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JONAS OLSSON
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  • JONAS OLSSON
  • DEFENDER

UPDATED 07:05 17th July 2012

ALBION pulled off a major coup by signing key defender Jonas Olsson on a new four-year contract in October 2012. 

The Sweden international, who was set to become a free agent in summer 2013, penned an improved deal committing him to the club until 2016.

He clocked up 32 top-flight appearances during the 2013/14 season, scoring in the 1-1 Boxing Day draw at Tottenham.

Following his participation in Euro 2012 with Sweden, Olsson played 44 matches during 2012/13 and 36 full games in the Barclays Premier League – missing only two. 

The previous campaign saw him further enhance his reputation as a battling defender as Albion finished tenth in the Barclays Premier League - earning ten clean sheets and scoring unforgettable goals in away derby victories at Villa and Wolves. 

Olsson was named vice skipper by then-Hawthorns boss Roberto Di Matteo in August 2009, and has held the position ever since. 

He joined the Baggies on the penultimate day of the 2008 August transfer window in an £800,000 move from NEC Nijmegen. 

The fee for the former Sweden Under-20 and Under-21 international was set to rise by a further £360,000 in performance-related add-ons. 

Olsson made his Baggies debut in a 3-2 win over West Ham at The Hawthorns in September 2008 and quickly became one of the first names on the team-sheet. 

Unfortunately, Olsson was forced to sit on the sidelines for more than two months, between January and March of Albion's 2008/09 Barclays Premier League season, with tendonitis and bone bruising to his knee.

During that time his never-say-die attitude at the heart of the Baggies defence was sorely missed. 

He proved a towering influence in helping the Baggies clinch automatic promotion back to the top flight at the first attempt with his full-blooded displays during the 2009/10 season. 

The passionate centre-half was a virtual ever-present throughout and his form saw him earn his first-ever senior Sweden cap in a 1-0 friendly win over Belarus in June 2010. 

He also scored five times in the 2009/10 campaign to add to his three the previous season, which included the only goal of the game at Middlesbrough in September and the opener in April's 3-0 home win over Sunderland. 

Prior to joining the Baggies he moved to Holland from home-town club Landskrona in 2005, and was an Eredivisie regular for Nijmegen for three years, helping them finish tenth in his first two seasons and eighth in 2007/08. 

Olsson also clocked up 20 Under-21 caps for his country. 

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