Nordahl playing for IFK Norrköping in 1948
|Date of birth||19 October 1921|
|Place of birth||Hörnefors, Sweden|
|Date of death||15 September 1995(aged 73)|
|Place of death||Alghero, Italy|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in)|
|1958–1959||AS Roma (player-manager)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Nils Gunnar Nordahl[pronunciation?] (19 October 1921 – 15 September 1995) was a Swedish football player. A prolific striker with an eye for goal, he is best known for his spell at A.C. Milan from 1949 to 1956, in which he won the Scudetto twice, and also the title of pluricapocannoniere, with an unprecedented five top scorer (Capocannonieri) awards, more than any other player in the history of the Italian championship. He is considered one of the greatest Swedish football players of all-time. He is the father of Thomas Nordahl.
Nordahl started out at Hörnefors IF in Sweden before moving to first Degerfors IF and then IFK Norrköping. He won four Swedish championships with Norrköping and once scored seven goals in one game. During his time in Swedish clubs, Nordahl scored 149 goals in 172 matches.
Nordahl transferred to AC Milan on 22 January 1949. Later, he would team up with his national team strike partners, Gunnar Gren and Nils Liedholm to form the renowned Gre-No-Li trio. Playing eight seasons with AC Milan, he is Serie A's multi-top-scorer a record five times (1949–50, 1950–51, 1952–53, 1953–54 and 1954–55). Nordahl is also AC Milan's all-time top-scorer, with 210 league goals. He is still the third-highest Serie A goalscorer of all time, with 225 goals in 291 matches. Only Silvio Piola and Francesco Totti have scored more goals in that division. That makes Nordahl the top goalscorer among non-Italian players, and he is also the most efficient goalscorer goals in Serie A ever with 0.77 goals/match. Only players who has scored more than one hundred goals are counted in this record, where for example Piola scored his 274 goals in 537 games, i.e. 0.51 goals/match.
After leaving Milan, Nordahl played for Roma for two seasons. He still holds the post-war record for the most goals in a season in Italy, with 35 goals 1949–1950. Nordahl, together with the mentioned Gre-No-Li is today legendary in Milan. When Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko scored his 100 goal in Serie A for Milan, it is said that some old Milanese supporters commented: "Well he can double that number, and then add another 26, then, and just then, he has passed Il Cannoniere."
Nordahl was first called up to the Swedish national team in 1945. In 1948, he helped Sweden to win the Olympic football tournament, becoming the tournament's top scorer on the way. The Swedish team also included his brothers Bertil and Knut Nordahl. Nordahl's transfer to Milan forced him to retire from the national team, as the rules at the time prevented professionals from the Swedish national team, being not called to 1950 FIFA World Cup along his fellows Gren and Liedholm. In his 30 matches in the national team, he scored a total of 44 goals, or about 1.5 goals per game.
Domestic League statistics
|Total for Milan||257||210|
- IFK Norrköping
- Swedish Footballer of the Year (1): 1947
- Allsvenskan Top scorer (4): 1943, 1945, 1946, 1948
- Olympic Games Top Scorer (1): 1948
- Italian Serie A Top Scorer (5): 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955
- A.C. Milan Hall of Fame
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Gunnar Nordahl.|
- Gunnar Nordahl – Classic Player profile – [FIFA.com]
- List of Swedish Players and Coaches in Italy since 1945 – RSSSF
- Detail of international appearances and goals – by Roberto Mamrud, RSSSF