I need a Swedish football team to support.Stockholm has three teams in the Swedish top flight called the Allsvenskan (literally the All Swedish.)
The three teams are AIK (“Allmänna Idrottsklubben”, translates to “The general sports club” or “The public sports club”.), they are based towards the north of Stockholm in a suburb called Solna.
Then there is Djurgårdens IF Fotboll, commonly just “Djurgården” is a Swedish football team located in Stockholm. The club is also nicknamed “Stockholms stolthet” (lit. “the pride of Stockholm”). Djurgården is based in Östermalm, a part of Stockholm with mostly upper class.
Last but not least is Hammarby, they are based in Sodermalm in the south of Stockholm, its far more of a working class area and support. They used to be known as a ‘yo-yo’ club as they went from promotion to relegation each season but thats not been the case for the last ten years.
Having read about them all, I should really opt for…Hammarby. Why? Well they are not as successful as the other two Stockholm clubs. Being a Swansea City fan I can empathise with the Hammarby fans, besides I always plump for the underdog. They are also sponsored by Unicef which is one of the charities I donate to from my pay packet. Working Class background I like that, and I live in Sodermalm so they are my local club. That could change though as I am on a short term let.
So it looks like I will plump for Hammarby, but I will reserve final judgement until I have been to a game and sampled the atmosphere. Hopefully I will like it because the new colleagues hate AIK with a passion!
My goal though is to try and visit every ground in the Allsvenskan during the next season which kicks off in April!