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History of The highly rated Swedish club Malmö Fotbollförening

Malmö Fotbollförening, commonly known as Malmö FFMalmö, or MFF, is the most successful football club in Sweden in terms of trophies won.[2] Formed in 1910 and affiliated with the Scania Football Association, the Malmö FF are based at Eleda Stadion in Malmö, Scania.[3] The club have won a record 21 Swedish championship titles and the most national cup titles with 14.[4][A]

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Full name

Malmö Fotbollförening

Nickname(s)

Di blåe (Scanian: The Blue Ones)[1]

Himmelsblått (Sky Blue)[1]

Short name

MFF

Founded

24 February 1910; 111 years ago

Ground

Eleda StadionMalmö

Capacity

22,500

President

Anders Pålsson

Head coach

Jon Dahl Tomasson

League

Allsvenskan

2020

Allsvenskan, 1st

The club won their first Championship in 1944.[5] The powerhouse of Swedish football in recent years, The Malmö FF also saw glory in the 1970s, winning five Swedish championships and four Svenska Cupen titles. They remain the only club from the Nordic countries to have reached the final of the European Cup, the predecessor of the UEFA Champions League. They were runners-up in the 1979 European Champions Cup final, which they lost 1–0 to English club Nottingham Forest.[6] For this feat, the Malmö FF were awarded the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal.[7][6] the Malmö FF is also the only Nordic club to have been represented at the Intercontinental Cup (succeeded by FIFA Club World Cup) in which they competed for the 1979 title.[8]

The Malmö FF are the leaders of the overall Allsvenskan table maratontabellen [9] where the Malmö FF is the team that has scored the most goals and won the most matches, despite having played fewer seasons than the other two teams in the top three of the table. In recent years the team qualified for two consecutive group stages of the Champions League in 2014 and 2015. In 2019 and 2020, the Malmö played in the knockout stages of the UEFA Europa League.

The club colours, reflected in their crest and kit, are sky blue and white, with sky blue shirts, white shorts and sky blue socks being the club's traditional kit colours. The main rivals of the MFF are fellow regional rivals the Helsingborg, historical domestic rival the IFK Göteborg and historically local Division 2 Södra Götaland side the IFK Malmö.[10] The MFF Support are their official fan club.[11] The club name is literally translated into English as the "Malmö Football Association".

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Malmö FF made the transition from an amateur club to fully professional in the late 1970s under the leadership of club chairman Eric Persson.[70] The club is an open member association, and the annual general meeting is the highest policy-making body where each member has one vote, therefore no shares are issued. The meeting approves the accounts, votes to elect the chairman and the board, and decides on incoming motions. During the successful 2010's era Håkan Jeppsson was the chairman after taking over after Bengt Madsen in 2010, prior to his sudden death in 2018. The club's legal status means that any interest claims are made to the club and not to the board of directors or club members. Daily operations are run by a managing director who liaises with the chairman.[71]

With an equity of 497 million SEK the club is the richest football club in Sweden as of 2019. The turnover for 2018 was 343 million SEK.[72] The highest transfer fee received by Malmö FF for a player was 86.2 million SEK (8.7 million at that time) for Zlatan Ibrahimović who was sold to Ajax in 2001. At the time, this was the highest transfer fee ever paid to a Swedish football club.[73]

The main sponsors of Malmö FF are Volkswagen, Elitfönster AB, IntersportImtech, JMS Mediasystem, Mercedes-Benz, SOVA and Svenska Spel.[74] The club also had a naming rights deal with Swedbank regarding the name of Eleda Stadion between 2007 and 2017 when it was called Swedbank Stadion.

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