Rod Fanni, Mickaël Pagis, John Mensah and Petter Hansson
|Full name||Petter Hansson|
|Date of birth||14 December 1976|
|Place of birth||Söderhamn, Sweden|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 1 1⁄2 in)|
* 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)
Söderhamns FF and Halmstads BK
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.
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.
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.
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.
|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.
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