Råsunda Stadium was the Swedish national football stadium. It was located in Solna Municipality in Stockholm and named after the district in Solna where it is located. In November 2012 it was closed down and replaced by the newly built Friends Arena about 1 km from Råsunda Stadium. Flats and offices will be built on the old ground, it was opened in 1937 although there had existed stadiums at the site. The inaugural match took place on 18 April 1937 when AIK played against Malmö FF, AIK won the match 4–0. Råsunda has a capacity of 35,000–36,608 depending on usage; the 1910 stadium hosted some of the football and some of the shooting events at the 1912 Summer Olympics. The stadium was the home stadium for AIK, was used for many derbies between Stockholm clubs, it hosted the headquarters of the Swedish Football Association, staged 75% of the home matches of the national football team each year, with most other matches being played at Ullevi in Gothenburg. These two stadiums are UEFA 4-star rated football stadiums.
The record attendance was set on 26 September 1965, when Sweden played West Germany. West Germany won the match 2-1; the last major concert held at the stadium was on 7 June 1986, when British rock band Queen kicked off their final tour, the Magic Tour, at Råsunda. That night Queen played to about 37,500 fans. Råsunda was the first of two stadiums to have hosted the World Cup finals for both women, it hosted the women's final in the 1995 Women's World Cup. The other stadium with this honor is the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, USA. On 1 April 2006, the Swedish Football Association announced a plan to switch to a new stadium to be built in Solna; the new arena was completed and ready for sporting events in 2012, the Råsunda Stadium will be subsequently demolished. The new stadium has a capacity for 50,000 spectators; the name of the new arena is Friends Arena. Swedbank bought the name for 150 million SEK but decided to name it in support of the non profit organization Friends in 2012; the last event held at the Råsunda Stadium was the Europa League's match AIK - S.
S. C. Napoli, played on 22 November 2012, finished 1-2. Edinson Cavani scored the last goal. Fabege AB and Peab AB signed an agreement to acquire Råsunda Football Stadium and existing office buildings from the Swedish Football Association on 11 December 2009. All activities on the arena remained. Http://www.fastighetssverige.se/artikel/sa-har-blir-nya-rasunda-10654/ Media related to Råsunda Stadium at Wikimedia Commons AIK presentation Råsunda Stadium
Sollentuna FK is a Swedish football club located in Sollentuna, a municipality in Stockholm. Sollentuna United FF was founded in 2006 with the impending merger of Turebergs IF and Edsbergs IF which became operative in the 2008 season. Turebergs IF were promoted from Division 3 Norra Svealand in 2007 after winning their promotion playoff; the previous season in 2006 they won Division 4 Stockholm Norra. The new club took the place of Turebergs IF in Division 2 Norra Svealand for the 2008 season. In 2013 Sollentuna United FF merged with Sollentuna Fotboll IF to create Sollentuna FK. Since their foundation Sollentuna FK has participated in the middle tier of the Swedish football league system; the club plays in Division 1 Norra, the third tier of Swedish football. They play. Sollentuna FK are affiliated to the Stockholms Fotbollförbund. Sollentuna FK – Official Website
Sweden national football team
The Sweden national football team represents Sweden in association football and is controlled by the Swedish Football Association, the governing body for football in Sweden. Sweden's home ground is Friends Arena in Stockholm and the team is coached by Janne Andersson. From 1945 to late 1950s, they were considered one of the greatest teams in Europe. Sweden made their first World Cup appearance in 1934. Sweden has made six appearances in the European Championships, they finished second in the 1958 FIFA World Cup, third in both 1950 and 1994. Sweden's accomplishments include a gold medal in the 1948 Summer Olympics, bronze medals in 1924 and 1952, they reached the semi-finals in UEFA Euro 1992. Sweden has traditionally been a strong team in international football, with 11 World Cup appearances and 3 medals in the Olympics; the Swedish team finished second in the 1958 World Cup, when it was the host team, being beaten by Brazil 5–2 in the final. Sweden has finished third twice, in 1950 and 1994. In 1938, they finished fourth.
