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Malmö FF
Malmo FF.png
Full name Malmö Fotbollförening
Nickname(s) Di blåe (The Blues)
Himmelsblått (Sky Blue)
Founded 1910
Ground Swedbank Stadion, Malmö
(Capacity: 24,000
(21,000 seated))
Chairman Sweden Håkan Jeppsson
Manager Sweden Roland Nilsson
League Allsvenskan
2009 Allsvenskan, 7th
Home colours
Away colours
Current season

Malmö Fotbollsförening, also known simply as Malmö FF, is a professional football club based in Malmö, Scania, Sweden. The club, formed on 24 February 1910, has been awarded 15 national championship titles (despite winning the Swedish football league 18 times) and 14 national cup titles, making them one of the most successful clubs in Sweden.[1] Malmö FF was the runner-up in the 1979 European Champions Cup final, which they lost 1-0 to Nottingham Forest, the club was the first and as of 2010 still the only Swedish football club to have reached the final of the competition. For this, MFF were awarded the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal, as of 2010 the only club to have been so.[2]

Malmö FF are currently playing in the highest Swedish league, Allsvenskan, where they have played the majority of the seasons during their existence. The club was most successful during the 1970's when they won five Swedish championships and four Swedish cup titles. The club first won Allsvenskan in 1944 and took their latest title in 2004.[3]



Early years

Malmö IP at the time Malmö FF was founded

Malmö Fotbollsförening was founded at Malmö IP on February 24th 1910 by 19 young men. However the history of the club dates back to 1905 when a municipal initiative to let the city youth play organized football was formed. One of the youth teams, which were named Bollklubben Idrott was the predecessor to what was going to become Malmö FF. BK Idrott joined the newly created football department of IFK Malmö in 1909 but soon left due to issues between the two clubs. In 1910 the members of BK Idrott founded Malmö FF; the first chairman was Werner Mårtensson.[4]

The first ten years of the clubs history were spent in local and regional divisions, the majority of the matches were played in the city division called Malmömästerskapen but the club also competed in regional competitions in Scania as well as various matches against Danish clubs. 1916 proved to be a successful year for Malmö FF as they reached the final of Scanian regional competitions called Distrikmästerskapen for the first time. The final was played against rival Helsingborgs IF, the game was lost by 3-4. The club also defeated local rival IFK Malmö three times during the season and thus earned the inofficial but much desired title as Malmös best football club.

In 1920 Swedish football clubs were invited by the Swedish Football Association to compete in official national competitions. The club earned a place in Division 2 Sydsvenska Serien which they won the first year to be promoted to Svenska Serien Västra, the highest tier in Sweden at the time, however the club was relegated the next year and found themselves playing in Sydsvenska Serien until they finally achieved promotion to the highest tier in Swedish football, Allsvenskan, in 1931.

First years in Allsvenskan and early glory

Malmö FF 1944

Two seasons with respectable league positions were played until the club was relegated as a penalty of breaking amateur regulations in 1934. The club had paid their players a small sum of money for each game, something which was against the rules at the time but which was common to do by many clubs; however Malmö FF were the only club to show this in the accounting records. This resulted in relegation to Division 2 again as well as bans for the entire board and 26 players. The unofficial version of the events tells the story that it was in fact local rival IFK Malmö who reported this to the Swedish Football Association, Many of Malmö FF fans, especially among the older ones, still think of IFK Malmö's way of acting as an act of treason.[5]

The club made their way back to Allsvenskan in 1937 after two seasons in Division 2. In the same year legendary chairman Eric Persson was elected after being secretary since 1929, he would go on to serve as chairman until 1974. After two years of positions in the lower part of the league 1939 was a very successful as the club reached their highest position yet, third place in Allsvenskan, 9 points after champions IF Elfsborg. Many started to believe that the clubs first Swedish Championship was close but it would take until 1944 when the club could claim their first victory in Allsvenskan after 2-1 in the next to last game against AIK in front of 36 000 spectators at Råsunda. The last game of the season was won against Halmstad BK with 7-0.

In the next 9 years Malmö FF finished in the top 3 every season. This resulted in four Swedish Championships in 1949, 1950, 1951 and 1953 as well as finishing as runners-up three times in 1946, 1948 and 1952. It should also be mentioned that the club won Svenska Cupen in 1944, 1946, 1947, 1951 and 1953 as well as finishing as runners-up in 1945. Malmö FFs peak during the late 1940’s and early 1950’s is once again illustrated by the streak of 49 matches between May 6th 1949 and June 1st 1951, in which the team went unbeaten, 23 of these were an unbroken streak of victories.

