Kristine Lilly: I'm looking forward to meet Hanna Ljungberg
More from the weekend training matches
Damallsvenskan newcomers QBIK lost heavily to norwegian premier side Asker. Big disappointment for the club, but as coach Dave Mosson comments, "we've found some details we need to work on". Linda Hallstensson scored for QBIK.
Mallbacken's Krister Engström comments on the teams narrow 2-1 defeat to Norway's champions Röa: "I think we stood up well against them. We shall be satisfied with ourselves. It was a big step ahead compared to the AIK match last weekand."
Coach Michael Bornehav says he was "damned pleased" with his Linköpings FC performance against Djurgården/Älvsjö in their 1-5 defeat. Considering the team missed 7 starters, including 3 of 4 national team players, Bornehav found no reason to complain. "This is going to turn out good".
Sunday training matches
Another draw for Sunnanå in their last tournament match in Finland. Sunnanå were 2-0 up after goals by Madelaine Edlund and Lina Johansson but Honka equalised by the end of the match.
Gideonsberg - KIF Örebro 0-1
KIF Örebro played 1st division side Gideonsberg with a mostly reserve line-up. Their new american player Mary Frances Monroe made her debut, only a couple of days after landing in Sweden, and impressed. Marina Pettersson scored Örebro's goal.
Linköping FC - Djurgården/Älvsjö 1-5
Linköping, somewhat hampered by injuries and illness in their regular eleven (Hedvig Lindahl and Caroline Seeger among those absent) lost big in their first outdoor training match. "A little bit too big figures, but Djurgården/Älvsjö played good", said Linköping coach Michael Bornehav after the match. Laura Kalmari (14, 43), Linda Lekander (24), Marjike Cellebaut (54), Kristin Bengtsson scored for Djurgården before AnnaKaisa Rantanen (82) reduced on a penalty kick.
Sundhage comments on USA national team coaching offer
Even if this probably is the most attractive job in women's football, Pia is not quite sure she would accept an offer. She says she likes it alot in Örebro and in any case, she will not leave KIF Örebro as long as her american players are still with the team. So for the time being, she intends to keep her mind on KIF Örebro and not think about how to answer a possible offer from US Soccer.
Friday and Saturday training matches
Malmö managed a fairly even play against the danish champions in Copenhagen, but lost conceding two fast goals in the last fifteen minutes. It was noticeable that the danish team were longer into their preparations for the season, which starts a month earlier in Denmark. Malmö's goal by Emma Stålhammar.
FC United - Sunnanå 0-0
Sunnanå participates in a training tournament in finnish Jakobstad. The first match, against finnish champions FC United, was an intense game but still ended 0-0.
Malmö FF - Skovlunde 2-1
The day after the game in Copenhagen Malmö met danish Skovlunde, 3rd in the danish league. The players that was benched in the Bröndby game started here, which made it a pretty inexperienced starting eleven. Still they managed to take the lead with a Mia Westerblad goal. Several first-teamers came off the bench in the second and secured Malmö's victory with a goal by Therese Lundin.
Röa - Mallbacken 2-1
Mallbacken has, as they usually do, turned to Norway for preseason competition. Much better play against norwegian champions Röa than they managed against AIK last weekend. A goal by Birgitta Stiernberg gave Mallbacken the lead and the managed to keep a draw until the last minutes of the game.
KIF Örebro - AIK 1-3
AIK continues to impress and are on a four game winning streak in their preseason matches. KIF Örebro dominated the first half of the game, but their lack of outdoor matches showed in the second. "We really can't get worse than this", commented Örebro keeper Kristin Hammarström. AIK's coach Christer Söderberg thought his team didn't play well, but they are really dangerous in front of goal. AIK goals by Lena Persson, Lina Hedkvist and Nazanin Vaseghpanah, Örebro's goalscorer not named.
FC Espoo - Sunnanå 1-0
Sunnanå suffered a narrow loss in their second game in the finnish training tournament.
Kopparbergs/Göteborg - Fortuna Hjörring 3-2
A couple of nice deep passes behind Fortuna's defense line, a fast Lotta Schelin and a somewhat slow danish defense gave the victory to Göteborg. The first goal by Sara Lindén and then two from Lotta. Coach Martin Pringle was very satisfied with the play in the first half. In the second the danish premier league's #2 was a harder to deal with, but only managed to reduce the deficit with two goals.
Kristine Lilly comments on KIF Örebro signing
Kristine Lilly Journal
Karolina Westberg interview
Lilly, Markgraf and Monroe deal now set
The deal is sponsored by the international football school Coerver Coaching, which is trying to establish itself in Sweden.
At SR Radiosporten there is a radio interview with Pia Sundhage and club president Karin Tellås, where Pia also answers the unevitable question if she'll stay or move back to USA and take the position as national team coach. "I will stay here now", Pia answers. "Now" maybe being the operative word.
