Anton Hysén

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Anton Hysén
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Personal information
Full name Glenn Anton Hysén[1]
Date of birth (1990-12-13) December 13, 1990 (age 23)[2]
Place of birth Liverpool, England[3]
Playing position Defender[2]
Club information
Current team
Utsiktens BK
Number 20[2]
Youth career
1999–2000 Torslanda IK
2001–2003 Lundby IF
2004–2007 BK Häcken[2]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 BK Häcken 0 (0)
2010–2013 Utsiktens BK[2] 71 (2)
2014- Myrtle Beach FC 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Glenn Anton Hysén (born December 13, 1990) is an English born, Swedish footballer who plays in the National Premier Soccer League for Myrtle Beach FC. He is a former member of the Swedish national under-17 association football team and was given a trainee contract with BK Häcken from 2007 to 2009,[4] but was hindered by injuries and instead joined Utsiktens BK, for whom he plays in his third season. He was previously a member of Torslanda IK. His older brothers are football players Tobias Hysén (half-brother) and Alexander Hysén.[5] He won the seventh season of Let's Dance, being the first openly gay person to win this competition.

As of March 2014 he has signed with the fourth division team Myrtle Beach FC.

Personal life[edit]

Anton is the son of former Swedish International Glenn Hysén. He came out as gay to the Swedish football magazine Offside in March 2011.[5] Daily Mail has described Anton as the "first high-profile Swedish footballer to announce that he is gay" and as the second active professional football player to come out, after English footballer Justin Fashanu in 1990.[3][6] The BBC called him "a global one-off".[7]

Hysén was profiled on Swedish broadcaster TV4 on March 9, 2011, in a debate show moderated by Lennart Ekdal titled "Can gays play football too?".[8]

As of 2011 he worked part-time as a construction worker.[3]


  1. ^ "Glenn Anton Hysen" (in Swedish). Merinfo. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Spelarprofil - Anton Hysén" (in Swedish). Utsiktens BK. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Kay, Alex (22 March 2011). "Tackling the ultimate taboo: It's time for a Premier League player to come out, says gay Swedish footballer". Daily Mail. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  4. ^ Richards, Giles; Christenson, Marcus (13 March 2011). "Anton Hysen states case for coming out and for his father's speech". The Observer. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Rhyner, Sascha (9 March 2011). "Schwedischer Fussballprofi: "Ich bin schwul"" [Swedish professional footballer: "I'm gay"]. Basler Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 9 March 2011. 
  6. ^ "Son of former Liverpool star Glenn Hysen becomes first high-profile Swedish footballer to reveal that he's gay". Daily Mail. 9 March 2011. Retrieved 9 March 2011. 
  7. ^ Franks, Tim (21 March 2011). "Hysen stands tall in 'man's game'". BBC News. Retrieved 21 March 2011. 
  8. ^ Pershagen, Axel (9 March 2011). "Anton Hysén kommer ut som gay - hoppas att fler kommer ut nu" [Anton Hysén comes out as gay - hopes that more come out now] (in Swedish). TV4 Group. Retrieved 10 March 2011. 

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