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Daniel Sjölund

Daniel Sjolund
Personal information
Full nameHenrik Daniel Sjölund
Date of birth22 April 1983(age 33)
Place of birthFinström, Åland, Finland
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10.1 in)
Playing positionWinger
Club information
Current clubDjurgårdens IF

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Henrik Daniel "Daja" Sjölund (born 22 April 1983 in Finström, Åland) is a Finnish footballer who currently plays for Djurgårdens IF in the Swedish Allsvenskan.

Daniel Sjölund was born in the municipality of Finström, based on the Åland Island group which is a Swedish-speaking autonomous region that belongs to Finland. Sjölund started his career at IF Finströms Kamraterna, when he was a child. Afterwards he went to IFK Mariehamn and IF Brommapojkarna, before being signed by West Ham at the age of just 16, after impressive displays for Finland's youth teams. In 2000 Liverpool manager Gérard Houllier agreed to pay £1 million for the talented forward in a deal that also saw Rigobert Song going the other way. After failing to get into the first team at Liverpool, Sjölund joined Djurgården for the 2003 season, first on loan and later on a permanent deal. He has won two Swedish championships and two Swedish Cups with Djurgården. The 2005 season finally saw Sjölund become a regular in the Djurgården team, and he scored seven goals in the league.

A regular for the Under-21s since the age of 17, Sjölund made his senior international debut for the Finnish national team on 22 May 2003 against Norway. Good performances in the 2005 season have seen him promoted to the senior team on a regular basis. Sjölund was also a part of the Finland squad at the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship.

His sister Annica Sjölund is also a Finnish international who competed in Women's Euro 2009.

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