Axel Pilmark

Axel Pilmark
Personal information
Date of birth (1925-11-23)23 November 1925
Date of death 13 July 2009(2009-07-13) (aged 83)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1950–1960 Bologna FC 274 (4)
National team
1947 Denmark U23 1 (0)
1947–1950 Denmark 18 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Axel "Pap" Pilmark (23 November 1925 – 13 July 2009) was a Danish footballer, who played as an amateur for Kjøbenhavns Boldklub (KB) and professionally for Italian club Bologna FC. He played 18 games and scored one goal for the Denmark national football team, and won a bronze medal at the 1948 Summer Olympics.[1]


Axel Pilmar is one of the greatest technicians in Danish football history, able to the strike the ball with extreme precision.[2] He played as a wing half-back, and formed a strong partnership with Ivan Jensen in the Danish national team.[2] He made his international debut in 1947, and was a part of the Danish team that won a bronze medal at the 1948 Summer Olympics.[3] He stayed in the Danish team until 1950, when he signed a professional contract and was banned from the amateur-only Danish football.

Many of his 1948 Olympic teammates were already professional in Italian football, with Karl Aage Hansen and Jørgen Leschly Sørensen at Atalanta Bergamo and Ivan Jensen at Bologna FC all trying to persuade Pilmark to join their team.[4] In the end, Pilmark signed with Bologna FC, recreating his former international partnership with Ivan Jensen. Axel Pilmark's passing became the main attacking strength, setting up chances for the Bologna forwards, and Jensen later declared Pilmark the best Serie A half-back at the time.[4] Pilmark stayed in Bologna for 10 seasons, playing 274 league games for the team.[5]


  1. "Olympics". sports-reference. Retrieved 30 May 2012.
  2. 1 2 Lundberg, Knud (1986). Dansk Fodbold. 1. Fra Breslau til Bronceholdet. Copenhagen: Rhodos. pp. 118–119. ISBN 87-7245-132-7.
  4. 1 2 Lundberg, Knud (1986). Dansk Fodbold. 1. Fra Breslau til Bronceholdet. Copenhagen: Rhodos. pp. 174–175. ISBN 87-7245-132-7.
  5. Roberto Di Maggio, "Danish Players in Italy", RSSSF, 2 January 2005.

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