IFK Norrköping chased AIK in the final in last year's guldstrid. In the year mentioned it again among the favorites, very much depending on the players who have returned.
last year, Alexander Fransson, who came home from Switzerland. This year, it is Christoffer Nyman, who has returned from Germany.
" We have a broader squad now and there is more competition. It is quite understandable, the club has more money now, " says Alexander Fransson and clarifies:
– We have an exciting team again, we have a good cohesion and a good culture in the club.
this year the national championship has been anything but gulddoftande. Loss against Helsingborg in the premiere, a draw against AIK and Kalmar, and finally – a övertidsseger against Falkenberg.
On Thursday, the waiting teams ledarlaget Djurgården Tele2 arena.
Alexander Fransson left Norrköping for the gold medal in 2015. He signed for Basel, and overall, it was two and a half years in Switzerland. The last half of the year, he was loaned out to Lausanne.
When he came home to Norrköping in the summer he signed for three years, but already in the winter la the Greek giants AEK Athens in a bid for him.
A bid IFK Norrköping said no to.
" My own aim now is to do as good a season as possible, and my focus is on the IFK. I have a contract for two and a half years.
– a little Bit was a good thing, but it feels like I built it up again already last season.
" It's fun to be at home, I have found back to the joy of football and has got back the motivation again. This year feels even better when I got to be with the whole preseason as well, "said Alexander Fransson, and adds:
" I feel good again, so I have found the right place. Would I go home to Sweden so it was just Norrköping was up. From there you get to see what happens in the future.
Alexander Fransson knocking on the door to the national team. He was on the januariturnén and was called to the qualification matches against Romania and Norway, then Jacob Johansson had to leave because of a back injury.
eight A-internationals on his cv and he dreams of playing in Europe again.
"I'm not jättegammal so it is clear I have dreams that play out in Europe again," he says, but for the third time during the interview, adding that ”my focus is just on the Norrköping”.
When he says it is Norrköping's coach Jens Gustafsson next, but he doesn't listen when Alexander Fransson tribute to him.
" He is a good human being above all, but also a talented coach who takes in what the players are saying and listen a lot in the us. He is keen that we do this together, and that it is not only he that does the job, but all can influence.
the Question is if it is enough all the way this year. In all cases, consider Alexander Fransson the city of Norrköping is one of guldkandidaterna in this year's national championship.
– Clear Malmo are the favourites, but at the same time, there are other interesting clubs. Norrköping, among other things.