Matchday 1: Bälinge upsets Göteborg

Djurgården/Älvsjö - Sunnanå SK  3-0 (2-0)
Djurgården: Bente Nordby - Linda Lekander, Kristin Bengtsson, Therese Brogårde, Ann-Marie Norlin (88 Malin Engdahl) - Katrine Pedersen(79 Anna Hall), Linda Fagerström, Elin Ekblom - Laura Kalmari, Victoria Svensson, Sara Thunebro(84 Sofia Simonsson)
Sunnanå: Åsa Berglund - Alexandra Nilsson, Rebecca Smith, Hanna Marklund, Sandra Berggren - Lina Johansson, Kicki Wiklund, Carina Holmberg, Sanna Frostevall(74 Johanna Lindahl) - Marie Nordbrandt, Medelaine Edlund
Goals: 1-0 Victoria Svensson (16), 2-0 Katrine Pedersen (35), 3-0 Ann-Marie Norlin (70)
Attendance: 626
When a really long Katrine Pedersen throw-in managed to find it's way into the net via a misjudged attempt to grab the ball from Sunnanå goalkeeper Åsa Berglund, making it 2-0, it showed Djurgården/Älvsjö had both the skill and luck needed to win. Djurgården/Älvsjö pretty much owned the match, much thanks to their superior pace, often passing the ball on the first touch. This also created a quite a lot of misplaced passes, but was still more than the usually reliable Sunnanå defense could cope with. Victoria Svensson had a good day, scoring the opener with a nice chip after recieving a well played pass from Linda Fagerström and heading the ball to Ann-Marie Norlin, who could score 3-0 from point blank range.
Dagens Nyheter:
Dif/Älvsjö gjorde mål på inkast
Djurgården/Älvsjö: pictures
Just a small footnote here btw. Pedersen's throw-in goal really should be taken down as an own goal by Sunnanå's Berglund, since you cannot score directly from a throw-in. But the Swedish FA's website attributes the goal to Pedersen, so I stick with that. Until further notice, at least.

KIF Örebro - Jitex BK  1-0 (0-0)
KIF Örebro:
Anna Rehnlund - Jenny Ringqvist, Amelie Rybeck, Emma Herbring, Caroline Lindblad - Lisa Christensson, Jennie Svenson, Malin Normelli, Therese Björk (75 Kajsa Tornfalk), Linda Fyhr (75 Sofia Skog) - Therese Bjurenlind (85 Katya Salguero)
Goals: 1-0 Lena Andersson (85)
Attendance: 925
The home team dictated the play large parts of the match, but once again showed their weakness in the attack. Jitex created more than they have managed during the preseason, but their defense started to weaken and fall back during the later parts of the match. KIF's Pia Sundhage made some changes at halftime and managed to build more preassure against the Jitex goal. It still wasn't until the last minutes of the match that the newly signed midfield talent Lena Andersson headed in the gamewinner on a cross from substitute Emilia Erixon.
Göteborgsposten: Jitex utan poäng i Örebro
Nerikes Allehanda: KIF Örebro vann, match pictures

Kopparbergs/Göteborg - Bälinge  0-1 (0-1)
Göteborg: Maria Edman - Maria Nilsson (80 My Hjelm), Frida Höglund, Sofia Dammström, Camilla Schelin (75 Frida Thydén) - Marlene Sjöberg, Rebecca Ljungdahl, Jessica Julin, Lotta Schelin - Salina Olsson, Sofie Andersson
Bälinge: Maja Åström - Nera Smajic (Anna Bergendahl), Lina Andersson, Fanta Cooper, Carolina Mats - Linda Sembrant, Maria Thuré, Julianne Sitch - Minna Mustonen (Mona Najib), Emma Lindqvist, Kacey White.
Goals: 0-1 Maria Thuré (39)
Attendance: 653
Göteborg had most of the possession and created more forward than Bälinge, but suffered from the same inability to control the match against weaker opposition that had them lose to teams like Mallbacken last season. Bälinge's defense, with Nera Smajic and Fanta Cooper excelling aginst Lotta Schelin and Salina Olsson, and great goalkeeping from Maja Åström kept them in the match when Göteborg escalated their attack in the second half. Bälinge's initial 4-3-3 formation also began to look a lot like 4-5-1 towards the end of the game. Göteborg had four starters on the sick-list (among them Sweden's U21 defender Maria Karlsson, who is probably out of action for the rest of the season with a serious knee injury), but should still have been able to show a better play, both technically and tactically. Bälinge's midfielder Maria Thuré scored the winner on a shot from some 30 meters out.
Uppsala Nya Tidning: Maria Thuré matchvinnare i premiären
Göteborgsposten: Trög start för Göteborg

