Umeå's final bid to Marta delayed but increased
The proposed contract will be for three years. Umeå's general manager Britta Åkerlund repeats her earlier position that you can't go on like this every year. The deals they make with their main sponsors are also set for three years. "You can't let everything else at a stand still every fall, just because you have to save Marta for the club", Åkerlund comments.
But Umeå aren't exclusively focusing on Marta. Their back-up solution is still Australia's Lisa de Vanna and they are in contact with her. "She knows what we have to offer" says Åkerlund, who also says that it seems like de Vanna is very interested in Umeå.
Finally, asked about Linköping's recently announced interest in Umeå defender Johanna Frisk, Åkerlund just comments with a "Good luck" to Linköping.
They will probably need it.
Västerbottenskuriren: UIK:s slutbud dröjer - men höjs rejält
Västerbottens Folkblad: Finansiärer förlänger tidsfris
Linköping signs more players
Linköping: Petra förlänger med LFC
Kopparbergs/Göteborg's Maria Karlsson, with more than 50 caps for Sweden's youth teams, has also joined Linköping. The 23 years old full back/midfielder has been with Göteborg for 7 years and hopes to take the next step in Linköping.
Linköping will now have two Maria Karlsson, as their winger with the same name extended her contract a few days ago. We really ought to rename one of them.
Linköping: Karlsson byter Göteborg mot LFC
Just in: The Norwegians also likes Marta
The story from Norwegian broadcaster NRK also states that there are offers from France (read Lyon) and Germany (Frankfurt?) besides the well known ones from Sweden and USA.
But honestly, this looks more like trying to create a buzz around the club than anything else.
NRK: Røa vil ha Marta
Linköping wants Frisk and other slightly Marta related news
Västerbottenskuriren: Linköping vill värva Frisk
Marta's agent Fabiano Farah says that a part of the deal LDB FC Malmö is offering Marta is available to her even if she signs with Umeå. LDB FC's major sponsor, Kent Widding Persson, doesn't confirm this, but says that even if he prefers Marta to play for the Malmö team, he is willing to be a part of another solution as long as that keeps Marta in Sweden.
He also confirms that LDB FC earlier this fall offered to help Umeå in financing a Marta contract by essentially paying a hugely inflated loan fee, SEK 300,000 a year, for one of Umeå's young promising players. No player mentioned, but maybe Bachmann?.
Västerbottenskuriren: Malmöpengar kan rädda kvar Marta i Umeå
And King Pelé abdicates to Queen Marta.
The regional assembly of the Brazilian state of Alagoas, Marta's home state, has decided to change the name of the main stadium in the capital Maceió from 'Rei Pelé' to 'Rainha Marta'.
ESPN: Reina por Rey
Victoria Svensson turned down WPS
Damfotboll.com: WPS har inte glömt Hanna och "Vickan"
Promoted teams on player search
Piteå's biggest catch so far seems to be one of their own: they managed to keep their talented high-schooler Emelie Lövgren, in spite of Djurgården offering her a contract. The sensible girl wants to complete her high school studies in an orderly fashion and it sound from Djurgården, like they might repeat their offer next year.
Piteå are also close to re-sign their midfielders Janina Marklund and Mari Lundqvist and has managed to entice a couple of Damallsvenskan players to come and have a look. June Pedersen, who is leaving Umeå and looking for a new club and Johanna Lindahl from Sunnanå are training with the team this week. Piteå are also in contact with Bälinge's Nina Engström, but might run into problems finding a suitable day-job for her.
The club is also looking at the American market, where they are focusing on players just outside the national team.
Norrbottenskuriren: Emelie Lövgren stannar kvar i allsvenska Piteå IF
Stattena has still not managed to solve their coach problems, which usually makes prospective players a bit hesitant. But they are in touch with AIK's 30 years old veteran midfielder Jessica Julin, who wants to leave the Stockholm side. The Finnish international has spent a lot of time on the bench this season, in the shadow of her compatriot Anne Mäkinen.
Stattena are also in contact with some of the players that are leaving Örebro, probably Caroline Näfver and/or Hanna Pettersson.
They will also use their former coach Ann Helen Grahm, now assistant coach for Scotland, to help finding international players.
Helsingborgs Dagblad: Stattena hoppas på finsk landslagsspelare
Danish midfield duo to Linköping
Linköping's manager Anders Mäki says that they would have liked to find a solution for the entire 2009 season, "but this is the way it turned out". The signings are still a new proof, that Linköping will be a serious contender next year.
This is just my own reflection, but I guess this means that Linköping has given up trying to re-sign Daniela, as Paaske Sørensen pretty much plays in the same position.
Corren: Danska stjärnor till LFC
Linköping: Dansk landslagsduo till LFC
Umeå will offer Marta multi-year contract
"I simply refuse to have an autumn like this again, it takes an incredibly lot of time and energy".
Åkerlund also confirms that LDB FC Malmö, who recently also submitted a contract offer to Marta, earlier this fall offered to help Umeå finance a Marta deal, just to keep her in Sweden. But, she says, they demanded too many things in return.
Västerbottens Folkblad: Marta erbjuds flerårskontrakt
The decision from the local media concern Västerbottenskuriren AB to sponsor a contract with Marta helps a lot, but is not enough. But it seems to make it easier to talk to other potential contributors and Umeå are talking to several local companies.
Västerbottenskuriren: Åkerlund: "Jag lämnar ett nytt slutbud innan helgen"
In the midst of all this, it is reported that Umeå's result for the 2008 season probably will end in a loss at about SEK 500,000 - mostly because of a decrease in ticket sales. This will however not have any effect on the negotiations with Marta, since a contract with her will be financed independantly.
