Falkenberg and Elfsborg Update
Week 31 is in the books in the top league of Sweden, the Allsvenskan.
Elfsborg is eighth with 26 points. Malmo is running away with it and will likely win yet another league title. The battle is for second and third and thus a ticket to the Europa League. AIK an Djurgarden have 31 and 30 points respectively.
Elfsborg has 12 games left in their season to make up the difference.
Meanwhile, in Superettan, the second level of the Swedish soccer pyramid, Falkenberg is in fifth with 27 points.
The league champs and the runner-up get promoted to the Allsvenskan. Third place teams gets a playoff with the 14th place Allsvanskan club for the chance at promotion. Currently, Helsingborg hold third with 30 points. Falkenberg has 13 games left to close the gap.
European club soccer scene for Sweden
The Allsvenskan winner gets a ticket to the Champions League. Thus, 2016 champion Malmo entered 2017-2018 Champions League at the 2nd qualifying round. Unfortunately, they were defeated and eliminated by Vardar, the Macedonian league champion.
AIK and Norrkoping qualified for 2017-2018 Europa League at the first qualifying round level. Both advanced to the next round. Norrkoping was eliminated but AIK advanced to the next round. Ostersund entered at the second qualifying round by winning the Swedish Cup. They also won their matchup to progress to the third round. AIK's run in Europa Cup came to an end in the third round when they were defeated by Braga a club from the Portuguese League. However, Ostersund is still playing as they won their match and now await PAOK from the Greek Superleague in the playoff round. If they win that, they enter into the 32-team group stage.