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Old 11-08-2008, 08:16   #81
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Have you posted about pre berlu era when we relegated to serie b for some betting scam ?
No man, never done that before. I couldn't find any data nor article about that era. But the biggest reason is because I wasn't there to live the moment since I only started following Milan in 87/88 season. So I couldn't relate to anything I wrote before that season. It's like claiming yourself the biggest Beatles fans ever but was born in late 70s

One small information about pre-Berlusconi era that I found really really interesting: Johann Cruyff was once a Milan player. Milan invited him to take part in some pre-season tournament in season 81/82 (if not mistaken). He ended up seriously injured and had to miss large part of the season (for Feyenoord?). Add to the fact that Milan beat his team Ajax in 69 Champions Cup Final and the team that he coached in 94 CL Final, he must've developed a certain contempt for Milan


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Old 11-08-2008, 08:26   #82
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No man, never done that before. I couldn't find any data nor article about that era. But the biggest reason is because I wasn't there to live the moment since I only started following Milan in 87/88 season. So I couldn't relate to anything I wrote before that season. It's like claiming yourself the biggest Beatles fans ever but was born in late 70s

One small information about pre-Berlusconi era that I found really really interesting: Johann Cruyff was once a Milan player. Milan invited him to take part in some pre-season tournament in season 81/82 (if not mistaken). He ended up seriously injured and had to miss large part of the season (for Feyenoord?). Add to the fact that Milan beat his team Ajax in 69 Champions Cup Final and the team that he coached in 94 CL Final, he must've developed a certain contempt for Milan
cryuff was a milan playe
gazzika bye i am going to office

btw offtopic india won a gold medal after a zillion years( first individual medal )
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Old 11-08-2008, 08:56   #83
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During one Milan game some years ago, one of the commentator said when he was young Costacurta really loved a certain kind chocolate cookies. The brand name is Billy.

However, some years ago I mentioned that fact, some older member (can't remember who) shot me down and said it was because the young Costacurta was supporting a certain basketball team and one his fave player was called Billy. Basically something to do with basketball, can't remember.
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"I have heard two accounts of his nickname," writes David Benner. "The first is that he got it because he is a big fan of old American Western movies. The second is that he is a big fan of Milan's major professional basketball team and always wore their shirt, which was sponsored by a company called Billy. So, basketball or Westerns. No wonder he's coming to play in the MLS next season(fail!) ."


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One small information about pre-Berlusconi era that I found really really interesting: Johann Cruyff was once a Milan player. Milan invited him to take part in some pre-season tournament in season 81/82 (if not mistaken). He ended up seriously injured and had to miss large part of the season (for Feyenoord?). Add to the fact that Milan beat his team Ajax in 69 Champions Cup Final and the team that he coached in 94 CL Final, he must've developed a certain contempt for Milan
I encourage people not to fly OT but with Cruijff but I'll always remember his 3 quotes(pre and after CL 94 final and Pippo one) + the story of Joe Jordan(narrated by me here but not as juicy as the original)

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Other than that good input Ashish. For a moment I read like these are Giancarlo pieces

The Galli article was good too but one point really went out of the tempo with that ode - mentioning C***mot. How can anyone give legendary status to somebody with such allegory.


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Old 11-08-2008, 09:15   #84
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"I have heard two accounts of his nickname," writes David Benner. "The first is that he got it because he is a big fan of old American Western movies. The second is that he is a big fan of Milan's major professional basketball team and always wore their shirt, which was sponsored by a company called Billy. So, basketball or Westerns. No wonder he's coming to play in the MLS next season(fail!) ."
Aha! Finally the right version. Thanks Jasper.

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The Galli article was good too but one point really went out of the tempo with that ode - mentioning C***mot. How can anyone give legendary status to somebody with such allegory.
LOL... that allegory was to give emphasis of how unused and how so not important Galli was. In 02/03 C***mot was bottom of the pecking order after Nesta, Maldini, Costacurta, Laursen and Roque Jnr. So imagine the shock of seeing him play in CL 03 Final


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Roque Jnr. So imagine the shock of seeing him play in CL 03 Final
You made a spelling mistake there - it's Rocky Jonur or Rocky Horror Show(where is legendary DonippoRuiShevdini these days?). And I saw Rocky Jonur at CL final I believe. Fortunately he got injured and therefor excluded the virtue of making a blunder when you least expect it.

