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Stefan Schwarz

Personal information
Full nameHans-Jürgen Stefan Schwarz
Date of birthApril 18, 1969(age 47)
Place of birthMalmö, Sweden
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10.4 in)
Playing positionMidfielder/Left Wingback

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Hans-Jürgen Stefan Schwarz (born 18 April 1969 in Malmö, Sweden) is a Swedish former footballer.

Born to a German father, he played as a midfielder and a left-back. He started playing football at youth level in Kulladals FF and began his career at his hometown club Malmö FF. In 1990 he played as a youth player in Leverkusen before moving on to Benfica where he played from 1990 to 1994. He also played for Arsenal, Fiorentina, Valencia and Sunderland. The most prestigious award he received was Guldbollen, 1999, as Sweden's best footballer during that year. However, his playing career ended on a low note in 2003, when he retired at the end of a season where Sunderland (who had finished seventh in his first two seasons there) were relegated from the Premier League with a mere four wins, 19 points and 21 goals to their name.

He was capped for the Swedish national side on 69 (for 6 goals) occasions. He formed a highly rated midfield partnership with Jonas Thern when playing for both the Swedish national side and Benfica. He played at the World Cup 1990 and 1994 finals, and at the Euro 1992 finals. Schwarz is now the football agent of Julio Arca.

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