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Goldbullen: Andreas Granqvist Named Swedish Player Of The Year As Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s 10-Year Reign Comes To An End (Photos)

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For the first time in 10 years, somebody other than Zlatan Ibrahimovic was crowned Swedish Player of the Year at the Goldbullen gala in Stockholm on Monday evening.

Indeed, the 2017 Goldbullen was presented to Andreas Granqvist, the grizzled Krasnodar centre-back who captained Sweden to the World Cup finals, a campaign that culminated in that outstanding win over Italy in the play-offs.

Sweden: Gefle IF Celebrate Rare Away Win With ONE Fan Who Made 700-Mile Round Trip (Video)

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There were touching scenes after Gefle IF's win overKalmar FC in the Allsvenskan in midweek when the players made sure to celebrate their victory with the most important man in the stadium.

Second-bottom of the league going into the game, Gefle held out for an important 1-0 win after which the entire team made sure to share the moment with the one and only fan to have braved the cold and made the 700-mile round trip to watch his beloved side in action.

Sweden Umbro EURO 2012 Home Kit

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The Swedish Football Association (Svenska Fotbollförbundet) and Umbro have launched the Sweden EURO 2012 home kit. The Sweden EURO 2012 home kit wil be worn by team captain Zlatan Ibrahimović and...

Anton Hysen Shines A Light On Footballs Insular Mentality

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A footballer came out of the closet last weekend. Anton Hysén, as you will likely have read over the last few days, gave an interview with the Swedish football magazine Offside in which he confirmed his sexuality. Hysen plays for Utsiktens BK in the fourth tier of the Swedish league system (which, in a manner similarly confusing to that in England, is called Division Two) and, if this were any other matter, the biggest aspect of any story concerning Anton Hysén would be that his father is Glenn Hysén, the former Liverpool defender and captain of Sweden (who, for the record, has already expressed his support for his son publically).

Sweden Umbro 2011/12 Away Jersey

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The Swedish Football Association and Umbro have launched the 2011 away kit of the Swedish national team. The Sweden 2011/12 away kit wil be worn by team captain Zlatan Ibrahimović and the rest of the Blågult (The Blue-Yellow) for their EURO 2012 away qualifiers and international friendlies over the next year.

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Kurds find joy in a Swedish football team’s success

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Stockholm (AFP) – Weary of war, persecution, and statelessness, Kurds rejoiced as a Swedish football club founded just 13 years ago by Kurdish immigrants won promotion to the top division.

Scores of cheering fans ran onto the pitch, dancing and waving Kurdish flags last week when Dalkurd FF beat Gothenburg’s GAIS 1-0 to earn a seat in next season’s Allsvenskan.

Kurds find joy in a Swedish football team’s success

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Stockholm (AFP) – Weary of war, persecution, and statelessness, Kurds rejoiced as a Swedish football club founded just 13 years ago by Kurdish immigrants won promotion to the top division.

Scores of cheering fans ran onto the pitch, dancing and waving Kurdish flags last week when Dalkurd FF beat Gothenburg’s GAIS 1-0 to earn a seat in next season’s Allsvenskan.

Sweden postpones football game after match fixing attempt 

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Stockholm (AFP) – The Swedish Football Federation postponed Thursday’s top-flight game between Gothenburg and AIK following a match-fixing attempt.

“This is a very serious attack against Swedish football and we will never, never accept this,” Hakan Sjostrand, secretary general of the federation, said in a statement.

Sweden postpones football game after match fixing attempt 

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Stockholm (AFP) – The Swedish Football Federation postponed Thursday’s top-flight game between Gothenburg and AIK following a match-fixing attempt.

“This is a very serious attack against Swedish football and we will never, never accept this,” Hakan Sjostrand, secretary general of the federation, said in a statement.

Sweden Finland Preview: looking for a few good men!

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I would hate to be in Helsinki this coming Friday. Its already enough that the cruise ships that trawl back and forth between Stockholm and the Finish capital bring their fair share of completely loaded weekend alcoholics. It's another thing when you mix this with a football game. Come Friday night, Helsinki is going to be packed with Sweden supporters singing loud and obnoxiously while downing beer after beer.

