Blackburn moved quickly to snap up this promising Swedish talent in 2007 after he was spotted playing for the Hogaborgs BK club in his youth.
At home in a left-back berth with Sweden, he has also been employed in a more advanced position at club level and the versatility he offers must be viewed as an advantage by Sweden coach Erik Hamren.
Olsson certainly made an impressive start to his Sweden career, scoring twice on his debut as a substitute in a 4-2 defeat of Bosnia and Herzegovina in May 2010 and backing that up with goals in Euro 2012 qualifiers against San Marino and Finland.
He went on to play in four of his nation’s Euro 2012 qualifiers and is hoping he has done enough to secure a spot in the team this summer. “Everyone in the squad has a chance to play in the finals, that’s what the coach has told us,” says Olsson. “We have a tough task in front of us, but this is a set of players who believe they are good enough to cause some upsets.”