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Christian Wilhelmsson
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Personal information
Full name Christian Ulf Wilhelmsson
Date of birth December 8, 1979 (1979-12-08) (age 30)
Place of birth Malmö, Sweden
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Playing position Right Winger
Club information
Current club Al-Hilal
Number 9
Youth career
1988–1997 Mjällby
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2000 Mjällby 54 (16)
2000–2003 Stabæk 84 (25)
2003–2006 Anderlecht 90 (14)
2006–2008 Nantes 13 (0)
2007 Roma (loan) 18 (1)
2007 Bolton Wanderers (loan) 8 (0)
2008 Deportivo La Coruña (loan) 15 (1)
2008– Al-Hilal 42 (13)
National team
2000–2001 Sweden U21 16 (2)
2001– Sweden 60 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 November 2009.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 September 2008

Christian Ulf Wilhelmsson, nicknamed Chippen (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈkristɪan ˈɕɪpɛn ˈvɪlhɛlmsɔn]) (born 8 December 1979 in Malmö) is a professional footballer, who currently plays for Al-Hilal as a winger.

Preferably operating on the right side, he is known for his pace and dribbling abilities.


Club career

Wilhelmsson started his career with Mjällby AIF in 1997 where he stayed for three seasons. In 2000, he played for Norway's Stabæk Fotball, before joining R.S.C. Anderlecht in 2003, where he first displayed top level performances, helping the capital side to the 2004 and 2006 league titles.

After the second conquest, Wilhelmsson moved to French side FC Nantes Atlantique. However, on 10 January 2007, he joined A.S. Roma on loan until the end of the the season, with an option to buy for €3 million. He made his Serie A debut on January 14 against FC Messina.[1] He was under some criticism from players like Christian Panucci for his lack of communication on the pitch, since Wilhelmsson wasn't so good at speaking Italian. Roma opted against making his transfer permanent, preferring to sign Mauro Esposito and Ludovic Giuly, and he returned to Nantes and started seeking a new club following their relegation from the first level.[2]

Following speculation about a move to the Premier League or the Scottish Premier League, Wilhelmsson signed for Bolton Wanderers F.C. on a 12-month loan, with an option to make the deal permanent after 20 games.[3][4][5] Despite a disappointing spell with Bolton, Wilhelmsson was instrumental in closing the club's signing of countryman Johan Elmander, a then record deal, for 2008-09.

After failing to impress Bolton manager Gary Megson, he was again loaned by Nantes, this time moving to Spain. He joined Deportivo de La Coruña on 30 January 2008. He doned number 14, and played his first match against Getafe CF, coming on as a substitute. His full debut came in a match against RCD Espanyol, in a 2–0 home win.

Established in the first eleven, Wilhelmsson scored his first Depor goal on 1 March 2008, in a 2–1 home win against Sevilla FC. In 2008 , Wilhelmsson signed a 3 years contract with Al-Hilal for about 9 million euros.

International career

Wilhelmsson represented Sweden at Euro 2004, Euro 2008 and the 2006 FIFA World Cup, where he featured in every one of Sweden's four games, either from the start or as a substitute. Manager Lars Lagerbäck said about him that "his game is suited to the big stage."[citation needed] Leading Swedish midfielder Niclas Alexandersson also stated that, Wilhelmsson was "easily the fastest member of the squad."[citation needed]

In September 2006, he was one of three players from the Swedish national team sent home, because they broke a curfew during a night out. The other two players were Olof Mellberg and Zlatan Ibrahimović.[6]

Personal life

Wilhelmsson dated Russian-born Swedish model and actress Oksana Andersson since 2007. He is also a member of the Långaryd family, the largest documented family by Guinness Book of Records.


Roma: 2006-2007

Career statistics


Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sweden League Svenska Cupen League Cup Europe Total
1997 Mjällby 6 0
1998 21 4
1999 25 7
Norway League Norwegian Football Cup League Cup Europe Total
2000 Stabæk Norwegian League 24 9
2001 25 6
2002 26 6
2003 9 4
Belgium League Belgian Cup League Cup Europe Total
2003-04 Anderlecht Belgian League 27 5
2004-05 32 4
2005-06 31 5
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
2006-07 FC Nantes French League 13 0
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
2006-07 AS Roma Italian League 19 1
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2007-08 Bolton Wanderers English League 8 0
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Europe Total
2007-08 Deportivo La Coruña Spanish League 15 1
Saudi Arabia League Crown Prince Cup League Cup Asia Total
2008-09 Al Hilal Saudi League 18 4 4 2 5 2 4 0 31 8
2009-10 20 9 4 3 24 12
Total Sweden 52 11
Norway 84 25
Belgium 90 14
France 13 0
Italy 19 1
England 8 0
Spain 15 1
Saudi Arabia 38 13 8 5 5 2 4 0 55 20
Career Total 285 56


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Christian Wilhelmsson
File:Christian Wilhelmsson
Personal information
Full name Christian Ulf Wilhelmsson
Date of birth 8 December 1979 (1979-12-08) (age 31)
Place of birth    Malmö, Sweden
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Al-Hilal
Number 9
Senior clubs
Years Club
Nantes Atlantique
Roma (loan)
Bolton Wanderers (loan)
→Deportivo La Coruña (loan)
National team
2001- Sweden

Christian Wilhelmsson (born 8 December 1979) is a Swedish football player. He plays for Al-Hilal and Sweden national team.

Club career statistics


Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
1997MjällbyDivision 160
2000StabækPremier League249
2003/04AnderlechtFirst Division274
2006/07Nantes AtlantiqueLigue 1130
2006/07RomaSerie A191
2007/08Bolton WanderersPremier League80
2007/08Deportivo La CoruñaLa Liga151
Saudi ArabiaLeague
2008/09Al-HilalProfessional League
CountrySweden 5213
Norway 8425
Belgium 9013
France 130
Italy 191
England 80
Spain 151
Saudi Arabia
Total 28153

International career statistics

Sweden national team



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