Jan Alexander Östlund
(born 2 November
) is a Swedish football
player, currently playing for Esbjerg fB
, after being released on a free transfer by Southampton F.C.
Östlund started playing for hometown club IFK Österåker
. At the age of 16 he was drafted for AIK Fotboll
, where he played as a striker
. He scored the club's last goal of the 1998 season, which meant AIK won Allsvenskan
, the Swedish championship. He had a loan period at Birmingham City
but was not offered a contract, being subsequently transferred to IFK Norrköping
and converted into a defender.
In July 2004, Östlund signed with Eredivisie
's Feyenoord Rotterdam
, playing his first match against Vitesse Arnhem
His nickname is "Salle", although the fans of Southampton have been calling him "Jesus" due to his flowing locks and beard
, and he emerged as a cult hero for his hard tackles and marauding runs. On the final day of the 2005-06 Championship
season, replica number 2 shirts flew out of the club shop, as Saints fans could be heard in matches chanting "Jesus is our right-back".
For the early part of the 2006-07 season he was in and out of the side but towards the end cemented his right-back position. He has always given whole-hearted commitment to the team and provided a more than useful option which allowed Chris Baird to move into the centre of the defence.
Östlund started 2007-08 well, having to compete for the No. 2 position with on-loan players Phil Ifil and Christian Dailly, who both departed from the team in January 2008.
On July 2nd 2008 he was released by the Saints as a free agent.
On August 25th he was presented as a new player in Danish
club Esbjerg fB, where he will be competing with Frank Hansen
for the right-back postition.
Östlund played for Sweden
at the 2004 European Championship
. Despite being a regular fixture in the international side, he was overlooked for the 2006 World Cup