I've visited Helsingborg at Sunday afternoon, maybe that's why it seemed so calm and cozy without a big noise of a city. Or maybe it's really so cozy;-) And not only cozy, but clean city as well. What I liked most on the cold afternoon while I was there, were these flowers - the nice decoration of the city.
HIF-supporters - not among the best
Helsingborg may be very popular in Helsingborg and in other cities in Sweden, but you can’t say that they have a strong support, or supporters that create a good atmosphere during the games.
They have two different groups of supporters. One is called “Raggeline”, named after a former defender (Mikael Ragvald) at the club, while “Kärnan” is the more hardcore of the two groups. Raggeline are maybe 10-15 people at the homegames, while “Kärnan” can be somewhere around 100-300. Nothing special.
The crowd in general in Helsingborg is known as a very knowing football crowd, they are said to know football.
So far during my visits there I haven’t noticed anything of that knowledge, but I might have mistaken…? Among hardcore supporters in Sweden they are more known as stupid farmers, and it’s maybe something more like that, that also I sees them…?
The biggest game of the season for Helsingborg-supporters are the derby against Malmö FF. Home at Olympia the stadium is almost always sold out for these games, and the supporters then also tries to make some kind of choreograph. The atmosphere at quite good, but still nothing if you compare with other Swedish teams who are as big as Helsingborg.
They have a smaller group of hooligans too, who also have good connection with FC Copenhagen-hooligans.
Their biggest rivals, excluding Malmö FF-supporters, are supporters from IFK Göteborg, and the three Stockholm-teams. For some reason they don’t neither like another red-blue club, Örgryte, from Göteborg.
UPDATE 2008: Helsingborg's supporters have taken a huge step forward, and even if they aren't that many, they always create a good atmosphere on away games. Still not a great atmosphere at home, but it's getting better.
That the club play, and play good, in the Uefa cup group stage this season has probably helped a bit too.
Dunkers Culture Centre
A much praised building by Danish architect Utzon (who also designed Sydney Opera House) it is full of interesting art exhibitions of all sorts, a concert hall, area for youth and a city museum. I have yet to go so I can't tell you too much about my personal view on it though. Recently, people have shown much interest in an exhibition on shoes through the years.
Where Henrik Larsson kicked his first ball...
For the big Celtic-supporter, there is also the chance to see Henrik Larsson’s first club play when he is in Helsingborg. Högaborg, where Larsson took his first step as a football-player, have their pitch just a couple of kilometers from Olympia. It’s called “Harlyckans IP”, and Högaborgs BK is now playing in the third division. There are no tribune around the pitch, so you’ll just sit on the grass when you’re watching a game.
Larsson has earlier said that he would like to finish his career with playing for Högaborg for another season. Let’s see if that will happen after his time with Barcelona comes to an end.
Built where the sound is narrowest, the palace Sofiero overlooks a colorful garden with lots and lots of rhododendrons. When I visited Helsingborg, it was raining cats and dogs, so I didn't really want to walk soaking wet in the Sofiero garden. Hopefully I'll soon have a chance to visit Helsingborg again and then I promise to get back to you with more info and some nice photos.