Allsvenskan 2013: IFK Göteborg

With play in Sweden's top football league set to kick off at the weekend, contributor Nic Townsend offers the lowdown on each team and their chances of taking home the 2013 Allsvenskan title.

In brief: The final club in Sweden’s ‘big three’ – also with a huge fan base and impressive array of accolades, including two UEFA cups, making them the only Scandinavian team to have ever won a European trophy.

However, apart from winning the league in 2007, the club has underachieved considering the substantial investment that has been put into their squad. In fact they’re a bit like a Swedish Liverpool – a big club from an industrial port city who were successful the 1980s, however now find themselves in a downward spiral and desperate to restore the old glory days.

Expectations in 2013: Compared to previous preseasons, IFK have been relatively quiet, with the return of Adam Johansson the only notable addition. However fans will be hoping that their big recruits from the 2011-2012 winter transfer window will finally gel and begin to produce consistent results.

Players to watch: Tobias Hysen, the team captain and son of IFK legend Glenn Hysen, remains pivotal, but there are also high expectations on Daniel Sobralense and Nordin Gerzic.

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