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Season review: Sweden

Published: Tuesday 16 November 2010, 20.14CET
Malmö FF secured the title on the last day of the season and Helsingborgs IF won the cup to conclude a year to remember for Alexander Gerndt, Ivo Pekalski and unfancied Örebro SK.
by Sujay Dutt
from Stockholm
Season review: Sweden
Malmö's home stadium witnessed its 16th title celebration ©UEFA.com
Published: Tuesday 16 November 2010, 20.14CET

Season review: Sweden

Malmö FF secured the title on the last day of the season and Helsingborgs IF won the cup to conclude a year to remember for Alexander Gerndt, Ivo Pekalski and unfancied Örebro SK.

Malmö FF won their 16th Allsvenskan title on the last day of the season after being pushed to the wire by near neighbours Helsingborgs IF, though Swedish Cup success represented some consolation for the runners-up.

Champions: Malmö FF
Roland Nilsson's men had faded after a good start in 2009, finishing seventh, and may have feared another slump after losing 2-1 at Helsingborg in the seventh round of the 2010 campaign. That result made Helsingborg the pacesetters, but the momentum had swung back towards Malmö by the time they won the return southern derby 2-0 in September. Things remained tight until Jiloan Hamad and Agon Mehmeti scored in a 2-0 final-day victory over Mjällby AIF as Malmö held on to top spot.

Cup final: Helsingborgs IF 1-0 Hammarby IF
A week after missing out on the championship, Helsingborg got their consolation after Rasmus Jönsson struck the only goal at Hammarby's home ground in Stockholm. "It feels damned good to win," said Jönsson. "It doesn't make up for everything that happened last weekend, but it feels good."

European places*
Malmö FF – UEFA Champions League qualifying
Helsingborgs IF – UEFA Europa League qualifying
Örebro SK – UEFA Europa League qualifying
IF Elfsborg – UEFA Europa League qualifying
*Exact rounds and entry subject to final confirmation from UEFA

Surprise package: Örebro SK
Örebro have steadily improved since Sixten Boström took over as coach in 2008, with this year's third-place finish the club's best showing in 16 years. A return to European football is reward for an attractive, posi