Mjällby Allmänna Idrottsförening known as Mjällby AIF, Mjällby or MAIF, is a Swedish professional football club based in Hällevik. The club is play its home games at Strandvallen; the club colours, reflected in their crest and kit, are black. Formed on 1 April 1939, the club have played eight seasons in Sweden's highest football league Allsvenskan, the club's first season in the league was in 1980; the club are playing in Division 1 Södra. With eight seasons in the top division Allsvenskan most recent in 2014, Mjällby AIF is the most successful football team from the province of Blekinge. Former Sweden national football team players Christian Wilhelmsson and Mattias Asper began their careers at the club. Both players ended their playing careers in Mjällby; as of 30 March 2018Note: Flags indicate national team. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Superettan: Winners: 2009 Division 1 Södra: Runners-up: 1988 Mjällby AIF – official site Sillastrybarna – official supporter club site Mjällby AIF at svenskafans.com – supporter site
Bo "Bosse" Göran Larsson is a former Swedish football midfielder/striker. Most of his club career he played for Malmö FF. Between 1966 and 1969 he was an appreciated professional for VfB Stuttgart scoring 21 times in 88 games; as the best player in the team and loved by the supporters he was awarded "Athlete of the Year" in 1969 by the city of Stuttgart. According to many he had a by far too short career as a professional player, but his wife Anita never settled to life in Germany, which made him move back home to Malmö that same summer, he was awarded with Guldbollen in 1965 and 1973, was the first to be awarded twice. In Malmö FF and among its supporters Bosse holds an iconic status and is regarded as the club's greatest player ever. Bosse Larsson was one of the national team profiles during the 1970s. In total he got 70 caps, scoring 17 times, played at the 1970 FIFA World Cup, 1974 FIFA World Cup and 1978 FIFA World Cup; the Sweden national team manager Georg "Åby" Ericson used to say that.
Beside Nils Liedholm, Bosse Larsson is regarded as Sweden's most complete player being able to play at any position on the pitch. Today he lives a quiet life in Malmö. In September 2007 a book titled; the book, written by Jonny Ambrius together with Bosse, is filled with stories from the whole of Bosse's life, but with the centre of gravity on his footballer years. Shortly after the book release he gave his permission for a possible statue to be made in his honour and placed outside Malmö FF's new stadium. Most goal scorer of Malmö FF: 119 goals Allsvenskan: 1965, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1977 Svenska Cupen: 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978 Allsvenskan top scorer: 1963, 1965 and 1970 National team: 70 caps, 17 goals FIFA World Cup tournaments: 1970, 1974, 1978 Guldbollen: 1965 and 1973 Best footballer of the Bundesliga: 1968–69 Athlete of the Year by the city of Stuttgart: 1969 Honorary member of Malmö FF Member of the Swedish football "Hall of Fame" Bo Larsson at WorldFootball.net
Östers Idrottsförening known as Östers IF or Öster, is a Swedish sports club located in Växjö, specializing in football, playing in the second tier of Swedish football, Superettan. The club has also competed in ice hockey and bowling. Öster was formed on 20 April 1930 as Östers Fotbollförening, before adopting the name "Östers IF" in 1932. The club is affiliated to the Smålands Fotbollförbund. In 1968, their first season in Allsvenskan, Öster became the first team to win the national title at their first attempt; this win ignited the team's'golden age' which lasted until the early 1980s and saw them win a total of four Swedish championships. On March 31, 2011, Öster broke ground on their new arena, Myresjöhus Arena, inaugurated in August 2012; the arena hosted four games of the UEFA Women's Euro 2013 tournament. Öster was named after a district in the city of Växjö. They were not part of the upper divisions in the early days of swedish football and only made their first appearance in the third tier in 1947.
