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Orvar Bergmark

Swedish footballer and manager

Died when: 73 years 176 days (881 months)
Star Sign: Scorpio


Orvar Bergmark

Orvar Bergmark (16 November 1930 – 10 May 2004) was a Swedish football defender, manager and bandy player.He was the second Swedish national manager ever, and managed to qualify the Swedish national football team for the FIFA World Cup in Mexico 1970, after having beaten France (among others) in the qualifications.

The 1970 World Cup was the first one in 12 years, and it was also the first time in 20 years that Sweden had qualified for a World Cup. (Sweden hosted the 1958 FIFA World Cup, and hence did not need to qualify.) Sweden did not qualify for the World Cups in 1954, 1962 and 1966).

In 1952 he took part in the Olympic Bandy tournament.In Mexico, Sweden had to face the becoming runners-up, Italy, in their first game, and lost 0–1.

The Italian squad included Roberto Boninsegna, Gianni Rivera, Luigi Riva, Giacinto Facchetti and Dino Zoff.In the second game, Israel did not seem too difficult to beat.

But Sweden got a 1–1 draw.Then Sweden needed to beat Uruguay in the last group game with at least two goals.

Orvar Bergmark's squad only scored a single goal (in the last minute), and it all was over.Some of Orvar Bergmark's key players were Ove Grahn, Ove Kindvall, Hasse Selander, Tommy Svensson (who 24 years later would keep Orvars Bergmark's office, and led Sweden to a surprising bronze medal in the 1994 World Cup in the United States), Bosse Larsson and Roland Grip.

During the tournament, Sweden had a goal-keeping problem.Bergmark used the young Ronnie Hellström in the opening game against Italy, and was displeased with Hellström's performance when Italy scored.

The little less talented, but far more experienced Sven-Gunnar Larsson guarded the Swedish goal during the last two matches instead.

Orvar Bergmark left his office soon after the World Cup and was replaced by Georg "Åby" Ericson.Bergmark was not only a football player who won silver medals at the 1958 FIFA World Cup.

He was also an international bandy player, and won silver medals at that sport's World Cup also.He played his bandy for Örebro.

In 1980, he organized the first international tournament for bandy ladies.In Örebro, Sweden met Finland, Norway and Holland, and took the first prize.

Bergmark contracted Parkinson's disease around 1980, and died from that in 2004.

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