Jonas Thern

Jonas Magnus Thern (born 20 March 1967 Värnamo ) is a former Swedish football player and coach. The defender, who has played 75 international matches for the Swedish national team between 1987 and 1997, winning in three countries national championship titles and participated in two World Championship and European Championship finals.

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  • 2.2 At the club level
  • 2.3 With the national


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Thern began in his hometown at IFK Värnamo playing football. 1985 lay before him offers of Östers IF from the nearby Växjö and Malmö FF. Since Östers IF was in a relegation battle the Allsvenskan, he decided to move to Malmö. There, Roy Hodgson took over training and under whose leadership took Thern with the team over the next three years, each first place in the Allsvenskan. In each subsequent championship finals in 1986 and 1987 MFF reached the final, which was won in the first year against AIK of the championship, while in 1987 IFK Gothenburg was able to prevail on the away goals rule. In parallel, Thern played in the Swedish national selection, in which he debuted on October 14, 1987 in a 1-1 draw against the German national team with goals from Pierre Littbarski and Glenn Hysén in Gelsenkirchen Park Stadium.

In early 1988 left Thern first time Sweden and moved to Switzerland for FC Zurich. Making its debut on 6 March of the year in the championship game against Martigny-Sports he scored in a 3-1 success the hit on the intermediate 2-0 lead. Under coach Timo Konietzka he came to mid-April in five league games for use and then returned to Sweden.

On the side of Stefan Schwarz, Roger Ljung and Martin Dahlin Thern reached MFF 1988 again ranked first in the league and moved to two victories in the semifinals on a Örgryte IS the final of the Swedish championship. After a 0-0 draw in the first leg against Djurgårdens IF succeeded in the second leg, a 7-3 success which marked the second win of the Von Rosen's Cup in Therns career. The following season was marked for Thern and his team once again a dominant role in the League from, but he decided to change the club in the summer and went to the Portuguese club Benfica, who had committed a Swedish coach Sven -Goran Eriksson. Without him MFF settled in as a leader into the final for the title, but moved against second the regular season IFK Norrköping in a penalty shootout the short straw. Nevertheless, the year for Thern was successful, shortly before the end of the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet and Svenska Fotbollförbundet drafted him with the Guldbollen as the best football player of the year.

In European football clubs

When reigning Portuguese champions to Thern added into the root formation. With the club he reached the final of the European Cup of Champions 1989/90, which on May 23, 1990 decided the final opponents AC Milan in Vienna's Prater Stadium with a goal from Frank Rijkaard in itself. Even when subsequently discharged World Cup 1990 tournament in Italy, he was part of the squad and came to two tournament operations. After three 1:2 defeats against Brazil, Scotland and Costa Rica, he retired with his team at the end of the group stage of the competition.

In the season after the tournament Thern succeeded on the side of his compatriots Mats Magnusson and Stefan Schwarz with Benfica 29 winning the championship in Portugal, Therns first title outside Sweden. In the following season he reached with the team at the last time the discharged under the name of competition of the European Cup of Champions 1991 /92, the newly introduced group stage, in the behind the eventual winners FC Barcelona and Sparta Prague third place was occupied. In the meantime, went up to captain the national team, Thern took in the summer of 1992 with the national team at the European Championship Finals in their own country part. The selection team knew how to surprise and reached as group winners before the later title holder Denmark, France and England the semi-finals, in which they failed against Germany.

After Jousting Thern moved to the Italian Serie A on. At Napoli, who had been declared due to a doping suspension on his star Diego Maradona since last year, he played alongside players such as Careca Daniel Fonseca or Gianfranco Zola. However, the sporting and financial decline of the club could not be avoided. 1994 had the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1989 give some of his players, so Thern moved on within the league in the state capital for AS Roma.

As captain Thern, the Swedish national selection for the semi-finals of the World Cup 1994. During the 0-1 defeat in Vorschlussrundenspiel against Brazil, which was decided by a goal from Romario in 80 minutes, he was sent off in the 63rd minute of the game field. Consequently he missed the game for third place, which ended with a 4-0 win over Bulgaria. Following the tournament, the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet awarded the team with the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal -.

With the until now two time Italian champion Roma Thern reached first places in the UEFA Cup. Greatest success there was reaching the quarter- finals, where the team failed in the extension to Slavia Prague in the UEFA Cup in 1995/96. After it had been enough in the season 1996/97 only to a twelfth place in the league, the defender decided to change clubs and left Italy without title.

New club Therns was the Scottish club Glasgow Rangers in the summer of 1997. After the club had won under manager Walter Smith nine championships in series, the team of Brian Laudrup, Richard Gough and Ally McCoist achieved in the first year of Sweden to the club to second place behind rivals Celtic. In the following season the Dutchman Dick Advocaat took over as the first non - Scot as coach at the club. Thern but fell out due to injury in the longer term, so that he came to the side of players like Jörg Albertz, Gennaro Gattuso and Giovanni van Bronckhorst only ever a league game and an insert in the UEFA Cup. After his contract expired in the summer of 1999, Advocaat wanted to keep him, but Thern decided because of a likelihood of a further operation to end career.

Short career as a coach in Sweden

Thern returned to end his playing career back to Sweden and took over the coaching job at his hometown club IFK Värnamo. With the club he joined in 2000 to the third division, where he managed to avoid relegation. Then he took over from the 2002 as coach at the first division side Halmstad BK by Tom Prahl, who had moved to Malmö FF. There he could not build on the successes of its predecessor and reached with the club only places in the middle of the league. In October 2003, he finished his coach Engagement and gave as the reason to want to take better care of his family. In October 2009, he was again obliged by his hometown club IFK Värnamo from the third division 2010 season as a coach. At the end of the season he went with the team in which, among other things be borrowed from Helsingborgs IF son Simon Thern aground on in the second-class Superettan. However, he resigned at his own request in the fall of 2010.

Currently, Thern has worked as a teacher at John Bauergymnasiet in Värnamo.

Awards and achievements


  • Swedish Soccer Player of the Year: 1989

At club level

  • Swedish Champion: 1986, 1988 ( Malmö FF)
  • Swedish Cup winners: 1986, 1988 ( Malmö FF)
  • Portuguese champion: 1991 ( with Benfica )
  • Scottish champion: 1999 ( with Glasgow Rangers)
  • Scottish Cup Winners' Cup: 1999 ( Glasgow Rangers)
  • Scottish League Cup: 1999 ( Glasgow Rangers)

With the national

  • World Cup Third: 1994
  • European Championship semi-finals: 1992