- Address: Eric Perssons väg 31, Malmö
- Country: Sweden
- Capacity: 22,000
- Opened: 13 April 2009
- Main use: Football
- Tenants: Malmö FF (football)
Extra stadium info – Eleda Stadion
The construction of the Eleda Stadion, which is among the largest sports venues by capacity in Sweden, started in 2007. It has an all-seated capacity of 21,000 for international football matches. Malmö FF use the venue for home games. They won their first Swedish top-flight football league title in 1944. In 1979, they reached the final of the European championship for football clubs for the first time in their history. Nottingham Forest won the match 1-0. The same year, Malmö FF lost their first-ever world championship final against Club Olimpia from Paraguay.
Robert Douglas Houghton
Robert Douglas Houghton, also known as Bob Houghton, was the manager of Malmö FF in 1979. He was born in England in 1947. Houghton managed football clubs in the United Kingdom, Sweden, the Hellenic Republic, Canada, Saudi Arabia, the Swiss Confederation, the United States and China. He also managed the national football teams of China, Uzbekistan and India.
The Swedish top-flight football league in 2017
In 2017, Malmö FF became the first football club with 20 Swedish top division titles. They drew an average attendance of 18,000 in 15 home games in that domestic top-flight football league season. Malmö FF gathered 64 points in 30 Swedish top-flight league games in 2017. They won 19 of those 30 matches. Seven games ended in a draw and four games ended in a loss. AIK finished second place that year. They gathered 57 points in 30 games during that Swedish top-flight league season.
Zlatan Ibrahimović, who became one of the highest-paid athletes in the world, started his professional football career with Malmö FF. He became one of the first athletes with 10 million followers on his main social media page. Zlatan was born in Malmö in 1981. In 2001, he left Malmö FF for Ajax from the Netherlands. Zlatan Ibrahimović played for Juventus, Internazionale, FC Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United before he joined the LA Galaxy from the United States in 2018. Zlatan won the FIFA Club World Cup with the world famous Spanish side FC Barcelona in 2009.
The life of Zlatan
David Lagercrantz wrote a book about Ibrahimović. He described the tough upbringing of Zlatan that shaped his character in the book. At the age of nine, Zlatan was sent to live with his father after concerns with his divorced mother’s ability to cope with five children. With food scarce at his father’s home, where the fridge was often packed with beer, Zlatan Ibrahimović often went hungry so he would run to his mother’s house for dinner. He also shoplifted and stole bikes. Ibrahimović was involved in several violent incidents with teammates. Off the field, Zlatan Ibrahimović is known for his brash persona and his outspoken comments. He is also known for referring to himself in the third person.