Ex-Sweden international Klas Ingesson dies from cancer | inside World Soccer

Swedish club Elfsborg announced on Wednesday that their coach Klas Ingesson has died at the age of 46, after a long battle with cancer.


Ingesson was initially diagnosed with multiple myeloma - the cancer of plasma cells within the body that produce antibodies, a type of bone marrow cancer - in 2009.

Following treatment, he was able to take over Elfsborg's U-21 side in October 2010, eventually being appointed coach of the senior team in September 2013.

However, Ingesson's coaching career was interrupted by the return of the cancer and he spent a period coaching from the dugout in a wheelchair before announcing his decision to step down from the role at the end of the season.

A statement issued by Elfsborg read: "It is a very sad statement to make that Klas Ingesson this morning passed away.

"Our thoughts are foremost with his wife and children who were with him at the end."

The former midfielder made 57 appearances for his country, figuring at three major tournaments, including the 1994 World Cup, where Sweden reached the semi-final.

In club level, Ingesson represented a string of clubs including IFK Göteborg, PSV Eindhoven, Sheffield Wednesday, Bologna, and Olympique Marseille.

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