Ove Kindvall

Bengt Ove Kindvall (born 16 May 1943) is a Swedish former professional footballer who played as a striker. He started his career at IFK Norrköping, where he played until he joined Feyenoord in 1966 and became professional. The same year, he won the Guldbollen, as the best Swedish footballer of the year. He is regarded as one of Sweden's greatest ever players.[1] A full international between 1966 and 1974, he won 43 caps and scored 16 goals for the Sweden national team. He represented his country at the 1970 and 1974 FIFA World Cups.

Ove Kindvall
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Kindvall with Sweden during the 1974 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Bengt Ove Kindvall
Date of birth (1943-05-16) 16 May 1943 (age 78)
Place of birth Norrköping, Sweden
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
IFK Norrköping
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962–1966 IFK Norrköping 84 (70)
1966–1971 Feyenoord 144 (129)
1971–1975 IFK Norrköping 94 (30)
1975–1977 IFK Göteborg 58 (30)
Total 344 (259)
National team
1966–1974 Sweden 43 (16)
Teams managed
1979–1980 IFK Göteborg (chairman)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Early lifeEdit

Kindvall with family in 1970

He is the father of former footballers Niclas Kindvall and Tina Kindvall,[2] and brother of Kaj Kindvall, a radio host.


With Feyenoord he won two national championships as well as the 1970 European Cup. In the final against Celtic he scored the winning goal in extra time. In his five seasons with the club, Kindvall scored 129 league goals in 144 games. He returned to Sweden and Norrköping 1971, where he played for three years, until ending his career in IFK Göteborg.

He was the first non-Dutchman to be named Eredivisie top scorer, doing so in 1968, 1969 and 1971. No other foreigner achieved this until Romário in 1989.

Kindvall played 43 games with the national team and scored 16 goals. He participated in the 1970 and 1974 FIFA World Cup, playing a major role in the team's qualification for the former.

Kindvall earned the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal in 1969, in that year, he was named as the fourth best player in Europe.[3]


IFK Norrköping




  1. ^ "Greatest players". gopeking.net (unofficial IFK Norrköping fansite). Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  2. ^ ""Sluta jämför med pappa"". 23 October 1997.
  3. ^ "European Footballer of the Year ("Ballon d'Or") 1969". RSSSF. Retrieved 15 March 2016.

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Preceded by Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal
Succeeded by