Playing youth football until you become a senior is for several reasons preferable to already playing senior football as an 15 or 16 year. When that opportunity is not offered, it is important to find other solutions for the youth who want to continue playing football. This has been done by IFK Simrishamn together with Baskemölla IF.
IFK Simrishamn's 16 team, which consists of players born 03 and 04, will be offered A-team football for Baskemölla IF in the 6 division next season. In addition to Simrishamn's youth players, some players from IFK also join Simrishamn's current a-squad, which will form a senior backbone along with Baskemölla's current players. Coach for the "Simrisbaske team" will be Johan Hörberger, who already belongs to IFK Simrishamn's organization.
- The goal is for Baskemölla to become a top team in the six, says coach Johan Hörberger.
The idea is that the players who make progress in Baskemölla IF should be able to move to IFK Simrishamn's squad to feel the division 3 football there. Conversely, players who are not currently taking part in IFK Simrishamn's A squad should be able to join Baskemölla's A team. A kind of friendly farmer's team arrangement without written agreement.
- No, we do not enter into any agreements, more like a gentleman's agreement that both Baskemölla and we win, says IFK Simrishamn chairman Morgan Ristmägi.
Kristianstad Arena Cup is Sweden's largest football club for children and youth teams. During the weekend, the class for boys born in 2004 was decided. The best Österlen team was Tomelilla IF's P04, which went all the way to the final.
The final against Kvarnby IK became a smooth story that had to be decided after an extension where eventually Kvarnby won by 3-2. In the P04 class 40 teams participated and among them also Kivik's AIF / Sankt Olofs IF, which did not, however, advanced from the group play.
That the success of the Kristianstad Arena Cup was not a one-off event for Tomelilla IF's P04 is evidenced by this impressive compilation: 2014 - bronze 2015 - gold 2018 - gold 2020 - silver
- The guys have done a very good tournament in the Arena cup in Kristianstad. Roger and I are very proud of the game and the behavior on and off the pitch. The future is blue-and-white, Tomelilla's leader Jonas Stålhammar writes on Facebook.
In Tomelilla's team in Kristianstad Arena Cup played: Leo Björklund, Adam Leufstedt, Wilmer Andersson, Tage Stålhammar, Adam Rönneholm, Jonathan Andersson, Edrin Avdullahu and Filip Nilsson. Congratulations guys!
Österlen FF has built a squad for the season, which largely consists of locally anchored players. This year's squad is also seasoned with a couple of players from Trelleborgs FF in the form of Zoran Jovanovic and Furkan Motori. Österlensport met head coach Jonas Stridsberg and assistant coach Jonas Mårtensson and talked about the squad and the upcoming season in division 2. This article is the first in a reporting series where Österlensport follows Österlen FF during the 2020 season.
It is in early January. Six degrees plus. Beech black and rainy. Inside the small club room at Skillinge IP, however, it is bright and warm. The players drop in, greet the leaders and prepare for the second training session of the year.
Already during the fall, Österlen FF called in what types of players are needed for this year's season. Personalities and characteristics and not least that there is some kind of relationship with someone else in the squad have been important pieces when the squad is put together. And that the players are connected to Österlen. 14 of the team's 19 players actually have some form of Österlen connection. Many of them have grown up in Österlen, or have moved here.
- We started working with the squad as early as August and it has been ready for a long time. We said we would have 18 players including two goalkeepers. Today we are 19 players and are very pleased with the look of the squad, says Jonas Mårtensson.
- There are players who contact us and want to play. We have rejected no to about ten players. It should be very safe cards if we are to bet on players who are not from the countryside. Players who can help and teach the younger players and reinforce what we want to build, Jonas Stridsberg adds, citing Zoran Jovanovic and Furkan Motori as two examples of this.
The squad is nailed, but by those who knocked at you, is there anyone or anyone you have been forced to refuse to whom you really wanted to put in the squad? - Yes, one or two, but no names, says Jonas Stridsberg secretly.
But can't it be solved anyway, it's only one or maybe two players? - No, it's not relevant at this time. We have built the squad clearly and are careful to keep our budget. Now we have built a good squad and then it is also important that we give these guys the confidence but also that we can manage the season budget-wise. There are some clubs that build a squad without funding, says Jonas Mårtensson.
