Tomas Brolin (born November 29, 1969 in Hudiksvall) is a former
Swedish football (soccer) player, a key member of the Swedish
national team that finished third in the 1994 World Cup.
Brolin started his career with GIF Sundsvall in 1986. In 1990 he
moved to IFK Norrköping, and then to Italian club Parma. That
year Brolin would win his first Guldbollen as Sweden's
footballer of the year. He would stay at Parma until 1995, when
he made a £4.5million transfer to Leeds United. But then
Brolin's career hit a huge downturn. Battling constant weight
problems, he made only 19 apperances for Leeds over the next two
seasons. Brolin would endure a loan spell at FC Zurich and
another one at Parma, before coming back to England and a non-descript
half-year stay with Crystal Palace. In 1998, he retired.
For Sweden, Brolin made 47 apperances and scored 26 goals. Three
of those goals came Euro 92, when he was joint top-scorer with
three others. Three more came in the 1994 World Cup, as Sweden
surprised many by finishing third. Brolin received his second
Guldbollen in 1994.