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Joachim Björklund
Personal information
Full name Joachim Björklund
Date of birth 15 March 1971 (1971-03-15) (age 38)
Place of birth    Växjö, Sweden
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
Östers
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1989–1990
1990–1992
1993–1995
1995–1996
1996–1998
1998–2001
2001–2002
2001–2004
2004–2005
Östers
Brann
IFK Göteborg
Vicenza
Rangers
Valencia
Venezia
Sunderland
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Total
006 (0)
056 (0)
046 (0)
033 (0)
059 (0)
057 (1)
018 (0)
057 (0)
003 (0)
335 (1)   
National team
1992–2000  Sweden 079 (0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Joachim Björklund (born 15 March 1971 in Växjö, Sweden) is a former Swedish professional footballer. For many years he formed a central defensive partnership with Patrik Andersson for the Swedish national team. Björklund was selected for the UEFA Euro 1992, 1994 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2000. He was also a member of the Swedish squad that competed at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. His maternal uncle is Tommy Svensson, the Sweden national football team manager from 1991 to 1997.

Playing career

Taking the leap from junior team obscurity to becoming a star in Brann, he was later sold to IFK Göteborg. There, his side achieved a surprise 3-1 victory over Manchester United in the group stage of the 1994-95 Champions League. At the end of the following season, he was transferred to Vicenza and the following year to Rangers, where he won a Scottish league championship medal before moving to Valencia for £2.5million. He spent three years at Valencia before moving to Venezia in Italy, where he was employed for just one season.

Björklund joined Sunderland at the start of the 2002–03 season for £1.5million, but was unable to prevent them from being relegated. 2003–04 was better, as he helped Sunderland finish third in Division One and reach the FA Cup semi final. But his services were no longer required by manager Mick McCarthy and he joined Wolverhampton Wanderers, who had just been relegated from the Premier League. He left the club and retired after just one injury-hampered season that restricted him to just 5 appearances in total as the club failed to win an immediate return to the top flight.

Working career

Having finished his playing career, he now works as a scout for Valencia. He is mainly scouting the Nordic countries for players.

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