Anton Hysén

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Anton Hysén
Anton Hysen.jpg
Hysén at Utsiktens BK in 2012
Personal information
Full name Glenn Anton Hysén[1]
Date of birth (1990-12-13) December 13, 1990 (age 28)[2]
Place of birth Liverpool, United Kingdom[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)
2015– Torslanda IK
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Glenn Anton Hysén (born December 13, 1990) is a 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.

In 2014, he played with the American fourth division team Myrtle Beach FC. In 2015, he signed with Torslanda IK.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Anton is the son of former Swedish international Glenn Hysén, and was born in Liverpool, when his father was playing for Liverpool F.C.. Anton Hysén came out as gay to the Swedish football magazine Offside in March 2011.[6] 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][7] The BBC called him "a global one-off".[8]

Hysén was profiled on Swedish broadcaster TV4 on March 9, 2011, in a debate show moderated by Lennart Ekdal titled Får även bögar spela fotboll? ("Can gays play football too?").[9]

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.[6] 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. Archived from the original on 21 February 2014. 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.
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  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ Franks, Tim (21 March 2011). "Hysen stands tall in 'man's game'". BBC News. Retrieved 21 March 2011.
  9. ^ 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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