When Nacka Skoglund experienced one of the wonders of the earth and completely shocked his teammates: “What are you talking about?”

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Lennart “Nacka” Skoglund saw one of the seven wonders of the world.
Then he shocked his teammates with a clever question.
– What is your question about…, he sighed.

Sure, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrik Larsson in all their glory, but Swedish football has perhaps never seen a bigger ball conjurer than Lennart “Nacka” Skoglund. When the WC 1990 was to be drawn in Rome, Italy, they went through highlights from the very biggest events during every previously played championship. When you got to 1958, many people were waiting for pictures of Pelé, the 18-year-old who won gold with his Brazil, but instead it was a blonde slob who appeared.

A real showman

Or, “the swaying ear of corn”, if you will. Nacka Skoglund was the artist who really flew forward on the football field. He was never afraid to put on a show, and he did so most of the time, both on and off the field. Neck is the very definition of “juggling with the rag”, and during his career his ball-wielding led to games in big clubs such as Inter, Sampdoria and Palermo.

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©SCANPIX SWEDEN, 1900. Lennart Nacka Skoglund, legendary soccer player. Photo: Scanpix Code: 20360

But it wasn’t just on the field that Nacka was entertaining. He was a player even in private, a showman who wanted everyone around him to feel good. And he was not particularly concerned about himself, and he did not look very wide-eyed at the great world. There is a clear example of that. According to Svenska Dagbladet, in a text that was written about Nacka in connection with the day he would have turned 60, Nacka is said to have been in Rome during his time in Italy with one of his Italian club teams. The team drove past the Colosseum, a mighty play that was completed somewhere around 80 AD.

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“What is your question about?”

Many had been impressed by the mighty building, which since 2007 has been considered one of the seven wonders of the world, but not Nacka. Instead, he wondered what kind of lump of clay it really was with big holes in it. He turned to a teammate, and said:

– What is your question about? Have no stealers?

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050911 Soccer, WC, 1958, Souvenir. Lennart Nacka Skoglund © Bildbyrån – 28207

Whether Lennart Skoglund knew which building it was about, or whether he simply just wanted to offer one of his classic lifts, we leave it unsaid. In any case, it is clear that few players have been as popular as Nacka. A showman, who always offered the little extra. Both with the feet and with the snout.

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