Västerbottens Folkblad: UIK riskerar ekonomisk smäll
Larsson and Jönsson negotiating and other WPS news
She says that it is a problem that the summer transfer window next year hasn't been set yet. If it will be in August, it would be possible to move clubs after the USA season and join Linköping for the last months of the Swedish season, including the first UEFA Women's Cup matches for the club.
Nya Wermlandstidningen: Sara Larssons svåra val
Sweden's veteran goal keeper Caroline Jönsson, formerly LDB FC Malmö but now unattached, seems to be in fairly advanced negotiations with the Chicago club. At least if you should judge by the way her name has been mentioned lately, in passing but still, in a couple of articles about other players.
Los Angeles Sol has named Umeå's Johanna Frisk as a post-draft discovery player, which sort of supports the impression that they still are serious about signing Frisk's good friend Marta.
USA head coach Pia Sundhage eliminates all doubts about about the start of the WPS next spring in an interview with Damfotboll.com. Her planning for the US national team is built around the April to August WPS season. She also comments on Marta's negotiations with Los Angeles and Umeå. "It's obvious that a player like Marta is attractive for every team", she says. She adds that Marta's compensation will not count toward the salary cap, that all WPS clubs must keep. Player representatives as well as the league has agreed to this. "It's probable that they will find a solution, but the league doesn't stand or fall with Marta", Sundhage finishes.
Damfotboll.com: Pia Sundhage planerar för proffsliga
Vidarsdottir talks about Linköping and Los Angeles
"It seems like a very well organized club and there are many really good players."
She was courted by several other clubs than Linköping, among them Los Angeles in the American league.
"I will absolutely try to play in USA some time, but where I am career wise right now it feels better to play in Sweden." She adds that her Iceland national team mates, who already plays in Sweden (Malmö's Dora Stefansdottir and Kristianstad's Erla Arnadottir) only have had good things to say about the Swedish league.
Corren: Nya stjärnan: "Linköping blir perfekt"
Bälinge players leaving and other transfer news
Upsala Nya Tidning: Bälinge ett steg närmare Sirius
This, however, doesn't convince all Bälinge players. The young talents, several of them Swedish U19 players, are of course the first to leave. Sarah Storck has already left for Malmö and now U19 midfielder Emma Appelqvist joins AIK while forward Ida Brännström seems close to sign for Linköping.
AIK: Mittfältare från Bälinge klar för AIK
Linköping are looking at several talented youngsters. 20 years old defender Linda Bengtsson from 1st division side Öster and the U18 player Elin Olofsson (IFK Kalmar, 2nd divison) are today's names. If signed, these players will mostly find themselves playing with Linköping's farm team Kenty.
Corren: Ny mittback på väg till Linköping
Sweden U18 forward Emelie Lövgren from just promoted Piteå has been offered a contract by Djurgården. She comments that the contract was "so-so" and is leaning towards staying with Piteå. She is still in high-school and moving schools doesn't appear to be entirely straight forward and she thinks Djurgården offered a little bit too little money to make the move to Stockholm.
Norrländska Socialdemokraten: Lövgren: Det lutar åt Piteå
Marta: LDB FC throws in a bid, LA Sol gives their final offer and Umeå finds big sponsor
LDB FC Malmö has renewed the contract offer they presented to Marta in September. The club's strong man and major financier, cosmetics mogul Kent Widding Persson, says that the bid was received with much more interest now than it was last time. This strengthened his opinion that the American offer isn't as strong as has been expected. He doesn't want to mention any figures for his own bid, but Malmö's last offer was estimated to be in the region of SEK 1,5 million a year. He has has also added plans for a charity project in Marta's north east Brazil, similar to the project LDC FC is involved in in South Africa, to the offer. Widding Persson finally says that he is not interested in a short time contract.
Sydsvenskan: LDB FC Malmö lägger nytt bud på Marta
Damfotboll.som: Elden är lös!
Umeå's general manager Britta Åkerlund spent quite some time yesterday to try to figure out the lay of the land and was in touch with both Marta's agent Fabiano Farah and Los Angeles Sol manager Charlie Naimo. The conclusion is that the American WPS club has presented their final offer. Umeå has until the end of the week to counter that. Umeå is now working hard to find additional sponsors and will file a renewed offer.
Västerbottenskuriren: Slutbud från Los Angeles - UIK jobbar vidare
The Umeå media concern Västerbottenskuriren AB, that owns newspapers and a radio station, has revealed that the company has decided to make a major effort to help keeping Marta in Umeå. No sum is revealed, but it is rumoured to be close to SEK 1 million.
Västerbottenskuriren: VK-koncernen vill rädda kvar Marta i Umeå
There are right now 133 comments to this story at Västerbottenskuriren's website, mostly from outraged ice-hockey fans, who thinks the money could be used better elsewhere.
Linda Fagerström returns to Djurgården
Djurgården: Linda Fagerström gör come-back
Segerström to Göteborg and other player news
Göteborgsposten: Göteborg värvar landslagsback
Nerikes Allehanda: Stina Segerström lämnar Kif Örebro
Another Swedish national team defender, Charlotte Rohlin, announced that she has renewed her contract with Linköping FC. Rohlin, who is one of very few local players, has signed a one year contract and hopes 2009 will be the year when the club takes the next step and wins the Swedish championship.
Linköping: Lotta spelar i LFC 2009
Four Kif Örebro players has extended their contracts: midfielder Marie Hammarström, forward Emilia Erixon and the young twins Emma and Sara Fogelqvist.
Kif Örebro: Tre "nya" klara!, En till…
LDB FC Malmö has brought up 16 years old Michaela Johnsson from the youth team. Michaela played her first Damallsvenskan match in October against Bälinge, but will now be a regular member of the seniors.
