Thomas Sjöberg

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Thomas Sjöberg
Personal information
Date of birth (1952-07-06) 6 July 1952 (age 66)
Place of birth Helsingborg, Sweden
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1964–1974 Eskilsminne IF
Senior career*
1974–1976 Malmö FF
1976–1977 Karlsruher SC 6 (0)
1977–1978 Malmö FF
1978 Al-Ittihad
1979 Chicago Sting 17 (13)
1979–1982 Malmö FF
1983–1985 Helsingborgs IF
1985–1986 Lunds BK
National team
1974–1981 Sweden [1] 45 (14)
Teams managed
1997–1998 BSC Young Boys
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Thomas Sjöberg (born 6 July 1952 in Helsingborg) is a former Swedish footballer.

Helsingborg Place in Scania, Sweden

Helsingborg is a town and the seat of Helsingborg Municipality, Scania, Sweden. It had 108,334 inhabitants in 2017. Helsingborg is the centre of the northern part of western Scania. There is no formal metropolitan area, but the municipality of Helsingborg City and its neighbouring five municipalities had in spring of 2013 a population of 269 489 inhabitants at an area of 1,353 square kilometres, a population density of 200 people/km2. This makes Helsingborg the fourth largest population area in Sweden. The city is also Sweden's closest point to Denmark, with the Danish city Helsingør clearly visible on the other side of the Øresund about 4 km (2 mi) to the west, closer than to the city's own remoter areas. If including all population around the northern part of Øresund, as a Helsingborg-Helsingør metropolitan area, its population increases to 732 450 at an area of 2,802 square kilometres. The busy ferry route known as the HH Ferry route has through history been operated by several shipping lines. As of 2014 more than 70 car ferries departures from each harbour every day.

Sweden constitutional monarchy in Northern Europe

Sweden, formal name: the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian Nordic country in Northern Europe. It borders Norway to the west and north and Finland to the east, and is connected to Denmark in the southwest by a bridge-tunnel across the Öresund, a strait at the Swedish-Danish border. At 450,295 square kilometres (173,860 sq mi), Sweden is the largest country in Northern Europe, the third-largest country in the European Union and the fifth largest country in Europe by area. Sweden has a total population of 10.2 million of which 2.5 million have a foreign background. It has a low population density of 22 inhabitants per square kilometre (57/sq mi). The highest concentration is in the southern half of the country.

Association football Team field sport

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Sjöberg played much of his career with Malmö FF in Allsvenskan during the 1970s. Already during his first season for Malmö FF, the club, much to his goal scoring capacity won the top Swedish football league, Allsvenskan in 1974, under English manager Bob Houghton. This was repeated the following season. When he then left for Karlsruher SC in the Bundesliga during the 1976-77 season, his former Swedish club only came second in Allsvenskan, behind Halmstad BK, which were led by another Englishman, Roy Hodgson. As Sjöberg returned to Malmö FF they won Allsvenskan again! So during four years, Malmö FF won Allsvenskan at three occasions, in which Sjöberg participated during the three "golden years" only.

Malmö FF association football club in Malmö, Sweden

Malmö Fotbollförening, commonly known as Malmö FF, Malmö, or MFF, is the most successful football club in Sweden in terms of trophies won. Formed in 1910 and affiliated with the Scania Football Association, Malmö FF are based at Malmö Stadion, Scania. The club have won the most Swedish championship titles, twenty, a record twenty-three league titles, and a record fourteen national cup titles.

Allsvenskan Swedish mens association football top division

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Bob Houghton English footballer and manager

Robert Douglas Houghton, commonly known as either Bob Houghton or Bobby Houghton, is an English football manager and former player. Houghton was most recently the head coach of India. His career has spanned over 30 years and 10 different countries. He is most famous for taking Swedish club Malmö FF to the 1979 European Cup Final, where they lost to Nottingham Forest.

After scoring a goal for Sweden in the 1978 World Cup in Argentina against Brazil, the well bearded Sjöberg become interesting for an Arabian Sheik, who bought him for a club in Saudi Arabia. This became a rather short adventure for him, and likewise a shorter time in the old North American NASL league (not to be confused with current MLS) and a club from Chicago followed. This time he was absent from Malmö FF for less than 12 months. However he missed an indeed very importaint season for Malmö FF, and didn't participate in the club's most well known international achievement so far (also by summer of 2014), to reach the final of the European Cup in 1978-79 season. (which though was lost to Nottingham Forest by a single decider). He did though return to Malmö FF for a third time and for some more seasons. He ended his career in Lunds BK.

1978 FIFA World Cup 1978 edition of the FIFA World Cup

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Sjöberg was capped 45 times for the Sweden national football team and scored a goal against Brazil in the 1978 FIFA World Cup. With Malmö FF he won Allsvenskan and became Swedish Champion in 1974, 1975 and 1977.

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He coached BSC Young Boys with Roland Andersson. [2]

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  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 June 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. "Switzerland - Trainers of First and Second Division Clubs". 20 June 2007. Retrieved 26 March 2017.