Earlier this year, Hammarby IF was the subject of international media coverage once it was confirmed that Sweden’s most famous football player of all time, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, had bought 23.5 percent of the shares of the Stockholm club.
Hammarby, a team closely connected to the southern suburban part of Stockholm (Söderort), has found themselves yet again in the international limelight as heavy-weights clubs are interested in one of their most exciting youth prospects: Emil Roback.
Swedish football site, FotbollDirekt, confirmed the news while talking Hammarby IF Sports Director Jesper Jansson. While establishing that Hammarby has been contacted by both Bayern Munich and Arsenal, Jansson elaborated on the exciting news:
We have been contacted and we know about the interest…There is a strong interest and it comes from several clubs. He has also been to Arsenal for a visit.
While mentioning that Roback is a special talent with an abnormal increase in his learning curve, Jansson excludes nothing at this point. There is still a chance he might play for Hammarby in this season of the Allsvenskan (Swedish First Division), a campaign that was postponed due to the coronavirus (original start date was supposed to be in April).
Roback is yet to make his first professional appearance for the club but has played in the U-17 teams of both Hammarby and the Swedish national team. Hammarby’s chief scout Mikael Hjelmberg has since before described the talent as:
A forward with very good physique. He is extremely fast and a natural goal scorer.
It wouldn’t be the first Swedish youngster at the FC Bayern Campus. Alex Timossi Andersson is another Swedish talent Bayern bought from Helsingborg IF, a club located in the southern part of the country. He is currently back in his hometown club on loan from Die Roten.