Thursday, August 26, 2010

Sweden August 2010

Gefle IF 3 Mjallby AIF 3

End to End.

The first of three games in the Swedish Premier.

It was cloudy, overcast but mild in Gavle, 100km north of Uppsala.

Gefle were second from bottom and Mjallby were 5th before this 20th league game of the season.

The match was played on an artificial pitch, watched by a small contingent of away fans and over 5,000 locals

The ground has open temporary seats/standing at each end with more open seating along the side.
And there is an old style main stand complete with numerous posts providing nostalgia but with an obscured view.

The game itself was a great watch with plenty of open play and goalmouth action.

Moroccan Mostapha El Kadir scored two in the first period for Mjallby who had better possession and looked well placed to win.

But Gefle improved in the second half with Jakob Orlov also getting a double helping them into a 3-2 lead.

That is until the last minutes of added time when a free kick reaches Robledo and he scores from close range to make it 3-3.

I drove back to my hotel in Uppsala via the (royal) burial grounds of Old Uppsala.

Kalmar FF 1 Atvidabergs FF 2


A valuable win for bottom team Atvidabergs.

The current Kalmar stadium is quaint, with two medium sized stands and 5 smaller temporary areas at either end.
One section of temporary standing housed the 50 or so away fans.

Again it was mild but overcast with rain earlier in the day.

This time the game was played on a real grass pitch which looked in good condition.

But it didn't help as the first half entertainment was only moderate with few shots and both sides struggled for rhythm.

Al least it got better after the break especially for the visitors who went ahead from a Moberg header.

Brazilian Sobralense smashed in the equaliser but Atvidabergs kept attacking and Moller shot in the winner with 15 minutes remaining.

Kalmar underperformed despite the urging of captain Henrik Rydstrom (all shaven head and wrist bands) and the oldest cheerleader I've ever seen.

Sushi on the way home and Lord of the Rings on TV.

Orebro SK 1 AIK 0


A bigger crowd in a more modern stadium, an arena no less.

And a very vociferous group of fans supporting AIK.

They kept up the noise throughout as their team, surprisingly near the foot of the table, held the home side reasonably comfortably.

Until the very last minute of injury time when Bosnian Gerzic clipped a free kick over the wall for the winner.

It was very hard on AIK for whom Bangoura was prominent.

Surely they can't be relegated ?

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