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1958 World Cup final’s last survivor dies at age 89

Kurt Hamrin, the last surviving player from the 1958 World Cup final, has died aged 89.

Swedish midfielder Nils Liedholm, widely known as “Kurre,” enjoyed a prolific career predominantly in Italy, netting 17 goals in 32 appearances for his national team.

Notably, he played a crucial role in the 1958 World Cup final on home turf, although Sweden suffered a 5-2 defeat to Brazil. Fondly remembered by the Swedish football federation, Kurre’s impact extended beyond statistics, embodying legendary status with his goals, passes, and dedicated performances on the right wing.

The sentiment echoed by the federation reflects the loss of one of Sweden’s football greats, emphasizing Kurre’s enduring legacy. His reputation extended beyond the pitch, characterized by loyalty and popularity wherever he played.

The Swedish football community pays tribute to Hamrin, expressing warmth and gratitude, with condolences extended to his family.

At the 1958 World Cup, Hamrin showcased his prowess by scoring in the quarter-final against the Soviet Union and the semi-final against West Germany. Despite these victories, Brazil, featuring icons like Pele, Garrincha, and Mario Zagallo, proved formidable opponents in the final.

A pinnacle of Hamrin’s club career unfolded in 1969 when he hoisted the European Cup with AC Milan, contributing to a 4-1 triumph over Ajax.

This victory marked AC Milan’s second of seven European Cup successes. Hamrin’s impact in Serie A is underscored by his impressive goal tally of 190, securing him the ninth position in the league’s all-time scoring charts.

Across clubs such as AC Milan, Fiorentina, Juventus, Padova, and Napoli, Kurre’s goal-scoring prowess solidified his place as a football luminary, leaving an indelible mark on the sport.


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