Glenn Hysén

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Glenn Hysén
Glenn Hysén 2015-04-08 001.jpg
Personal information
Full name Glenn Ingvar Hysén
Date of birth (1959-10-30) 30 October 1959 (age 60)
Place of birth Gothenburg, Sweden
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
IF Warta
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1983 IFK Göteborg 122 (8)
1983–1985 PSV Eindhoven 48 (12)
1985–1987 IFK Göteborg 38 (5)
1987–1989 Fiorentina 63 (1)
1989–1992 Liverpool 72 (2)
1992–1994 GAIS 54 (2)
Total 407 (32)
National team
1981–1990 Sweden 68 (8)
Teams managed
2002–2004 Torslanda IK (assistant manager)
2010–2012 Utsiktens BK
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Glenn Ingvar Hysén (pronounced [hʏˈseːn]; born 30 October 1959 in Gothenburg, Sweden) is a football manager and former player who played for leading Dutch, Italian and English clubs and earned 68 caps for Sweden. He is also a reality television star, coach, and football commentator.

Hysén is the father of Tobias Hysén of IFK Göteborg, Alexander Hysén formerly of Östersunds FK and Anton Hysén of Torslanda IK.

Early years[edit]

Glenn Ingvar Hysén was born in Gothenburg to a football family. His grandfather Erik played for IFK Göteborg as did his great-uncle Carl. Hysén's father Kurt also played for IFK Göteborg's B-Team.[1] Hysén started playing football at IF Warta when he was a boy. As a child, he wanted to become a fire fighter.[2]


IFK Göteborg/PSV Eindhoven[edit]

Hysén started his career with IFK Göteborg and quickly established himself as a tough and composed defender. He was Sweden's Footballer of the Year in 1983 and his form earned him his first international caps and a move to PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands.


Hysén then moved to Fiorentina and earned continental plaudits with his displays against England in two World Cup qualification matches during the campaign for the forthcoming 1990 tournament. As a result, English clubs became interested in him. He became Sweden's Footballer of the Year again in 1988, with Swedish rules not barring their countrymen from receiving the award even if playing in a different nation.


Manchester United expressed an interest in signing Hysén in 1989, and invited the player over to England for a tour of Old Trafford and buffet lunch. He returned to Italy with the deal all but sealed; Manchester United chairman Martin Edwards even rang Alex Ferguson to report that Hysén had shaken hands on the deal. Negotiations stalled on the £300,000 transfer, and Edwards and Ferguson flew out to Italy to conclude matters in person. However, upon arrival in Florence, they were told by Hysén's agent that the player had signed for Liverpool a few days previously, prompting the United management to make a move for Gary Pallister instead.[3]

Hysén made a sensational debut against Arsenal in the 1989 Charity Shield win at Wembley which made him an instant hero.[4] Hysén settled in immediately at Liverpool, scoring his first Liverpool goal in their club record 9–0 mauling of Crystal Palace soon afterwards. He scored Liverpool's eighth goal in this game, which was notable for having eight different players score for the same side.[5]

Alongside veteran club captain Alan Hansen and, in Hansen's injury-enforced absence, the young defender Gary Ablett, Hysén was a major part of Liverpool's success in the League championship of the 1989–90 season, when the Reds fought off a late challenge from Aston Villa and sealed their 18th top division title by a margin of nine points.

It went slightly downhill for Hysén thereafter, with Hansen out with a long-term injury (which led to his retirement). Manager Kenny Dalglish's resignation in February 1991 heralded the beginning of Hysén's end. The new manager Graeme Souness did not really share Dalglish's views on football which led to many changes being made upon his arrival, changes that did not suit the entire team and created some tension between him and some of the players, Hysén being one of those players. This tension together with some minor injuries made Souness less keen to keep him. Hysén did recover fitness for the 1991–92 season, but made just five league appearances, the last a 3-0 loss to Norwich City 22 February 1992, before being given a free transfer.[6][7]

He is still remembered by Liverpool fans for his near-perfect intercepting tackle on Gary Lineker at Wembley Stadium.


