The 2012 Allsvenskan, part of the 2012 Swedish football season, was the 88th season of Allsvenskan since its establishment in 1924. The 2012 fixtures were released on 12 December 2011. The season started on 31 March 2012 and ended on 4 November 2012. There was a five-week-long break between 24 May and 30 June during the UEFA Euro 2012. Helsingborgs IF were the defending champions, having won their fifth Swedish championship and their seventh Allsvenskan title the previous season.
6th Allsvenskan title
6th Swedish title overall
|Champions League||IF Elfsborg|
|Europa League||BK Häcken|
|Goals scored||649 (2.7 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Waris Majeed (23 goals)|
|Biggest home win||BK Häcken 6–0 IFK Norrköping|
|Biggest away win||GIF Sundsvall 0–4 IFK Norrköping|
|Highest scoring||Helsingborgs IF 7–2 Kalmar FF|
IFK Norrköping 7–2 GAIS
|Longest winning run||7 games|
|Longest unbeaten run||16 games|
|Longest winless run||25 games|
|Longest losing run||7 games|
Djurgårdens IF 0–3 AIK
Syrianska FC 1–0 Gefle IF
IF Elfsborg won the Swedish championship this season, their sixth one, in the 30th and last round on 4 November 2012 by drawing with Åtvidabergs FF 1–1 at home, and by the only other title contender in the last round Malmö FF losing 2–0 against AIK at the last Allsvenskan match at Råsunda. This was Elfsborg's second Swedish championship of the 21st century having won their last title in the 2006 Allsvenskan season.
A total of 16 teams contested the league; 14 returned from the 2011 season and two had been promoted from Superettan.
The annual pre-season kick-off meeting was held in Helsingborg on 27 March 2012. All managers accompanied with a key player for their team were interviewed by the two hosts Tommy Åström and Jens Fjellström about the upcoming season and their expectations as well as what team they held as favourites to win the title. Only Kalmar FF's manager Nanne Bergstrand and Malmö FF's Rikard Norling held their own team as the title favourite. 5 managers out of 16 believed that Malmö FF would win the title. The remaining managers placed their bets on IF Elfsborg (4 votes), IFK Göteborg (3 votes), Helsingborgs IF (2 votes) and Kalmar FF (2 votes). The entire attendance consisted of the clubs' managers, key players and media experts. The attendance voted Malmö FF as the title favourites with Helsingborgs IF and IFK Göteborg closely after. The attendance also predicted that GIF Sundsvall and Syrianska FC would be relegated while Åtvidabergs FF would have to play the relegation play-offs to remain in the league.
The season started on 31 March 2012 with three fixtures. Several of the favourite teams got off to a struggling start, reigning champions Helsingborg found themselves in a mid-table position after the first four rounds of fixtures. Malmö and Kalmar also positioned themselves mid-table at the same time and IFK Göteborg failed to win any of their first four matches, finding themselves in 15th position. Elfsborg however won all of their matches in the beginning of the season except for the away fixture against Helsingborg which they lost 2–1. Åtvidaberg lead the league surprisingly after three consecutive wins and one loss in the start of the season.
Following the fourth round Elfsborg passed Åtvidaberg to become the new leaders of the league. The team managed to win all of the remaining matches until the Euro break except for the away fixture against Malmö which they lost 1–0, Elfsborg won seven consecutive matches during this run. Malmö eventually recovered from a poor start of the season to trail Elfsborg eight points below at the time of the Euro break. AIK and Häcken also managed to win enough points to keep up with the top, trailing Malmö with one and two points respectively at the same time. Reigning champions Helsingborg found themselves in fifth place in time for the summer break, trailing fourth placed Häcken with two points and leaders Elfsborg with 12 points. Early leaders Åtvidaberg had by this time dropped down to sixth place and were now trailing Helsingborg. One of the early favourite to win the title, IFK Göteborg, were by this period of time positioned 10th in the league table. trailing Elfsborg with as much as 15 points. Another favourite, Kalmar, were positioned in 13th place. Örebro were found at the bottom of the league table at the time of the Euro break having failed to win any of the 12 fixtures being played at that time and only having been able to draw four of the matches, they were now trailing 15th placed GAIS with five points and 13th placed Kalmar with nine points.
Later on in the season, four teams had emerged as the favourites to win the title. With five rounds remaining Elfsborg had 49 points, Häcken and AIK both had 47 points and Malmö had 46 points. At the other end of the Allsvenskan table, it appeared as if both Örebro and GAIS were headed towards Superettan, trailing the 14th team in the league by 11 and 14 points, respectively. GAIS were confirmed as relegated after the completion of the 26th round and Örebro followed after the 27th round. Elfsborg held pole position until the 23rd round when they were passed by Häcken, Elfsborg had held the first position since the 5th round up until then.
Elfsborg would get ten out of 15 possible points in their last five games - winning against GAIS, losing against Norrköping, then winning against Gefle and Mjällby before finishing with 1–1 against Åtvidaberg - which would prove to be enough for them to win their sixth title.
Trelleborgs FF and Halmstads BK were relegated at the end of the 2011 season after finishing in the bottom two places of the table. They were replaced by 2011 Superettan champions Åtvidabergs FF and runners-up GIF Sundsvall.
