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Malmö FF
Malmo FF logo.svg
Full name Malmö Fotbollförening (Malmö)
Nickname(s) Di blåe (Scanian: The Blue Ones)
Himmelsblått (Sky Blue)
Short name MFF
Founded 24 February 1910; 113 years ago (1910-02-24)
Ground Eleda Stadion, Malmö
Ground Capacity 22,500
President Anders Pålsson
Head coach Henrik Rydström
League Allsvenskan
2022 Allsvenskan, 7th
European colours

Malmö Fotbollförening, commonly known as Malmö FF, Malmö, or MFF, is a professional football club and the most successful football club in Sweden in terms of trophies won. Formed in 1910 and affiliated with the Scania Football Association, Malmö FF is based at Eleda Stadion in Malmö, Scania. The club has won a record 22 Swedish championship titles and the most national cup titles with 15.

Malmö FF won its first Championship in 1944. The powerhouse of Swedish football in recent years, Malmö FF also saw glory in the 1970s, winning five Swedish championships and four Svenska Cupen titles. Malmö FF remains the only club from the Nordic countries to have reached the final of the European Cup, the predecessor of the UEFA Champions League. Malmö FF was runner-up in the 1979 European Champions Cup final, which they lost 1–0 to English club Nottingham Forest. For this feat, Malmö FF was awarded the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal. 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.

Malmö FF is the leader of the overall Allsvenskan table maratontabellen, where they are the club that holds both the record of scoring the most goals as well as the record of winning the most matches.

In recent years, the team have regularly qualified to the European stage 7 times; including 3 Champions League group stages (2014-15, 2015-16 and 2021-22) and 4 Europa League group stages (2011-12, 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2022-23). In 2019 and 2020, Malmö FF played in the knockout stages of the UEFA Europa League. Moreover, Malmö FF have managed to knock out European heavyweights: RB Salzburg x2, Celtic, Rangers x2, Sparta Prague during the Champions League Qualifiers, while picking up key wins against Olympiakos, Shakhtar Donetsk & drawing to Zenit St Petersburg during the main tournament. In recent Europa League campaigns, Malmö FF notably managed to win against Dynamo Kyiv, Besiktas x2, Sivasspor, FC Copenhagen & FC Midtjylland.

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 club are fellow regional rivals Helsingborg, historical domestic rival IFK Göteborg and historically local Division 2 Södra Götaland side IFK Malmö. The MFF Support are their official fan club. The club name is literally translated into English as the "Malmö Football Association".


Early years

Malmö IP, the first home stadium for the club between 1910 and 1957

The club arose from a municipal initiative in 1905 to encourage young people in Malmö to play organised football. One of the youth teams, the Bollklubben Idrott, also known simply as BK Idrott, was a predecessor to the Malmö FF. BK Idrott joined the newly created football department of the IFK Malmö in 1909, but soon left because of issues between the two clubs. On 24 February 1910 the 19 members of the BK Idrott founded the Malmö FF; the first chairman was Werner Mårtensson.

The club spent its first ten years in local and regional divisions as there was no official national league competition, playing the majority of their matches in the city division called the Malmömästerskapen. They also competed in regional competitions in Scania, and played matches against Danish clubs. In 1916 the Malmö FF reached the final of the Scanian regional competition (Distriktsmästerskapen) for the first time, playing against rival the Helsingborgs IF but losing 3–4. The club defeated local rival the IFK Malmö three times during the season, and thus earned the unofficial but much desired title of Malmö's best football club. In 1917 the Malmö FF competed in the Svenska Mästerskapet for the first time, a cup tournament for the title of Swedish champions, but lost their first match in the second qualifying round 4–1 against the IFK Malmö. The club continued to play in the cup until 1922, reaching the quarter-finals in 1920 when they were knocked out by the Landskrona BoIS. The cup was eventually discontinued and the title of Swedish champions was given to the winners of the Allsvenskan which was first created for the 1924–25 season.

In 1920 the Swedish Football Association invited Swedish football clubs to compete in official national competitions. Malmö FF earned a place in the Division 2 Sydsvenska Serien. They won this division in the first season, and were promoted to the Svenska Serien Västra, the highest level of competition in Sweden at the time. However, they were relegated after a single season, and found themselves back in the Sydsvenska Serien for nearly a decade until they again achieved promotion to the Allsvenskan, in 1931.

First years in the Allsvenskan and early achievements

The Malmö FF team of 1943–44

The club achieved mid-table league positions for two seasons, but was relegated in 1934 as a penalty for breaking amateur regulations. The club had paid their players a small sum of money for each game. Although against the rules, this was common at the time; Malmö FF was the only club to show it in the accounting records. In addition to relegation to Division 2, the club suffered bans for the entire board of directors and twenty-six players. The version of events told by Malmö FF and local press suggests that local rival, IFK Malmö, had reported the violation to the Swedish Football Association. This belief has contributed to the longstanding competitive tensions between the clubs.

