AIK nab victory at final Råsunda match

The legendary Stockholm football stadium Råsunda hosted its last ever game in Sweden's top football league, the Allsvenskan, with AIK beating Malmö FF 2-0.

AIK nab victory at final Råsunda match

Stockholm team AIK was hoping to beat Malmö FF in the historical, sold-out game which was expected to draw a 30,000-strong crowd.

The last time AIK played Malmö they lost by a crushing 4-0.

But AIK managed to win their last ever game at Råsunda, their home arena for the past 75 years, with a convincing 2-0 win over Malmö.

The loss meant that Malmö missed their chance to capture the league title, which instead went to Elfsborg, while AIK finished fourth in the Allsvenska league.

AIK and Malmö met in the first game at Råsunda in April 1937, but the formal inauguration of the stadium came on May 17th that year, when Sweden lost by 4-0 to England in a friendly.

A few weeks later, Sweden scored 4-0 against Finland at Råsunda in a FIFA World Cup qualifier.

Sweden’s last competitive game at the stadium also ended triumphantly, as the national team won 3-2 against the Netherlands in a UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier.

However, the Swedish national team’s last match at the Råsunda arena, on August 15th 2012, ended in disappointment, with a 3-0 loss to Brazil.

Footballing legend Pelé, who shot to fame at the age of 17 after scoring two goals in Brazil’s 5-2 success over Sweden in the 1958 World Cup final, took part in a ceremony before the farewell match.

“Even though the stadium will no longer stand, the name Råsunda will never die,” Pelé said.

AIK’s new home is the just-opened Friends Arena. The team will move there in the spring of 2013.

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Fights, riots and smoke bombs mar Swedish football derby

Sunday’s football derby between Stockholm area clubs AIK and Hammarby devolved into minor chaos, according to police.

Fights, riots and smoke bombs mar Swedish football derby
AIK fans light flares during Sunday's match. Photo: Sören Andersson/TT
The restaurant area surrounding Friends Arena saw at least one violent attack, three mini-riots and a number of smoke bomb attacks. 
Following the match in Solna, which AIK won 2-0, one fan was severely beaten in an attack that left him unconscious. According to the police report, the incident occurred outside of a restaurant in the Råsunda area and the male victim had to be transported by ambulance to the hospital. The victim is in his mid-40s and suffered “serious injuries”, police said. 
Police also responded to reports that unruly fans threw smoke bombs into one or more restaurants, and officers additionally had to contend with “three violent riots and numerous fights”. Some football fans also reportedly threw rocks at the police. 
The police report said that two people were arrested on riot charges, but no arrests had been made for the violent attack on the 40-something male victim or an unspecified separate attack that caused another victim to be transported to hospital. 
Violence and riots are not uncommon at Swedish football matches, especially when rivals like AIK and Hammarby face off. An August 2017 match between AIK and Djurgården, another bitter Stockholm area rival, was marred by violent clashes before the action even got underway and ultimately ended with 171 people being held in temporary police custody. 
In another incident, an October 2016 derby between Djurgården and Hammarby was suspended and six people were arrested for rioting after supporters threw flares and projectiles at security personnel then climbed the barricades. The referee removed players from the pitch and suspended the game for almost 30 minutes while police worked to end the confrontation.
Scuffles even broke out between supporters of the same teams during an U21 match earlier that year. A month later, Sweden legend Henrik Larsson and his son were targeted by angry fans following a Helsingborg match, after which Zlatan Ibrahimovic recommended violent fans should “step inside an Octagon cage and settle it there” instead.
In 2014, football violence hit a shocking new level when a 44-year-old male Djurgården fan died from head injuries he suffered during a mass brawl between Djurgården and Helsingborgs IF. Hooligans have also attacked players and referees on the pitch, caused fires to break out in the stands and turned their ire on police.
In an effort to try to cut down on the problems the Swedish government has brought in a ban on wearing masks at stadiums.