Stefan Schwarz

Player of the Day: Stefan Schwarz

by Stuart Vose

Swedish midfielder in the spotlight.

Stefan became a popular figure on Wearside after joining Sunderland in the summer of 1999.

The Swedish midfielder arrived with a top-level pedigree having played for some of Europe’s top clubs.

Starting out in his homeland with Malmo, the midfielder moved on to Benfica and made 77 appearances for the Portuguese club – winning the league twice - before joining Arsenal in May 1994.

He would spend just one season at Highbury, but the campaign was a busy one as Stefan made 50 appearances in all competitions, scoring four goals.

His move to Arsenal had followed an excellent World Cup as Schwarz starred in a Sweden side which finished third at USA ’94 after narrowly losing to eventual champions Brazil in the semi-finals.

After leaving Arsenal, the midfielder had spells in Italy and Spain with Fiorentina and Valencia before joining Sunderland for a reported £4m fee.

He debuted in a 2-0 win over Watford at the Stadium of Light and made 29 appearances during a successful 1999-00 season.

Schwarz’s time on Wearside returned a total of 76 appearances and three goals before he retired in the summer of 2003 having played only two games during the previous campaign.