striker Mathias Svensson joined the Canaries from Charlton on
December 19th 2003. He signed a two and a half year contract and
is alleged to have cost £50,000. He made his Norwich debut
in the 2-0 win at Portman Road on December 21st that sent the
Canaries to the top of Division One for Christmas. His second
appearance was in the 1-0 home win over Nottingham Forest on Boxing
Day in which he scored the only goal of the game.
Born in Boras, Sweden,
Svensson's first club was Elfsborg. He joined Portsmouth in 1996/97
making 22 appearances and scoring 7 goals. The following season
saw 29 appearances but just 5 goals. After a brief spell with
Innsbruck, he joined Crystal Palace where he partnered fellow
Norwich new boy Leon McKenzie.
1 goal in 8 games in
1998/99 for Palace was followed by 9 in 27 appearances the following
season. This won the attention of Charlton for whom he joined
during 1999/00. He made 78 appearances for the Addicks over the
next four seasons scoring eight goals. Out of favour in 2003/04,
he joined Derby on loan making 10 appearances and scoring three
goals before Norwich swooped to bring him to Carrow Road.
Mathias returned to
Scandinavia in the summer of 2005, joining Elfsborg for £100,000.
The 2006 season was very successful for Svensson. He started all
games and scored 6 goals, and at the end of the season he won
the first title of his career, as Elfsborg was crowned Swedish
champions. Svensson had to retire from playing in the summer of
2008 due to injury but has remained at Elfsborg as Assistant Manager