Sebastian Rajalakso interview

photo: www.dif.se

The year is 2008, the month is March, and 19-year-old new signing Sebastian Rajalakso is about to start his first season in Allsvenskan for Djurgården. After scoring eight goals as a winger for Superettan club Enköping, he earned a contract with the most successful Swedish club since the turn of the millennium. This was going to … Continue reading

Ole Mørk interview

photo: Morten Thun

The hot Spanish sun beats down on Ole Mørk as we sit down for conversation, mosquito bites pickling on our arms. It’s now over ten years since the Danish coach managed in Sweden, having accepted the challenge of leading Trelleborg after a number of successful years managing in his native country. Yet the feelings associated with … Continue reading

Meet Hammarby’s American coach Gregg Berhalter…

photo: Anton Boström

After going through five coaches in the three years since Hammarby were relegated from Allsvenskan, the club decided to go down a different route last autumn: they hired the American Gregg Berhalter who had just finished his own playing career at Los Angeles Galaxy. 38-year-old Berhalter had a playing career playing for, among others, Crystal … Continue reading

David Roberts interview

photo: www.nsd.se

It’s strange to think that one of the longest serving players in Sweden until recently wasn’t even Swedish, but that was the case with David Roberts. The Englishman moved to Sweden in the late 1980s after spells with Southampton and Brighton & Hove Albion. The man from the English south coast then played for Bodens … Continue reading

AIK in USA: Familiar Face of Khari Stephenson

photo - Kelley L Cox

While AIK have been the least familiar of the four clubs in this week’s Portland Timbers Tournament, the Gnaget will see one familiar face in Thursday’s match against San Jose Earthquakes. Khari Stephenson, the Jamaican international midfielder, spent two seasons in Sweden with AIK in 2007 and 2008, appearing twenty-five times and scoring twice. Though it … Continue reading

John Alvbåge: I’m home

photo: www.ifkgoteborg.se

John Alvbåge interview – January 2012: It was a year that started with the hint of big things to come for John Alvbåge and Örebro SK. The previous campaign had ended with ÖSK in third place, their best finish since grabbing the runners-up spot in 1994, and with a European campaign to look forward to … Continue reading

Calum Angus: GAIS are ready to take the next step

photo: www.gais.se

Calum Angus interview – January 2012: After finishing the previous two seasons in 13th and 11th place, GAIS improved in 2011 to surprisingly finish in fifth place, and only three points behind defending champions Malmö. Key to this improvement were the goals scored by Mervan Celik and Wanderson, who bagged 14 and 10 respectively, as the … Continue reading

Kenny Pavey interview – July 2011

photo: Magnus Neck

An infectious smile comes across the face of every AIK fan when I mention one name: Kenny Pavey – crowd favourite, idol of the North Stand, legend. If you wanted a definition of a whole-hearted, passionate player then I would give you Kenny Pavey. But he isn’t an English clogger; this guy has skill to … Continue reading

James Keene interview – June 2011 (part two)

photo: Jorgen Jarnberger

In part one of our James Keene interview, James talked about the current Allsvenskan campaign and his time playing for Elfsborg. Here James, consistently one of the top players in Sweden since making the move over in 2006, talks about how he arrived in Sweden life in the country. When I first arrived in Sweden … Continue reading

Brian Wake interview – June 2011

Brian Wake (photo: Lasse Landin)

There’s a striker in Sweden with the one of the best goals-to-games ratios around. With eleven games of the Division 2 Norrland campaign completed the English marksman Brian Wake, playing in his first season for current leaders Östersunds FK, already has 14 league goals. On the back of a hat-trick against IF Älgarna the ex-Gateshead, Greenock … Continue reading

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