Sweden played its first international game against Norway on 12 an 11 -- 3 victory. Other matches in 1908 were played against Great Britain, the Netherlands and Belgium. In the same year, Sweden competed in the 1908 Summer Olympics for the first time. Sweden, lost a game in the Olympics against the Great Britain 1–12, the biggest loss in the Swedish national team's history. In 1916, Sweden defeated Denmark for the first time. Sweden played in the 1912 Olympics, the 1920 Olympics, in the 1924 Olympics, where Sweden took the bronze and their first medal ever; the 1938 World Cup was Sweden's second qualification for the World Cup. In the first round, they were scheduled to play against Austria, but after Germany's occupation of Austria, the Austrian team could not continue playing in the tournament. Instead, Sweden went straight to the quarter-finals match against Cuba, they beat Cuba 8 -- 0 with both Harry Gustav Wetterström scoring hat-tricks. In the semi-final match against Hungary, Sweden lost 1–5.
Sweden's next match was the third-place match against Brazil. In that game the Swedes lost 2–4, ended in fourth place for the first and only time in Swedish football history. In the first round, Sweden played against Austria; the Austrian team had qualified without their professional players, a surprise since the Austrian league had many professional players who were allowed to play in the tournament. The match was played at White Hart Lane in London and Sweden won 3–0. In the second game, Sweden played against Korea and won 12–0, one of the two largest margin wins Sweden has had. In the semi-final Sweden met their archrivals from Denmark beating them 4–2; the final was played at legendary Wembley Stadium in London. The attendance was around 40,000 people, high for a football game in those days. Sweden took on Yugoslavia in the final and won 3–1, with goals by Gunnar Gren, Stjepan Bobek and Gunnar Nordahl; this was Sweden's first championship win in any international football tournament. In the 1950 World Cup, the Swedish football association did not allow any professional Swedish football players to take part.
Sweden only fielded amateur players during the tournament. Qualifying for the tournament as one of six European national teams, Sweden played in the same group as Italy and Paraguay. In the first match, Sweden beat Italy 3–2 in São Paulo; the second match was a 2–2 draw against Paraguay. With the most points in the group, Sweden advanced to the next round, their first game in the second stage – a group format – was against the hosts Brazil. It was played at the Maracanã Stadium with a total attendance of more than 138,000, to this day the record attendance for the Swedish national team; the game ended 7–1 to Brazil and it is rumored that everyone in the Brazilian audience waved the Swedes goodbye with their scarfs. The next game was against Uruguay, who Sweden played against for the first time in World Cup history. Played in São Paulo, Uruguay won the game 3 -- 2; the final game for Sweden in the tournament was played against Spain. Sweden won 3 -- 1 with goals by Bror Mellberg and Karl-Erik Palmér.
Sweden took their first World Cup medal. As Sweden was the best placed European team, Sweden was, as the time, regarded "unofficial European champions". At the Summer Olympics in 1952 in Helsinki, Sweden continued to achieve success and won an Olympic bronze; the following year, the Football Association decided not to allow foreign professionals to play in the national team and the team failed to qualify for the World Championships in Switzerland in 1954 when Sweden only came second in their qualifying group behind Belgium. In 1956, the Swedish football federation allowed the professional footballers to play for the national team again, giving Swedish football fans hope for the 1958 FIFA World Cup. Sweden, the host nation, were in the same group as Mexico and Wales; the first game, Sweden vs Mexico, was played at Sweden's national stadium, Råsunda Stadium and was attended by around 32,000 people. Sweden won the game 3–0, taking the lead in Group 3; the next match was against Hungary, who had finished 2nd in the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland and were the 1952 Olympic Champions.
Played at Råsunda, this game ended 2–1 to Sweden, with both goals scored by Kurt Hamrin. In the next match, against Wales, Sweden drew 0–0. Making it through to the quarter-finals, playing at Råsunda for the fourth time in this tournament, Sweden
Söderstadion was a football and bandy stadium in Stockholm, Sweden. It was closed in 2013, being replaced by nearby Tele2 Arena. Söderstadion had a capacity of 12,800 depending on usage; the record attendance for football was 15,626 and set 6 April 2004, when Hammarby IF faced Malmö FF, while the overall record was the Swedish bandy final of 1983, with an attendance of 18,110. There had existed stadiums at the site, the earliest opened in 1918 under the name Johanneshovs Idrottsplats, a first stadium with the current name was built in 1950. After the stadium was closed, the site will now be used for new apartment buildings. Bandy was played at Söderstadion wintertime until the overall; the Bandy World Championship 1987 final was played here. The last bandy match at the stadium was the Swedish final of 1989; the home team Hammarby, the 2010 and 2013 Swedish champions, now plays at Zinkensdamm. The arena has been used for ice hockey. Before the Stockholm municipal elections of 2006, the right wing parties of Stockholm stated that a new stadium would be built if the municipal elections were won.
