Monza 1912_ Hall of fame_ Nils Liedholm
Name Nils Liedholm
Nationality sweden
Date of birth 08-10-1922
Birth place Valdemarsvik
Seasons in Monza 1968-1969
Caps and goals
Role Midfielder
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CAREER

Raised in the hometown football team, Valdemarsvik, from 1942 to 1949 he played in the Swedish soccer championship with IK Sleipner and IFK Norrköping. He then played in the ranks of Milan, where he remained until his competitive retirement in 1961. In the Italian Serie A he scored 359 appearances, making 81 goals. When he decided to move to Italy, it seems he had said to his father: "Quiet, dad: a year, maximum two, and then I'll be back". He ended up spending almost sixty years in Italy.

Milan

In the Rossoneri shirt he was joined by his compatriots Gunnar Gren and Gunnar Nordahl, with whom he formed the famous trio Gre-No-Li. AC Milan captain, he won 4 badges and 2 Latin Cups. Liedholm is also the fourth oldest player to take the field in the Milan history of the club, having taken the field on May 21, 1961 on the occasion of Milan-Lecco at the age of 38 years, 7 months and 13 days. Paolo Maldini, Enrico Albertosi and Alessandro Costacurta preceded him in this ranking [6]. With the AC Milan jersey he scored 394 appearances and 89 goals.

Swedish national team

With the Swedish national team he won the gold medal at the 1948 Olympics, and came second as captain at the 1958 World Cup, behind Brazil. He made 23 appearances, making 12 goals.

Coach

In 1961, after stopping playing at the age of thirty-nine, the Baron began a brilliant coaching career. The teams he trained were Milan, Verona, Monza, Varese, Fiorentina and Roma. As a coach he twice won the Italian football championship, with Milan in 1979 and with Rome in 1983. With Roma he reached the final in the 1983-1984 Champions League, losing in the final against Liverpool on penalties, at the Olimpico di Rome. As a coach, he was among the first in Italy to systematically adopt the zone defensive arrangement, on the models of the Dutch and Brazilian national teams. The last season as a coach was in 1996-1997 when he took the place of the exonerated Carlos Bianchi at Roma, arriving to celebrate the thousand appearances in Serie A, after which he devoted himself to journalism as a sports commentator. Appreciated as much for his qualities as a footballer and coach as for the refinement that distinguished his ways, on the field as well as outside, Sweden dedicated a stamp to Liedholm, to remember what according to a survey carried out in 1999 by the most popular Swedish newspaper was the most important footballer in his history. Liedholm was also featured on the cover of the first album "Calciatori Panini".

He died a month after turning 85 in Cuccaro, in Monferrato, where he owned a farm since 1973 (the "Villa Boemia" estate and lived spending time looking after his vineyards. He was buried in Turin, the city of his wife (the countess Nina Gabotto di Sangiovanni).