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Mats Olsson (handballer)

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Name  Mats Olsson
Role  Handballer
Height  1.96 m

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Team coached  Portugal national handball team

Mats Åke Olsson (born 12 January 1960) is a Swedish retired handball goalkeeper. He was born in Malmö.


Seance de mats olsson

Player career

Olsson played 294 caps for Sweden between 1979 and 1997. He competed at 4 summer olympics and 6 World championships. Mats Olsson started his career at Dalhems IF in Malmö. After that he played for LUGI HF, one of the most prominent Swedish clubs at the time.

As a professional player he represented Caja Cantabria in the Spanish elite league.


In 1984 he was a member of the Swedish handball team which finished fifth in the Olympic tournament. He played three matches.

Four years later he was part of the Swedish team which finished fifth again in the Olympic tournament of the 1988 Olympics. He played all six matches.

At the 1992 Games he won the silver medal with the Swedish team. He played all seven matches.

His last Olympic appearance was at the Atlanta Games in 1996 when he won his second silver medal with the Swedish team. He played six matches.

Coaching career

After his professional retirement he switched to a civilian career in the private sector before, once again, returning to Caja Cantabria, this time as general manager for the club.

In 2005 Olsson became manager for the Portugal national handball team. The same year he signed a three-year deal with the Norwegian handball association, as a head coach for the Norwegian goalkeepers.

Player clubs

  •  Sweden Dalhems IF
  •  Sweden LUGI HF
  •  Spain Grupo Deportivo Teka
  •  Sweden Ystads IF
  •  Spain Caja Cantabria
  • Coaching clubs

  •  Spain Caja Cantabria
  •  Portugal Portugal national handball team
  •  Norway Norway national handball team
  • Resume

  • Caps/Goals: 294/? (1979–1997)
  • World champion 1990 (in Prague, Czechoslovakia)
  • European champion 1994
  • World champion runner up 1997, in Kumamoto, Japan
  • Twice olympic silver medalist: Barcelona (1992) and Atlanta (1996)
  • 3rd place in the 1993 and 1995 World championships
  • Participated in four Summer Olympics: Los Angeles (1984), Seoul (1988), Barcelona (1992) and Atlanta (1996)
  • References

    Mats Olsson (handballer) Wikipedia

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