Leif Engqvist

Leif Engqvist ( born July 30, 1962 in Dalby ) is a former Swedish football player. The midfielder and striker, who participated with the Swedish national team at the 1990 World Cup, won with Malmö FF twice the Swedish championship title.


Career at Malmö FF and title wins

Engqvist began his career at Lunds BK, where he went through the various youth teams. On the side of the later national player Roger Ljung of offensive players missed the club at the end of the second division season in 1984 as Table Thirteenth relegation. Here, the duo had - Engqvist had distinguished himself particularly by five goals in a game against IFK Malmö - made ​​higher class attention and after Engqvist had signed a contract with Malmö FF, the four years younger team-mate moved also to the club in the Allsvenskan.

Under coach Roy Hodgson, who replaced as coach before the season 1985 Tord Grip, Engqvist initially fluctuated between starting lineup and bench, contributing only sporadically to reach the championship finals as the leader in. In the semi-final matches against IFK Göteborg, he came on as a substitute for each use, but the resignation could not prevent two defeats. In the new season Hodgson pointed him to a place in the midfield of the team. As a regular player on the side of Hans Borg, Lasse Larsson, Jonas Thern and Ingemar Erlandsson he repeated with the club the first place in the standings at the end of the season, with seven goals this season, he was next to Björn Nilsson behind Larsson 's second best club internal scorer. Although a goal is scored it remained in the final denied after wins over IFK Norrköping in the semifinals he was in the final two games against AIK and won with the team the von Rosen's Cup as a Swedish national champion. In addition, with the success in the National Cup succeeded in winning the double. Due to the successes, Engqvist had played in the course of 1986 to NotePad national coach Olle Nordin. In August 1986, he was in a 3-1 success over the Finnish national team for the first time in Swedish jersey on the court. As a result, he established himself in the squad, but mostly sat on the bench and only came on as a substitute for use.

The defending champion sat down again in 1987 to the top of the regular season, with four goals this season Engqvist had again a decisive role. After semifinal victories against Östers IF he moved with the team again to the final. Had the rival decided by a goal from Stefan Pettersson the first leg with a 1-0 victory in itself, is Malmö FF earned goals from Håkan Lindman and Torbjörn Persson from the penalty spot - Engqvist was fouled - a temporary two-goal Vorspung in final second leg. In 83 minutes buried Tord Holmgren but the dream of the title defense since after his side's lead to 2-1 Final IFK Göteborg in accordance with away goals won the title.

Despite the exciting final of last year showed Engqvist with Malmö FF in the 1988 again the outstanding position in the Swedish league football, as the club finished the regular season for the fourth time in a row on the top position. Although he remained during the season without scoring, but was in all 22 games of the regular season and again to reach the finals of the four games of the finals on the field. After a 0-0 draw against Djurgårdens IF at the start, he was involved with two assists in the 7-3 second-leg success instrumental in winning the 15th league title in the club's history.

Triumph in San Siro and world championship is

In the season 1989 Engqvist returned to its former Torgefahr. With eleven goals this season he placed in the tip region of the scorers, only January Hellström IFK Norrköping scored more goals during the season. Even in the semi-finals of the Championship finals, he was successful. Both the 2-2 first-leg as well as the 1-0 second-leg victory against the Gothenburg club GAIS he wore each one on the scoresheet. In the final, he met with the team to Patrik Andersson, Niclas Larsson, Jonnie Fedel and Jean -Paul Vondenburg to IFK Norrköping. In addition to Martin Dahlin he was here in the first leg 2-0 away win scorer. In the return match IFK Norrköping succeeded by Göran Holter a 1-0 victory, which - after the abolition of the away goals rule, due to the tight decision of the previous year - forced a playoff. After this ended goalless, the decision was made to Swedish champions on penalties. While Engqvist scored his penalty, were two of his team mate unlucky and remained only the role of the vice- master again. However, the season was not without winning the title, in the National Cup he won the second title of his career.

In the summer of Enqvist was involved in a highlight in the club's history: in the first round of the European Champions' Cup 1989/90 he met with Malmö FF to the Italian champions Inter Milan. In the first leg, the Swedish club sat A goal of Håkan Lindman with a 1-0 win through. With a defensive tactic of outsiders held in the return match in Milan's San Siro Stadium has long been a goalless draw before Aldo Serena scored in the 70 minutes for the Lombard Club. As an extension suggested Engqvist scored just before the end with a header to a 1-1 draw, which meant getting ahead. However, it failed in the second round at KV Mechelen.

With its services to Engqvist had secured a permanent place on the national team, so he was appointed in the summer of 1990 in the squad for the World Cup tournament in Italy. Although he had played the most up matches, he sat with the first two games of the World Cup only on the bench. only in the final 1-2 defeat against Costa Rica, which meant the resignation as a group Last, he came on as a substitute for Glenn Strömberg from the 82 minutes to a short-term use.

Career finale and after the active football

Leif Engqvist (1990 ) Link to image ( Please note copyrights )

Under coach Bob Houghton crack in the season 1990, the hit series, Engqvist missed with the team in sixth as the final round. He admittedly came to 19 inserts season, but he had lost his place and scored only one goal. He also lost his place in the national team, in the fall of 1990, he denied the meeting with Denmark his 18th and last international match. In the following season he reached with the team, although again the championship finals, in the meanwhile in the League format discharged series it was enough only to a fourth place, which meant missing the European Cup.

After the season 1991 Engqvist ended his involvement with Malmö FF and joined the League rival Trelleborg FF. On the side of Mats Lily Mountain and the former MFF players Anders Palmér and Jan Moller, he finished with the club also in the championship final in fourth place in the standings. In the season of 1993 he distinguished himself within the association with six goals this season behind Lily Mountain and Issa Manglind the third best club internal scorer and was thus crucially involved in the entry into the European Cup. In the UEFA Cup in 1994/95 he was with the team internationally sit up when the English club Blackburn Rovers - at the end of the season champions in the Premier League - in the first round of the competition with a 1-0 away win and a 2-2 - draw in Sweden was defeated. Even against Lazio Rome was a sensation possible in the subsequent round, after a 0-0 draw in the first leg Alen Bokšić only decided in extra time of the second leg with his goal in a 1-0 Final duel in favor of the Italians. In the fall Engqvist finally ended after season end his active career.

In 1995 Enqgvist to the dugout and managed in the following years, various amateur clubs. In 2002 he returned to Malmö FF and worked occasionally on the coaching staff of Roland Nilsson. He mainly worked in the youth department of MFF.

In November 2012 gave his first station, the -bankrupt difficulties third division Lunds BK, known to have signed him in 2013 for two years as a part-time coach.


  • Swedish Champion: 1986, 1988
  • Swedish Cup: 1986, 1989