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Encyclopedia > Glenn Hysen

Glenn Hysen (born Gothenburg, Sweden, October 30, 1959) was an outstanding defender who played for leading Dutch, Italian and English clubs and won 63 caps for Sweden.

Hysen (pron. Huss-ain) started his career with IFK Gothenburg 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 Holland.

He then moved to Fiorentina and earned continental plaudits with his displays against England in two World Cup matches during the qualifying 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.

Hysen seemed set to sign for Manchester United in the summer of 1989 but then Liverpool stepped in and, as the club with a better success record at that stage, Hysen chose to move to Anfield.

He settled in immediately, scoring his first Liverpool goal in their club record 9-0 mauling of Crystal Palace in late 1989. Alongside veteran club captain Alan Hansen and, in Hansen's injury-enforced absence, the young defender Gary Ablett, Hysen was a major part of Liverpool's success in the League championship of 1990. He later captained Sweden in a disappointing World Cup campaign in Italy, when they lost all three of their first round matches and went home surprisingly early.

It went slightly downhill for Hysen thereafter, with Hansen out with a long-term injury (which led to his retirement), as the big Swede started to struggle with the pace of the English game. Manager Kenny Dalglish's resignation heralded the beginning of Hysen's end, with new manager Graeme Souness less keen to keep him. He returned to Sweden in 1992.

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Observer | Thinking manager's mantra adopted in Sweden (1230 words)
The essence of Eriksson's success as a coach seems to be a combination of three things: his understanding of the game, his ability to communicate this knowledge to the players and the respect that flows from the first two.
Hysen says there was some scepticism about Eriksson when he started as the coach at Gothenburg in 1979 because of his modest credentials as a player and it was to his credit that this did not last long.
Hysen regards England as narrow favourites in a low-scoring game - if he were a betting man he would gamble on 1-0 - and fancies Argentina and England to go into the second stage.
Football | Eriksson might seem laid-back but he's also as tough as they come (1122 words)
Glenn Hysen, the former Liverpool defender who rates Eriksson as the defining influence on his career, is unequivocal.
Hysen remembers how it made for an awkward welcome: 'We thought it was a joke to start with because he was small, shy and very quiet.
Hysen, who followed his mentor to Fiorentina, noticed how immersing himself in Italian football and culture added further strings to Eriksson's bow.
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