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Swedish Allsvenskanliga

The story of Hammarby's long-awaited return to Sweden's Allsvenskan

Hammarby fans pack the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm as their club returned to Sweden's first division for the first time since 2009.

"I have waited so long for this day, and it's great that it has finally come." How fitting those words were in Stockholm on Saturday, as Hammarby fans celebrated their return to Allsvenskan, Sweden's top division, after five long seasons away.

Those words come from a song titled "Just Idag Ar Jag Stark" ("Today I am strong"), performed by Kenta Gustafsson, which has long been established as the club's anthem. Hammarby fans identify with it completely. It's not uncommon to see the song's lyrics...

Sweden gives man 10 months for killing rival in football fight

STOCKHOLM -- A Swedish court has sentenced a 29-year-old soccer fan to 10 months in prison for causing the death of a supporter of a rival club during a fight before a league game last year.

The Scania and Blekinge Court of Appeal found the Helsingborg supporter guilty of "assault and involuntary manslaughter" on Monday after studying audio and video recordings of a brawl in the club's home town on March 30, 2014.

The game between Helsingborg and Djurgarden was called off in the 41st minute with...

Isaac Kiese Thelin signs for Bordeaux from Malmo

BORDEAUX, France -- Bordeaux have signed striker Isaac Kiese Thelin on a four-and-a-half-year deal from Malmo.

The 22-year-old completed his medical on Thursday before signing a contract reportedly worth 3.5 million euros.

Thelin made his Champions League debut this season and scored five goals in 14 league games as Malmo retained their Swedish title.

His performances also earned him his first caps with Sweden in November last year.

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Rasmus Elm to resume career with Kalmar FF after CSKA Moscow exit

Rasmus Elm has played for Sweden 39 times, scoring four goals.

Sweden international Rasmus Elm has returned to Kalmar FF in his homeland after a stomach illness prompted an exit from CSKA Moscow.

Elm, 26, had been suffering with a chronic illness since the start of the season and CSKA Moscow president Yevgeny Giner told Bobsoccer in Russia last month that the club was "categorically against" the idea of the midfielder resuming his career as he could "become disabled."

He terminated his contract with CSKA at the start of the year and has since been training...

 By PA Sport

Henrik Larsson appointed Helsingborg boss after Falkenberg exit

Henrik Larsson has been named as manager of Swedish side Helsingborg.

The club announced the appointment of the former Celtic and Barcelona striker on their official website on Monday after he had stepped down as coach of Falkenberg.

The 43-year-old made his name at Helsingborg, who are seven-time winners of the Allsvenskan, most recently in 2011. Although they have finished no higher than fifth since then.

The former Sweden international also returned to the club towards the end of his playing career.

Larsson's...