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Jonas Olsson on the brink of something big – and West Brom fans will wish him well


West Bromwich Albion favourite Jonas Olsson is on the verge of a massive achievement back in his homeland.

The 34-year-old ended a nine-year association with the Baggies when he joined Swedish side Djurgardens IF back in March.

Olsson has played an integral part in a successful campaign for Djurgardens which now has them on the brink of Europa League qualification.

Despite losing 2-0 to IK Sirius last weekend, Djurgardens’ Euro dreams are still in their own hands.

Djurgardens can all but wrap up third in the Allsvenskan table, and a place in Europa League qualifying rounds, with a win over fourth placed Hacken on Sunday.

A win would leave Djurgardens six points ahead of Hacken with two games remaining.

Graham Potter in action for West Bromwich Albion
Graham Potter in action for West Bromwich Albion

Fifth placed Ostersunds FK, managed by former Albion defender Graham Potter, can still catch Djurgardens, but need to win their final three matches to stand a chance.

Even then, their hopes would be dashed should Djurgardens collect four points from the last three fixtures.

Djurgardens could still catch AIK in second, but Malmo have already sown up the title and a spot in Champions League qualifying next summer.

Olsson has made 20 appearances and scored three goals for Djurgardens since leaving Albion.

The popular Swede was a key member of the West Brom team that won promotion to the Premier League and banished the ‘yo-yo club’ tag by consolidating top flight status.

West Bromwich Albion's Jonas Olsson (left) and Manchester United's Wayne Rooney
West Bromwich Albion’s Jonas Olsson (left) and Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney

He played 262 games for West Brom, the vast majority in the Premier League.

Olsson has played in Europe before, but not since Dutch side NEC Nijmegen were riding the crest of a wave back in 2008.

Djurgardens’ wait for European football is much the same.

Seventh in Allsvenskan last season, they haven’t competed on the continent since they were beaten by Norwegian side Rosenborg in the second round of Europa League qualifying back in August 2008.


Source : BirminghamMail

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