Swedish Algarve Cup squad announced
We find two debutants, Malin Nykvist and Caroline Seger. The most notable absentees are Victoria Svensson and Josefine Öqvist, both in rehab. The squad:
Goalkeepers: Caroline Jönsson, Malmö FF; Hedvig Lindahl, Linköpings FC; Sofia Lundgren, Umeå IK
Defenders: Kristin Bengtsson, Djurgården/Älvsjö; Sara Larsson, Linköpings FC; Hanna Marklund, Sunnanå SK; Malin Nykvist Djurgården/Älvsjö; Sara Thunebro, Djurgården/Älvsjö; Jane Törnqvist, Djurgården/Älvsjö; Karolina Westberg, Umeå IK
Midfielders: Malin Andersson, Malmö FF; Maria Karlsson, Linköpings FC; Malin Moström, Umeå IK; Caroline Seger, Stattena IF; Therese Sjögran, Malmö FF; Anna Sjöström, Umeå IK; Frida Östberg, Umeå IK
Forwards: Sara Johansson, Djurgården/ Älvsjö; Hanna Ljungberg, Umeå IK; Salina Olsson, Hammarby IF DFF; Lotta Schelin, Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC
Anne Mäkinen arrived in Umeå
Sunday training matches
Hammarby - Eskilstuna 3-0
Karolina Rinman, Jessica Landström, Jenny Lindh scored as Hammarby defeated 1st divison Eskilstuna 3-0 in their first outdoor match this year.
Alvik - Sunnanå 0-3
Hanna Marklund was playing again after a knee infection that kept her from playing for a month as her Sunnanå defeated 1st division side Alvik. Goals by Madelaine Edlund, Magdalena Esseryd and Johanna Lindahl.
Friday and Saturday training matches
Since Malmö had 5 players on national team camp, they could give a lot of reserves and youth players the opportunity against the 1st division side Kristanstad/Wä. Head coach Anders Johansson also moved around the players a bit, like having a centre midfield with Jenny Engwall and Therese Lundin. Still Malmö dominated completely. Goals by Jenny Engwall (22), Maria Westerblad (34), Therese Lundin (42), Jenny Engwall (45) and Maria Westerblad (90).
AIK - Mallbacken 2-0
AIK dominated and the win was never in real danger. This was the first training match for Mallbacken, while AIK alreday have had two, which might partly explain the outcome. AIK goals by Lena Persson and Lina Hedkvist. And for the second game in a row Yolanda Odenyo is playing for AIK, but still not on their 24 player squad list as presented at their website.
Djurgården/Älvsjö - Själevad 3-0
Since Djurgården/Älvsjö has 11 players at national team assignments this weekend, their line-up was mostly reserves and players from their farm team, Älvsjö AIK. Still a safe win with goals by Linda Hybinette, Marjike Callebaut and Kajsa Johansson. "I had expected more from Själevad", commented Djurgården/Älvsjö's new head coach Mikael Söderman.
Interview with AIK's coach
Söderberg tells he will continue with the attacking tactics that made them go undefeated with a 69-15 goal difference through their 1st division last year. "I think we got a good balance in the team. And it's much more fun with an attacking play. It's fun for everyone; players, coaches and above all the spectators."
Anne Mäkinen scores for Finland
Hanna wants revenge on 2004
Seven national team players had injuries that required surgery last year (click on the link and scroll down for the list). For success in the upcoming European Championships the players needs to keep fit.
Sanna Frostevall in national team camp
Head coach Marika Domanski Lyfors comments: "The competition for a defender position is tough. But we will in any case be following Sanna in Damallsvenskan."
Josefine Öqvist in surgery again
15-year old signs for Mallbacken
Mallbacken has experience from signing 15 year olds. Three years ago the got Maja Johansson from another 5th division side. Last season she was Mallbacken's best goalscorer.
Tiffeny Milbrett interview
Same Millbrett interview, but a little more stuff on Pia Sundhage, who seems to be high on the wanted-list for future USA women's national team coach, and Kristine Lilly here:
Malmö FF might lose brasilians
More Milbrett news
The tabloid Expressen even got Milbrett on the phone: "The swedish women's league is probably the best in the world right now with players like Marta and Kristine Lilly. Not to mention all the good swedish players."
Själevad begins outdoor training in good mood
Tiffeny Milbrett signs for Sunnanå!!
5 Damallsvenskan players in international friendly for Finland
"Homesick clause" in Westberg's contract with Umeå IK
Another brasilian to Själevad
Longer story today (tuesday). Kelly went to Sjölevad thanks to Marta, who asked around in Brasil's U-19 team if anybody fancied playing for a small club in northern Sweden. Själevad is only paying minimum wage, SEK 13900, but that was enough for Kelly to want to sign immideately. Själevad has got quite an attack now, with Kelly ("Good enough to take a spot on the swedish national team" says Själevad) and ex-Umeå IK Therese Kapstad.
Malmö FF started the season as usual with a game against a boy's side. Therese Lundin scored the leader for MFF, but the boys came back in the second half. Interesting news is that Malin Andersson tried out the position as right defender. Much more text and pictures at fan-site mffare.com.
