Oscar Odenå provides info on Sweden's finest:
Where are you based?
Örebro, Sweden. It’s a two-hour drive away from Stockholm, our great and beautiful capital!
Story behind how you formed?
We used to have a fairly active web-based forum, but with the emergence of social media a Facebook group seemed more suitable. The idea of the group was to provide a platform where Swedish Sunderland football fans can discuss all things SAFC related, and also get help with travel arrangements and tickets for games.
How long have you been established?
The Facebook group has been active for a couple of years, and the number of members continue to rise, slowly but steadily.
Overview of members, numbers?
At the moment we are just over 100 members, with quite a few active fans who travel over for at least a couple of games every season.
Do you meet, how regularly, where?
Sometimes people meet up to watch the games together in pubs, however there are no ”official” meetings at all. Anyone can organise a meet up if they want and wherever they want. Most of the times though people tend to meet up when traveling over for home and away games.
Which ‘home country’ player would you like to see playing for Sunderland, past or present?
I guess I can speak on behalf of all Sunderland fans over here when I say that it would have been something special if Peter Reid had actually managed to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic, back in 2002.
Special things that you like to do as a group (quirky)?
Well, a few years ago about 20 Swedes traveled over to play a game at the Stadium of Light against English SAFC fans. All in their respective international home kits. I think this is a fun idea that could be organised between various SAFC supporter groups.
All-time favorite player?
Personally I think it’s difficult to narrow it down to one player, but Niall Quinn deserves a mention. Both for his excellent time as a player at the club but also his involvement within the club afterwards.
Group attendance at games?
I would say it depends on the fixture, and obviously the importance of it. It can vary between from just a handful to over 30. But I can say with confidence it does not matter which league we are in – we will still be there regardless.
From all at SAFC NASA, thanks to Sunderland AFC Supporters Sweden! We wish you all the very best for the future!
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