Football Season Guide

IFK Norrkoping


Carl Björk (att), Trelleborg, Oscar Jansson (gk), Örebro, Samuel Adegbenro (mid), Rosenborg, Finnur Tómas Pálmason (def), KR Reykjavik, Marco Lund (def), Odense, Viktor Agardius (def), Mjällby, Dino Salihovic (def), promoted to the A-team), Wille Jakobsson (gk) AFC Eskilstuna, Johannes Kristinn Bjarnason (mid) KR, Ari Skulason (mid), Oostende.


Eric Smith (mid), Gent, Isak Pettersson (gk), Toulouse, Andreas Blomqvist (mid), Mjällby, Simon Thern (mid), IFK Göteborg, Filip Dagerstål (def), FC Khimki, Linus Hallenius (att), Gif Sundsvall, Lars Krogh Gerson (def), Racing Santander, Felix Jakobsson (gk), Jönköpings Södra.

Norrkoping were very good in the first half of last season but they were also extremely disappointing in the second half so they ended up in the 6th place of the league table, something they don't want to repeat. This season it seems that they will continue to be very strong offensively - as they showed in the preseason matches as well - but they will be vulnerbale in their defensive line again. Hopefully for them, the acquisition of Oscar Jansson from Orebro will be an important help between their goalposts. Linus Wahlqvist will be a leader in the defence, Isak Bergmann Johannesson will surely get a bigger role compared to last year and he has to prove his potential, and of course in the attack Sead Haksabanovic and last year's Allsvenskan top goalscorer Christoffer Nyman can not be ignored. Coach Norling is new to the team and he will try to implement a tactical system probably with a defensive line of back 3, meaning 3-4-3 or 5-3-2. The soonest the players will get used to the system the better will be the results especially on their defensive end.


It's hard to think that Norrkoping, with all this quality, will end up again in 6th place of Allsvenskan. Their target is to reach again a European spot and, why not, to challenge for the title.