Bonera-Simic would have done just fine


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The forgotten man of the Milan defense was in fact as superb as the rest of his defensive fraternity. We have talked about Franco, Billy, and Paolo, but how can we have forgotten Mauro. Well I haven’t.


The Rossoneri’s fifth most capped player (583 all around appearances) of all time was vice captain to Franco Baresi, and if not for the number six’s huge shadow and persona, Tassotti could have easily become one of the Milan’s greatest defenders of all time. But how does a player compete with the likes of Baresi and Maldini? It isn’t easy, but Tassotti certainly gave it his best effort.
A key piece of the invincible four defensive unit that led Milan to the longest shutout in Serie A history, Tassotti not only played excellent defense but was also a very capable wing back who could fly up and down the right flank when needed. Mauro won three Champions League crowns with Milan and was able to hoist one himself as Captain in one of Milan’s most memorable wins in a European Final.
The most shocking thing for me as I remember and researched Tassotti was that he was very much overlooked because of the stiff competition he faced as a defender not only at Milan, but across Italy with the likes of Benarrivo, Apollonni, and the players before them playing at an extremely high level at the same time as Tassotti. He was not capped as a member of the Azzurri until he turned 32 which is even more of feat because he was able to play at the highest level until he retired a member of AC Milan in 1997 at the not so tender age of 37 years old. The trend of high quality aging defenders has been around at Milan for a long time, and the legacy continues.
Tassotti retired with very little fanfare, possibly because he started his career at Lazio and unlike those honored before him was not a Rossoneri for life. However, my father said something funny the other day when I asked him about Tassotti, he said that, “He did things quietly as a player and there was no reason for him to retire any differently,” You do not have to look to far for Tassotti now a days, as he sits along side Carletto week in and week out as Milan’s assistant coach and it is widely thought that he would replace Carletto in a pinch should something happen to the Milan mister.

3 Champions League trophies as a player, 2 as a coach, member of the invincibles, and one of the most humble and modest Milan Legends to date, more trophies than most clubs makes him a special piece of Milan for years to come.

its Gianfrancos work from http://acmilan.theoffside.com/legend...-tassotti.html
i just borrowed full credits to this guy only guy who writes in that site


Giaz i want to know more about mauro, now i got who was the one i was missing among the legendry back four kudos to him

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Old 21-08-2008, 14:51   #87
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He was on captain duties at Athens '94 so when I think of him, a pic of him holding the big ears come to my mind.



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Last Saturday I was watching a show called Expediente Futbol from Fox Sports Latinamerica, they showed the Intercontinental Cup of 1994 (extended highlights). Now, I never saw much of that, I just remember reading my brother's El Grafico from that final, that said Velez played super, Milan played arrogant, and the famous Costacurta rating of 2 (I laughed then while thinking of his awful performance, but I couldn't picture how bad it was...till I saw it).

Now, from watching the extended highlights and asking my brother what he remembers of it, Velez wasn't exactly that much more greater than us, in fact we were close to scoring several times, but Massaro missed some, while Savicevic didn't looked to sharp in that game. However, Velez did have a great kepper in Chilavert (how was at his prime back then). So Velez played normal (1st half)-good (second half), and Chilavert was super.

Now Milan playing arrogant I can see why (after all, in reality Velez is just a small team from the hood, unlike Boca, River, Independiente, etc), but I also keep in mind this argies like to play victims role (I clearly remember how in the 03' final Boca were comparing how poor they were in comparison to us, and that they were some kind of Robin Hood stealing from the rich...after beating us in pk's, and they are a rich team, probably not as much as us, but they do have money lots of money). It's hard to say from the looks of the game, maybe the preparation was different, more relaxed and all (taking care of the press), but looking at the highlights and what my brother told me, I would at least say we played it wanting to win it (as I said we had chances just that Massaro wasn't great and Chilavert was super).

So I was only able to agree with El Grafico with Costacurta's rating. I was between shocked, embarrased, and laughing when I saw everything. First a clumpsy penalty (1-0 lead), then a super mistake that lead to their 2-0 lead, and then a red card. He just looked so bad...kind of like in Laursen's best days with us. It's classic, I love Billy, but that just classic .

