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 Kurt HAMRIN 1959-1965 & 1967-1969 
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Name: Kurt Roland Hamrin

Nickname: "Uccellino"


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Country: :SWE: Sweden
Club: ACF Fiorentina
Position: *WF, CF
Side: RF/RS
Age: 25-31 years (19/11/1934)

Height: 169 cm
Weight: 69 kg

Attack: 91
Defence: 38
Balance: 77
Stamina: 80
Top Speed: 87
Acceleration: 98
Response: 86
Agility: 93
Dribble Accuracy: 93
Dribble Speed: 90
Short Pass Accuracy: 79
Short Pass Speed: 75
Long Pass Accuracy: 80
Long Pass Speed: 77
Shot Accuracy: 91
Shot Power: 78
Shot Technique: 89
Free Kick Accuracy: 67
Curling: 75
Header: 76
Jump: 79
Technique: 89
Aggression: 93
Mentality: 80
Keeper Skills: 50
Team Work: 77

Injury Tolerance: B
Condition/Fitness: 7
Weak Foot Accuracy: 5
Weak Foot Frequency: 4
Growth Type: Early Lasting


CARDS:
P05: Trickster
P06: Speed Merchant
P12: Incisive Run
S01: Reaction
S03: 1-on-1 Finish
S05: 1-touch Play

SPECIAL ABILITIES: Dribbling - Tactical Dribble - Reaction - Side - 1on1 Scoring - 1 touch Pass

Attack / Defence Awareness Card: Attack Minded


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The best player in history of football...

Kurt Hamrin, who was known in Italy as ‘l’uccellino’ - the little bird - was one of Serie A’s great players of the 1950s and 60s. He was also one of the finest footballers Sweden has ever produced. He was fast and direct, sturdy, skilful and courageous with superb powers of dribbling and acceleration, fantastic opportunist and brillant finisher. He was also blessed with a centre forward’s nose for goal and explosive reflexes, only Filippo Inzaghi could react quicker than Hamrin in whole Serie A history. Hamrin's speed in first 5-6 meters was unbelievable, surpassing human capacities and was never seen before or after Kurt Hamrin. His tricks were legendary, he could do everything with the ball, many times embarassing his markers.

Despite being a winger, Hamrin nearly always challenged for the title of Serie A capocannoniere. Born in 1934 he began his career with local side AIK Stockholm in 1952. Hamrin was a product of one of Sweden’s ‘Stars of the Future’ courses which were devised to replace the talent leaving the country following Sweden’s triumph at the 1948 Olympic Games in London. The policy was a huge success. Apart from Hamrin the courses also produced Skoglund, Axbom, Parling and Borjesson, all players who starred in the Swedish side that reached the World Cup Final in 1958. Hamrin’s displays for AIK - he scored an incredible 54 in 62 matches - naturally caught the attention of Italian clubs. In the 1950s Swedish players were all the rage in Italy. Gunnar Nordahl, a prolific striker, and Nils Liedholm, a graceful midfield player, had both joined Milan. Skoglund, a mercurial left winger, had gone to Inter. Selmosson, a talented striker known as the ‘Ray of Moonlight,’ signed for Udinese. Gustavsson, a hard defender joined Atalanta and Jeppson, an elegant forward, was a star at Napoli.

Hamrin’s destination in 1956 was Juventus, but he had an injury spoiled time in Turin. After scoring 5 goals in opening 4 matches of season, he got injured. He was part of a mediocre Juve side, the Bianconeri finishing a disappointing ninth. Not surprisingly there was a clearout. Two new forwards, Omar Sivori and John Charles arrived and Hamrin, after just one season with Juve, was offloaded to Padova who were then managed by Nereo Rocco who would later win trophies galore at Milan. It proved an inspired move for Hamrin. Virtually everyone had tipped little Padova for the drop. "Words, words, nothing but words. What the newspapers write, we should take no notice of," Rocco told his players. The Coach built a robust and well-amalgamated side with Hamrin forming a sublime understanding with the Argentine playmaker Rosa and striker Brighenti.

The men from Veneto finished third, thanks mainly to Hamrin’s goals and that summer he returned - understandably on a high - to his native Sweden to take part in the World Cup. The winger made his international bow in 1956 but after joining Juventus where he turned professional, he forfeited his place in the national side since only amateurs could play for Sweden. However, on the eve of the 1958 Finals, this rule was relaxed by the Swedish FA - no doubt to improve Sweden’s chances on home soil. Hamrin emerged as one of the stars of that World Cup, coming into his own in the quarter-final against Russia and the semi-final against West Germany. Against the Russians he unleashed his full armoury of tricks, dummying both ways and accelerating past his markers. The Swedes won 2-0 with Hamrin heading the first and setting up the second, beating three men before cutting the ball back to the grateful Simonsson. One journalist describing this match said: "It was though Hamrin had launched a personal blitzkrieg."

