Kurt Hamrin, the Swedish ‘Bird’ of Fiorentina and Milan, has died at the age of 89

Fiorentina mourns Hamrin: “A true legend”

AND Kurt Hamrin, former Swedish footballer and coach, Viola legend, died at the age of 89. Born in Stockholm on 19 November 1934, he arrived in Italian football in 1956-57 where he wore the Juventus shirt, before joining Padova. Then he played with Fiorentina for nine years and later with Milan and Napoli. In Italy he was nicknamed “Uccellino”. Hamrin played 289 games with Fiorentina, scoring 151 goals, remaining for many years the striker in Viola history, surpassed only by Gabriel Omar Batistuta in 2000 and winning two Italian Cups as captain, while he played two seasons at Milan, winning the scudetto in 1967 -68 and the European Cup in 1968-69.

With the Swedish national team he played 32 matches scoring 16 goals, taking part in the 1958 World Cup, played in Sweden, and also taking the field in the final lost 5-2 against Brazil. Hamrin ended his playing career in Ifh Stockholm in 1972. He also had a short career as coach of Pro Vercelli, from November 1971 to January 1972, when he was sacked from the position due to negative results. After this experience he decided not to continue his career as a technician.

Fiorentina remembers the striker on its social media accounts: “President Rocco Commisso, his family, the management and all of Fiorentina join in the pain of the family and the entire world of football for the passing of Kurt Hamrin”.

Hamrin was and will always be a true legend for all football fans and, in particular, for Fiorentina fans – we read in the note – He still holds the record for goals in the purple shirt together with Batistuta, with the lily on his chest he won a Cup Winners’ Cup and two Italian Cups and has inextricably linked his life to the city of Florence”.

It was a journalist from ‘La Nazione’, Beppe Pegolotti, who gave the almost poetic nickname of ‘Bird’ to Kurt Hamrin. Journalist Sandro Bennucci reminds us of this on the news site Firenzepost. “It was my colleague Pegolotti – explains Bennucci – who chose that name for Fiorentina’s greatest scorer of all time, because he jumped in small steps, just like a sparrow, but he was lightning fast in front of goal”.