Simon Thern

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Simon Thern
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Thern playing for Sweden U21 in 2013
Personal information
Full name Johan Simon Thern
Date of birth (1992-09-18) 18 September 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth Värnamo, Sweden[1]
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Malmö FF
Number 11
Youth career
0000–2010 IFK Värnamo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 IFK Värnamo 26 (0)
2010–2011 Helsingborgs IF 23 (2)
2010 IFK Värnamo (loan) 21 (8)
2012– Malmö FF 68 (9)
National team
2009 Sweden U17 2 (0)
2010 Sweden U19 3 (0)
2011– Sweden U21 9 (1)
2012– Sweden 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 July 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 November 2013

Simon Thern (born 18 September 1992) is a Swedish footballer. He is currently playing for Malmö FF in Allsvenskan. He is the son of Jonas Thern, former captain of the Swedish national team.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Thern started his professional career in IFK Värnamo. He was soon signed by Allsvenskan club Helsingborgs IF but was immediately loaned to Värnamo for the entire 2010 season. Thern made his Allsvenskan debut for Helsingborg in the home fixture against Syrianska FC on 22 April 2011.[2] He made his debut in the starting eleven against Djurgårdens IF away on 4 July 2011.[3] In total Thern played 23 matches and scored two goals in his debut season in Helsingborg who won a treble for the 2011 season. On 7 December 2011 Helsingborg announced that Thern had rejected a contract offer from the club and would leave when his contract runs out on 28 March 2012, several media has reported that Thern has signed a contract with Helsingborgs arch rivals Malmö FF.[4]

Malmö FF[edit]

On 23 December 2011, Malmö FF confirmed that Thern had signed a three-year deal with the club. This was following an agreement with Helsingborg to terminate Thern's contract early, so he could join his new club for pre-season.[5] He made his first competitive appearance for the club as a starter in the season opening game against Gefle on 2 April. Thern received more playing time than expected as he was used both in the central midfield but also on the left wing when needed. This was mainly due to the transfer of Jimmy Durmaz who played as left winger in the first half of the 2012 season and the fact that the competition for the starting spots in the central midfield much higher. Thern played 28 matches and scored 3 goals for Malmö FF in the league for the 2012 season.

For the league title winning 2013 season Thern played 29 matches and scored 4 goals. He also played five matches for the club in its participation for the qualifying stages of the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League. Thern became the first player to win the league with both rival Helsingborgs IF and Malmö FF.[citation needed] During the season he scored against his former club for the first time in a 1–1 tie at Swedbank Stadion on 29 May 2013.

International career[edit]

Sweden U21[edit]

Thern made his debut for Sweden U21 on 10 August 2011 in a 3–0 win against Netherlands U21.[6]

Sweden[edit]

Thern was selected for the annual training camp for the Sweden national team in January 2012 after Malmö team-mates Mathias Ranégie and Ivo Pękalski had to withdraw from the squad. The squad selection for the camp traditionally feature the best Swedish players in domestic and other Scandinavian leagues.[7] Thern was selected for the training camp once again in 2013 where he played in the first match of the 2013 King's Cup against North Korea.

Career statistics[edit]

Thern playing for Malmö FF against AIK

Club[edit]

As of 12 July 2014.[8]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
IFK Värnamo 2008 7 0 0 0 7 0
2009 19 0 0 0 19 0
2010 21 8 0 0 21 8
Total 47 8 0 0 47 8
Helsingborgs IF 2011 23 2 4 1 4 0 31 3
Total 23 2 4 1 4 0 31 3
Malmö FF 2012 28 3 1 0 29 3
2013 29 4 1 0 5 0 35 4
2014 11 2 5 0 0 0 16 2
Total 68 9 7 0 5 0 80 9
Career total 138 19 11 1 9 0 158 20

International[edit]

As of 23 January 2013.[8]
National team Year Apps Goals
Sweden 2012 1 1
2013 1 0
Total 2 1

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 23 January 2012 Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha  Qatar U23 0–4 0–5 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Helsingborgs IF
Malmö FF

Personal life[edit]

Simon Thern is the son of Jonas Thern who had a very successful career as a professional football player in clubs such as Malmö FF, Benfica, Napoli, Roma and Rangers. Jonas Thern also played 75 matches and scored six goals for Sweden. Both Jonas and Simon started their careers in IFK Värnamo before moving on to Allsvenskan.

Controversy[edit]

In the Scanian derby between Malmö FF and Helsingborgs IF on 24 September 2012 at Olympia in Helsingborg, a group of Helsingborg supporters unfurled a banner reading "Simon Thern skall dö" (Simon Thern shall die) along with an effigy of Thern hung from a noose. Officials allowed the game to continue. Thern had previously played for Helsingborg before moving to their rivals Malmö FF in early 2012.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Simon Thern berättar: "Pappa träffar jag ofta"". expressen.se (in Swedish). Expressen. 14 September 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "HIF–Syrianska" (in Swedish). Helsingborgs IF. 22 April 2011. Retrieved 7 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Simon Thern gör allsvensk debut från start" (in Swedish). Helsingborgs Dagblad. 3 July 2011. Retrieved 7 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Simon Thern lämnar HIF – uppges gå till MFF" (in Swedish). Sydsvenskan. 7 December 2011. Retrieved 7 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Simon Thern klar!" (in Swedish). mff.se. 23 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "U21 herr: Två mål av Guidetti mot Holland" (in Swedish). svenskfotboll.se. 10 August 2011. Retrieved 7 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "Landslaget blir himmelsblågult: "Vi är stolta"" (in Swedish). Fotbollskanalen. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Simon Thern". soccerway.com (in Swedish). Soccerway. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Vägrade tacka fansen efter hotet mot Thern" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. 25 September 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 

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