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Erik Nilsson
Personal information
Date of birth August 6, 1916(1916-08-06)
Place of birth Sweden
Date of death September 9, 1995 (aged 79)
Playing position Left Back
Youth career
-1933 Limhamns IF
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1934–1953 Malmö FF 326 (2)
National team
1938–1952 Sweden 57 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Olympic medal record
Men's Football
Competitor for  Sweden
Gold London 1948 Team Competition
Bronze Helsinki 1952 Team Competition

Erik Nilsson (6 August 1916 – 9 September 1995) was a Swedish footballer.

Nilsson played his youth days with Limhamns IF, before he moved in 1934 to Allsvenskan club Malmö FF, where he played until 1953. There he won five league titles and five Swedish Cups. During his playing days he rejected an offer from A.C. Milan.

Nilsson played 57 times for the Sweden national football team[1], and participated in several international tournaments. He played in the 1938 FIFA World Cup, where Sweden finished fourth. He played in the 1948 London Olympics, where Sweden celebrated its best international result with a gold medal, defeating Yugoslavia 3:1 in the final. Two years later he played in the 1950 FIFA World Cup where Sweden finished third, thus becoming one of only two players to play in World Cups before and after World War II (the other being Switzerland's Alfred Bickel). He won another medal in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, where Sweden won the bronze after defeating West Germany 2:0.

In 1950, Nilsson was awarded the Guldbollen as the year's best Swedish football player.[2] In 2003, he was inducted into the SFS Hall Of Fame.




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