Isn't the squad relatively small in terms of the number of players? - Yes, but it was even smaller last year. Then we had 15 outside players and a goalkeeper. It may be a problem to build a squad that is too large. It is also about giving the players playing time and using the whole squad correctly, says Jonas Mårtensson.
The Eastern season has started, but really started the preseason right after last year's season finale.
- We had a fantastic end to the training season last year when we trained about a month after the series ended. The intensity, morale and will during these trainings were at a very high level. And now that we have started, there is not much rust to grind away. We notice that the group wants something, that something is going on. The whole feeling is extremely good, says Stridsberg.
Three workouts per week are scheduled and during the first training of the year there will be a lot of games with ball. The thing about going down into the "mine" and running heavy weight training is not something that Österlen FF prioritizes. However, each player has an individual responsibility for his or her own physique. - We have players who are motivated and who work out at the gym themselves. They have good control over their own bodies. If we run strength training, it is football-related strength training. I think many players are too much in the gym compared to how much they train on football, says Jonas Stridsberg.
What kind of game system that Österlen FF should launch we have to wait to see. Stridsberg is still aware of certain criteria that must be fulfilled in the game model.
- We will try to own the game by being skilled with ball possession and in the transition to attack play, and when we should attack and not attack. That's what we're training the players for right now. When we have the ball it should lead to something that makes us knock out the opponent. We should not play around the ball unnecessarily. The purpose of the ball possession is to come to the attack and finish, says Jonas Stridsberg.
In conclusion, what does today's workout look like? - We will warm up and then play. I will press to be early in the starting positions no matter where on the pitch we have the ball. Being able to turn the game early and be in the top position on the court is important so that the opponents have to work harder when attacking. We should not wait for players when we have the ball, concludes Jonas Stridsberg.
In the wake of Kamratcupen's foot salt tournament, IFK organized Simrishamn Junior on Saturday Kamratcupen Junior for children born in 2009 in Jonebergshallen in Simrishamn.
Little Jonebergshallen is filled to the limit. Parents and leaders are helped to keep up with the tight schedule. 30 pieces of 13-minute matches are scheduled during the day. And then it will also be possible to buy burgers and sweets, tie someone's laces, present the players, comfort someone who has done badly and so on.
- It is a very packed schedule until 16.30:XNUMX this afternoon. There are matches all the time with a two-minute break between the matches, says Fredrik Strömberg, one of many leaders and parents who arrange the cup together.
The fact that the cup is arranged for children born in 2009 is because the organizers club has no less than 27 boys in that particular age group and who therefore set up with four teams. The other eight teams were divided into the following associations: BSH Österlen, FC Rosengård (two teams), Tomelilla IF (two teams), Kivik / Sankt Olofs IF, Brösarps IF and LEV 06.
The teams were divided into two groups and the cup was played with margins for faster and more intense games. The new regulations say that you must not count results in this age class. But of course, the children have control over who wins and loses, and who scores. A lot of parents and leaders are also watching it.
- It is fun to see when the children realize how they can use the coffin and weigh in, concludes Fredrik Strömberg, who hopes for next year more participating teams.
The best women's team in football, Hammenhögs IF, is coached this season by Tony Ard and Anders Palmér. Two experienced coaches hoping for a top position in division 1 also in 2020. Österlensport caught a coach duo in the Färsingahallen in Sjöbo during Blentarpscupen where we crawled into a room basement and let them tell how the top in one should be reached.
This article is the first in a series of articles where Österlensport follows Hammenhög's ladies during the 2020 season.
Ard and Palmér don't care much about the result in the Blentarp Cup. However, they are glad that there were no injuries during the cup, which was unfortunately the case at the end of last football season and which then partially eliminated the opportunity to advance to the Elite.
This year's squad, what do you have to say about it? - We have lost many good players from last year, some with serious injuries. But we also got a lot of good girls. Then we have managed to retain many, so we are a squad of nearly 25, including three goalkeepers. Eight of these 25 are new acquisitions. In addition, two players will probably come back soon after becoming mothers, which will be a bonus, says Anders Palmér, who during three seasons with Hammenhög has collected the same number of third places.
- This year we try to get the maximum out of the squad by sharing the responsibility of the coach. Tony and I have different qualities and we have no prestige in who does what. It will be a boost, we think, continues Anders Palmér and hands over to Tony Ard.