BTW, I don't know if Rossi had any weirdo outbreak before that, but watching him after their pk, you could totally see that guy was going to snap out of it one day (just the way he did years later).


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Thanks for the story.

No matter... Costacurta will still be the best Milan defender of all time for me.


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Billy sure did have a stinker in that match, i can still remember him hauling down the Velez forward to get sent off .
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lol, nice insight on the game, i didnt think chilavert was a big name at that time, i wonder if berlusconi ever thought of signing him he was magnificent but also a punk so probably no. i need to watch the game after this 2 rating for billy, its hard to imagine a legend like billy playing that poor
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i dunno if this the right place to ask but uhm does anyone know a good site where i can watch old Milan games? i dunno why, but all of a suddeni wanted to watch game while studying for my exmas if anyone pls put the link

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The forgotten man of the Milan defense was in fact as superb as the rest of his defensive fraternity. We have talked about Franco, Billy, and Paolo, but how can we have forgotten Mauro. Well I haven’t.


The Rossoneri’s fifth most capped player (583 all around appearances) of all time was vice captain to Franco Baresi, and if not for the number six’s huge shadow and persona, Tassotti could have easily become one of the Milan’s greatest defenders of all time. But how does a player compete with the likes of Baresi and Maldini? It isn’t easy, but Tassotti certainly gave it his best effort.
A key piece of the invincible four defensive unit that led Milan to the longest shutout in Serie A history, Tassotti not only played excellent defense but was also a very capable wing back who could fly up and down the right flank when needed. Mauro won three Champions League crowns with Milan and was able to hoist one himself as Captain in one of Milan’s most memorable wins in a European Final.
The most shocking thing for me as I remember and researched Tassotti was that he was very much overlooked because of the stiff competition he faced as a defender not only at Milan, but across Italy with the likes of Benarrivo, Apollonni, and the players before them playing at an extremely high level at the same time as Tassotti. He was not capped as a member of the Azzurri until he turned 32 which is even more of feat because he was able to play at the highest level until he retired a member of AC Milan in 1997 at the not so tender age of 37 years old. The trend of high quality aging defenders has been around at Milan for a long time, and the legacy continues.
Tassotti retired with very little fanfare, possibly because he started his career at Lazio and unlike those honored before him was not a Rossoneri for life. However, my father said something funny the other day when I asked him about Tassotti, he said that, “He did things quietly as a player and there was no reason for him to retire any differently,” You do not have to look to far for Tassotti now a days, as he sits along side Carletto week in and week out as Milan’s assistant coach and it is widely thought that he would replace Carletto in a pinch should something happen to the Milan mister.

3 Champions League trophies as a player, 2 as a coach, member of the invincibles, and one of the most humble and modest Milan Legends to date, more trophies than most clubs makes him a special piece of Milan for years to come.

its Gianfrancos work from http://acmilan.theoffside.com/legend...-tassotti.html
i just borrowed full credits to this guy only guy who writes in that site


Giaz i want to know more about mauro, now i got who was the one i was missing among the legendry back four kudos to him
For me Tasotti is another unsung hero of the team. Like Donadoni, he’s very quiet in doing his work but simply churn out good performance day in day out. As mentioned, he started his career playing for Lazio in season 78/79 and 79/90. He was part of the Lazio team that was punished to go to Serie B with Milan in season 80/81 due to the match-fixing scandal. In a bizarre twist, he was traded to Milan for Albertino Bigon. Imagine this, Milan valued him more than a striker who’s been with the team for 9 seasons, played 329 games and scored 90 goals (#11 in the all time list of goal scored for Milan) and was the captain after Gianni Rivera retired.

