Dan Martin Nataniel Dahlin (born 16 April 1968) is a Swedish former footballer who played as a striker. In his prime, he was considered one of the world's best strikers. He was one of the stars of the Sweden national team that finished third in the 1994 World Cup.
Dahlin at the January 2014 Svenska idrottsgalan
|Full name||Dan Martin Nataniel Dahlin|
|Date of birth||16 April 1968|
|Place of birth||Uddevalla, Sweden|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|1996–1997||→ Borussia Mönchengladbach (loan)||19||(10)|
|1998–1999||→ Hamburger SV (loan)||8||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Dahlin was born in Uddevalla, Sweden. He is the son of a Venezuelan father, who was a musician, and a Swedish mother. Named after Martin Luther King, he was born in Uddevalla, but spent his upbringing in Lund.
He played for Malmö FF, Borussia Mönchengladbach, AS Roma, Hamburger SV and Blackburn Rovers. The most successful time of his career he spent with Borussia Mönchengladbach with whom he won the German Cup in 1995 along with Stefan Effenberg.
Dahlin transferred from AS Roma to Blackburn Rovers in mid-1997 and made 21 appearances in the 1997–98 season, scoring four goals.
In the 1998–99 season, he only played five games when an injury in a training game ruled him out for the rest of the season and contributed to his retirement from the game after a short spell at Hamburger SV in 1999.
Blackburn Rovers later sued their insurance company who had refused to pay out over the injury claiming that normal wear and tear could have been a contributing factor. Although the initial verdict was given in favour of the club, in 2005 the Court of Appeal overturned the verdict and sent it back to the lower court. On 12 April 2006, the High Court ruled in favour of the insurance company, decreeing that the player probably had a pre-existing condition. This decision left Blackburn about £4 million out-of-pocket.
In 1988, he became the second afro Swedish player to represent Sweden. He was part of the Swedish national team which finished third in the 1994 FIFA World Cup, scoring four goals in the tournament. He also participated in the team which reached the semifinals of UEFA Euro 1992.
Dahlin became a sports agent working for former teammate Roger Ljung's sport agency Roger Ljung Promotion AB. He has since formed his own agency called MD Management. He represents Ola Toivonen, Guillermo Molins, Marcus Rosenberg, Jonas Olsson, Behrang Safari  and Pontus Jansson.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Sweden||League||Svenska Cupen||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Italy||League||Coppa Italia||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|1997–98||Blackburn Rovers||Premier League||27||4||1||0||2||2||30||6|
- Scores and results list Sweden's goal tally first.
|1.||1 May 1991||Råsunda Stadium, Solna (Stockholm), Sweden||Austria||4–0||6–0||Friendly|
|3.||15 June 1991||Idrottsparken, Norrköping||Denmark||1–0||4–0||Scania 100|
|5.||4 September 1991||Råsunda Stadium, Solna (Stockholm), Sweden||Yugoslavia||1–0||4–3||Friendly|
|7.||7 May 1992||Råsunda Stadium, Solna (Stockholm), Sweden||Poland||4–0||5–0||Friendly|
|8.||26 August 1992||Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Norway||Norway||1–1||2–2||Friendly|
|9.||7 October 1992||Råsunda Stadium, Solna (Stockholm), Sweden||Bulgaria||1–0||2–0||1994 World Cup qualifier|
|10.||11 November 1992||Ramat Gan Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel||Israel||2–1||3–1||1994 World Cup qualifier|
|11.||28 April 1993||Parc des Princes, Paris, France||France||1–0||1–2||1994 World Cup qualifier|
|12.||11 August 1993||Ryavallen, Borås, Sweden||Switzerland||1–0||1–2||Friendly|
|13.||22 August 1993||Råsunda Stadium, Solna (Stockholm), Sweden||France||1–1||1–1||1994 World Cup qualifier|
|14.||8 September 1993||Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria||Bulgaria||1–1||1–1||1994 World Cup qualifier|
|15.||13 October 1993||Råsunda Stadium, Solna (Stockholm), Sweden||Finland||1–1||3–2||1994 World Cup qualifier|
|17.||19 June 1994||Rose Bowl, Pasadena (Los Angeles), California, United States||Cameroon||2–2||2–2||1994 World Cup|
|18.||24 June 1994||Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac (Detroit), Michigan, USA||Russia||2–1||3–1||1994 World Cup|
|20.||3 July 1994||Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas, United States||Saudi Arabia||1–0||3–1||1994 World Cup|
|21.||12 October 1994||Wankdorf Stadium, Bern, Switzerland||Switzerland||2–1||2–4||Euro 1996 qualifier|
|22.||16 November 1994||Råsunda Stadium, Solna (Stockholm), Sweden||Hungary||2–0||2–0||Euro 1996 qualifier|
|23.||24 April 1996||Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland||Northern Ireland||1–0||2–1||Friendly|
|24.||9 May 1996||Olympia, Helsingborg, Sweden||Slovakia||1–0||2–1||Friendly|
|25.||16 May 1996||Olympic Stadium, Seoul, South Korea||South Korea||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|26.||1 June 1996||Råsunda Stadium, Solna (Stockholm), Sweden||Belarus||2–0||5–1||1998 World Cup qualifier|
|27.||1 September 1996||Daugava Stadium, Riga, Latvia||Latvia||1–0||2–1||1998 World Cup qualifier|
|28.||8 June 1997||Kadriorg Stadium, Tallinn, Estonia||Estonia||1–0||3–2||1998 World Cup qualifier|
|29.||6 August 1997||Malmö Stadion, Malmö, Sweden||Lithuania||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
- 1994 FIFA World Cup: third place
- "Swedish gem who propelled Parma". Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) - FIFA.com. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
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- Christopher Clarey (10 July 1994). "Dahlin Is Swedish Player First, Pioneer a Distant Second". NY Times. Retrieved 8 July 2009.
- Dwight Chapin (8 July 1994). "Skill, not race, separates Dahlin". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 8 July 2009.[dead link]
- "Rovers fail in Dahlin damages bid". BBC Sport. 12 April 2006. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
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- "Martin Dahlin EXCLUSIVE: Zlatan Ibrahimovic One Of Sweden's Greatest Ever Players". goal.com. 17 April 2009. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
- "Liverpool target £5m PSV Eindhoven forward Ola Toivonen". Daily Mail. London. 16 August 2010. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
- Smith, Rune (27 December 2009). "Tyska Köln vill ha Guillermo Molins" (in Swedish). expressen.se. Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
- Torgerson, Richard (5 June 2009). "Olsson flattered by Villa link". Sky Sports. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
- Malmström, Håkan (15 June 2008). "Behrang Safari går till schweiziska Basel" (in Swedish). Sydsvenskan. Archived from the original on 16 June 2010. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
- "Leeds' option to sign Pontus Jansson kicks in on 22nd appearance for defender". Sky Sports. 25 January 2017. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
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- "Bundesliga Historie 1995/96" (in German). kicker.