Stockholm, here we come!
Its Saturday, almost 7 in the morning. We are ready for our next adventure to Stockholm with Homefans! The seatbelt sign is on and the plane is slowly starting to lift from the ground. After 2 hours of flying we reached Stockholm.
We got out the plane and went to the bus station with the 6 of us travelling with Homefans. (All Dutch and fans of different clubs.) We took the train, the bus and the metro to our hotel so we could drop off our bags. On the way to the hotel we already found out that the girls in Sweden are beautiful, so we had plenty to talk about with the 6 of us.
After we dropped our bags at the hotel, we went to the city centre to get something to eat. Around 12:30 we found a burger restaurant. This is where the trip really started for us. The guys who had done this trip before told me the waitresses were beautiful, they didn’t lie about that, the person that helped us had long blond hair in a ponytail. Sounds like a typical beautiful Swedish girl doesn’t it? Apparently not only Swedish girls have long blond hair, so do boys. Henry introduced himself to us, and when he was gone we couldn’t stop laughing. We hoped for a beautiful girl, but got the opposite. All credits to Thierry (Henry) he served us really good. After being 5 minutes into the restaurant, we saw some beautiful girls sitting close to us. We were joking to go sit next to her. Ronald was going to pretend to sit next to her, unlucky for him when he faked to sit down she looked at him. We couldn’t stop laughing. After getting our food, asking for the managers phone number and some more Henry jokes we left the Burger restaurant and went to a pub to meet some guys from Hammarby.
Homefans introduced us to Mikael. Who offered us a beer straight away. can’t say no to that! We talked for a while and left. Because Homefans and Mikael (from Barra Brava Hammarby) are planning an amazing group trip together! (spoiler 😉) The 4 that were left of us went back to the hotel to get some sleep. We didn’t sleep on Friday night, so after 2 hours of sleep we left the hotel to go and find a pub to meet 2 other Dutch fans that booked this trip with Homefans. We found a pub, had some beers and again another burger. We were talking about our expectations for tomorrow: football and Swedish girls.
It was around 10 PM when we started walking back to the bus. Desmond and I wanted some Ben and Jerry’s, so we went to the store and bought some. While we were walking back to the bus the only 2 spoons we had broken. When we got to the bus, I was slurping my ice cream in a full bus… Some people were looking weird at me and Desmond couldn’t keep the ice cream in is mound. I hope you got your pants clean by now!
Around 23:00 we arrived at the hotel and went to bed. A big day was coming for us.
Around 8:15 our alarm went, and we slowly woke up. Took a shower and knocked on each other’s doors to see if everyone was awake. We went for breakfast in the hotel, it was still quite early and we found out the girls don’t look that good in the morning. People realized that we were hyped already for the match because of the noise we made, and the amount of food we took with the 6 of us.
After telling the 2 other travelers that they would be blindfolded when they got near the pub and couldn’t look anyone in the eyes when you talk with them, they didn’t want to come anymore. Lucky for them we were just kidding and met them at Stockholm Central Station.
We went to pub before the match where we would meet the Hammarby fans. We had a chat with people from all around the world. Friends from Hammarby supporters, or just people that moved to Sweden. After a couple of hours we went to the Tele2 Stadium.
When we arrived at the Stadium, we got some Hammarby Barra Brava shirts thanks to Mikael. We had some more beers and walked to the fanatic stand. That is where we got tickets for. The stadium was getting full and the atmosphere was getting better and better. Just before the players came on the pitch Hammarby pulled of a beautiful choreo followed by some pyro. At the other side AIK had loads of pyro and some banners. What a great start of the match.
After only 12 minutes Hammarby scored the 1-0 and the stadium exploded. Flares and smoke bombs went off and everyone was hanging in the safety gates. We joined them straight away for that amazing feeling. In the last seconds of the first half AIK came back to 1-1.
During halftime there was a beautiful steward. So I talked with her, she told me her name and I said I would message her later so we could get something to drink. Stupid as I was, I forgot her name. I am still looking for her…
The second half was full of chances. Thanks to good work from the Hammarby goalkeeper the match ended in 1-1. We took a some pictures with the Barra Brava and the whole group and went back to the pub. The fans were satisfied with the draw and the atmosphere was good outside the stadium. When we came back at the pub we got some more beers and got something to eat.
Later that night we went to a pub only for fanatic Hammarby supporters. We met some people from Belarus and an old Hammarby player who is now a fanatic supporter of Hammarby. Before we even sat down they already got us some beers and started introducing people to us. After a couple of beers some of us started to sing karaoke… This wasn’t a great idea because it sounded awful. You have to experience this weekend with Homefans to see it next time!
After some hours in the pub we left and went back to the hotel.
THE LAST DAY
After a couple hours of sleep, we got breakfast at 8. Some of us had to catch a flight at 11;00. We had some breakfast, ate all the croissants and talked about all the things that happened this weekend.
The boys from Homefans were still sleeping. Apparently we took loads of energy from them :). After they woke up, had breakfast and a shower we went to Stockholm City to do some sightseeing.
We went to a restaurant and had lunch, enjoyed our drinks and were getting ready to go to the airport. To summarize the whole weekend, it was an amazing experience. Homefans and the Hammarby guys did an amazing job to organize this weekend and I’ll definitely come back for the next trip to Stockholm plus I’m going to Belgrade with the group as well.
I’d definitely recommend Homefans to everyone who wants to experience football beyond the 90 minutes and meet other fans around the world. Thanks for everything!
Written by Stefan Beukman