Tony Gustavsson

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Tony Gustavsson
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Personal information
Date of birth (1973-08-14) 14 August 1973 (age 46)
Place of birth Sundsvall, Sweden
Club information
Current team
GIF Sundsvall
Youth career
0000–1988 Söröje IF
Senior career*
1989–1993 IFK Sundsvall
1994 Orlando Lions
1995 Stockviks FF
1996 FC Café Opera
1997–1998 Ytterhogdals IK
1999 IK Brage
2000–2003 Ytterhogdals IK
2004 Degerfors IF
2005 Åtorps IF
Teams managed
2000–2003 Ytterhogdals IK
2004 Degerfors IF (assistant)
2005 Degerfors IF
2006–2009 Hammarby IF
2010 Kongsvinger IL
2012 United States (assistant)
2012–2014 Tyresö FF
2014–2019 United States (assistant)
2019– GIF Sundsvall
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Tony Gustavsson (born 14 August 1973) is a Swedish professional football manager and former player, who is the current manager of Allsvenskan club GIF Sundsvall. He is best known for his managerial success in women's football, leading Tyresö FF to the 2014 UEFA Women's Champions League Final and helping the United States women's national soccer team to two world championships in 2015 and 2019 as an assistant.

Association football Team field sport

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Manager (association football) Head coach of an association football team

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Allsvenskan Swedish mens association football top division

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Management career

Early career in men's football

Gustavsson first managed Degerfors IF. He was then in charge of Hammarby IF from 2006 [1] but was sacked when the club was relegated from the top flight in 2009.

Degerfors IF association football club in Degerfors, Sweden

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Hammarby IF sports club in Stockholm, Sweden

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On 27 April 2010, Gustavsson signed a 44-day contract with the Norwegian Tippeliga-club Kongsvinger IL, [2] but he decided later on to stay till the end of the season. [3] After being relegated with Kongsvinger, Gustavsson did not use his option to extend his contract by one year, and left the club. [4]

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Tyresö FF

Under Gustavsson's leadership Tyresö FF won their first Damallsvenskan title in 2012, after a dramatic last day win over rivals Malmö. Madelaine Edlund scored the winning goal after Caroline Seger's shot had hit the post. [5]

Tyresö FF

Tyresö Fotbollsförening is a Swedish football club in Tyresö, a municipality in Stockholm County. The club was founded in 1971 and is primarily known for its main women's team, which competed in the top-tier league Damallsvenskan in the 2010–2014, 1993–1996 and 1999 seasons, winning the Swedish Championship in 2012. Notable players that have played for the team include the most capped footballer of all time Kristine Lilly, joint FIFA Female Player of the Century Michelle Akers and six time FIFA World Player of the Year Marta.

Damallsvenskan Swedish womens association football top division

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Gustavsson also led Tyresö to a 4–3 defeat by Wolfsburg in the 2014 UEFA Women's Champions League Final. [6] Tyresö became insolvent in 2014 and were kicked out of the 2014 Damallsvenskan season, expunging all their results and making all their players free agents. The Stockholm County Administrative Board published the employees' salaries, showing Gustavsson was among the higher earners at SEK 75 000 per-month. [7]

VfL Wolfsburg (women) association women football club

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The 2014 UEFA Women's Champions League Final was the final match of the 2013–14 UEFA Women's Champions League, the 13th season of the UEFA Women's Champions League football tournament and the fifth since it was renamed from the UEFA Women's Cup. The match was held at Estádio do Restelo in Lisbon on 22 May 2014. Reigning champions Wolfsburg played Champions League debutants Tyresö in the final and successfully defended their title.

The 2014 Damallsvenskan, part of the 2014 Swedish football season, was the 27th season of Damallsvenskan since its establishment in 1988. The season started on 13 April 2014 and ended on 19 October 2014. LdB Malmö, which was renamed to FC Rosengård in December 2013, were the defending champions and won the title with several match days before the end of the season.

United States women

In April 2012, Gustavsson joined the United States women's national soccer team as an assistant coach to compatriot Pia Sundhage. [8]

United States womens national soccer team Womens national association football team representing the United States

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