LDB FC: Ytterligare en lärling klar för LdB FC
Emma Sjödahl from 1st division side Vittsjö has decided that she will leave her club. The 21 years old successful goalscorer is talking to nearby Kristianstad, but has also recieved interest from Swedish Cup winners Linköping FC. No contract has been offered yet. Linköping's Anders Nilsson says that she is an interesting player but that Linköping has contacted several players for preliminary talks, as they usually do this time of the season.
Norra Skåne: Emma Sjödahl på väg till Linköping
Corren: LFC i kontakt med Sjödahl
This just in: the Sol stands by their offer
Umeå IK's general manager Britta Åkerlund tells broadcaster SVT that she has been in contact with both Marta's agent Fabiano Farah and the management of the WPS club Los Angeles Sol today. The conclusion is that LA Sol is still offering Marta a contract.
Åkerlund tells Dagens Nyheter, Sweden's leading daily, that there is a 50/50 chance that Marta will stay in Umeå. "It's up to us now. We will return with a new offer by the end of the week".
Åkerlund also says that she really would like to be able to sign a multi year deal this time. And, as fun as this is watching, I do understand her.
SVT: "Los Angeles står fast vid Marta-bud"
Dagens Nyheter: "50-50 att Marta stannar"
And did you remember to read papyrus comment? So on the spot!
Lyon is very tempting, says Stensland
Ingvild Stensland, Göteborg's and Norway's celebrated midfielder, has put any USA plans on the shelf, but admits that she has been in touch with French stand-outs olympique Lyon. "I'm thinking about it and I will make up my mind soon" said Stensland who's contract with Göteborg finishes November 30. She added "Anyway, it is very tempting to play for the French side." Former Norwegian national team goalkeeper Bente Nordby and former Göteborg club mate Lotta Schelin are already with the French champions, a club that more and more looks like a potential UEFA Women's Cup finalist next spring.
Kopparbergs/Göteborg's chairman Peter Bronsman comments that he knows several big clubs are trying to get Ingvild's signature and if she would end up in Lyon, he wishes her all the best. But he is convinced that if she stays in Sweden, she will stay in Göteborg.
Margret Lara Vidarsdottir signs with Linköping
Iceland's prolific goalscorer Margret Lara Vidarsdottir - 175 goals in 101 matches for Icelandic champions Valur - has according to the Icelandic broadcaster RUV signed a contract with Damallsvenskan's Linköping FC.
More to follow.
Ruv.is: Margrét Lára til Linköping
Los Angeles gives up on Marta?
The Marta of the Day:
An unnamed source, close to the Women's Professional Soccer league in USA, claims that Los Angeles Sol, the club that has been negotiating with Marta's agent Fabiano Farah for at least a month, has withdrawn from the negotiations and taken back their contract offer. The club is according to the same source simply not prepared to pay the kind of money Farah has been demanding for Marta.
If this is true, it would put Umeå in an entire different position, being the only remaining alternative for Marta. She has earlier stated that if she stays in Sweden, she stays in Umeå. But Umeå's general manager Britta Åkerlund says that she has not heard anything about Los Angeles giving up on Marta: "Fabiano Farah doesn't call me that often". And Umeå isn't unaffected by the current bad economy. The Swedish sponsor market is smaller than it was last year and Umeå is reported to have to work hard to secure their finances for 2009.
WPS club gives up Stensland and Schelin, shows interest in Sara Larsson
Instead, the Mid Western club has claimed the WPS signing rights for Linköping's Sara Larsson. Larsson, Swedish national team defender with 82 caps and 7 goals, is one of the Linköping players that still hasn't renewed her contract.
No further details, but interesting.
EDIT: Sara Larsson tells Damfotboll.com that she is talking to both St. Louis and Linköping. She is tempted by the adventure it will be playing abroad, but a bit worried how playing in USA will effect her position on the national team.
Damfotboll.com: Sara Larsson förhandlar med S:t Louis
Damallsvenskan players invited to WPS try-outs
Seven of those listed played for Damallsvenskan teams 2008: Noelle Keselica, Temryss Lane and Natalie Spilger (Bälinge), Fanta Cooper, Jennifer Nobis and Nikki Cross (Umeå Södra) and Kia McNeill (Kristianstad). Kia McNeill is the only one that has an offer to return to her Swedish club next season. Just promoted Piteå's Kim Bonilla has also accepted to try out for WPS and Piteå's management, who are looking at the American market for players, has stated that they will wait out the WPS signing process before they make any offers.
With the earlier drafts of Joanna Lohman (Bälinge) and Ifeoma Dieke (Kristianstad), this means that all American based players who played for Damallsvenskan sides the 2008 season, could be playing in WPS the 2009 season.
WPS: Women’s Professional Soccer announces initial list of WPS Combine attendees in advance of 2009 WPS Draft
Malmö and Umeå signs U-17 players
Malmö's decision to give a contract to goalkeeper Hilda Carlén has received more media attention than the signing of a high schooler usually does. But the name Carlén is a well known name in Swedish handball. Her father Per is a legendary World Cup winner and her brother Oscar plays professionally in Germany, so it makes sense that she has chosen the only position where she is allowed to use her hands. She will train with Malmö's seniors, but likely play with another team, possibly her present Hammenhög.
SVT: Hilda - familjen Carléns tredje landslagsspelare
Umeå has signed 16 years old defender Sara Eliasson from Alvik. She will, like Carlén, play her matches with a lower division team, probably Umeå Södra or Mariehem in the 1st division.
Norrbottenskuriren: Eliasson till svenska mästarna
New hope for Marta in Umeå
Umeå hasn't changed the offer they made a month ago. Marta needs to belong to a club where she can continue to be the world's best player, but she also needs economic security, said Farah. There is of course a limit to how much money she can turn down, which is why Farah is investigating the possibility to find personal sponsors for Marta.
Umeå's general manager Britta Åkerlund says that Marta already has a personal sponsor contract with Samsung and as long as her contracts doesn't clash with the club's sponsors, she doesn't mind her finding more endorsments.
