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Football: former Swedish international Kurt Hamrin dies at 89

“President Commisso and his family, the club management and all of Fiorentina join in the pain of the family and the world of football after the death of Kurt Hamrin, legend of football and Fiorentina,” said in a statement.

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Football: former Swedish international Kurt Hamrin dies at 89

“President Commisso and his family, the club management and all of Fiorentina join in the pain of the family and the world of football after the death of Kurt Hamrin, legend of football and Fiorentina,” said in a statement. communicated the Florence club.

“Swedish football has lost one of its great players,” wrote the Swedish Football Federation on its website. “It’s not just his record, his goals, his assists and his involvement on the right wing that made Kurre a legend who has never been forgotten. He was a loyal player and a popular figure in all the clubs he visited,” she noted.

Trained at AIK, Hamrin spent most of his career in the Italian Championship, at Juventus (1956-57), Padua (1957-8), Fiorentina (1958-67), AC Milan (1967-69) and finally to Naples (1969-72), before returning to Sweden for a few months at IFK Stockholm. With 190 goals, he is the ninth top scorer in the history of the Italian Championship.

Hamrin, nicknamed in Italy "Uccellino" ("the little bird", in reference to his agility and speed), won an Italian championship title (1968), the European Cup of Champion Clubs in 1969 (C1) and a Cup Winners' Cup in 1968 (C2) with AC Milan, two Italian Cups and another C2 in 1961 with Fiorentina.

Selected 32 times for the Swedish team, he scored 17 goals in the blue and yellow jersey. He scored four goals during the 1958 World Cup at home, including one, memorable after a slalom in the German defense, in the semi-final against West Germany (3-1).

In the final in Stockholm, Sweden opened the scoring but lost 5-2 to Brazil with a double from Vava and another from 17-year-old prodigy Pelé. Hamrin remained silent.

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