Sweden squad named for Cyprus camp
The most interesting to see in Dennerby's first 2007 squad was his choice for the midfield - how he replaced the retired trio Fagerström, Moström and Sjöström (and for the first time I noticed that they all have surnames ending in "ström". Peculiar, isn't it? Not that "ström" is an unusual part of a Swedish surname, it's probably one of the most common and an evidence of the Swedish fascination with nature: it means swiftly flowing water. But it can also mean current as in sea current or electric current. This was a ridiculously long parenthesis). So we're looking at Nilla Fischer, Frida Nordin and Salina Olsson instead. Not that exciting. And since Hedvig Lindahl isn't available, Umeå's newly signed keeper Carola Söberg makes the trip and could get her first national team cap. And Hanna Ljungberg is intentionally left out - Dennerby thinks she needs to rest.
|Sweden's squad||Date of birth||Caps||Goals|
Malmö FF DFF
|Carola Söberg||Umeå IK||820729||-||-|
|Sara Larsson||Linköpings FC||790513||68||6|
|Anna Paulson||Umeå IK||840229||2||-|
|Stina Segerström||KIF/Örebro DFF||820617||10||-|
|Karolina Westberg||Umeå IK||780516||114||-|
|Frida Östberg||Linköpings FC||771210||49||2|
Malmö FF DFF
|Maria Karlsson||Linköpings FC||830514||7||-|
|Frida Nordin||Malmö FF DFF||820523||25||2|
|Salina Olsson||Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC||780829||61||9|
|Caroline Seger||Linköpings FC||850319||22||2|
|Therese Sjögran||Malmö FF DFF||770408||103||7|
|Josefine Öqvist||Linköpings FC||830723||33||6|
|Therese Lundin||Malmö FF DFF||790303||40||7|
|Lotta Schelin||Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC||840227||33||7|
Dennerby visited Linköping yesterday on his tour to national team players. He had talks with Sara Larsson, Frida Östberg, Caroline Seger, Josefine Öqvist, Hedvig Lindahl, Maria Karlsson and Maria Aronsson and would have liked to get a one-on-one with Linköping defender Lotta Rohlin, who unfortunately was in Germany visiting her boyfriend. "She has for a long time been playing on a consistently high level, and that's what makes a player interesting for the national team", he commented on Rohlin, who at 26 has never played for the full national team.
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Does Hanna Ljungberg have some specific injury or is "needs rest" her perpetual health status nowadays?
Agree with e. And no Ekblom. Bummer.
Ekblom declined any further national team assignments a couple of weeks ago, wants to spend more time on "education, family and club team". Should of course have posted that, but I do make the occasional slip.
Hanna is supposed to be rehabbing from something, don't really know what. Playing football maybe?
Sorry, but I must ask for clarification. Ekblom declined *any* further Nat'l team duties, or just this training camp?
I'm still not convinced that the botanical grens and grans can make up for the departures of the sturdy ströms.
Last year I got the impression that she really wanted to break through as a regular, but I guess she has changed priorities. I haven't heard her own wording, but "quitting" is the word used about her decision. Not that she ever was much on the national team, but still a loss. If nothing else because I like players that can speak in full sentences.
We still got Segerström. And berg (mountain) east, west and south.
I'm thinking Ekblom realized she was no closer to being a regular after these recent changes, and if you can't become a regular in the NT with all the changes going on despite the stellar end of Damallsvenskan 2006, then what would it take? I tnink she figured it would never happen with the world cup coming up, so why not focus on DIF.
Oh, and re: Hanna Ljungberg. She has perpetual problems with the back of her thighs. I'm guessing that's what you get after you tear your ACL. What Dennerby does not want is what happened last year, when the Algarve Cup put Hanna Ljungberg out of action for six weeks and impeded her performance for most of the season.
I hope Ekblom doesn't get discouraged-- after that spectacular goal she scored on the US last summer I had high hopes for her NT career. If her understanding with Svensson (which even hagabo grudgingly admits can be impressive) continues to develop this season, maybe she'll get another look before the WWC.
As far as Ljungberg goes, is it Dennerby who wants her rested, or is it the UIK mob bosses Jeglerz and Arnqvist? (this is a somewhat rhetorical question)
And does Ljungberg count with the botanicals or the mountains?
Hmm.. Cross posting with the Bigsoccer board:
Yes, Ljungberg counts with the botanicals and the mountains...
Ljungberg = heather mountain ("Heatherhill"?)
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