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Joachim Björklund (born 15 March 1971 in Växjömarker, Swedenmarker) is a former Swedishmarker professional footballer. For many years he formed a central defensive partnership with Patrik Andersson for the Swedish national team. Björklund was selected for the UEFA Euro 1992, 1994 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2000. He was also a member of the Swedish squad that competed at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelonamarker. His maternal uncle is Tommy Svensson, the Sweden national football team manager from 1991 to 1997.

Playing career

Taking the leap from junior team obscurity to becoming a star in Brann, he was later sold to IFK Göteborg. There, his side achieved a surprise 3-1 victory over Manchester United in the group stage of the 1994-95 Champions League. At the end of the following season, he was transferred to Vicenza and the following year to Rangers, where he won a Scottish league championship medal before moving to Valencia for £2.5million. He spent three years at Valencia before moving to Venezia in Italy, where he was employed for just one season.

Björklund joined Sunderland at the start of the 2002–03 season for £1.5million, but was unable to prevent them from being relegated. 2003–04 was better, as he helped Sunderland finish third in Division One and reach the FA Cup semi final. But his services were no longer required by manager Mick McCarthy and he joined Wolverhampton Wanderers, who had just been relegated from the Premier League. He left the club and retired after just one injury-hampered season that restricted him to just 5 appearances in total as the club failed to win an immediate return to the top flight.

Working career

Having finished his playing career, he now works as a scout for Valencia. He is mainly scouting the Nordic countries for players.

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