Thomas Nordahl

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Thomas Nordahl
Personal information
Full name Thomas Gunnar Nordahl
Date of birth (1946-05-24) 24 May 1946 (age 72)
Place of birth Norrköping, Sweden
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964 Degerfors 14 (4)
1965–1968 Örebro 77 (41)
1968–1971 Juventus 0 (0)
1968–1971 Anderlecht (loan) 75 (26)
1971–1978 Örebro 175 (55)
1979–1980 BK Forward 45 (21)
Total 386 (157)
National team
1967–1975 Sweden 15 (5)
Teams managed
BK Forward
1981–1984 Sandvikens IF
Motala AIF
1995 IFK Norrköping
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Thomas Gunnar Nordahl (born 24 May 1946) is a Swedish footballer and sportscaster, who played as a midfielder. He is the son of footballer Gunnar Nordahl.[1][2]

Nordahl played his club football for Degerfors IF, Örebro SK, RSC Anderlecht, and BK Forward. He was also a member of the Swedish squad at the 1970 FIFA World Cup. After his playing career he worked as a maanger with BK Forward, Sandvikens IF,[3] Motala AIF, and IFK Norrköping.[4]

Club career[edit]

Nordahl made his debut in the Allsvenskan in 1964 for Degerfors IF when he was 17 years old. A year later, he moved to Örebro SK and became a key player there. He played 77 matches for the Swedish side and scored 41 goals. 1968 he moved to the Italian club Juventus, who had finished third in serie A the 1967–68 season. However, shortly after Nordahl signed the contract, the Serie A issued a ban which stopped all clubs from bringing in foreign players. Nordahl was contracted with Juventus but couldn't play because of this ban. This forced Juventus to loan him out to Belgian side RSC Anderlecht. Nordahl stayed in Anderlecht for three years, until 1971; after those three years, his contract with Juventus ended, but the ban still had not been lifted. Nordahl left the club without playing a match for them and went to his old club Örebro. He played there for 7 years between 1971 and 1978, making 175 appearances and scoring 65 goals, resulting in a total of 252 appearances and 106 goals for the club. In 1979 (the season began 1980) he went to another Swedish club, BK Forward, and played 45 matches and scored 21 goals. In 1980, an injury forced Nordahl to quit playing football and the age of 34.

International career[edit]

Nordahl made 15 international appearances for Sweden between 1967 and 1975, and scored 5 goals; he also made 17 appearances for the Swedish youth team. Nordahl was included in the Swedish squad for the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.

Coaching career[edit]

Following his retirement from professional football, Nordahl went on to coach a number of Swedish clubs, including BK Forward, Sandvikens IF,[3] Motala AIF, and IFK Norrköping.[4].


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