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Pär Hansson

Published: Thursday 1 March 2012, 13.35CET
Helsingborgs IF
Published: Thursday 1 March 2012, 13.35CET

Pär Hansson

Helsingborgs IF

One of the star performers in Helsingborgs IF's league and cup double triumph in 2011, Pär Hansson will hope to travel to UEFA EURO 2012 as Sweden's third-choice goalkeeper behind Andreas Isaksson and Johan Wiland.

• A native of Skane in southern Sweden, he moved to Helsingborg at 15 and worked his way through the youth ranks. 

• Made no first-team appearances before spending the 2008 season in the Swedish second division with Ångelholms FF; started all 30 league games, conceding just 33 goals, to help the club finish fifth.

• Returned to Helsingborg in 2009 and established himself as the club's first-choice keeper; was called up for the UEFA European Under-21 Championship on home soil that year but watched from the sidelines as rival Johan Dahlin kept goal in all four matches.

• An ever-present for Helsingborg in the 2010 Allsvenskan, he helped the club to a runners-up finish in the league (two points behind champions Malmö FF) and victory in the Swedish Cup (1-0 in the final against Hammarby Fotball).

• Began 2011 by winning his first senior cap for Sweden – in a friendly against Botswana in South Africa – and ended it as a double winner for Helsingborg, again starting all 30 Allsvenskan games for Conny Karlsson's side and proving a redoubtable figure also in the Svenska Cupen, which the club retained with a 3-1 defeat of Kalmar FF in the final.

Last updated: 22/03/12 12.08CET

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