Sporting an Afro Hair in the early 80s , he and Franco Baresi (the new captain) started the backline duo that will continue for 15 years. Along with the likes of Filippo Galli and Alberigo Evani, Tasotti faithfully stick with the team that had to endure another drop to Serie B and series of bad/mediocre foreign player transfer (Mark Hateley, Joe Jordan, Luther Blisett, Ray Wilkins and Eric Gerets). He helped ushered Milan from a UEFA Cup hopeful to the glorious Berlusconi era. He was very good in zonal positioning, which suit the new style that Sacchi favored. He was the offside master, the one that became the parameter for Baresi to go up and trap the opponent. Before raising his hand to signal an offiside, you would see that Baresi will always look to his right to check where Tasotti was. Although not the fastest in the flank (forget the burst ala Cafu or Helveg), he was very good in crossing. I can’t recall all his crosses that led to a goal but there are few that I remember : to Massaro vs Sampdoria in the play off of 86/87 season that gave Milan the UEFA Cup Spot, to MvBasten vs Real in the 1st leg of 89 CC SF, to MvBasten vs Steaua in 89 CC Final (the second goal), to MvB vs Mechelen in the 2nd leg of 90 QF (goal at extra time).

His curtain in Milan started to draw when 20-years old Christian Panucci arrived in season 93-94. They both alternated the right back position although they played together in that famous 94 CL Final. Panucci proved to be a worthy replacement and he can score, something that Tasotti wasn’t very good at (Tasotti had 10 goals in 17 seasons from 583 games while Panucci scored 12 goals in just 4 seasons). I guess one of the reason why Milan collapsed in season 96-97 and 97-98 was because they couldn’t find a steady replacement for after Panucci left for Real in mid 96/97. Milan tried Michael Reiziger and Giuseppe Cardone but all were unsucsessful.

As mentioned, although he consistently played very well, he was kept out of the National Team by many good players such as Antonio Bennarivo and Luigi Apollini. But for me the one player that’s been keeping him out is Inter player Giuseppe Bergomi. In fact, WC 94 where Tasotti played is the only WC from 82 – 98 where Bergomi wasn’t selected.


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^^nice one giaz you are filling me with knowledge ,thanks my friend
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anybody know much about Gunnar Nordahl

i searched in the net could find only little about him(means he was the best striker, he along with swede trio won us)
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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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thanks Dev1l and Jasper, i saw second one(acmilanonline....) while googling, almost forgot that giaz started watching from 86

nice story on gunnar esp that red card with juve defender, wow another hero tailor made for milan
i salute him and a 5 for him

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Legend of Swedish and Italian football who brought the Serie A title to AC Milan as player and boss

Midfielder Nils Liedholm, who died on 5 November, 2007, aged 85, was one third of the most fearsome line-up of attacking players that both AC Milan and the Swedish national side have ever enjoyed.

Along with the two forwards Gunnar Gren and Gunnar Nordahl – the trio became known collectively as ‘Gre-No-Li’, a contraction of their three surnames – Liedholm came to be a dominant figure in Italian football.

They also won an Olympic gold medal for Sweden together in 1948 and 10 years later Gren and Liedholm were World Cup runners-up. Liedholm then had a long and successful management career in Italy.

Nils Liedholm was born on 8 October, 1922, and grew up in Valdemarsvik. As a child he dreamed of becoming a professional footballer and his career began at the age of 20 when he joined IK Sleipner.

In 1946 he moved to IFK Norrkoping where he was part of two league title-winning sides along with Gunnar Nordahl. He made his Swedish international debut shortly after moving to Norrkoping.

Two years later, under the guidance of the English manager George Raynor, Sweden beat Austria, Korea and Denmark to reach the football final of the London Olympics, attracting many plaudits along the way. They beat Yugoslavia 3-1 in the final at Wembley.

This feat was enough to attract the attention of AC Milan, who, after 40 years without a trophy, were desperate for fire-power. They signed Nordahl first, with Gren and Liedholm joining in September 1949. The cruel irony of this transfer was that at this time the Swedish national team only selected amateur players and Liedholm’s international career was put on hold for almost a decade.

In the first season of the ‘Gre-No-Li’ at Milan, the team scored an incredible 118 goals, 18 of which were Liedholm’s. The following year they secured the Serie A title with a record points haul. It was the first of four league titles, plus two Latin Cups, Liedholm would win in a 12-year stay with the club. In total he made almost 400 appearances for the club and scored more than 80 goals.

He was an early believer in the importance of fitness, putting himself through vigorous training regimes to gain an advantage. His reward was that he was still playing at 39. He was also meticulously accurate with the ball - according to footballing legend, he went two years without misplacing a pass.

