Bengt Johansson (handball)

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Bengt Johansson in Lund, Sweden, 2002.

Bengt Johansson (born 24 July 1942) is a Swedish handball player and coach. He was born at Halmstad in south-west Sweden and played in the Sweden national handball team between 1964 and 1972. He is better known as being the coach for the Swedish team from 1988 to 2004.[1]

His nickname is Bengan, a common nickname in Sweden for people named Bengt. He is recognisable by his Halmstad dialect was of speaking. He has invented a special tactic known as Gurkburken ("The Gherkin Jar"), which he pronounces Guekbueken.

During his time as a coach the Swedish national team (occasionally known as the Bengan Boys), won several international championships, including two World Championships (1990 and 1999), four European Championships (1994, 1998, 2000 and 2002) and three silver medals at the Olympic Games (1992, 1996 and 2000).

He was succeeded as national coach by Ingemar Linnéll.[2]


  • "Bengt Johansson". Nationalencyklopedin (in Swedish). Retrieved 10 May 2010.
  1. ^ "Bengt Johansson" (in Swedish). Nationalencyklopedin. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  2. ^ Bo Harmby (TT) (15 February 2004). "Här är doldisen som efterträder Bengan" (in Swedish). Svenska dagbladet. Retrieved 30 September 2017.