Football Season Review

№4: Djurgarden

Despite a win on the final day of the season, the defending champions Djurgarden missed 3rd place and European football by just 1 point. It was a tortuous end to the season for them with 3 losses in their final 5 matches. A 3-2 defeat at struggling Falkenberg being particularly difficult to fathom. Three defeats in the opening 5 matches suggested Djurgarden were in for a mediocre season. However, they steadied and by mid-season were in 3rd place only 6 points behind Malmo. By round 25 they were clear in 2nd place but a poor end to the season saw them drop to 4th and fail to qualify for Europe. Djurgarden had one of the tighter defences in the Allsvenskan with only 33 goals conceded. Bratveit started the season as first choice but was replaced by Vaiho in the second half of the campaign. The defence had a solid feel with Augustinsson, Kack, Une-Larsson and Witry present for most of the season. Their midfield was further strengthened by the return of Eriksson from San Jose Earthquakes in the MLS. Karlstrom and Ulvestad were almost ever-presents with Ulvestad finishing as top scorer with 11 goals. Holmberg led the attack for most of the season and claimed 9 goals and Kujovic chipped in with 5 goals. Otherwise the Djurgarden attack was a little toothless. Without their departed star Danielson, Djurgarden still had a reasonable season. If they can build a greater goal threat they could be in the chase for Europe in 2021.

Player of the Season: Fredrik Ulvestad