The club made their way back to the Allsvenskan in 1937 after two seasons in the Division 2. In the same year Eric Persson was elected as chairman after being secretary since 1929, and held the position until 1974. Persson is regarded by club leaders and fans as the most important person in the club's history, as he turned the club professional in the 1970s. Under his leadership the club went from being titleless in 1937 to holding ten Swedish championships by the end of the 1974 season. In 1939 the club reached its highest position yet, third place in the Allsvenskan, nine points behind champions the IF Elfsborg. Malmö FF's first Swedish championship came in 1944, when the club won the penultimate game of the season against AIK before 36,000 spectators at the Råsunda. The last game of the season was won 7–0 against Halmstad BK.

The following nine seasons, Malmö FF finished in the top three in the league. The club won the Swedish Championship in 1949, 1950, 1951 and 1953, and were runners-up in 1946, 1948 and 1952. The club also won the Svenska Cupen in 1944, 1946, 1947, 1951 and 1953, and finished as runners-up in 1945. Between 6 May 1949 and 1 June 1951, the team were unbeaten in 49 matches, of which 23 were an unbroken streak of victories.

Young players in the 1960s

The club finished as runners-up in the Allsvenskan twice more, in 1956 and 1957. The following year the club left the Malmö IP for the Malmö Stadion, which had been built for the 1958 FIFA World Cup, and was to host the club for 50 years. In 1964 Malmö FF contracted Spanish manager Antonio Durán; this was the first of a series of changes that led to the most successful era in the club's history. Young talents such as Lars Granström and Bo Larsson emerged during the early 1960s and would prove to be crucial ingredients in the success that would come in the 1970s. The club finished second in 1964 but went on to win their sixth Swedish Championship in 1965, when Bo Larsson scored 28 goals to finish as the league's top goal scorer. The Malmö FF once again won the Allsvenskan in 1967, after a less successful year in 1966. The club's young players, as well as talents bought in from neighbouring clubs in Scania in 1967, became a team that consistently finished in the top three in the Allsvenskan.

Successful 1970s, European Cup 1979, 1980s and 1990s

After finishing as runners-up in Allsvenskan for the final two years of the 1960s, Malmö FF started the most successful decade of their history with a Swedish Championship in 1970. The club won Allsvenskan in 1970, 1971, 1974, 1975 and 1977 as well as Svenska Cupen in 1976 and 1978. The 1977 Allsvenskan victory qualified the club for the 1978–79 European Cup, and after victories against AS Monaco, Dynamo Kyiv, Wisła Kraków and Austria Wien, Malmö FF reached the final of the competition, which was played at the Olympiastadion in Munich against Nottingham Forest. Trevor Francis, who scored the only goal of the match, won it 1–0 for Nottingham Forest. Nevertheless, the 1979 European Cup run is the biggest success in the history of Malmö FF. The team were given the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal the same year, awarded for the most significant Swedish sporting achievement of the year, for their achievement in the European Cup.

Malmö stadion
Malmö Stadion, the home stadium for the club between 1958 and 2008

Much of the success during the 1970s was due to new tactics and training methods brought to the club by Englishman Bob Houghton, who managed the club between 1974 and 1980. Eric Persson was succeeded as chairman in 1974 by Hans Cavalli-Björkman. After the team performed respectably under managers Keith Blunt and Tord Grip in the early 1980s, Roy Hodgson took over in 1985. Roy Hodgson led Malmö FF to two Swedish Championships in 1986 and 1988, and the club won Allsvenskan five years in a row between 1985 and 1989. At the time, the championship was decided by play-offs between the best teams after the end of the regular season; this arrangement was in place from 1982 until 1992. The club reached the play-off final four times between 1986 and 1989 but only managed to win the final twice. Apart from Allsvenskan and Swedish Championships, Malmö FF won Svenska Cupen in 1984, 1986 and 1989.

Other than finishing as runners-up in Allsvenskan in 1996, the team did not excel in the 1990s, as the club failed to win Allsvenskan and Svenska Cupen throughout the entire decade. The 1990s ended with relegation from Allsvenskan in 1999. Hans Cavalli-Björkman was succeeded as chairman by Bengt Madsen in 1999, and former player Hasse Borg was contracted as Director of Sport. These operational changes, as well as the emergence of young talent Zlatan Ibrahimović, led to the return to Allsvenskan in 2001. Ibrahimović rose to fame and became an important player in Malmö FF's campaign to return to the top league. He was later sold to Ajax in 2001, before playing for several European clubs in Italy's Serie A, FC Barcelona in Spain's La Liga, Paris Saint-Germain in France's Ligue 1, Manchester United F.C. in England's Premier League, LA Galaxy in the MLS, and AC Milan again where he currently plays.

