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AIK Stockholm - Djurgardens IF (3-1)
Allsvenskan, 27 April 2006
Stadium : Rasunda
Attendance : 34.174

Considered the biggest derby in Sweden & arguably in the entire Nordic region AIK vs Djurgardens played at the Rasunda delivers a night of well-coordinated passion with the two sets of fans arrayed at either ends of the stadium.

Since there are not too many big European derbies, these days, where there is an even split of supporters the event harks back to earlier times - not least as it is staged at an old-fashioned style stadium (to English eyes).
Although not quite full the Rasunda with its fairly steep ends does allow the atmosphere to develop.

The two sets of supporters work hard to outdo each other with modified English style chants being popular but best of all is the pre-game presentation this time 'won' by the AIK black army with their two sided representation of the club's history & the name of the club.

The game initially offered typical derby fare – a fast pace but not much of a pattern. But as is often the case a goal improved the spectacle & AIK, inspired by Derek Boateng, went on the win fairly comfortably. Apart from a couple of brief spectator interventions (one running on from each end) the game ended peacefully.

I did see some minor skirmishes outside beforehand but nothing serious - there was a reasonable sized police presence but certainly not overbearing.

At the end of the game I left quickly via Solna station with the Djurgardens support (no problems) whilst AIK celebrated back at the stadium.

Report added : 06 May 2006
Report by : k397m
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