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Sweden and AC Milan great Liedholm dies

sports Updated: Nov 06, 2007 20:43 IST

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Former Sweden and AC Milan great Nils Liedholm died in the Italian town of Cuccaro on Monday, aged 85.

"Heaven makes room for Nils Liedholm," AC Milan said on their Web site (www.acmilan.com).

"Maestro of irony, a true, irreplaceable soccer champion, a winning, innovative coach. Milan, like the rest of the soccer world, bows to the figure of the great Swede."

Liedholm was a member of the Sweden side that won the 1948 Olympic title and also captained the 1958 World Cup final team which lost to Brazil.

The midfielder won four Italian titles in the 1950s with Milan where he was part of the famous "Gre-No-Li" Swedish trio along with Gunnar Gren and Gunnar Nordahl.

Liedholm went on to have a successful coaching career, winning the Serie A crown with Milan in 1979 and AS Roma in 1983. He also led the Rome club to the 1984 European Cup final which they lost to Liverpool on penalties.

His funeral will take place in Cuccaro on Thursday.