- We think this is a good mix and honestly I think a top three placement is possible. But each season has its own story. Anders and I think the same way and when a player gets an opportunity, it is up to the player to take that opportunity, and when you take the opportunity you have more chances to develop. We want to develop the players at the same time as we want to market Hammenhög as an association and promote the football at Österlen. Hammenhög is a small village in a small village and I want us to become a gathering club for young talented players, says Tony Ard.
Some young talents have already had the chance to train with Hammenhögs IF. It is a good school with two experienced coaches and a large group that contains many good players. - Hammenhög must be a good alternative for girls who want to play Division 1 football. Some of them may even want to invest in going all the way up to Damallsvenskan, Anders says.
Last summer, Hammenhögs IF organized a successful summer camp. Around 40 young players participated. It was a good opportunity for new players to get interested and get into the sport. Ard and Palmér hope that the camp can be arranged also this coming summer.
In the past there were a lot of long balls that applied to Hammenhög's ladies. Now the team is practicing a lot of ball possession where the players should, and dare, hold the ball. Twice a week the girls practice soccer which is less than many of the series competitors. Both Tony and Anders want the number of training sessions to increase in the future. However, some of the younger ones get additional training opportunities thanks to the football academies.
- The girls who also train at school will be good players. We definitely want to increase the number of training opportunities, but some of the older players are unfortunately difficult to get along with. We focus on making the workout very effective and well-planned and are often at the sports field 90 minutes before the training begins, says Anders Palmér.
What kind of football will the audience see on Hammondavallen this season? - There are two goals on a football pitch, one at each end. We do not want the players to send the ball away 30 meters towards the other goal. We want the players to be comfortable and confident with the ball. Then you can develop as a player, says Tony Ard.
- Hammenhög has always been good backwards. Last season we scored 60 goals and conceded 26 I think so we are on the right track even when it comes to the offensive, Andes Palmér tabs.
The Blentarp Cup in Futsal this past weekend was a disappointment for the girls from Hammenhög. Two 0-1 losses and one draw were not enough for advances from the group play. Julia Mellberg scored Hammenhög's only goal in the Blentarp Cup.
How's the feeling for the season? - It feels good. We have got a lot of good players and on Friday we will play paddle to get to know each other even more, says Julia Mellberg.
On the association's website, Julia Mellberg is listed as a midfielder but has also played in other positions. What is your role in the team? - I can play a bit everywhere but especially strikers. I started as an outside back and have progressed in positions via the edge but now it is the most offensive game that applies. I also try to spread energy on and off the pitch. It should be a little lattjo too, says Jula Mellberg.
Already on February 1, Hammenhög's girls will compete against Kristianstad's DFF's Swedish team in a training match in Kristianstad. - The same night we play the Nils Holgersson Cup. A small crash but we would like to play the game against Kristianstad. It will be a real challenge and value meter, and a fun match for the girls to play, ”concludes Anders Palmér.
Not many athletes from Österlen can boast of gold. Even fewer have NM gold in the price cabinet. Österlensport met 20-year-old Simrishamnstjee Nelly Hörberger, who is one of the Swedish elite in squad gymnastics and has had her most successful sporting year so far this year.
Nelly was 6 years old when she started gymnastics in the Ystad club GK Split. After a few years commuting to Helsingborg and Teamgym Helsingborg she now trains and competes for the Malmö club Motus Salto.
During the Helsingborg era, there were many car journeys for Nelly's parents and, above all, the trainer from Skurup, whom she often took a car with to the trainings in Helsingborg. - Then I went to school in Ystad so after school I took the train to Skurup where the coach picked me up by car. Then we went to Helsingborg for training and home again via Skurup to Simrishamn to sleep for a couple of hours. Then back up. Four times a week.
Talk about wanting to develop in their sport!
Congratulations to last year's both gold by the way, how have you and your teammates celebrated? - Not very much actually. It was of course banquet after the NM that went in Norway and then we have celebrated a little at home in Malmö on a workout.
Check out the movie clip below when Nelly and her friends in Motus Salto take the SM gold at home in Malmö.
In addition to the successes in 2019 with gold at NM and SM, Nelly has five more championship medals in the prize cabinet.
