Jan Olsson (footballer, born 1942)

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Jan Olsson
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Jan Olsson (left) facing Yugoslavian Dragan Džajić at the 1974 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Date of birth (1942-03-30) 30 March 1942 (age 77)
Place of birth Halmstad, Sweden
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1961–1965 Halmstads BK 156 (12)
1965–1978 Åtvidabergs FF 230 (1)
National team
1973–1974 Sweden[1] 17 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Jan "Janne" Olsson (born 30 March 1942 in Halmstad) is a former Swedish footballer who played mostly as a defender.

Club career[edit]

Jan Olsson played for Åtvidabergs FF in Allsvenskan during the 1960s and 1970s, and he became Swedish champion with the club in 1972 and 1973.

International career[edit]

Jan played 17 times for the Swedish national team and was a member of the squad in the 1974 FIFA World Cup.

He is largely remembered for being victim of the very first Johan Cruyff turn in Sweden's match against Holland at the 1974 World Cup in West Germany.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Sweden national football team stats". passagen.se (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 2012-06-06.
  2. ^ "All-time Top 20: No. 3 Johan Cruyff". ESPN. Retrieved 17 November 2013
  3. ^ "World Cup: 25 stunning moments … No25: the Cruyff Turn is born in 1974". Guardian. 11 June 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2016.

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