Swedish international Johan Elmander joined Norwich City on 21st
August 2013 on a season long loan from Turkish side Galatasary.
"I'm very glad the deal has been done and now I'm looking
forward to the season ahead," said Elmander. "I
know Norwich City have great fans and there's a great atmosphere
in the stadium, plus I know a couple of players here already too.
I'm very happy. I'm really looking forward to starting training
with the lads and to playing some games also. "
Manager Chris Hughton said "I'm
really delighted to bring in a player of Johan's experience, not
only at club and Premier League level but as a current international.
It's great to welcome him to our squad"
Elmander started his career as a striker for Swedish clubs Holmalunds
IF and Örgryte but changed to a centre midfielder, before
making the move to Dutch club Feyenoord at the age of 18 where
he continued to be used as a midfielder. Although never a first
team regular, he came on as a substitute in the 2002 UEFA Cup
final 32 win against German team Borussia Dortmund. Elmander
was subsequently put on loan back in Sweden with Djurgården,
where he won the Double of both Allsvenskan championship and Swedish
Cup title in 2002
In 2003, he was loaned out to Feyenoord's Dutch league rivals
Before the 200405 season, he was bought by Danish Superliga
outfit Brøndby. Despite not scoring as many goals for the
club as was expected, he was the playmaker and creative spark
of the Brøndby team in the 200405 Superliga season,
playing mainly as the free roaming forward behind the sole striker
in Michael Laudrup's 433 formation. The team won the
Double of both the Danish Superliga and the Danish Cup title,
and Elmander was voted Brøndby's Player of the Year.
In his two seasons at Brøndby, Elmander scored 22 goals
in 58 Danish Superliga games, attracting the attention of several
clubs throughout Europe. He was called up to represent Sweden
at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, where he played two games. Elmander
signed a four-year contract with French side Toulouse for an undisclosed
fee of around €4,500,000 on 7th July 2006. Elmander scored
11 goals in his first season with Toulouse and was nominated as
player of the year by his fellow players
On 27th June 2008, Elmander completed a move to Premier League
club Bolton Wanderers, for an £8.2 million fee, the club's
record signing, with the deal including Daniel Braaten going to
Toulouse. He signed a three-year deal, before being given the
number nine shirt by manager Gary Megson.
His first Premier League goal, a header, came on his competitive
debut, against Stoke City on 16 August 2008 in a 31 win. He
scored 22 goals in 108 appearances for Bolton before joining Galatasary
on 30th May 2011. He scored 17 goals in 59 games before joining
At the time of his loan to Norwich, Elmander had scored 18 goals
in 68 games for the Swedish national team, and was chosen to represent
his country at the 2006 World Cup, Euro 2008 and Euro 2012
Elmander made his Norwich debut as a 65th minute substitute in
the 1-0 defeat at Hull on 24th August 2013. He scored his first
Norwich goals in the 6-3 Capital One Cup second round victory
over Bury on 27th August 2013 which was his first start for the
Elmander made 34 appearances for Norwich, scoring three goals,
in the 2013/14 season in which Norwich were relegated from the
Premier League. On his return to Turkey, his contact was not renewed.
After being linked with French side Bastia, Elmander signed for
Danish side Brondby on 25th June 2014.
Released by Brondby in the summer of 2016, he signed for Swedish side Örgryte IS. in September 2016. He retired from international football having played 85 games and scoring 20 goals.