Start of the 2000s to the present

Opening game at Stadion

The return to Allsvenskan was the start of the successful early 2000s, under the management of Tom Prahl, when the club finished in the top three times in a row. In 2004, it won Allsvenskan, the club's fifteenth Swedish Championship. In 2005, the club reached the last qualifying round for the UEFA Champions League but were defeated by FC Thun. Successful sponsor work and player sales also made Malmö FF the richest club in Sweden, a position still held since 2013. This position was further cemented by the successive Champions League group stage appearances the two following years. Malmö FF moved from Malmö Stadion to Eleda Stadion in 2009, a stadium built entirely for football and located next to the old one.

In 2009, Madsen announced that he would step down as chairman, and was replaced by Håkan Jeppsson early the following year. In 2010, the club marked their 100th anniversary with many celebratory events at the beginning of the season. On the day of the club's 100th anniversary in 2010, the Swedish football magazine Offside declared Malmö FF to be the greatest football club in Swedish history. The season became a great success as the club won Allsvenskan for the nineteenth time and became Swedish champions for the sixteenth time. Unlike in 2004, these successes were achieved without any major transfers before the season, and with a squad consisting mostly of younger players.

In October 2013, Malmö FF won their seventeenth Swedish championship and 20th Allsvenskan title in the penultimate round of the league away from home. Similar to 2010, the title was the result of a young squad. The average age of the squad, 23.8 years, was the youngest team to become champions since the beginning of the 21st century. The following year Malmö FF qualified for the group stage of the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League by beating Ventspils, Sparta Prague and Red Bull Salzburg in the qualifying rounds. This was the first time the club qualified for the competition proper since the re-branding from the European Cup in the 1992–93 season and the first time since the 2000–01 season that a Swedish club qualified. In the following months Malmö FF defended their league title, winning their eighteenth Swedish championship and 21st Allsvenskan title. This was the first time a club defended the Allsvenskan title since the 2003 season.

The 2015 season saw Malmö FF failing to retaining the title and missing out on the top-four for the first time since 2009. However, the club managed to qualify once again to the group stages of the UEFA Champions League in the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League edition, beating Žalgiris Vilnius, Red Bull Salzburg and Celtic FC in qualifiers. In October 2016, Malmö FF won their nineteenth Swedish championship and 22nd Allsvenskan title. The title was Malmö FF's third in the span of four years. This resulted in the club surpassing IFK Göteborg in terms of Swedish championship titles, indisputably becoming the most successful Swedish football club of all time.

Malmö FF is a dominant force in Sweden. As of the end of the 2021 Allsvenskan season, the club are the leaders of the overall Allsvenskan table maratontabellen. Malmö FF are also the record holders for the total number of Swedish championships, Allsvenskan titles and Svenska Cupen titles.

Colours and crest

Because of the club colours, sky blue and white, the club is often known by the nicknames Di blåe (Scanian: The Blues) and Himmelsblått (The Sky Blues). The home kit is sky-blue shirts, white shorts, and sky-blue socks. The away strip is black. Various alternative kits have been used for European play such as an all-white kit introduced in the 1950s, and re-used for the 2011 and 2012 seasons, and all-black kits with sky-blue and golden trimmings were used for the European campaigns in 2005 and 2013.

Kit evolution

The club colours have not always been sky blue. The predecessor club BK Idrott wore blue and white striped shirts and white shorts, and this kit was still used for the first six months of 1910 after Malmö FF was founded. This was later changed to red and white striped shirts and black shorts to show that Malmö FF was a new, independent club. This colour combination has on occasion been used in modern times as the away kit. The present sky-blue kit was introduced in 1920. Since 2010 a small Scanian flag is featured on the back of the shirt just below the neck.

Crest evolution

The crest of Malmö FF consists of a shield with two vertical sky-blue fields on the sides, and one vertical white field in the middle. Underneath the shield is "Malmö FF" spelled out in sky-blue letters with a sky-blue star under the text. In the top area of the shield is a white horizontal field over the three vertical fields. The abbreviation of the club name "MFF" is spelled out with sky-blue letters in this field. On top of the shield are five tower-like extensions of the white field. The present shield crest made its debut on the shirt in the 1940s. There were other crests before this but they were never featured on the shirt. While the first crest was black and white, the second crest was red and white in accordance with the club's main colours between 1910 and 1920.

