At the age of 79, Bengt “Bengan” Johansson, the most successful handball coach in Swedish history, died after a long illness.
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Bengt “Bengan” Johansson.
The local handball association informed about it on Monday, according to which the coach’s contribution to both Swedish and world handball cannot be sufficiently appreciated.
“One of the biggest coaching figures of all time has left us,” said social media supporters.
Johansson led the Swedish men’s team from 1988 to 2004. Under his baton, the “Bengan Boys” won the World Championship twice (1990 and 1999) and triumphed four times at the European Championships (1994, 1998, 2000 and 2002).
They added silver three times at the Olympic Games (1992, 1996 and 2000), the DPA agency recalled.
In his playing career between 1964 and 1972, he presented himself in 83 national team matches and was also present at the Munich Olympics. He won five championship titles on the HK Drott bench.