Anton Hysén

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Anton Hysén
Anton Hysen.jpg
Hysén at Torslanda IK in 2015
Personal information
Full name Glenn Anton Hysén[1]
Date of birth (1990-12-13) December 13, 1990 (age 24)[2]
Place of birth Liverpool, England[3]
Playing position Defender[2]
Club information
Current team
Torslanda IK
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 Swedish Football Division 2 for Torslanda IK, as a defender.

Football career[edit]

He is a former member of the Swedish under-17 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 in 2010.

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]

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.


  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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