In the original shield logo the full club name and sky-blue star beneath the shield were not featured, they were later added when club chairman Eric Persson discovered while abroad that people had trouble identifying what city the club came from just by looking at the club crest. The six-pointed star has its origins from the oldest seal of the City of Malmö.

For the 100th anniversary of the club in 2010, the years 1910 and 2010 were featured on each side of the shield on a sky-blue ribbon behind the shield.

Stars above the crest

Malmö FF is the only club in Sweden to have the honor of wearing two stars above its crest, representing 20-29 domestic championship titles. The stars are only featured on match shirts and are not a part of the official crest.

Kit manufacturer and shirt sponsors

Malmö's kit is manufactured by Puma, who also sponsor the club. Consequently, various Puma products are sold in the club's souvenir shop at Eleda Stadion.

The first sponsor to appear on Malmö FF's jerseys was local shipyard company Kockums in 1976, and since 1981 at least one sponsor logo has appeared on the club's kits. In the mid-1990s it became commonplace for Swedish clubs to have several shirt sponsors. Malmö FF was no exception, and this was the case until 2010 when the club returned to having only one sponsor logo on their kit.

As of 2018, the kits typically feature logos of three partners, the main sponsor (front), the sleeve partner (sleeve) and the secondary sponsor (back).

Period Kit manufacturer Main sponsor Sleeve Partner Secondary sponsor(s)
1976 Puma None None Kockums
1977–78 Tretorn None
1979–80 Admiral
1981 Adidas ABV (NCC)
1982 Skoogs ABV
1983 Nyheterna Skoogs, ABV
1984–85 Skånelaget None
1986–88 Puma
1989–92 ICA
1993 1X2 Stryktipset
1994–97 None Various
1998–99 Nike Wihlborgs
2000–01 Nätverket
2002–08 Puma
2009 Star for Life Stadium
2010 Sydtotal None
2011 ICA Hilding Anders
2012 None
2013–15 Rörläggaren None
2016–17 Volkswagen
2018–19 Tictac Interactive Tillmobil
2020 Limitado
2021 None
2022 Tillmobil


Malmö FF - BK Häcken 2016 tifo
Tifo at the Swedish Cup final in 2016.
MFF-Vidi FC Champions League 2018-2019 Q3 Tifo
Tifo before a Champions League qualifier in 2018. The red and yellow flag is the Scanian flag.

Fans of Malmö FF are called MFF:are (the word is the same in singular and plural).

Malmö FF has several fan clubs, of which the largest is the official fan club MFF Support, founded in 1992. MFF Support describes itself as "a non-profit and non-political organization working against violence and racism". The chairman of MFF Support is Thelma Ernst.

There are also several smaller independent supporter groups. The most prominent of these is Supras Malmö, which was founded in 2003 by a coalition of smaller ultras groups and devoted fans. The name "Supras" is derived from the words supporters and ultras – the latter indicating that the group is inspired by a fan culture with roots in southern Europe. Supras Malmö is the most visible group in the main supporter stand at Eleda Stadion, marking its presence with banners, flags and choreography. Another group with similar goals is Rex Scania. MFF Tifosi 96 (MT96) is a network of supporters creating tifos for special occasions and important games. Malmösystrar (Sisters of Malmö) is the largest female supporter faction in Europe with over 200 members. The Malmö FF supporters are notorious for their ability to create a lively atmosphere and also hold the record of the highest sound level measured in Allsvenskan with 127 decibel in a game in 2016 versus IFK Göteborg.


Because of geographical proximity, minor rivalries exist with Trelleborgs FF and Landskrona BoIS, which are both also located in Scania. The main rivals of the club are Helsingborgs IF, IFK Göteborg and IFK Malmö. The rivalry between Malmö FF and Helsingborgs IF has existed since Malmö FF were promoted up to Allsvenskan in the 1930s, and is primarily geographic, since both teams are from Scania in southern Sweden. The rivalry with IFK Göteborg relates more to title clashes; the two are the most successful clubs in Swedish football history and the only two to have appeared in European cup finals, IFK Göteborg in the UEFA Cup in 1982 and 1987 and Malmö FF in the European Cup in 1979.

The rivalry with IFK Malmö is both geographical and historical. The two clubs come from the same city and used to play at the same stadium in the early 20th century. The supposed actions of board members of IFK Malmö in 1933, revealing Malmö FF's breaches of amateur football rules to the Swedish Football Association, further contribute to the competitive tensions between the two clubs. IFK Malmö have not played in Allsvenskan since 1962; thus matches between the two sides are rare.

Average attendances

Malmö FF are well known for their large average attendance. Average attendances at Malmö FF's home matches in Allsvenskan and European competitions for the last ten seasons running.

