Christian Wilhelmsson facts for kids
|Full name||Christian Ulf Wilhelmsson|
|Date of birth||8 December 1979|
|Place of birth||Malmö, Sweden|
|2007||→ Roma (loan)||19||(1)|
|2007–2008||→ Bolton Wanderers (loan)||8||(0)|
|2008||→ Deportivo La Coruña (loan)||15||(1)|
|2011–2012||→ Al Ahli (loan)||11||(0)|
Christian Ulf "Chippen" Wilhelmsson (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈkrɪ̌sːtɪjan ˈvɪ̂lː(h)ɛ(l)mˌsɔn]; born 8 December 1979) is a Swedish former professional footballer who played as a winger. Beginning his career with Mjällby AIF in 1997, he went on to represent clubs in Norway, Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, England, Saudi Arabia, the United States, and Qatar before retiring at Mjällby in 2015. Wilhelmsson won 79 caps for the Sweden national team between 2001 and 2012, and represented his country at the 2006 FIFA World Cup and at Euro 2004, 2008, and 2012.
Early years and Anderlecht
In the 2003 summer Wilhelmsson joined R.S.C. Anderlecht in Belgium, being an undisputed starter during his spell and scoring nine top division goals combined in the capital side's 2004 and 2006 league conquests.
In 2006, Wilhelmsson moved to the French Ligue 1 team FC Nantes.
Loan to Roma
However, on 10 January of the following year, he joined A.S. Roma on loan until the end of the season, when the Italians had the option to buy for €3 million. He made his Serie A debut on 14 January against FC Messina, Roma did not take advantage of its option to buy and Wilhelmsson returned to Nantes after the season and immediately starting seeking a new club following the Canaries' relegation from Ligue 1.
Loan to Bolton Wanderers
Following speculation about a move to various Premier League clubs or Scottish club Celtic, he signed for Bolton Wanderers on a 12-month loan, with an option to make the deal permanent after 20 games. He made 13 appearances all competitions comprised, mostly as a substitute, his debut coming in a 1–3 away defeat against Portsmouth – Wilhelmsson was instrumental in closing the club's signing of countryman Johan Elmander for a record transfer fee, for 2008–09.
Loan to Deportivo La Coruña
He was again loaned by Nantes, this time moving to Spain and Deportivo de La Coruña on 30 January 2008. He played his first La Liga match against Getafe CF, coming on as a substitute in a 1–1 home draw, and made his first start two rounds later, in a home fixture match against RCD Espanyol (2–0 home win). Wilhelmsson scored his first goal for Depor on 1 March 2008, in a 2–1 home win against Sevilla FC, and finished the campaign firmly established in the side's starting XI – he would start in 13 of his league appearances – as the Galicians eventually finished ninth and qualified to the UEFA Intertoto Cup.
In 2008, Wilhelmsson signed a three-year contract with Saudi club Al-Hilal FC for about €9 million. He helped the club win the league title in his second year, scoring nine goals and making ten assists in 20 appearances; for his contributions he received the Player of the Season award, going on to win four additional major titles during his tenure, including two consecutive Saudi Crown Prince Cup where he scored in both finals.
Loan to Al Ahli
Wilhelmsson spent the first half of 2011–12 on loan with Qatar's Al Ahli SC.
On 14 January 2013, Wilhelmsson signed a one-and-a-half-year deal with Baniyas SC.
Return to Mjällby AIF and retirement
Wilhelmsson signed for Mjällby AIF and made his Allsvenskan debut during the 2014 Allsvenskan season at the age of 34. After a short spell with former club Mjällby, he officially announced his retirement. However, in August 2015, he came out of retirement to help the latter team retain their status in the Superettan, which was eventually not achieved.
Gaining his first cap in 2001, Wilhelmsson represented Sweden at UEFA Euro 2004, Euro 2008, Euro 2012 and the 2006 FIFA World Cup, featuring in every one of the national team's four games in the latter tournament and starting in two.
On 4 September 2006 he was one of three international players sent home for breaking a curfew during a night out, the other two being Olof Mellberg and Zlatan Ibrahimović. In March 2011, he was involved in a training ground scuffle with the latter.
Wilhelmsson scored his first brace for Sweden in a Euro 2012 qualifier against San Marino on 6 September 2011 (5–0 away win), for his seventh and eighth international goals. He was also selected for the finals in Poland and Ukraine by manager Erik Hamren, collecting three bench appearances in an eventual group stage exit.
Wilhelmsson married Russian-born model Oksana Andersson in May 2010, in Las Vegas. Aside from Swedish, he also speaks fluent English.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Mjällby||1997||Division 1 Södra||6||0||0||0||–||–||6||0|
|1998||Division 1 Södra||21||4||0||0||–||–||21||4|
|1999||Division 1 Södra||25||7||0||0||–||–||25||7|
|Anderlecht||2003–04||Belgian Pro League||27||5||0||0||–||27||5|
|2004–05||Belgian Pro League||32||4||0||0||–||32||4|
|2005–06||Belgian Pro League||31||5||0||0||–||31||5|
|Roma (loan)||2006–07||Serie A||19||1||0||0||3||0||3||0||25||1|
|Bolton (loan)||2007–08||Premier League||8||0||1||0||1||0||3||0||13||0|
|Deportivo (loan)||2007–08||La Liga||15||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||15||1|
|Al-Hilal||2008–09||Saudi Professional League||18||4||9||4||–||4||0||31||8|
|2009–10||Saudi Professional League||21||9||8||3||–||9||3||38||15|
|2010–11||Saudi Professional League||22||6||6||2||–||4||2||32||10|
|2011–12||Saudi Professional League||8||5||1||1||–||4||2||13||8|
|Al Ahli (loan)||2011–12||Qatar Stars League||11||0||0||0||–||–||11||0|
|LA Galaxy||2012||Major League Soccer||5||1||0||0||4||0||–||9||1|
|Baniyas||2013–14||UAE Division One||8||3||–||–||–||8||3|
- Scores and results list Sweden's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Wilhelmsson goal.
|1.||13 October 2004||Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland||Iceland||4–0||4–1||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2.||4 June 2005||Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden||Malta||3–0||6–0||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|3.||11 October 2006||Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland||Iceland||2–1||2–1||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying|
|4.||13 October 2007||Rheinpark, Vaduz, Liechtenstein||Liechtenstein||2–0||3–0||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying|
|5.||2 June 2010||Dinamo Stadium, Minsk, Belarus||Belarus||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|6.||2 September 2011||Ferenc Puskás, Budapest, Hungary||Hungary||1–1||1–2||UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying|
|7.||6 September 2011||Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle, San Marino||San Marino||2–0||5–0||UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying|
|9.||30 May 2012||Gamla Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden||Iceland||3–1||3–2||Friendly|
- Belgian Pro League: 2003–04, 2005–06
- Coppa Italia: 2006–07
- Saudi Professional League: 2009–10, 2010–11
- Saudi Crown Prince Cup: 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12
- MLS Cup: 2012
- GCC Champions League: 2012–13
- King's Cup: 2003
- Stor Grabb: 2005
- Saudi Professional League: Silver Boot 2009–10, 2010–11
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