Hans-Jürgen Stefan Schwarz (born 18 April 1969) is a Swedish former professional footballer who played as a midfielder. Schwarz started off his career with Malmö FF in 1987 before moving on to represent Benfica, Arsenal, Fiorentina, and Valencia until he retired at Sunderland in 2003. Schwarz won 69 caps for the Sweden national team, scoring 6 goals. He represented his country at the 1990 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 1992, and most notably the 1994 FIFA World Cup where Sweden finished third.
Stefan Schwarz warming up before a friendly in November 2017
|Full name||Hans-Jürgen Stefan Schwarz|
|Date of birth||18 April 1969|
|Place of birth||Malmö, Sweden|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Position(s)||Midfielder, Left wingback|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Born to a German father in the city of Malmö, Schwarz started his playing career as a midfielder with Kulladals FF's academy. Between 1985 and 1987, he spent two seasons with Bayer Leverkusen's youth team. He made his debut as a professional footballer with his hometown club Malmö FF. He then moved to Benfica for the 1991–92 season. Schwarz was a regular selection for Benfica for the following three seasons.
He subsequently moved to London to play for Arsenal in the summer of 1994. With the Gunners, Schwarz reached the final of the 1995's UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. Schwarz left Highbury after a single season at the club. He then moved to Italy to link up with Fiorentina. In 1998, Schwarz was transferred from Fiorentina to La Liga team Valencia. Prior to the beginning of the following season, Schwarz decided to leave Valencia. He was subsequently bestowed with the prestigious Guldbollen in 1999, Sweden's award for the year's best footballer. When joining English side Sunderland for a record £4 million soon afterward leaving Valencia, the club inserted a "Space Clause" in his contract, that stated that if he were to travel into space his contract would become wholly invalid. He stayed at the Stadium of Light until his playing career ended at close of the 2002–03 season, a season in which Sunderland were relegated from the Premier League.
After having represented the Sweden U17, U19, and U21 teams, Schwarz made his full international debut for Sweden on 14 February 1990 as a substitute in a friendly game against the United Arab Emirates where he replaced Pontus Kåmark in the 80th minute before also scoring his first international goal in a 1–1 draw. A few months later he appeared in his first major tournament for Sweden as he played in all three games at left back as Sweden was eliminated from the 1990 FIFA World Cup after the group stage.
In 1992, Schwarz appeared in three games as Sweden progressed to the semi-finals of UEFA Euro 1992 before being eliminated by West Germany. In 1994, he played in centre midfield alongside Jonas Thern as Sweden finished third at the 1994 FIFA World Cup. An injury to his Achilles tendon kept him out of the squad for UEFA Euro 2000.
He declared his international retirement in August 2001 to focus on his club team after a series of injuries while with the national team. His last international appearance came in a 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Moldova on 28 March 2001.
Schwarz won a total of 69 caps during his career, scoring six goals.
- Scores and results list Sweden's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Schwarz goal.
|1||14 February 1990||Al-Maktoum Stadium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates||United Arab Emirates||2–1||2–1||Friendly|
|2||11 April 1990||Stade du 5 Juillet 1962, Algiers, Algeria||Algeria||1–1||1–1||Friendly|
|3||27 May 1992||Råsunda Stadium, Solna, Sweden||Hungary||1–0||2–1||Friendly|
|5||5 May 1994||Råsunda Stadium, Solna, Sweden||Nigeria||1–0||3–1||Friendly|
|6||11 October 1995||Råsunda Stadium, Solna, Sweden||Scotland||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
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