Allsvenskan 2010–2019
Season Stadium Capacity Total High Low Average Occupancy Median
2010 Eleda Stadion 24,000 227,904 24,148 9,346 15,194 Green-Up-Arrow.svg 63.3% 14,149
2011 185,825 23,612 6,715 12,388 RedDownArrow.svg 51.6% 11,333
2012 221,981 23,638 10,088 14,799 Green-Up-Arrow.svg 61.7% 14,583
2013 241,395 23,758 9,837 16,093 Green-Up-Arrow.svg 67.1% 15,560
2014 211,357 20,310 9,336 14,090 RedDownArrow.svg 58.7% 13,382
2015 22,500 259,973 22,337 12,862 17,332 Green-Up-Arrow.svg 77.0% 16,215
2016 267,622 21,719 13,747 17,841 Green-Up-Arrow.svg 79.3% 17,526
2017 273,807 21,354 14,482 18,254 Green-Up-Arrow.svg 81.1% 18,830
2018 223,822 20,072 11,237 14,921 RedDownArrow.svg 66.3% 14,745
2019 248,496 21,812 11,521 16,566 Green-Up-Arrow.svg 73.6% 16,267
European Competitions 2010–2019
Season Competition Capacity Matches Total High Low Average
2011–12 UEFA Champions League 20,500 3 46,916 19,084 12,501 15,639
2011–12 UEFA Europa League 3 26,900 10,802 7,632 8,967
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 3 25,855 11,538 5,689 8,618
2014–15 UEFA Champions League 6 110,014 20,500 8,831 18,336
2015–16 UEFA Champions League 6 113,958 20,500 12,436 18,993
2017–18 UEFA Champions League 1 20,058 20,058 20,058 20,058
2018–19 UEFA Champions League 3 45,985 18,153 10,623 15,328
2018–19 UEFA Europa League 5 82,692 20,312 11,487 16,538
2019–20 UEFA Europa League 8 125,471 20,500 8,667 15,684


Malmö FF's first stadium was Malmö IP, which was shared with arch-rivals IFK Malmö. The team played here from the founding of the club in 1910, until 1958. The stadium still exists today, albeit with lower capacity, and is now used by women's team FC Rosengård, who were previously the women's section of Malmö FF. Capacity in 2012 is 7,600, but attendances were usually much higher when Malmö FF played there. For the last season in 1957, the average attendance was 15,500. The club's record attendance at Malmö IP is 22,436 against Helsingborgs IF on 1 June 1956. The stadium is still considered a key part of the club's history, as it was here that the club were founded, played their first 47 seasons, and won five Swedish championships.

A new stadium was constructed in Malmö after Sweden was awarded the 1958 FIFA World Cup – this saw the birth of Malmö Stadion. Malmö FF played their first season at the stadium in 1958. The first time the club won the Swedish championship at the stadium was in 1965. An upper tier was added to the stadium in 1992. The club enjoyed the most successful era of their history at this stadium, winning ten out of twenty Swedish championships while based there. The stadium originally had a capacity of 30,000 but this was lowered to 27,500 due to changes in safety regulations. The club's record attendance at the stadium was 29,328 against Helsingborgs IF on 24 September 1967.

Following the 2004 victory in Allsvenskan, plans were made to construct a new stadium. In July 2005, Malmö FF announced that work was to begin on Eleda Stadion, designed for 18,000 seated spectators and 6,000 standing. The stadium can also accommodate 21,000 as an all-seater for international and European games in which terracing is not allowed. Construction started in 2007 and was finished in 2009. The new stadium is located next to Malmö Stadion. Although there was still small-scale construction going on around the stadium at the time, the stadium was inaugurated on 13 April 2009 with the first home game of the 2009 season against Örgryte IS; Malmö FF's Labinot Harbuzi scored the inaugural goal in the 61st minute. The first Swedish championship won at the stadium occurred in 2010, when the club beat Mjällby AIF on 7 November in the final game of the season 2–0. Attendance at this game set the stadium record of 24,148. Stadion is a UEFA category 4 rated stadium.

A panorama of Stadion from the Northern Stand, showing from left to right the Eastern Stand, the Southern Stand and the Western Stand
Stadion from the Western stand before a UEFA Champions League play-off game against FC Red Bull Salzburg in 2014

European record

Malmö FF has a rich European legacy with participation in UEFA competitions since 1964. The club's best European performance was in the 1978–79 season, when they reached the final of the UEFA Champions League (then European Champion Clubs' Cup), where they were beaten 0–1 by English Champions Nottingham Forest. This makes Malmö FF the only Nordic club to have reached this far in the European Cup or Champions League. 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. Malmö FF is one of the four Swedish clubs to have participated in the UEFA Champions League group stages, along with IFK Göteborg, AIK, and Helsingborg.