During the 1950s and early-1960s the club made a push to raise the level of football by inviting and playing against foreign teams such as Flamengo and Fluminense. This coupled with an increase in the amount of training helped the team establish themselves in the second tier. In 1961 Öster had their first chance to qualify for Allsvenskan but ended up in last place in the four team promotion playoffs. Success in the promotion playoffs would instead come six years in 1967 when they beat IK Brage in the deciding game in front of a home crowd of 26,404 people. Öster defied the odds during their first season in the top division and won the league on goal difference after a total of four teams had ended the season on the same number of points. Following their championship title the club had ten years of solid Allsvenskan finishes before becoming dominant in the late-1970s and early-1980s where they won the league three times in four years. After that successful era followed a slow decline over the next couple of decades which culminated in their relegation to the second tier in 1998.
After that the club has found it hard to reestablish itself in Allsvenskan and has only made short one year appearances. As of 19 February 2019Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Swedish ChampionsWinners: 1968, 1978, 1980, 1981 Allsvenskan: Winners: 1968, 1978, 1980, 1981 Runners-up: 1973, 1975, 1992 Superettan: Winners: 2002, 2012 Runners-up: 2005 Division 1 Södra: Winners: 1989, 2009, 2016 Runners-up: 2008 Svenska Cupen: Winners: 1977 Runners-up: 1974, 1982, 1985, 1991 Allsvenskan play-offs: Runners-up: 1983 In recent seasons Östers IF have had the following average attendances: A ^ Current youth players who at least have sat on the bench in a competitive match. B. ^ The title of "Swedish Champions" has been awarded to the winner of four different competitions over the years. Between 1896 and 1925 the title was awarded to the winner of Svenska Mästerskapet, a stand-alone cup tournament. No clubs were given the title between 1926 and 1930 though the first-tier league Allsvenskan was played.
In 1931 the title was awarded to the winner of Allsvenskan. Between 1982 and 1990 a play-off in cup format was held at the end of the league season to decide the champions. After the play-off format in 1991 and 1992 the title was decided by the winner of Mästerskapsserien, an additional league after the end of Allsvenskan. Since the 1993 season the title has once again been awarded to the winner of Allsvenskan. Östers IF – official site – supporter site
Tobias Jan Håkan Linderoth is a former Swedish footballer. Linderoth played for Stabæk and an unremarkable spell at Everton marred by injury, where he scored once against Charlton Athletic in the League Cup, before he joined Copenhagen in the summer of 2004, he was a regular first team player for three seasons in Copenhagen and was made captain for the team that won two Danish championships and qualified for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. On 12 June 2007, Linderoth signed a three-year contract with Turkish side Galatasaray, where he wore the number 6. On 22 January 2010, Linderoth was released by Galatasaray prematurely. On 12 November 2010 Linderoth announced the end of his career as a player, he stated. He now works as a youth team coach at Elfsborg. Linderoth was a midfield dynamo on the Swedish national team where he was assistant captain. Tobias played for Sweden in the Euro 2004 and Euro 2008, as well as in the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cup tournaments. In one game at the World Cup in 2002, he ran 14.6 kilometres during the 96 minutes of the match – not an unusual feature for the hard-working midfielder.
