erik edman - fact file

2004 - 2005            defender


Born on 11th November 1978 in Huskvarna, Sweden.

Height : -  1.8m  (5' 10")

Weight : -  74.5 kgs  (11st 10lb)

Signed in the summer of 2004 from Heerenveen in Holland after a successful European Championships with Sweden - most notably providing the cross for Henrik Larsson to head a spectacular goal against Bulgaria.  He had a cosmopolitan background having moved around from Sweden to Italy and Germany, back to Sweden before heading for Holland.

Edman brought some no-nonsense tackling to the Spurs team in a problem position that needed resolving.  Initially, his defensive role was given priority, with Jacques Santini wanting the side tight and the full-backs not to cross the halfway line.  When Santini left the club and Jol took over, he was given freer rein to move forward.  Mostly, he played a solid game, but at Everton in October 2004, he suffered concussion in a clash of heads and missed quite a few games.  Erik never seemed the same again and an Achilles injury appeared to make him hesitant and lack the drive to go forward.

Edman will probably be most fondly remembered for his single goal in Tottenham colours.  As the ball was cleared to him from a Spurs corner, he hit a 35 yard rocket of a shot past Dudek in the goal at the Kop end to help Tottenham to a 2-2 draw.

In August 2005, Martin Jol seemed keen to bring in PSV Eindhoven's Korean left back Young-Pyo Lee as competition, but with a World Cup finals year approached Edman felt it was necessary to have regular football and Rennes had watched his situation, so swooped to take him to France for around 2 million and join up with a couple of his Swedish team-mates in the team.  His stay there lasted only a year, as Wigan Athletic brought him back to England, although a knee injury in one of his first games kept him out for a year.

Ended up playing only 10 games for Wigan, with the last a 1-9 defeat at White Hart Lane, when Aaron Lennon gave Erik a nightmare time.

In February 2010, Edman returned home to Sweden to play for Helsingborgs on a five year deal.


Career Record
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
Helsingborgs (Sweden) ?? ?? 1994 v ??    () 61 1
Torino (Italy) July 1999 ?? N/A 0 0
Karlsruhe (Germany) January 2000 ?? January 2000 v  () 8 0
AIK Stockholm (Sweden) July 2000 ?? ?? 2000 v  () 21 0
Heerenveen (Holland) 25th July 2001 ?? ?? 2001 v  () 91 1
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 30th July 2004 Undisclosed 14 August 2004 v Liverpool (H)  drew 1-1 31 1
Rennes (France) 31st August 2005 2,000,000   56 0
Wigan Athletic January 2008 500,000   10 0
Helsingborgs (Sweden) 5th February 2008 ??   - -

Sweden international
53 full caps; 1 goal
Under-21 caps
Under-16 caps
24 Sweden international caps - 1 goal (as of 31.08.2005)
International debut : v Faroe Islands (??) -  .06.2001
Swedish Cup winner 1998
Swedish League Champions 1999
Swedish Defender of the Year 2004



What they said about Erik Edman
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What Erik Edman said about ...
... his goal at Liverpool ...  21.09.2008 (Spurs programme)

"I have never hit the ball that hard in my life and I didn't realise how far out I was.  to me, it was a classic goal, one of the most beautiful of the season.  It was such a wonderful feeling to see the ball crash home."

... his goal at Liverpool ...  29.09.2010 (Spurs programme)

"I got the ball outside the box and just shot.  I was a little confused about what to do.  I was thinking maybe I should pass the ball or cross it to the far post, but I decided to shoot.  It was a really nice feeling.  I knew straight away it would be difficult for Dudek.  You have to decide so quickly and to be honest, I can't remember what I thought !  Perhaps that was the best thing."

... his 2004 ...  28.11.2004 (Spurs programme)

"It's been a good year for me.  It all started at Heerenveen, we reached the UEFA Cup  and then onto Portugal, where we had a nice tournament and now to be able to play at Tottenham."

... his goal at Liverpool ...  20.04 2005 (Spurs programme)

I got the ball outside the box and just shot. I wasn't sure what to do at first. I was thinking maybe I should pass, or cross it to the far post, but then I decided to shoot !
It was a really nice feeling. Knew straight away it would be difficult for Jerzy Dudek. You have to decide so quickly and to be honest, I don't remember what I thought. Perhaps that was the best thing !

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