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Premier League Team: Leeds United and Crystal Palace
Date Joined: 1995 and 1998
Games Played for Team: 20 and 16
Goals Scored: Four and none
In 1990, when AC Parma were promoted to the top flight of Italian football, they signed the rising Swedish star, Thomas Brolin.
In his first season, he struck up a partnership with Alessandro Melli and scored seven goals, helping Parma to fifth place in the league and qualification into European football for the first time in their history.
In the following season, Brolin played every game and scored four goals and Parma finished sixth in the league. They won their first trophy ever, when they beat Juventus to lift the Coppa Italia and this gave them entry into the European Cup Winners Cup.
The season that followed found Brolin struggling to retain his place in the side with the arrival of Faustino Asprilla, but he did play at Wembley when Parma won the European Cup Winners Cup.
In 1994, Brolin was beginning to not be a permanent fixture in the Parma side that also now featured Gianfranco Zola and later in 1995, Hristo Stoichkov.
At International level, Brolin was making headlines before he was even 21. He scored a brace on his debut against Wales and another two in the next match against Finland.
Brolin led Sweden's attack at the 1990 World Cup in Italy, where although Sweden failed to win a game, Brolin's goal against Brazil went a long way to securing his move to Parma.
In the European Championships in 1992, Brolin was the tournament's joint top scorer with three goals, and it was his goal against England that really brought him onto the Premiership clubs' radar.
At the World Cup in 1994 in the USA, the Swede was a seasoned international and led his country to a surprising thrid place finish at the tournament, bagging three goals himself.
In November 1995, Leeds United paid £4.5 million for Brolin, but it was a move that turned out to be a utter disaster for both player and club.
The Swede never got to grips with the intensity of the Premier League and fought a losing battle with weight issues. Training ground pranks and disputes with manager Howard Wilkinson sought to alienate him from the club, players and fans.
Brolin made only 20 appearances for Leeds and scored a miserly four goals. Such was the disappointment of Wilkinson at the complete lack of form and inability to lose wieght of the Swedish star, that within a year, he was on the transfer list.
Despite being on the market for less the £2 million, there were no takers. Brolin missed training sessions and incurred fines and the club even looked at options to withold his wages. A stand off insued and by the time a loan was arranged to FC Zurich, Brolin had racked up £72,000 in fines!
In mid 1997, the latest loan deal with former club Parma expired and Brolin returned to Leeds. New manager, George Graham, found a returning player so overweight that he was not allowed on the club's preseason tour.
In November 1997, due to a lack of eligable players, Crystal Palace gave Brolin a trail and a season long contract.
The former Swedish star played only 13 times in the Premier League for Palace and failed to find the net. At the end of the season Palace were relegated and Brolin retired from football.
A young star with a highly promising career came to a crashing halt when encountering the Premier League. Brolin's Premier League flop goes down in Premier League history as one of its most spectacular.