Allsvenskan: BK Häcken | Team Preview

BK Häcken will open their 2017 Allsvenskan campaign by visiting Stockholm-based football club AIK at Friends Arena on April 2.


BK Häcken are a football club based on Hisingen, which is an island part of Swedish second biggest city Gothenburg. Last season, BK Häcken finished on a tenth place in the league table.

They managed to win eleven and draw seven match, collecting overall 40 points, but they also suffered twelve defeats in 2016 Allsvenskan. They managed to score 58 goals, which is impressive considering that finished on a tenth place, but also managed to concede 45 goals.

Nigerian football player John Owoeri was the 2016 Allsvenskan’s top goalscorer with his 17 goals for BK Häcken. Alexander Farnerud and Samuel Gustafson were BK Häcken’s assist kings with their seven assists each.

It was overall a successful season for BK Häcken. They managed to defeat the Swedish champions Malmö FF after penalty shootouts in the final of the 2015/2016 Svenska Cupen.

GENERAL INFORMATION
– Founded: 1940
– Ground: Bravida Arena (Capacity: 6,500)
– Chairman: Anders Billström
– Coach: Mikael Stahre

CLUB HISTORY
The football club was started by a group of 14- to 15-year-old youngsters. They had a wish to not just play football for fun but to create an organisation and play in the national league system. The boys turned to Göteborgs Fotbollförbund, the local football association. The youngsters were playing under the name BK Kvick earlier. However, the name was already taken by another organisation. Thus, the name was then changed to Bollklubben Häcken after the huge hedge, which grew around the field the boys used to practise on. The organisation Bollklubben Häcken came into existence on 2 August 1940.

BK Häcken’s main rivals are the three other Gothenburg-based football clubs IFK Göteborg, GAIS and Örgryte IS. Neverthless, IFK Göteborg are considered the biggest rivals since BK Häcken is from the island of Hisingen in Gothenburg. It is also considered to be the team of Hisingen while the other three teams, widely supported, all come from mainland Gothenburg.

BK Häcken have progressed since returning back to Allsvenskan in 2008. Their most successive Allsvenskan campaign was in 2012 when BK Häcken finished on a second place in the league table with 57 points, just two points behind the 2012 Swedish champions IF Elfsborg.

BK Häcken also won their first major title ever by winning the 2015/2016 Swedish Cup title. The underdogs, BK Häcken, defeated Malmö FF, in their own backyard, on penalty shootouts.

In 2010, Häcken earned the Fair Play award for the Allsvenskan. This resulted in the team earning a spot in the 1st Qualifying Round of the 2011/2012 UEFA Europa League when Sweden won third place in the UEFA Fair Play ranking.

ACHIEVEMENT
Allsvenskan
– Runners-up (1): 2012

Superettan
– Champions (1): 2004
– Runners-up (1): 2008

Division 1 Södra
– Champions (2): 1990, 1999
– Runners-up (1): 1997

Division 1 Västra
– Champions (1): 1992

Svenska Cupen
– Champions (1): 2015/2016

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