Jonas Hopes to Soar as a Legal Eagle. Olsson Plans New Career. as Human Rights Lawyer

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Jonas Hopes to Soar as a Legal Eagle. Olsson Plans New Career. as Human Rights Lawyer


Byline: ROB TANNER

THERE used to be only two trades waiting for retired footballers in years gone by, manager of a team or manager of a pub.

Now, with the advent of satellite television in the 1990s, some players have moved from the pitch onto our TV screens as presenters and pundits.

However, Albion defender Jonas Olsson is bucking that trend and is already planning for a career in the complex world of human rights law when he eventually hangs up his boots.

The Swedish centre back is not your stereotypical footballer. He has a thirst for knowledge and already speaks several languages, as well as being an avid rock music fan who plays a mean guitar.

Olsson has already started to study law with a university internet course and, having spent his career trying to stay off the bench, is now planning for a career in front of one as a lawyer.

"It is something I want to do and I have already done a course in basic law," Olsson said.

"I want to do something with human rights. I feel strongly about human rights and it is something I want to be involved in.

"I am only 26 so I hope I have a lot of years left but there is the feeling that when

I stop playing I want to work in that field. I want to go to university back in Sweden when I finish. There is a big university close to where I grew up, so I want to go there.

"I like world affairs and I am quite leftwing orientated. That is probably why I like the music of Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones so much. That is where I get that influence.

"I think I am restless person and I have an interest in different things and learning new things. Perhaps I have too much time on my hands as well.

Developed "When you are playing football you are thinking about football so many hours of the day, but when I am away from training I like to do something else, something different." Olsson achieved another long term aim this week when he finally got the chance to see his idol Dylan in concert at the NIA on Wednesday. The American folk singer, whose most famous songs Blowin' in the Wind and The Times They Are a-Changin became anthems of the civil rights movements in the 1960s, didn't disappoint..

"It was amazing," said Olsson. "I have always wanted to see Dylan live and now I can say I have done it." However, Olsson is now focused on a twopronged footballing goal of helping Albion retain, or regain, their Premiership status, and of breaking into the Swedish national team. …

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