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 Hasse JEPPSON 1949-1955 
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Name: Hans Erik Johan Jeppsson

Nickname: "Hasse Guldfot"


Country: :SWE: Sweden
Clubs: Djurgårdens IF (1949-1951), Charlton Athletic F.C. (1951), Atalanta B.C. (1951-1952), S.S.C. Napoli (1952-1955)
Position: *CF
Side: RF/BS
Age: 24-30 years (10/05/1925)

Height: 180 cm
Weight: 70 kg

Attack: 90
Defence: 35
Balance: 88
Stamina: 79
Top Speed: 84
Acceleration: 82
Response: 86
Agility: 80
Dribble Accuracy: 81
Dribble Speed: 77
Short Pass Accuracy: 74
Short Pass Speed: 71
Long Pass Accuracy: 70
Long Pass Speed: 72
Shot Accuracy: 85
Shot Power: 88
Shot Technique: 93
Free Kick Accuracy: 68
Curling: 69
Header: 86
Jump: 91
Technique: 83
Aggression: 90
Mentality/Tenacity: 75
Goalkeeper Skills: 50
Team Work: 78

Injury Tolerance: B
Condition/Fitness: 6
Weak Foot Accuracy: 6
Weak Foot Frequency: 6
Growth type: Early Peak

P15: Goal Poacher
S01: Reaction
S03: 1-on-1 Finish

SPECIAL ABILITIES: Positioning - Scoring - Lines - Centre - Reaction - 1on1 Scoring

Attack / Defence Awareness Card: Attack Minded


Hasse Jeppson is former Swedish striker and the world's most expensive player in 50's. Player with great physical attributes (he also played tennis and was among the 10 best players in the country, later in Italy he beat even famous German Davis Cup player), very strong player with good speed and footwork. Jeppson was known also for scoring impossible goals and missing the most easiest chances. He was good in air as well thanks to his great leap which also enabled him to score many acrobatic goals, anyway he said of todays players the most similar to him is Bobo Vieri. He began his career with Djurgårdens IF, transferring to Charlton Athletic where he played 11 matches in 1951, before moving to Italy to join Atalanta (1951-1952). Only one Swede had played league football in England before, Dan Ekner, a centre-forward who made a handful of appearances for Portsmouth as they retained their First Division title in 1949-50. Jeppson, the captain of a Swedish team who had shocked Italy 3-2 in their opening game at the 1950 Brazil World Cup, made a much bigger splash. When he arrived at The Valley – on amateur terms because he was only in town to further his business studies – Charlton were in the mire at the wrong end of the First Division. (Jeppson knew who they were because a family friend – Bjorn Borg's father – had starting supporting them during a 1938 tour to Sweden). When he departed less than 12 weeks later, they were safe. A few months later Jeppson turned professional, and on the back of his exploits in London secured a lucrative move to Italy with Atalanta. He received a signing-on fee of £18,000, which was Beckhamesque money in the Fifties. Later he moved to Napoli for a world record 107 million lira (£70,000). Charlton's transformation during Jeppson's sojourn was extraordinary. He played only 11 league games but scored nine league goals, including a hat-trick at Highbury against Arsenal. He remains one of an élite band to have achieved that feat. He still has the match ball, signed by the Arsenal manager, Tom Whittaker, at his summer house outside Gothenburg. He also scored vital winning goals against Sheffield Wednesday (an 89th-minute strike on his debut), Liverpool and Chelsea. He scored two against Wolves in a 3-2 win and four in a 5-1 friendly win over West Ham. When he returned to Sweden end at the end of March 1951, Charlton's chairman, Stanley Gliksten, had become so enamoured with the "Handsome Swede" that he tried to charter a helicopter to whisk him away from his final game. He failed, but instead paid 30 guineas to transport him in a launch along the Thames to Tilbury docks, where he boarded the Swedish ship, Suecia, that would take him home. The scoreline of Arsenal 2 Charlton 5 still holds pride of place in the Valley annals. Arsenal had not conceded five at home since 1928 nor had any visiting player scored a hat-trick at Highbury in a London League derby. That Jeppson was an amateur in the most professional league in the world only added to the sense of what the Daily Star called a "football fairytale". Though a member of the Swedish team which had shocked Italy with a 3-2 victory in the opening group game of the 1950 World Cup in Brazil and a player of considerable stature, Jeppson had only been sent to London by his company to improve his English.
In the spring of 1951 Jeppson returned to his old club, Djurgaardens, in Stockholm with his reputation and his grasp of the English vernacular considerably enhanced. Shortly after, he went to Atalanta, scoring 22 goals in his only season, before being transferred to Napoli for a world record fee of 105m lire (pounds 60,375) where his goals bolstered a moderate side for four years. There was one final move to Torino, then retirement to an equally successful career as a businessman. He made his debut as October 28, 1951, in Como-Atalanta 1-0 (game where he made his first goal in Italy, helping the team to leave the third last position in the standings: at the end of the season will reach Bergamo to twelfth place in the standings and fourth in his scorer, scoring against Napoli, inter alia, January 27, 1952 in Atalanta-Napoli 2-4 and May 11, 1952 in Milan-Atalanta 4-4. The excellent debut (22 goals), though marked by an initial lack of form, it triggers an auction won by Napoli (beating Inter and wood [1]) that, in trying to set up a team to Scudetto - Vitali also buys and the following year Bugatti - and cement the electoral support for Achille Lauro (owner of the team and then also the mayor of the city), then hires him to stratospheric figure of one hundred and five million of lira: a sum paid by the due dell'ingente Naples in 1952, the Neapolitan fans called it 'or bench' and Napule (Banco di Napoli), as if to emphasize that alone was worth what the entire share capital of the important financial institution. In Naples, where he immediately became an idol of the fans, Jeppson remains until 1956, 52 goals and duets with the likes of strikers Amedeo Amadei and Luis Vinicio. The team, despite the conditions he managed to be competitive only in the first year, when in season 1952-1953, while the fourth came in the years following the ranking worse . To worsen the situation contributed to a difficult relationship with President Lauro and his desire to move to the most successful team like Juventus and Inter. Jeppson's career ended in 1957 after one season with the jersey of Turin, in which wins the affection of the fans with a shotgun shell in the Derby della Mole of March 17, 1957 won 4-1. The top shell, which at the end of the season came 7th in the league, was the last of his career, having already decided long ago to retire at the end of that season to not show a decay of his athletics, however, the satisfaction of scoring, 19 May 1957, a goal to Milan a few weeks later, completed the league, he would have won the championship. He made his debut in June of 1949, for one of three goals in the first Swedish victory against England, next year is part of the team that competed in the World Cup in Brazil, where his only two goals against Italy in the opening game. At the end of the national tournament Scandinavian finished on the third place, a result which will be improved only 8 years after, when they organized the World Cup at home.

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