Stadia and locations
|Djurgårdens IF||Stockholm||Stockholm Stadion||Natural||14,700|
|IF Elfsborg||Borås||Borås Arena||Artificial||16,899|
|IFK Göteborg||Gothenburg||Gamla Ullevi||Natural||18,416|
|Kalmar FF||Kalmar||Guldfågeln Arena||Natural||12,000|
|Malmö FF||Malmö||Swedbank Stadion||Natural||24,000|
|GIF Sundsvall||Sundsvall||Norrporten Arena||Artificial||7,700|
|Syrianska FC||Södertälje||Södertälje Fotbollsarena||Artificial||6,400|
|Örebro SK||Örebro||Behrn Arena||Artificial||13,129|
Personnel and kits
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players and Managers may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|Team||Head coach1||Captain||Kit manufacturer||Shirt sponsor|
|IFK Göteborg||adidas||Prioritet Finans|
|Helsingborgs IF||Puma||Resurs Bank|
|BK Häcken||Nike||BRA Bygg|
|Kalmar FF||Puma||Småländska Hjältevadshus|
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Table||Incoming manager||Date of appointment||Table|
|IFK Göteborg||End of contract||31 October 2011||Pre-season||1 November 2011||Pre-season|
|IF Elfsborg||Mutual termination||3 November 2011||Pre-season||29 November 2011||Pre-season|
|Örebro SK||Sacked||8 June 2012||16th||8 June 2012||16th|
|Helsingborgs IF||Resigned||14 June 2012||5th||14 June 2012||5th|
|GAIS||Resigned||22 July 2012||15th||31 July 2012||16th|
|GAIS||Resigned||2 October 2012||16th||3 October 2012||16th|
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||IF Elfsborg (C)||30||18||5||7||48||29||+19||59||2013–14 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round|
|2||BK Häcken||30||17||6||7||67||36||+31||57||2013–14 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round|
|3||Malmö FF||30||16||8||6||49||33||+16||56||2013–14 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round|
|7||IFK Göteborg||30||9||12||9||36||41||−5||39||2013–14 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round|
|11||Gefle IF||30||9||9||12||26||37||−11||36||2013–14 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round|
|14||GIF Sundsvall (R)||30||6||11||13||35||46||−11||29||Relegation Playoffs|
|15||Örebro SK (R)||30||5||9||16||32||46||−14||24||Relegation to Superettan|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
- IFK Göteborg qualified for the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League second qualifying round by winning the 2012–13 Svenska Cupen.
- Sweden was among the best three associations in the UEFA Fair Play ranking and thus received an additional spot in the first qualifying round of the Europa League, Gefle IF received the qualifying spot for their ranking in Allsvenskans Fair Play ranking.
|Halmstads BK||3 – 0||GIF Sundsvall|
|GIF Sundsvall||4 – 3||Halmstads BK|
Halmstads BK won 6–4 on aggregate.
Positions by round
Note: Some matches were played out of phase with the corresponding round, positions were corrected in hindsight.
|Leader and 2013–14 UEFA Champions League second qualifying round|
|2013–14 UEFA Europa League second qualifying round|
|2013–14 UEFA Europa League first qualifying round|
|Relegation to Superettan|
|Kalmar FF||BK Häcken||3–1||16 April 2012|
|Syrianska FC||IFK Norrköping||4–1||6 May 2012|
|BK Häcken||IFK Norrköping||6–0||16 May 2012|
|Helsingborgs IF||Gefle IF||4–1||2 July 2012|
|Djurgårdens IF||Helsingborgs IF||3–1||25 August 2012|
|Helsingborgs IF||GIF Sundsvall||4–0||15 September 2012|
|BK Häcken||Syrianska FC||5–1||6 October 2012|
|IFK Norrköping||GIF Sundsvall||0–4||28 October 2012|
- 5 Player scored 5 goals
- First goal of the season: Anders Svensson for IF Elfsborg against Djurgårdens IF (31 March 2012)
- Fastest goal of the season: 8 seconds, Daniel Sobralense for IFK Göteborg against Mjällby AIF (12 August 2012)
- Latest goal of the season: 94 minutes and 3 seconds, Walid Atta for Helsingborgs IF against Syrianska FC (14 July 2012)
- Largest winning margin: 6 goals – BK Häcken 6–0 IFK Norrköping (16 May 2012)
- Highest scoring game: 9 goals
- Most goals scored in a match by a single team: 7 goals
- Most goals scored in a match by a losing team: 3 goals
- Fewest games failed to score in: 3
- BK Häcken
- Most games failed to score in: 13
- Gefle IF
- GIF Sundsvall
- Most clean sheets: 13
- IF Elfsborg
- Malmö FF
- Fewest clean sheets: 4
- GIF Sundsvall
- Åtvidabergs FF
- Worst overall disciplinary record (1 pt per yellow card, 3 pts per red card): 70 – Syrianska FC (49 yellow cards, 7 red cards)
- Best overall disciplinary record: 31 – Gefle IF (31 yellow cards)
- Most yellow cards (club): 61 – Örebro SK
- Most yellow cards (player): 9
- Most red cards (club): 7 – Syrianska FC
- Most red cards (player): 2
- Most fouls (player): 54 – Andreas Johansson (IFK Norrköping)
|IFK Norrköping FK||7,466||111,987||6,483||97,238||6,974||209,225|
|Gefle IF FF||3,387||50,812||6,089||91,339||4,738||142,151|
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- List of Swedish football transfers winter 2011–2012
- List of Swedish football transfers summer 2012
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