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Gunnar Nordahl
Personal information
Date of birth October 19, 1921(1921-10-19)
Place of birth Hörnefors, Sweden
Date of death September 15, 1995 (aged 73)
Place of death Alghero, Italy
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1937–1940 Hörnefors IF 41 (68)
1940–1944 Degerfors IF 77 (56)
1944–1949 IFK Norrköping 95 (93)
1949–1956 AC Milan 257 (210)
1956–1958 AS Roma 34 (15)
National team
1942–1948 Sweden 33 (43)
Teams managed
1958–1959 AS Roma (player-manager)
1961–1964 Degerfors IF
1967–1970 IFK Norrköping
1977–1978 AIK Fotboll
1979–1980 IFK Norrköping
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of June 4, 2006.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of June 4, 2006
Olympic medal record
Competitor for  Sweden
Men's Football
Gold 1948 London Team Competition

Gunnar Nordahl (October 19, 1921 – September 15, 1995) was a Swedish football player, best known for his play in AC Milan 1949-1956.

Nordahl started out at Hörnefors IF in Sweden before moving to IFK Norrköping. He won four Swedish championships with Norrköping and once scored seven goals in one game. During his time in Swedish clubs, Nordahl scored 149 goals in 172 matches.

Nordahl transferred to AC Milan on January 22, 1949. Later, he would team up with his national team strike partners, Gunnar Gren and Nils Liedholm to form the renowned Gre-No-Li trio. In his eight seasons with AC Milan, he was Serie A's top-scorer five times. Nordahl is AC Milan's all-time top-scorer, with 210 league goals. He is still the second-highest Serie A goalscorer of all time, with 225 goals in 291 matches. Only Silvio Piola has scored more goals in that division. That makes Nordahl the top goalscorer among non-Italian players, and he is also the most efficient goalscorer goals in Serie A ever with 0,77 goals/match. Only players who has scored more than one hundred goals are counted in this record, where for example Piola scored his 247 goals in 537 games, i.e. 0,46 goals/match.

After leaving Milan, Nordahl played for Roma for two seasons. Nordahl still holds the post-war record for the most goals in a season in Italy, with 35 goals 1949-1950.

Nordahl was first called-up to the Swedish national team in 1945. In 1948, he helped Sweden to win the Olympic football tournament, becoming the tournament's top scorer on the way. Nordahl's transfer to Milan forced him to retire from the national team, as the rules at the time prevented professionals from the Swedish national team, being not called to 1950 FIFA World Cup along his fellows Gren and Liedholm. In his 30 matches in the national team, he scored a total of 44 goals, or about 1.5 goals per game.

He won the Olympics along with his brothers Bertil and Knut Nordahl. Bertil also transferred to Italy after the Games (to Atalanta B.C.) and, due to this, was also not called to the World Cup. Knut stayed at Sweden and was called to the World Cup. After the tournament, he finally went to Italy, bought by AS Roma.

Nordahl, together with the mentioned Gre-No-Li is today legendary in Milan, when Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko scored his 100 goal in Serie A for Milan it is said that the old Milanese supporters said: "Well he can double that number, and then add another 26, then, and just then, he has passed Il Canoniere."

Thomas Nordahl, who is Gunnar's son, was a member of Sweden's 1970 FIFA World Cup squad.

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sweden League Svenska Cupen Total
1937-38 Hörnefors 14 20
1938-39 14 25
1939-40 13 23
1940-41 Degerfors Allsvenskan 17 15
1941-42 21 13
1942-43 20 14
1943-44 19 14
1944-45 Norrköping Allsvenskan 22 27
1945-46 21 25
1946-47 20 17
1947-48 22 18
1948-49 10 6
Italy League Coppa Italia Total
1948-49 Milan Serie A 15 16
1949-50 37 35
1950-51 37 34
1951-52 38 26
1952-53 32 26
1953-54 33 23
1954-55 33 27
1955-56 32 23
1956-57 Roma Serie A 30 13
1957-58 4 2
Total Sweden 213 217
Italy 291 225
Career Total 504 442

Honours

  • 2 x Italian Title
  • 4 x Swedish Title
  • 2 x Swedish Cup
  • 2 x Coppa Latina
  • 1 x Olympic Gold Medal
  • 1 x Olympic Games Top Scorer
  • 4 x Italian Cups
  • 5 x Italian League Top Scorer
  • 4 x Swedish League Top Scorer

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Simple English

Gunnar Nordahl
Personal information
Full name Gunnar Nordahl
Date of birth 19 October 1921(1921-10-19)
Place of birth    Hörnefors, Sweden
Date of death    15 September 1995 (aged 73)
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1937-1940
1940-1944
1944-1948
1949-1956
1956-1958
1959-1961
Hörnefors
Degerfors
Norrköping
Milan
Roma
Karlstad
National team
1942-1948 Sweden
Teams managed
1958-1959
1961-1964
1967-1970
1977-1978
1979-1980
Roma
Degerfors
Norrköping
AIK Solna
Norrköping

Gunnar Nordahl (born 19 October 1921 - died 15 September 1995) is a former Swedish football player. He has played for Sweden national team.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
ItalyLeague
1948/49MilanSerie A1516
1949/503735
1950/513735
1951/523825
1952/533326
1953/543322
1954/553327
1955/563223
1956/57RomaSerie A3013
1957/5842
SwedenLeague
1959Karlstad21
19602210
196100
CountryItaly 292224
Sweden 2411
Total 316235

International career statistics

[2]

Sweden national team
YearAppsGoals
194242
194355
194400
194567
194622
1947715
1948912
Total3343

References


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