Overall record by competition

Tournament S Pld W D L GF GA GD
European Champion Clubs' Cup / UEFA Champions League 18 90 31 22 37 95 140 −45
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League 17 80 34 15 31 122 97 +25
Cup Winners' Cup 5 22 9 7 6 35 18 +17
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 4 8 0 1 7 4 23 −19
UEFA Intertoto Cup 1 2 0 0 2 1 4 −3
Intercontinental Cup / FIFA Club World Cup 1 2 0 0 2 1 3 −2
Total 45 197 70 43 83 247 273 −26

UEFA Coefficient

Correct as of 19 Jun 2022. The table shows the position of Malmö FF (highlighted), based on their UEFA coefficient club ranking for 2021, and the four clubs which are closest to Malmö FF's position (the two clubs with the higher coefficient and the two with the lower coefficient).

2023 2022 Mvmt. Club 2018–19 2019–20 2020–21 2021–22 2022–23 2023 Coeff.
55 60 Green-Up-Arrow.svg +5 Russia Krasnodar 11.00 6.00 8.00 25.000
57 78 Green-Up-Arrow.svg +21 Spain Real Betis 10.00 11.00 3.00 24.000
57 68 Green-Up-Arrow.svg +11 Sweden Malmö FF 7.00 8.00 2.50 5.00 1.50 24.000
59 74 Green-Up-Arrow.svg +15 England West Ham 21.00 2.50 23.500
60 61 Green-Up-Arrow.svg +1 France Monaco 5.00 15.00 3.00 23.000
Club UEFA Champions League UEFA Europa League
Malmö FF 2014–15

Ownership and finances

Malmö FF made the transition from an amateur club to fully professional in the late 1970s under the leadership of club chairman Eric Persson. 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.

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. 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.

The main sponsors of Malmö FF are Volkswagen, Elitfönster AB, Intersport, Imtech, JMS Mediasystem, Mercedes-Benz, SOVA and Svenska Spel. 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.

Media coverage

Malmö FF have been the subject of several films. Some examples are Swedish football documentaries Blådårar 1 and Blådårar 2, which portray the club from both supporter and player perspectives during the 1997 and 2000 seasons. Blådårar 1 is set in 1997, when the club finished third in Allsvenskan. The film focuses on devoted fan Lasse, player Anders Andersson, former chairman Hans Cavalli-Björkman and other individuals. Blådårar 2 is set in 2000, the year after the club had been relegated to Superettan, and follows the team as they fight for Malmö FF's return to Allsvenskan. The second film continues to follow Lasse, but also has a significant focus on Zlatan Ibrahimović, his progress and how he was eventually sold to AFC Ajax during the 2001 season.

The club have also been featured in Mitt Hjärtas Malmö, a series of documentaries covering the history of Malmö. Clips used included match footage from the 1940s (Volume 7), and match footage from the 1979 European Cup Final in Munich from a fan's perspective (Volume 8). Volume 9 of the series is devoted entirely to coverage of the club's 100th anniversary in 2010.

In the 2005 Swedish drama movie Om Sara, actor Alexander Skarsgård plays the fictional football star Kalle Öberg, who plays for Malmö FF. Finally, a recurring sketch in the second season of the comedy sketch show Hipphipp! involved a group of Malmö FF fans singing and chanting while performing everyday tasks, such as shopping or operating an ATM.


Current squad

Malmö FF
Malmö FF line up before a 2011–12 UEFA Europa League group stage match against FC Metalist Kharkiv
No. Position Player
1 Sweden GK Melker Ellborg
3 Denmark DF Jonas Knudsen
4 Finland DF Niklas Moisander
5 Denmark MF Søren Rieks
6 Sweden MF Oscar Lewicki
8 Peru MF Sergio Peña
9 Sweden FW Isaac Kiese Thelin
10 Denmark MF Anders Christiansen (captain)
13 Sweden DF Martin Olsson
14 Sweden DF Felix Beijmo
15 Sweden MF Joseph Ceesay
17 Ghana FW Malik Abubakari
20 Sweden MF Moustafa Zeidan
21 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Dennis Hadžikadunić (on loan from FC Rostov)
22 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Adi Nalić
23 Czech Republic DF Matěj Chaluš
24 Denmark DF Lasse Nielsen
25 France MF Mahamé Siby
No. Position Player
27 Sweden GK Johan Dahlin
29 Sweden DF Noah Eile
30 Mali GK Ismael Diawara
31 Sweden MF Hugo Larsson
32 Norway MF Jo Inge Berget
33 Sierra Leone FW Mohamed Buya Turay
34 Sweden MF Markus Björkqvist
36 Kosovo MF Patriot Sejdiu
37 Sweden MF Sebastian Nanasi
39 Cameroon DF Samuel Kotto
40 Ghana MF Emmanuel Lomotey
Sweden MF Peter Gwargis
Sweden DF Anton Tinnerholm
Canada DF Derek Cornelius
Mali DF Ismaël Sidibé
Sweden MF Hugo Bolin
Sweden MF August Karlin
Sweden MF Melker Widell

