Kjell Olofsson Player Profile

Player Details

  • Full Name: Kjell Ove Olofsson
  • Born: July 23rd, 1965 (Gothenburg, Sweden)
  • Height: 6'
  • Position: Striker
  • Signed: October 28th, 1996 (£400,000)
  • First Manager: Tommy McLean
  • Career Totals: 119 appearances, 46 goals
  • Also Played For: Moss, Orgryte


Playing History


Season Win % Draw % Loss %
1998-99 39 (4) 10 0 1 23.3% 32.6% 44.2%
1997-98 44 (1) 23 0 0 35.6% 24.4% 40.0%
1996-97 28 (3) 13 1 0 58.1% 25.8% 16.1%
Totals: 111 (8) 46


 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals

 Recent First Team Starts
 23/05/99 SPL vs. Celtic (H) 1 - 2
 08/05/99 SPL vs. Kilmarnock (H) 0 - 0
 01/05/99 SPL vs. Dundee (H) 0 - 2
 24/04/99 SPL vs. Dunfermline (A) 2 - 2
 20/04/99 SPL vs. St Johnstone (H) 0 - 1

 Recent First Team Goals
 17/04/99 SPL vs. Aberdeen (A) 4 - 0
 20/03/99 SPL vs. Rangers (A) 1 - 0
 06/03/99 4th Round Replay vs. Clydebank (H) 3 - 0
 03/03/99 4th Round vs. Clydebank (A) 2 - 2
 20/02/99 SPL vs. Aberdeen (H) 3 - 0

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
 17/04/99 SPL vs. Aberdeen (A)  4 - 0
 20/03/99 SPL vs. Rangers (A)  1 - 0
 06/03/99 4th Round Replay vs. Clydebank (H)  3 - 0
 06/03/99 4th Round Replay vs. Clydebank (H)  3 - 0
 03/03/99 4th Round vs. Clydebank (A)  2 - 2
 20/02/99 SPL vs. Aberdeen (H)  3 - 0
 30/01/99 SPL vs. Dunfermline (H)  1 - 1
 02/01/99 SPL vs. Dundee (A)  3 - 1
 28/11/98 SPL vs. Aberdeen (A)  3 - 0
 19/09/98 SPL vs. Dundee (A)  2 - 2
 02/05/98 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  2 - 1
 02/05/98 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  2 - 1
 07/04/98 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H)  2 - 2
 15/03/98 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 1
 08/03/98 5th Round vs. Celtic (H)  2 - 3
 08/03/98 5th Round vs. Celtic (H)  2 - 3
 18/02/98 4th Round Replay vs. Inverness CT (A)  3 - 2
 14/02/98 4th Round vs. Inverness CT (H)  1 - 1
 07/02/98 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  1 - 0
 27/01/98 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  1 - 2
 27/12/97 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  1 - 4
 20/12/97 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H)  2 - 1
 15/11/97 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (A)  3 - 1
 09/11/97 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  5 - 0
 09/11/97 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  5 - 0
 01/11/97 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  3 - 1
 01/11/97 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  3 - 1
 18/10/97 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  4 - 0
 27/09/97 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  1 - 2
 20/09/97 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  1 - 2
 13/09/97 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (H)  1 - 2
 02/08/97 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A)  1 - 1
 30/07/97 1st Qual. Round 2nd Leg vs. Principat (H)  9 - 0
 15/03/97 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  1 - 1
 12/03/97 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  2 - 0
 08/03/97 Quarter Final vs. Motherwell (H)  4 - 1
 01/03/97 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H)  2 - 1
 18/01/97 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  2 - 1
 11/01/97 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (A)  3 - 1
 11/01/97 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (A)  3 - 1
 01/01/97 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  4 - 0
 28/12/96 Premier Division vs. Raith Rovers (A)  1 - 0
 07/12/96 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (A)  2 - 0
 07/12/96 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (A)  2 - 0
 16/11/96 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  3 - 3
 02/11/96 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  3 - 1

