Introducing opponents: Norrköping

Saturday, January 28, 2017


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Norrköping will be the Pitmen’s second opponents at the training camp in Portugal

Founded in 1897, the club represent the Swedish city of the same name. During development of the textile industry, they called Norrköping as Swedish Manchester. Today, most of city plants and factories turned into museums and sights.

In 1992, Norrköping hosted three European Football Championship group stage matches. By that time, the local club had already won 12 Swedish domestic titles. Norrköping’s best performance fell at the middle of the twentieth century, as after a long after a long interval, the team managed to increase the number of domestic titles to twelve in 1989.

However, much more important was the White-and-Blues last triumph in 2015 (13th title in the club's history). The best scorer award in the Swedish league was grabbed by the Norrköping forward Emir Kujović, who moved afterwards to the recent Shakhtar’s opponents Gent, Belgium.

The team’s head coach is the 38-year-old Swede Jens Gustafsson. Last year, Norrköping under his management failed to go through to the second Champions League qualifying round (eliminated by Rosenborg) as well as to defend the domestic title (Malmo won gold back). In the course of the season, Sebastian Andersson had displayed a brilliant performance, with him coming second in pursuit of the top scorer award in the Swedish league and notching two out of the three goals scored in the European Competition match against the Norwegians.

The match Shakhtar vs Norrköping is to take place on January 28. It kicks off at 17:30, Kyiv time. Futbol 1 TV channel will bring you the live coverage of the game.