Cork City manager Pat Dolan wants Cork City and Irish football as a whole to get more out of Cork’s Inter-Toto Cup experience than just the match itself.
City take on Malmo FC on Saturday night, and while Dolan is looking for a win he also wants Cork and other teams to learn from all aspects of Swedish football.
“I have been surprised by the organisational skills and the professionalism of Swedish football and I think that we, as a footballing nation, can learn from them," Dolan told the Evening Echo.
“Malmo are a very professional outfit and their infrastructure, and indeed that of the Swedish Football Association is excellent.
“Malmo have ambitions of once again competing in the higher echelons of European football and have set their stall out
“We can learn from them. We need to analyse where the gap is between Swedish football and Irish football, see how we can close that gap and then do so,” he said.
Malmo arrive in Ireland tomorrow morning and stay in the Midleton Park Hotel for the duration of their visit.
Currently lying fourth in the Swedish league, Malmo will train at Turner’s Cross tomorrow night at 7pm and will fly out from Dublin on Monday.
“Malmo are a quality outfit who have a good tradition behind them.
“They are captained by Patrick Anderson who played for Barcelona and has played in the Champions League, the World Cup and the European Championships in his time.
“They won’t win a European trophy this year but they are building for the future and that is to be applauded and learned from,” added Dolan.
Cork City supporters are urged to purchase tickets for the match at the earliest possible opportunity and tickets are available from the Horse Shoe Tavern, Lennox’s Laundrette and the Club Shop at Turner’s Cross .