Wednesday October 29 2014
Ingesson loses cancer battle

Former Bari, Bologna and Lecce midfielder Klas Ingesson has died at the age of 46, after a long battle with cancer.

Ingesson was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2009, a type of bone marrow cancer for which there is no cure.

The former midfielder won 57 caps for Sweden representing his country at the 1990 and 1994 World Cups.

Known as ‘Klabbe’ to Sweden fans, Ingesson also spent many years in Italy, enjoying successful spells with Bari and Bologna.

Ingesson played over 150 games for the two sides between 1996 and 2000, representing Bologna in the UEFA Cup, having won the Intertoto Cup to qualify. The Swede then had brief stints at Marseille and Lecce before retiring.

After initially struggling to deal with retirement - Ingesson told the Guardian in May this year that he even missed late-night calls from journalists - a move into management followed.

The former Sheffield Wednesday and PSV player took charge of Swedish side IF Elfsborg last year, whom he continued to manage until his death, having previously commented he would ‘continue until all is finished’.

The 45-year-old’s death was announced by the club this morning.  Ingesson is survived by his wife Veronica and two sons.

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