Kurt Hamrin was the last living participant of the 1958 World Cup final between Sweden and Brazil (2:5). At that time, the eyes of the whole world were mainly focused on him and Pele. In the final, the brilliant 18-year-old Brazilian was superior, scoring two goals and beginning to write his legend. The Swedish star had to settle for silver, and after the World Cup, he moved from Calcio Padova to Fiorentina.
It was in Florence where he became a true icon. He played there for 9 years, during which he scored a remarkable 203 goals – the most in the club’s history alongside Gabriel Batistuta. Hamrin is also one of the top scorers in Serie A history with 190 goals in 400 matches. He ended his career in 1972 at IFK Stockholm, but in retirement, he returned to Florence, where he passed away on Sunday (February 4).
The legendary rival of Pele was 89 years old. The cause of Hamrin’s death is not known, but the sad news plunged the football community into mourning. This was confirmed by, among others, the Swedish Football Association. “One of the greatest icons of Swedish football has left us.
Rest in peace, Kurt “Kurre” Hamrin,” they wrote in their farewell. The legendary forward played 32 matches for Sweden, scoring 17 goals. The news of his death also shook Italy, which is not surprising as Hamrin spent 15 years in Serie A. “President Commisso, his family, the board, and all of Fiorentina are united in the sorrow of the family and the entire football world due to the death of Kurt Hamrin, a football and Fiorentina legend, who holds the record for the most goals scored in purple colors,” Fiorentina wrote.
“Hamrin was and always will be a true legend for all football fans, especially Fiorentina fans,” they added. He was also bid farewell by, among others, Juventus, AC Milan, and Napoli, where he played. In November, Hamrin would have celebrated his 90th birthday.