Saturday, 8 May 2010

Landskrona BoIS (Sweden)

First things first - you want to know what BoIS means. Well, the letters stand for Boll och Idrottsällskap. Glad you asked? And in case you're still interested, roughly translated it means Ball and Sports Society. Simple really.

Anyway, BoIS, as they're thankfully known for short, come, would you believe from the Southern Swedish town of  Landskrona, just a short hop over the Öresund from Copenhagen. They formed in 1917 - the Swedes as neutrals not immediately troubled by the ravages of WWI - after the merger of IFK Landskrona and the more exotically named Diana BK. They were one of the twelve founder members of the Allsvenskan, the highest level of Swedish football, in 1924, although recently they have been more firmly planted in the Superettan - the country's second tier.

Their earliest star was a chap called Albin Dahl, who played for them between 1915 and 1921 before moving onto their most local of rivals Helsingborgs IF in a dubious transfer believed to be the source of the bad blood between the pair that has lasted to this day. They've also got a bit of a thing with their other neighbours from the Scania region, Malmö FF, and matchs between any pair of the three are among the liveliest in all Scandinavian football.

Their trophy cabinet isn't one of the busiest in world football, as they have just a single Svenska Cupen
win to their name from back in 1972 - although their best ever season was in 1938 when they came a close third in the league, and achievement they are still sadly yet to match.

Most recently they've leapt into the world football spotlight as the hosts of Swedish football legend Henrik Larsson's first managerial appointment. let's just hope that some of his magic rubs off and they soon work their way back to the top of the pile.

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