onsdag 28 april 2010

Bandy – ice hockey in Sweden goes big in Europe

I write the article Bandy – ice hockey in Sweden goes big in Europe on 12 November 2008 in Café Babel- the European Magazine.

Played in more than twenty-one countries, bandy is a tale of globalisation, cultures opening up to change and making their distinct mark on the phenomenon before passing it on to the likes of Italy and Hungary. The new season kicks off on 7 November.

To get a glimpse of the real Sweden, you have to go to a stadium in a small town in mid-winter. A thousand spectators stand on antiquated wooden bleachers in the ice cold day. Some in the audience have brought leather briefcases filled with pipe-hot coffee, warmed wine, schnapps and home-made sandwiches. The audience enthusiastically cheer two teams on skates (probably from towns even many Swedes have never heard of), chasing a small orange ball in an oversized version of ice hockey.

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