Out on loan

No. Position Player
16 Sweden GK Mathias Nilsson (to Örgryte IS until 8 January 2024)
26 Sweden MF Mubaarak Nuh (to Örgryte IS until 8 January 2024)
28 Sweden MF David Edvardsson (to Landskrona BoIS until 8 January 2024)
33 Sweden MF Amel Mujanić (to APOEL FC until 30 June 2023)
39 Sweden GK Viktor Andersson (to Lunds BK until 8 January 2024)
Sweden FW Samuel Burakovsky (to BK Olympic until 8 January 2024)
No. Position Player
Sweden DF André Alvarez Perez (to BK Olympic until 8 January 2024)
Sweden MF Philip Malky (to BK Olympic until 8 January 2024)
Sweden DF Raymond Adjei (to BK Olympic until 8 January 2024)
Sweden DF Josef Al-Imam (to BK Olympic until 8 January 2024)
Senegal MF Mamadou Diagne (to BK Olympic until 8 January 2024)

Retired numbers

12 – MFF Support

Notable players

Bosse Larsson 1965 (cropped)
Bo Larsson is Malmö FF's all-time leading goalscorer in Allsvenskan with 119 goals in 302 matches.
Zlatan Ibrahimović Euro 2012 vs England
Zlatan Ibrahimović started his professional career at Malmö FF. He made 40 league appearances and scored 16 goals for the club between 1999 and 2001.

List criteria:

  • player has made more than 500 appearances overall for the club, or
  • player has won Guldbollen, an official UEFA or FIFA award, or
  • player has been picked as one of the 11 best players in the official hall of fame Sydsvenskan team that was selected by the newspapers readers for the club's 100th anniversary in 2010.
Name Nationality Malmö FF
Guldbollen UEFA/FIFA Award Sydsvenskan team
Nilsson, ErikErik Nilsson Sweden 1934–1953 600 4 1950
Bengtsson, HelgeHelge Bengtsson Sweden 1934–1951 501 3
ObergPrawitz Öberg Sweden 1952–1965 515 103 1962
Svahn, IngvarIngvar Svahn Sweden 1957–1968
414 161 1967
Larsson, BoBo Larsson Sweden 1962–1966
546 289 1965
Kristensson, KristerKrister Kristensson Sweden 1963–1979 626 16 Yes
Andersson, RoyRoy Andersson Sweden 1968–1983 624 49 1977 Yes
Andersson, RolandRoland Andersson Sweden 1968–1974
564 13
MollerJan Möller Sweden 1971–1980
591 1 1979 Yes
Erlandsson, IngemarIngemar Erlandsson Sweden 1976–1987 473 46 Yes
Andersson, MagnusMagnus Andersson Sweden 1975–1988 568 28
Prytz, RobertRobert Prytz Sweden 1977–1982
132 36 1986 Yes
Persson, TorbjörnTorbjörn Persson Sweden 1980–1995 574 39
Fedel, JonnieJonnie Fedel Sweden 1984–2001 588 1
Thern, JonasJonas Thern Sweden 1985–1987
160 30 1989 Yes
Dahlin, MartinMartin Dahlin Sweden 1987–1991 176 83 1993 Yes
Schwarz, StefanStefan Schwarz Sweden 1987–1991 103 7 1999 Yes
Andersson, PatrikPatrik Andersson Sweden 1989–1992
184 24 1995
UEFA Team of the Year
Ibrahimović, ZlatanZlatan Ibrahimović Sweden 1999–2001 69 16 2005
UEFA Team of the Year
FIFPro World XI
FIFA Puskás Award
Litmanen, JariJari Litmanen Finland 2005–2007 18 6 UEFA Jubilee Awards
Forsberg, EmilEmil Forsberg Sweden 2013-2014 57 19 2021



As of 16 March 2022

Name Role
Sweden Anders Pålsson President
Sweden Niclas Carlnén Chief executive officer
Sweden Pontus Hansson Secretary
Sweden Daniel Andersson Sporting director
Sweden Andreas Georgson Head of sports
Sweden Anne-Maj Jansson Sporting assistant
Sweden Robin Asterhed Chief scout
Sweden Alf Westerberg Sporting co-ordinator
Sweden Per Ågren Sporting director youth

