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Landskrona BoIS

Landskrona BoIS is a football (soccer) club from Sweden.

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About Landskrona BoIS

Landskrona BoIS (simply referred to as BoIS) is a Swedish professional Football (soccer) located in Landskrona, which currently plays in the second highest Swedish division, Superettan. The club, formed on 7 February 1915 was a merger of two clubs from the city of Landskrona; IFK Landskrona and Diana. Landskrona BoIS was one of twelve teams in the first season of 1924-25 Allsvenskan in 1924-25. Since then, they have played 34 seasons in Allsvenskan and 48 seasons in the second highest division. Landskrona BoIS has got one national cup title, won in 1971-72. The club is affiliated with Skånes Fotbollförbund and they play their matches at Landskrona IP, which has a capacity of 11,500 spectators. The club's main sponsor is Umbro.


Early years: The foundation of the club

Landskrona BoIS were founded on February 7, 1915 as a merger between two clubs from the city of Landskrona, IFK Landskrona and Diana BK.

The first match ever played abroad was in July 1918, against the Danish team KFUM from Copenhagen.

The best player in Landskrona at this period was Albin Dahl, who played for the club between 1915 and 1921 before joining Helsingborgs IF. The transfer caused a little trouble, since both clubs couldn't agree on the terms. Many people claim that it was here the big rivalry between Landskrona and Helsingborg began.

However, Albin Dahl was the club's first, and only, Olympic competitor, since he represented Sweden at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerpen.

The 1920s: The first seasons in Allsvenskan

In 1924, Landskrona IP (or Karlsunds IP) was built. Thanks to this, Landskrona earned a place in the first season of Allsvenskan ever, as one out of twelve Swedish teams.

The first match ever in Allsvenskan were played on August 3, 1924, against IFK Norrköping away. The match ended with a 1-0 victory.

The first match in Allsvenskan at Landskrona IP was a 4-0 loss against IFK Göteborg. Landskrona finished their first season in Allsvenskan on 6th place.

The biggest star in BoIS at this point was Harry Dahl, younger brother to Albin, who did the opposite to his brother when he came back to Landskrona after one year in Helsingborg.

Harry Dahl was, like his brother, about to play for Sweden in the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris, but his supervisor at Thulinverket refused to let him go.

When he left Landskrona in 1932, he had scored an incomparable 334 goals in 410 matches, and he is still the club's best goalscorer through all times.

The 1930s and 40s: A successful period

The year after Harry "Hacke" Dahl left, in 1933, BoIS were relegated for the first time. But the club came back to Allsvenskan the next season, and this time they had their first real manager in Nisse Svensson. He took Landskrona to the top of the league, with a third place in 1937-38 and a fourth place in 1938-39.

The 1940s was not as good as the 1930s, seen in BoIS' point of view. The team had no stability and went up and down through Allsvenskan and the second highest level without any remarkable results.

But the big exception came in the newfounded Swedish Cup. In 1949, eight years after the cup were established, Landskrona, again as an Allsvenskan team, made their way to the final by defeating Mjölby, Helsingborgs IF, Råå IF and BK Kenty.

In the final, played on July 24, they met AIK Fotboll in front of 14,718 spectators at Råsunda Stadium in Solna Municipality. They lost 1-0, after AIK scored a penalty, due to a Landskrona player blocking the ball with his hand.

The 1950s and 1960s

The club had to leave Allsvenskan in 1949 and didn't have a comeback until the 1971 season.
However, Landskrona BoIS played qualification games for Allsvenskan in 1958, 1959, 1962 and 1968 – all without success. In 1962 qualification games were a four team group that played
each other once only. The third round was played at neutral grounds. When Landskrona BoIS game was finished, they were in Allsvenskan. But the other game had been delayed a few minutes, in which a goal was scored and AIK Fotboll from Stockholm qualified instead.
During this period the main star player was Hasse "HP" Persson.

The 1970s

After the big rival club Helsingborg IF was relegated in 1968 and after having no success in the qualification to Allsvenskan in 1969, the year 1970 became a very important one for Landskrona BoIS.
To get to the qualification games they had to win at home against Helsingborgs IF, and so they did,
with a single goal. Then the qualification finally became successful. And in 1971 the club returned to Allsvenskan, and stayed there for ten years which included two bronze medals (1975 and 1976) and winning the Swedish Cup in 1972. The clubs ever main star Sonny Johansson contributed to this in a major way. Sonny played for the club 1968-1984 and scored more than 300 goals for the club. During the whole of the 1970s he scored more goals in Allsvenskan than any other player during that period.

Later years

In 1980 the club was relegated and again in 1984, though only for one year in the third division. They played a single year in Allsvenskan 1994, but was relegated at once.
The club then got itself in huge economical difficulties, and was relegated to the third division at once. This time the club needed two years to recover. This was made with Sonny Johansson as manager. In 1998 they once again had the chance to qualify to Allsvenskan but failed. But in Superettan 2001 promotion to the highest league once again was a fact, after winning over Assyriska in the last game. This time it lasted for four seasons. Star players during this period were amongst others Daniel Nannskog, Håkan Söderstjerna, Alexander Farnerud and Jonas Olsson (footballer born 1983).
In 2009 they appointed Swedish football legend Henrik Larsson as new manager.
Currently Landskrona BoIS play in Superettan, the division below Allsvenskan.


Landskrona IP was built in 1924, the same year as the first season of Allsvenskan.
On July 20, 1924 an opening ceremony was held, where the Crown Prince Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden and Louise Mountbatten inaugurated the stadium in front of 6,000 spectators.
As a part of the opening ceremony, the first match ever was played. It was a friendly match between Landskrona BoIS and B 03 from Denmark. The Danes won the match 3-2.

The first match in Allsvenskan on Landskrona IP was on August 10, 1924, when BoIS played IFK Göteborg and lost 4-0.

The record attendance is 18,535, and was set on October 18, 1959 in a qualifying match to Allsvenskan, against Degerfors IF. Today the record is impossible to beat, because the capacity of the stadium has been reduced to 12.500, due to safety regulations.
Recently, there have been discussions about a renovation of the stadium, but also about the building of a new one, with a capacity of 14,000 spectators.


In recent seasons Landskrona have had the following average attendances:

- Attendances are provided in the Publikliga sections of the Svenska Fotbollförbundet website.
, where Landskrona made a comeback after several years in the lower divisions.
Since the building of Landskrona IP in 1924, the singing supporters have always stood on the part of IP called the "English Stand" (in Swedish language: Engelska Läktaren).

But in 2006 this was about to change. A group of supporters break loose from the main clique, and began to stand on the Western Stand, built in 2004. Influenced by southern European football cultures, they formed the supporter faction Fanaticos Landskrona, which is now the leading supporter group in Landskrona.

The matches between the teams from Scania (in Swedish called Skånederbyn) are some of the most interesting in Swedish football, and is always seen by a big number of spectators.


As of 12 February 2012

For season transfers, see List of Swedish football transfers winter 2011–2012.

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