Johan Dahlin

Johan Dahlin (born 8 September 1986 in Trollhättan) is a Swedish footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Malmö FF.[1]

Johan Dahlin
Dahlin playing for Malmö FF in 2011.
Personal information
Full name Johan Helge Dahlin
Date of birth (1986-09-08) 8 September 1986
Place of birth Trollhättan, Sweden
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Malmö FF
Number 27
Youth career
0000–2003 FC Trollhättan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003 FC Trollhättan 1 (0)
2004 Åsebro IF 18 (0)
2005–2009 Lyn 30 (0)
2008Trelleborgs FF (loan) 14 (0)
2009–2013 Malmö FF 104 (0)
2014–2015 Gençlerbirliği 20 (0)
2015–2017 FC Midtjylland 39 (0)
2017– Malmö FF 65 (0)
National team
2006–2009 Sweden U21 24 (0)
2009–2014 Sweden 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 November 2019


Club career

FC Lyn Oslo

Dahlin began his senior career at Åsebro IF in 2004. After one season with the Swedish Division 3 side, he was invited to Oslo to train with Lyn and was subsequently signed until the end of the 2009 season.

In 2005, Dahlin was the third choice as goalkeeper behind Ali Al-Habsi and Nuno Marques. With both Al-Habsi and Marques gone after the season, and having made a good impression during the winter months, Dahlin became manager Henning Berg's preferred choice in goal, ahead of newcomer Eddie Gustafsson. He made thirteen appearances in the first half of the 2006 season. His debut came against Start in the league opener on 9 April, a game that ended in a goalless draw. After the summer, the roles were reversed and Dahlin received little playing time, only making one more appearance when he came on a substitute for an injured Gustafsson. For his performance in 2006, Dahlin received his first call-ups to the Swedish under-21 team, making six appearances in total that year.

In 2007, Dahlin acted mainly as a reserve for Eddie Gustafsson, making only four appearances all season, and it became clear that Gustafsson would also be the first choice in goal in 2008. Therefore, in a bid to receive playing time at a high level, Dahlin agreed to a loan deal with Swedish side Trelleborgs FF. He returned to Lyn in August 2008, having made fourteen appearances in the Allsvenskan.

Malmö FF

On 8 July 2009 Dahlin was announced as a Malmö FF player. He instantly became first choice as goalkeeper and played for a majority of the games of the later season 2009. However, it emerged that Dahlin had chronic back pains which made him unable to play in a couple of games. These problems continued during the 2010 season but as Dahlin himself and club doctors worked hard to minimize the pain he was able to play all games except one and a half. For the 2010 league winning season he kept a clean sheet for 15 games.

Dahlins injury problems continued for the 2011 season and he missed the majority of the league matches but recovered to play 12 league matches and played for the club in the group stage of the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League. On 13 June 2012 Dahlin signed a new two-year-long contract until the end of the 2014 season.[2] In the 2012 season Dahlin wasn't as affected by his back injury as in the previous season and played 29 out of 30 matches for Malmö FF, he missed one match due to racking up three yellow cards.

During the league title winning 2013 season Dahlin played 22 matches out of 30. He missed some matches due to injury and was briefly replaced as first choice goalkeeper by Robin Olsen after some solid performances by the latter. Dahlin held seven clean sheets during the season. He also played all six matches for the club during its participation in the qualifying stages of the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League. His performance throughout the season earned him a nomination for goalkeeper of the year.


On 23 December 2013, Malmö FF confirmed the transfer of Johan Dahlin to the Turkish Süper Lig club Gençlerbirliği under contract until 2017.[3] The transfer went through on 7 January 2014 when the Turkish transfer window opened.

International career

Dahlin made his first cap for the Swedish national football team against USA in January 2009.[4] Dahlin was selected for the annual training camp for the Sweden national team in January 2012. The squad selection for the camp traditionally feature the best Swedish players in domestic and other Scandinavian leagues.[5]

Career statistics


As of 11 November 2019.[6][7]

Club Season League Cup Continental Total
FC Trollhättan 2003 100010
Total 100010
Åsebro IF 2004 18000180
Total 18000180
Lyn 2005 000000
2006 1201010140
2007 400040
2008 100010
Trelleborgs FF 2008 14000140
Total 14000140
Lyn 2009 13010140
Total 3002010330
Malmö FF 2009 12000120
2010 29010300
2011 1200060180
2012 29000290
2013 2203060310
Total 1040401201200
Gençlerbirliği 2013–14 10000100
2014–15 10000100
Total 2000000200
FC Midtjylland 2014–15 10000100
2015–16 40005090
2016–17 2503080360
Total 39030130550
Malmö FF 2017 1101000120
2018 25070140460
2019 29020120430
Total 6501002601010
Career total 29101905203560


As of 5 March 2014.[4]

National teamYearAppsGoals
Sweden 200910



Malmö FF


  1. Agent: Johan Dahlin forlader FCM,, 23 June 2017
  2. "Nytt kontrakt för Johan Dahlin" (in Swedish). 13 June 2012. Archived from the original on 17 June 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
  3. "Johan Dahlin går till Turkiet". (in Swedish). Malmö FF. 23 December 2013. Archived from the original on 24 December 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  4. "Johan Dahlin". Retrieved 29 April 2013.
  5. "Landslaget blir himmelsblågult: "Vi är stolta"" (in Swedish). Fotbollskanalen. Retrieved 13 January 2012.
  6. "Johan Dahlin". Soccerway. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  7. "Johan Dahlin career stats". (in Norwegian). Retrieved 29 April 2013.
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