Henrik Larsson extends contract with Helsingborg IF

Football fans in Helsingborg celebrated the news on Saturday that Henrik Larsson will continue with the club for at least another year.

In signing the 36-year old star and national team veteran to a one year extension, the club put an end to speculation surrounding Larsson’s future that has been swirling in sporting circles since October.

“I decided that I felt motivated. If you don’t have motivation its not worth continuing,” said Larsson on the Helsingborgs Dagblad website.

“I feel I can still deliver at a top level,” he added.

News of Larsson’s decision to continue with the club comes as it searches for a replacement for coach Stuart Baxter.

“It obviously means a lot for both the club and for Swedish football,” said Helsingborg club chair Sten-Inge Fredin.

One of the most successful and well-known Swedish football players of modern times, Larsson helped Scottish club Celtic to four league titles and took part in Barcelona’s two league championships in 2005 and 2006. Nevertheless, he has yet to win a national title in his native Sweden.


Hunter shot jogger ‘by mistake’ Swedish court rules

A Norwegian hunter who shot a jogger in the thigh probably thought he was shooting a deer, a Swedish court has ruled.

Hunter shot jogger 'by mistake' Swedish court rules
75-year-old Olle Rosdahl was shot while out jogging. Photo: TT
Helsingborg District Court ruled that although video recorded by the hunter's night sights clearly showed that the figure he was aiming at looked like a person, it was nonetheless plausible that he had believed he was aiming at a roe deer.
“When we look at the film in hindsight, we know that it is a person,” Sofia Tollgerdt, the judge in the case, ruled. “But according to the research, there is a considerable risk that we overestimate our ability to recognize that at the moment of shooting.” 
The man, who faced a 12-year sentence if found guilty of attempted murder, was instead sentenced to one year behind bars, and ordered to pay damages of 38,000 Swedish kronor ($4084). 
The hunter's defence lawyer in court cited research showing that experienced hunters who are expecting to see a certain animal in a hunting environment can trick their own minds into seeing that animal even when it isn't there. 
The hunter was found guilty of causing serious bodily harm and using illegal infrared sights and illegal ammunition, and was severely criticized for deliberately shooting in the direction of a road which had buildings behind it. 
Ola Lavie, the prosecutor in the case, said that he had realized the man was likely to be found innocent when he was released from custody on the last day of the trial. 
“I was surprised when he was released so I'm not surprised now,” he told Swedish state broadcaster SVT. “All I can say is that the court made a completely different judgement in the case from the one I did.” 
Lavie said he had not yet decided whether to appeal the judgement. 
Olle Rosdahl, 75,  was having an early morning run in the countryside outside his home in Klippan, Skåne, at 4.30am on November 29 last year when he suddenly received a bullet in his hip. 
“I heard a blast and fell to the ground. I was shrieking 'What the hell kind of shooting is that',” Rosdahl told Swedish broadcaster SVT after it happened. 
When the 48-year-old Norwegian was initially arrested, police believed the shooting was accidental, but after  looking at the recordings from the sights saved on his phone, the prosecutor charged him with attempted murder.