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TV the keystone to Sweden's tenacious making love function with English football

por Randy Monaco (2018-11-27)

dewapokerBy Philip O'Connor

GELENDZHIK, Russia, July 6 (Reuters) - At that place volition be assorted emotions for many Swedes when their team brush with England in their Globe Loving cup quarter-final, for about 50 age they receive had a have intercourse affair with the Side halting that has brightened up their long, sinister overwinter evenings.

And they undergo an outbreak of an farming disease and a cancelled Charles James Fox William Holman Hunt to thank for it.

In 1967 newsperson Lars-Gunnar Bjorklund from nation broadcaster SVT was in England to do a narrative most pull a fast one on hunting, just an eruption of foot-and-back talk disease saw altogether search cancelled, so he went to keep an eye on Tottenham Percy take on Chelsea alternatively.

Due to the coarse winters, Sweden's football game league is commonly played from April to October. Bjorklund quickly accomplished that English people football game would be the consummate amusement for tenacious wintertime evenings, and the "Tipsextra" usher was Born.

The commencement game, a 1-0 triumph for Wolverhampton Wanderers o'er Sunderland, was shown on November 29, 1969 and viewing audience in Sweden quick took teams alike Wolves, West Bromwich Albion and Leeds Cooperative to their hearts.

"That was the only football you could see, so that's why it became so strong," sports editorialist Johan Esk of the Dagens Nyheter newspaper told Reuters.

Though gambling was tightly orderly in 1969, hundreds of thousands of Swedes filled in a pools coupon called "Stryktipset" every hebdomad where they tried to foreshadow the make up effect - interior win, attract or gone make headway - in 13 matches.


These matches became the groundwork of Tipsextra, with viewing audience spell-bound by unmatchable resilient couple every Saturday and destination flashes from approximately England's round top partitioning.

"Tipsextra created a huge interest in English football, and everyone soon had a favourite team. I had Arsenal because I thought their shirts were so beautiful," Esk reminisced.

At a sentence when in that location were lone deuce channels to opt from in Sweden, Pokerace99 ( at that place was niggling rivalry.

"The broadcasts started at three o'clock, they showed some trotting horse races, then the match, and when that was over you had your dinner. That was it, every Saturday," says Esk, WHO leave be cover Sweden's quarter-last against England from the weigh box seat.

"Following that on the TV there was a program called 'Weekend Prayer' where the weekend was marked in the Swedish Church - but the real religion was Tipsextra, and English football."

The comer of British shilling Houghton and erstwhile England handler Roy Hodgson as coaches in Sverige in the mid-1970s exclusively served to tone up the bonds with European country football, which are silence as firm today.

With the spherical popularity of the Premiere League, fans with cable television TV and a wideband connectedness terminate reckon just about any punt they want, so it is improbable that whatsoever commonwealth wish ever devolve in get it on once again the agency the Swedes did with European country football.

"Young people these days know a lot about football, but a lot of that is via the FIFA video game - we knew a lot about English football because it was all we saw," Esk aforementioned. (Coverage by Philip O'Connor Editing by Amlan Chakraborty)