Ostersunds make history

Whilst you was having an enjoyable Thanksgiving lunch. An event of sporting significance was taking place in Swedish football. Many readers of this modest blog will be aware that we have been following the fortunes of Ostersunds FK in the Europa League football competition. The  Swedish side Ostersunds have qualified for the knockout stage of a European competition for the first time. They beat the Ukrainian team Zorya Luhansk 2-0 in the penultimate group game.

They took the lead in the Europa League Group J match with Zorya Luhansk thanks to an own goal by Dmytro Grechyshkin.

Swedish-born Iranian midfielder Saman Ghoddos sealed his side’s place in the last 32 with a long-range strike.

Ostersunds were in the fourth tier of Swedish football as recently as 2011, they won the Swedish cup in 2016 and at the time of writing they have lost only once in European competition.

The club has been promoted three times since the appointment of former Stoke and Birmingham full-back Graham Potter in December 2010.

In the final game in Group J of the Europa League they visit Hertha Berlin, who has already been eliminated from the competition. Even though the Swedish minnows have beaten all expectation thus far and could be forgiven for resting on their laurels; they will look to finish the group stage on a high. The game is on December 7th at 2:00pm CT and will be streamed live at The Local.

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