Ove Kindvall

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Ove Kindvall
Ove Kindvall 1974.jpg
Ove Kindvall in 1974
Personal information
Full name Bengt Ove Kindvall
Date of birth (1943-05-16) 16 May 1943 (age 73)
Place of birth Norrköping, Sweden
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
IFK Norrköping
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962–1966 IFK Norrköping 84 (70)
1966–1971 Feyenoord 144 (129)
1971–1975 IFK Norrköping 94 (30)
1975–1977 IFK Göteborg 58 (30)
Total 344 (259)
National team
1966–1974 Sweden 43 (16)
Teams managed
1979–1980 IFK Göteborg (chairman)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.


Bengt Ove Kindvall (born 16 May 1943) is a former Swedish footballer (forward).

He started his career at IFK Norrköping, where he played until he joined Feyenoord in 1966 and became professional. The same year, he won the Guldbollen, as the best Swedish footballer of the year. He is regarded as one of Sweden's greatest ever players.[1]

Early life[edit]

Ove Kindvall with family in 1970

He is the father of former footballer Niclas Kindvall, and brother of Kaj Kindvall, a radio host.

Career[edit]

With Feyenoord he won two national championships as well as the 1970 European Cup. In the final against Celtic he scored the winning goal in extra time. In his five seasons with the club, Kindvall scored 129 league goals in 144 games. He returned to Sweden and Norrköping 1971, where he played for three years, until ending his career in IFK Göteborg.

He was the first non-Dutchman to be named Eredivisie top scorer, doing so in 1968, 1969 and 1971. No other foreigner achieved this until Romário in 1989.

Kindvall played 43 games with the national team and scored 16 goals. He participated in the 1970 and 1974 World Cup, playing a major role in the team's qualification for the former.

Kindvall earned the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal in 1969, in that year, he was named as the fourth best player in Europe.[2]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

IFK Norrköping
Feyenoord

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Greatest players". gopeking.net (unofficial IFK Norrköping fansite). Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2016-03-15. 
  2. ^ "European Footballer of the Year ("Ballon d'Or") 1969". RSSSF. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Toini Gustafsson-Rönnlund
Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal
1969
Succeeded by
Gunnar Larsson