ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Kurdish football club Dalkurd FF fell to a 2-0 loss to opponents Trelleborgs FF in Sweden’s second-tier Superettan league on Sunday.
Dalkurd enjoyed the bulk of the possession in the first half but failed to find the opening goal despite having four shots on target.
However, it was Trelleborgs who scored the first goal when Mattias Hakansson headed the ball into the net two minutes after the restart to put his team 1-0 ahead.
The Kurdish club continued to push forward, but their efforts were in vain as Trelleborgs doubled their lead in the 84th minute through Isak Jonsson.
Dalkurd’s (1-1-3) next league match is at home to Syrianska (1-1-2) on May 6 at 8 p.m. Erbil time.
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Based in the Swedish city of Borlänge, Dalkurd was founded on Sept. 26, 2004, by nine Kurdish immigrants as a social project. The club has since built academies in both Sweden and the Kurdistan Region.
The team’s colors are symbolic of Kurdistan, with the Kurdish flag included in the crest on their shirts.
Dalkurd had bull-dozed its way up the ranks of Swedish football since its 2005 introduction in Tier Seven, winning five promotions in its first five seasons.
However, after a string of poor results in Sweden’s top division, Dalkurd were relegated on the last day of the 2018 season, finishing in 15th place with 24 points (6-6-18).