Swedish football : Allsvenskan League 2017 season preview
Malmo capture Swedish league title
Malmo secured the 2016 Swedish championship with two rounds remaining last season. The title is their 19th since the club was founded in 1910, one more than bitter rivals Goteborg. However, a championship was not enough for Malmo manager Allan Kuhn to keep his job. In firing Kuhn, Malmo said the team needed a leadership change to step up its performance another notch.
Gefle and Falkenbergs were relegated at the end of last season after finishing in the bottom two places of the table. They were replaced by 2016 second division champions Sirius and runners-up Eskilstuna. The final spot in the top flight was taken by the 2016 Allsvenskan play-offs winner, Halmstads third-placed team in the second division last term. Here is a short summary of the 2016 campaign:
- Champions: Malmo (UEFA Champions League QR2)
- Runners-up: AIK (Europa League QR1)
- Third place: Norrkoping (Europa League QR1)
- Cup winners: Hacken (Europa League QR2)
- Relegated: Helsingborg, Gefle, Falkenberg
- Promoted: Sirius, Eskilstuna, Halmstad.
The overall number of titles for each club in Allsvenskan League since 1896 and their standings in the last five seasons. From 1896 to 1925, the Swedish Champions were decided in a knock-out competition (Cup format). The League, Allsvenskan, was not established until the season 1924/25.
Malmo appoint Pehrsson as new coach
Swedish champions Malmo have appointed former Estonia boss Magnus Pehrsson as their new coach. The 40-year-old replaces Allan Kuhn, who was fired despite leading the club to the 2016 Allsvenskan crown in his first year at the helm. Malmo parted company with Kuhn after just 10 months, citing philosophical differences. Pehrsson has previously coached Danish team Aalborg and Swedish club Djurgarden. He led Estonia's national team from 2013 until September 2016
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Jakob Michelsen joins Hammarby
Jakob Michelsen has been named as new manager of Hammarby. The Danish coach and the club from Stockholm have agreed a three-year contract. After having successfully coached the Danish side Sonderjyske, Michelsen decided to take on a new challenge. He had never managed in the Superliga, Denmark's top league, before taking charge at Sonderjyske in 2015. Michelsen was only 34 when he took the job and had no playing experience.
Other coaching changes
Former Syrianska manager Ozcan Melkemichel has been appointed new coach of Djurgarden. He arrives from promoted side Eskilstuna, who named former Gefle and Djurgarden manager Per "Pelle" Olsson as their new boss. Mikael "Micke" Stahre is the new head coach of Hacken. Stahre managed Goteborg from 2012 to 2014 and Dalian Yifang from 2015 to 2016.
League standings for the 2016 season.
Malmo or AIK
According to online bookmakers, Malmo are favorites to win the 2017 title, with AIK and Goteborg as their main rivals.
Preseason odds for the outright winner of the 2017 Allsvenskan league posted by online bookmakers.
Swedish Cup finals in last five seasons
2016 Hacken - Malmo 2:2 (6:5 on penalties)
2015 Goteborg - Orebro 2:1
2014 Elfsborg - Helsingborgs 1:0
2013 Goteborg - Djurgarden 1:1 (4:2 on penalties)
2011 Helsingborg - Kalmar 3:1
(transfer market value in m€)
Goalkeeper Oscar Linner (0.1); Defense: Per Karlsson (0.8), Daniel Sundgren (0.6), Sauli Vaisanen (0.5), Noah Sonko Sundberg (0.5); Midfield: Simon Thern (1.5), Kristoffer Olsson (0.6), Johan Blomberg (0.5), Stefan Ishizaki (0.5); Forward: Henok Goitom (0.8), Sulejman Krpic (0.7).
Goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson (0.8); Defense: Jonas Olsson (1.5), Elliot Kack (0.5), Niklas Gunnarsson (0.5), Tim Bjorkstrom (0.4); Midfield: Kim Kallstrom (1.3), Kevin Walker (0.9), Marcus Hansson (0.5), Othman El Kabir (0.4); Forward: Magnus Eriksson (0.6), Tino Kadewere (0.4).
Goalkeeper Kevin Stuhr Ellegaard (0.7); Defense: Adam Lundqvist (0.9), Jorgen Horn (0.8), Joakim Nilsson (0.7), Jesper Manns (0.6); Midfield: Simon Lundevall (0.8), Daniel Gustavsson (0.7), Issam Jebali (0.6), Alex Dyer (0.5); Forward: Viktor Prodell (1.2), Per Frick (0.6).
Goalkeeper Alireza Haghighi (0.3); Defense: Daniel Bjornkvist (0.4), Ludvig Ohman (0.3), Zurab Tsiskaridze (0.3); Midfield: Emmanuel Frimpong (0.6), Anel Raskaj (0.2), Thomas Piermayr (0.2), Mauricio Albornoz (0.2), Sasa Matic (0.2); Forward: Omar Eddahri (0.3), Mohamed Buya Turay (0.3).
