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Magnus Hedman
Personal information
Full name Magnus Hedman
Date of birth March 19, 1973 (1973-03-19) (age 36)
Place of birth    Huddinge, Sweden
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper (retired)
Youth career
1983–1987
1987–1990
IFK Stockholm
AIK
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1990–1997
1997–2002
2002–2005
2004
2006–2007
AIK
Coventry City
Celtic
Ancona (loan)
Chelsea
Total
127 00(0)
134 00(0)
026 00(0)
003 00(0)
000 00(0)
290 00(0)   
National team2
1997–2004 Sweden 058 00(0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 15:14, 18 October 2008 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 15:14, 18 October 2008 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Magnus Hedman (born 19 March 1973 in Huddinge) is a Swedish former football goalkeeper. He played 58 matches for the Sweden national football team, and represented his country at two FIFA World Cup and two European Championship tournaments.

He is recently divorced from Magdalena Graaf, a Swedish author, former model and pop singer. The couple have three sons together.

Biography

Hedman started his career with AIK in 1990. He won the 1992 Allsvenskan championship with AIK, and was chosen as a backup for first-choice keeper Thomas Ravelli at the 1994 World Cup. He debuted for the Swedish national team in February 1997, and moved abroad to play for English club Coventry City in July that year. Hedman was chosen for the Swedish squad at the Euro 2000 where he played all Sweden's matches and conceded goals from Bart Goor and Emile Mpenza against Belgium and from Luigi Di Biagio and Alessandro Del Piero against Italy (both lost 2-1). The other match, against Turkey, was 0-0 draw. He won the 2000 Guldbollen award. He also played full time for Sweden at the 2002 World Cup.

Hedman was replaced by future England international Chris Kirkland in the Coventry City team during their relegation from the FA Premier League in the 2000/01 season. He regained his place following Kirkland's transfer to Liverpool after a single game of the 2001/02 season. His Coventry City career came to an acrimonious conclusion towards the end of that season, when he was approached on the pitch during an away match against Preston North End on 6 April 2002 by a 'fan' who was questioning his commitment to the club and desire to play in the Football League Championship.

Hedman played two further games for Coventry that season before moving on to Celtic in the Scottish Premier League in 2002. He had a loan spell at Italian team A.C. Ancona in 2004, a time in which he later claimed to have witnessed bribery on part of his Ancona teammates.[1] While at Ancona, he was chosen to represent Sweden at the Euro 2004, where he served as a back-up for keeper Andreas Isaksson. He played a further season for Celtic, before being released at the start of the 2005/06 season. He then retired from professional football.

In September 2006, he was rumoured to be making a sensational comeback at English Premier League side Newcastle United. According to himself he denied an offer from the club, citing it was too short of a contract to be interesting.[2] The club itself has denied ever contacting the goalkeeper. On 9 November 2006 it was announced that Hedman would join English Premier League Champions Chelsea on a week's trial, due to Chelsea's current lack of fully fit goalkeepers except for Henrique Hilário and youth team keeper Yves Makalambay. The move was eventually completed on 14 November 2006, taking the No. 22 shirt previously worn by Eidur Gudjohnsen. Hedman has since been released from his contract, having made no official appearances for Chelsea.

In November 2008 he claimed he was approached by Manchester City to provide back up following the injury to their current number 1 Joe Hart. Hedman began training with English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur on 5 January 2009, with a view to gaining a contract with Spurs until at least the end of the 2008–09 season.[3]

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Simple English

Magnus Hedman
Personal information
Full name Magnus Hedman
Date of birth 19 March 1973 (1973-03-19) (age 37)
Place of birth    Huddinge, Sweden
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1990-1997
1997-2002
2002-2005
2004
2006-2007
AIK Solna
Coventry City
Celtic
Ancona (loan)
Chelsea
National team
1997-2004 Sweden

Magnus Hedman (born 19 March 1973) is a former Swedish football player. He has played for Sweden national team.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
SwedenLeague
1990AIK SolnaAllsvenskan20
199120
199270
1993260
1994260
1995250
1996260
1997130
EnglandLeague
1997/98Coventry CityPremier League140
1998/99360
1999/00350
2000/01150
2001/02First Division340
ScotlandLeague
2002/03CelticPremier League80
2003/04120
ItalyLeague
2003/04AnconaSerie A30
ScotlandLeague
2004/05CelticPremier League60
EnglandLeague
2006/07ChelseaPremier League00
CountrySweden 1270
England 1340
Scotland 260
Italy 30
Total 2900

International career statistics

Sweden national team
YearAppsGoals
199750
199860
199990
2000100
2001110
2002100
200330
200440
Total580

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