The club would finish as runners-up in Allsvenskan two more times in 1956 and 1957 before leaving Malmö IP for newly built Malmö Stadion in 1958. The stadium, which was built for the 1958 FIFA World Cup would be the home for the club for the next 50 years. The club started the 1960’s with a young team and achieved fairly good league positions. In 1964 Malmö FF contracted Spanish manager Antonio Durán; this was the first step of many that lead to the most successful era in the history of the club. Young talents such as Lars Granström and Bo Larsson emerged during the early 1960’s and would also prove to be crucial pieces in the success that would come in the 1970’s. The club finished second in 1964 but would go on to win its 6th Swedish Championship in 1965 when Bo Larsson scored an incredible 28 goals to win the goal scorer league. Malmö FF once again won Allsvenskan in 1967 after a less successful year in 1966. Many of the clubs young talents as well as talents bought in from neighbouring clubs in Scania in 1967 started to become a team that constantly finished in the top 3 in Allsvenskan.[6]

Young Malmö FF players in the 1960's

Succesful 1970's, European Cup 1979 and the 1980's

After finishing as runners-up for the last two years of the 1960’s Malmö FF started the most successful decade of the clubs history with a Swedish Championship in 1970. In the 1970’s the club won Allsvenskan in 1970, 1971, 1974, 1975 and 1977 as well as Svenska Cupen in 1976 and 1978. However the most glorious year of the 1970’s for Malmö FF would be 1979. The club had qualified for the 1978–79 European Cup by winning Allsvenskan 1977, after victories against AS Monaco, Dynamo Kiev, Wisla Krakow and Austria Wien, the club had reached the final of the competition. The final was played at Olympiastadion in Munich, West Germany against Nottingham Forest. Trevor Francis scored the only goal of the match winning it 1-0 for Nottingham. Nevertheless the 1979 final is yet today the biggest moment in the history of Malmö FF.

Much of the success during the 1970’s were due to new tactics and training methods brought to the club by English manager Bob Houghton who managed the club between 1974 and 1980. Chairman Eric Persson was succeeded in 1974 by Hans Cavalli-Björkman. After a period of respectable positions in the league under the management of Keith Blunt and Tord Grip in the early 1980’s Roy Hodgson took over as manager in 1985. He would lead the club to two Swedish Championships in 1986 and 1988 even though the club won Allsvenskan five years in a row between 1985 and 1989. This was due to the competition format at the time; between 1982 and 1992 Allsvenskan had play-offs for the best teams after the ordinary season was over. The club reached the play-off final for four years in a row between 1986 and 1989 but only managed to win the final in 1986 and 1988. Nevertheless the 1980’s are regarded as very successful period for Malmö FF. Apart from Allsvenskan the club won Svenska Cupen in 1984, 1986 and 1989.[7]

Apart from finishing as runners-up in Allsvenskan in 1996 the 1990’s was a decade of disappointment as the club failed to win Allsvenskan and Svenska Cupen throughout the entire decade. The decade ended symbolically with regulation from Allsvenskan in 1999 and the darkest moment in the history of the club was a fact. Hans Cavalli-Björkman was succeeded as chairman by Bengt Madsen in 1999 and former player Hasse Borg was contracted as Director of Sport. These operational changes as well as the emergence of young talent Zlatan Ibrahimovic lead to the return to Allsvenskan in 2001. Zlatan Ibrahimović rose to fame and became an important player in the clubs campaign to return to the top league. Ibrahimović was later sold to Ajax in 2001, before playing for Juventus, Internazionale, and eventually FC Barcelona in 2009.

Malmö FF have in many ways reflected the multi-cultural nature of Malmö. In 1990, defender Jean-Paul Vondenburg became the first black player playing for the Swedish national football team, playing against the United Arab Emirates. In 1998, midfielder/striker Yksel Osmanovski became the first Muslim player for Sweden, when Sweden lost 1-0 to USA.

Latest Championship in 2004 to the present

The return to Allsvenskan was the start of the successful early 2000’s when the club finished top 3 for three in a row and winning Allsvenskan in 2004, the clubs 15th Swedish Championship. Tom Prahl was the manager during these successful years. In 2005 the club was one match away from qualifying for the UEFA Champions League but lost surprisingly against FC Thun. The result during the next years of the decade would go on to disappoint the fans of the team as many expected a club such as Malmö FF to finish at the top of the table. Successful sponsor work and player sales had also made the club the richest club in Sweden at the time.[8]

In 2009 the club moved from Malmö Stadion to Swedbank Stadion, a stadium built entirely for football and located just beside the old one. At the end of the decade chairman Bengt Madsen announced that he would step down as chairman and was replaced by Håkan Jeppsson in 2010.