Västerbottens Folkblad: Martas agent: Umeå IK är nummer 1
Djurgården players finding new clubs
Germany's Ariane Hingst, who left after completing her two year contract, has, somewhat surprising to me, agreed on a two and a half year contract with FFC Frankfurt.
FFNews: Transfer-Coup: Frankfurt verpflichtet Hingst
Belgian Femke Maes leaves after only half a season, home-sick according to Djurgården. She was spotted in the crowd attending the UEFA Women's Cup quarter final between Duisburg and Frankfurt and immediately surrounded by rumors about a shift to Duisburg, a town that actually is within commuting distance from Maes' Belgian home. Maes herself ducked all questions: "I have time until the end of [the transfer window in] January to make up my mind about a new club".
RevierSport: Maes lächelte und lächelte
Nadine Angerer has declared her interest in playing a year in the new American league. Her agent Siegfried Dietrich is trying to get the best possible offer for her, but has no doubts where it would be best for Angerer to play. Financially, she would be better off in Germany. The salary cap placed on the American clubs, according to Dietrich € 420,000 a year for the entire roster, makes it hard for the WPS league to offer really competetive wages. He is also wary about the durability of the new league, in particular with the recent economic recession, and the short season doesn't make for good conditions for a top player. Still, Angerer is keen on living in USA for a period and seems prepared to take a pay cut. But she has to have landed a deal before the end of January, when the transfer window for the German and most European leagues close.
FFNews: Angerer-Wechsel: Dietrich zweifelt an US-Profiliga
Kristianstad signs Icelandic players
Kristianstad's 2009 roster is far from finalized. Among other things, they need a second goalkeeper. Göteborg's Jenny Olsson has been mentioned as a possible signing, at least if Sweden's national team keeper Hedvig Lindahl joins Torbjörn Nilsson's team.
Norra Skåne: KDFF värvar isländskt
Öqvist stays in Linköping, Vidarsdottir uncertain
Corren: Öqvist kvar i Linköping
Linköping had Iceland's prolific goalscorer Margret Lara Vidarsdottir visiting the club last week. Club manager Anders Mäki calls her a rare to find player with great scoring stats, but she might be too expensive for the club. She is also drafted by the American WPS club Los Angeles Sol.
Still, from what I, with my limited understanding of Icelandic, can figure out from an interview with Vidarsdottir on the news site Visir, she seems to prefer to go to Linköping.
Damfotboll.com: Islands bästa för dyr för Linköping
Visir: Reikna með því að geyma Los Angeles í bili
Örebro, Sunnanå and Kristianstad update
VLT: GIF:s Hanna Ågren till allsvenskan
Örebro's winger Caroline Näfver, who didn't agree on a renewed contract with her club, seems close to signing for 1st divisioon side Eskilstuna United.
Eskilstunakuriren: Landslagstjej aktuell för Eskilstuna United
Sunnanå SK has signed a new coach, Janne Hallberg, to replace Rainer Eskelinen who recently left the club. Hallberg was the club's head coach 2000-2003. Sunnanå has also managed to resign defender Sanna Frostevall and forward Lisa Renberg.
Västerbottens Folkblad: Han tränar Sunnanå nästa år
Norra Västerbotten: Sanna och Lisa stannar i Sunnanå
Kristianstads DFF lost their keeper Maria Edman to Stattena, but managed, after some negotiating, to keep their other keeper Sandra Wahldén. They also got Göteborg winger Sofie Andersson, who has 5 seasons and 81 matches for Göteborg, and Sweden U19 defender Mia Carlsson from nearby 1st division club Vittsjö. A third player, Vittsjö's forward Emma Sjödahl has been in talks with Kristianstad but also has offers from other, unnamed, Damallsvenskan sides and will think it over during her vacation.
And, as far as I can tell with my really limited understanding of Icelandic, Iceland's national team winger Hólmfríður Magnúsdóttir has returned from her Kristianstad visit with a contract offer.
Kristianstadsbladet: Wahldén fortsätter – och fler namn är på väg, KDFF förstärker – ny anfallare klar
Norra Skåne: Vittsjö tappar spelare
Visir: Hólmfríður með samning í höndunum
Linköping renews contract with Maria Karlsson, re-opens talks with Daniela
Their important winger Maria Karlsson, capped 11 times for Sweden and with 160 matches for Linköping, has decided to extend her stay with the Swedish Cup winners.
Linköping has also reopened the talks with their Brazilian midfielder Daniela Alves, one of their most important players 2008. Daniela has been drafted by the American club St. Louis and Linköping at one point deemed it impossible to offer a competitive contract. They have now, in the light of the financial unrest in USA, decided to have another go at it and will get in touch with her agent.
Linköping also made an effort to lure away the promising full back Sara Fröjdefelt from Kif Örebro, but after some deliberation Fröjdefelt decided to stay in Örebro. And Linköping's own 19 year old defender Pernilla Ekroth has drawn interest from Djurgården and might accept their offer.
Corren: Karlsson kvar i LFC, LFC tar ny kontakt med Daniela, Fröjdfeldt säger nej till LFC, Ekroth till Djurgården?
AIK looking for goalkeepers
But this probably isn't enough. They have also had talks with former Djurgården and Bälinge Maja Åström. Åström left Bälinge after the 2007 season and has taken a year off football. She says that if she makes a come-back, she wants to do it with a top level team. I think AIK qualifies as that.
AIK: Målvakten Johanna Baecklund till AIK
Upsala Nya Tidning: Förra Bälingemålvakten på väg till AIK
Stattena: Coach resigns after contract disagreement
But Stattena refused to renegotiate: "We have to turn every penny. We can't afford to sign a more expensive contract" said Stattena's chairman Michael Freitag. The club had an annual turn-over at about SEK 700,000 in 2008. Next year they will have to raise at least SEK 2,5 millions. "We decided to keep the expenses for the coach position and use the money on players instead".
