Trelleborgs FF

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Trelleborg
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Full name Trelleborgs Fotbollförening
Founded 1926
Ground Vångavallen,
Trelleborg
Ground Capacity 10,000
Chairman Per-Anders Abrahamsson
Head coach Conny Karlsson
League Division 1 Södra
2013 Division 1 Södra, 3rd

Trelleborgs FF, or simply Trelleborg, is a Swedish football club located in Trelleborg. The club, formed 6 December 1926, will during the season of 2013 play in the Division 1 Södra, the third tier in the Swedish Football system after being relegated from Superettan in the 2012 season. Trelleborgs FF has participated 17 times in Allsvenskan and once in the UEFA-cup where the team eliminated Blackburn Rovers in the same season Rovers won the English Premier League.

Trelleborg have had a reputation of being a less fashionable provincial side, making the most of limited resources and a small fan base. The team has typically been recognised by performing goalkeppers, a strong defense and a good home record. In 2006 the team broke the Superettan record for longest period without conceding a goal.

The club is affiliated to the Skånes Fotbollförbund.[1]

History[edit]

Promotion to top division and qualifying for the UEFA Cup[edit]

The club won promotion to the top Swedish league for the first time in 1984. The club's glory days arrived in the early nineties when they won promotion to Allsvenskan for the second time and finished third in 1992, the so far best placement, fourth in 1993 and participated in the UEFA-cup. Tipped for demotion at the start of most seasons, the team scrambled through the late nineties with effective, but not very attractive, defensive long ball tactics. Trelleborg's stadium, Vångavallen, was even nicknamed "Tjongavallen" (from Swedish "Tjonga" - kicking a football far away without direction). The team was finally demoted in 2001 after a disappointing season.

Recent years[edit]

The club gained promotion to the top league for the third time in 2003 just to be demoted directly, somewhat ironically since it came after the Trelleborg board hired the dane Ole Mørk who was supposed to change the Trelleborg style of play into a more attractive short-passing game. In 2005, TFF finished eleventh in Superettan after a turbulent year, while 2006 became a successful year for the team. Three rounds before the end of Superettan 2006, Trelleborg stood as clear winners, thus gaining promotion to the 2007 Allsvenskan. Relegation was narrowly avoided with superior goal difference in 2007. In 2008 Tom Prahl, trainer during the success years in the early nineties, returned as head coach. Trelleborg finished at tenth place in an even season where Rasmus Bengtsson amongst others had an inspiring season. In 2009 the team finished at ninth place after a strong finish. In 2010 the teams tactics changed to a more creative and public friendly gamestyle. The team finished fifth after a strong autumn, their best position since 1993, just to be relegated in 2011, after conceiding 64 goals in 16 matches and finishing second last. In the 2012 season, Trelleborg was relegated from Superettan, the second tier.

Achievements[edit]

League[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 14 February 2014[2]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Sweden GK Fredrik Persson (vice captain)
2 Sweden DF Tobias Mattsson
3 Estonia DF Joonas Tamm
4 The Gambia MF Dawda Ngum
5 Sweden DF Anes Mravac
7 Sweden MF Patrik Åström
8 Sweden FW Freddy Borg
9 Sweden FW Alexander Nilsson (on loan from Malmö FF)
10 Sweden MF Zoran Jovanović
11 Rwanda FW Olivier Karekezi
12 Sweden GK Jesper Hansen
No. Position Player
15 Sweden DF Martin Overgaard
16 Sweden DF Linus Fridolf
17 Sweden DF Ali Jasim
18 Sweden MF Philip Cascalheira
19 Sweden DF Tim Fredriksen
20 Sweden FW Fabian Karlsson
21 Sweden MF Magnus Andersson (captain)
22 Sweden MF Freddie Sramêk
23 Sweden MF Joakim Nilsson
26 Sweden MF Jonathan Asp
42 Sweden GK Dennis Petersson

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kontaktuppgifter och tävlingar – Skånes Fotbollförbund - Svenskfotboll.se". Retrieved 2011-01-12. 
  2. ^ "A-lag 2014" (in Swedish). Trelleborgs FF. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 

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