Against the ruthless Germans he was once again Sweden’s danger man, tormenting his marker, full-back Juskowiak, time and time again. The defender became so wound up that when Hamrin - who, wrote the English journalist Brian Glanville, bore his way through the German defence "like an inspired mole" - fouled him 12 minutes into the second half, he lost his temper and retaliated, resulting in him being sent off. With the Germans down to 10 men Sweden won 3-1 with Hamrin scoring the third a minute from time. It was arguably the best individual goal of the competition. Receiving the ball he began to trundle with it towards the touchline "like a man stricken by temporary amnesia," wrote Glanville. Then he suddenly came alive, beating one man, then a second and a third before slipping the ball past German goalkeeper Herkenrath. Sweden were in the Final where they faced Brazil, but couldn't make the final step forward and lost the game 5-2.

By now Hamrin was a Fiorentina player, signed by Coach Fulvio Bernadini to replace the Brazilian winger Julinho who had returned to Brazil. Julinho’s were big boots to fill but the Swede proved a sensation in Florence, scoring 26 goals in his first season and another 26 in his second. By the time he left for Milan in 1967 he had become Fiorentina’s record scorer with 150 goals. It was only surpassed by Gabriel Batistuta in the 1999-2000 season. Sadly, Hamrin never won the capocannoniere title. Twice he finished second, to Juventus’ Sivori in 1960 and to Bologna’s Nielsen in 1964. He came close to winning Lo Scudetto with Fiorentina on three occasions, in 1959, 1960 and 1962 although he did help the Viola win the first ever Cup-Winners’ Cup in 1961 against Glasgow Rangers. In 1967 his love affair with Florence ended. He was transferred to Milan, to be reunited with Rocco, in exchange for the Brazilian star Amarildo. "They must have been crazy to let him Hamrin go, absolutely crazy," Rocco later remarked.

It was with the Rossoneri that Hamrin won most silverware, picking up another Cup-Winners’ Cup medal as well as Lo Scudetto in 1968, followed by the European Cup the following year. Hamrin, even though he was now well into his 30s, offered Milan more options and he eased the attacking burden from playmaker Gianni Rivera and striker Pierino Prati. As the late Rocco himself said: "Yes, we have Rivera and Prati but this would not be enough without Hamrin. Any team with brains in their heads could plug the centre just by bringing an extra forward back into the penalty area. But with Hamrin we have two options, wing play and centre play. All right, so Hamrin is past his best but then his best was fantastic. Show me a better winger in Italy, if not Europe."

Rocco had coached Milan’s European Cup-winning side of 1963 but reckoned the class of 1969 were better. "Hamrin, I think, tilts the balance between this team and that one," he explained after the second European Cup triumph. He was released by Milan after that terrific 4-1 victory over Ajax in Madrid’s Estadio Bernabeu and he ended his career with Napoli, finally retiring in 1971. He still lives in Florence and the now portly Hamrin can often be spotted at Fiorentina’s home matches.


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Joined: Mon Jun 09, 2014 7:26 pm
Posts: 1314
Name: Kurt Roland Hamrin

Nickname: "La faina" , "Uccellino"

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Country: :SWE: Sweden
Club: A.C. Milan
Number: 7
Position: *WF , CF
Side: RF/BS
Age: 33-35 years (19/11/1934)

Height: 169 cm
Weight: 69 kg

Attack: 86
Defence: 39
Balance: 72
Stamina: 78
Top Speed: 87
Acceleration: 89
Response: 85
Agility: 88
Dribble Accuracy: 87
Dribble Speed: 90
Short Pass Accuracy: 79
Short Pass Speed: 75
Long Pass Accuracy: 80
Long Pass Speed: 77
Shot Accuracy: 85
Shot Power: 78
Shot Technique: 82
Free Kick Accuracy: 77
Curling: 78
Header: 75
Jump: 72
Technique: 85
Aggression: 87
Mentality: 80
Goalkeeper Skills: 50
Team Work: 68

Injury Tolerance: B
Condition: 5
Weak Foot Accuracy: 6
Weak Foot Frequency: 5
Consistency: 5

SPECIAL ABILITIES: Dribbling , Positioning , Reaction , Side , 1-Touch Pass , Outside

CARDS:
P10 - Incisive Run
S01 - Marauding
S05 - 1-Touch Play
S06 - Outside Curve

Dribble Style: 1
Free Kick Style: 1
Growth type: Standard/Lasting
Attack/Defence Awareness Card: Attack-Minded


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