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 Jonas THERN 1989-1994 
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Joined: Fri Mar 15, 2013 11:05 am
Posts: 1406
Location: Vancouver, BC
Name: Jonas Magnus Thern


Country: :SWE: Sweden
Clubs: S.L. Benfica (1989-1992), S.S.C. Napoli (1992-1994)
Position: *CMF, DMF, (CB as optional)
Side: RF/BS
Age: 22-27 years (20/03/1967)

Height: 182 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Attack: 75
Defence: 79
Balance: 84
Stamina: 86
Top Speed: 79
Acceleration: 77
Response: 83
Agility: 75
Dribble Accuracy: 84
Dribble Speed: 75
Short Pass Accuracy: 85
Short Pass Speed: 81
Long Pass Accuracy: 83
Long Pass Speed: 80
Shot Accuracy: 75
Shot Power: 87
Shot Technique: 79
Free Kick Accuracy: 73
Curling: 78
Header: 77
Jump: 81
Technique: 85
Aggression: 76
Mentality: 85
Keeper Skills: 50
Team Work: 83

Injury Tolerance: B
Condition/Fitness: 6
Weak Foot Accuracy: 6
Weak Foot Frequency: 7
Growth Type: Standard

P04: Anchor Man
P10: Box to Box
P13: Long Ranger
S02: Passer
S05: 1-touch Play
S09: Covering

SPECIAL ABILITIES: Tactical Dribble - Playmaking - Middle Shooting - Centre - Passing - 1 touch Pass - Covering

Attack / Defence Awareness Card: Balanced


Former Swedish midfielder and the captain of national team. Thern was strong and tenacious midfielder with lot of creativity and combativness. Not too fast but had good ball control and shot, great vision and passing range especially good short passing. Thern started in his hometown at IFK Värnamo playing football. In 1985 he lay in front of IF Östers discount from the nearby Växjö and Malmö FF. Since Osters IF in a relegation battle was the Allsvenskan, he decided to move to Malmo. There, Roy Hodgson took over the training and under whose direction Thern finished 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 against AIK in the first year of the championship titles, while IFK Gothenburg in 1987 was able to prevail on away goals rule. In parallel, Thern played in the Swedish national selection, in which he 14 October 1987 in a 1-1 draw against the German national team with goals from Pierre Littbarski and Glenn Hysén in Gelsenkirchen's Park Stadium debut. Thern first time in early 1988 left 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 over time between the hits with a 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 reached Thern with MFF in 1988 once again took first place in the league and moved to two wins in the semifinals on Örgryte IS to the final of the Swedish Championship. After a 0-0 draw in the first leg against Djurgarden managed in the return game a 7-3 success, the second win of the Von Rosen's Cup in Therns meant career. The following season was marked for Thern and his team once again a dominant role in the league down, he opted to change clubs during the summer and went to the Portuguese club Benfica, who had pledged to Sven-Goran Eriksson, a Swedish coach. Without him as the leader of MFF moved into the final one for the title, but moved to the second table of the regular season IFK Norrkoping lose out on penalties. Nevertheless, the year was successful for Thern, recorded shortly before the end of the Swedish daily newspaper Aftonbladet and Svenska Fotbollförbundet him with the best football players as Guldbollen of the year. The reigning Portuguese champions are added Thern in the root formation. With the club he reached the final of the Champions Cup in 1989/90 of the final opponents AC Milan on 23 May 1990 Prater Stadium with a goal by Frank Rijkaard decided for themselves. Even then discharged at World Cup 1990 tournament in Italy he was part of the squad, and came to two stakes tournament. After three defeats against Brazil 1:2, Scotland and Costa Rica, he left 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 countrymen, Mats Magnusson and Stefan Schwarz with Benfica of the 29th Winning the championship in Portugal, Therns first trophy outside Sweden. The following season he reached with the team when the last time under the name of the discharged competition of the European Cup Champions 1991/92, the newly introduced group phase, in which was behind the eventual winners FC Barcelona and Sparta Prague, the third space occupied. Now risen to captain the national team, Thern took part in the summer of 1992 with the national team at the European Championship finals in their own country. The selection team knew and was the surprise group winners before the later champions Denmark, France and England, the semi-finals, where they failed against Germany. After the tournament concludes Thern moved further into the Italian Serie A. In Napoli, who was sidelined since last year because of a doping suspension on his star Diego Maradona, he played alongside players such as Careca, Daniel Fonseca and Gianfranco Zola. The sporting and financial decline of the club could not be avoided. 1994 had to make the UEFA Cup Winners of 1989 several of his players, so that Thern moved on within the league in the state capital of AS Roma. As captain, led the Swedish national selection Thern semi-finals at the World Championships in 1994. In the 0-1 defeat against Brazil in Vorschlussrundenspiel, in the 80th with a goal by Romario the Minute of the match was decided that he was in the 63rd Minute dismissed. Consequently, he missed the playoff for third place, which ended in a 4-0 win over Bulgaria. Following the tournament drew from the daily newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, the team with the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal. With the two-time Italian champions AS Roma to date Thern arrived first places in the UEFA Cup. The greatest success there was in the UEFA Cup 1995/96 reaching the quarter-finals where the team failed in the extension of Slavia Prague. After it had passed in the season 1996/97 only to a twelfth place in the league, the defender decided to change clubs and left Italy without a title. New club Therns was the summer of 1997, the Scottish club Glasgow Rangers. After the club under manager Walter Smith had won nine championships in series, the team arrived at Brian Laudrup, Ally McCoist and Richard Gough in the first year of the Swedes at the club to second place behind rivals Celtic. The following season the Dutchman Dick Advocaat took over as the first non-Scot as coach at the club. Thern was, however, long-term injury, so he came along side the likes of Jorg Albertz, Gennaro Gattuso and Giovanni van Bronckhorst only ever a league game and an insert in the UEFA Cup. After the expiry of his contract in the summer of 1999 wanted to keep him Advocaat, Thern but decided because of a likelihood of a further operation to end career. Thern returned to end his 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. He then took over from the 2002 coaching job in the first division Halmstads BK by Tom Prahl, which was changed to Malmö FF. He could not build on the successes of its predecessor, reaching with the club only places in the middle of the league. In October 2003 he completed his commitment to coach and gave as a reason to want to take care of his family. Thern is currently as a teacher at John Bauer gymnasium in Värnamo active.

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