On 26 May 2008, Linderoth scored his second international goal, the only goal in a 1–0 win over Slovenia in a pre-Euro 2008 friendly warm-up. On 6 September 2008 during a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification game against Albania, he was injured and had to be substituted in the 6th minute – this was to be the last game he played for Sweden, he is the son of football coach Anders Linderoth, a former Swedish international who played in the 1978 FIFA World Cup in Argentina, Tobias was born in France during Anders' spell at Marseille. On 25 October 2006, Tobias and his wife Maria became parents when she gave birth to their first child. Played 22 Royal League matches where he scored 1 goal. Played 3 Tele2 LigaCup matches. FC CopenhagenDanish Superliga: 2005–06, 2006–07 Royal League: 2004–05, 2005–06GalatasaraySüper Lig: 2007–08 Turkish Super Cup: 2008IndividualBest Swedish Midfielder: 2006, 2007 FC Copenhagen player of the year: 2006 Tobias Linderoth – FIFA competition record Galatasaray profile at the Wayback Machine Everton profile Premier League profile Tobias Linderoth at Soccerway
Johan Gunnar Gren was a Swedish football player and coach. He is best known for playing for IFK Gothenburg and A. C. Milan. A creative forward, known for his technical skill, tactical intelligence, passing ability as a playmaker, he was part of the famous "Gre-No-Li" trio of forwards at Milan and the Swedish national team, was capable of playing as an attacking midfielder or as a striker. Gren has won numerous awards including an Olympic Gold Medal in 1948, Guldbollen in 1946, was a part of the 1958 Swedish National Team that took second place. Gren is considered to be one of Sweden's greatest and most prolific football players. Gren was born on 31 October 1920 to parents Johan Gerda Maria Olsson. Gren, a son of a carpenter, grew up in Gothenburg. From a young age, Gren excelled in football. On 7 October 1934, Gothenburg Football Association President Carl "Ceve" Linde held a juggling contest, he won his first sporting prize – a bronze plaque. Göteborgs Sport Bladet wrote about 13-year-old Gren's skills and how he outshone some of the big boys in the national league.
The 13-year-old Gren played for Bollklubben Strix. During his youth, he played for Lindholmens BK and GAIK before playing Gårda BK. In 1937 he started playing for Gårda BK, he made his Allsvenskan debut on 1 May 1938 against Malmö FF. During his time there, he played. In 1941, he was recruited by IFK Gothenburg. During his time in the club, Gren won one national championships in the 1941/42 season and was top scorer in 1947, he won the first Guldbollen in 1946. His first league match for IFK was in August 1941, IFK played against Gårda BK winning 6–1 with Gren scoring the first goal, his last game for IFK was on 6 June 1949 versus IFK Norrköping at Gamla Ullevi in which Gothenburg lost 0–1. He scored 78 goals. On 11 September 1949, he debuted for A. C. Milan against Sampdoria, with Milan winning 1–3. During his time with Milan, he became the'Gre' part of the famous Gre-No-Li trio with his Swedish teammates Gunnar Nordahl and Nils Liedholm, he earned the nickname the "Il Professore", Italian for "the professor".
While at A. C. Milan, he won the league title for the 1950/51 season, he scored 38 goals. Gren managed AC Milan in 1952 before moving to AC Fiorentina. In 1953, Gren moved to AC Fiorentina where he scored 5 goals. In 1955, Gren moved to Genoa CFC where he made 29 appearances and 2 goals. Tired of Italy, Gren decided to move back to Sweden. In 1956, Gren returned to Gothenburg where he joined Örgryte IS as both manager. Gren left in 1959 and played for GAIS in 1963. Gren made his debut for Sweden on 29 August 1940 in the team's 3–2 win over Finland. During the next decade he played 40 matches for the national team, ending in 1949 with 3–1 against Ireland in a World Cup qualifier and 2–2 in a friendly against Hungary. During this era Gren was part of the team that won the gold medal in the 1948 Olympics in London, scoring twice against Yugoslavia in the final on Wembley; as a professional, Gren was suspended from the Swedish national team. However, as the World Cup of 1958 was to be played on home soil and the Swedish team seemed too weak for the competition, the Swedish Football Association changed this rule, Gren, having now ended his professional career and playing in the Swedish Division 2, was again eligible.
