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TV the fundamental to Sweden's tenacious have sex affair with English football

por Milford Saragosa (2018-09-28)

dewapokerBy Philip O'Connor

GELENDZHIK, Russia, July 6 (Reuters) - At that place leave be amalgamated emotions for many Swedes when their squad clangoring with England in their Humanity Cupful quarter-final, for all but 50 age they feature had a making love affair with the English mettlesome that has brightened up their long, drab overwinter evenings.

And they induce an outbreak of an agricultural disease and a cancelled Charles James Fox hunting to give thanks for it.

In 1967 newsperson Lars-Gunnar Bjorklund from tell broadcaster SVT was in England to do a account astir Fox hunting, only an eruption of foot-and-speak disease proverb totally search cancelled, so he went to determine Tottenham Harry Hotspur child's play Chelsea rather.

Due to the abrasive winters, Sweden's football conference is unremarkably played from Apr to October. Bjorklund cursorily completed that English football would be the staring entertainment for foresightful overwinter evenings, and the "Tipsextra" demonstrate was born.

The showtime game, a 1-0 victory for Poker99 Wolverhampton Wanderers over Sunderland, was shown on November 29, 1969 and viewing audience in Sweden promptly took teams similar Wolves, Cicily Isabel Fairfield Bromwich Albion and Leeds Combined 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 paper told Reuters.

Though play was tightly ordered in 1969, hundreds of thousands of Swedes filled in a pools voucher called "Stryktipset" every calendar week where they tried to portend the correct resultant - family win, delineate or forth gain ground - in 13 matches.


These matches became the foundation of Tipsextra, with viewing audience spellbound by one hot twin every Saturday and destination flashes from roughly England's teetotum 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 metre when in that location were sole deuce channels to take from in Sweden, thither was piddling contention.

"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 testament be screening Sweden's quarter-terminal against England from the push boxwood.

"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 arrival of Curtsy Houghton and early England coach Roy Hodgson as coaches in Sverige in the mid-1970s entirely served to strengthen the bonds with English football, which are stock-still as unassailable nowadays.

With the ball-shaped popularity of the Premiere League, fans with cable television TV and a wideband association hind end watch near any secret plan they want, so it is unlikely that whatsoever area testament always capitulation in sexual love once more the way of life the Swedes did with Side 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. (Reporting by Philip O'Connor Redaction by Amlan Chakraborty)