Mattias Jonson

Olof Mattias Jonsson (pronounced [maˈtîːas ˈjʊ̌nːsɔn]; born 16 January 1974), better known at Mattias Jonson, is a Swedish former professional football player who played as a winger. Starting off his career with Örebro SK in the early 1990s, he went on to represent Helsingborgs IF, Brøndby IF, and Norwich City before retiring at Djurgårdens IF in 2011. A full international between 1996 and 2006, he played 57 games and scored nine goals for the Sweden national team, including at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2004, and the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Mattias Jonson
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Personal information
Full name Olof Mattias Jonsson
Date of birth (1974-01-16) 16 January 1974 (age 47)
Place of birth Kumla, Sweden
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1995 Örebro SK 61 (24)
1996–1999 Helsingborgs IF 84 (23)
1999–2004 Brøndby 131 (40)
2004–2005 Norwich City 28 (0)
2005–2011 Djurgårdens IF 104 (22)
Total 408 (109)
National team
1994–1995 Sweden U21 15 (6)
1995 Sweden B 1 (0)
1996–2006 Sweden 57 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He is the father of the Djurgårdens IF player Melker Jonsson.

BiographyEdit

Born in Kumla, Jonson started playing youth football with IFK Kumla and Karlslunds IF. He moved to Örebro SK in 1992, where he got his senior debut in the top-flight Allsvenskan championship.[1] He moved to league rivals Helsingborgs IF in 1996, and made his Swedish national team debut in February 1996.[2] He won the 1999 Allsvenskan championship with Helsingborg, before leaving the club at the end of the 1999 season.[1]

He moved abroad to join Danish club Brøndby IF in the Danish Superliga championship. He was brought in by Brøndby's new manager Åge Hareide, and Jonson played several games as a striker, before settling as a left-sided winger. He showed his goalscoring abilities for Brøndby on a number of occasions. In the 2001–02 UEFA Cup tournament, Brøndby had lost 1–3 away to Croatian club NK Varteks. In the return game, Jonson scored a hat-trick which guided Brøndby to a 5–0 victory and advancement in the tournament, on a 6–3 aggregate. Jonson also scored a hat-trick in an April 2002 Superliga game, when Brøndby won 5–0 against Akademisk Boldklub, and helped the club win the 2001–02 Superliga championship.[1]

He was a part of the Swedish national team squad at the 2002 World Cup, where he took part in two games as a substitute, before Sweden were eliminated. He was Brøndby's league topscorer with 11 goals in the 2002–03 Superliga season, and helped the club win the 2003 Danish Cup trophy. He was called up to the Swedish national squad for the 2004 European Championship. He started the tournament on the bench, but was brought on as a substitute and eventually secured himself a place in the starting line-up. He played in three of Sweden's four games, and scored a goal against Denmark, which secured Sweden advancement from the preliminary group stage.

After the 2004 European Championship, Jonson looked to leave Brøndby. In August 2004, he moved to England and joined the newly promoted FA Premier League side Norwich City. He transferred from Brøndby for an undisclosed fee, which was believed to be around £850,000. He struggled to make an impact in the Premier League, and left Norwich after one season. In 2005, he returned to Sweden to play for Djurgårdens IF.[3] In his first season with the club, he helped Djurgårdens IF win the Double of both the 2005 Allsvenskan and Svenska Cupen trophies. He represented Sweden at the 2006 World Cup, where he took part in all Sweden's four matches. He started the tournament as a substitute, but was included in Sweden's starting line-up for the final two games before elimination. He ended his national team career in August 2006.[4] Jonson ended his career after the 2011 season, and played his last game on 23 October 2011.

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

[1] [2] [3] [4]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sweden League Svenska Cupen League Cup Europe Total
1993 Örebro Allsvenskan 15 1
1994 26 14
1995 20 9
1996 Helsingborg Allsvenskan 21 3
1997 19 11
1998 20 4
1999 24 5
Denmark League Danish Cup League Cup Europe Total
1999-00 Brøndby Superliga 15 2 0 0 - - 0 0 15 2
2000–01 29 14 2 0 - - 5 1 36 15
2001–02 30 7 1 0 - - 7 4 38 11
2002–03 29 11 5 3 - - 6 2 40 16
2003–04 26 6 2 0 - - 8 3 36 9
2004–05 2 0 0 0 - - 0 0 2 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2004–05 Norwich City Premier League 28 0 1 0 1 0 - - 30 0
Sweden League Svenska Cupen League Cup Europe Total
2005 Djurgården Allsvenskan 10 4 2 0 2 0 14 4
2006 21 6 0 0 2 0 23 6
2007 16 5 0 0 - - 16 5
2008 12 2 0 0 0 0 12 2
2009 9* 2* 0 0 0 0 9 2
2010 14 2 0 0 0 0 14 2
2011 22 2 0 0 0 0 22 2
Total Country - -
Denmark 131 40 10 3 - - 26 10 167 53
England 28 0 1 0 1 0 - - 30 0
Career total 363 104
  • 1 match/1 goal in Allsvenskan relegation playoff.

InternationalEdit

List of international goals scored by Mattias Jonson

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 10 September 1997 Råsunda, Solna, Sweden   Latvia 1–0 1–0 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 12 February 2001 Suphachalasai Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand   China PR 1–0 3–0 2001 King's Cup
3. 7 June 2003 Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle, San Marino   San Marino 1–0 6–0 2004 UEFA Euro qualification
4. 4–0
5. 5–0
6. 6 September 2003 Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden   San Marino 1–0 5–0 2004 UEFA Euro qualification
7. 22 June 2004 Estádio do Bessa, Porto, Portugal   Denmark 2–2 2–2 UEFA Euro 2004
8. 18 August 2004 Råsunda, Solna, Sweden   Netherlands 1–0 2–2 Friendly
9. 4 June 2005 Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden   Malta 1–0 6–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification

HonoursEdit

Helsingborgs IF
Brøndby IF
Djurgårdens IF
Individual

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Kulle, Mikael. "Anfallare: Mattias Jonson". sr.se. Sveriges radio. Archived from the original on 25 December 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2009.
  2. ^ "Jonson, Mattias". svenskfotboll.se. Swedish Football Association. Retrieved 2 July 2009.
  3. ^ Barth-Kron, Viktor (15 July 2005). "Mattias Jonson skrev på för Djurgården". dif.se. Djurgårdens IF Fotboll. Archived from the original on 7 August 2009. Retrieved 2 July 2009.
  4. ^ Aldaeus, Erik (8 August 2006). "Mattias Jonson slutar i landslaget". svt.se. Sveriges Television. Archived from the original on 13 June 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2009.
  5. ^ http://www.difarkivet.se/dif_sm_guld_seniorer.pdf

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