Malmo seeks to defend Swedish title

BY foxsports • April 1, 2011

The Swedish football league kicks off this weekend with Malmo FF seeking to stay focussed on defending its title amid doubts over how long coach Roland Nilsson will stay at the club.

Malmo has retained goalkeeper Johan Dahlin and other key players since winning its 16th Swedish championship in November, but local media say Nilsson is close to leaving for Danish champion FC Copenhagen.

The main challengers for the title are Elfsborg, captained by veteran midfielder Anders Svensson, and 2010 runner-up Helsingborg, which also has kept its best players, including last year's top scorer Alexander Gerndt.

The first round sees a clash between Stockholm rivals Djurgarden and 2009 champion AIK.

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