Rune Börjesson

Rune Börjesson (5 April 1937 – 21 February 1996) was a Swedish professional footballer who played as a forward. He was the Allsvenskan top scorer in 1959 and 1960 while at Örgryte IS, and later played professionally in Serie A with Juventus and Palermo. He won 20 caps for the Sweden national team, scoring 17 goals.

Rune Börjesson
Harry Bild and Börjesson in 1959
Personal information
Full name Rune Börjesson
Date of birth (1937-04-05)5 April 1937
Place of birth Gothenburg, Sweden
Date of death 21 February 1996(1996-02-21) (aged 58)
Place of death Gothenburg, Sweden
Position(s) Forward
Youth career
–1951 Hovås IF
1951–1954 Örgryte IS
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1955–1961 Örgryte IS
1961–1963 Juventus 0 (0)
1961–1963Palermo (loan) 38 (10)
1963–1967 Örgryte IS
1968–? Hovås IF
National team
1955–1957 Sweden U21 3 (0)
1955–1958 Sweden B 2 (2)
1958–1961 Sweden 20 (17)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Club careerEdit

Early career and first stint at Örgryte ISEdit

Rune Börjesson started off his career with Hovås IF, before being signed by Örgryte IS at the age of 14.[1]

While at Örgryte, Börjesson formed a successful striker partnership with the prolific striker Agne Simonsson.[1] In 1955, Börjesson was awarded GT's Kristallkulan as the best player in West Sweden.[2]

During the 1957–58 Division 2 Västra Götaland season, Börjesson helped Örgryte win promotion to Allsvenskan for the first time in 19 years by scoring a total of 40 goals.[1] In his first ever Allsvenskan season, Börjesson finished as the Allsvenskan top scorer with 21 goals, as Örgryte claimed a respectable fourth position in the 1959 table.[3] The following season Börjesson yet again finished as the league's top scorer with 24 goals, helping his team finish third.[4]

Serie AEdit

Börjesson signed with the Italian Serie A team Juventus after the 1961 Allsvenskan season but was quickly loaned out to Palermo where he spent two seasons, playing in 38 games and scoring 10 goals.[1][5]

Return to Örgryte and retirementEdit

Börjesson returned to Örgryte in 1963 after his stint in Italy and was reunited with his former striker partner Agne Simonsson, who had returned from a spell in La Liga with Real Madrid and Real Sociedad.[1] He left Örgryte at the end of the 1967 Allsvenskan season to round up his career with his boyhood club Hovås IF.[1]

Börjesson scored a total of 91 goals in 125 Allsvenskan games during his two stints at Örgryte IS.[1] In all divisions for Örgryte, he scored a total of 202 league goals, which puts him second behind Agne Simonsson for most league goals of all time for Örgryte.[6]

International careerEdit

Börjesson started his international career with the Sweden U21 team, representing them in three games.[7] Prior to making his senior debut, he also represented the Sweden B team twice, scoring two goals.[7]

Börjesson eventually made his international senior debut for Sweden in a home game against Norway on 14 September 1958, in which he also scored his first international goal.[1] He played for Sweden in their unsuccessful 1962 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, but never appeared in a major tournament.[7] He won a total of 20 caps for Sweden, scoring 17 goals.[8]

Career statisticsEdit


Appearances and goals by national team and year[7]

National team Year Apps Goals
Sweden 1958 2 2
1959 6 5
1960 6 6
1961 6 4
Total 20 17


Örgryte IS



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  2. ^ "LISTA: Här är alla vinnare av Kristallkulan". (in Swedish). Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Allsvenskan i Fotboll 1959". Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Allsvenskan i Fotboll 1960". Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  5. ^ "Swedish Players and Coaches in Italy since 1945". Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  6. ^ "Flest seriemål". (in Swedish). Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  7. ^ a b c d "Rune Börjesson - Spelarstatistik - Svensk fotboll". (in Swedish). Retrieved 16 June 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ "Sveriges landslagsmän 1908-2017". Svensk Fotboll.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ "Stora Grabbars Märke - Svensk fotboll". (in Swedish). Retrieved 24 February 2021.