Freitag stressed that the management and the players have the utmost confidence in Persson as a coach. Persson took over when Stattena was relegated from Damallsvenskan in 2004 and has built the team that surprisingly defeated favorites Jitex to win promotion.
Helsingborgs Dagblad: Succétränaren säger upp sig, Stattena har inte råd just nu
Swedish Football Awards: Umeå takes it all
Personally, I value a lot of other qualities in a player than ball skills and I have a soft spot for the hard-working, never-give-up defensive player and Frida has been immensly valuable to her club this season. I still think that maybe a life-time achievement award would have been more proper.
And I surprised myself with a happy little chuckle when Ulla-Karin Rönnlund was announced for the goalkeeper award. Not the expected winner, but fun.
And if you're wondering about the Coach of the Year award, Pia Sundhage couldn't win it since only club coaches are eligible.
Goalkeeper of the year: Ulla-Karin Rönnlund, Umeå IK
Other nominees: Nadine Angerer (Djurgården), Kristin Hammarström (Kif Örebro), Hedvig Lindahl (Linköpings FC)
Defender of the year: Sara Thunebro, Djurgården
Other nominees: Sara Larsson (Linköpings FC), Charlotte Rohlin (Linköpings FC), Stina Segerström (Kif Örebro)
Midfielder of the year: Therese Sjögran, LDB FC Malmö
Other nominees: Anne Mäkinen (AIK), Ingvild Stensland (Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC), Victoria Svensson (Djurgården)
Forward of the year: Marta, Umeå IK
Other nominees: Lisa De Vanna (AIK), Jessica Landström (Linköpings FC), Manon Melis (LDB FC Malmö)
Breakthrough of the year: Jessica Landström, Linköpings FC
Other nominees: Kosovare Asllani (Linköpings FC), Louise Fors (AIK), Nazanin Vaseghpanah (Hammarby)
Coach of the year: Andrée Jeglertz, Umeå IK
Other nominees: Thomas Mårtensson & Ulf Palmqvist (Kristianstads DFF), Jörgen Petersson (LDB FC Malmö), Daniel Pettersson (Linköpings FC)
The Diamond Ball: Frida Östberg, Umeå IK
Svensk Fotboll: Fotbollsgalan
Pictures of girls and boys in their bestest outfits, for those of you who are so inclined:
Finest.se, Fotbollskanalen, 2, 3
Want to watch the entire two hours? Fotbollskanalen again.
I have not played my last match for Umeå, says Marta
Still, this prompted a new wave of speculations about the chance that she will stay in Umeå for the 2009 season. There was even a rumor that Umeå had secured funding for an offer to Marta that would match the money from the American Los Angeles Sol club. Umeå's general manager Britta Åkerlund swiftly denied this, claiming that she is still a seven figure amount from that.
But comments from the Umeå camp are sounding a bit more optimistic than before. Åkerlund says that she is still talking to Marta's agent Fabiano Farah and his interest seems to have grown the last few days. Her picture is that things are fairly quiet on the American side and that there is an amount of uncertainty and cautiousness that could be in Umeå's favour. A local paper also published a long analysis of the emerging American league, focusing on the problems financing it during what seems to be the biggest recession since the great depression in the 1930's.
In spite of this, Marta has been very much treated as a player retiring from the Swedish league. She was interviewed in a big prime time talk show where people like IKEA's founder Ingvar Kamprad and former prime minister Göran Persson also have been guests and the local newspaper Västerbottenskuriren published a 16 page insert about her career in Umeå.
The one that actually did play her last match got much less attention. 31 years old Frida Östberg explained her decision to leave football after 14 seasons at the highest level with a simple "sooner or later you have to move on" and she would like to be able to spend more time with her boyfriend Andreas, who lives and works in Holland.
Expressen: Nu kan Marta stanna i Umeå
Aftonbladet: Umeås hopp – finanskris
Expressen: Frida Östberg slutar - flyttar till Holland
Umeå routs Arsenal in Frida (and Marta?) farewell game
Umeå: Ulla-Karin Rönnlund – Frida Östberg, Karolina Westberg, Johanna Frisk, Anna Paulson – Mami Yamaguchi, Hanna Ljungberg (69 Emma Åberg Zingmark), Lisa Dahlkvist – Marta, Johanna Rasmusssen, Ramona Bachmann (85 Sofia Jakobsson)
Goals: 1-0 Marta (1), 2-0 Marta (44), 3-0 Marta (46), 4-0 Hanna Ljungberg (48), 5-0 Marta (59), 6-0 Ulla-Karin Rönnlund (74 PK)
A very open first half, lots of shots from both sides. Marta took Arsenal sleeping, scoring directly from the kick-off, but a lot of the rest of the first half was waiting for Arsenal to equalise, having the more dangerous finishes. Umeå's lead was preserved several times by goalkeeper Ulla-Karin Rönnlund, who made a couple of great saves.
But Marta scored at the end of the first half and as Arsenal reentered after half-time, set on scoring two goals to catch up, she scored again, beating Arsenal's defense to a deep ball. When Hanna Ljungberg made it 4-0 minutes later, set up with a great chip by Mami Yamaguchi, Arsenal imploded. The rest was Umeå showing off and even letting a couple of their youngsters getting a feel of the big games the last minutes.
Only hours before the match, Umeå's veteran och team captain Frida Östberg revealed that this would be her last match for Umeå and her last in top football. Frida came to Umeå IK 1995 and is together with Hanna Ljungberg and Ulla-Karin Rönnlund the last players that has been with Umeå since before they were promoted to Damallsvenskan.