When the Swedish Football Association relaxed its rules on selection in time for the 1958 World Cup, which it was hosting, 36-year-old Liedholm was made captain. Sweden topped their group, beat the USSR and West Germany, then faced Brazil in the final.

Liedholm scored the opening goal after just four minutes with a strike Pele (who was 17 at the time and playing in his first World Cup) later described as the best goal he’d ever seen against Brazil. But the bravura Brazilians were too strong and eventually won the game 5-2.

After retiring in 1961, he got an assistant manager’s job at AC Milan, eventually taking over for the first of three spells in charge two years later. His management career also included stints at Monza, Verona and Varese (both of the latter were promoted during his tenure).

In his second spell with Milan he guided them to the 1978/79 league championship, then repeated the trick with Roma in 1983, missing out on the European Cup on penalties to Liverpool the following year. His teams were renowned for their fair play and discipline and he was also one of the few managers to employ a zonal marking system.

He finally retired from football in 1997 to run a vineyard with his family in Cuccaro in Northern Italy. He is recognised as one of the greatest players ever to come out of Sweden and there is an annual youth football tournament held in his home town of Valdemarsvik named in his honour.

Bruno Conti, star of Roma’s championship-winning side, said he owed Liedholm "my career as a footballer and my formation as a human", while AC Milan President Silvio Berlusconi praised "a champion, a gentleman, a friend".
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GUNNAR NORDAHL



Full Name: Gunnar Nordahl

Born: 19 October 1921 (Hörnefors, Sweden).
Died: 15 September 1995 (Alghero, Italy)

Nicknames: Störsten (the biggest), Il Pompiere (the fireman), Il Bisonte (the buffalo).

Position: Striker

Caps: Sweden (1942-1948) 33 / 43 goals

Domestic League Games:
Sweden - Level III (1937-1940) 41 / 68 goals
Sweden - Level I (1940-1949) 172 / 149 goals
Italy – Level I (1949-1958) 291 / 225 goals

Domestic Cup Games:
Sweden – Not available
(Coppa Italia not staged between 1944-1958)

Sweden’s Footballer of the Year:
1947

Clubs:
Hörnefors (1937-1940)
Degerfors (1940-1944)
IFK Norrköping (1944-1949)
AC Milan (1949-1956)
AS Roma (1956-1958)
Karlstads BIK (1959-1961) – player/manager

Trophies won:
Olympics: 1948
Latin Cup: 1951, 1956
Swedish Championship: 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948
Swedish Cup: 1945
Italian Championship: 1951, 1955

Top goalscorer titles (number of goals):
Olympics – 1948 (7)
Swedish league – 1943 (14), 1945 (27), 1946 (25), 1948 (18)
Serie A – 1950 (35), 1951 (34), 1953 (26), 1954 (23), 1955 (27)


Gunnar Nordahl is arguably the finest player ever to come from the Nordic region and was Sweden’s first ever foreign based professional footballer. Raised in the tough northern parts of Sweden he was one of five football playing brothers – three of them, including Gunnar, also became national team players.

May be one can blame “bad timing of birth” for Nordahl not being able to shine on the biggest stages. He was too young to take part in any of the pre-WW II World Cups, too old to have any lasting impact on European club competitions and unlucky that Sweden’s football federation banned foreign based professionals at national team level when he could have been a valuable asset at both the 1950 and 1954 World Cups which coincided with his free-scoring Milan era. By 1958, when his home country hosted, pros were allowed back into the team, but Nordahl had just retired from top flight football by then. Instead he and his pro-colleagues had to settle for “proffslandslaget” – the national team for pros who played only against Swedish city teams.

Nordahl was strong, had speed and remarkable shooting power. He was a nightmare for defenders to deal with. He was knocking in goals for fun at senior level before his 17th birthday at his local club Hörnefors. The third level club was only the first step towards stardom for him. Top division football was the natural career move and it came in 1940 with Degerfors where the goals continued to go in with remarkable frequency. In 1942, Nordahl made his debut for Sweden against Denmark and scored in the 3-0 win in Copenhagen.

