AIK goalkeeper Turina passes away
Players and officials at Swedish football club AIK were in shock following the sudden death of goalkeeper Ivan Turina on Thursday at the age of 32. The Croatian is thought to have passed away in his sleep on Wednesday, with no suspicious circumstances. AIK chairman Johan Segui said: "We knew that he had a congenital heart problem but he was completely healthy." Turina joined AIK in 2010 from Dinamo Zagreb. He played 89 matches for AIK.
Djurgarden coach and manager resign after threats
The coach and manager of Djurgarden have resigned after threats against the coach this week. Magnus Pehrsson was quitting immediately after receiving the threats in connection with the team's 2-0 loss to Elfsborg on Monday. The team said that the threats were made over the telephone and later by a small group of fans during practice. Manager Tommy Jacobsson says he decided to follow Pehrsson's example since he considers the threats completely unacceptable.
|19.5||Djurgard. - Halmstad||1:0|
|19.5||Goteborg - Kalmar||2:0|
|19.5||Oster - AIK||2:3|
|19.5||Hacken - Gefle||2:2|
|19.5||Norrkop. - Atvidab.||2:1|
|18.5||Bromma. - Syrianska||1:1|
|17.5||Mjallby - Malmo||2:2|...
Swedish First Division stats
|home wins||47 %|
|away wins||26 %|
League format : Soccer / Football : Sweden : First Division 2013
Allsvenskan (First Division) is the major Swedish football competition, while the second highest professional league is Superettan (Second Division). The Swedish First Division consists of 16 teams (14 teams until season 2008). Each team plays a season 30-game schedule, between April and October. All teams play each other twice, once home and once away. At the end of the campaign, the Swedish First Division champion qualify the first qualifying round of the Champions League. The runner-up and the Swedish Cup (Svenska Cupen) winner are assured a place in the UEFA Cup qualifications.
The winner and the runner-up of the Second Division are promoted automatically, replacing two bottom teams of the First Division. The third placed team in Superettan and the 12th placed team of Allsvenskan must contest a promotion/relegation play-off to decide their status. It's a two-legged tie at the end of the regular season, with the winner qualifying for the top flight. Since 2004, the final top four teams of the Swedish First Division are also qualified for Royal League, the Scandinavian Club Championship, alongside the four clubs of Norway and Denmark.