In 1979 Malmö was runner-up in the European Cup of the then Champions League. After that, they didn’t really go into top gear in the competition.
In 2015 they qualified for the group stage of the Champions League but lost 5 of their 6 games. Now Malmö is back to take over the helm with Jon Dahl.
Tomasson has had an excellent playing career that has won almost everything but can do well as a coach in the long run. This is how John Dahl Tomasson led Malmö to great things, just as he did when he was at AC Milan.
WHO IS JON DAHL TOMASSON
After a bad start to his career at Newcastle United, Jon Dahl proved the experts are wrong during his 4-year tenure at Feyenoord. The striker won the Everdise with them in 1998 and the UEFA Super Cup in 2002. In 2002 he was named Denmark’s Player of the Year after scoring four goals at the World Cup.
At this time of his career he was famous in the Netherlands and his native Denmark. In 2002 he moved to AC Milan and became a world star from then on. In his first season, Tomasson Milan won the Champions League after scoring 3 major goals in 10 games. He also won the Copa Italia with them in the same year and won Serie A the next season.
He played across Europe for the next few seasons and in 2011 Tomasson moved back to Feyenoord. He began his coaching career at Excelsior, after being their assistant and advance coach until 2014, and then moved to Roda JC.
MALMO TACTICAL ANALYSIS
Malmo struggled to get the beach into its groove a few years ago after failing to win the league for 2 consecutive seasons. Tomasson took over the helm of Malmö in January 2020 and has since sparked a revolution in the Swedish club.
In the 2020/21 season, Malmö won the league and even qualified for the Champions League, which is just the tip of the iceberg. It’s almost unpredictable how Tomasson will line up his squad ahead of a game.
Malmö plays a variety of formations depending on the opponent, but Tomasson always makes sure that they are spread over the entire field and takes full advantage of the large areas. Even when playing with 3 center-backs, they use their full-backs like wingers and their attacking instinct on the forefoot.
While their defensive performance hasn’t improved much, they’ve scored more goals under Tomasson and that’s all that matters at the end of the day.
EUROPEAN FAME ON THE MAPS?
The Rangers went undefeated all season last year but were knocked out 4-2 in the Champions League play-offs by Malmö. Malmö got off to a strong start to the Champions League season, beating a number of formidable opponents to get this far. Malmö have been seeded with Juventus, Chelsea and Zenit, which are arguably one of the toughest groups this season.
They are unfortunate to be included in this group and their chances of making it to the knockout stage are very slim. Given how they lost to Juventus last night, they could try to beat Zenit, who are also a club with a higher pedigree. Zalmo should try to do their best, they should be positive about third place in the group and try their chances in the Europa League instead.