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Old 02-09-2008, 14:38   #96
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i found this on milanmania, from some guy loris

Nordahl, Gunnar
Nicknames: "The Bison", "The Armored Car", "The Big Fireman"

Born: October 21, 1921 in Honefors, Sweden
Died: September 16, 1995 in Alghero, Sardegna

Clubs: Degerfors, Norkopping (1945-1948: Sweden); A.C. Milan (1948-1956),
A.S. Roma (1956-1958: Italy)

Achievements:
Individual: Led Italian League in scoring 5 times; second all-time
Serie A scorer (225 goals in 291 games); top scorer
1948 Olympic Games; played in England-Rest of Europe
match, 1947; Won swedish Guldbollen (Golden Ball) in
1947;
Club: 4 consecutive titles with Norkopping (1945-1948);
2 league titles with A.C. Milan (1951, 1955)
2 Latin Cups with A.C. Milan (1951, 1956)
National Team: Olympic Gold Medal, 1948

Position: Center-forward

Biography:

Gunnar Nordahl was a powerful centerforward who broke through defenses with
terrifying strength. He would often drag along defenders who were grabbing his
shirt during his charges on goal. One of 5 brothers who played in the
Swedish first division, Nordahl began his playing career with Degerfors after
having played on local youth teams. When he was 23 he passed to Norkopping
where he won the league championship 4 years in a row. After scoring 7
goals in a game against Landskrona, Nordahl was called to the national team
in 1945. In 1947 he scored Europe's lone goal in an England-Rest of Europe
exhibition match in Glasgow. His first international success came in 1948
when he was the leading goalscorer (7) at the Olympic games leading Sweden
to the gold medal. His Olympic performance caught the eye of Juventus who
signed an option with him. However, after a bitter dispute with A.C. Milan
over another player, Juventus' owner (Gianni Agnelli) turned the option on
Nordahl over to Milan as a conciliatory gesture. This event would change
Italian soccer history as Nordhal's goals would lead Milan to their first
triumphs in over 4 decades and project the club into the elite of Italian
and continental soccer.

Nordahl arrived in Milan on January 22, 1949 and scored 16 goals in 15 games.
His success convinced Milan's directors to sign two of his Olympic teammates,
Gunnar Gren and Nils Liedholm), and thus the legendary GRE-NO-LI trio was
formed. They would lead Milan to 2 league titles (1950-51 and 1954-55) -
the first successes for A.C. Milan since before World War I) and 2 Latin
Cups (1951, 1956; a competition between the champions of Italy, Spain, France,
and Portugal).

Due to Sweden's strict rules against professionalism, Nordahl's transfer to
Milan ended his professional career. However, his total of 44 goals for
Sweden in 30 games represents one of the highest scoring rates in international
competition. He remained with A.C. Milan for 8 seasons winning 5 scoring
titles (1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955) and scoring 210 goals. The 35 goals
scored in 1949/50 are an Italian record for 38 game seasons. His playing
career ended with two seasons at A.S. Roma (15 goals in 34 games) and his
total of 225 goals is the second highest in Serie A history.

One of the most powerful men to ever play in Serie A (his playing weight
was 95 kilos), Nordahl had a gentle heart and was a wonderful sportsman.
During a legendary 7-1 trashing of Juventus in Turin (Juventus would go on
to win the league title that year), an exasperated Carlo Parola, the tough
Juventus defender, viciously kicked the unstoppable Nordahl and was red-carded.
As he was leaving the field, Nordahl came over to console him. Stunned
by this magnanimous gesture, Parola apologized in tears. There are many
accounts from the period of Nordahl stopping his rushes on goal to help
defenders who had been knocked down by his charges.

After his death in 1995, the italian newspaper, Corriere dello Sport, wrote:
"Soccer is in tears. He was the greatest attacking center-forward in our
history."

In the words of the Italian journalist Bortolotti: "Italian soccer had never
seen and, I think, never will see another goalscorer of such terrifying power
as Gunnar Nordahl...Those who saw him play, who witnessed his explosive right
foot shot during his runs on goal, know that one like him will never come
again."
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