Whatever happened to Liverpool’s Glenn Hysen?

The Hysen family are well known at IFK Goteburg in Sweden. Glenn, the former Liverpool defender, was the fourth member of his family to wear the blue and white strip of the Gothenburg club, after his Grandfather, Great Uncle and also his Father. So it was no surprise to the IFK supporters when Glenn emerged as a tough and composed centre-back and won international call-ups and Sweden’s ‘Footballer of the Year’ award in his five year stay with his hometown club.

This type of form earned him a move to Holland with PSV Eindhoven and then two years later to Fiorentina and Serie A. And it was during this time in Italy that he came to the attention of English scouts, while playing against the Three Lions for Sweden in World Cup qualifying matches. Manchester United were the first club from this country to show an interest but after negotiations over the transfer fee stalled, Liverpool swooped in and bagged the Swedish captain, who went on to make 68 appearances for his country.

Hysen made a sensational debut for the Merseyside outfit, impressing against Arsenal in the 1989 Charity Shield match at Wembley – quickly becoming a fans’ favourite. He scored his first goal for The Reds at the end of that year in a record 9-0 victory over Crystal Palace and won the league in his first season at Anfield, making a solid defensive partnership with the veteran Alan Hansen in the process. But when Kenny Daglish left Liverpool things started to take a turn for the worse with Graeme Souness not being so keen on the Swedish defender. He soon departed England and spent two years back in Sweden with GAIS, before retiring in 1994.



Hysen has since worked as a commentator for TV6 and TV3 in Sweden and also TV2 in Norway. His television career also saw him involved in a reality TV show called ‘FCZ’. He has also spent time as assistant coach of Torslanda IK in the third tier of Swedish football.

In 2001 Hysen was involved in controversy at Frankfurt airport in Germany, when he attacked a man who groped him in a public restroom. He was accused of being homophobic but he strongly denied these claims and six years later he opened ‘Stockholm Pride’, the largest gay festival in the Nordic region, along with making a speech denouncing sports’ homophobia. He now lives with his second wife, Helena, along with their three children after he split from his first wife during his playing days.

 


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