The following year he won his first of four topscorer titles in Allsvenskan (Sweden’s Premier League) and consolidated his place in the national team. He was to be first choice there until the end of the decade. In 1944 he signed for top club IFK Norrköping and went on to win the Swedish championship in every of the four full seasons he completed there – there was even a league and cup double the first year. That year also saw him score seven goals in a row in one match against Landskrona. That has never been done before or after in Swedish top league football.

Nordahl was to experience one of the highlights of his career with two of his brothers in the London Olympics 1948 when Sweden triumphed having beaten Austria (3-0), Korea (12-0), Denmark (4-2) and Yugoslavia in the final 3-1. Nordahl’s goal in the Final was spectacular. He received the ball in the centre-circle, shook off two opponents, played a neat one-two, got the ball back and blasted it into the top corner from about 20 yards. It was his seventh in the tournament which made him top scorer. (His goal comes one minute into this videofile: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SH9G6rfdOmc )

After the Olympics with a gold medal bagged, at the age of 27, Gunnar Nordahl felt he had achieved just about anything he could achieve as a player. There were certainly no more goals to fulfil in Sweden, so he thought about retiring and go back to work full time as a fire fighter. Instead there was an amazing turn-around of incidents. Gunnar Nordahl signed for AC Milan and was soon followed by two countrymen – Gunnar Gren and Nils Liedholm. Together they formed a formidable Swedish trio at Rossoneri known as Gre-No-Li.

Nordahl scored an amazing 35 goals in his first full season in Serie A - a record which still stands to this day. He scored another 34 the following year and by the time he had completed eight seasons at San Siro he had won two Serie A titles and knocked in 210 league goals which remains a club record, and his five topscorer titles in Serie A is a league record. His final season with Milan was the inaugural season of the European Cups. Milan reached the semifinals in the Champions Cup, but lost 5-4 on aggregate to eventual champions Real Madrid. More luck instead in the somewhat less prestigious Latin Cup where Milan triumphed in 1951 (Nordahl scored a hat-trick in the 5-0 win vs Lille in the final) and 1956 when Nordahl did not play in the final due to his departure to Roma.

Nordahl ended his Italian adventure with two quiet seasons in the eternal city before heading home to his wife’s hometown Karlstad in the lower leagues for a player-coach position. After 225 goals in 291 Serie A appearances, Nordahl is second only to Silvio Piola on the all-time topscorer’s list. The Italian player made several hundred more appearances though. In 2000, Nordahl was the only team sports athlete on the official top 10 list among Sweden’s best athletes of the last century. Nordahl is reputed to have scored 688 goals in total in his senior career.


League Statistics per Season

Season - Club - Games – Goals [ Caps / Goals ]
1937/38 Hörnefors (III).............14 / 20
1938/39 Hörnefors (III).............14 / 25
1939/40 Hörnefors (III).............13 / 23
1940/41 Degerfors...................17 / 15
1941/42 Degerfors...................21 / 13 [ 1 / 1 ]
1942/43 Degerfors...................20 / 14 [ 5 / 2 ]
1943/44 Degerfors...................19 / 14 [ 3 / 4 ]
1944/45 IFK Norrköping.............22 / 27 [ 2 / 2 ]
1945/46 IFK Norrköping.............21 / 25 [ 5 / 6 ]
1946/47 IFK Norrköping.............20 / 17 [ 4 / 8 ]
1947/48 IFK Norrköping.............22 / 18 [ 6 / 8 ]
1948/49 IFK Norrköping.............10 / 06 [ 7 /12]
1948/49 AC Milan.....................15 / 16
1949/50 AC Milan.....................37 / 35
1950/51 AC Milan.....................37 / 34
1951/52 AC Milan.....................38 / 26
1952/53 AC Milan.....................32 / 26
1953/54 AC Milan.....................33 / 23
1954/55 AC Milan.....................33 / 27
1955/56 AC Milan.....................32 / 23
1956/57 AS Roma.....................30 / 13
1957/58 AS Roma.....................04 / 02
1959-61 Karlstads BIK (II)..........N/A (player/manager)

European Cup Games

1955/56 AC Milan.......EC I.........06 / 04


i didnt write any of the blogs i got from internet, this blog was from Bauser of Big soccer
full credits to him http://www.bigsoccer.com/forum/showp...87&postcount=1

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