Eddie Gustafsson

Gustafsson in May 2009

Douglas Edward " Eddie" Alexander Gustafsson McIntosh ( born January 31, 1977 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a Swedish football player. The goalkeeper, who made his debut in the Swedish national team in 2000, played in the course of his career in Sweden, Norway and Austria.


Career start in Sweden

Shortly after Gustafsson had moved with his family to Sweden, he began in 1983 to play soccer when he IFK Stockholm joined. In the capital club, he went through the youth teams and played in the various junior national teams of Svenska Fotbollförbundet. Mid-1990s, he enlisted as a substitute goalkeeper in the squad of the men's team his home club. In the season of 1994 he came to the Division 2 Östra third-rate Sveland his debut in adult football, as the club descended into the Viertklassigkeit.

Gustafsson, however, had made ​​higher class attention to himself as a talented young goalkeeper. Before the start of the Premiership season 1995, he joined the IFK Norrköping in Allsvenskan and was in the following years goalkeeper. In the 1998 he became the first-choice goalkeeper, stopped him before an injury. After the departure of the man as a substitute committed on loan Norwegian Thor André Olsen mid-1999, he pushed the newly committed Þórður Thordarsson and established himself again as goalkeeper of the club. In parallel, he played himself in the circle of the national team and made his debut on 31 January 2000 in a 1-0 win over the selection of Denmark in the jersey of the national selection.

While Gustafsson was in seasons 2000 and seasons in 2001 on the side of players like Kristian Bergström, Jonas Wallerstedt, Fredrik image and Mathias Florén continue to strain force in the goal of the club, but could not be established in the national team since the competition with Magnus Kihlstedt, Mattias Asper and Magnus Hedman was too large. However, he had made ​​a name outside the country's borders.

Years abroad

After the end of the 2001 left Gustafsson Sweden and moved to Norway for looked after by his compatriot Gunder Bengtsson Molde FK, who undertook two other Sweden in the same year with David Ljung and Fredrik Gustafson. At the end of the Tippeligaen 2002 season in which he ran aground in 25 league games, he qualified with the club as a table second behind series champions Rosenborg BK for the European Cup. Therefore, he returned in the spring of 2003 returned to the squad of the national team and played twice, but was unable to establish long-term in the national team again. In the following two seasons, he failed to match the success of his debut season in Norway with Molde FK. With Arild Stavrum, Magnus Kihlberg, Petter Rudi and Marcus Andreasson he occupied seats in the rear middle of the table and fell in the 2004 in danger of relegation.

After the expiration of his contract at Molde FK end of 2004 Gustaffson completed tryouts in Europe and North America, but eventually switched within the Tippeligaen in Ham -Kam around the injured goalkeeper Svein Inge Haagenrud to replace. On the side of Axel Smeets, Espen Olsen, Rune Buer Johansen, Ramiro Corrales and Jan Michaelsen, he played with the club to avoid relegation from the Tippeligaen, which was avoided as a table tenth of the 2005. He then moved on within the Norwegian Elite series and signed a contract with Lyn Oslo. As part of a Swedish quintet he met Johan Dahlin, who was originally contracted as a substitute goalkeeper, Henrik Dahl, Daniel Theorin and Magnus Powell. At the start of the season supplanted him Dahlin between the posts so that Gustafsson's chances of participating in the 2006 World Cup were limited. Only after the summer break, he established himself in July in the gate of the capital club and played alongside Chinedu Obasi from Tommy Berntsen and Steven Lustü. In the seasons 2007 and 2008, he finished with the club seats in the middle of the league. In 2008 he received after the end of the season as the best goalkeeper the Kniksenprisen.

January 8, 2009 Gustafsson was move to Red Bull Salzburg announced to replace the injured Timo Ochs. He retired after six games a hematoma on the thigh and fell for some games out. After his return to the football field in May, he won the team managed by Co Adriaanse to Rémo Meyer, Marc Janko and Johan Vonlanthen the championship. As team captain, he led the international antretenden under the name FC Salzburg club through the qualifying rounds of the UEFA Champions League 2009/10. After wins Bohemians Dublin and Dinamo Zagreb, he failed with the club after two defeats against Maccabi Haifa in the play-offs, but qualified for the UEFA Europa League 2009/10. After he was run in all six games of the Champions League qualification, he contributed as a backing to reach the knockout phase at the European Cup. The team remained in the group stage against Lazio, Villarreal and Levski Sofia to drop a point, only in the games against the club from Rome, he conceded one goal each. However, in the sixteenth final, he retired after a 2:3 away defeat and a 0-0 draw against Standard Liege with the club from the competition.

Also in the championship Gustafsson was a sure keeper. As a regular player, he helped the club that established in the course of the season in first place. On 18 April 2010, he was severely injured in a 0-0 away draw against LASK Linz by a foul by Luke Kragl. He suffered a shin and a multiple broken fibula. The healing process was so good that he was able to accompany the team already decisive championship game in Graz on May 13, 2010, and celebrate at the end of the championship with his teammates. From League President Hans Rinner he took over as captain of FC Red Bull Salzburg in the master plate reception. On 19 January 2011 he extended his contract with Red Bull ahead of schedule for four years and on January 20 he was the warm-up match against Spartak Moscow in Belek for the first time since his injury in goal for the team. On 2 March 2011, he returned to the Bundesliga Away Game against SV Kapfenberg into the goal in the Bundesliga team and denied on March 5, 2011, compared to SV Mattersburg his first game in front of their home crowd.

But in the 2011/12 season he could no longer connect to its services from the time before his injury. After a few mistakes, he lost his place at Alexander Walke. In the 2012/13 season, he managed again to reach the goalkeeper position, as Alexander Walke showed some uncertainty.


  • Austrian Champion: 2009, 2010.2012
  • Goalkeeper of the Year in Norway: 2008
  • Goalkeeper of the Year in Austria: 2010
  • Austrian Cup winner: 2012