Helge Bengtsson

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Helge Bengtsson
Personal information
Full name Helge Bengtsson
Date of birth (1916-12-19)19 December 1916
Place of birth Malmö, Sweden
Date of death 2001 (aged 84–85)
Place of death Malmö, Sweden
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1934–1951 Malmö FF 265 (3)
National team
1949 Sweden 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Helge Bengtsson (19 December 1916 – 2001) was a Swedish footballer. He was nicknamed "Gripen" and was rarely referred to with his first name when he played.


Born in Malmö, Bengtsson played for Malmö FF his entire career and was the first choice goalkeeper for the team throughout the 1940s. He was part of the team which went undefeated during 49 games between 1949–1951. After his retirement from playing he continued to be a part of the club, sitting in the board of directors and being first team coach between 1962 and 1965.

Bengtsson as first team coach with Bo Larsson and Lars Granström

Bengtsson also played one cap for Sweden in 1949. It is said that he played a national cap for Sweden previously in 1939, however this match was played against Arsenal and was not regarded as an international match.

In total Bengtsson played 501 games for Malmö FF and scored three goals in two matches in which he played as midfielder.

He died 2001 in Malmö.


Sporting positions
Preceded by
Sture Mårtensson
Malmö FF

Succeeded by
Erik Nilsson