He returned to Sweden in 1992, playing for GAIS.

Swedish national team[edit]

Hysén made his national debut on 6 March 1981 against Northern Ireland.[8] He continued to play for the Swedish national team for the next nine years. In a 1990 FIFA World Cup qualification match on 19 October 1988 against England at Wembley Stadium, Hysén was awarded six "wasps" out of five by Expressen for a heroic defensive performance. Hysén captained Sweden at the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy, when they lost all three of their first-round matches and went home surprisingly[9] early.



After Hysén's retirement from football, he has worked as an expert commentator for TV6 and TV3 in Sweden. At the end of each transmission, he appoints three football players for the game's best player. He now works as a commentator for TV2 in Norway.[10]

Glenn competed as a celebrity dancer in Let's Dance 2014 being the third to be eliminated.

Since 2014 Glenn Hysen also been an ambassador for the gaming company Unibet [11] and the cleaning company Sweden & Co.[12]


Glenn Hysén on reality TV show FC Z

Hysén has been assistant coach for Torslanda IK. This experience landed him a spot on reality show FC Z which takes 15 men between the ages of 18 and 31 who have never played football before and trains them so they can play against a real team. On the show, he is the coach of the football team FC Zulu which was pinned against his son Tobias's former team, Djurgårdens IF.

In November 2010, Glenn Hysén signed a contract making him co-head coach of Swedish division II team Utsiktens BK.

Incident at Frankfurt Airport[edit]

Glenn Hysén giving a speech at Stockholm Pride 2007.

At Frankfurt Airport in 2001, Hysén attacked a man who had groped him while in the public restroom. In 2007, Hysén spoke at Stockholm Pride, the largest gay pride festival in the Nordic region. Many people from the gay community were surprised due to the earlier incident.[13] At the Stockholm Pride, he delivered a speech denouncing sports homophobia and laid to rest his 2001 airport incident.

He stated that, "I know that many LGBT people have been the victims of assaults and hate crimes. I can therefore understand if some people have been upset by the airport incident, so I want to be clear: I think that it is completely unacceptable that anybody should be subjected to assaults, insults or hate crimes due to their sexual orientation or gender identity,...The incident had been blown out of proportion in the media...In order to finally flush the Frankfurt Airport punch down the toilet: it is not the case that I beat up a gay person. I categorically deny that,...I'm not proud that I took a swing at him, but I am proud that I have integrity and that I reacted."[14]

In the same speech he asked "How easy would it be for a sixteen-year-old boy who plays football to come out as gay to his team mates?"[15] In March 2011 his youngest son, Anton, a professional footballer himself, came out of the closet to the media.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Hysén and his first wife Kerstin had two children. On 9 March 1982 Tobias was born and three years later daughter Charlotte arrived.[17] Kerstin and Glenn divorced.

He married his second wife Helena and had three children. The first of which was son Alexander, who was born on 12 May 1987. That same year, the family moved to Italy, while Hysén was playing for Fiorentina. Whilst Hysén was playing for Fiorentina, a man proposed to Helena and Hysén chased after him and threw him up against a wall, which he revealed in his biography. Hysén and Helena had son Anton, who was born in 1990, and a daughter, Annie, born in 1994.



IFK Göteborg



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  10. ^ "Glenn Hysén får nytt tv-jobb i Norge | Sport i tv | Sportbladet | Aftonbladet". Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  11. ^ "Hjälp Glenn Hysén i Poker-SM!". Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  12. ^ ": Sverige & Co - Städfirma i Göteborg | Om oss". Archived from the original on 20 February 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  13. ^ [1] Archived 19 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ [2] Archived 28 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ Jens "Anton Hysén, 20: Jag är homosexuell | Fotboll | Expressen". Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  16. ^ "Son of former Liverpool star Glenn Hysen becomes first high-profile Swedish footballer to reveal that he's gay". Daily Mail. London. 9 March 2011.
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