Football Season Review

№14: Kalmar

Kalmar survived again via the play-offs and will play in the Allsvenskan 2021. After finishing in 14th place, they faced Jonkopings Sodra of the Superettan and defeated them 4-1 on aggregate. Kalmar started the season badly, with 7 defeats in the opening 10 rounds leaving them bottom of the table with Falkenberg. Away form proved much better than home form with a record of W5 D4 L6 on the road. This included wins at BK Hacken and Orebro. Sitting in bottom place heading into the last six rounds, Kalmar suddenly found some form with only 1 defeat (W2 D3 L1). With Helsingborg and Falkenberg faltering, this was enough to ensure the play-off position. Jonkopings were easily defeated and Kalmar have another season in the Allsvenskan. Hagg-Johansson began as first choice goalkeeper, but by the end of the season Soderberg was in goal. Veteran and captain Elm battled injury to make 19 appearances while Ring and Johansson played most of the season. The midfield was settled for most of the season with Sachpekidis, Jansson and Romario all regular starters. Kalmar struggled for goals after their main strikers, Herrem and Froling, were injured early in the season. Magnusson made 26 appearances and was top-scorer with 5 goals. Crona also stepped up but with little success although he did join the Sweden U21 squad. For consecutive seasons Kalmar have survived via the play-offs, but for how long can they keep it up? Poor home form continues to plague them, and it is difficult not to see them struggling again next season.

Player of the Season: Isak Magnusson