Petter Hansson

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Petter Hansson
Fanni Pagis Mensah Hansson.jpg
Rod Fanni, Mickaël Pagis, John Mensah and Petter Hansson
Personal information
Full name Petter Hansson
Date of birth (1976-12-14) 14 December 1976 (age 41)
Place of birth Söderhamn, Sweden
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1997 Söderhamns FF 55 (5)
1998–2002 Halmstads BK 86 (13)
2002–2007 SC Heerenveen 163 (14)
2007–2010 Stade Rennais 102 (4)
2010–2012 AS Monaco 47 (0)
2012 Sunnersta AIF 4 (0)
Total 457 (36)
National team
2001–2009 Sweden 43 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:36, 2 June 2012 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14:36, 2 June 2012 (UTC)

Petter Hansson [ˈpɛtːɛr ˈhɑːnsɔn]; born 14 December 1976 in Söderhamn) is a retired Swedish footballer who played his last two seasons in the at AS Monaco.


Club career[edit]

Söderhamns FF and Halmstads BK[edit]

He started his career at Söderhamns FF and was transferred to Halmstads BK in 1998. He made his Allsvenskan debut on 4 October 1998 against AIK. Petter Hansson became a popular player at Halmstads BK, mainly because his fighting spirit and a strong will to win a match. Hansson played as a defensive midfielder and as a central defender and became a key player for the club. This resulted in a growing popularity among fans and he became the team's captain. While at Halmstads BK he helped them win the fourth championship in their history in 2000.

SC Heerenveen[edit]

In 2002, he moved to the Netherlands to play at Eredivisie side SC Heerenveen. At Heerenveen he developed as a more consistent player and became a fan's favourite again. Heerenveen supporters voted him to be SC Heerenveen's best player of the season several times.

Stade Rennais[edit]

On 1 May 2007 he signed a contract at Stade Rennais, playing in Ligue 1. On 15 May 2010 Hansson announced that he would be leaving the club when his contract expired at the end of the season.[1]

AS Monaco[edit]

On 4 June 2010 he signed a contract with the Ligue 1 club AS Monaco FC.[2] On 30 May 2012, Hansson officially announced, through his agent Fabrice Picot, his retirement as a player.[3]

International career[edit]

Hansson also made it into the Swedish national team and was part of their squad during Euro 2004 and the 2006 World Cup. On 2 June 2007, in the rivalry match against Denmark, he scored his first goal for the national team. On 10 June in Euro 2008, he scored his second goal for the national team in the opening match of their campaign, a 2–0 defeat of Greece.[4]

After losing away against Denmark on 10 October 2009, it was obvious that Sweden had failed to qualify 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa the following year. Due to this, Hansson along with several other players decided to end their international careers after the final qualifying match against Albania, which Sweden won 4–1. In October 2010, Hansson made a brief come back to the national team due to defender Olof Mellberg's suspension in Sweden's UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier away against the Netherlands on 12 October. Hansson was an un-used substitute. Sweden was defeated 4–1.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 2 June 2007 Parken Stadium, Copenhagen  Denmark 0–2 0–3* UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
2. 10 June 2008 Wals Siezenheim Stadium, Salzburg  Greece 0–2 0–2 UEFA Euro 2008

* Match abandoned, see UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier fan attack.


  1. ^ "Hansson jagas av Djurgården" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Petter Hansson klar för Monaco" (in Swedish). Fotbolltransfers. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Petter Hansson slutar: Han har bestämt sig" (in Swedish). Expressen. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
  4. ^ "EM: Svensk drömstart i Salzburg" (in Swedish). Svenskfotboll. Retrieved 2 June 2012.

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