The club is one of the dominating football clubs in Sweden, as of the 2009 season the club ranks second in overall Allsvenskan table maratontabellen.[9] On the day of the clubs 100th anniversary in 2010, the Swedish football magazine Offside determined that Malmö FF is the greatest football club in Swedish history.[10]

Colours and crest


The club is often known by the nicknames Di blåe (The Blue Ones) and Himmelsblått (Sky Blue). The reason for these nicknames are the club colours of light blue and white. The players wear sky blue shirts, white shorts, and sky blue socks. The away colors are red and white striped shirts, black shorts, and black socks.[11]

The club colours has not always been sky blue. The predecessor club BK Idrott wore blue and white striped shirts and white shorts, this kit was used for the first six months of 1910 after Malmö FF had been founded. This was later changed to red and white striped shirts and black shorts to symbolize that Malmö FF was a new club, a very similar kit is now used as the away kit for historic reasons. The present day sky blue kit was introduced in 1920.[12]

The crest of Malmö FF is made up of a shield with two vertical sky blue fields one the sides and one vertical white field in the middle. Underneath the shield is "Malmö FF" spelled out in sky blue letters with a sky blue star underlining the text. In the top area of the shield is a white horizontal field over the three vertical fields. The abbreviation of the club name "MFF" is spelled out with sky blue letters in this field. On top of the shield is five tower like extensions of the white field.[13] The crest made its debut on the shirt in the 1940's.[14]

In modern times a golden star has been added over the shield, this is a feature only used on the crests on player shirts. In the original logo the full club name and sky blue star beneath the shield was not featured. For the 100th anniversary of the club in 2010 the years 1910 and 2010 will be featured on each side of the shield on a sky blue ribbon behind the shield.


Malmö FF Fans at a home game

Malmö FF has several fan clubs, among which the official fan club is MFF Support. It was founded in 1992. MFF Support describes itself as “an idealistic and non-political association working against violence and racism”.[15] The current Chairman of MFF Support is Ola Solér.

Apart from MFF Support there is also several small fan groups and formations. The most prominent of these are Supras Malmö which was founded in 2003 by a group of devoted fans, creating a positive atmosphere and encouraging football culture are the main goals of the group. Another example of a group with similar goals is Rex Scania. MFF Tifosi 96 is a network of supporters creating tifos for special occasions and important games.

The attendance average for the 2009 season was 14.815, the second best attendance in Allsvenskan 2009 after Swedish champions AIK.[16]


The main rivals of the club are Helsingborgs IF, IFK Göteborg and IFK Malmö. The rivalry between Malmö FF and Helisngborgs IF has existed since Malmö FF were promoted up to Allsvenskan in the 1930's, the rivalry is of geographical nature since both teams are from Scania in southern Sweden. The rivalry with IFK Göteborg is of title reasons, the two clubs are the most successful clubs in Swedish football history and the only ones to have appeared in European cup finals, IFK Göteborg in the UEFA Cup in 1982 and 1987 and Malmö FF in the European Cup in 1979.

The rivalry with IFK Malmö is based on geographical reasons since the two clubs comes from the same city and used to play at the same stadium back in the early 20th century. There is also further reasons for the rivalry, as in 1933 board members of IFK Malmö revealed to the Swedish Football Association that Malmö FF paid their players, something which at this time was against the rules.[17][18] Due to this, Malmö FF was relegated but did make it back to Allsvenskan as soon as in 1936. However, Malmö FF still consider the act from IFK Malmö as an act of betrayal. IFK Malmö does not play in Allsvenskan any longer, the last time being in 1962, thus matches between the two sides are rare.

Minor rivalry because of geographical status exists with Trelleborgs FF and Landskrona BoIS since they come from Scania as well as Malmö FF, however rivalry with these clubs are far from the level of rivalry with Helsingborg, IFK Göteborg and IFK Malmö.


1910 - 1957
Malmö IP - Capacity 7.600
1958 - 2008
Malmö Stadion - Capacity 27.500
2009 - Present
Swedbank Stadion - Capacity: 24.000

Malmö FF's first stadium was Malmö IP, which was shared with arch-rivals IFK Malmö. The team played here from the founding of the club in 1910 to 1958. The stadium still exist today and is the stadium of ladies team LdB FC Malmö, formally being the ladies section of Malmö FF. Present day capacity is 7.600 but attendance was usually much more at the time when Malmö FF played at the stadium. For the last season in 1957 the attendance avarage was 15.500.[19] The stadium is still an essential part of the clubs history as it was here that the club was founded, played its first 47 seasons and won five Swedish championships.