SVT: match clip
Sydsvenskan: Målfyrverkeri av Marta
Västerbottens Folkblad: Tack för showen, Marta
Västerbottenskuriren: Marta: "Det var en fantastisk seger"
Margret Lara Vidarsdottir to Linköping?
From a Linköping perspective, this seems like a great deal if they have to replace Josefine Öqvist, who is still mulling over her offers from Linköping and Umeå.
Visir: Margrét Lára vonast til að semja við Linköpings
Damfotboll.com reveals that Iceland keeper Gudbjörg Gunnarsdottir never showed up in Kristianstad as expected, but went to see Djurgården directly after she landed in Sweden. Kristianstad's sport director Ulf Berglund is less than pleased with this and says he is very disappointed with Djurgården's behavior, but refuses to go into any kind of bidding war for players.
Damfotboll.com: Djurgården tog Islands landslagsmålvakt
LATE EDIT: Djurgården confirms that they have reached an agreement with Gudbjörg Gunnarsdottir. Gunnarsdottir will visit Djurgården again next week to finalize the agreement, including taking a medical test.
Djurgården: Ny målvakt till Djurgården
Asllani renews contract with Linköping
Linjköping also finalized extensions of the contracts with back-up keeper Mia Cederholm, full back Marie-Louise Skålberg, and the young up-and-coming Maja Krantz, Lisa Nilsson and Tilda Heimersson.
Corren: Asllani stannar i LFC
Another young woman with many suitors, Umeå Södra's 20 years old midfielder Hanna Folkesson, finally decided for AIK. The Sweden U21 player said that she knows it will be hard work to get in to the starting eleven, but she is prepared for that.
AIK: 20-årig landslagsspelare till AIK
Iceland's keeper to Djurgården?
mbl.is: Guðbjörg að semja við Djurgården
visir: Guðbjörg á leið í atvinnumennsku
By the way, my Icelandic is really, really bad. If I have misunderstood anything, please let me know.
Nothing new on the Marta front
Robert Penner at WPS didn't want to comment: "It's up to each team to negotiate with the players. We don't comment on those negotiations". Los Angeles Sol also declined to comment and it was completely quiet from the club's main financier AEG. On the other hand, it is said the closer AEG gets to signing a contract, the more quiet they get.
So, we're back to the usual "sources close to the negotiations". According to these, Marta's wage demands are high; USD 500,000 a year according to some information, close to USD 1 million according to other.
What is supposed to complicates the negotiations, should be that Marta wants a guaranteed three year contract. If she gets sick or injured, she should still get paid for the full three years. If the club or the league folds, she should still get paid for the entire contract period. It is unclear whether Marta will sign a deal with LA Sol or with AEG or with both. But a guarantee would have to be backed up by AEG, not LA Sol.
Västerbottenskuriren: Marta vill ha miljonlön i Los Angeles
LDB Malmö plus and minus
Skånska Dagbladet: LDB FC förstärker från Bälinge
At the same time the club announced that the talented young defender Emelie Ölander leaves the club as she moves to Stockholm. Ölander has 22 caps for Sweden at youth level and started 6 matches in Damallsvenskan the 2008 season. No mention of a new club, but if she wants to continue playing, there ought to be lots of interested teams in Stockholm.
LDB FC: Emelie Ölander till Stockholm
Icelandic players visit Kristianstad
Kristianstadsbladet: Isländskor till KDFF?
Kristianstad's current goalkeeper, Maria Edman, has already decided to leave the club and return to her old club, newly promoted Stattena. She played for Stattena during their 2003-2004 stint in Damallsvenskan and then played for Göteborg before coming to Kristianstad a year ago.
Stattena's coach Thomas Persson is very pleased with Edman joining the team, but says he needs an additional three or four established players to be able to hold on to their place in Damallsvenskan.
Helsingborgs Dagblad: Maria säger ja till Stattena
Angerer's agent: "Her goal is USA"
"The big goal is USA", says her agent Siegfried Dietrich. "I am in contact with several clubs in the new professional league, that will start April 9." He adds that they are trying to establish how a move to the WPS league can be made to work out with Angerer's national team commitments.
FFNews: Nadine Angerer will in die US-Profiliga wechseln
Landström renews, Rantanen to Djurgården and more
Linköping has also announced that 37 years old Magnus Wikman will be the new head coach, having agreed to a 1+1 year contract. Wikman coached Bälinge 2005-2006. Linköping's Josefine Öqvist, who had Wikman as her coach in high-school, showed enthusiasm for the signing and it seems like this maybe could influence her decision on which club to play for 2009.
Corren: Anfallsstjärna kvar i LFC
Upsala Nya Tidning: Magnus Wikman till Linköping - hyllas av Josefine Öqvist
Anna-Kaisa Rantanen, Linköping's Finnish defender/midfielder, has agreed on a 1 + 1 year contract with Djurgården. She has played for Linköping in five seasons, but had problems keeping her first team position this year.
Dagens Nyheter: Rantanen till Djurgården
Djurgården's sport director Mikael Söderman reveals that the main reason behind Nadine Angerer's decision to leave the club was that Angerer's partner, who moved to Sweden with her, had problems settling and finding a job in Stockholm. This wasn't unknown to the club, and they are already looking for a replacement, mainly outside Sweden: "There are not many [goalkeepers] at this level in Sweden".
Aftonbladet: Angerer lämnar Djurgården
Newly promoted Piteå IF estimates that they will have to sign five or six quality player to the team for their Damallsvenskan season next year. They are looking at the American player market - two American players, Kim Bonilla and Marisa Brown played a big part in their successful 2008 season - but also closer to home. New Zealand centre back Rebecca Smith, who didn't get a renewed contract with Sunnanå, is one of them. They are also interested in Sunnanå midfielder Johanna Lindahl, where they might offer a double deal, signing Johanna's boy friend to their men's side. Other Sunnanå players, that still haven't resigned with the club, might also be interesting for Piteå.
