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Player of the Day: Joachim Bjorklund

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Former Sweden international in the spotlight.

Former Sweden international Joachim Bjorklund made 65 appearances for Sunderland in two-and-a-half years with the club between 2001 and 2004.

Bjorklund began his career with SK Brann before spells with IFK Goteborg, Vicenza, Glasgow Rangers, Valencia and Venezia preceded his move to Wearside.

The Swedish defender made 12 appearances at the end of the 2001-02 season as Peter Reid’s Black Cats ensured their survival by drawing their final two games against Charlton Athletic and Derby County.

Joachim didn’t have the easiest settling in period at the Stadium of Light, suffering defeats to Manchester United, Newcastle and Tottenham Hotspur in three of his opening four games.

He suffered relegation in 2002-03 but bounced back with his best season on Wearside, helping the Black Cats reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup and also record a third-place finish in the Championship.

Unfortunately Sunderland suffered play-off heartache at the hands of Crystal Palace and, after making 31 appearances over the course of the campaign, Bjorklund would leave the Black Cats for recently relegated Wolves.

He left Molineux and retired after one injury-hampered season that restricted him to just five appearances in total as the club failed to win an immediate return to the top flight.

During his career Joachim was capped 79 times by Sweden and since his retirement he has worked as a TV pundit and also a scout for his former club Valencia.