Hammarby win historic Damallsvenskan title after 38 year wait

Hammarby IF players celebrate
Hammarby IF players celebrate after winning the 2023 Damallsvenskan in November 2023. (Photo by Hammarby IF)

The Damallsvenskan concluded its 26 game season in a style suitable of a Hollywood script. Hammarby IF, who haven’t won the competition since 1985, finally recreated history for their fans.

What makes this story even more theatrical is the fact it was one single goal scored more than rivals BK Häcken that sealed the title.

In their final match of the season against Tor-Arne Fredheim’s IFK Norrköping, Hammarby managed a 2-0 victory after a brace from Madelen Janogy. It made for a tense evening for fans and players alike as the title went down to the final minute of the season, with goal difference the only advantage separating the pack.

It had been a long wait for the Hammarby fans, their last title win coming in 1985, meaning many fans had never lived to see their team lift the silverware. The atmosphere that the Hammarby faithful created will leave no doubt in anyone’s mind how much it means to them.

Impact of the fans

An overwhelming home attendance created an atmosphere at the away fixture for Hammarby, with reports claiming up to six thousand fans were turned away at the turnstiles. This sort of environment is part of the culture curated with care at Hammarby. A club that has effectively and warmly integrated their men’s and women’s teams into a true one club culture.

The fans took to the pitch to celebrate with the history-making players after the final whistle secured their title. A scene familiar to Hammarby fans, they did the same to great effect after their 3-0 cup final win over BK Häcken earlier this season.

What a sight it will be for away fans to see these sort of scenes at next seasons Champions League. It’s the cumulative effort of several years of steady project building and investment from the Hammarby board. Since 2021, fans have seen the Stockholm side finish seventh, fifth and now finally champions.

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