Thomas Sjöberg

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Thomas Sjöberg
Personal information
Date of birth (1952-07-06) 6 July 1952 (age 67)
Place of birth Helsingborg, Sweden
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1964–1974 Eskilsminne IF
Senior career*
1974–1976 Malmö FF 75 (40)
1976–1977 Karlsruher SC 6 (0)
1977–1978 Malmö FF 34 (13)
1978 Al-Ittihad
1979 Chicago Sting 17 (13)
1979–1982 Malmö FF 71 (27)
1983–1985 Helsingborgs IF 58 (20)
1985–1986 Lunds BK
National team
1974–1981 Sweden [1] 45 (14)
Teams managed
1991 GIF Nike P85
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.



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.

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 Major League Soccer) 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 important 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.

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.

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

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