Nils tor Maximilian Malander

[197cm, 130kg, 25 years old]

1. What made you take the decision of choosing again Murcia Cobras for this season ?

Honestly, it’s a combination of two things: The Cobras have the talent, determination and skill to win the Spanish Championship. Our loss vs. the Dracs last year came down to a judging error, and the Cobras are going to be even better this year. We’re the best team in spain, and we’re gonna prove it. 

Second, I’ve never played on a friendlier team then the Cobras. The atmosphere in the locker room is always great, the players really love football, and the organisation around the team is so helpful and professional. I know this sounds cliche, but in the world of european football those things are not a given, and they’re even more impressive coming from a team with slim economic margins and little municipal/goverment support. 


2. What do you think you can bring to the team ?

From a pure player-perspective, I am a warrior with a rare combination of Speed, Size and Skill. But more than that, the analytical way I approach football means I develop much faster than the average player, and I am even much better this year than I was last season with the Cobras. I go beyond the player I was yesterday every single time I practice, and hopefully that attitude is beneficial to the teams and players I practice and go to war with. Also, I hope to have a more pronounced coaching position in the team this season. 


3. What experience have you had in American football for the last 3 years ?

I’ve played two top division seasons in sweden, first in The Limhamn Griffins 2015 and then in the Tyresö Royal Crowns 2016, a great season that ended with a Heartbreaking playoff loss vs. the Carlstad Crusaders. 

Aside from that, I made the swedish national team for the first time in 2016, probably the proudest moment in my  career, and participated in several matches. I also played in the swedish university championship, where my team the KTH Royals lost the championship game in tight, one possession loss. After that, I traveled here, to Murcia and Spain, to throw my lot in with the Cobras, in an amazing season with many ups and downs. Then I played a full season with the Seinäjoki Crocodiles in Finland, and now I am here, ready for another season in Murcia.


4. Which has been your greatest success in your sport career ?

I am obviously very proud of making the swedish national team, and becoming an import for the first time was a personal dream, but as an O-lineman I take pride in team successes more than anything else. Sadly, I have never been on a team that’s won a national championship before, but the season I am most proud of I probably this 2017 season with the Cobras. Us rising from a lackluster middle of the season to a literal inch from playoff glory was an amazing achievement on its own, and I am so proud of my man Angel Clemente Hernandez, who rose to the occasion and really became the Quarterback we needed him to be. 

5. What does this sport mean to you ?

Everything. I know that sounds cliche as hell, but if I’m honest my whole self-image is built around the fact that I play football. I constantly think of myself in the terms of a gladiator or warrior of old, protecting my friends and teammates with my body, my strength and my life. Obviously, football isn’t life or death, but it’s much closer than any other sport, and that is why it breeds different, harder, men and women. Standing on the gridiron is so terrifying, nothing else is scary anymore. That is why football is fun. That is why I love it. 


Years of experience 

2010 - Lugi Vikings - U19

2011 - St. Staffan Saviours - U19

2012 - Lugi Vikings - D1

2013 - 2014 Kristianstad Predators - Superseries

2015 Limhamn Griffins - Superseries

2016 Tyresö Royal Crowns - Superseries

2017 Murcia Cobras - LNFA

2017 Seinajoki Crocodiles - Maple League