Conny Torstensson

Jan Conny Torstensson (born 28 August 1949) is a Swedish former professional footballer who played as a midfielder or forward.[1] He represented Åtvidabergs FF, Bayern Munich, and FC Zürich during a career that spanned between 1967 and 1980. A full international between 1972 and 1979, he won 40 caps and scored seven goals for the Sweden national team and represented his country at the 1974 and 1978 editions of the FIFA World Cup.

Conny Torstensson
Personal information
Full name Jan Conny Torstensson
Date of birth (1949-08-28) 28 August 1949 (age 72)
Place of birth Lofta, Sweden
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Midfielder, forward
Youth career
Gamleby IF
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1967–1973 Åtvidabergs FF 50 (18)
1973–1977 Bayern Munich 81 (11)
1977–1978 FC Zürich 24 (3)
1978–1980 Åtvidabergs FF 49 (6)
Total 204 (38)
National team
1972 Sweden U21 1 (0)
1972–1979 Sweden 40 (7)
Teams managed
1986 Åtvidabergs FF
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Club careerEdit

Åtvidabergs FFEdit

Torstensson commenced his career with Åtvidabergs FF in southern Sweden, then a club renowned for its successful youth development. From 1967 onward he featured regularly in the senior team with which he ascended to the first division after the first season. In the following years he was part of the team that defined the golden era of the club, winning the only titles in its history. 1970 and 1971 Åtvidabergs FF won the cup and was twice runner up in the championship, which the club won in 1972 and 1973. In 1973 the club also reached the cup final once more.[2]

In the first round of the 1973–74 European Champions Cup campaign Åtvidabergs FF encountered Bayern Munich, with stars like Franz Beckenbauer and Gerd Müller one of the favourites of the competition. In Munich Åtvidaberg lost 1–3, With the aid of two goals by Torstensson, who already scored in Munich, the Swedes achieved the same result in the return leg, albeit losing in the ensuing penalty shoot-out. However, Torstensson impressed the coach and management of Bayern and was speedily transferred for a then impressive sum of 580.000 Marks (290.000 Euros).[3]

Bayern MunichEdit

Until 1977 he played in 81 Bundesliga matches for Bayern scoring 11 goals. He impressed most in European Cup matches, where he scored a number of important goals, and won the competition three times consecutively between 1974 and 1976, featuring in the finals of 1974 and 1975. Altogether, he scored 10 goals in 21 European cup matches. A further highlight was the winning of the Intercontinental Cup in the two finals against Cruzeiro EC of Brazil.

Later careerEdit

On club level Torstensson moved 1977 to FC Zürich in Switzerland, returning a year later to Åtvidabergs FF, where he ended his career in 1980.

International careerEdit

Torstensson himself debuted 1972 in the Swedish national football team. 1974 he participated with Sweden in the World Cup in Germany, reaching the second phase of the tournament, where he scored the winner against Yugoslavia. Four years later he also participated in the World Cup in Argentina. Sweden exited there winless after round one.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

After his playing years he initially had a position in the packaging industry. Over the years he held various functions at Åtvidabergs FF. In 1986, he coached the club in the second division. Later he was manager with the speedway team – speedway is counted amongst the major sports in Sweden – of Västervik, which in those years became runner-up in the national championship.

In 2015, he lived with his wife Annette, a teacher and local politician with the Centerpartiet at a lake in Borghult, a rural location ca. 25 km north-west of Västervik. The couple has been married since 1971 and has two daughters.

Career statisticsEdit

InternationalEdit

Appearances and goals by national team and year[4]
National team Year Apps Goals
Sweden 1972 1 0
1973 10 1
1974 9 2
1975 4 1
1976 6 3
1977 5 0
1978 4 0
1979 1 0
Total 40 7
Scores and results list Sweden's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Torstensson goal.
List of international goals scored by Conny Torstensson
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1 29 August 1973 Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland   Finland 1–1 2–1 1972–77 Nordic Football Championship [5]
2 3 June 1974 Parken, Copenhagen, Denmark   Denmark 2–0 2–0 1972–77 Nordic Football Championship [6]
3 3 July 1974 Rheinstadion, Düsseldorf, Germany   Yugoslavia 2–1 2–1 1974 FIFA World Cup [7]
4 3 September 1975 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland   Northern Ireland 2–1 2–1 UEFA Euro 1976 qualifier [8]
5 1 June 1976 Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland   Finland 1–0 2–0 1972–77 Nordic Football Championship [9]
6 8 September 1976 Råsunda Stadium, Solna, Sweden   Hungary 1–1 1–1 Friendly [10]
7 22 September 1976 Ullevaal Stadium, Oslo, Norway   Norway 1–2 2–3 1972–77 Nordic Football Championship [11]

HonoursEdit

Åtvidabergs FF

Bayern Munich

Individual

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Torstensson, Conny" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 17 October 2011.
  2. ^ AB, Webbpartner. "Nu är Conny Torstensson en av de stora i svensk fotboll". www.dagensvimmerby.se. Retrieved 23 March 2022.
  3. ^ "Gamleby - Conny Torstensson" (PDF).
  4. ^ a b "Conny Torstensson - Spelarstatistik - Svensk fotboll". www.svenskfotboll.se. (in Swedish). Retrieved 23 March 2022.
  5. ^ "Finland - Sverige - Matchfakta - Svensk fotboll". www.svenskfotboll.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 23 March 2022.
  6. ^ "Danmark - Sverige - Matchfakta - Svensk fotboll". www.svenskfotboll.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 23 March 2022.
  7. ^ "Sverige - Jugoslavien - Matchfakta - Svensk fotboll". www.svenskfotboll.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 23 March 2022.
  8. ^ "Nordirland - Sverige - Matchfakta - Svensk fotboll". www.svenskfotboll.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 23 March 2022.
  9. ^ "Finland - Sverige - Matchfakta - Svensk fotboll". www.svenskfotboll.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 23 March 2022.
  10. ^ "Sverige - Ungern - Matchfakta - Svensk fotboll". www.svenskfotboll.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 23 March 2022.
  11. ^ "Norge - Sverige - Matchfakta - Svensk fotboll". www.svenskfotboll.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 23 March 2022.
  12. ^ "Stora Grabbars Märke". www.svenskfotboll.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 23 March 2022.
  13. ^ "Hall of Fame 2020". svff.svenskfotboll.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 23 March 2022.

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