Mattias Svanberg celebrates scoring Malmö's second in a title clinching 3-0 win at Falkenberg.
Mattias Svanberg celebrates scoring Malmö's second in a title clinching 3-0 win at Falkenberg. Foto: Björn Lindgren / TT

Malmö FF claim Swedish title for record 19th time

Malmö FF were crowned Swedish champions for a third time in four years  after a 3-0 win at Falkenberg.

Elfsborg's 2-1 win against defending champions IFK Norrköping clinched Gold for Malmö, who are now Sweden's most successful club, having surpassed IFK Gothenburg's record of 18 Allsvenskan titles. 

"We are the best Swedish team in history," striker Markus Rosenberg told tabloid Aftonbladet.

Three thousand travelling Malmö FF fans celebrated with the players on the pitch following the final whistle.

Big teenage prospect Mattias Svanberg scored on his full debut in the 3-0 win and has been tipped to go on to greater things.

"He is the best of his age group in Sweden. He's fantastic and he showed that today. If he continues to play that way he is going to go on and do big things," Malmö defender Franz Brorsson told SVT Sport.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who began his illustrious career at Malmö,sent his congratulations.

”Big congratulations - but it's nothing unusual," he wrote, a comment likely to wind-up fans of AIK, IFK Gothenburg and Djurgården, who are upset over Malmö's financial strength due to qualifying for the lucrative stages of the champions League in successive seasons.

The 35-year-old Swede has his own problems in England. His error-strewn first half performance in the Manchester derby against an understrength City side at Old Trafford last night was described by Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher as probably the worst 45 minutes of his career.


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