Norra Västerbotten: Satsande Piteå letar spelare i Sunnanå
Umeå hopeful for Arsenal return match
Marta, who came in from the bench in the last minutes of playing time, will probably be able to play the full 90 minutes next week.
Västerbottenskuriren: Allt rasade samman sista kvarten
Dagens Nyheter: Umeå förlorade mot Arsenal
Madeleine Edlund's injury turned out to be much less serious than feared, "just" a concussion. She was hit in the temple by Arsenal goalkeeper Emma Byrne's elbow in a duel for a high ball. She lost consciousness and Umeå's physioterapeut Gunilla Stenmark called for a doctor. Since there was no one at the arena, they had to wait 15 minutes for the ambulance before Edlund could be stretchered off. The day after the match, she is suffering the usual concussion symptons, head-ache and feeling nauseous. It is not clear if she will be able to play in the return match.
Umeå's coach Andrée Jeglertz was very upset about the lack of medical personell at the match, which he said risked his players health. He also said Umeå will file a protest to UEFA, since this was "a clear infringement of the rules".
Aftonbladet: – Jag är yr och mår illa
Västerbottenskuriren: Arsenal saknade läkare - Jeglertz kräver bestraffning
Dagens Nyheter: Umeå anmäler Arsenal - saknade läkare
EDIT: Late Friday news says that Madeleine Edlund will not be able to play in next week's return leg of the UEFA Women's Cup quarterfinal against Arsenal.
Sydsvenskan: Säsongen över för Edlund
Umeå lose to Arsenal in first leg of Women's Cup quarterfinal
Umeå: Ulla-Karin Rönnlund - Anna Paulson, Karolina Westberg, Johanna Frisk, Frida Östberg - Lisa Dahlqvist, Mami Yamaguchi, Hanna Ljungberg - Madelaine Edlund (28 Sofia Jakobsson), Ramona Bachmann, Johanna Rasmussen (85 Marta)
Goals: 1-0 Jayne Ludlow (2), 1-1 Mami Yamaguchi (13), 1-2 Frida Östberg (70), 2-2 Julie Fleeting (77), 3-2 Kim Little (80)
Umeå was unlucky already in the first third of the match, when striker Madeleine Edlund went down after a duel for a high corner ball, landing on her neck. She became unconscious and was stretchered off the field with a neck stabiliser and oxygen mask. Reports from the hospital suggests that it looked worse than it turned out to be. Probably better reports tomorrow.
From Västerbottenskuriren's play-by-play, it looks like Umeå had a lot more finishes before the 12 minute break for Edlund's injury. After that Arsenal had a fairly good grip over the match, or at least a lot more scoring opportunities than Umeå.
More details tomorrow, I hope.
Arsenal: Match report
Umeå offers Öqvist contract, Angerer leaves Djurgården, Seger stays in Linköping
SR: Öqvist har fått kontraktsförslag (audio)
Djurgården's goalkeeper Nadine Angerer has decided not to use her option to extend her contract with Djurgården. She moves back to Germany, but it doesn't seem set which club she will join. Djurgården's head coach Anders Johansson says Angerer cites personal reasons for leaving.
Djurgården's other German, Ariane Hingst, has fullfilled her two year contract and returned to Germany. She is currently doing rehab training after her knee surgery earlier this fall at her old club Turbine Potsdam.
I don't know if this has influenced Angerer and Hingst, but Germany's head coach Silvia Neid has in no uncertain terms stated that she expects all her national team players to play in the German Bundesliga until the World Cup is played in Germany 2011.
Damfotboll.com: Angerer lämnar Djurgården
National team midfielder CAroline Seger has signed a new one year contract with Linköping FC. Seger is captain and one of the key players in the team and Linköping's sport director Anders Mäki comments that it is very satisfying to be able to keep her.
Corren: Seger stannar i LFC
Sofia Lundgren signs two year deal with Linköping
SR: Lundgren klar för LFC
This must mean that Linköping has given up on Hedvig Lindahl, who yesterday returned from a short visit in Göteborg. She commented positively on her reception in Göteborg and on the club and sounded a lot like she had made up her mind for Göteborg. Expect an announcement within short.
Corren: Lindahl: "Göteborg ligger bra till"
Injured Marta uncertain for Arsenal match
Västerbottenskuriren: Marta skadad: "Jag har ont"
Player watch: Marta, Lundgren, Daniela, Dieke and others
Åkerlund confirmed that Josefine Öqvist and Lisa De Vanna now are Umeå's main targets.
SVT: Umeå IK hoppas fortfarande på Marta (video)
Should Linköping's national team goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl sign with Göteborg FC, Linköping has already started talks with a possible replacement; AIK's Sofia Lundgren. Lundgren (20 caps for Sweden) has had a good season for AIK and the Stockholm club comments that "we hope and believe that she will stay".
Corren: LFC jagar ny landslagsmålvakt
Daniela, Linköping's Brazilian midfielder, is according to Brazilian media negotiating a renewal of her contract with the club. There is no mention about any talks with the American club St. Louis, that has the WPS league player rights to her.
Globoesporte.com: Daniela Alves é campeã em cima de Marta na Suécia
Ifeoma Dieke, who has just arrived in Cyprus with two Kristianstad team mates (Therese Björck and Vlora Bajraktaraj) to spend part of the winter playing with Salamina in the women's top league, will most likely chose to play for WPS side Chicago Red Stars next season. Kristianstad's other centre back Kia McNeill is in talks with the club and sport director Ulf Berglund hopes to be able to keep her.
Kristianstadsbladet: Elitlicensen är hemma för KDFF
16 years old Alvik (2nd division) player Sara Eliasson, who had a try-out with Umeå last week, has been called back for a second audition. She has also been invited to Sunnanå, and will travel there toward the end of the month.
