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Runström on loan to Luton Town

It seems like the arrival of V.Montella will keep Björn Runström out of the team during the spring. This means that Björn Runström will play his football in Luton Town for a month. The loan might of course be extended longer.

Hopefully this spell will provide Björn with some much needed play time and experience.

Good Luck Björn, and welcome back better than ever!

A mature Zat Knight?

Chris Coleman has described Zat as; “He’s concentrating for 90 minutes and he looks a much, much better player. It’s the best I’ve seen him play since I became manager.” And despite I fairly recently branded him as “promising for the 7th year running” I have to agree with Coleman. Zat has been a huge asset to us so far this year. We’ve even discussed on the forum if it might be a good decision to let him keep the captaincy when Boa is back. Keep it up Zat!

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Our old friend, Jean Tigana, is now blaming the dispute with Al Fayed for having cost him the France Job. –Well, Jean, maybe you should have thought about the consequences before taking part in dodgy transfer dealings?  

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Hammarby has finally managed to win at home again. Yesterday they beat ‘top of the table’ Elfsborg 1-0 at home making their share of points won from the top 2 teams 9/12 this season. If only the Swedish FA could give back the 3 points they stole from us back and we’d be back in the title race.

The tale of a derby game!

Most of this text was written almost three weeks ago, apologies for being so late with publishing it.

On Saturday Fulham lost at home to Chelsea after having put in a tremendous display of commitment and hard work. Even though we lost most Fulham fans I know are proud of the lads and fell that this attitude is something to build on for the future. There is a saying in Sweden that would be translated in to something like “Motivation/Dedication beats class/quality”.

Fulham proved that back in March and almost did it again on Saturday. Being one of these people who live for two teams the derby games sometimes come one after another. I had barely managed to recharge myself mentally after the SW6 derby before I had to focus on the last Stockholm derby of the season. Yesterday we (Hammarby IF) would travel to the north suburbs to take on AIK at the national stadium Råsunda. The build up to the game could have been better, to say the least.

Hammarby:

  • Hadn’t won since 3rd of august.
  • Was fined SEK 250.000 and got 3 points deducted following trouble inside our ground at the last derby.
  • Have the longest list of injured players in the league (resemblance to Fulham?)
  • Attendance figures have dropped drastically at home.
  • Morale being extremely low both in the squad as well as the fans.

AIK:

  • Unbeaten for the last 23 home games.
  • Has scored in every home game this season.
  • 9 straight games without a loss.
  • ¾ of the ground sold to home fans.

As you can understand we weren’t to upbeat or filled with confidence before the game. I even claimed to my mates that we would win this game only based on the fact that nothing says we should.

During the pre-game warm-up one could see that the players would be up for it at least. The desire to play football seemed to be back and a few players was back from injuries and suspension. That was at least a good sign. The atmosphere among the Hammarby fans wasn’t as good before the game though. We had very few people in the stands, the songs didn’t really shake the ground as normal and you could tell that not many people believed we could get a result from this game. Boy, were we wrong!

When the game started I could not believe my eyes. The aggression (in a positive sense) shown by all Hammarby players from the first second was great. They didn’t give the AIK players any time to control the ball which lead to them either loosing possession to us or hoofing the ball long. It didn’t take more than 3 minutes before Hammarby scored from a corner. In fairness the AIK goalkeeper is to blame for this one, but it was still deserved. Hammarby kept coming in attacking wave after attacking wave, by winning the midfield we could keep the ball far from our own goal and keep the pressure. In the 33rd minute we scored again and from this moment on I think most fans thought that we can actually win this and from this moment onwards we sang louder and louder until the game was over.

In the second half AIK managed to stand up a little bit better but they didn’t create much chances at all. It was closer to 3-0 than 2-1.

So out of two derbies within a few days I got to see the two teams that I love put in great displays and shown that there’s plenty to build on for the future.

Forza Bajen!

Come on you Whites!

The blog goes back to basics

HammyEnd.com will as of today change its written texts from Swedish to English. We will still cover Football in general; Fulham, Hammarby and a sideways look at the media. The change of language will mean that I’ll be welcoming back Daniel Crawford as a main contributor to the site. Welcome back mate!

Pinsamheterna är över för denna gång

Allt som oftast ser jag med glädje på hur landslagsuppehållen tar slut. Ännu mer glädjande är det denna gång efter bedrövelsen i Götet igår. Skitmatch, skitarena, skitcoach! Ska bli skönt med lite allsvensk fotboll och massor med EPL de närmaste veckorna.

Marginellt större än Craven CottageHelgen som kommer tar Fulham flyget norröver för att besöka flopplaget Newcastle United i deras imponerande gryta till arena – St James’s Park. När jag säger flopplag så menar jag det verkligen, de har under allt för många år underpresterat sett till sina resurser, sin publik och sin trupp. De har nästan till fullo övertagit Tottenhams roll 😉 Man ska dock inte underskatta ett lag som Newcastle, grym bredd i truppen och om de bara börjar prestera som ett lag så har de absolut alla förutsättningar om en top 6 placering till våren. Speciellt svåra är de om de får till sitt spel på hemmaplan inför ett av Englands absolut bästa publikstöd.

På Söndag är det dags att besöka Söderstadion för första gången sedan derbyt. Med blandade känslor kommer jag att klättra upp på läktaren för att se mitt Bajen ta sig an ”TRÅKIGA (men duktiga) Kalmar FF”. Inte nog med att man kommer vara på helspänn över huruvida idioterna ska hålla sig borta, komma dit och sköta sig eller dyka upp och fortsätta förstöra för vår stolta klubb, utöver det ska man bearbeta nervositeten över matchen mot ett lag vi haft erkänt svårt med på senare år. Blir en mentalt jobbig söndag.

Som tur är har man en fredag där man kan skjuta landslaget åt sidan (puh!) och mentalt börja ladda för både lördagens och söndagens drabbningar.