Robin Patrick Olsen (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈrɔbɪn ˈʊlsɛn]; born 8 January 1990) is a Swedish professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Serie A club Cagliari, on loan from Roma, and the Sweden national team.
|Full name||Robin Patrick Olsen|
|Date of birth||8 January 1990|
|Place of birth||Malmö, Sweden|
|Height||1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)|
|Cagliari (on loan from Roma)|
|2007–2009||IF Limhamn Bunkeflo||8||(0)|
|2016||→ Copenhagen (loan)||14||(0)|
|2019–||→ Cagliari (loan)||1||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:59, 4 June 2019 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 June 2019
Early life and careerEdit
Olsen's parents are Danish and he used to hold a Danish passport, but grew up in Sweden. He began his career playing for Malmö youth teams before moving to the academy of BK Olympic. At the age of 16 he joined IF Limhamn Bunkeflo and made his debut in the Swedish second tier of a year later.
In 2011, Olsen re-joined Malmö FF. He made his Allsvenskan debut on 1 October 2012 in an away fixture against Syrianska FC, when first choice goalkeeper Johan Dahlin was suspended, and kept a clean sheet as the match ended 2–0 in Malmö's favour. In the match on 5 April 2013 against Åtvidabergs FF Dahlin had to be substituted at half time for an injury and Olsen once again took his place. Olsen then managed to hold a clean sheet in the remaining part of the match as well as a further three matches before conceding a goal in stoppage time in his fourth match of the season in the away fixture against IFK Göteborg. Olsen kept Dahlin out of the starting eleven for some further matches before he was given the place on the bench once again. In total Olsen played 10 matches for Malmö FF during the league title winning 2013 season, an unusual feat for a second choice goalkeeper.
Prior to the start of the 2014 season the club sold Johan Dahlin, making Olsen the first choice goalkeeper. In the 2014 season, Olsen made 29 out of 30 league appearances and was a vital piece of the team that defended the clubs league title and qualified for the group stage of the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League. For his performances in the league Olsen was awarded Allsvenskan goalkeeper of the year. He was also nominated for Swedish goalkeeper of the year at Fotbollsgalan.
On 26 January 2016, it was announced that Olsen would join F.C. Copenhagen on loan from PAOK for six months. According to F.C. Copenhagen's manager Ståle Solbakken, the Danish team was in search for a goalkeeper due to the injury of Stephan Andersen. The performances of 26-year-old international in the Superleague Greece and Europa League until January were below average, but he retained his good form since he joined the Danish club and increased his chances to be included in Sweden national team's squad ahead of Euro 2016. As a consequence of his performance, F.C. Copenhagen wanted to make the loan move permanent.
On 24 May 2016, it was announced that Olsen would remain with F.C. Copenhagen signing a four-year contract. F.C. Copenhagen paid a transfer fee of almost €600,000 to PAOK.
In 2018, Olsen helped Sweden reach their first World Cup quarterfinal since the 1994 FIFA World Cup and gained international interest from some of Europe's top clubs. On 24 July 2018, Olsen signed a five-year contract with the Italian club A.S. Roma with a reported fee of around €12,000,000.
Olsen was eligible for international play for both Denmark and Sweden. When he came to Malmö FF he said that he would prefer to play for Denmark but in 2014 he opted to play for Sweden according to Danish international coach Morten Olsen. On 15 January 2015 he made his debut for Sweden in a friendly fixture against the Ivory Coast.
- As of match played 31 March 2019
- As of 10 June 2019
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- Επίσημο: Στον ΠΑΟΚ ο Όλσεν (in Greek). 2 July 2015.
- Ο ΠΑΟΚ ανακοίνωσε τον Όλσεν (in Greek). 2 July 2015.
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- Στην Κοπεγχάγη ο Όλσεν (in Greek). www.paokfc.gr. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
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- Στην Κοπεγχάγη ο Όλσεν (in Greek). www.paokfc.gr. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
- "Roma sign Robin Olsen as replacement for Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson". ESPN.com. 25 July 2018. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
- "TORINO 0-1 ROMA: MATCH REPORT, REACTION AND KEY STATISTICS". www.asroma.com. 19 August 2018. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
- "Olsen è del Cagliari". cagliaricalcio.com (in Italian). 30 August 2019. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
- "Malmö-målmand siger nej tak til Morten Olsen". politiken.dk (in Danish). Politiken. 8 December 2014. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
- "Startelvan mot Elfenbenskusten". svenskfotboll.se (in Swedish). The Swedish Football Association. 15 January 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
- "Revealed: Every World Cup 2018 squad - 23-man & preliminary lists & when will they be announced?". Goal.com. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
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