Thursday, July 21, 2011

Sweden July 2011

A long weekend in Sweden to see two top level games and one from the second division.

I started somewhere near Stockholm.

On the bus ride from the airport to the centre of Stockholm I had chatted to an art student.

During the conversation we discussed, amongst other things, why Picasso was recognised as such a great artist.
Apart from his innovations ‘form’ (shapes) played a large part.

As if to illustrate the point the student mentioned that she had spent a year studying the ‘rectangle’ (though she had later moved on to polygons)

This, I think, gave me some insight into the mind of an artist.

Neither Djurgarden or Mjallby were in great form.

Djurgarden 1 Mjallby 0

Played in the historic 1912 Olympic stadium in central Stockholm.

Wooden bench seating, numerous posts, attractive details and the iconic canopy over the VIP area help to make this a unique venue for top level football (and athletics)

But the quality of the match didn’t match the surroundings & won’t live long in the memory.

It was settled by one goal scored late on after a break down the left and a cross converted by substitute Oremo.
Nigerian Kennedy Ogboananike had been a livewire up front for the home side though he did lack a good touch.
The home goalie, Pa Dembo Touray, all 105 kilos presented an imposing figure but was rarely tested.
Mjallby concentrated on defence and their central pairing did frustrate most of Djurgardens’ efforts - until those last 10 minutes.

GAIS 4 Orebro 1

Wandering around Gothenburg were many younger football players taking part in the Gothia Cup, described as the largest such tournament in the world with over 1000 teams from 70 countries.

Meanwhile GAIS met Orebro in the ‘new’ Gamla Ullevi.
The stadium is neat, compact and no doubt atmospheric when full.

It wasn’t for this one and the 4,000 attendance looked generous though the GAIS ultras did provide some noise from the upper tier.

The victory took the home side up to 4th in the Swedish Premier.

In the end it was comfortable despite the visitors taking the lead.

Striker Alvaro Santos played his part setting up one and scoring a penalty.
Benin substitute Otomoyossi sealed the victory.

The weather had not been kind with heavy, wind-blown rain making it an uncomfortable walk from the centre.
Thankfully it did ease later for the trip back to the hotel and an evening watching most of the Women’s World Cup final.

Brommapojkarna 2 Atvidebergs 2

Back in Stockholm for this second level encounter between two teams towards the top of the league.

The Grimsta stadium is in an area of Stockholm well away from the relative splendour of the centre of the city.
But at least the wine is a lot cheaper to sample as I waited for the rain to to ease.

The ground mostly comprises one main stand with various semi-temporary stands around the periphery.
The crowd was swelled by a good number of away fans who didn’t get too wet as the clouds eventually went away.

This was the best game of the three with the high scoring visitors taking a two goal lead including one from their striker Oscar Moller.
His sending off, for arguing, in the second period would help to change the game.

As Brommapojkarna, always committed to attack, fought back with two strikes from substitute Mauricio Albornoz.

I took the T-bahn back to my hotel and thought a little more about the ‘rectangle’.

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