It would be painting with one brush to say that all 142 players have decorated Serie A, but more than a fair share of Scandinavians have contributed to the credibility and history of Italian football.
From Nicklas Bendtner to Christian Wilhelmsson, via Birkir Bjarnason, we have complied a list of the top 10 Scandinavian players to compete in Serie A.
The honoured 10 have been chosen on honours won, records broken and the places they hold in their respective club’s history.
Serie A career: Parma (1990-95 & 1997)
Honours: Coppa Italia (1991-92); Cup Winners’ Cup (1992-93); UEFA Cup (1994-95); Super cup (1993)
Despite a torrid spell at Leeds United, Tomas Brolin enjoyed a successful period prior at Parma. The Swedish striker was part of a fruitful partnership with Italian forward Alessandro Melli that helped Parma finish fifth in a historic first season in Serie A in 1990/91.
Brolin featured heavily in the following season helping Parma lift the Coppa Italia, but could only manage four goals in a successful campaign for the club. The Crociati beat Royal Antwerp 3-1 in the final of the Cup Winners’ Cup a season later.
The striker’s impact at Parma diminished following the signings of Faustino Asprilla, Sergio Berti, Gianfranco Zola and Massimo Crippa and the Swede joined Leeds United. However Brolin was part of Parma’s title challenge in the 1996-97 season after he returned to the club on loan, making 11 appearances.