Malmo FF – The Pride of Swedish Football

Malmo FF FC is arguably the best club in Sweden that plays in The Swedish top tier league, Allsvenskan. After its establishment in the year 1910, The Di Blae went on to become the most decorated team with a record of 23 league titles and 20 Svenska Cupen. They have been a regular customer in The UEFA Champions League (17 times) and The UEFA Europa League (16 times). The Eleda Stadion is the home stadium for The Scania based club, which has an overall capacity of 22,500.

The Academy of The Di Blae has produced and nurtured some of the brightest talents of this generation, Zlatan Ibrahimovic being the top prospect to graduate from their youth system. Robin Olsen, Mattias Svanberg, Filip Helander to name a few promising players that came from the ranks of Malmo youth structure. The main aim of the academy is to focus on promoting football and helping the young misguided talents mold into professionals in the so-called “Crime City of Sweden“.

Despite being a dominant force in the domestic leagues and cup, The Di Blae has failed to get there hands on any of The prestigious UEFA Champions League or The UEFA Europa League trophies. The only time they performed at par was when they reached the finals of The European Cup in 1978-79. Although they lost to Nottingham Forrest courtesy of a single goal scored by Trevor Francis, this was indeed a great feat in the history of the club. There has been no sort of improvements in their quest for a European title even though they are one of the most consistent teams to feature in the biggest club competitions

Malmo FF is the third most featured team in The Allsvenskan (84) just behind AIK Fotboll (91) and IFK Goteborg (87). Bo Larsson is the all-time leading goalscorer for The Scania based club with 289 goals in 546 appearances in all competitions. The most capped player in the history of the club is the defender Krister Kristensson featuring in 626 matches. Eleven of the best players were inducted in the official hall of fame Sydsvenskan team that were handpicked for the club’s 100th anniversary by the readers.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of the players included in the list with some elite company. Despite the fact that he only featured in 69 matches and smashed just 16 goals, his contribution to The Sweden National Team and his trophy-laden club career did earn him the place in the history books of Malmo. The former Swedish talisman won a record number of 11 Guldbollen (Best Swedish Player Award) and played for various big European clubs. There have been a total of 14 managers that have helped The Swedish club win titles with Roy Hodgson helping them win 5 League titles and 2 League cups in his 5-year stint at the club.

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