Gren went on to be the oldest player of this World Cup, 37 years old, played an important role in the silver medal winning Swedish team. He played five matches during the World Cup and scored one goal, 2–1 against West Germany in the semi-final, he was named on the 1958 World Cup All-Star Team. Gren's last cap came on 26 October 1958 against Denmark in a 4–4 draw. At the time, he was 37 years, 360 days old. In all, Gren made 57 appearances for scoring 32 goals. Whilst at A. C. Milan, Gren managed the team in 1952. Gren managed both Örgryte IS and GAIS as player manager. After retiring as a player, Gren managed several teams. Gren became the technical director for Juventus for a brief period in 1961. Gren managed for GAIS, IFK Värnamo, Redbergslids IK, Skogens IF, IK Oddevold and Fässbergs IF. Gren retired from football in the 1970s, he died ten days after his 71st birthday and is buried in Västra Kyrkogården, Gothenburg, Västra Götaland, Sweden. *Stats do not include 4/0 Latin Cup IFK GöteborgAllsvenskan: 1941A.
C. MilanSerie A: 1950–51. C. Milan Hall of Fame Detail of international appearances and goals – by Roberto Mamrud, RSSSF
IFK Hässleholm is a Swedish football club from Hässleholm, established in 1905. The team is playing in Division 2 Östra Götaland. Several well known players have played at the club including England international striker Peter Crouch as well as Swedish footballers Jon Jönsson, Andreas Dahl, Tobias Linderoth. In recent years the club has played in Division 2, the fourth tier of the Swedish football league system. However, the club has played in second tier football in 1972–1974, 1975–81, 1987–1988, 1992–1998; the club was first established by factory owners and football enthusiast Knut Rydlund in 1905. When the club first started, the team played at Linnaeus Flats until Göinge Vallen was built in 1910. During the 1910s, IFK Hässleholm was considered to be one of the best football clubs in Sweden In 1918, the team won the Scanian Championship. By the 1920s, the team slid down into Division 2; the club was hurting financially and in 1928, the club had to take out loans. Over the years, the team has struggled to maintain its former glory.
In the 1930s, the club added a handball team, successful. The handball team was outshining the football team at this point in time. However, World War II broke up the football team. Once the team resumed playing, it was no longer able to compete in Division 2; the franchise therefore focused on handball. In 1948, the handball side won the Scanian Championship but the team had disintegrated by 1980. Despite the initial success of handball, football once again made its way back to the top in the 1950s; the team successful landed back in the Division 2 again. In 1962, the franchise built a club house on Svedje Mark Street. With some success in the 1970s, the construction of a new playing facility was erected called Österås IP which has a capacity of 6,000. Following that, the club won the 1972 Skåne North East with players such as Bo Nilsson. In 1973, the team came in third place and in 1974 the team took part in their first qualifier; the best years of the club were undoubtedly from 1991–1993. In 1991, the team returned to Division 1 and by 1993 nearly reached Allsvenskan.
The team's success boosted crowds up to 8,500, 1,500 fans over capacity. In the year 2000 there was a dramatic change in the club after Peter Crouch and Alton Thelwell were loaned from Tottenham Hotspur, their loan brought new attention to the club resulting in Jon Jönsson being signed by Spurs. IFK Hässleholm are affiliated to the Skånes Fotbollförbund. Local rivals Hässleholms IF play in the same division. In recent years, the club has been a base for many South African players coming to Sweden, to acclimatize them before moving on to other Swedish clubs; the most notable example is Tokelo Rantie in Malmö FF, but players such as May Mahlangu and Ayanda Nkili have played here. Division 1 Södra: Runners-up: 1993 IFK Hässleholm – Official Website
Guldbollen, is a Swedish football award given by the Aftonbladet and the Swedish Football Association to the best male Swedish footballer each year. The first award was given in 1946 to Gunnar Gren, was created by Bengt Liljedahl. From 1946-65, the awarded was given out in cooperation with Stockholms-Tidningen. Zlatan Ibrahimović is the only player to win it more than twice. Bo Larsson of Malmö FF was the first player to win the award for a second time, in 1973 after winning it in 1965. Diamantbollen, the female equivalent of the award, was established in 1990. Both awards are given out at the Fotbollsgalan. Source: Media related to Guldbollen at Wikimedia Commons