On June 28, 2007, plans for a new stadium were announced. The last football game at Söderstadion was played on the 23 June 2013 when Hammarby IF played against Ängelholms FF in the 13th round of Superettan; the game ended 1-1 with Hammarby securing a late draw when Kennedy Bakircioglu scored the last goal at Söderstadion. The stadium is mentioned by its old name in the movie My Life as a Dog, where the main character tells the audience of a motorcycle accident that occurred during a motorcycle show performed there; the stadium is located just next to the Ericsson Globe. It is most reached from the Stockholm metro stations Gullmarsplan or Globen. Hammarby IF Tele2 Arena Media related to Söderstadion at Wikimedia Commons Söderstadion - official site Hammarby IF presentation
Hammarby Fotboll, more known as Hammarby IF or Hammarby, is a Swedish football club based at Tele2 Arena in Johanneshov but founded in the neighbouring Södermalm district of Stockholm City Centre, an area the club considers its heartland. Competing in Sweden's first tier, Hammarby are placed twelfth in the all-time Allsvenskan table, has won the league once, in 2001; the club's colours are green and white, reflected in its crest and kit. Between 1918 and 1978, the club played in black-and-yellow striped home shirts, which since form the club's away colors, it is known for its vociferous fans and for having the highest average attendance in the Nordic countries. Drawing inspiration from England, Hammarby fans introduced football chants to the Swedish terraces in 1970. Hammarby is one of largest football clubs in Europe in terms of the number of active players of all ages – with some 3,000 players in its organisation. Hammarby Fotboll is affiliated with the Stockholms Fotbollförbund. In 1889, Hammarby Roddförening was established in Södermalm, with engineer Axel Robert Schönthal, the first chairman, being credited as the founder.
By 1897, it had diversified into different sports, was renamed Hammarby Idrottsförening, or Hammarby IF for short. In 1915, the sporting ground. Due to a lack of football pitches in Stockholm, several other clubs proposed to merge with Hammarby IF to get access to the stadium. An offer from Klara SK was accepted and Hammarby established a football department on 13 August 1915; the club played its first competitive game two days and won 5–0 against Västerås SK in the "Östsvenska serien", a local league. In 1916, Hammarby competed in Svenska Mästerskapet, a cup by held to decide the Swedish Champions, for the first time. In 1918, Hammarby merged with Johanneshofs IF, a club from the neighbouring district Johanneshov. In 1920, Hammarby first competed in the Svenska Serien, by the highest league in Swedish football. During the upcoming years, Hammarby had a strong showing where they went to the finals of Svenska Mästerskapet in 1922, losing 1–3 to GAIS. Hammarby qualified to compete in Allsvenskan's inaugural season in 1924.
On 3 August said year, Rikard Larsson became Hammarby's first goalscorer in Allsvenskan, the first goalscorer in the league's history, in a 1–5 loss against Örgryte IS. The club would finish last in the 1924–25 Allsvenskan, were relegated to Division 2, the second highest league in Sweden. During the upcoming years, Hammarby failed to produce any sort of challenge in Swedish football. Several star players emigrated to the United States, transferred to other clubs or opted to instead play ice hockey for Hammarby. In 1936–37 and 1937–38, the club won the second division, but lost the playoff matches that would have promoted them to Allsvenskan. Instead, Hammarby got promoted in 1938–39, where they knocked out IFK Norrköping following outstanding performances from goalkeeper and star player Sven "Svenne Berka" Bergqvist. Hammarby would, suffer from another relegation, finishing last in Allsvenskan in 1939–40. Back in Division 2, the club finished in the top four for the next six years. In the 1946–47 season, the club finished at the foot of the table, because of a restructuring of the league system, the club got relegated to Division 4.
