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Gunnar Andersson

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Full nameKarl Gunnar Andersson
Place of birthArvika, Sweden
Place of deathMarseille, France
Height1.75 m
Playing positionStriker

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Gunnar Andersson, (14 August 1928 1 October 1969) was a football player from Sweden. He is widely considered as one of Olympique de Marseille best strikers, along with Josip Skoblar and Jean-Pierre Papinby who?.

He started his career in Sweden were he was nicknamed Säffle, before playing for Danish side Kjøbenhavns Boldklub before being transferred to Olympique de Marseille, where he became a key player, scoring 169 goals in 220 matches in Division 1. With l'OM he was also Division 1 top goalscorer in 1951-1952 and 1952-1953 and runner-up in the Coupe de France 1953-1954.He also played for other French teams such as FC Girondins de Bordeaux or AS Aix.

Despite his success in France, he never played for the Sweden national football team because of a policy not to select players based outside Sweden, such as Andersson and Gunnar Nordahl. However, as obtained French citizenship in 1954, he was capped once for the France B team, but was disappointing and was never called again.

He died in 1969, as he was heading to Stade Vélodrome, to see a match against Dukla Prague in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1969-70. He remains today one of the best players to wear l'OM uniform and one of the most appreciated by supporters.

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