Erik Kenneth Edman (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈêːrɪk ˈěːdman]; born 11 November 1978) is a Swedish former professional footballer who played as a defender. Starting off his career with Helsingborgs IF in 1997, he went on to represent clubs in Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, England, and France before retiring at Helsingborg in 2013. A full international between 2001 and 2009, he won 57 caps for the Sweden national team and represented his country at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2004, and the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Erik Edman
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Edman warming-up for Sweden in 2007
Personal information
Full name Erik Kenneth Edman[1]
Date of birth (1978-11-11) 11 November 1978 (age 43)
Place of birth Jönköping, Sweden
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Defender
Youth career
Habo IF
Helsingborgs IF
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1999 Helsingborgs IF 61 (1)
1999–2000 Torino 0 (0)
2000 Karlsruher SC 8 (0)
2000–2001 AIK 21 (0)
2001–2004 Heerenveen 91 (1)
2004–2005 Tottenham Hotspur 31 (1)
2005–2008 Rennes 56 (0)
2008–2010 Wigan Athletic 10 (0)
2010–2013 Helsingborgs IF 51 (0)
Total 329 (3)
National team
1993–1994 Sweden U16 22 (0)
1995–1996 Sweden U18 10 (0)
1997–1999 Sweden U21 19 (0)
2001–2009 Sweden 57 (1)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Edman played for a number of clubs during his career. He played for Helsingborgs IF until 1999, which was his first time leaving Sweden and moved abroad. In 2001, after having unremarkable spells at Italian club Torino and Karlsruher SC in Germany, Edman returned to Sweden and joined AIK for one season. After that, Heerenveen in the Netherlands brought Edman from Sweden.

Tottenham HotspurEdit

In July 2004, Tottenham Hotspur signed Edman from Heerenveen.[2] Edman quickly established himself at the club, and will probably be best remembered at Spurs for his stunning goal, which he scored from 41 yards out, in the Premier League match against Liverpool in April 2005.[3] However, in the summer of 2005, the arrival of South Korean left back, Lee Young-Pyo, led Edman to make the decision to leave England.


In the last week of August, Spurs accepted an offer from French club Rennes.[4] It did not take long for Edman to impress his new manager, László Bölöni, and once again established himself as first choice at left-back.

Wigan AthleticEdit

In January 2008, Edman was signed by Wigan Athletic for a transfer fee of £500,000.[5] The arrival of Edman was a good deal for Wigan Athletic, since the club did not find a good replacement after the departure of Leighton Baines, the previous summer. In March 2008, Edman was injured in a match against Blackburn Rovers, damaging his anterior crutiate ligament in his knee.[6] This means he missed the rest of Wigan's season, as well as Euro 2008. Edman made his return to the Wigan team, as a substitute in January 2009 at Old Trafford, as Wigan lost 1–0 to Manchester United.[7] However, he has lacked playing time, due to injuries and Maynor Figueroa's impressive performances throughout the season, which have earned him a spot in Roberto Martínez's starting eleven. Edman played his last game in the Latics' 9–1 loss against Tottenham Hotspur in November,[8] where he had a torrid time against Aaron Lennon.[9]

Helsingborgs IFEdit

On 5 February 2010, Helsingborgs IF confirmed that they had re-signed Edman.[10] Edman signed a five-year contract with the Swedish club. In December 2012 it was announced Edman would take up a coaching position at Helsingborgs IF.[11]

International careerEdit

Edman was a part of the Sweden national team setup from 2001 until 2009. In 2002, he was part of Sweden's 2002 World Cup squad, but did not make any appearances. He then began to feature more regularly for Sweden after the 2002 World Cup, and at Euro 2004 and the 2006 World Cup, he featured as a starting left back for the team.

He scored his first and only goal, a free kick, in a 2006 World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria at the Vasil Levski National Stadium in March 2005.[12]

Edman missed UEFA Euro 2008 due to a serious knee injury. He retired from the national team the following year.

Career statisticsEdit

Appearances and goals by national team and year[13]
National team Year Apps Goals
2001 2 0
2002 5 0
2003 9 0
2004 11 0
2005 7 1
2006 12 0
2007 9 0
2008 0 0
2009 2 0
Total 57 1
Scores and results list Sweden's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Edman goal.
List of international goals scored by Erik Edman
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 26 March 2005 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria   Bulgaria 2–0 3–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier


Helsingborgs IF



  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10. Mainstream Publishing. p. 133. ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0.
  2. ^ "Spurs sign Edman". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 31 July 2004. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Liverpool 2–2 Tottenham". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 16 April 2005. Retrieved 27 August 2009.
  4. ^ "Rennes complete signing of Edman". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 31 August 2005. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  5. ^ Mole, Giles (18 January 2008). "Wigan complete Valencia and Edman signings". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
  6. ^ "Injured Edman faces long lay-off". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 25 March 2008. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  7. ^ McNulty, Phil (14 January 2009). "Man Utd 1–0 Wigan". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  8. ^ Fletcher, Paul (22 November 2009). "Tottenham 9–1 Wigan". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  9. ^ "Defender Edman makes Wigan exit". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 8 February 2010. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
  10. ^ "Wigan defender joins Helsingborg". 5 February 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2010.
  11. ^ "Officiellt: Kalle Björklund till Helsingborg – som ger Erik Edman tränarroll". Fotbolltransfers. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
  12. ^ "Bulgaria 0–3 Sweden: Ljungberg brace". ESPN Soccernet. ESPN. 26 March 2005. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  13. ^ "Erik Edman - Spelarstatistik - Svensk fotboll". (in Swedish). Retrieved 8 June 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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