What are the team's success factors, why are you doing so well? - Our cohesion, that we know each other so well and that we have so much fun together. We trust each other. It is a very vulnerable sport, you know you know that the whole team is pulled down but no one would get angry or take it badly for it.
If someone falls during a lap, how is it received by the teammates? - We take care of each other and do not make such a big deal when someone makes mistakes. When we won the gold medal, one of our girls tripped but we bet and managed it anyway. If you roll on one step, think about it and focus on the next step instead. It has to be strong.
What's so much fun with squad gymnastics? - It's the variation with three different branches. There is always something you can get better at and it becomes very clear when you can do something.
In the Hörberger family there is otherwise a lot of football that applies and also Nelly has played football right up to the age of 10. There was also some dance before the investment in gymnastics took over.
In squad gymnastics you compete in ladies, men and mixed and the parts are mat, trumpet and freestanding. Troop gymnastics is not the most well-known sport in Sweden, but the fact is that it is Sweden's largest gymnastics form. In Sweden there are 20 gymnasts competing in squad gymnastics!
In the Motus Salto team, around 20 girls practice gymnastics, but not everyone is allowed to participate in competitions. - You can have a maximum of twelve people at competitions. We usually have ten plus two reserves. Then when we compete at the "yards" you are six people and then four are next to it. We select the six best ones for each lap. And in the standalone, all ten of the team must join. But since there are only one to two competitions a year, there is fierce competition for the places. Some may not compete at all, but everyone knows the conditions that apply and we are a team where we cheer for each other.
Which is your strongest branch? - In trumpet we drive three laps and on the third lap you have a table to help with the volts and that is perhaps my best branch.
Individual gymnastics then, has it never attracted you? - No, when I started in GK Split there were only squad gymnastics so it fell naturally. It's almost like two different sports and I have never tested on individual gymnastics. I think more people should try out for gymnastics. You get strength, fitness and agility.
More film from Motos Salto's NM gold below.
You and your team belong to the elite in Sweden, what does it take to reach where you have reached? - It's that you choose the gymnastics before anything else. I've always thought it's so fun. I've always been to all the workouts and never felt like I wanted to skip. On the other hand, I have many times skipped to be with my friends at home in Simrishamn.
It is enough to see Nelly and her friends for a few seconds to understand that squad gymnastics is not something for cowards. What tips can you give to all young gymnasts doing squad gymnastics? - Listening to your body is important. Set clear goals for what you want to accomplish, such as a new volt or a jump, and fight the goals, then it will be much more fun. Then you should think that there will always be new opportunities and new opportunities and always try to do better next time.
Good and positive tips that can be applied to all sports, or in the professional world, or really anywhere in life.
When you were a kid, did you see yourself as a racing gymnast or was it just fun to hang out? - When I saw the older girls and the guys working out, I thought "how can they do that" and then I thought that someday I want to be able to do it too.
Do you have any individual goals for the coming season? - To compete on a harder lap during the Championship and to raise me one more level.
Team goals with Motus Salto? - Defending our SM gold would have been great fun.
Age: 20 years Family: mother Ulrika, father Johan and brother Hannes Lives: raised in Simrishamn but recently moved to Malmö Occupation / studies: economist who is currently working full time at a middle school in Malmö Exercises: four times a week (three hours each) Length: XNUM Merit: 2 NM gold (one in women and one in mix), 1 SM gold, 3 SM bronze and 1 JSM silver. Parent club: GK Split in Ystad Current club: Motus Salto in Malmö
Kristianstad Arena Cup is Sweden's largest football club for children and youth teams. On Saturday, the cup was decided for girls and boys born in 2005 and the best Österlen team became IFK Simrishamn's 05, which went all the way to the final.
In class P05 participated over 50 teams and by first going undefeated through the group play Simrishamn then beat Älmhults IF (sixth final), Onsala BK (eighth final), BK Landora (quarterfinal) and Wä IF 1 (semifinal). In the final, Simrishamn was pitted against Wä IF 2 and it became a close event with two very defensive teams. 0-0 after full time and an extension was required to separate the final team. In the second extension, a Wäspelare managed to tear the ball in front of Simrishamn's goal and roll in the victory goal, but probably the referees (who were presented as "Skåne's best futsal umpire") in the situation that led to the decision? Small margins but Wä won the finals fairly and impressed by also playing home the bronze through the association's other teams.
