Haligonians can't wait for the new Ikea to open so they can get their claws into some of that goat whey cheese from Jämtland. Source.
Östersund host Malmö FF. ÖKF enter today's action in 10th place (out of 16) with 4 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses. Malmö are 1st with 8 wins and 3 losses.
What is the most illustrious football club in Sweden?
By league title: Malmö FF (21), IFK Göteborg (18), IFK Norrköping (13)
By Svenska Cupen wins: Malmö FF (14), AIK (8), IFK Göteborg (7)
By years in UEFA competition: Malmö FF (32), IFK Göteborg (30), AIK (17)
Malmö is the most illustrious football club in Sweden.
Malmö have been in the Allsvenskan continuously since 2001. ÖKF was formed in 1996, and up until 2013 only played in northern regional leagues. Malmö is in the south. This is the first ever league game between these two clubs.
Allsvenskan clubs by decade of foundation:
1890s: Gefle*, AIK, Norrköping, Djurgården
1900s: Sundsvall, Elfsborg, Göteborg, Helsingborg, Örebro
1910s: Kalmar, Malmö, Hammarby
1920s: Jönköpings Södra, Falkenberg
*Gefle's badge says 1882, but its soccer division didn't start till 1896.
Östersund's squad is geographically diverse. In addition to the Swedes, there are players from Ethiopia, Nigeria, England, the USA, Comoros, Iran, Monserrat, Ghana, and Iceland.
How to follow ÖKF:
[Östersund 1 - 4 Malmö]
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