Jimmy Thelin

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Jimmy Thelin
Personal information
Full name Bo Jimmy Thelin
Date of birth (1978-03-14) March 14, 1978 (age 42)
Place of birth Jönköping, Sweden
Club information
Current team
IF Elfsborg (Head coach)
Youth career
IF Hagapojkarna
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–2003 IF Hagapojkarna
Teams managed
2005–2008 FC Ljungarum
2009–2014 Jönköpings Södra IF (youth)
2014–2017 Jönköpings Södra IF
2018– IF Elfsborg
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Bo Jimmy Thelin (born March 14, 1978) is a Swedish football manager and former player. He is the manager of IF Elfsborg in Allsvenskan.

He is the older brother of Tommy Thelin, forward and captain of Jönköpings Södra.

Playing career[edit]

He played until 2003 as a centre-back for IF Hagapojkarna[1] (now renamed IF Haga),[2] one of the local minor teams of the city of Jönköping, in the fourth and in the fifth level in the league system of Swedish football.

Managerial career[edit]

He began his coaching career taking over as FC Ljungarum coach in 2005. This newly founded team had its first effective season in 2006,[3] dominating the Division 6 championship with 17 wins out of 18 games total.[4]

Thelin remained at FC Ljungarum until 2008, winning another championship. In 2009, he started managing the Jönköpings Södra Under-17 team, before coaching the Under-19 and the Under-21 teams of the same club.[5]

At the beginning of the 2014 season, the previous Jönköpings Södra coach Mats Gren moved to the role of sporting director for IFK Göteborg, so the team found itself without a manager when 2014 Superettan had already started.[6] The board decided to promote Jimmy Thelin as a head coach of the first team,[7] finishing the season in 4th place (the club's best finish since 1976).[8] In the following season he achieved an even better result, leading J-Södra back to the Allsvenskan after 46 years since the last time.[9]



Jönköpings Södra


  1. ^ "Jönköpings Södra har blivit vinnare med lokala spelare". jnytt.se (in Swedish). 9 October 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Årsmötesprotokoll" (PDF). laget.se (in Swedish). 4 March 2009. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  3. ^ "FC Ljungarum firade 10 års jubileum". jmini.se (in Swedish). 30 June 2015. Archived from the original on 16 April 2016. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Tabell och resultat - Div 6 Jönköping". svenskfotboll.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Jimmy Thelin fostrar framtidens a-lagsspelare". j-sodra.com (in Swedish). 11 October 2013. Archived from the original on 1 February 2016. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Klubbarna överens - Mats Gren lämnar J-Södra under fredagen". fotbollskanalen.se (in Swedish). 17 April 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Jimmy Thelin: "Känns bra att hjälpa föreningen"". jnytt.se (in Swedish). 5 April 2014. Archived from the original on 8 April 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Dagens gäst: Jimmy Thelin, huvudtränare Jönköpings Södra IF". fotbollsindustrin.se (in Swedish). 12 March 2015. Archived from the original on 7 November 2017. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  9. ^ "TV: Planstormning och glädjeintervjuer när J-Södra klev upp". fotbollskanalen.se (in Swedish). 17 October 2015. Retrieved 31 January 2016.