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 Gunnar Nordahl

Gunnar Nordahl

Birth
Sweden
Death 15 Sep 1995 (aged 73)
Alghero, Provincia di Sassari, Sardegna, Italy
Burial Åby, Norrköpings kommun, Östergötlands län, Sweden
Memorial ID 113288193 · View Source
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Swedish football player, best known for his play in AC Milan 1949-1956, where he won two Scudetto's and an unprecedented five top scorer
(Capocannonieri) awards, more than any other player in the history of the Serie A. He's generally considered one of the greatest Swedish football players of all-time.

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. Playing eight seasons with AC Milan, he is Serie A's multi-top-scorer a record five times (1949–50, 1950–51, 1952–53, 1953–54 and 1954–55).
Nordahl is also AC Milan's all-time top-scorer, with 210 league goals. He is still the third-highest Serie A goalscorer of all time, with 225 goals in 291 matches. Only Silvio Piola and Francesco Totti have 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,[citation needed] where for example Piola scored his 274 goals in 537 games, i.e. 0.51 goals/match.

After leaving Milan, Nordahl played for Roma for two seasons. He still holds the post-war record for the most goals in a season in Italy, with 35 goals 1949-1950. 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 some old Milanese supporters commented: "Well he can double that number, and then add another 26, then, and just then, he has passed Il Cannoniere."

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.
(from Wikipedia)


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  • Created by: Cristian Italia
  • Added: 3 Jul 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 113288193
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gunnar Nordahl (19 Oct 1921–15 Sep 1995), Find A Grave Memorial no. 113288193, citing Attetorpskyrkogard Attetorpsvatan, Åby, Norrköpings kommun, Östergötlands län, Sweden ; Maintained by Cristian Italia (contributor 46819204) .