Alexander Fesshaie (att) AIK U19; Taha Ayari (mid) AIK U19; Victor Andersson (att) AIK U19; Omar Faraj (att) Levante; Abdihakin Ali (mid) Vasalunds IF; Abdussalam Magashy (mid) IFK Värnamo; Rui Modesto (def) FC Honka; Elias Durmaz (mid) Vasalunds IF; Jimmy Durmaz (mid) Fatih Karagümrük; Viktor Fischer (att) Royal Antwerp – loan; Aboubakar Keita (mid) Charleroi; Robin Tihi (def) IFK Värnamo – loan ended; Ahmad Faqa (def) Sandvikens IF – loan ended; Rasmus Bonde (def) Vasalunds IF – loan ended; Calvin Kabuye (att) Vasalunds IF – loan ended; Jetmir Haliti (def) Mjällby AIF – loan ended;
Tom Strannegård (mid) IK Start; Vincent Sundberg (def) Landskrona; Per Karlsson (def) retired; Mikael Lustig (def) retired; Sebastian Larsson (def) retired; Nabil Bahoui (att) Qatar SC; Nicolas Stefanelli (att) Inter Miami; Benjamin Mbunga-Kimpioka (att) FC Luzern – loan; Erik Ring (mid) Helsingborgs IF – loan; Samuel Brolin (mid) AC Horsens – loan; Henry Atola Meja (att) Norrby IF; Josafat Mendes (def) Braga; Yasin Ayari (mid) Brighton & Hove Albion; Lucas Forsberg (def) Gif Sundsvall; Ahmad Faqa (def) Handknattleiksfélag Kópavogs - loan; Jesper Ceesay (def) IFK Norrkoping;
AIK seemed set for a strong 2022 after a 9-match unbeaten run in the first half of the season. The previous season they lost the title on goal difference to Malmo and expectation levels in Sweden’s capital were high. However, the second half of the season was inconsistent, and they slumped to 5th place with 3 defeats in their final 4 matches. Home form remained acceptable but nowhere near as formidable as previous seasons (W8 D4 L3).
AIK have lost the experienced core of their team with Karlsson, Lustig and Larsson all retiring. Their attack also needs rebuilt with Bahoui and Stefanelli moving on. Ayari’s transfer to Brighton leaves another significant gap.
Experienced signings Magashy and Faraj boost AIK’s attack after a good seasons at Varnamo and Degerfors in the Allsvenskan. Midfielder Jimmy Durmaz brings some pedigree along with Fischer. Several such as Tihi and Kabuye return from loan spells with an appetite to make an impact. A big season is expected from their experienced striker Guidetti.
It’s another season of transition for AIK under new coach Andreas Brannstrom who hopes to bring some stability after Grzelak, Goitom and Wennberg all had spells in charge last season. They have lost great experience from their squad and not replaced it. Nothing but a title challenge will satisfy their fans.
The title and nothing less will satisfy AIK fans.