Mats Gren

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Mats Gren
Personal information
Full name Mats Åke Gren
Date of birth (1963-12-20) 20 December 1963 (age 54)
Place of birth Falun, Sweden
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Central defender
Club information
Current team
IFK Göteborg (sporting director)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1983 Falu BS 45 (12)
1984–1985 IFK Göteborg 40 (9)
1985–2000 Grasshopper 427 (45)
Total 512 (66)
National team
1984–1990 Sweden U21 12 (5)
1984–1992 Sweden 22 (0)
Teams managed
2005–2006 FC Vaduz
2007–2009 Grasshopper (assistant)
2009–2011 Vejle BK
2012–2014 Jönköpings Södra IF
2014– IFK Göteborg (sporting director)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Mats Gren (born 20 December 1963 in Falun) is a former Swedish footballer and head coach. He is the current sporting director of IFK Göteborg.


Gren played for Falu BS 1982–1984. He then played for IFK Göteborg in 1984–1985 and became Swedish champion in 1984. Gren then moved to Grasshopper, where he played from 1985–2000. He won the Swiss Super League 5 times (1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1998) and won 4 cuptitles (1988, 1989, 1990, 1994).[1]


Gren played 23 games for the Swedish national team and was a member of the squad in the 1990 FIFA World Cup and participated in one game coming in as a substitute.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

On 31 May 2009 the current assistant manager of Grasshopper, was named as the new Head Coach of Vejle Boldklub and signed over three years here between 30 June 2012.

Due to a poor start to the spring season of 2011, where Vejle dropped from 2nd to 3rd in the Danish 1st Division, Gren was sacked by the club board on 12 April 2011.[3]


Mats son Mikael plays in the reserve team from Grasshopper.