Thomas Svensson was born 4 March 1945 to father Stig Svensson. Stig was a famous footballer who played for Östers IF and dubbed Mr. Osters.
Svensson, like his father, had a natural talent for football. At just eleven years-old, he debuted for Östers youth team, and allegedly scored eight goals in the match. However, news paper headlines said he was too weak. Tommy bought a barbell and trained. Morning, noon and night, he lifted weights in order to bulk up.
His playing career took him to Östers IF as well as Belgian Standard Liège. Throughout his career, he suffered from knee injuries. His injuries almost stopped him from competing in 1968. However, Svensson persevered. He was awarded Guldbollen in 1969 and played at the 1970 FIFA World Cup.
After retiring, he started working as the Östers IF coach. He later had a successful period with Tromsø IL, and became national team coach in 1991.
He led the Swedish team to the 1992 European Football Championship semi final as well as a bronze medal at the 1994 FIFA World Cup. He continued with the national team until 1997, and later worked in television with match commentary as well as coaching Tromsø for a second period in 2001.
Outside the Azteca stadium, there is a statue of the best players of each nation was erected. Sweden's representative was Tommy Svensson.