Who’s Simeon Liljenberg?
Lives: In the small town of Nossebro northeast of Gothenburg in Sweden, with his wife and two children.
Education: Turf Grass Management at the University of St Andrews in Scotland.
Occupation: Sports grass expert.
Special assignments: Simeon works as Head Groundsman at the Swedish national football stadium, Friends Arena. He’s also pitch consultant for the Swedish Football Federation, inspecting and approving pitches used for Sweden’s highest football league.
Favourite football team: Tottenham Hotspur FC, London, UK.
Three quick questions
What got you into professional sports grass maintenance?
“I helped out as an instructor at a golf club and wasn’t happy with how the greenkeeper took care of the course. That experience made me interested in finding out how to manage sports grass in a better way.”
What’s the best part of the job?
“Great variety – everything from checking seeds and soil to mechanical work on machines. I also appreciate being outside a lot, working with nature – not against it.”
How about being Head Groundsman at Friends Arena?
“I’ve always been interested in football, so it’s a real honour. My team and I often have to work against the clock, but I really like the atmosphere, and finding good, sustainable solutions quickly.”