Allsvenskan: Halmstads BK | Team Preview

Recently promoted Halmstads BK will host Östersunds FK in their opening match of the 2017 Allsvenskan season at Örjans Vall in Halmstad on April 1, 2017.


Halmstads BK is a Swedish football club based in the city of Halmstad, which is located on the Swedish west coast. They are back in Allsvendskan after being promoted from the Swedish second division, Superettan.

Halmstads BK played overall 30 matches in 2016 Superettan, grabbing 16 victories and six draws but suffered eight defeats. They managed to collect overall 54 points, making them finishing on a third place. Thus, Halmstads BK were given the chance to get promotion to the 2017 Allsvenskan through a promotion/relegation playoff.

They faced the former Sweden international, Celtic and FC Barcelona star Henrik Larsson’s Helsingborgs IF in the playoff. The first leg ended in a one-one draw at the home ground of Halmstads BK. In the second leg, Mathias Mathisen shined with his two late goals, sending the to 2017 Allsvenskan.

GENERAL INFORMATION
– Founded: 1914
– Ground: Örjans Vall (Capacity: 15,500)
– Chairman: Tony Karlsson
– Coach: Jan Jönsson

CLUB HISTORY
In 1913 a group of youngsters, who called themselves Viking, wishing to create a more serious organization, met at Hotel Lugnet and decided to create an organization. They gave their new organization the name Halmstads Bollklubb and chose Axel Winberg as the club’s first chairman. They also applied for membership in the the Swedish Sports Confederation.

Halmstads BK have been crowned the Swedish champions four times. They won their first Swedish league title under the reign of the former England manager Roy Hodgson in 1976. The last time they won the league title was in 2000.

In 1995, Halmstads BK faced the Italian football club Parma FC in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in the home ground of their rivals IFK Göteborg. Halmstads BK managed to defeat the Italian side with three goals to nothing in the first leg but the Italian side Parma FC showed their strength and won four-nil in the second leg. Thus, eliminating the Swedish side from the competition.

In the following year, Halmstads BK faced Newcastle United in the first round of the UEFA Cup, which proved to be a much stonger team than Halmstads BK. in 1996 in the first round of the UEFA Cup Newcastle United proved the stronger team.

Halmstads BK sold own-product Freddie Ljungberg to Arsène Wenger’s Arsenal, following quick exit from UEFA Champions League in 1998, for 40 million Swedish crowns.

Halmstad began the 2008 Allsvenskan season well enough, with four wins and three ties after the first ten rounds. The team continued on in this fashion, ending at a respectable eight place with 41 points. But the following season did not end nearly as good. The team began very impressively, with consecutive wins and very few losses. But, following several losses, the team eventually found themselves in the bottom region of the table. However, the team ended the season better and finished 13th with 32 points, just three points from having to play in a relegation playoff series.

The 2011 Allsvenskan season was not a good season for neither Halmstad nor its fans. With just 14 points after 26 rounds, and at least another ten points needed to reach the relegation playoffs, Halmstad had to win against Syrianska FC in the following round. Halmstad lost the game one-nil and thus were relegated to Superettan for the 2012 season, after 19 consecutive seasons in Allsvenskan.

ACHIEVEMENT
Allsvenskan
– Champions (4): 1976, 1979, 1997, 2000.
– Runners-up (2): 1954/1955, 2004.

Division 1 Södra
– Champions (2): 1988, 1992.

Division 2
– Champions (10): 1925/1926, 1932/1933, 1938/1939, 1940/1941, 1941/1942, 1946/1947, 1953/1954, 1964, 1971, 1973.
– Runners-up (4): 1924/1925, 1936/1937, 1949/1950, 1951/1952.

Svenska Cupen
– Champions (1): 1994/1995.

UEFA Intertoto Cup
– Champions (3): 1977, 1980, 1994.
– Runners-up (1): 1997.

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