There were twelve hours of Saturday hangings in the arena and no less than eight matches for IFK Simrishamn who during the regular match time only allowed two goals! The more ahead where Axel Orrenius, along with IS Halmias Andrej Rajovic, won the cup's shuttling on seven goals scored. Also in the cup were the Österlenlagen Liga IF (P05) and Borrby IF (F05) as well as Sankt Olofs IF / Kiviks AIF (F05) who reached the eighth final.
For IFK Simrishamn and coaches Martin Wrahme and Kalle Blomqvist second place was obviously a big success. This was the first competition appearance for the team with newly-entered Wrahme as head coach. Congratulations to the coach debut! - Thanks, it feels great and I'm happy, says Martin Wrahme a short while after the final. The recipe for success that you took so far? - I have to pay tribute to our collective. The guys go in with the same attitude in every match. In the final, both teams were really tired and it was small margins that decided. I'm a little upset about the final loss right now but tomorrow we will be happy. Will there be more futsal cups for the team going forward? - No, not this season. Now we are refocusing and we will start the pre-season in football in a week. During the spring season we play in Skåneserier A and it will be a good challenge for us, concludes Martin Wrahme.
Tomelilla IF in the quarterfinals, Österlen FF in the semi-finals and IFK Simrishamn in the finals. Sankt Olofs IF's yellow jerseys erased the advance favorites on running bands and won this year's Kamrat Cup in an impressive way. Read here briefly about all the playoffs.
Qualifying match 1 Borrby IF - Torna Hällestad IF 0-2 Torna Hällestad acquired a 2-0 lead after half the match which was then watched without any major problems. Borrby found it difficult to create hazards, except for the last minute when they repeatedly offered a reduction. Torna Hällstad to the quarterfinals.
Qualifying match 2 Gärsnäs AIS 1 - Sövestads IF 3-1 Precise long balls for mobile strikers were Gärsnäs' recipe in this match. Sövestad's defense had a hard time getting hold of the long balls. Gärsnäs won fairly with 3-1 and was thus also ready for the quarterfinals.
Quarterfinals 1 Tomelilla IF - Sankt Olofs IF 1-3 Sankt Olof surprised Tomelilla with aggressive and disciplined play all over the course. Tomelilla's fast and skillful players were not able to unlock Sankt Olof's stable defense until the final seconds of the match, but it was obviously too late.
Quarterfinals 2 Österlen FF - FC Plisat 3-0 Here was the game against a goal during almost the entire match. Futsal specialists Plisat had barely an organized attack during the 16 minutes of play and Österlen played out the entire register in a very impressive way.
Quarterfinals 3 Gärsnäs AIS 2 - Torna Hällestad IF 0-1 Position war with few target chances. With five minutes left of the match, Torna Hällestad found the right and could then keep away for GAIS receipt hunt.
Quarterfinals 4 IFK Simrishamn - Gärsnäs AIS 1 2-1 Simrishamn put crossovers for Gärsnäs long balls that were so effective in the qualifying match against Sövestad. In a rather poor match, Simrishamn was able to win 2-1.
Semifinal 1 Sankt Olofs IF - Österlen FF 2-1 The final match day's best match! Energy and struggle. Österlen had the most ball, but Sankt Olof effectively disrupted the Division 2 team's moving attack game and was lead-heavy forward with Edin Cakovic as the ball receiver.
Semi-final 2 Torna Hällestad IF - IFK Simrishamn 0-2 Stable game from Simrishamn who played confidently on an early management goal. Torna Hällestad had some hazards, but efficiency was lacking in the closing. Instead, Simrishamn was able to increase to 0-2 which was also the final result.
Match for 3rd prize - Österlen FF - Torna Hällestad IF 5-1 Two disappointed teams who would have much rather wanted to play the final. Österlen had the most motivation left and easily won 5-1.
