20-years-old, delicate and obviously blond, just like any proper Swede. Lennart Skoglund arrived in Milan in 1950 and immediately became known ‘Nacka’ after his home neighbourhood in Stockholm. He had an emotional relationship with the ball, they simply understand one another. He also got along with his teammates Benito Lorenzi and István Nyers, as the three of them built an explosive attacking trident.
It was the time of the “Milano da bere”, the swinging city, when people wanted to put the recent war behind them and enjoy themselves. It was a dangerous place too, one which could tempt fragile characters like Nacka and lead them astray. But if his personality had a dark side, it didn’t show on the pitch. Skoglund, won two consecutive Scudetti in 1953 and 1954, and he was described as a technically gifted player, with great dribbling and two quick feet. He was quick and precise and knew how to show it through a special bet that he never lost. People said that he could juggle a 100 Lire coin, with his right heel first, then with his left one before flicking it into his jacket pocket.
He played his last game for Inter in 1959, against Bari. Simply put, he died too young, at just 45 in 1975. But, the black and blue half of Milan never forgot about him. There is a bar in via Lorenteggio which still carries his name. It belongs to his sons Evert and Giorgio. On the wall, an enlarged black and white photo still reminds everybody of who Lennart ‘Nacka’ Skoglund was.