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Martin Nathaniel Dahlin (born April 16 1968 in Uddevallamarker) is a former Swedishmarker football player.

Early life

He is the son of an Afro-Venezuelan father, who was a musician, and a white Swedish mother who both named him after Martin Luther King. He was born in Uddevallamarker, but lived as a child in Lundmarker.


In 1988, he became the first black player to represent Sweden. He was part of the Swedish national team which finished 3rd in the 1994 FIFA World Cup, scoring four goals in the tournament. He also participated in the team which reached the semifinals of Euro 92.

In 1993 he was selected as best Swedish player of the year, winning Guldbollen.

He has played for Malmö FF, Borussia Mönchengladbach, AS Roma, Hamburger SV and Blackburn Roversmarker. The most 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 1997-1998 season, scoring 4 goals.

In the 1998-1999 season, he only played 5 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 Appealmarker overturned the verdict and sent it back to the lower court. On April 12, 2006 the High Court ruled in favour of the insurance company, decreeing that the player probably had a pre-existing condition.[79945] This decision leaves Blackburn about £4 million out-of-pocket.

Dahlin now lives in Sweden. He is a sports agent, and lends his name to a clothing line.[79946] He speaks three languages - Swedish, English and German.


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1988 Malmö Allsvenskan 21 17
1989 17 4
1990 19 7
1991 22 11

1991-92 Borussia Mönchengladbach Bundesliga 12 2
1992-93 20 10
1993-94 27 12
1994-95 24 11
1995-96 23 15

1996-97 Roma Serie A 3 0

1996-97 Borussia Mönchengladbach Bundesliga 19 10

1997-98 Blackburn Roversmarker Premier League 19 4

1998-99 Hamburger SV Bundesliga 8 0

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