It's top secret: West Brom's Jonas Olsson on his love of guitars, golf and Cuba
21:30 GMT, 6 April 2012
West Brom defender Jonas Olsson gets the Sportsmail interrogation treatment and reveals his musical side to the world.
Who is your sporting hero
Carl Lewis, he was a pure athlete.
What would you be if you weren’t a sportsman
If I hadn’t been a footballer, it was set up for me to study economics or law at university.
Chords: Jonas Olsson loves his guitar
Which other sportsman would you like to be
I’m a keen golfer, so Miguel Angel Jimenez. He’s different. Talented, grumpy, laid-back. He seems to play off the cuff and his attitude to life – the glass of rioja and his line in cigars – appeals to me.
Debuts are special. My first international for Sweden against Belarus in Minsk and in the Premier League for West Brom against West Ham.
And the worst moment
Being relegated from the Premier League with West Brom.
If your house was burning down, what one possession would you save
My electric guitar. I bought a Fender Stratocaster on the advice of team-mate Bjorn van der Doelen when I was with NEC Nijmegen.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given
‘Let it go,’ from my father. I did tend to dwell on things, but I’m better at accepting what has happened these days.
Favourite karaoke song
The first song I learnt on the guitar. Have You Ever Seen the Rain by Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Three most-listened to songs on your iPod
Girl from the North Country by Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix’s Hey Joe and Oasis’s The Masterplan.
Most listened to: A Bob Dylan song is on one of Olsson's top three
Last film you saw
A Canadian movie with Swedish sub-titles on DVD – Incendies. I’d recommend it.
Last book you read
A biography of Napoleon by a Swedish author. Our line of Swedish kings was started by one of Napoleon’s field marshals, so it has relevance today.
Favourite pre-match meal
Chicken and pasta.
Can you cook Best dish
I’m decent. Lasagne, probably.
Your favourite holiday destination
Havana, Cuba. I went there last year. I always wanted to go there. It was like stepping back in time. We stayed in the old town, did the Hemingway stuff.
Favourite: Sean Penn is the actor Olsson likes most
In a film of your life, who would you like to play you
Sean Penn, because he’s my favourite actor, not because he looks like me!
What’s the most expensive thing you’ve ever bought
Probably the guitar, it’s worth a few thousand pounds.
Tell us a secret…
I have the lyrics of a Nirvana track, Lake of Fire, tattooed on the inside of my right arm. Music has always been very important to me and the words struck a particular resonance.
Jonas Olsson was speaking on behalf of the Albion Foundation, delivering educational and sporting opportunities in Sandwell and surrounding boroughs.