Tobias Hysén

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Tobias Hysén
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Hysén with Djurgården in 2006
Personal information
Full name Glenn Tobias Hysén
Date of birth (1982-03-09) 9 March 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Gothenburg, Sweden
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Forward, Left winger
Club information
Current team
Shanghai Dongya
Number 9
Youth career
Ubbhults IF
Lundby IF
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998 Lundby IF 2 (0)
1999–2004 BK Häcken 67 (13)
2004–2006 Djurgårdens IF 65 (17)
2006–2007 Sunderland 26 (4)
2007–2013 IFK Göteborg 172 (69)
2014– Shanghai Dongya 12 (11)
National team
2000 Sweden U18[1] 4 (0)
2002–2004 Sweden U21 13 (2)
2005– Sweden 33 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 June 2014

Glenn Tobias Hysén (born 9 March 1982) is a Swedish footballer who plays for Chinese Super League club Shanghai Dongya and the Swedish national team as a forward.[2] He is the son of Glenn Hysén.

Early life[edit]

Hysén was born to parents Kerstin, a surgical nurse, and Liverpool and IFK Göteborg player Glenn Hysén. Hysén has a sister, Charlotte who is three years younger than him. Shortly after, his parents divorced and his father remarried. He has two half-brothers, Alexander and Anton, and one half-sister, Annie.[3]

As a child, Hysén spent his early childhood moving around due to his father's football career. Prior to his parents' divorce, Hysén lived in Gothenburg, Sweden and Eindhoven, Netherlands.

The first club he played for was Ubbhult IF because his cousin played there. Hysén only played for the team between 1986 and 1988. The next club he played for was Lindholmens BK because that is where he lived at the time. In 1995, Hysén played for Lundby IF where he stood for four years.[4]


In 2002, he signed with BK Häcken where he played 53 matches and scored 12 goals in one season.

Djurgårdens IF[edit]

He joined Djurgården in 2004, and signed a contract until 2008. During his time with Djurgården, he won Allsvenskan, the Swedish top division, in 2005. He is left-footed, and started off as a left-winger but, during his time in Djurgården, he would occasionally play as a striker, and since coming back home to Sweden and IFK Göteborg he has mainly been playing as a striker, though he is mostly used as a winger when playing for the national team.[4]


On 23 August 2006, Tobias signed a deal to join Sunderland, for £1.7 million. Hysén had an immediate impact on his first start for the club, against West Bromwich Albion, creating the second goal, and generally impressing. Under Roy Keane, however, Hysen was often overlooked for Ross Wallace. Despite this, Hysen scored his first goal for the club in a 1–1 draw with Leicester City, at the Stadium of Light, just minutes after being brought on as a substitute. Coincidentally, he netted the opener in the Black Cats' 2–0 win at Leicester on New Year's Day 2007.

In late July 2007, it was revealed that Tobias had requested a move back to his native Sweden. He claimed that he and his girlfriend had never really settled in Sunderland.[5]

IFK Göteborg[edit]

On 25 August 2007, Hysén completed his move to IFK Göteborg for an undisclosed fee.[6] Thus becoming the fifth member of his family to play for the club.[7] In 2009 he scored 18 goals, making him the top scorer of Allsvenskan alongside Brazilian player Wánderson do Carmo.

Hysén suffered a series of minor injuries through his 2010 season which prevented him from ever reaching the top of his game, though he still managed to produce 10 goals before ending the season. Tobias kept up a great scoring record as he ended the 2011 season scoring 16 goal in 29 games, making him the second best goalscorer of Allsvenskan 2011. He was succeeded by former team mate Mathias Ranégie who scored 21 goals.

Tobias Hysén have been considered to be one of the best active players in the Swedish football league.[8][9] Many have been surprised by Hyséns dedication to stay with IFK Göteborg.[10] In 2010 he turned down an offer from Belgian top club Club Brugge, and instead signed a new 4-year deal with Göteborg.[11]

Shanghai Dongya[edit]

After weeks of speculations, Hysén signed a 2-year contract with Chinese Super League side Shanghai Dongya in the beginning of 2014, for a transfer fee believed to have been in the region of 11 million SEK (€1,25 million).

