Guldbollen

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Guldbollen, (eng. the Golden Ball), is a Swedish football award given by the Aftonbladet and the Swedish Football Association to the best male Swedish footballer each year.

The first award was given in 1946 to Gunnar Gren,[1] and was created by Bengt Liljedahl.[2] From 1946-65, the awarded was given out in cooperation with the Stockholms-Tidningen.[3]

This year's current winner is Zlatan Ibrahimović, who is the only player to win the award eight times (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013).[4] Bo Larsson of Malmö FF was the first player to win the award more than once. Diamantbollen, the female equivalent of the award, was established in 1990. Both awards are given out at the same gala.

Winners[edit]

Erik Nilsson, 1950 winner
Orvar Bergmark, 1958 winner
Prawitz Öberg, receiving the award in 1962
Ljungberg receiving the award in 2006
Zlatan Ibrahimović, 2005 and 2007 through 2013 winner
Year Player Club
1946
Gunnar Gren Sweden IFK Göteborg
1947
Gunnar Nordahl Sweden IFK Norrköping
1948
Bertil Nordahl Sweden Degerfors
1949
Knut Nordahl Sweden IFK Norrköping
1950
Erik Nilsson Sweden Malmö FF
1951
Olle Åhlund Sweden Degerfors
1952
Kalle Svensson Sweden Helsingborg
1953
Bengt Gustavsson Sweden IFK Norrköping
1954
Sven-Ove Svensson Sweden Helsingborg
1955
Gösta Löfgren Sweden Motala AIF
1956
Gösta Sandberg Sweden Djurgården
1957
Åke 'Bajdoff' Johansson Sweden IFK Norrköping
1958
Orvar Bergmark Sweden Örebro
1959
Agne Simonsson Sweden Örgryte
1960
Torbjörn Jonsson Sweden IFK Norrköping
1961
Bengt Nyholm Sweden IFK Norrköping
1962
Prawitz Öberg Sweden Malmö FF
1963
Harry Bild Sweden IFK Norrköping
1964
Hans Mild Sweden Djurgården
1965
Bo Larsson Sweden Malmö FF
1966
Ove Kindvall Sweden IFK Norrköping / Netherlands Feyenoord
1967
Ingvar Svahn Sweden Malmö FF
1968
Björn Nordqvist Sweden IFK Norrköping
1969
Tommy Svensson Sweden Öster
1970
Jan Olsson Germany Stuttgart
1971
Ronnie Hellström Sweden Hammarby
1972
Ralf Edström Sweden Åtvidaberg
1973
Bo Larsson Sweden Malmö FF
1974
Ralf Edström Netherlands PSV
1975
Kent Karlsson Sweden Åtvidaberg
1976
Anders Linderoth Sweden Öster
1977
Roy Andersson Sweden Malmö FF
1978
Ronnie Hellström Germany Kaiserslautern
1979
Jan Möller Sweden Malmö FF
1980
Rolf Zetterlund Sweden Brage
1981
Thomas Ravelli Sweden Öster
1982
Torbjörn Nilsson Sweden IFK Göteborg / Germany Kaiserslautern
1983
Glenn Hysén Sweden IFK Göteborg / Netherlands PSV
1984
Sven Dahlkvist Sweden AIK
1985
Glenn Strömberg Italy Atalanta
1986
Robert Prytz Switzerland Young Boys
1987
Peter Larsson Sweden IFK Göteborg / Netherlands Ajax
1988
Glenn Hysén Italy Fiorentina
1989
Jonas Thern Sweden Malmö FF / Portugal Benfica
1990
Tomas Brolin Sweden IFK Norrköping / Italy Parma
1991
Anders Limpar England Arsenal
1992
Jan Eriksson Sweden IFK Norrköping / Germany Kaiserslautern
1993
Martin Dahlin Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach
1994
Tomas Brolin Italy Parma
1995
Patrik Andersson Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach
1996
Roland Nilsson Sweden Helsingborg
1997
Pär Zetterberg Belgium Anderlecht
1998
Henrik Larsson Scotland Celtic
1999
Stefan Schwarz Spain Valencia / England Sunderland
2000
Magnus Hedman England Coventry City
2001
Patrik Andersson Germany Bayern Munich / Spain Barcelona
2002
Fredrik Ljungberg England Arsenal
2003
Olof Mellberg England Aston Villa
2004
Henrik Larsson Scotland Celtic / Spain Barcelona
2005
Zlatan Ibrahimović Italy Juventus
2006
Fredrik Ljungberg England Arsenal
2007
Zlatan Ibrahimović Italy Internazionale
2008
Zlatan Ibrahimović Italy Internazionale
2009
Zlatan Ibrahimović Italy Internazionale / Spain Barcelona
2010
Zlatan Ibrahimović Spain Barcelona / Italy A.C. Milan
2011
Zlatan Ibrahimović Italy A.C. Milan
2012
Zlatan Ibrahimović Italy A.C. Milan / France Paris Saint-Germain
2013
Zlatan Ibrahimović France Paris Saint-Germain

Source:[5]

By club[edit]

Club Wins
Sweden IFK Norrköping 11
Sweden Malmö FF 8
Spain Barcelona 4
Sweden IFK Göteborg 4
Italy Milan 3
England Arsenal 3
Sweden Helsingborg 3
Germany Kaiserslautern 3
Sweden Öster 3
Italy Internazionale 3
Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach 2
Scotland Celtic 2
Sweden Degerfors 2
Sweden Djurgården 2
Italy Parma 2
Netherlands PSV 2
Sweden Åtvidaberg 2
France Paris Saint-Germain 2
Sweden AIK 1
Netherlands Ajax 1
Belgium Anderlecht 1
England Aston Villa 1
Italy Atalanta 1
Germany Bayern Munich 1
Portugal Benfica 1
Sweden Brage 1
England Coventry City 1
Italy Fiorentina 1
Sweden Hammarby 1
Italy Juventus 1
Germany Stuttgart 1
England Sunderland 1
Spain Valencia 1
Switzerland Young Boys 1
Sweden Örebro 1
Sweden Örgryte 1

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Guldbollen at Wikimedia Commons