Bengt Johansson (handball)

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Bengt Johansson
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Bengt Johansson (25 June 1942 – 8 May 2022) was a Swedish handball player and coach. He was born in Halmstad in south-west Sweden and played in the Sweden men's national handball team between 1964 and 1972. He is better known as being the coach for the Swedish team from 1988 to 2004.[1]

His nickname was Bengan, a common nickname in Sweden for people named Bengt. He was recognisable by his Halmstad dialect way of speaking. He invented a special tactic known as Gurkburken ("The Gherkin Jar"), which he pronounced with his distingushed dialect.

During his time as a coach the Swedish national team (occasionally known as the Bengan Boys), won several international championships, including two World Championships (1990 and 1999), four European Championships (1994, 1998, 2000 and 2002) and three silver medals at the Olympic Games (1992, 1996 and 2000).

He was succeeded as national coach by Ingemar Linnéll.[2]

Johansson died on 8 May 2022, at the age of 79.[3] He suffered from Parkinson's disease.[3]


  1. ^ "Bengt Johansson" (in Swedish). Nationalencyklopedin. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  2. ^ Bo Harmby (TT) (15 February 2004). "Här är doldisen som efterträder Bengan" (in Swedish). Svenska dagbladet. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  3. ^ a b Norberg, Simon (9 May 2022). "Handboll: Bengt "Bengan" Johansson är död". SVT Sport. Retrieved 9 May 2022.

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