|Intro||Swedish association football player|
|A.K.A.||Гуннар Нордаль, Нордаль Гуннар, Нурдаль, Гуннар, Нордаль|
|Occupations||Association football player Association football manager|
|Birth||19 October 1921 (Hörnefors)|
|Death||15 September 1995 (Alghero)|
Nils Gunnar Nordahl (pronounced [ˈɡɵnːar ²nuːɖɑːl]; 19 October 1921 – 15 September 1995) was a Swedish football player. A highly prolific, powerful, and physically strong striker, with an eye for goal, he is best known for his spell at A.C. Milan from 1949 to 1956, in which he won the Scudetto twice, and also the title of pluricapocannoniere, with an unprecedented five top scorer (Capocannonieri) awards, more than any other player in the history of the Italian championship. Nordahl is Milan’s all-time record goalscorer, and he long held the record for most goals for a single club in the history of Italian league, before being surpassed by Francesco Totti in January 2012. Nordahl is considered to be one of the greatest Swedish football players of all-time, and regarded as one of the best strikers in football history. In 2017, he was included in FourFourTwo magazine's list of the 100 greatest players of all time, at the 54th position.
He is the father of former footballer Thomas Nordahl.
Nordahl started out at Hörnefors IF in Sweden before moving to first Degerfors IF and then IFK Norrköping. He won four Swedish championships with IFK Norrköping and once scored seven goals in one game. During his time in Swedish clubs, Nordahl scored 149 goals in 172 matches.
Nordahl transferred to A.C. Milan on 22 January 1949. Later, he would team up with his national team strike partners, Gunnar Gren and Nils Liedholm to form the renowned Gre-No-Li trio. Playing eight seasons with Milan, he is Serie A's multi-top-scorer a record five times (1949–50, 1950–51, 1952–53, 1953–54 and 1954–55). Nordahl is also Milan's all-time top-scorer, with 210 league goals.
Nordahl is the third-highest Serie A goalscorer of all time, with 225 goals in 291 matches, only behind Silvio Piola and Francesco Totti. That makes Nordahl the top goalscorer among non-Italian players, and he is also the most efficient goalscorer goals in Serie A ever with 0.77 goals/match.. He was nicknamed il pompiere (the fireman), because of his former job while he played in Sweden.
After leaving Milan, Nordahl played for Roma for two seasons. Nordahl's record for most goals scored in Serie A (not including Divisione Nazionale, before Serie A was installed) of 35 in 1949–50 in a season was broken by Gonzalo Higuaín in the 2015–16 season who scored 36. Nordahl, together with the mentioned Gre-No-Li is today legendary in Milan. When Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko scored his 100 goal in Serie A for Milan, it is said that some old Milanese supporters commented: "Well he can double that number, and then add another 26, then, and just then, he has passed Il Cannoniere."
Nordahl was first called up to the Swedish national team in 1945. In 1948, he helped Sweden to win the Olympic football tournament, becoming the tournament's top scorer on the way. The Swedish team also included his brothers Bertil and Knut Nordahl. Nordahl's transfer to Milan forced him to retire from the national team, as the rules at the time prevented professionals from the Swedish national team, being not called to 1950 FIFA World Cup along his fellows Gren and Liedholm. In his 33 matches in the national team, he scored a total of 43 goals.
Domestic league club statistics
|Total for Milan||257||210|
|Sweden national team|
- IFK Norrköping
- Allsvenskan (4): 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948
- Swedish Cup (1): 1945
- Serie A (2): 1950–51, 1954–55
- Latin Cup (2): 1950–51, 1955–56
- Olympic Gold Medal (1): 1948
- Swedish Footballer of the Year (1): 1947
- Allsvenskan Top scorer (4): 1943, 1945, 1946, 1948
- Olympic Games Top Scorer (1): 1948
- Italian Serie A Top Scorer (5): 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955
- A.C. Milan Hall of Fame