Mats Magnusson

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Mats Magnusson
Personal information
Full name Mats Ture Magnusson
Date of birth (1963-07-10) 10 July 1963 (age 50)
Place of birth Helsingborg, Sweden
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1985 Malmö FF 38 (20)
1985–1986 Servette 22 (14)
1986–1987 Malmö FF 25 (14)
1987–1992 Benfica 122 (65)
1992–1994 Helsingborg 47 (27)
Total 253 (159)
National team
1986–1992 Sweden 30 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Mats Ture Magnusson (born 10 July 1963 in Helsingborg) is a Swedish retired footballer who played as a striker.

Football career[edit]

During his career Magnusson played for Malmö FF (two periods), Servette FC, Sport Lisboa e Benfica and Helsingborgs IF. Upon his return home he helped the side, featuring a young Henrik Larsson, reach the Swedish first division.

At the Lisbon club, where he arrived in 1987 as a replacement for another Nordic, Dane Michael Manniche, Magnusson developed as a top flight goalscorer, winning two national leagues and appearing at the European Cup finals in 1988 (lost to PSV Eindhoven in penalty kicks) and 1990 (losing to A.C. Milan). In 1989–90, even though Benfica lost to F.C. Porto in the league, he finished the competition's top scorer at 33 goals in only 32 games; during his time with the Reds he shared team with countrymen Jonas Thern (1989–92), Stefan Schwarz (1990–94) – also his teammates at Malmö – and coach Sven-Göran Eriksson (1989–92).

Magnusson gained 30 caps for the Swedish national team, and played in the 1990 FIFA World Cup finals in Italy, where he suffered an injury that made him miss nearly one year of football.

Honours[edit]

Team[edit]

Benfica
Malmö

Individual[edit]

Post-retirement[edit]

Sixteen years after his retirement, Magnusson made a short comeback to the footbaling scene. He accepted an invitation from old club Benfica to take part in a charity match to raise money for victims of the Haiti earthquake, on 25 January 2010, which also coincided with the 68th birthday of club legend Eusébio: his team, Benfica All Stars, consisted of both retired and current Benfica players, which played "against" Zidane XI, a team consisting of players hand-picked by former French legend Zinedine Zidane.

Even though Magnusson had obviously gained a considerable amount of weight since his active days of footbaling, and made the crowd laugh on several occasions (including two occasions where he fell while trying to dominate the ball[1]), he entered the pitch in the closing minutes, and was cheered by an adoring crowd with chants of "Mats Magnusson".[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Magnusson: "Caí porque houve falta"" [Magnusson: "I fell down because there was a foul"] (in Portuguese). Record. 26 January 2010. Retrieved 13 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "Mats Magnusson (Benfica) – Match Against Poverty (25-01-2010)". YouTube. Retrieved 27 January 2010. 

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