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|Full name||Jan Alexander Östlund|
|Date of birth||2 November 1978|
|Place of birth||Åkersberga, Sweden|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Right back|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Jan Alexander Östlund (born 2 November 1978 in Åkersberga) is a retired Swedish football player. He was released from Esbjerg fB on 25 January 2010 because of too many injuries and the same day Östlund announced that he would retire from football because of his bad knee.
Östlund started his career in the club IFK Österåker in his hometown Åkersberga. 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.
Alexander Östlund is one of the most beloved players in Hammarby IF in modern time, despite the fact that he made his break-through as an attacker in local rivals AIK. "Salle" immediately won the hearts of the Hammarby fans when he, in the very first minute of his very first appearance for Hammarby, dealt a hard tackle to his former team-mate AIK player and legend Krister Nordin, in the indoors tournament "Nackas minne" ("Lennart "Nacka" Skoglund Memorial) 2003.
Alexander Östlund returned to Hammarby after his career as a member of the board for Hammarby Football.
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.
On 2 July 2008 he was released by the Saints as a free agent.
On 25 January 2010 he was released from the club and he announced his retirement.
Östlund played for Sweden at the 2004 European Championship after being called up as an injury replacement for Michael Svensson. Despite being a regular fixture in the international side, he was controversially overlooked for the 2006 World Cup squad.