Tubby Tomas Brolin was one of those inspired signings that had
the stamp of Bill Fotherby all over it. He was a player who'd done
well in Italy and was a star for Sweden in the World Cup but by the
time Leeds became interested in him he had suffered injury
nightmares for some time. Leeds splashed out a massive £4.5
million on signing him and then tried to figure out what to do with
him. He managed just 25 appearances in 18 months with the club and
just 4 goals, and is streets ahead of the field in the "worst
signing of all time" stakes for Leeds. He played against Leeds once
for Palace and gave us all a good laugh with his wallowing around
and then with the dodgy bandage/hairband he ended up wearing after
a clash of heads. He returned to Sweden where he seems to have got
involved in the shoe trade, and the last time his name was
mentioned in the news it was because he'd hit an elk while driving
his car. It's not known what happened to the elk either...
Boryana Yordanova Stanislavova says: I think that Tomas is a
K says: I met Tomas in Los Angeles after a hockey game in '97
and we had a great time together running around LA. He is a fun and
honest man. I only saw him play football one time, but I know now
he was a great player! Sorry if that is too boring for you.
Willard Robinson jr says: Tomas was an amazing soccer player.
Didn't you see the 1994 World Cup? How he play, especially against
Brazil when he gave that pass to Kennet Andersson to score. and
also he made a great duo with Martin Dahlin
Mr:Jackson says: tomas brolin is the greatest player ever!!!!
soccer is to much focused on def. now a days
Max says: Have you forgot that Leeds didnt let him play on his
best position on the midfield?...the position that he made it into
the 1994 World Cup-Team. The manager didnt like him. Brolin scored
3 goals in one match and even then the manager didnt want him.
Beacause of Brolin, Sweden one the 3:rd place in the 1994 World
Cup. Imagine if Celtic put Henrik Larsson out of the team? Leeds
manager was even more stupid when he didnt let Tomas Brolin play.
Tomas Brolin is voted as one av "Parma" (Italy) best player ever.
What do you say about that? Jabba says: looks like you've missed my
point entirely. He did well enough before he was injured but after
his injury - when he was at Leeds - he was a total disaster.
Max says: I agree that he wasnt as good as before hes leg was
broken, but then, he didnt really get the chans beacause he and the
trainer didnt get along. So he destroyed him...
luke fairmaner says: i saw him in a video and he fell over and
someone kicked it against his head and he scored! he was a quality
player! NOT, he was a twat
henrik lindahl says: I havent met him! BUT World Cup 94!!! Need
to say no more!! Still give me a shiver all over my body!!! Was
only 14 yeasr old at that time!
Annalisa says: Once I met Tomas. It was in 1992, in Parma and I
remember him as a very nice person. He was a great footballer too.
He played very well in Italy. Everyone still loves him in Italy! Ci
manchi troppo Tomas!
Kieran Spillane says: Tomas Brolin, once the young, sickingly
talented swedish footballer of a generation who oversadowed the
Brazilians in USA '94 - then a string of injuries and now a vacuum
nozzles salesman. Sounds bad? Not so. Through an unlikely sequence
of events that only ever could have happened him, the likeable,
pleasant and consistently charming Tomas has had a kid, married a
former Miss Sweden and is an iconic figure the world over. I, for
one, am glad that unlike so many players who waste their talents
this is not another sad ending.
James says: i once saw him in a pub in otley which is about 10
miles away from leeds he had just joined leeds and he looked very
depressed and home sick so i went to talk to him but when i tried
to talk to him he hit me breaking my ribs and giveing me two black
"tim" (aka the James who posted above) says: super Tomas
Anon says: i live next door to tomas he is a very good freind of
mine i have known him for about three years
johanna says: Hello tomas brolin was the best player in the
Harry M says: It's a bloody shame that Leeds didn't give him a
chance, He had an exceptional character and talent but his style of
playing was to individualistic for Graham. What I can't figure out
is why Leeds didn't sell him sooner (and could have gotten a lot
more for him than they did) when they obviously weren't gonna give
a chance to FOOTBALL and instead forced him into some perversed
tactical, ultradefensive ballgame. Under Graham,Leeds could just as
well have played on a Yorkshire mudfield.
shady says: I remember many moments with Tomas playing the main
role, but the most i remember the game against Bulgaria won 4:0 by
the Swedish team and a free kick, where Tomas hid behind the
opponents wall and as the ball was played to him everybody was
shocked, because no one noticed him as he stood behind them. And he
scored the goal from the sharp angle. It was a masterpiece.
mick friar says: Did brolin play for juventus
tom says: last week i saw tomas in leeds i am unsure why tomas
was in leeds but i saw him in heaven and hell night club in leeds
he was danceing in heaven on the stage wearing a leeds shirt!!
there were rumours that he may be moveing back to leeds to replace
paul robinson in goal!!!!!
Dani says: Brolin was a keyplayer until he broke his ankle while
giving Martin Dahlin a easy score. Then battling with injury rehab.
The move to Leeds was a unlucky part in his comeback, a team wich
got a new manager that already stated in his arrival to Leeds that
Brolin services along other players in the squad (Palmer, Yeboah
etc..) was not needed in his plan to make Leeds a great team. This
couldn't motivate Brolin to go out and do a great game. I think, if
he had been given confidence from the manager he would have been
closer to perform like he did in Parma and World Cup 1994. I wasn't
found of Leeds before and this misstreatment of players gave me no
reason but to hate more. A shame for fotball management.....
papin says: brolin is the only reason i love football!!!!!!
