Sweden: Farewell to Malmö and national team legend at stadium

source: StadiumDB.com; author: Kuba Kowalski

Sweden: Farewell to Malmö and national team legend at stadium Fans of Malmö FF and Swedish football had the opportunity to say a symbolic final farewell to the legendary Bosse Larsson, who died some time before Christmas Eve. The coffin of the double Swedish Golden Ball winner was carried into Malmö Stadium during the funeral ceremony.


Farewell at home

Bosse Larsson played 546 games and scored 289 goals for Malmö FF. He won the league title six times, four cup titles and was Allsvenska's top scorer three times. He also became the first player in history to win the Guldbollen, the Swedish award for best footballer of the year, twice. Only Zlatan Ibrahimović has claimed more than two such awards. He also played with Malmö in the European Cup and scored in 70 international appearances and three World Cup finals.

When Bosse Larsson's coffin was led into Eleda Stadion on 11 January, those present in the stands were mainly older fans, but also young people. Teenagers Anton Pukki and Liam Olsson, quoted by the Dagens Nyheter newspaper, also wanted to pay their respects to the club legend. We have never seen him play, but we understand and feel how great he is. What a football god he was, - Anton Pukki said. I think it's important for us youngsters to appreciate what the old Malmö is. What built Malmö. Bosse is an important reason why we are where we are today. - Liam Olsson added. Although young fans are still interested in football, they are also looking for other entertainment, such as the online casino at Mr Green, where they can receive SEK 100 in cash immediately after registration.

Farewell of Bosse Larsson© Malmö FF

Stadium changes in Malmö over the decades

Bo Larsson played in the new stadium that was built in Malmö after Sweden was awarded the FIFA World Cup in 1958 - then Malmö Stadion was born. The club first won the Swedish championship at the stadium in 1965. The upper tier was added to the stadium in 1992.

The club enjoyed the most successful era in its history at this stadium, winning ten of Sweden's twenty championships. The venue originally had a capacity of 30,000 fans, but this was reduced to 27,500 due to changes in safety regulations. The club's record attendance at the stadium was 29,328 in a match against Helsingborgs IF on September 24, 1967.

After winning the Allsvenskan league trophy in 2004, plans were made to build a new stadium. In July 2005, Malmö FF announced the start of work on Eleda Stadion, designed for 18,000 seated and 6,000 standing spectators. Construction began in 2007 and was completed two years later.

Eleda Stadion© jorchrCC BY-SA 3.0| Malmö Stadion, the home stadium for the club between 1958 and 2008