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Horseshoe factory is lucky charm for title-winning Jansson

Robin Jansson went from horseshoes to hero.

For Swedish defender Robin Jansson, horseshoes certainly proved to be a lucky charm.

The 26-year-old scored the goal that clinched AIK's first league title in nine years on Sunday, just seven months after leaving a job in a horseshoe factory to join the Stockholm club.

Jansson headed home the only goal in a 1-0 win over Kalmar to complete an unlikely journey that began as a semi-professional in the third tier.

"Eight, nine months ago I wouldn't have believed (I'd be standing here). It's a fantastic...

Why Andreas Granqvist is more popular than Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Sweden and could join Man United

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner believes the ball is in Zlatan Ibrahimovic's court when it comes to the rumours linking him with a loan move to Milan.

Jose Mourinho once had Zlatan Ibrahimovic to help him out at Manchester United. Nowadays, his attention has reportedly switched to another Swedish veteran, Andreas Granqvist, who is rumoured to be a target ahead of the January transfer window.

"I am not closing any doors, and flattered to even be linked with such a big team," the 33-year-old defender told Expressen from Helsingborg where he plays in the second division.

Second division? Yes, you have read that right. Back in January, Granqvist...

Kennedy Bakircioglu celebrates goal with beer in Swedish top flight

Over in the Swedish top flight, Hammarby brought a four-game winless run to an abrupt end on Monday night with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Gothenborg.

Sure enough, it was talismanic midfielder Kennedy Bakircioglu who came off the bench to seal the win with a fine 25-yard freekick. However, Bakircioglu soon eclipsed his goal with an even better celebration that involved skilfully catching a beer hurled from the stands and taking a triumphant swig.

Nice take. Fine technique.

Bakircioglu is a...


Former MLS goalkeeper Josh Wicks fails drugs test

Josh Wicks

Former MLS goalkeeper Josh Wicks tested positive for cocaine after a game for his Swedish club Sirius this month.

The American's contract with the team will be terminated as a result. He had just signed a two-year deal in December but tested positive following the first game of the season.

"He is devastated -- football is his work and now he cannot practise it," Sirius chairman Ove Sjoeblom said at a news conference on Thursday.

"He's not being fired. It is rather a termination of a contract...

Watford in talks over £2.9 million move for IFK Goteborg's Pontus Dahlberg

Watford are in talks to sign IFK Goteborg goalkeeper Pontus Dahlberg, sources close to the Hornets have told ESPN FC.

Scouts from a number of Europe's top clubs have been alerted to Dahlberg's potential with Arsenal, Tottenham, Everton, Napoli and RB Leipzig all monitoring his progress.

Watford are keen to steal a march on their rivals for the 18-year-old's signature by setting up a deal for when the transfer window reopens next month.

Marco Silva's side are in advanced talks with Goteborg over...