In brief: Until the 1970s, Halmstad were a small and obscure club, but then a young Roy Hodgson took over. In 1976, his first season, he won the club’s first league title, followed by a second title in 1979. The club has also produced a number of Swedish internationals, the most famous being former Arsenal midfielder Fredrik Ljungberg.
Expectations in 2013: The short term aim will be to re-establish themselves in the top flight, so anything about the relegation zone will be considered a good result.
Players to watch: After a long stint in Holland and IFK Göteborg, Stefan Selaković returns to the club where he launched his career. Icelandic pair Guðjón Baldvinsson and Kristinn Steindórsson were important players last season.