A new stadium in Malmö had to be constructed after Sweden was awarded the 1958 FIFA World Cup - this saw the birth of Malmö Stadion. Malmö FF played their first season at the stadium in 1958. The first time the club won the Swedish championship at the stadium was in 1965.[20] An upper tier was added to the stadium in the 80's, and was completed in 1992.[21] The club enjoyed its most successful era in its history at the stadium having won ten out of fifteen Swedish championships at the stadium.

Following the 2004 victory in Allsvenskan, voices where raised for the construction of a new stadium in Malmö. In July 2005, Malmö FF announced that a new stadium was to be constructed - Swedbank Stadion, a 18,000 seatings and 6,000 standings stadium. Construction started in 2007 and was finished in 2009. The stadium is located next to Malmö Stadion. Although there was still small-scale construction going on around the stadium at the time, the stadium was inaugurated on 13 April 2009 with the first home game of the 2009 season against Örgryte IS; Malmö FF's Labinot Harbuzi scored the inaugural goal in the 61st minute.[22]

In popular culture

Malmö FF has been the subject and featured in several films.

The most noteworthy examples are Swedish football documentaries "Blådårar 1" and "Blådårar 2" which is portrayals of the club from both supporter and player perspective during the 1997 and 2000 season. Blådårar 1 is set in 1997 when the club finnished third in Allsvenskan, the focus of the film is on devoted fan Lasse, player Anders Andersson, former chairman Hans Cavalli-Björkman and many others.[23] Blådårar 2 is set in 2000, the year after the club had been relegated to Superettan and follows the team as they fight to make Malmö FF a club in Allsvenskan again.[24] The film continues to follow fan Lasse of the first film but a major part of the film is the focus on Zlatan Ibrahimović, his progress and how he was eventually sold to AFC Ajax during the 2001 season. The two films have become known as classic portrayals of the club.

Malmö FF has been featured in the documentary series "Mitt Hjärtas Malmö", a series of documentaries covering the history of Malmö, clips including match footage from the 1940's (Volume 7) and match footage from the 1979 European Cup Final in Munich through a fan perspective (Volume 8).[25] Volume 9 is entirely about the club because of the 100th anniversary in 2010.[26]

Other examples of films featuring the club is the Swedish 2005 drama movie "Om Sara", actor Alexander Skarsgård plays the football star Kalle Öberg, who plays for MFF.[27] Also, a recurring sketch in the second season of Hipphipp! involves a group of Malmö FF fans singing and chanting while performing every-day tasks, such as shopping or operating an ATM.

Current squad

As of 2010-02-02[28] Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 Denmark DF Ulrich Vinzents
3 Sweden MF Robert Åhman-Persson
4 Cameroon DF Joseph Elanga
5 Serbia MF Miljan Mutavdžić
6 Finland DF Markus Halsti
7 Sweden FW Daniel Larsson
8 Sweden MF Daniel Andersson (captain)
9 Brazil FW Wílton Figueiredo
10 Netherlands MF Rick Kruys
11 Sweden MF Jeffrey Aubynn
14 Sweden MF Guillermo Molins
15 Sweden FW Pontus Jansson
17 Sweden MF Ivo Pękalski
No. Position Player
18 Nigeria FW Edward Ofere
19 Sweden DF Niklas Hansson
20 Brazil DF Ricardinho
21 Sweden MF Jimmy Durmaz
22 Sweden DF Filip Stenström
24 Sweden FW Agon Mehmeti
25 Czech Republic GK Dušan Melichárek
26 Sweden MF Jiloan Hamad
27 Sweden GK Johan Dahlin
28 Sweden FW Alexander Nilsson
29 Sweden DF Jasmin Sudic
30 Sweden GK Dejan Garaca
N/A Sweden MF Muamet Asanovski

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player
Sweden DF Anes Mravac (on loan at IF Limhamn Bunkeflo)
Sweden MF Robin Nilsson (on loan at Ängelholms FF)

For recent transfers, see List of Swedish football transfers winter 2009–10.

