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Johnny Ekström (born 5 March 1965 in Kallebäck) is a Swedish former footballer.

Johnny Ekström
Personal information
Date of birth (1965-03-05) 5 March 1965 (age 54)
Place of birth Kallebäck, Sweden
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Striker, Winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1986 IFK Göteborg 42 (18)
1986–1988 Empoli 53 (8)
1988–1989 Bayern Munich 23 (7)
1989–1991 Cannes 32 (4)
1991–1993 IFK Göteborg 40 (21)
1993 Reggiana 9 (1)
1994 Real Betis 7 (2)
1994–1995 Dynamo Dresden 30 (7)
1995–1997 Eintracht Frankfurt 34 (7)
1997 IFK Göteborg 8 (3)
Total 278 (78)
National team
1986–1995 Sweden[1] 47 (13)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He is most noted for his career in IFK Göteborg, where he was highly successful. As an international professional his track record was mixed, often just staying a year in the team. He became both Swedish and German Champion, with Göteborg and Bayern Munich respectively. Ekström became a popular, respected player in Serie A club Empoli, where he acquired the nickname 'Il Ciclone' (the cyclone) due to the exceptional speed he displayed when charging ahead with the ball in his possession, his most notable quality.

He had also appeared for the Swedish national team, and participated in the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy, as well as Euro 1992 in Sweden.

His nicknames in Sweden are "Kallebäcks-Expressen" (the express train from Kallebäck) or "Johnny Bråttom" (Johnny-in-a-hurry), again due to his speed on the football pitch. He started his youth career in the boys' team of IFK Göteborg and is one of few that made the journey all the way to the starting lineup in the first team.


  1. ^ "Sweden national football team stats". (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 6 June 2012.

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