Rasmus Elm

Rasmus Elm, 2007

Rasmus Christoffer Elm ( born March 17, 1988 in Kalmar) is a Swedish football player. The midfielder, who made his debut in the Swedish national team in 2009, won with Kalmar FF to the Swedish championship and the national cup. He is the brother of David and Viktor Elm, who are also a professional footballer and a long time stood together at KFF under contract.


Elm began playing football at Johansfors IF. About Emmaboda IS the midfielder came to Kalmar FF. In his first season at the club, the 2005 season, he came right in the Allsvenskan for his pro debut. In the following seasons, he was regularly employed and thus helped the club to establish itself in the top tier of the Swedish elite class.

In the 2007 season, he reached with his club team the final of the Swedish Cup against IFK Göteborg. On the side of his brothers succeeded with goals from Cesar Santin, who was doubly successful, and Patrik Ingelsten a 3-0 victory and becoming the first title. In the following season he dominated with his team the Allsvenskan and contributed in 27 games this season, in which he scored five goals to win the Lennart Johansson - Cup as national champions at. In addition, KFF again reached the Cup final against IFK Gothenburg. In the final match he was in the starting lineup before he was in the 79 minutes, replaced by his brother David. The possible double he missed by a defeat on penalties. In the 2009 season he was in all the twelve league games for KFF in the starting line- up to the summer break.

Through his performances in the selected teams Elm attracted attention across national borders. End of August 2009, he joined the Dutch Eredivisie for the reigning champions AZ Alkmaar. At the Club in the province of North Holland, he signed a contract with four years duration.


In the course of the 2007 Elm Tommy Söderberg made ​​, the coach of the Swedish U - 21 selection, attention to himself. On August 21, the year he made his debut in the junior national team when he was substitute for Andrés Vásquez at the embattled 3:4 defeat against the Welsh U - 21 selection in the 64 minutes. In the following games of the year 2007, he was indeed permanently in the squad, but was only twice in the starting lineup.

In early 2009 nominated coach Lars Lagerback Elm for a North American tour of the senior team. On 24 January of that year he made his debut as a substitute in the 2:3 defeat to the U.S. national team when he replaced from the 62 minutes Andreas Dahl. As a result, he was able to establish himself in the national team and also came as part of the qualification for the World Cup 2010 is used. Although he had played no role for the U -21 in the calendar year, the end of May nominated him the team coach Söderberg and Jörgen Lennartsson for the U- 21 European Championship finals in the summer in their own country. In the U-21 European Championship Elm came in each of the four parts of Sweden used, with Elm in the first game against Belarus managed to score, as he marked the 1-1 and gave the assist of to 4:1 by Marcus Berg. In qualifying for the U-21 Championship 2011 Elm came recently for the U -21 are used. In that qualification Elm came to three inserts.

After all, Elm etabilierte after the U-21 European Championship 2009 in the senior team. A regular place Elm could already bring in the final stages of World Cup qualifying. However, the qualification for the 2010 World Cup could not be done. Successful but the EURO 2012 Qualifying should be, where the Swedes took the second place ( after the Netherlands ). Sweden did not have in the play-offs as best runners-up. Elm however, only came from March 2011 to qualify for use.

However, the European Championship finals was not really successful. In the group with Ukraine, England and France Sweden resigned as third in the group. Elm only came in two games for use.

On 16 October 2012, he scored in the World Cup qualifier against Germany in Berlin, where Sweden with 0:4 lagged until the 62nd minute, in stoppage time the hit to 4:4 draw. The hit was Elms third international goal.