Football fans dismantle stadium for souvenirs

Swedish football fans descended upon the Råsunda stadium in northern Stockholm on Sunday to take home souvenirs before the grounds are officially demolished.

Football fans dismantle stadium for souvenirs

Some 5,000 eager fans turned up with screwdrivers, spades and even drills to claim a part of the Råsunda stadium for themselves after doors opened to the public at 2pm.

Fans took home chairs, fences, and even patches of grass to keep as a memento from the arena, which opened in 1937 and was home to the Swedish national team and Stockholm’s AIK.


Some also looked for more unusual pieces of the historic stadium.

“I was there early and had a goal of trying to find something odd, something extreme,” one fan told the Nyheter24 news website.

“The strangest thing I could think of was a urinal.”

The man, identified by the pseudonym Lennart, explained that he had a crystal clear plan for bringing the urinal home, but soon realized he’d never thought through how he might use the rather foul-smelling souvenir.

“My wife was not at all impressed,” Lennart told the website, adding that one idea they had was to use the urinal as a flower planter.

“But instead my wife said I should put it up on Blocket,” he said, referring to the popular Swedish buy-sell website

“It’s coming as is…well used. It’s going to reek of piss a bit.”

The last game played at the stadium was on Thursday when Napoli spoiled the evening for local fans by beating AIK 2-1.

Råsunda was the first football stadium to ever host both the men’s and women’s World Cup Finals, with the men’s in 1958 and the women’s in 1995.

Future games will be played at the new Friends Arena in Stockholm

While the dismantling was peaceful and supervised, some fans had already begun taking apart the stadium on Thursday night following the last game and police were called in to restore order.

The Swedish national team’s last match at the arena in August also 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 at the time.

Video of Stockholm football fans plundering Råsunda for souvenirs

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Solna voted best place to live in Sweden

Solna, a suburb just north of Stockholm, is the best place to live in Sweden, according to a new ranking published on Friday by Swedish news magazine Fokus.

Solna voted best place to live in Sweden

In this year’s ranking, Greater Stockholm was blessed with four suburbs inside the country’s top five spots. Nacka came in second, Lidingö third, and Danderyd fifth. Lund in the nation’s south made the fourth place.

Solna, meanwhile, rocketed to first place despite a lowly 22nd in last year’s ranking. The suburb, Sweden’s third smallest in terms of geographic size, boasts the new Friends Arena, as well as three of Sweden’s royal palaces.

Solna was voted as the best to be young in, and the second best to have a family.

IN PICTURES: The top ten places to live in Sweden

Fokus magazine has published the list annually for the past eight years, ranking all of Sweden’s 290 Swedish municipalities based on factors ranging from unemployment to teacher-pupil ratios, property prices, number of people on benefits, and tax rates.

Last’s year’s top place to live, Habo, inexplicably plummeted to 66th this year, despite also topping the list in 2010.

As for Sweden’s other major cities, Stockholm came in at number 7, Uppsala at 24, and Gothenburg soared 100 places from last year to 107th.

On the other end of the scale, Flen, Perstorp, and Grums were ranked as the worst municipalities to live.

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