International career[edit]

Hysén began his international career in 2002 when he played for Sweden's U21 where he continued to play until 2004. In November 2003, Hysén had a noticeably spectacular performance against Spain in a U-21 qualification game. Sweden landed a 3–1 victory against Spain which consequently placed them in the U21 Championships in Germany in 2004.

In January 2005, he made his international debut in a friendly against South Korea.[12]

Hysén got a sudden call-up for Sweden's 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification game against Malta, due to the recent death of the brother of Henrik Larsson, for which Larsson got permission to leave the squad. He was later called up for a few exhibition games with the national team, but was often overlooked for Marcus Berg and/or Alexander Gerndt when it came to more important games, mainly due to the fact that they played on a higher level in their club teams.[citation needed]

As of 2011, and in the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying games, Hysén has been called up regularly by the new national team coach Erik Hamrén, having played 7 games and scored 6 goals.

International goals[edit]

Tobias Hysén scored his first goal for the national team against South Africa, he scored the 1–1 goal in a game that ended with a 1–1 draw for the Swedish team.

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 22 January 2011 South Africa Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit South Africa South Africa 1–1 1–1 Friendly
2. 8 February 2011 Cyprus GSP Stadium, Nicosia  Cyprus 0–1 0–2 Friendly1
3. 10 August 2011 Ukraine Metalist Stadium, Kharkiv  Ukraine 0–1 0–1 Friendly
4. 6 September 2011 San Marino Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle  San Marino 0–4 0–5 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
5. 18 January 2012 Qatar Al-Gharafa Stadium, Doha  Bahrain 1–0 2–0 Friendly
6. 23 January 2012 Qatar Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha  Qatar 0–3 0–5 Friendly
7. 23 January 2012 Qatar Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha  Qatar 0–5 0–5 Friendly
8. 26 January 2013 Thailand 700th Anniversary Stadium, Chiang Mai  Finland 1–0 3–0 King's Cup
9. 15 October 2013 Sweden Friends Arena, Stockholm  Germany 1–0 3–5 2014 World Cup qualifier
10. 15 October 2013 Sweden Friends Arena, Stockholm  Germany 3–4 3–5 2014 World Cup qualifier

1 Cyprus Four Nations Football Tournament 2011



IFK Göteborg


Personal life[edit]

Tobias has lived with his longtime girlfriend Maria Kaspersson. The couple reside in Göteborg with their son Lucas who was born on 20 January 2008.[13] He is also a member of the Långaryd family, the largest documented family by Guinness Book of Records.

In March 2011 Tobias brother Anton came out openly as a homosexual,[14] Tobias stated that he supported his brother and hoped more players would come forth.[15]

Tobias along with his father and two brothers blogs for the Aftonbladet primarily about football.[16] The blog sometimes focuses on handball and ice hockey.


  1. ^ "P18/82-landslaget 2000". Svenskfotboll. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Tusen tack och lycka till, Tobbe" (in Swedish). IFK Göteborg. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Stjärnintervju: Tobias Hysén" (in Swedish). 9 June 2006. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Hysén: „Germany – why not?“". 1 September 2009. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Winger Hysen departs Sunderland". BBC Sport. 7 September 2007. Retrieved 7 September 2007. 
  6. ^ "Hysen moves to Gothenburg". Sunderland AFC. Retrieved 25 August 2007. 
  7. ^ "Femte generationen Hysen på plats" (in Swedish). Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Hysén – spelarnas val" (in Swedish). 29 June 2009. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Wesström mot väggen – Därför är Hysén bäst" (in Swedish). 30 October 2009. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  10. ^
  11. ^ Offside No. 6 2011-11-11
  12. ^ "Herrlandslagets spelare 2006" (in Swedish). Swedish Football Association. 17 November 2006. Retrieved 19 August 2007. 
  13. ^ "Tobias Hyséns sköna pappalycka" (in Swedish). 19 January 2008. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "Anton Hysén, 20: Jag är homosexuell" (in Swedish). 9 March 2011. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "Hysén: Därför kommer jag ut nu" (in Swedish). 9 March 2011. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "– Vad är en blogg för nåt?" (in Swedish). 24 March 2009. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Adam Johansson
IFK Göteborg

Succeeded by
Mattias Bjärsmyr