After a long break for UEFA EURO 2008™, the Swedish Allsvenskan resumes on Tuesday with Kalmar FF ready to keep proving the pre-season pundits right.
Leaders Kalmar return to action at Gefle IF on Wednesday, having secured 25 points from their first eleven games of the campaign. Nanne Bergstrand's much-heralded side had caught the eye before the recess, which started on 12 May, with striker Patrik Ingelsten – in his second season after joining from Halmstads BK – rifling in eight goals. Indeed, scoring has been one of Kalmar's strengths, wheareas stout defending has been key for second-placed IF Elfsborg, who are three points adrift of Kalmar. A winter recruit from BK Häcken, 35-year-old former Swedish international Teddy Lucic has been a big influence on a team who have conceded only three goals.
AIK Solna sit third, but their record of ten goals scored in eleven games gives a good idea of where their frailties lie, while title-holders IFK Göteborg are fourth. Not a tremendous start, yet given the problems they have had playing their usual passing game this term, they will be relieved to be just six points off the pace. Helsingborgs IF, Hammarby, Malmö FF and Djurgårdens IF are all hovering towards the top; Halmstad and GAIS Göteborg, though, are having a less edifying time in mid-table. Newcomers Ljungskile SK have surprised everyone by earning ten points to leave them above Trelleborgs FF, Örebro SK, Gefle and GIF Sundsvall. Another promoted side, IFK Norrköping, are bottom with coach Sören Cratz desperate to get some momentum going.
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