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75 Like elsewhere in Europe, the primary function of this prohibition in Sweden was to ensure that indigenous footballers were given precedence in Allsvenskan. More than anything else, this policy was designed to preserve the continued integrity of the Swedish national team. ) Previously most of the (relatively few) foreign imports in Sweden tended come from either one of the other four Nordic countries or from the United Kingdom. 77 Since the Swedish game was greatly indebted to the British game,78 this initial group of foreign imports was relatively easily absorbed into their new Swedish clubs.
110 Indeed, almost everyone on the Swedish national team either plays or has at least previously played in one of the higher ranked European leagues. 117 It should, however, be emphasized that the distribution of foreign players varies greatly within Allsvenskan. This is due to the fact that the clubs have not only unequal economic resources but also different recruitment strategies (a point to which we will return in Chapter 5). 119 These days, players from almost all over the world can now be found in Allsvenskan and also in some of the lower Swedish divisions.
From the very beginning, the contacts between Swedish teams and their African counterparts have generally had a charitable dimension to them, and in some instances, this has continued into the present,153 though these ties were of course always also meant to produce players and by extension profits. 155 If we take a closer look at Djurgården’s ties to Kinshasa City FC, these were rather tenuous from day one. Kinshasa City FC had been the brainchild of Fedo Moukoko, a Congolese political exile in Sweden.