Sven Nilsson (footballer)

Sven Nilsson (15 June 1909 – 5 March 1983) was a Swedish football player and manager. He is most famous for being Malmö FF's manager during their first Championship season in 1944. Nilsson's son Bertil Nilsson is a former football player who himself played 342 matches for Malmö FF.

Sven Nilsson
Personal information
Full name Sven Nilsson
Date of birth (1909-06-15)15 June 1909
Place of birth Sweden
Date of death 5 March 1983(1983-03-05) (aged 73)
Position(s) Centre Back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1931–1940 Malmö FF 172 (3)
National team
1937 Sweden 1 (0)
Teams managed
1944 Malmö FF
1945–1947 Malmö FF
1950 Malmö FF
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Player careerEdit

Nilsson played 302 matches in total (of which 172 were league matches) for Malmö FF and was one of the players who were banned in 1934 when the club was caught paying their players which was against the rules at the time. He was capped for Sweden once in a World Cup qualifier in Hamburg in 1937. Nilssons international career ended as he was called into the military as WWII raged through Europe.

Manager careerEdit

After his player career Nilsson coached Malmö FF during three different periods. He was manager of the club in 1944 when they won their first Swedish Championship. Nilsson was also manager of the club from 1945–1947 and in 1950 between managers.

Honours as managerEdit

Malmö FF


  • Malmström, Håkan (2010). 100 MFF:ARE. Sydsvenska Dagbladets AB. p. 170. ISBN 978-91-85319-71-8.