Sven Rydell

Sven Åke Albert Rydell (14 January 1905 – 4 April 1975) was a Swedish footballer who played as a forward. He was the all-time leading scorer for the Swedish national team until 4 September 2014, when Zlatan Ibrahimović overtook him by scoring his 50th international goal. However, he holds the record of scoring nine hat-tricks for Sweden.[1]

Sven Rydell
Sven Rydell 1924.jpg
Rydell in 1924
Personal information
Full name Sven Åke Albert Rydell
Date of birth (1905-01-14)14 January 1905
Place of birth Göteborg, Sweden
Date of death 4 April 1975(1975-04-04) (aged 70)
Place of death Göteborg, Sweden
Playing position(s) Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1920–1924 Holmens IS 37 (38)
1924–1930 Örgryte IS 179 (122)
1930–1931 Redbergslids IK 20 (10)
1931–1934 Örgryte IS 24 (20)
National team
1929 Sweden B 1 (1)
1923–1932 Sweden 43 (49)
Teams managed
1934–1935 Örgryte IS
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Football careerEdit

Rydell played in the 1920s and 30s, and scored 49 goals in only 43 matches for the Swedish national team.[2] His 49 goals stood as the national record for over 80 years. Because his career spanned the nascent years of international football, he never got a chance to play in the World Cup; his only appearance at the world stage came in the 1924 Summer Olympics, at which Sweden won a bronze medal.[3] At club level, Rydell played for Örgryte IS, Redbergslids IK, and Holmens IS.[4]

Rydell won the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal in 1931.

Personal lifeEdit

Rydell's daughter Eva represented Sweden as a gymnast in the 1960 and 1964 Olympics.[5] Sven died on 4 April 1975. He is buried at Östra kyrkogården in Gothenburg.

Career statisticsEdit

International goalsEdit

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 20 June 1923 Gävle, Sweden   Finland 5–4 Won Friendly
2. 16 September 1923 Oslo, Norway   Norway 3–2 Won Friendly
3, 4, 5. 18 May 1924 Stockholm, Sweden   Poland 5–1 Won Friendly
6, 7, 8. 29 May 1924 Paris, France   Belgium 8–1 Won 1924 Summer Olympics
9. 1 June 1924 Paris, France   Egypt 5–0 Won 1924 Summer Olympics
10, 11. 9 June 1924 Paris, France   Netherlands 3–1 Won 1924 Summer Olympics
12, 13. 15 June 1924 Copenhagen, Denmark   Denmark 3–2 Won Nordic Championship
14, 15, 16, 17. 29 June 1924 Stockholm, Sweden   Egypt 5–0 Won Friendly
18, 19, 20. 21 September 1924 Stockholm, Sweden   Norway 6–1 Won Nordic Championship
21. 5 July 1925 Stockholm, Sweden   Austria 2–4 Loss Friendly
22, 23. 12 July 1925 Stockholm, Sweden   Hungary 6–2 Won Friendly
24, 25, 26, 27. 23 August 1925 Oslo, Norway   Norway 7–3 Won Nordic Championship
28, 29. 9 June 1926 Stockholm, Sweden   Norway 3–2 Won Nordic Championship
30. 3 April 1927 Brussels, Belgium   Belgium 1–2 Loss Friendly
31, 32, 33. 29 May 1927 Stockholm, Sweden   Latvia 12–0 Won Friendly
34, 35, 36. 26 June 1927 Oslo, Norway   Norway 5–3 Won Nordic Championship
37. 6 November 1927 Zürich, Switzerland    Switzerland 2–2 Drew Friendly
38. 7 October 1928 Copenhagen, Denmark   Denmark 1–3 Loss Nordic Championship
39, 40, 41. 9 June 1929 Stockholm, Sweden   Netherlands 6–2 Won Friendly
42. 28 July 1929 Malmö, Sweden   Latvia 10–0 Won Friendly
43, 44. 28 June 1931 Stockholm, Sweden   Denmark 3–1 Won Nordic Championship
45. 26 July 1931 Västerås, Sweden   Latvia 6–0 Won Friendly
46. 8 November 1931 Budapest, Hungary   Hungary 1–3 Loss Friendly
47, 48, 49. 16 May 1932 Stockholm, Sweden   Finland 7–1 Won Friendly

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "National football team individual records and stats". eu-football.info. Retrieved 9 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Sven Rydell – Goals in International Matches". Rsssf.com. 26 May 2001. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Sven Rydell Biography and Olympic Results | Olympics at". Sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
  4. ^ Sven Rydell. Swedish Olympic Committee
  5. ^ "Ewa Rydell Biography and Olympic Results | Olympics at". Sports-reference.com. 26 February 1942. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 25 November 2011.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Johan Richthoff
Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal
1931
Succeeded by
Ivar Johansson