Technical staff

As of 16 March 2022

Name Role
Sweden Jeffrey Aubynn Assistant coaches
Serbia Nikola Trajkovic
Spain José Martínez Analysts
England Paul Mitchell
Norway Karou Calamy
Sweden James Slaughter
England Mark Read Fitness coaches
England Jamie Mackay
Sweden Jonnie Fedel Goalkeeping coach
Sweden Alexander Nilsson Physiotherapists
Sweden Jesper Robertsson
Sweden Roem Muftee
Sweden Pär Herbertsson Club doctor
Sweden Greger Andrijevski Club masseur
Sweden Sverker Fryklund Psychologist
Sweden Daniel Möller Equipment manager

Notable coaches

Bob Houghton (1979)
Bob Houghton won three Swedish championships, four Svenska Cupen titles and reached the 1979 European Cup Final during his time in Malmö.
Roy Hodgson Euro 2012 vs Italy (cropped)
Roy Hodgson won five consecutive Allsvenskan titles and two Svenska Cupen titles during his five years at the club. He is pictured in 2012 as head coach of England.

This is a list of coaches who have won one or more titles at the club

Name Years Allsvenskan Svenska Cupen
Sweden Sven Nilsson 1944
Hungary Kálmán Konrád 1947–1949 1948–49 1947
Wales Bert Turner 1951–1954 1950–51
Spain Antonio Durán 1964–1971 1965
Sweden Karl-Erik Hult 1972–1973 1972–73
England Bob Houghton 1974–1980
Sweden Tord Grip 1983–1984 1983–84
England Roy Hodgson 1985–1989 1985
Sweden Tom Prahl 2002–2005 2004
Sweden Roland Nilsson 2008–2011 2010
Sweden Rikard Norling 2011–2013 2013
Norway Åge Hareide 2014–2015 2014
Denmark Allan Kuhn 2016 2016
Sweden Magnus Pehrsson 2017–2018 2017
Denmark Jon Dahl Tomasson 2020–2021 2020
|Serbia Miloš Milojević 2022 2021–22


Malmö FF have played 86 seasons in Allsvenskan. The only clubs to have played more seasons are AIK with 93 and IFK Göteborg with 89 (2021). The club are also the leaders of the all-time Allsvenskan table since the end of the 2012 season. They are the only Nordic club to have played a European Cup final, present day UEFA Champions League, having reached the 1979 European Cup Final. 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.

Club honours

Malmö FF have won domestic, European, and international honours. The club currently holds the records for most Swedish championships, Allsvenskan and Svenska Cupen titles. The club's most recent honour was in 2021 when they won Allsvenskan. The club first played in Europe for the 1964–65 European season in the European Cup, and most recently in the 2021–22 European season in the group stage for the UEFA Champions League. Including the qualification stages, they have participated in the European Cup and UEFA Champions League eighteen times and in the UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League seventeen times. The club have also played in other now defunct European competitions such as the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and the UEFA Intertoto Cup.


The Malmö FF team of 1948–49
  • Swedish Champions
    • Winners (22): 1943–44, 1948–49, 1949–50, 1950–51, 1952–53, 1965, 1967, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1986, 1988, 2004, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2020, 2021
  • Allsvenskan (Tier 1)
    • Winners (25): 1943–44, 1948–49, 1949–50, 1950–51, 1952–53, 1965, 1967, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 2004, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2020, 2021
    • Runners-up (15): 1945–46, 1947–48, 1951–52, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1964, 1968, 1969, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1983, 1996, 2002, 2019
  • Division 2 Sydsvenska Serien (Tier 2)
    • Winners (1): 1920–21
    • Runners-up (1): 1923–24
  • Division 2 Södra (Tier 2)
    • Winners (3): 1930–31, 1934–35, 1935–36
    • Runners-up (1): 1929–30
  • Superettan (Tier 2)
    • Runners-up (1): 2000
  • Svenska Cupen
    • Winners (15): 1944, 1946, 1947, 1951, 1953, 1967, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1977–78, 1979–80, 1983–84, 1985–86, 1988–89, 2021–22
    • Runners-up (6): 1945, 1970–71, 1995–96, 2015–16, 2017–18, 2019–20
  • Allsvenskan play-offs
    • Winners (2): 1986, 1988
    • Runners-up (2): 1987, 1989
  • Svenska Supercupen
    • Winners (2): 2013, 2014
    • Runners-up (1): 2011



  • Allsvenskan and Svenska Cupen
    • Winners (8): 1943–44, 1950–51, 1952–53, 1967, 1974, 1975, 1986, 1989

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