Nils Liedholm

posted 2007-11-06 17:53:16 by mike



Liedholm died Monday in the northern village of Cuccaro Monferrato, said AC Milan, the team for which he played from 1949-61. A cause of death was not given.

Nils Liedholm

MILAN, Italy (AP) Nils Liedholm, a Swedish soccer star who became a title-winning soccer coach in Italy, has died. He was 85.

Liedholm died Monday in the northern village of Cuccaro Monferrato, said AC Milan, the team for which he played from 1949-61. A cause of death was not given.

Liedholm made 23 international appearances for Sweden and scored 11 goals, helping his country win the gold medal at the 1948 London Olympics. He was on the 1958 World Cup team in Sweden that reached the final but lost to Brazil. That was the first World Cup featuring Pele.

Liedholm made 359 appearances for AC Milan, scoring 81 goals. His team won Italian championships in 1951, '55, '57, and '59.

After retiring, Liedholm moved into coaching and picked up the nickname Il Barone (The Baron). He guided AS Roma for 12 seasons and Milan for eight, winning five trophies, including two league titles in 1979 with Milan and in 1983 with Roma. He coached Fiorentina, Verona, Varese and Monza before retiring in 1997.




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