Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Happy Birthday to Out Swedish Footballer Anton Hysén

Glenn Anton Hysén was born today, December 13, in 1990. He is a Swedish footballer who plays in the Swedish Football Division 2 for Torslanda IK, as a defender.

He is a former member of the Swedish under-17 team and was given a trainee contract with BK Häcken from 2007 to 2009, but was hindered by injuries and instead joined Utsiktens BK in 2010.

In 2014, he played with the American fourth division team Myrtle Beach FC. In 2015, he signed with Torslanda IK.

Anton Hysén came out as gay to the Swedish football magazine Offside in March 2011. Daily Mail has described Anton as the "first high-profile Swedish footballer to announce that he is gay" and as the second active professional football player to come out, after English footballer Justin Fashanu in 1990. 

Off the Ball reports:

[Hysén], who is the son of ex-Liverpool and Sweden defender Glenn Hysén and brother to former Swedish international Tobias Hysén  was playing in the fourth division at club side Utsiktens BK at the time, and his interview with Offside magazine made global news. In 2012, he went on to win the Swedish version of Strictly Come Dancing.

In the intervening years, Los Angeles Galaxy's Robbie Rogers and ex-Everton, Aston Villa and Germany midfielder Thomas Hitzelsperger (after his retirement) have since come out in a sport in which there have been few openly gay players.

The reaction to Hysén since coming out has been overwhelmingly positive across the football world, although there has been a small minority who take a less welcoming view.

"I've heard some people in the stands saying some things like 'stop playing like a girl or something,'" he said.

See full story here.

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