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Ronnie Hellström
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Full name Ronnie Carl Hellström
Date of birth 21 February 1949 (1949-02-21) (age 60)
Place of birth    Malmö, Sweden
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 3+12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Hammarby IF
FC Kaiserslautern
GIF Sundsvall
National team
1968–1980 Sweden 77 (0)[1]

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Ronnie Carl Hellström (born February 21, 1949 in Malmö) is a former Swedish football goalkeeper.

He played most of his career in Germany; being considered one of the world's top goalkeepers in the 70's, he won the Golden ball (Guldbollen) twice, in 1971 and 1978. His son, Erland, is also a footballer and a goalkeeper.


Club career

Hellström started his career in Hammarby IF, and in 1974 became a professional with 1. FC Kaiserslautern, where he played 266 Bundesliga matches before retiring, in 1984. From 1978-82, although always coming up empty in the end, he helped the club to consecutive top three (or four) finishes.

In 1988, Hellström played one match in the Allsvenskan, for GIF Sundsvall. He was 39 years, 7 months and 18 days at the time. He later went on to work as a goalkeeping coach for Hammarby and Malmö FF.

International career

Hellström helped Sweden to a fifth place in the 1974 FIFA World Cup, and also played at the 1970 and the 1978 editions. In total, he received 77 caps.

While in Argentina during the 1978 World Cup, Hellström was the only member of the expedition (all teams comprised) that took part in the demonstrations of the Madres de la Plaza de Mayo in front of Casa Rosada.[2]

Ronnie Hellström is unsuccessful in trying to stop Grzegorz Lato's header in the game against Poland in the 1974 World Cup. Kent Karlsson is visible on the left.






  1. ^ "Sweden national football team stats" (in Swedish).  
  2. ^ Ni derechos ni humanos (Neither rights nor humans) (Spanish)

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