Robert says: In 94 Tomas Brolin was elected to be the second
best midfielder in the world and he made the world team in soccer.
I think that is the position that Zidane Or Figo has today, suck on
that one all of u doubters
simon bralot says: Sorry my english is not well. I can not find
any sites on the internet about tomas. Except, of course, this one.
I think it is very kind the way you speak of him, he would be very
Marten in Sweden says: He had extraordinary talent and agreat
but short fotball-career. ut unfortunately the footingery and also
his irratic temper hampered him in his further quest to glory.
Tommy "Da Bro" Broline says: y nickame, and Dj name is Tommy "da
Bro" Broline after the great man himself (I know I spell it
differently) as a sign of my respect. Damn, even my e-mail address
is firstname.lastname@example.org Actually, it's because I wanted to
be a porn star when I was a kid and I thought the podgy face, blond
hair and fact that he was Swedish made him a very likely candidate
for the same industry. Also I'm called Thomas. Also I'm cool.
Pablo says: He was great player but tell me where is he
Eda says: Hi! As a fun of Mr Brolin and I want to interwiev him.
This interview can be published in a homepage for all of Thomas
Brolin fans. There for I would be glad to have his e-mail adress.
Can sb. help me pls?? thanks (my mailto: Krizantem_ _at_ msn.com or
essass _at_ mynet.com
Thomas says: I think Graham was an idiot. Its as simpel as that.
Someone in a team must have the responsibility to take on a
newcomer, to make him relax and feel welcomed. Its praxis
throughout Europe. But they failed with that and particular Graham
failed heavily not only because of that but also because he
promised the man a free role on the midfield before the signup.
Promises that were just lies. Therefor Mr Graham is the man to
blame for the worst signup in Leeds history. So all Leeds fan in my
opinion have the rights to call him anything or everything. Jabba
says: George Graham had nothing to do with Brolin's signing - he
was signed in the Wilko days.
Leila from Iran says: Tomas was the most favourite player of
mine.I will never forgive george graham,he sacrificed Tomas for his
Dar says: Brolin was a clas act in his prime and one of my
favourite all time players because of his enthusiasm and flair. But
to be fair to fans of Leeds and later Palace he was knackered by
the time they got to see him. Injuries (especially the broken
album) saw his career sort of tail off but between about 1992 and
1995 he was one of the top players in Europe without any doubt.
Mike says: I live overseas from Europe. Even there Brolin's name
was known. I saw him play for the first time at USA 94. He was
amazing footballer. I don't know what happened to him afterwards
though. Did he even get a farewell match or something? He was one
of the top players during the early 90's and it just kicks me that
he is forgotten like this. This is one of the very few websites i
could find with something related to Tomas Brolin besides just an
incomplete statistical info.
Pippo from Sweden says: Once he was KING !! Now he's a
vaciumcleaner salesment and a resturant owner.. Sorry for my bad
Dave Dudding says: I'm a Palace fan and I can assure you that
Brolin was overvalued when we got him on a free from Leeds - by
sthat stage he was a complete waste of a lot of space. Mindy you,
that gane against Leeds where he got injured and ended up wearing a
neadband was one of the funniest things ever seen at SElhurst Park.
Not his fault, but asad end to what was obviously a once great
Aaron says: I'm from the same town as Tomas and i used to see
him every summer when he played for Parma & Leeds when he was
home on vecation. I've watched Brolin from the begining of his
carrear and he was truly an exeptional player. When Brolin came to
Leeds he had had heavy injurie problems, and then he get into a
clash with Wilkinson and Graham. It's sad that Brolin had to end
his career so early and i consider him the best swedish player
ever. Right now he run a restaurant in Stockholm and some other
company's along with his father Rune. And as the rumors say, yes,
he have gained some weight. Brolin is not the smartest guy who've
ever lived, but none of you are that either. When he was young he
had an extraordinary determination and was very obstinate. But
after the injurie he loosed some of the will and lost some of the
determination that was the base of his whole ability together with
his talent. If you had treated hi, better in Leeds i'm sure you
would have recived more for your investment. Even if he was on his
way down, but he was youn though, only 25-26 when he signed for
Leeds... Between 1990-1995 Brolin was WORDCLASS! Nobody can deny
Daniel Castro says: I am spanish, for me, He was the best player
that I saw in a field, but I don't know how get videos of him
Ste says: People are basically right about Brolin - he WAS class
before we signed him but some parts of class never die - the touch
etc. Whats 'anon' talkin about - oooh he's my next door neighbour -
i wouldnt trust anon anyway - ive read some poetry of his - and its
shit. As for Daniel Castro - i know where u can get video's of
Brolin - ask your Dad - Fiddell!! As for the Swede that destroyed
the turnip - he'll always be special to us - and he shouldve
started at Wembley!!!
Ronaldo T Willemski says: Loved his compulsory celebration after
scored. I have slighly varied it for such occasions when a jump and
twist in the air is needed. Tomas Brolin, Ronaldo T Willemski
Vinnie Breda says: One of the biggest failures to have walked on
the Elland Road pitch. What a waste of money!!!!!
Ste says: To Vinnie Breda - The same manager that signed him
used him inappropriately! It takes 2 to tango and Wilko wasted
Brolins talents as much as the 4.5 million he paid for him.