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'Roland Nilsson stole my goal': Tomas Brolin

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 3 Feb 2010, 15:12

Published: 03 Feb 2010 15:12 GMT+01:00

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"Roland Nilsson stole a goal," Brolin told Sveriges Television's morning programme on Wednesday.

Brolin claimed that in a match against Norway in 1991 he in fact scored the 1-1 equaliser and not, as the records show, former Sheffield Wednesday and Coventry full back Roland Nilsson.

"He shot at my back, it changed the direction of the ball and tricked the goalkeeper. You can see that my team mates came over to congratulate me," Brolin said.

Tomas Brolin argued that it was no secret that he and the Swedish media did not see eye to eye at the time and claimed that they did not want to see him given credit for the goal.

"I couldn't be bothered to make a fuss. At that time, 'Rolle' had not scored in any of his matches for Sweden so I figured I couldn't take it away."

Roland Nilsson later scored a further goal for Sweden and so Brolin thinks the time has come to put the record straight.

The television footage of the match clearly shows that Nilsson's long speculative shot from outside of the penalty box deflects off Brolin and into the corner of the Norwegian goal.

Brolin gains support in his claims from Tommy Wahlsten, a Swedish football historian who told SVT:

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"The person who touches the ball last is usually counted as the goalscorer," Wahlsten confirmed.

Tomas Brolin is one of Sweden's top ten goalscorers of all time, with the highlight of an injury-plagued career coming in the 1994 World Cup in the USA when Sweden qualified for the semi-finals.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

17:13 February 3, 2010 by peropaco
Whats up Tommy boy. Seems like you shed a bit of greese. What's cooking dude? Fading away like a dull battery hence looking to gain some attention?
17:21 February 3, 2010 by StockholmSam
Nice, peropaco...by the way, what have you done lately?
17:39 February 3, 2010 by peropaco
Volunteered by time to MSF.. How about you? Some of the usual I presume? Good boy..
19:26 February 3, 2010 by Mzungu
Vaguely remember the headline of an English tabloid on Brolin. Similar too, "Overpaid,Overweight and Over here!"

*sums up the latter years*
19:28 February 3, 2010 by Nuname
Former Sheffield Wednesday full back.
19:29 February 3, 2010 by t-br
Tommy Wahlsten says that the last one to touch the ball is considered to be goalscoarer?

That means that a lot (!!!) of goalkeepers are scoring against their own team...

Yes, this shot was diverted, but nowhere near intentionally by Brolin. Goal was/is/will be (imho) by Roland Nilsson.
19:41 February 3, 2010 by Beavis
Leeds reject it should read..

Went back to plan in goal for Hudiksvalls in the Swedish 2nd division league after Palace (not Wednesday) was the only place he could still play.

Remember a guy in work claimed credit for my work. It was 10 years ago. Should I go back and get it changed for the record? No.. Move on fat boy..
19:48 February 3, 2010 by howoldareyou
Goodness Peter Thackstone was credited with my goal in the Croydon primary school league in 1955 in the same circumstances. I wonder if I would be in Sweden had justice been done
21:22 February 3, 2010 by sissygirl
That's gotta suck
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