AIK - Sundsvall 5-0
AIK dominated completely against just promoted 1st division side Sundsvall. Goals by Nazanin Vaseghpanah, Hodan Siid-Ahmed (2), Lena Persson and Elin Hammarman. Former Bälinge player Yolanda Odenyo seems to be at least training with AIK since she is named as one of the five second half subs. Interesting.
FC Espoo - Djurgården/Älvsjö 0-7
Djurgårdens second game in the training camp at Åland. Goals by Sara Johansson (3), Ingrid Bohlin (3) and Elin Ekblom.
KIF Örebro wins swedish indoor championship
Radio interview with Pia Sundhage from SR Örebro (click on the speaker icon)
Djurgården/Älvsjö lose first training match
The team will stay at Åland and play another match, against another finnish top side FC Espoo, tomorrow.
Rebecca Smith will play for Sunnanå
Rebecca Smith, who joined FSV Frankfurt in the Bundesliga a couple of weeks ago, will play for Sunnanå too. She will stay with FSV until the Bundesliga finishes in May and then transfer to Sunnanå when the international transfer window opens July 1. She says she is looking forward to play with and learn from an international like Hanna Marklund, while she thinks she herself can give "leadership, hard work and attitude".
There is a long interview (in german) with Rebecca in the german on-line football magazine Fansoccer. She tells she grew up in California and didn't start to concentrate on football until college. The 23 year old decided to devote herself to the game a couple of years, with the ambition to be able to help her New Zealand team to the World Cop 2007. She moved to Europe after graduating from college, since the opportunity to develop as a player is better here than in the USA.
Earlier blog entries about Rebecca Smith:
New Zealand's captain to Sunnanå?
Rebecca Smith turns down Sunnanå
Jessica Julin column
Själevad played 1st division side Alvik and won 4-0. Nothing mentioned from the Själevad side, but a piece in Alvik's local newspaper.
Heidi Kackur injured
Therese Sjögran interview
Her strengths as a player:
-"I've got a good eye for the game, passable technique and fairly good speed. I should work on my heading and touch"
The 2004 season with Malmö FF:
-"We went in to the season with the goal to win the championship. That didn't happen. We'll just have to try again. I don't think anybody has us as favourites this season. It might be to our advantage"
-"I wish the sides were more even, so you could get more tough matches. But all clubs don't have the same opportunities to strengthen their teams with swedish and international top players. I think the league all over has became better the last years."
-"I think it's good for the league. You get bigger crowds to the matches. People always want to see a good player. Good international players makes the league more entertaining."
Best football memory:
-"The World Cup in USA 2003. Almost everything was fantastic. I'm really grateful that I got the opportunity to experience that."
Josefine Öqvist interview
- "We're going to fight Djurgården/Älvsjö and Umeå for the championship. We're already better than Malmö - we just have to realize it ourselves."
Last season (she only manages to play 6 league games)
- "My groins were really hurting. My coaches wanted me to play anyway and I ended up just crying in my bed at night. But I never thought about quitting."
- "I really hope I can stay healty. I want to play, I want to be a starter and I want to take Sweden to the final."
Malin Moström interview
The national team
- "Even if the national team over all had a bad season last year, we are not facing any crisis. Injuries played a large part last year. But it might also be a mentality thing - we were not used to the expectations people had on us since the World Cup 2003."
- "I think we had a good and stable season. There were a few blots, like drawing Linköping in an away match. I'm of course disappointed we didn't win the championship, but crushing Frankfurt in the Women's Cup final makes up for it."
- "It's was, as usual, too uneven. There were 6 teams a class above the rest - Umeå, Djurgården/Älvsjö, Malmö FF, Hammarby, Kopparbergs/Göteborg and Linköpings FC. I think a championship series between the six best sides is a good way to finish the season and decide the championship."
- "2004 was my first year as a full professional. It's good to be able to concentrate on football. With Umeå we have 12-13 training sessions a week and I had 150 days on the road. On the other hand you can't keep on playing forever. So it's good to have a job you like and can have a career with."
- "We are 11 full time professionals in Umeå now. The club has worked really hard to get there."
International players in Damallsvenskan
- "I'm positive to international players, as long as there aren't too many. They are competeing for spots with swedish players, but that just means you have to work harder. I want as good players as possible in Damallsvenskan."
City sponsors KIF Örebro already this season
Rebecca Smith turns down Sunnanå
Frankfurter Neue Presse
Thanks to nadine for the tip (check out her blog Frauenfussball in Deutschland)
Yet another USA star to Sundhage's KIF Örebro
Altogether there will be close to 30 international players in Damallsvenskan when the season starts mid April. National team coach Marika Domanski-Lyfors comments: "Getting world stars over here is nothing but good for the game. But it is important that it is big profiles that will help making the league even better."
Tax rules makes season short for Umeå's brasilians
Umeå's management is now working with the question on when to bring Marta and Elaine over. That should be to the training camp in Turkey early April at the latest. Which means they will be missing the end of the season, including the last, possibly championship deciding, matches against Djurgården/Älvsjö and Malmö FF.
Mallbacken looking to fill gaps in roster