 List of Games Played (click to expand)
 23/05/99 SPL vs. Celtic (H)  1 - 2
 15/05/99 SPL vs. Hearts (A)  1 - 4
 08/05/99 SPL vs. Kilmarnock (H)  0 - 0
 01/05/99 SPL vs. Dundee (H)  0 - 2
 24/04/99 SPL vs. Dunfermline (A)  2 - 2
 20/04/99 SPL vs. St Johnstone (H)  0 - 1
 17/04/99 SPL vs. Aberdeen (A)  4 - 0
 10/04/99 Semi Final vs. Celtic (N)  0 - 2
 06/04/99 SPL vs. Hearts (H)  1 - 3
 03/04/99 SPL vs. Motherwell (H)  0 - 3
 20/03/99 SPL vs. Rangers (A)  1 - 0
 16/03/99 5th Round Replay vs. Ayr Utd (H)  2 - 1
 13/03/99 5th Round vs. Ayr Utd (A)  0 - 0
 06/03/99 4th Round Replay vs. Clydebank (H)  3 - 0
 03/03/99 4th Round vs. Clydebank (A)  2 - 2
 27/02/99 SPL vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 2
 20/02/99 SPL vs. Aberdeen (H)  3 - 0
 09/02/99 3rd Round Replay vs. Queen's Park (H)  1 - 0
 06/02/99 SPL vs. St Johnstone (A)  0 - 1
 02/02/99 3rd Round vs. Queen's Park (A)  0 - 0
 30/01/99 SPL vs. Dunfermline (H)  1 - 1
 02/01/99 SPL vs. Dundee (A)  3 - 1
 26/12/98 SPL vs. Motherwell (A)  0 - 2
 20/12/98 SPL vs. Kilmarnock (A)  0 - 2
 12/12/98 SPL vs. Celtic (H)  1 - 1
 05/12/98 SPL vs. St Johnstone (H)  1 - 1
 28/11/98 SPL vs. Aberdeen (A)  3 - 0
 22/11/98 SPL vs. Dundee (H)  0 - 1
 15/11/98 SPL vs. Dunfermline (A)  1 - 2
 07/11/98 SPL vs. Motherwell (H)  2 - 2
 31/10/98 SPL vs. Rangers (A)  1 - 2
 24/10/98 SPL vs. Hearts (A)  1 - 0
 17/10/98 SPL vs. Kilmarnock (H)  0 - 2
 26/09/98 SPL vs. St Johnstone (A)  3 - 1
 23/09/98 SPL vs. Dunfermline (H)  1 - 1
 19/09/98 SPL vs. Dundee (A)  2 - 2
 12/09/98 SPL vs. Rangers (H)  0 - 0
 30/08/98 SPL vs. Motherwell (A)  0 - 1
 22/08/98 SPL vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 2
 19/08/98 3rd Round vs. Ross County (A)  0 - 2
 16/08/98 SPL vs. Hearts (H)  0 - 0
 08/08/98 2nd Round vs. Stirling Albion (H)  2 - 2
 01/08/98 SPL vs. Kilmarnock (A)  0 - 2
 09/05/98 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  1 - 2
 02/05/98 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  2 - 1
 25/04/98 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H)  0 - 2
 18/04/98 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (A)  0 - 1
 11/04/98 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  0 - 0
 07/04/98 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H)  2 - 2
 28/03/98 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  0 - 1
 21/03/98 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H)  0 - 1
 15/03/98 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 1
 08/03/98 5th Round vs. Celtic (H)  2 - 3
 18/02/98 4th Round Replay vs. Inverness CT (A)  3 - 2
 14/02/98 4th Round vs. Inverness CT (H)  1 - 1
 07/02/98 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  1 - 0
 31/01/98 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  0 - 2
 27/01/98 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  1 - 2
 24/01/98 3rd Round vs. Aberdeen (H)  1 - 0
 10/01/98 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (H)  1 - 1
 03/01/98 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  0 - 1
 27/12/97 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  1 - 4
 20/12/97 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H)  2 - 1
 13/12/97 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  0 - 1
 09/12/97 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H)  0 - 0
 06/12/97 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H)  0 - 0
 30/11/97 Final vs. Celtic (N)  0 - 3
 22/11/97 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  0 - 4
 15/11/97 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (A)  3 - 1
 09/11/97 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  5 - 0
 01/11/97 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  3 - 1
 25/10/97 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  2 - 1
 18/10/97 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  4 - 0
 15/10/97 Semi Final vs. Aberdeen (N)  3 - 1
 04/10/97 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (A)  3 - 3
 27/09/97 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  1 - 2
 20/09/97 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  1 - 2
 13/09/97 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (H)  1 - 2
 09/09/97 Quarter Final vs. Rangers (A)  1 - 0
 26/08/97 2nd Qual. Round 2nd Leg vs. Trabzonspor (H)  1 - 1
 23/08/97 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  1 - 5
 20/08/97 3rd Round vs. Hibernian (H)  2 - 1
 17/08/97 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 1
 12/08/97 2nd Qual. Round 1st Leg vs. Trabzonspor (A)  0 - 1
 09/08/97 2nd Round vs. QOS (A)  4 - 2
 02/08/97 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A)  1 - 1
 30/07/97 1st Qual. Round 2nd Leg vs. Principat (H)  9 - 0
 23/07/97 1st Qual. Round 1st Leg vs. Principat (A)  8 - 0
 07/05/97 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  0 - 1
 22/04/97 Semi Final Replay vs. Kilmarnock (N)  0 - 1
 19/04/97 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  1 - 1
 14/04/97 Semi Final vs. Kilmarnock (N)  0 - 0
 05/04/97 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  0 - 2
 22/03/97 Premier Division vs. Raith Rovers (H)  2 - 1
 15/03/97 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  1 - 1
 12/03/97 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  2 - 0
 08/03/97 Quarter Final vs. Motherwell (H)  4 - 1
 01/03/97 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H)  2 - 1
 25/02/97 4th Round Replay vs. Hearts (H)  1 - 0
 22/02/97 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (A)  3 - 2
 16/02/97 4th Round vs. Hearts (A)  1 - 1
 08/02/97 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  0 - 0
 01/02/97 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  1 - 0
 25/01/97 3rd Round vs. Stirling Albion (A)  2 - 0
 18/01/97 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  2 - 1
 11/01/97 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (A)  3 - 1
 04/01/97 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (H)  2 - 0
 01/01/97 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  4 - 0
 28/12/96 Premier Division vs. Raith Rovers (A)  1 - 0
 26/12/96 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  2 - 0
 21/12/96 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  0 - 1
 14/12/96 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  1 - 1
 10/12/96 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  1 - 0
 07/12/96 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (A)  2 - 0
 30/11/96 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H)  1 - 1
 23/11/96 Premier Division vs. Raith Rovers (H)  1 - 2
 16/11/96 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  3 - 3
 02/11/96 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  3 - 1
 26/10/96 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H)  1 - 0