Hammarby did not return to the second highest league until the 1950–51 season. In the 1954–55 season, the club returned to Allsvenskan, but this time it finished sixth and managed to stay for another season. However, the club underwent yo-yoing, having been promoted and relegated between Allsvenskan and Division 2 seven times until 1970. Nacka Skoglund, one of the league's top players who played for Hammarby from 1944–49, returned to Hammarby to play from 1964–67. In his return debut, he landed. In the 1970 Allsvenskan season, Hammarby had acquired only 3 points in the spring portion of the season, but during the autumn, showed a dramatic improvement. With star players Kenneth Ohlsson and Ronnie Hellström, with a crowd that tried out supporter songs for the first time, the club went through the autumn half undefeated and finished in fifth place, its best showing in Allsvenskan; the club would stay in Allsvenskan through the rest of the 1970s, attracting large crowds, despite not returning above fifth place.
In 1978, the club changed from black/yellow to green/white colours. In the 1982 season, Swedish football introduced a playoff system for the top 8 teams in Allsvenskan to decide a champion; the playoffs consisted of two matches in which the aggregate score would determine who would advance. The club had not lost a home game. After defeating Örgryte in the quarter-finals, coming back from a 1–3 deficit to beat Elfsborg 4–3 in the semi-finals, Hammarby was in the final against IFK Göteborg. Hammarby won its lost 1 -- 3 in its home match. In the following year, Hammarby lost to AIK in the play-offs. In the Svenska Cupen tournament, Hammarby reached the finals but lost against IFK. However, since IFK qualified for the UEFA Cup that year, Hammarby qualified for the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, its first major international competition, where the club lost to Finland's FC Haka in the second round; the Hammarby squads finished in the top six in the league every year through 1987. In 1988, Hammarby finished last in the standings and were rele
Superettan is an association football league and the second highest league in the league system of Swedish men's football. Contested by 16 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with Allsvenskan and Division 1. Seasons run from April to October, with teams playing 30 matches each, totalling 240 matches in the season; the league was created in 2000. The second tier of Swedish football had consisted of a varying number of regionalized leagues operating under the Division 2 and Division 1 names. There are 16 clubs in Superettan. During the course of a season each club plays the other twice, once at their home stadium and once at that of their opponents, for a total of 30 games. At the end of each season the two lowest placed teams are relegated to Division 1 and the two winning teams from the two Division 1 leagues are promoted in their place while the third and fourth lowest teams in Superettan play a promotion/relegation play-off against the two-second placed teams in Division 1.
The top two teams in Superettan are promoted to Allsvenskan and the two lowest placed teams from Allsvenskan are relegated in their place. The third placed team in Superettan plays a promotion/relegation play-off against the third lowest team in Allsvenskan; the Swiss corporation Kentaro has owned the TV rights for Superettan since 2006. Through license agreements with the media company TV4 Group matches are aired on TV4 Sport who will broadcast a total of 90 matches in 2013 with the remaining 150 games available as online pay per view; the current license agreement is valid from 2011 to 2015. 1 Correct as of end of 2018 season The current managers in Superettan are: Superettan had an average attendance of 2,278 during its most recent season. The highest attendance recorded at a Superettan match is 31,074; the league's best season attendance-wise was 2014 when Hammarby's average attendance reached a level, extraordinary for Superettan. Sports attendances Allsvenskan Swedish Football Association - Superettan
Division 1 (Swedish football)
Division 1 is the third level in the Swedish football league system and consists of 32 Swedish football teams. Division 1 was the second tier from 1987 to 1999, but was replaced by Superettan in 2000, it was reestablished for the 2006 season as the third tier below Superettan. The old Division 1 replaced Division 2 as the second highest level in 1987 and consisted of two separate leagues with 14 teams each, Norra and Södra, except for the 1991 and 1992 seasons which comprised 32 teams in four leagues, adding Östra and Västra; as of the 2018 season, both Norra and Södra leagues of Division 1 are composed of 16 clubs, similar to Allsvenskan and Superettan. There are 32 clubs in Division 1, divided in two groups of 16 teams each representing Northern and Southern Sweden. During the course of a season each club plays the others twice, once at their home stadium and once at that of their opponents, for a total of 30 games. At the end of each season the three lowest placed teams of each group are relegated to Division 2 and the six winning teams from the six Division 2 leagues are promoted in their place.
The top team in each Division 1 group is promoted to Superettan and the two lowest placed teams from Superettan are relegated in their place. The second placed teams in each Division 1 group plays a promotion/relegation play-off against the third and fourth lowest teams in Superettan. 1 Correct as of end of 2018 season Note: In 2007 the runners up were promoted automatically without playoffs because of Allsvenskan expanding to 16 teams