Goalkeeper Erik Dahlin (0.1); Defense: Emil Salomonsson (1.7), Mattias Bjarsmyr (1.5), Thomas Rogne (0.9), Scott Jamieson (0.5); Midfield: Mads Albaek (1.5), Soren Rieks (1.4), Sebastian Eriksson (1.2), Mix Diskerud (0.7), Henrik Bjordal (0.6); Forward: Tobias Hysen (0.9).
Goalkeeper Peter Abrahamsson (0.6); Defense: Rasmus Lindgren (0.6), Joel Andersson (0.6), Jasmin Sudic (0.5), Emil Wahlstrom (0.5); Midfield: Alexander Faltsetas (0.8), Nasiru Mohammed (0.8), Mohammed Abubakari (0.8), Alexander Farnerud (0.6), Paulinho (0.5); Forward: Alhassan Kamara (0.4).
Goalkeeper Malkolm Nilsson (0.1); Defense: Fredrik Liverstam (0.4), Jesper Westerberg (0.3), Marcus Mathisen (0.2), Adnan Kojic (0.2); Midfield: Sead Haksabanovic (0.3), Nikolai Alho (0.3), Ivo Pekalski (0.3), Aboubakar Keita (0.2); Forward: Alexander Ruud Tveter (0.3), Fredrik Olsson (0.3).
Goalkeeper Ogmundur Kristinsson (0.6); Defense: Birkir Mar Saevarsson (0.5), Mats Solheim (0.5), Mario Musa (0.4), Richard Magyar (0.3); Midfield: Gershon Koffie (0.8), Arnor Smarason (0.6), Johan Persson (0.5), Jiloan Hamad (0.5), Bjorn Paulsen (0.4); Forward: Pa Amat Dibba (0.5).
Goalkeeper Evgeni Kobozev (0.2); Defense: Joakim Karlsson (0.4), Andre Calisir (0.4), Tom Siwe (0.4), Stefan Karlsson (0.4); Midfield: Daryl Smylie (0.5), Robert Gojani (0.5), Fredric Fendrich (0.4), Dzenis Kozica (0.4), Tommy Thelin (0.3); Forward: Arni Vilhjalmsson (0.2).
Goalkeeper Ole Soderberg (0.5); Defense: Marko Biskupovic (0.7), Emin Nouri (0.5), Markus Thorbjornsson (0.3); Midfield: Rasmus Elm (1.5), Viktor Elm (1.5), Ismael Silva Lima (0.9), Romario Pereira Sipiao (0.7), Melker Hallberg (0.7), Tobias Eriksson (0.6); Forward: Mans Soderqvist (0.4).
Goalkeeper Johan Wiland (0.4); Defense: Lasse Nielsen (2), Rasmus Bengtsson (1.5), Anton Tinnerholm (1.5), Behrang Safari (0.8), Yoshimar Yotun (0.7); Midfield: Magnus Wolff Eikrem (1.8), Oscar Lewicki (1.6), Jo Inge Berget (1.6), Anders Christiansen (1.2); Forward: Markus Rosenberg (1.1).
Goalkeeper David Mitov Nilsson (0.6); Defense: Linus Wahlqvist (1), Christopher Telo (0.8), Jon Gudni Fjoluson (0.6), Nikola Tkalcic (0.6), Filip Dagerstal (0.5); Midfield: Niklas Barkroth (0.8), Gudmundur Thorarinsson (0.7), David Moberg Karlsson (0.5); Forward: Sebastian Andersson (0.8), Karl Holmberg (0.5).
Goalkeeper Oscar Jansson (0.4); Defense: Michael Almeback (0.6), Martin Lorentzson (0.3), Hjortur Logi Valgardsson (0.3); Midfield: Johan Martensson (0.5), Maic Sema (0.5), Nordin Gerzic (0.4), Nahir Besara (0.4), Damien Plessis (0.4); Forward: Kennedy Igboananike (0.7), Victor Skold (0.5).
Goalkeeper Andreas Andersson (0.3); Defense: Sotiris Papagiannopoulos (0.4), Douglas Bergqvist (0.4), Ronald Mukiibi (0.4), Dennis Widgren (0.4); Midfield: Saman Ghoddos (0.8), Johan Bertilsson (0.8), Tom Pettersson (0.4), Brwa Nouri (0.4), Fouad Bachirou (0.4); Forward: Alhaji Gero (0.3).
Goalkeeper Josh Wicks (0.2); Defense: Oscar Pehrsson (0.3), Jesper Arvidsson (0.3), Karl Larson (0.3); Midfield: Philip Haglund (0.6), Niklas Thor (0.3), Kim Skoglund (0.3), Ian Sirelius (0.3), Kingsley Sarfo (0.3); Forward: Ante Bjorkebaum (0.2), Moses Ogbu (0.2).
Goalkeeper Tommy Naurin (0.4); Defense: Eric Larsson (0.5), Marcus Danielsson (0.4), Dennis Olsson (0.4), David Myrestam (0.3), Juho Pirttijoki (0.2); Midfield: Lars Gerson (0.6), Kristinn Steindorsson (0.3), Erik Granat (0.3); Forward: Linus Hallenius (0.3), Peter Wilson (0.3).