Malmö FC (MFF) is ready for group games in the Champions League. Now a million rains are washing over the club. – It is fantastic, says Anders Christiansen in C More’s broadcast.
The Scanians had 2-0 with them to the away return in the playoff against Bulgarian Ludogorets and won the qualifying match with a total of 3-2 after a loss in the return.
MFF’s Veljko Birmancevic scored a free kick to make it 1-1 in the first half, via the wall.
Before that, the Scanians had a goal ruled out for offside.
MFF was also forced to a goalkeeper change before the break when Johan Dahlin went out with an injury. Ismael Diawara, the new acquisition from Degerfors, replaced.
Ludogorets took the lead with both 1-0 and 2-1 – the last goal with 30 minutes left to play – but the Bulgarians never came closer.
Thus, MFF can look forward to playing in the biggest football tournament for club teams in Europe this autumn.
It is fantastic, wonderful, completely magical. I’ve been dreaming about this my whole life. I am proud of the whole team and the club, says Anders Christiansen in C More.
The group game starts on 14-15 September and the groups are drawn on Thursday. There, MFF can be pitted against clubs such as Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Leipzig. There may also be opposition in the form of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Atalanta.
MFF coach Jon Dahl Tomasson cheered after the qualifying success.
I am extremely happy and proud. The boys fought extremely hard for each other. We gave Sweden a gift today, he says.
The advancement to CL’s group games means that MFF can include at least around SEK 170 million in payments from Uefa (European Football Association). All prize money in UEFA’s club team tournaments can be found in the fact box below.
SVT’s expert Daniel Nannskog is impressed with the advancement.
It is huge, CL with a Swedish team in. That we get this CL autumn in the future is absolutely wonderful and important for Swedish football, says Nannskog.
FACTS: THE PRIZE MONEY IN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE.
Place in the group stage: SEK 159.7 million (EUR 15.64 million).
Won match: SEK 28.6 million (EUR 2.8 million).
Draw: SEK 9.5 million (930,000 euros).
Round of 16: SEK 98 million (9.6 million euros).
Quarter finals: SEK 108 million (10.6 million euros).
Semifinal: SEK 128 million (EUR 12.5 million).
Final: SEK 158 million (EUR 15.5 million).
Tournament winnings: SEK 46 million (EUR 4.5 million).