Biography


The Swedish striker had played for several Scandinavian clubs as well as the Swedish Olympic team when he arrived in Scotland in October 1996 from Norwegian side Moss FK. Originally brought in as a trialist by manager Tommy McLean, Kjell signed a short-term contract on the morning of his first appearance for United. Playing alongside fellow debutant Erik Pedersen in a 1-0 win over Hearts at Tannadice, he was immediately signed of a longer deal for a fee of £400,000.

He was rarely out of the side for the rest of that season, becoming the Club's top scorer as he helped fire United to a third place finish in the Premier Division on their return to the top-flight, and qualifying for a European place. A powerful striker with a great finish, he quickly became a firm favourite with the fans, and continued his prolific form into the 1997-98 season. Two of his 23 goals that season came in a vital match against Hibs at the tail end of the campaign which secured United's Premier status whilst condemning the Edinburgh side to relegation. He collected a League Cup runners-up medal against Celtic at Ibrox Stadium in November 1997.

Still a regular under new manager Paul Sturrock during the 1998-99 season, he found the net less frequently, but hit a run of form after the turn of the year, scoring vital goals against Dundee, Aberdeen and Rangers. For such a prolific striker, Kjell never quite managed to complete a hat-trick in his time at Tannadice, but he did score a brace on seven different occasions. When his contract expired in May 1999 he returned to Norway where he re-joined Moss FK. Rumours about a move back to Scotland with Aberdeen failed to materialise, and he retired as a professional player in 2002 finishing his career with Moss.

Kjell returned to Tannadice in January 2012 to be inducted into the Dundee United Hall of Fame.

Squad Numbers


7

Season:
1998-99





Debut

October 26th, 1996
Dundee United 1 - 0 Heart of Midlothian

League (Premier Division)


Timeline


  • Date of Birth

    Kjell was born on this date in Gothenburg, Sweden.

  • Pre-match interest centred mainly round the possible appearance of the two Scandinavians in United's side and when the teams were announced the surprise was not the presence of the pair, but the fact that Swede Kjell Olofsson was listed under his own name, the striker having signed a short term contract on the morning of the match. Norwegian Erik Perdersen, however, was listed as a trialist in a United starting eleven which showed a whole host of changes from the one which had drawn at East End Park.

  • Signed For Dundee United

    The Swedish striker had played for several Scandinavian clubs as well as the Swedish Olympic team when he arrived in Scotland in October 1996 from Norwegian side Moss FK. Originally brought in as a trialist by manager Tommy McLean, Kjell signed a short-term contract on the morning of his first appearance for United. Playing alongside fellow debutant Erik Pedersen in a 1-0 win over Hearts at Tannadice, he was immediately signed of a longer deal for a fee of £400,000.

  • It was debut day for two players as Lance Key in goal and Lars Zetterlund made their debuts. The Swedes presence in midfield meant United had three Scandinavians in their ranks for the first time since the mid-sixties and their initial impact was no less emphatic than their fellow countrymen from three decades earlier.Scandinavian inspired United dominated this match.

  • After Billy Dodds headed us in front nine minutes from the break, a whirlwind spell of three goals in as many minutes buried Aberdeen with Joe Miller, Kjell Olofsson and Billy Dodds all finding the net. Thereafter we cruised to our fourth win of the season over the Pittodrie men, recording our biggest win of the season.

  • Last Appearance - Dundee United 1 - 2 Celtic

    The final game of the season brought an improved performance, but still no joy on the home front. Celtic won this nothing at stake encounter thanks to a couple of opportunist first half goals by Mark Burchill. Whilst Billy Dodds pulled one back from the spot after Steven Thompson had been sent tumbling in the box by Mjadby. Defeat left us without a home win since February, a run of six games since defeating Aberdeen.