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Mikael Nilsson (footballer born 1968)

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Place of birthFalköping, Sweden
Playing positionDefender

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Mikael Nilsson -svˈmiːkɑɛl ˈnɪlsɔn (born 28 September 1968 in Falköping) is a former Swedish football defender. He played for a local club called Tomtens IF and IFK Falköping until 1987 when he moved to IFK Göteborg, where he stayed until he ended his active career in 2001 due to an eye injury. During these years, he played 609 first team matches, which is a club record. He also won six Swedish Championships with the club and played in several European competitions.

Mikael Nilsson played 22 international matches for the Swedish national team, and was part of the Euro 92 and 1994 FIFA World Cup squads, he did however not play any matches in any of the tournaments.

In ITV's Greatest Champions League Goals programme, Nilson's 2 strikes against PSV Eindhoven were number twenty and nineteen on the list of the top 50 goals. One of Clive Tyldesley's famous quotes- "Now they know he can shoot, oh they know he can shoot", referred to Nilsson's second strike against PSV.




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