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Stefan Lindqvist dead at 52 after eight-year battle with ALS

Former Swedish international Stefan Lindqvist has sadly lost his lengthy battle with ALS at the age of 52.

The ex-midfielder - who spent the majority of his career at Goteborg - was first diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2012.

Lindqvist - who earned five caps for the Swedish national team between 1989-1990 - won five league titles with Goteborg as well as the Swedish cup during his six-year stay.

He also helped them to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League in the 1994/95 campaign, where they beat Manchester United in the group stage, before being knocked out by Bayern Munich on away goals.

And it was the club that announced the tragic news of their former captain's passing.

Releasing a statement, the Angels said: "On Sunday, Stefan Lindqvist fell asleep after living with paralysis disease ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

"IFK Gothenburg remembers its former team captain, midfielder with the fine passing foot, the fighter's willingness and the great understanding of the game. To mention some of his skill on the football field.

"We mainly remember the person "Linkan", who, with his warmth, generosity and thoughtfulness, rather thought of others than chose a place for himself in the spotlight.

"As a player as well as a team leader in the club after the end of the career.

"In mourning, we especially think of Stefan's wife Ulrika and her daughters Victoria and Annie. Thanks for the memories, Stefan. Rest in peace."

Fans were quick to pay tribute for Lindqvist, who also wore the jerseys of Halmstad, Swiss side Neuchatel Xamax, Chinese club Dalian Wanda and Norwegian outfit Stormgodset.

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