Umeå IK - Malmö FF  2-0 (1-0)
Umeå: Sofia Lundgren - Maria Bergkvist (Johanna Frisk), Sanna Valkonen, Karolina Westberg, Anna Paulson - Anna Sjöström, Malin Moström, Lisa Dahlqvist (Elaine), Anne Mäkinen - Marta, Lise Klaveness 
Malmö: Caroline Jönsson - Jenny Engwall, Malin Levenstad, Therese Jönsson, Dora Stefansdottir - Emma Wilhelmsson (70 Lina Nilsson), Nilla Fischer, Therese Sjögran, Frida Nordin - Therese Lundin, Asthildur Helgadottir
Goals: 1-0 Malin Moström (14), 2-0 Lise Klaveness (90 + 1)
Attendance: 1,843
On a cold and foggy Gammliavallen (still a decent crowd showed up) Umeå had Malmö on the defense for the better part of the match. Umeå played composed, comfortable with the ball, excellent passes and Anne Mäkinen doing great in the midfield. But the Umeå domination (10-1 in corners the first half) did not result in much. Malin Moström's early goal was a give-away from Malmö's otherwise good defense and Asthildur Helgadottir had a goal denied on a not all that obvious offside call. The decision from Umeå's coach André Jeglertz to go for a 4-4-2 instead of Umeå's usual 4-3-3 might have been made more to prevent Malmö from challenging midfield possession than lack of forwards. Malmö's Therese Sjögran and Nilla Fischer proved in the second half, when Malmö managed to push up the team from only defending, that they were able to do that. But Umeå's Valkonen and Westberg centre defense kept Malmö's attack from most dangerous situations. In the last part of the match Malmö yet again broke the Umeå dominance to charge heavily for an equaliser and made Umeå a bit stressed, but Umeå's Lise Klaveness, one of the two forwards for the day, managed to score what she called "a crap goal" as an otherwise good Caroline Jönsson in Malmö's goal misjudged her chip attempt. All in all a good opening match with a fair result was national team manager Thomas Dennerby's verdict.
Sydsvenskan: Premiärförlust – men MFF ger inte upp
Dagens Nyheter: Säker premiärseger för Umeå
TV4: Umeå bäst i dimman (video clip)
Sveriges Radio: Malin Moström interview (audio clip)

The Linköping - Hammarby and Mallbacken - Qbik matches has been postponed due to unplayable match fields. They will be played May 24.

The traditional match-day sum-up can be found at Svensk Fotboll, as can the current results and standings.

Posted by: hagabo i exil

BTW... Umeå played 4-4-2 in the game against Malmö

2006-04-17 @ 22:42:41
Posted by: João Pereira

Hi, i tryed to see the video but appears de following message: "Du är nu inloggad på TV4 TV.". Can you translate it to me.

Posted by: Dandal

I haven't managed to get that message (it says you have successfully logged in at TV4). If you just click the link and wait for a little while, the video should start by itself.

2006-04-18 @ 23:39:28
Posted by: João Pereira

Thanks for answering. I Will try waiting a little bit. Thanks

2006-04-19 @ 00:35:23
Posted by: João Pereira

Well i was not able to see it. The following message appears:
Av rättighetsskäl kan vi inte visa innehållet i det land eller område du befinner dig i.

Ditt land: Portugal (PT)
Din ip-adress:

2006-04-19 @ 00:43:32
Posted by: Dandal

This message essentially says that because of rights issues they can't show the contents in the country where you are. Sorry.

2006-04-19 @ 17:27:55
Posted by: João Pereira

Ok, thanks.

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