In a suburban district of western Stockholm lies one of the biggest names in world football, Idrottsföreningen Brommapojkarna, joking aside this team has consistently produced some of the best players to have ever graced Allsvenkan but somehow the team has failed to stabilise itself in the top tier of Swedish football.
Apart from its interesting name the team is famous for its youth academy, a ground breaking youth academy which acts as a factory for good players, consistently producing talented players who then go on to have good careers elsewhere in Sweden and in the world. Some of the club's graduates include Manchester City forward John Guidetti, Heerenveen goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt who attracted attention from the likes of Sampdoria and Ajax during his stay at Bromma and former Arsenal midfielder Anders Limpar. A lot of their youngsters stay at the club for a short period of time and then get signed up by bigger teams who offer a chance to play football in a more attractive league than the Swedish second tier.
The lack of a stable side which has had time to gel as a unit is possibly the main reason behind Brommapojkarna's absence from Allsvenkan football, an absence which was put to an end in 2007 when a victory in the play-offs secured promotion, it was a victory for football. Despite their incredible ability to produce wonderfully talented footballers through their youth academy Bromma are yet to really arrive as a footballing club on a results merit, a lack of consistent performances in the top tier meant that Bromma would be relegated just a year after gaining that elusive first promotion. Since then Bromma have been promoted twice more to the Allsvenkan, their most recent promotion was last season meaning that they would be playing Allsvenkan football this season, hopefully Bromma will be able to stay up and lay down the foundations to be a consistent team in the top tier of Swedish football.
Currently, the club has the most amount of teams for different ages in Europe and the emphasis on a good youth set-up has made their production of good players possible, a mentality and emphasis which is a dying art in football nowadays as the vast majority of teams rely on teams such as Bromma to build their teams with good players.
Bromma should be rewarded for their mentality which apart from allowing them to develop amazing young players also allows them to be stable financially as they don't need to rely on signing players for high fees from other teams who require higher wages, the team also has the ability to field a team formed only by Swedish players thus contributing to the national side's chances of success, something that a lot of Swedish teams sometimes fail to do.
Now that Bromma are back in the Allsvenkan who knows what this wonderful team may achieve if their latest batch of youngsters play alongside each other long enough for them to gel as a team?