We all like a fairy story; it appeals to the child in all of us, and long may it remain so. Regular readers of the modest and occasional archaic ramblings of this correspondent will be aware that he and The Local recently “adopted” the fortunes of the English football manager Graham Potter and his Swedish football “minnows” Ostersund FK in the Europa League. In previous posts this writer highlighted the work done in Sweden by arguably England’s most successful managerial export of recent years. The story and the magic continue for Graham Potter and his team. As was mentioned previously, Ostersunds FK have come a long way in a short time. Ostersunds FK continued their amazing rise under Potter by beating the German Bundesliga team Hertha Berlin to make it two wins from two in the Europa League group J.
The club was in the Swedish fourth tier when Potter took over in 2011 and has been promoted three times before winning the Swedish Cup and qualifying for Europe for the first time. The club goes from strength to strength. Midfielder Brwa Nouri scored the winner against the German side from a penalty.