The first post-war World Cups in Europe were relatively low key affairs. Interestingly, both the 1954 and 1958 competitions were held in countries that were neutral during WW2. Understandable, since many other nations were still reassembling their cities and towns. In 1958, post-modern Sweden hosted the World Cup. We all know Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo, but there were other, smaller and lesser celebrated locations such as Vasteras, Orebro, Uddevalla and Halmstad. Just one hour or so from Gothenburg, Halmstad is Sweden’s 20th largest city with a population of some 63,000. Halmstad BK, more commonly known as HBK, was the club that launched the managerial career of current England boss Roy Hodgson. He led the club to its first Allsvenskan title in 1976 when they…