersey when he signed a three-year contract.

On his competitive debut against Stoke City on August 16, 2008, he scored his first Premier League goal, a header, in a 3–1 victory. Before joining Galatasary on May 30, 2011, he scored 22 goals in 108 games for Bolton. Before to Norwich, he scored 17 goals in 59 appearances.

Elmander had scored 18 goals in 68 appearances for the Swedish national team at the time of his loan to Norwich, and had been selected to play in the 2006 World Cup, Euro 2008, and Euro 2012 tournaments.

Johan Elmander joined Norwich City on a season-long loan from Galatasary in Turkey on August 21, 2013.

"I'm happy the transaction was completed, and now I'm looking forward to the next season," Elmander remarked. "I'm familiar with Norwich City's supporters and the stadium's atmosphere, and I'm also familiar with a few of the players. I'm overjoyed. I'm very excited to start training with the guys and play some games with them."

Chris Hughton, the manager, said "I'm ecstatic to bring in a guy with Johan's credentials, not just at club and Premier League level, but also as a current international. It's wonderful to have him join our team."

On August 24, 2013, Elmander made his Norwich debut as a 65th-minute replacement in a 1-0 loss to Hull City. On his debut appearance for the Canaries, he scored his first Norwich goals in a 6-3 Capital One Cup second round victory over Bury on August 27, 2013.

In the 2013/14 season, when Norwich was demoted from the Premier League, Elmander made 34 appearances for the Canaries, scoring three goals. His contact was not reestablished when he returned to Turkey.

Elmander signed for Danish club Brondby on June 25, 2014, after being connected with French side



In September 2016, he joined for Swedish team Orgryte IS. After being released by Brondby in the summer of 2016. He played 85 games for the national team, scoring 20 goals in the process.

An important fact about Johan Elmander is that he played for Sweden in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the 2008 UEFA Euro, and the 2012 UEFA Euro. In November 2015, he announced his retirement from the national team after 85 appearances and 20 goals.

Elmander used to play in different positions, “I'm willing to do a job for the team anywhere if the manager asks me to do so.

"It's always nice to score goals because that's what I want to do as a striker. I've been practicing a lot of shooting in training because there are always ways in which you can improve.

"I want to score as many goals as I can. I targeted ten goals this season and I've passed that mark. Now I hope I can score more and help us move up the league table,” Elmander said.

Johan Elmander social media


Johan Elmander social media

, it should be mentioned that he has an Instagram page (


) with 362k followers. In the page we can see various pictures of him during the matches, and also some aspects of his personal life.

He also has a Twitter account (


) with more than 122K followers. He often posts new stuff on his Twitter page.

Johan Elmander body measurements

Speaking about

Johan Elmander body measurements

, it should be mentioned that the former star is 188 cm and 83 kg.

Johan Elmander net worth and salary

Johan Elmander’s net worth

is $4-5 million, according to Wikipedia, Forbes, IMDb, and other well-known websites. As a professional soccer player, he earned the money.

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