Nanne Bergstrand

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Nanne Bergstrand
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Personal information
Full name Kurt Arne Nanne René Bergstrand
Date of birth (1956-04-28) 28 April 1956 (age 63)
Place of birth Markaryd, Sweden
Club information
Current team
Kalmar FF (Head coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1976 Markaryds IF
1977–1978 Halmstads BK
1979–1980 Markaryds IF
1981–1982 Kalmar FF
1983–1988 Markaryds IF
Teams managed
1984 Traryds IF
1985–1991 Markaryds IF
1992–1993 Växjö Norra IF
1994–1996 Östers IF
1997 IK Oddevold
1998–1999 Kalmar FF
2000–2001 Helsingborgs IF
2002–2013 Kalmar FF
2014–2016 Hammarby IF
2017– Kalmar FF
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Kurt Arne "Nanne" René Bergstrand (born April 28, 1956) is a Swedish football manager and former football player. He has previously coached Helsingborgs IF, Östers IF, Kalmar FF and Hammarby IF in Allsvenskan.

His over ten-year tenure as manager of Kalmar FF made him the tenth longest-serving manager in European first-division football at the time according to UEFA.[1] During the later years of his career at Kalmar FF he was sometimes referred to as the Swedish equivalent to Alex Ferguson.[2][3][4]

Playing career[edit]

Bergstrand started playing first team football at the age of 16 for the local small town club Markaryds IF. He had short spells at Allsvenskan clubs Halmstads BK and Kalmar FF as well as a trial with Manchester City in 1980, who were unable to sign him due to work permit issues. Players outside EEC had to play at international level to get a work permit. He ended up returning to his hometown club where he also took over as manager in 1985.[5]

Managerial career[edit]

During his time with Helsingborgs IF he helped the club qualify for the 2000–01 UEFA Champions League group stage after beating Inter Milan 1-0 on aggregate in the final qualifying round.[6]

Most of his time as manager has been spent in charge of Kalmar FF who he has managed for a total of 590 games.[7] The club had previously spent most of their existence in the second tier of Swedish football but with Bergstrand in charge they started getting top half finishes in the first tier Allsvenskan and eventually won the league for the first time ever in 2008. That same year he was voted "Manager of the year" in Sweden and had a street in Kalmar named after him.[8]

Before the 2014 season, he signed a long term-deal with Hammarby IF from Stockholm. During his first season as manager, the team finished first in the Superettan-table, gaining promotion to Allsvenskan after a four-year stint in the second division.

He would guide the club to an 11th place in both the 2015 and 2016 season. However, Bergstrand was sacked as the manager of Hammarby on 18 November 2016, with the board citing "a need to get a new voice and new energy into the club's sporting development".[9]

Bergstrand re-signed for Kalmar FF in June 2017.[10]

Honours[edit]

Manager[edit]

Club[edit]

Kalmar FF
Hammarby

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.uefa.com/MultimediaFiles/Download/Tech/uefaorg/General/01/74/41/25/1744125_DOWNLOAD.pdf
  2. ^ http://www.sydsvenskan.se/sport/fotboll/mff/framtidens-karlek-kan-vara-har/
  3. ^ http://klacksparken.com/2013/08/23/thomas-andersson-borstam-valde-kalmar-ff-framfor-de-har-klubbarna/
  4. ^ http://www.fotbolldirekt.se/2013/09/11/otroligt-misstag-slappa-nanne-han-ska-ersatta/
  5. ^ "Guldtränaren Nanne återvände till Markaryd" (in Swedish). Smålänningen. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  6. ^ "Fansen krävde hans avgång – nu är Nanne kung" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  7. ^ "Nanne Bergstrand avtackad" (in Swedish). Barometern. Archived from the original on 6 January 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  8. ^ "Nanne lämnar Kalmar" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  9. ^ "Nanne Bergstrand slutar som tränare i Hammarby Fotboll". Hammarby Fotboll. 10 November 2016. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  10. ^ Nanne Bergstrand tar över Kalmar FF‚ aftonbladet.se, 13 June 2017