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Congo United Striker Breaks 60-Year-Old Swedish Football Record After Scoring 21 Goals In One Game!

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By Chris Wright

Congratulations to Yanick Djouzi Manzizila, who is now the proud new owner of a Swedish football record that had previously stood for the last 60 years.

On Saturday, Congo United FC (founded by one-timeChampionship Manager legend Tonton Zola Moukoko) thumpedopponentsBalrog Botkyrka Södertälje IK in the seventh division of Stockholm's regional league, with 25-year-old striker Manzizila scoring not one, not two, but 21 twenty one!

Swedish club give VIP day to lonely away fan

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Clubs are often (and deservedly) accused of ignoring the fans, but that isn't an accusation you can label at Swedish club Brommapojkarna. When they played away at Mjallby, the players noticed that only one fan made the long trip to watch his team. Impressed by his dedication and loyalty, the club offered to pay for [.

Sweden v England – Match Preview – Euro 2012 – 15 June 2012

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Sweden looks to respond after losing their opening match as they face England in Group D. The match will take place at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine with kickoff scheduled for 20:45 local time.

Sweden manager Erik Hamren

"My feeling is very good. [The pain of defeat] passed quite quickly as the players had their families with them and were able to relax and we had a good training session with our fans.

Euro 2012 Group – Sore losers seek comfort of victory

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Sujay Dutt's head to the Swedish football vocabulary continues today with the 'vinnarskalle' (victor's caput), as sported by Zlatan Ibrahimović and the focusing here, Olof Mellberg.

Burea IF -3 – -3 Bygdsiljum SK: Selection Errors See Swedish Division 6 Game End With Negative Score

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By Chris Wright

Here's a new one on us. Over in the eighth tier of Swedish football (Division 6) the recent game between Burea IF and Bygdsiljum SK finished with both sides racking up a negative goal count, after shenanigans in their respective squad selections incurred penalties from the local league authority.

Legend Of The Women’s Game Marta Scores Cheeky Back-Heeled Goal (Video)

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By Alan Duffy

Back in Swedish football after the women's league in the USA was postponed, Brazilian superstar Marta Vieira da Silva showed why she is reportedly being paid $400,000 a season to line out for Tyresö with a superb back-heeled goal.

Wearing the number 100 jersey, her attempts at starting a trademark celebratory Brazilian samba with her team-mates was rather less successful, mind.

Sweden 5 Finland 0: A Review

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I think the first thing I should say about this game is just a plain and simple wow! I was not for the life of me expecting the performance I witnessed last night. I assumed the game was going to be something like a usual Lagerbäckian qualifier: that is we score a goal just before the half time, hold back and let the other team into the game only to win it late on a superb team effort.

The Champions League Please!

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As if the recent years results haven't been enough of a reminder, the current Allsvenskan League Ranking in UEFA is a sorry but true testimony of the current status of Swedish football. We've had no success in Europe, meaning the Champions League and Europa League, since Helsingborgs IF exited the [read more]

Affiliation Agonies: Alexander Skarsgård

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Alexander Skarsgård. Pictured without false teeth and cape. Image: Getty Images/Daylife

‘Ordinary' football fans wouldn't understand, but for Kickettes, maintaining any kind of club loyalty is frequently challenged by the movement of hot players.

Yes, we said it. Some of us choose our club affiliations by affording consideration to how much we fancy the players in various teams.

The Curious Case of Freddie Ljungberg

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Perhaps no player in recent MLS history has stirred up more emotions in fans than the Swedish superstar, Freddie Ljungberg. Freddie inspires awe, confusion, respect, disgust, and makes us ask ourselves many questions.

Is he the poor man's David Beckham?

Is he the unlikeable David Beckham?

Keyhole surgery reveals secret trophy message

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STOCKHOLM, Sweden  — A keyhole operation has revealed that the trophy awarded to the champion of the Swedish football league contains a hidden message of support for a Stockholm-based team. Sweden national team physician Magnus Forssblad opened the trophy on Friday after rumors began circulating last month that Ingemar Eklund, the silversmith who made the [.