Final Sankt Olofs IF - IFK Simrishamn 2-1 (after extension) Two teams that really wanted to win. Albin Önneflod gave Sankt Olof the lead on a distinct shot in front of goal. Sankt Olof's physical play early led to five notes in the free kick protocol. Each additional free kick would now entail a so-called free kick penalty of ten meters, but the players of Sankt Olof kept their heads cold the rest of the match and the only 1 meters that Simrishamn got burned. However, the receipt would come. Jonathan Karlsén fought for a return position and pressed the receipt ball. 1-XNUMX stood out the match time. In the end, Sankt Olof utilized a changeover where Edin Cakovic and Albin Önneflod came two against one and where Albin Önneflod could easily roll in his second final goal (Önneflod who plays football in the just IFK Simrishamns A-team organizers club but played for the parent club Sankt Olof this year ) on Cakovic's free play. Sankt Olof's first victory in the Kamrat Cup was a fact - congratulations to an impressive team effort!
Shortly after the final signal, we had a snack with Sankt Olof's playing coach Rasmus Nygren who unselfishly made this cup for himself. But it could not be mistaken how good he was to coach his yellow-headed heroes this afternoon. Not many "experts" had before the Cup Sankt Olof as the winner. Calling themselves "underdogs" is really not something that Nygren thinks fits today's Sankt Olof. He has since a few years built a team with a strong attitude and is not really surprised at all. And anyone who saw how Sankt Olof played futsal in today's playoffs is probably not surprised by the success either.
Why did you win the Kamrat Cup in 2020? - We believe in it and work hard. The winning mentality we have in Sankt Olof is something out of the ordinary. It sits in the walls, says a victorious Nygren.
Two of Sankt Olof's players, Edin Cakovic and Albin Önneflod, were also selected in the Cup All Star Team, which looks like this:
Goalkeeper - Christoffer Delin, Torna Hällestad IF Defensive Player - Jacob Nilsson, IFK Simrishamn Defender - Fredrik Hansson, Österlen FF Attackers - Edin Cakovic, Sankt Olofs IF Attackers - Albin Önneflod, Sankt Olofs IF
When we are still working on the tributes to Sankt Olofs IF, here is a link to the association's fight song which will certainly be warm in the village for the next few days. Click here for a link to Spotify >>
After two days of group play, ten teams have qualified for tomorrow's playoffs in the Kamrat Cup's Futsal Tournament in the Korsavadshallen in Simrishamn.
Group 1 was won by a youthful Tomelilla IF who impressed in two 4-1 wins over Wollsjö AIF and Blentarps BK 1 as well as 2-2 against group two Gärsnäs AIS 1.
In Group 2, Gärsnäs AIS 2 started strongly by defeating the series colleague in Division 4 Rydsgårds AIF. Niklas Bernhoff scored three of the GAIS goals. After 1-4 against FC Plisat, GAIS had to win against Simrishamn U to be sure of the playoffs. Following an early GAIS lead, the 0-year-olds struggled! in Simrishamn received in an impressive way and also created a few receipt modes but 0-14 stood out. FC Plisat also reached the playoffs on the same score as Gärsnäs AIS.
In Group 3, Österlen FF cleaned houses with other teams. Before the final group game match, it would be decided whether Torna Hällstad IF or Futsal Deluxe would make Österlen company the playoffs. Futsal Deluxe needed to win the match but instead Torna Hällestad was the stronger team and won by 2-1.
In group 4, the organizers club IFK Simrishamn went ahead via three wins over Borrby IF Blentarps BK 2 and Baskemölla IF. Borrby IF clinched the second playoff spot by two 1-0 wins over Baskemölla and Blentarp.
Group 5 was won by Sankt Olofs IF through two head goal wins and a draw. Who would take the second playoff spot would stand between Sjöbo IF and Sövestads IF in the last match of the group. Sjöbo had a 2-0 lead long into the match which looked stable but Sövestad came again and managed to reduce and acknowledge in the final stage of the match which instead took Sövestad to the playoffs.
Tomorrow Monday, the Final Cup final will be decided. Division 3 colleagues IFK Simrishamn and Tomelilla IF and Division 2 team Österlen FF may be held as favorites for the final victory. Or can one of the Gärsnäs teams (strong to get with two teams for the playoffs) or the FC Plisat futsal specialists? The first playoff match starts at 11.00, the final at 14.30.
On Christmas Eve, Lennart Nacka Skoglund should have turned 90 years old. The football icon's birthday was celebrated partly at Södermalm in Stockholm where Nacka has been a statue since 1984. About 60 football friends joined the country's second Nacka statue, the one since 2010 found at Borrby sports ground in Österlen.
