Bo Svensson (born 4 August 1979) is a Danish professional football coach and a former defender. He is currently managing Mainz 05.

Bo Svensson
Bo Svensson, FC Liefering versus Young Violets Austria Wien (30. August 2019).jpg
Svensson in 2019 as coach of FC Liefering
Personal information
Date of birth (1979-08-04) 4 August 1979 (age 43)
Place of birth Skørping, Denmark
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Position(s) Central defender
Club information
Current team
Mainz 05 (manager)
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2006 Copenhagen 150 (4)
2006–2007 Borussia Mönchengladbach 32 (2)
2007–2014 Mainz 05 109 (1)
Total 291 (7)
International career
2000 Denmark U-21 2 (0)
2006–2011 Denmark 3 (0)
Managerial career
2019–2021 FC Liefering
2021– Mainz 05
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

He has played three games for the Denmark national football team.

Playing careerEdit

Svensson was born in Skørping, Northern Jutland. He started playing youth football with Copenhagen club Kjøbenhavns Boldklub (KB), the reserve team of F.C. Copenhagen (FCK). He was moved from KB into the FCK squad in June 1999, and got his FCK debut in September 1999, under FCK manager Kim Brink. He was soon a FCK regular team member, and was called up for the Danish under-21 national team in March 2000.

With FCK, he won the 2001 Danish Superliga championship under manager Roy Hodgson, and the 2003 Superliga under manager Hans Backe. When FCK team captain Peter Nielsen retired in winter 2003, Bo Svensson was given the captain's armband. He went on to captain FCK when they won the Double, of both 2004 Superliga and Danish Cup titles. The 2004–05 season was less successful, but FCK managed to win the inaugural 2005 Royal League tournament. In the summer break 2005, Hans Backe demoted Svensson to vice-captain, as the captain status was given to the Swedish international midfielder Tobias Linderoth.[1] With his FCK contract running out one year later, in the summer 2006, Svensson looked for a new club, and left FCK in the winter break 2005. He played a total of 196 official games for FCK.

He moved abroad when he was sold to German team Borussia Mönchengladbach (M'gladbach) in January 2006. He debuted for Mönchengladbach in February 2006 and finished the season playing 13 of Mönchengladbach's last 15 games, under manager Horst Köppel. He was called up for the Danish national team, and made his debut in May 2006, under national manager Morten Olsen.

In summer 2007 he was transferred to Mainz 05. After the 2013–14 season he retired from professional football.[2]

Coaching careerEdit

After retiring from professional football, Svensson started his coaching career as an assistant coach for his old club, Mainz 05. In June 2015 he became a youth coach for the club. In 2017 Svensson took over the under 19 squad of Mainz.[3]

In 2019, he became the head coach of FC Liefering in the 2. Liga in Austria.[4][5] The team is known for being a feeder club for Austrian side FC Red Bull Salzburg. Under his leadership, the young team finished the 2019–20 season in third place. They also were successful in the beginning of the 2020–21 season, being in second place after 13 games.[6]

On 4 January 2021 Svensson became the new head coach of his former club Mainz 05 in the Bundesliga.[7]

Managerial statisticsEdit

As of match played 1 April 2023[8]
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
FC Liefering 12 July 2019 4 January 2021 43 23 11 9 100 60 +40 053.49
Mainz 05 4 January 2021 Present 86 36 21 29 130 117 +13 041.86
Total 129 59 32 38 230 177 +53 045.74



  1. ^ "Bo Svensson degraderet". Berlingske Tidende (in Danish). 13 July 2005.
  2. ^ "Trainingsauftakt bei Mainz 05: Erste Einheit unter neuem Trainer Hjulmand" [Training's kick off at Mainz 05: First session under new coach Hjulmand]. Allgemeine Zeitung (in German). 23 June 2014. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Svensson ny assistenttræner i Mainz" (in Danish). 17 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Bo Svensson erhält Freigabe und ist ab sofort Cheftrainer beim FC Liefering" (in German). FC Liefering. July 2019.
  5. ^ "U19: Svensson wechselt 2020 nach Österreich". (in German). Retrieved 4 January 2021.
  6. ^ "2. Liga (Österreich) 2020/2021 – Ergebnisse u. Tabelle". (in German). Retrieved 4 January 2021.
  7. ^ "Svensson is new Main 05 head coach". Mainz 05. 4 January 2021. Retrieved 4 January 2021.
  8. ^ "Bo Svensson career sheet". footballdatabase. Retrieved 6 January 2021.

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