Finnish international Jonatan Johansson joined Norwich City on
loan from Charlton Athletic on 31st January 2006 until the end
of the 2005/6 season. Nigel Worthington
admitted that "Johansson is a player we have monitored
for some time - but the scenario would need to be right for things
JJ, as he is known at the Valley, joined Charlton from Rangers
in July 2000. The Finnish international had scored 24 goals in
just 36 starts at Ibrox, and ended his first season in the Premiership
as the Addicks' top scorer with 14 goals. However his goal scoring
tally had slipped. During 2004/5, he scored four times in thirty
starts -and two of those were against Norwich. During 2005/6 the
signing of Darren Bent had limited his chances and he had made
just six appearances, scoring once. His record for Charlton reads
33 goals in 167 games while he has scored nine times in 43 outings
for his country. He began his career with Finnish sides TPS and
Flora before joining Rangers in 1997.
He made his Norwich debut as a substitute in the 4-0 away defeat
to Reading on 31st January 2006.His full debut came on 5th February
in the 2-1 defeat to Ipswich at Carrow Road. Jonatan scored Norwich's
Returning to the Valley at the end of his loan, he was released
along with Shaun Bartlett and Francis Jeffers in May 2006 when
their contacts came to an end. Although it was though that Norwich
would add JJ to their squad, instead he signed for Swedish side
Malmo in eary July 2006.
On 31st January 2008, the Scotsman reported that "Hibs
are thought to have had a £150,000 bid rejected for former
Rangers striker Jonatan Johansson, who now plays for Malmo"
Hibs finally got their man when they announced in mid-November
2008 that they had signed a pre-contract agreement with Finnish
international striker Jonatan Johansson. He will join the Edinburgh
side in January 2009 once his contract with Swedish side Malmo
expires. JJ joined Hibs on 1st January 2009 and made his debut
two days later against Hearts in the Edinburgh Derby.
Along with David van Zanten and Patrick Deane, Johansson was
released by Hibs on 1st September 2009. He signed a short-term
contract with St Johnstone on 27th October 2009 until January
2010. After 5 appearances and 1 goal for St Johnstone, he was
released on 7th January 2010 and was expected to sign for Greenock
Morton. Instead, he returned to Finland to sign for former club
TPS on 10th February 2010
Jonatan announced his retirement from professional football on
23rd March 2011 and took up a poisition as youth coach with Greenock
Morton almost a year later. He moved to Motherwell in August 2012
to coach their under-20 team
He subsequently joined Rangers on 17th April 2017 as part of Pedro Caixinha's backroom ream. Caixinha said ""We had a fantastic list of candidates and it really was really a pleasure. We tried to fill three major points and it wasn't an easy decision. First of all, we wanted someone with a Rangers past. The second point was of course to know the Scottish reality of football and the third, which was also important and which makes all the difference, is to align with our dynamic, our processes and our methodologies. We chose Jonatan and we believe in him. He will be a good assistant to add to our team because he's a quality guy, he is a hard worker and he is clever.I want all of the assistants to share with me the responsibility of what it means to be managing this club."
He returned to Morton on 6th September 2018 as their new manager.
He was capped 106 times by Finland between 1996 and 2010, scoring