This year's Christmas Eve event started with morning football in the sports hall in Borrby where Borrby IF's oldboys met two teams Bajensupportrar with connection to south-eastern Skåne. Probably the only football matches to be played on Christmas Eve in Sweden?
In the first match, Borrby defeated Bajen 1 by 4-1. In game 2, Bajen 2 won over Bajen 1 by 3-2 and in the third and final match of Christmas Eve, Bajen 2 won over Borrby by 3-1 after hat trick by Axel Orrenius. Earlier this year, Borrby won the Christmas Eve matches, so this year's 3-1 victory was longed for the green and white.
Team lineup Borrby: Björn Månsson (team captain), Christer Andersson (1 goal), Jonas Månsson, Martin Åkesson (2 goals), Tobias Ekdahl (1 goal), Fredrik Bengtsson, Fredrik Olsson, Jakob Mårtensson, Robin Olofsson (1 goal) and Mujtaba Sayeed.
Team lineup Bajen 1: Jonas Sipola (team captain), Sebastian Sipola (1 goal), Stefan Johansson, Malcolm Bergsten, Robban Bergsten, Noah Bergsten (1 goal), Sam Qvarnström, Hugo Ulfsson (1 goal), Roland Wiklund and Björn Englund.
Team lineup Bajen 2: David Nordling (team captain, 1 goal), Bruno Nordling, Einar Nordling, Olle Nordling, Olle Dahl (1 goal), Ivar Nordling, Petter Håkansson (1 goal), Axel Orrenius (3 goals) and Lawrence Reyes (not playing).
When referee Ingemar Jönsson was blown by the Christmas evening football and the players showered, there was a gathering in Borrby IF's clubhouse where mulled wine, Christmas mustard, saffron buns and gingerbread were served. Legendary goalkeeper Ronnie Hellström was on the scene and told about when he played with Lennart Nacka Skoglund in Hammarby. And on one wall of the clubhouse rolled a short film from the show that Nacka played in Borrby in 1960, which is the main reason why there is a statue of him in Skåne as well.
At noon, there was such a gathering at Nacka's statue next to the clubhouse where Joachim Orrenius first thanked a number of people who made the Christmas Eve tradition in Borrby possible; culture worker Ulf Andersson and the statue's artist Richard Andersson who together are the initiators of the statue's rise, Borrby IF and its chairman Björn Månsson, pwhile Anders Lönnborn, who manufactured the statue of shipboard, Kjelle Bergsten who together with Joachim Orrenius copied the Stockholm tradition to Borrby, Ronnie Hellström who is the event's official ambassador, football dOmmar Ingemar Jönsson who kept the winning skulls in the sports hall in check, Stefan Magnusson (Bajen Fans first chairman) who annually gives the speech at the statue in Stockholm and finally all football friends who have come to Borrby to play ball and hang out for a while on Christmas Eve and thus honor the memory of Nacka.
Below you can read this year's Nackatal, which is held every year at the statues at Söder in Stockholm and in Borrby.
“Hammarbyare, Nackavanden, Söderbor! It is today 90 years since Sweden's greatest footballer of all time Lennart Nacka Skoglund was born. That Nacka is not forgotten is you who is a living proof of this. At the same time, this tribute is also in progress at Borrby IP in Skåne, where Nacka also stands statue. What other footballer in Sweden do you think will receive a tribute on the same day sixty miles apart thirty years after his death?
The season that ended ended with a third place in the Allsvenskan for Hammarby and 75 goals scored and I think Nacka smiles in his sky when he saw this offensive organ from perhaps the best Hammarby edition ever. For Nacka being offensive, working home wasn't really his thing. When a journalist asked him about a match in division two Svealand after returning from Italy why he did not take a more defensive responsibility, he said: "you know I have a pretty bad local sense so I do not find home for my own half".
There are always people who compare football players before and now. Of course, this is an unfair comparison, but I sometimes wonder how good Nacka has been with today's training methods. And I promise to start comparing the fantastic from Rosengård with Nacka on the day he shows up a World Cup bronze and a World Cup silver. By the way, the second best, Zlatan, has moved the business to Södermalm and become a hammerbyer so now Sweden's two biggest players of all time have Hammarby in common.
