Jonas Thern

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Jonas Thern
Personal information
Full name Jonas Magnus Thern
Date of birth (1967-03-20) 20 March 1967 (age 47)
Place of birth Falköping, Sweden
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1982–1985 Värnamo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1987 Malmö FF 41 (6)
1987–1987 Zürich 2 (1)
1988–1989 Malmö FF 35 (5)
1989–1992 Benfica 100 (10)
1992–1994 Napoli 48 (1)
1994–1997 Roma 59 (3)
1997–1999 Rangers 23 (5)
Total 308 (31)
National team
1987–1997 Sweden 75 (6)
Teams managed
2000–2001 Värnamo
2002–2003 Halmstads
2010 Värnamo
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Jonas Thern (born 20 March 1967) is a Swedish association football manager and former professional player who played as a midfielder between 1985 and 1999. Thern also earned 75 caps and scored six goals for Sweden between 1987 and 1997. He captained the Sweden squad that finished third at the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States. Thern's playing career took him from Malmö FF in Sweden to FC Zürich in Switzerland and further in Europe to Benfica in Portugal, Napoli and Roma in Itay and finally Rangers in Scotland where he finished his career. After his playing career Thern has coached his youth club IFK Värnamo for two periods, between 2000 and 2001 and 2010 as well as Halmstads BK between 2002 and 2003. He has also acted as a youth coach at IFK Värnamo, a sports commentator as well as a teacher.

Player career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born and raised in the town of Värnamo in southern central Sweden, Thern started his professional career in 1985 when he joined the classic Swedish club of Malmö FF, where he stayed for four years, earning him two titles in the 1986 and 1988 Allsvenskan. In 1989, he won the Guldbollen as Sweden's Footballer of the Year.

In Europe[edit]

From there he moved to the continent to play for Benfica. He was part of a successful group of Scandinavian players that played for Benfica at the time, composed of Danish international Michael Manniche (1983–1987), and the Swedish "armada" ; Mats Magnusson (1987–1992), Thern (1989–1992), Glenn Strömberg (1982–84) and Stefan Schwarz (1990–1994) alongside coach Sven-Göran Eriksson (1982–1984 and 1989–1992).

Thern went on to play for Napoli (1992–94), Roma (1994–97) and Rangers (1997–99), but his career was cut short by injuries.

International career[edit]

For Sweden, he played in the 1990 FIFA World Cup and Euro 92, and then won the bronze medal in the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the USA. Thern also competed for Sweden at the 1988 Summer Olympics.[1]

Thern was the Sweden captain for seven years, between 1990 and 1997.

Coaching career[edit]

After he retired as a player he become head coach for IFK Värnamo between 2000 and 2001 and Halmstads BK 2001–2003.

He has also worked as a sports commentator and as a teacher.

Personal life[edit]

Jonas has a son, Simon, who is also a footballer currently playing for Malmö FF. He has also a daughter who is Simon's younger sister.

Honours and awards[edit]

Malmo FF
S.L. Benfica
  • Guldbollen (Golden Ball): Winner, Best Swedish Player (1989)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Jonas Thern Biography and Statistics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 2009-10-28. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Glenn Hysén
Sweden Captain
Succeeded by
Patrik Andersson