Club hierarchy

Name Role
Sweden Håkan Jeppsson Chairman
Sweden Pelle Svensson Managing Director
Sweden Bo Malmquist Secretary

Technical staff

Name Role
Sweden Roland Nilsson Head Coach First Team
Spain Josep Clotet Ruiz Assistant Coach First Team
Sweden Leif Engqvist First Team Coach / Head Coach U-21
Sweden Mats Engqvist Head Coach Youth Academy
Sweden Staffan Tapper Youth Talent Coach
Sweden Jonnie Fedel Goalkeeping Coach
England John Phillips Fitness Coach
Sweden Roland Andersson Head Of Development And Scouting
Sweden Hasse Borg Head Of Transfers
Sweden Dr. Pär Herbertsson Club Doctor
Sweden Rickard Dahan Physiotherapist
Sweden Greger Andrijevski Masseur
Sweden Kenneth Folkesson Kit Man

Season results

This is a list of recent season results, for a complete list of season results use the link above

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Notes
2000 SE 2 30 20 3 7 48 32 60 promoted
2001 AS 9 26 9 5 12 39 46 32
2002 AS 2 26 14 4 8 52 32 46
2003 AS 3 26 14 6 6 50 23 48
2004 AS 1 26 15 7 4 44 21 52
2005 AS 5 26 12 5 9 38 27 41
2006 AS 7 26 10 8 8 43 39 38
2007 AS 9 26 9 7 10 29 28 34
2008 AS 6 30 12 8 10 51 46 44
2009 AS 7 30 11 10 9 40 25 43

Noted players

The Sydsvenskan team.

List Criteria:

  • player has been picked as one of the 11 best players in the official Sydsvenskan team, or
  • player has made more than 500 appearances for the club, or
  • player has had a very close connection to the club, or
  • player has won Guldbollen, or
  • player has achieved great international fame

Year after player name in parentheses is the year the player started playing for Malmö FF. All players are from Sweden unless otherwise stated.








Noted managers

This is a list of managers who has won one or more titles at the club

Club records



  1. ^ "Trophies". Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  2. ^ "Bragdguldet". Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  3. ^ "First and latest title". Retrieved 2009-11-25. 
  4. ^ Smitt, Rikard (2009). Ända sen gamla dagar.... Project Management AB. p. 16. ISBN 978-91-633-5767-1. 
  5. ^ Smitt, Rikard (2009). Ända sen gamla dagar.... Project Management AB. p. 25. ISBN 978-91-633-5767-1. 
  6. ^ Smitt, Rikard (2009). Ända sen gamla dagar.... Project Management AB. p. 57. ISBN 978-91-633-5767-1. 
  7. ^ Smitt, Rikard (2009). Ända sen gamla dagar.... Project Management AB. p. 76-80. ISBN 978-91-633-5767-1. 
  8. ^ Smitt, Rikard (2009). Ända sen gamla dagar.... Project Management AB. p. 89-90. ISBN 978-91-633-5767-1. 
  9. ^ "Maratontabellen". Retrieved 2009-11-25. 
  10. ^ "Från OFFSIDE: Nu är det bevisat – det är Sveriges största klubb genom tiderna". Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  11. ^ Törner, Ole (2005). Malmö FF; En Supporters Handbok. Bokförlaget DN. p. 40. ISBN 91-7588-683-9. 
  12. ^ Smitt, Rikard (2009). Ända sen gamla dagar.... Project Management AB. p. 16, 20. ISBN 978-91-633-5767-1. 
  13. ^ Törner, Ole (2005). Malmö FF; En Supporters Handbok. Bokförlaget DN. p. 40. ISBN 91-7588-683-9. 
  14. ^ Smitt, Rikard (2009). Ända sen gamla dagar.... Project Management AB. p. 20. ISBN 978-91-633-5767-1. 
  15. ^ "MFF Support". Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  16. ^ "Attendance". Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  17. ^ "1933 scandal at". Retrieved 2009-11-25. 
  18. ^ Törner, Ole (2005). Malmö FF; En Supporters Handbok. Bokförlaget DN. p. 58-59. ISBN 91-7588-683-9. 
  19. ^ "Malmö IP attendance". Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  20. ^ "1965 Gold". Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  21. ^ "Norra läktaren". Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  22. ^ "Harbuzis goal". Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  23. ^ "Blådårar 1". Retrieved 2009-11-25. 
  24. ^ "Blådårar 2". Retrieved 2009-11-25. 
  25. ^ "Mitt Hjärtas Malmö". Retrieved 2009-11-25. 
  26. ^ "MHM Volume 9". Retrieved 2009-12-11. 
  27. ^ "Om Sara". Retrieved 2009-11-25. 
  28. ^ "Current squad". Retrieved 2010-02-02. 
  29. ^ "Club records". Retrieved 2009-11-25. 


  • Törner, Ole (2005). Malmö FF; En Supporters Handbok. Bokförlaget DN. ISBN 91-7588-683-9. 
  • Smitt, Rikard (2009). Ända sen gamla dagar.... Project Management AB. ISBN 978-91-633-5767-1. 

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Preceded by
Björn Borg & Ingemar Stenmark
Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal
Succeeded by
Thomas Wassberg (refused)

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