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Glenn Hysén
Hysén and Bengtzing
Personal information
Full name Glenn Ingvar Hysén
Date of birth October 30, 1959 (1959-10-30) (age 50)
Place of birth    Göteborg, Sweden
Playing position Defender
Youth career
IF Warta
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
IFK Göteborg
PSV Eindhoven
IFK Göteborg
117 00(8)
045 0(12)
038 00(5)
061 00(1)
082 00(4)
054 00(2)   
National team
1981-1990 Sweden 088 00(8)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Glenn Ingvar Hysén (born October 30, 1959 in Gothenburg, Sweden) is a former football player who played for leading Dutch, Italian and English clubs and won 68 caps for Sweden. He is also a reality television star, coach, and football commentator.

Hysén is the father of Tobias Hysén of IFK Gothenburg, Alexander Hysén of GIF Sundsvall, and Anton Hysén of Utsiktens BK[1].


Early Years

Glenn Ingvar Hysén was born in Goteborg to a football family. His grandfather Erik played for IFK Göteborg as did his great-uncle Carl.[2]. Hysen's father Kurt also played for IFK Göteborg's B-Team. [3] The love of football almost seems genetic. Glenn first started playing football at IF Warta when he was just a kid. As a child, he dreamed of becoming a fire fighter.[4]



IFK Göteborg/PSV Eindhoven

Hysén started his career with IFK Göteborg and quickly established himself as a tough and composed defender. He was Sweden's Footballer Of The Year in 1983 and his form earned him his first international caps and a move to PSV Eindhoven in Holland.


Hysén then moved to Fiorentina and earned continental plaudits with his displays against England in two World Cup qualification matches during the campaign for the forthcoming 1990 tournament. As a result, English clubs became interested in him. He became Sweden's Footballer Of The Year again in 1988, with Swedish rules not barring their countrymen from receiving the award even if playing in a different nation.


Manchester United expressed an interest in signing Hysén in 1989, and invited the player over to England for a tour of Old Trafford and buffet lunch. He returned to Italy with the deal all but sealed; Manchester United chairman Martin Edwards even rang Alex Ferguson to report that Hysén had shaken hands on the deal. Negotiations stalled on the £300,000 transfer, and Edwards and Ferguson flew out to Italy to conclude matters in person. However, upon arrival in Florence, they were told by Hysén's agent that the player had signed for Liverpool a few days previously, prompting the United management to make a move for Gary Pallister instead.[5]

Hysén made a sensational debut against Arsenal in the 1989 Charity Shield win at Wembley which made him a fan's darling.[6] Hysén settled in immediately at Liverpool, scoring his first Liverpool goal in their club record 9-0 mauling of Crystal Palace in late 1989. Alongside veteran club captain Alan Hansen and, in Hansen's injury-enforced absence, the young defender Gary Ablett, Hysén was a major part of Liverpool's success in the League championship of 1990.

It went slightly downhill for Hysén thereafter, with Hansen out with a long-term injury (which led to his retirement), as the big Swede started to struggle with the pace of the English game. Manager Kenny Dalglish's resignation heralded the beginning of Hysén's end, with new manager Graeme Souness less keen to keep him. He is still remembered for his near-perfect intercepting tackle on Gary Lineker at Wembley Stadium.


He returned to Sweden in 1992, playing for GAIS. After two years of playing for GAIS, Hysén ended his prolific football career.

Swedish National Team

Hysén made his national debut in March 6, 1981 against Northern Ireland.[7] He continued to play for the Swedish National team for the next nine years. Hysén later captained Sweden in a disappointing World Cup campaign in Italy, when they lost all three of their first round matches and went home surprisingly early.



After Hysén's retirement from football, he worked as an expert commentator for TV6 and TV3 in Sweden. At the end of each transmission, He appoints three football players for the games best player. Hysén has an unusual bias for defensive players not unlike himself.


Glenn on Reality TV show FCZ.

Hysén has been assistant coach for Torslanda IK. This experience landed him a spot on reality show FC Z which takes 15 men between the age of 18 and 31 who have never played football before and train them so they can play against a real team. On the show, he is the coach of the football team FC Zulu which was pinned against his son Tobias's team, Djurgårdens IF.


Glenn Hysén giving a speech at Stockholm Pride 2007.

At Frankfurt Airport in 2001, Hysén attacked a man who had groped him while in the public restroom. He was accused of being homophobic which he denied. In 2007, Hysén was the controversial opener for Stockholm Pride, the largest gay pride festival in the Nordic region. Many people from the gay community were shocked due to an incident that occurred six years prior when Hysén thumped a man who groped him in a toilet.[8] At the Stockholm Pride, he delivered a speech denouncing sports homophobia and laid to rest his 2001 airport incident.

He stated that, "I know that many LGBT people have been the victims of assaults and hate crimes. I can therefore understand if some people have been upset by the airport incident, so I want to be clear: I think that it is completely unacceptable that anybody should be subjected to assaults, insults or hate crimes due to their sexual orientation or gender identity,...The incident had been blown out of proportion in the media...In order to finally flush the Frankfurt Airport punch down the toilet: it is not the case that I beat up a gay person. I categorically deny that,...I'm not proud that I took a swing at him, but I am proud that I have integrity and that I reacted."[9]

Personal life

Hysen and his first wife Kerstin had two children. On March 9, 1982 Tobias was born and three years later daughter Charlotte came.[10] Kerstin and Glenn divorced and Glenn married his second wife Helena.

Helena and Hysén had three children. The first of which was son Alexander who was born on May 12, 1987. That same year, the family moved to Italy while Hysén was playing for Fiorentina. Whilst playing for Fiorentina, a man proposed to Helena and Hysén chased after him and threw him up against a wall which he revealed in his biography. He remains to this day overprotective of his loved ones.[11] after his move to Liverpool, Helena and Hysén had son Anton who born in 1990. During this time, there was speculation that Glenn was going to leave Helena for Kerstin so he could be with his children.[12] However, Hysén did not leave his wife and in 1994, at the tail end of his career, daughter Annie was born in Sweden.[13]



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Preceded by
Stig Fredriksson
Sweden football captain
Succeeded by
Jonas Thern


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