Last surviving player from 1958 World Cup final dies at 89


Kurt Hamrin, the sole surviving player from the 1958 World Cup final, passed away at the age of 89.

The Swedish midfielder, who predominantly played in Italy throughout his career, netted 17 goals in 32 matches for his national team.

Hamrin, nicknamed Kurre, participated in the 1958 World Cup final on home turf, where Sweden suffered a 5-2 defeat against Brazil.

“Swedish football has lost one of its greats,” said the Swedish football federation.

“It wasn’t just the track record, the goals, the passes and the hard work on the right wing that made ‘Kurre’ a legend who was never forgotten. He was a loyal and popular person wherever he played.

“Swedish football remembers Kurre Hamrin with great warmth and gratitude. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones right now.”

In the 1958 World Cup, Hamrin contributed goals for Sweden in the quarter-final against the Soviet Union and the semi-final against West Germany. However, they faced defeat in the final against Brazil, which boasted players like Pele, Garrincha, and Mario Zagallo.

The pinnacle of Hamrin’s club career occurred in 1969 when he secured the European Cup with AC Milan, defeating Ajax 4-1. This marked the second of the club’s seven victories in the competition.

Throughout his tenures with AC Milan, Fiorentina, Juventus, Padova, and Napoli, Hamrin scored a total of 190 goals in Serie A, placing him ninth in the league’s all-time scoring charts.