A few years ago I saw a submitter in a local newspaper here at Södermalm. It was a lady who questioned why Nacka Skoglund should stand statue on Söder. Statues only get kings, geniuses and heroes the lady argues. If she knew what she was right about, Nacka was all of that.
When Nacka came home from professional life in Italy in 1964, he was on the decline but still a magnificent football player. Twice he helped Hammarby in the Allsvenskan which at that time was a lindans team. He made his last really big appearance in 1966 in the all-Swedish qualifier against SAAB at Råsunda. I was there myself but unfortunately have no memories except that it was cold and that my dadconstantly talking about Nacka. Over 25000 people saw Hammarby win 5-0 after two goals by Nacka's heir to only 17-year-old Kenta Ohlsson.The chain consisted of Kenta, Nacka's brother Ya Skoglund, Berndt Lif, Tom Turesson and Nacka himself. It was an offensive called duga and of course Nacka was brilliant. The following season Hammarby was in the Allsvenskan but Nacka was most injured and after half the season he made his last match for Hammarby. Via Kärrtorps BK and the Länkarnas choir team, the story got a tragic end. Or as the journalist at Kvällsposten Björn Fremer once so aptly wrote: “Nacka lived on applause, just as the comedian lives on laughter. Nacka could make a lot of people happy. When laughter dies, the comedian dies. When the cheer died, Nacka died. "
Then maybe it was. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!"
Next year it is ten years since Nacka's statue in Borrby was inaugurated. Then the football friends learn to gather again to pay tribute to one of Swedish football's greatest footballers.
Every Christmas evening at 12.00 noon, Söderbor, hammerbyers and Nackavänder meet at the Nackastatyn on Söder in Stockholm to honor Lennart Nacka Skoglund and to wish each other Merry Christmas before Kalle Anka and other Christmas celebrations take place. Christmas Eve is Nacka's birthday and this year he would have turned 90. Since 2010, the tradition has been copied to the country's second Nack statue, the one outside Borrby on Österlen, where Stefan Magnusson's traditional Christmas Eve speech about one of Swedish football's greatest teachers is read while Magnusson himself gives the speech at the statue in Stockholm.
And just like in Stockholm, visitors are also offered in Borrby for mulled wine and gingerbread, and in fact also a short film from the showcase that Nacka leased at Borrby IP 1960 and which is the main reason why there is a statue of him in Skåne as well.
The Christmas Eve celebration at Nacka's statue in Österlen is a collaboration between Bajen Fans Österlen and Borrby IF and is supported by Ronnie Hellström - the official ambassador of the event.
- Skåningen and Malmö FF's boys team players came to Stockholm and Hammarby as a teenager. In the Bajen, Ronnie developed into a world goalkeeper and for many years was a professional in the Bundesliga league Kaiserslautern and given in the Swedish national team. Ronnie was in Borrby in 2010 when the statue was inaugurated so it feels like a perfect ambassador for this fine Christmas tradition. I met Ronnie recently and he said he would show up this year. Has also invited Zlatan Ibrahimović, who realized that he also likes Bajen, but has not yet received an answer, says Joachim Orrenius, one of the initiators.
As a tribute to football and the good cooperation between Bajen Fans Österlen and Borrby IF, this year there is also playing ball in Borrby's sports hall. Two teams of Hammarby supporters with a connection to southeastern Skåne meet Borrby IF's oldboys. If you want to watch football live on Christmas Eve, then it is to Borrby you should go.
09:30 - The sports hall in Borrby opens. 10:00 - match 1 - Bajen Fans Österlen team 1 meets Borrby IF's oldboys. 10:25 - match 2 - Bajen Fans Österlen team 1 meets Bajen Fans Österlen team 2. 10:50 - match 3 - Borrby IF's oldboys meet Bajen Fans Österlen team 2. 11:30 am - Mulled wine, gingerbread and Christmas cake in Borrby IF's clubhouse. Film screening. 12:00 - collection at Nacka Skoglund's statue next to the clubhouse on Borrby IP. Tribute to Lennart Nacka Skoglund.
- Fantastic that the interest is so great that this year we have two teams. I joked with Björn Månsson, Borrby IF's chairman, that this may grow into a whole cup in the future. In that case, the cup can be called Nackas Minne, after the previously so popular indoor tournament at Hovet and Globe, says Joachim Orrenius.