Norrländska Socialdemokraten: Eliasson ska träna mer med Umeå IK
Örebro might run into some problems when they tries to renew the contracts with several key players. Midfielders Marie Hammarström and Elin Magnusson, both important players in Örebro's long-time plans, have both graduated from Örebro University recently and are looking for jobs.
Sweden U21 player Lena Andersson, who seems to be less of a priority for the club, might also be leaving. Örebro is looking for an established two-way midfielder, a player that could threaten Andersson's position in the team.
National team defender Stina Segerström is in close contact with Kopparbergs/Göteborg. The Göteborg club has, since selling Lotta Schelin to Lyon, much better financial resources than Örebro, but they still hope to be able to keep her. Boyfriend, job and studies complicates a move för Stina.
Finally Örebro is looking for an established goalscorer, 12 to 15 goals a year. They will most likely have to go abroad to find that, and Brazil is not an unlikely target.
Nerikes Allehanda: Lena Andersson nästa frågetecken i Kif, Stina Segerström funderar vidare
Katri Nokso-Koivisto, Bälinge and Finland midfielder, is on a try-out with the Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg. According to the local newspaper, the visit is more about finding out if Katri likes it in Wolfsburg than for the Wolfsburg club to find out if she is what they want. 35 caps for Finland seems to be convincing enough.
Waz-online: VfL will Finnin aus Schweden
Former Bälinge coach Magnus Wikman, presently assistant coach for Sirius in the men's Superettan (2nd level), has been contacted by Linköping FC about the job as head coach for the team. He is interested, "it is a big club on the women's side and they seem to have an interesting vision for the club", but wants to think it over for a while.
Corren: Han kan ta över i LFC
Player awards to Östberg and Sjögran
EFD, the association of Damallsvenskan and 1st division clubs, hands out the Ebba every year to the player that has been most valuable to her team. This year Umeå's Frida Östberg recieved the award.
Svensk Fotboll: Årets Ebbor utsedda
SR, the Swedish public radio company, has a "Best on the field" award. After every match, coaches and captains of the teams have voted for the best player on their own team as well as on the other team. LDB FC Malmö's Therese Sjögran won the prize, just one point ahead of Göteborg's Ingvild Stensland.
SR: Therese Sjögran allsvenskans bäste 2008, Top ten list, Top five team for team
Umeå Södra player moves along
Goalkeeper Minna Meriluoto, capped 14 times for Finland, has signed with Hammarby. Sport director Annelie Norén is happy to have been able to tie "such a high class goalkeeper" to the club. No mention of their current, also fairly high class, keeper Kathrin Lehmann, but let's assume she isn't staying with the club.
Hammarby: Hammarby värvar mer finländskt och från Jitex
EDIT: OK, I did some research and found that Kathrin, at her website, has confirmed that she is leaving Hammarby, even though she was offered an extension of her contract. She says she has offers from Swedish and German clubs, but will focus on her ice-hockey playing for the next five months.
kathrinlehmann.com: Abschied aus Hammarby
Hammarby were also proposing to Södra's young forward Linda Fransson, but she chose to sign with Sunnanå.
Västerbottenskuriren: Fransson till Sunnanå
Umeå Södra's maybe hottest name on the player market, 20 years old midfielder Hanna Folkesson, has recieved interest from all of Örebro, Hammarby, Umeå IK and Sunnanå, but seems to be most likely to sign for AIK.
Västerbottenskuriren: Folkesson och Andersson blir 08:or
Sunnanå S is still looking for a new head coach since Kaj Eskelinen resigned after a less than successful season. The club is working with three names, one of them Mats Stenlund from the towns best men's side Skellefteå FF. They are also working on a few new signings, among them Bälinge's Emma Lindqvist and New Zealand national team player Kirsty Yallop.
Norra Västerbotten: Stenlund - ett av tre spår för SSK
LDB FC targeting Linköping's Seger
Corren: Malmö vill värva LFC-kaptenen
In other news, the successful 1st division forward Johanna Andersson from Jitex, has accepted an offer from Hammarby.
Västerbottenskuriren: Johanna Andersson till Hammarby
Emma Lindqvist from Bälinge is training with AIK and seems close to make the move over. Emilie Appelqvist and Linda Blom from the same club are also in contact with Damallsvenskan clubs, but doesn't want to comment any further.
Upsala Nya Tidning: Bälingespelare jagas av allsvenska klubbar
22 year old to take over as AIK coach
Jidefalk's age is of course an issue here - he is younger than two thirds of the players in his team. He comments that he has to be humble and has to value and respect the experience of the older players.
SVT: 22-åringen som tar över AIK (video)
AIK: AIK Damfotboll omstrukturerar ledar- och tränarstaben
Just promoted Piteå has signed a new coach for their Damallsvenskan season, Peter Grundström. Grundström comes from the men's game and has coached at the 2nd level in the Swedish league system. LÖately he has been working with player development in the regional branch of the Swedish Football Association.
Norrbottenskuriren: Grundström tar plats
Umeå deadline to Marta unanswered, Los Angeles deal imminent
Umeå's sport director Britta Åkerlund adds that this doesn't mean that the club is counting out Marta completely, but they now have to persue other alternatives. But an anonumous source, quoted by a local Umeå newspaper, says that Marta's deal with the WPS club Los Angeles Sol is now completed. "She just hasn't signed yet".
Västerbotenskuriren: Los Angeles nästa för världsstjärnan
SVT: Öqvist interview (video)
Öqvist visits Umeå, Lindahl visits Göteborg
Umeå can't sit and wait for Marta and see other possible recruits sign with other clubs and their deadline for Marta expires this weekend. "If Marta leaves, we have to continue with plan B, and maybe even plan C", comments Umeå's Britta Åkerlund. Josefine Öqvist reveals that she will take the trip up north on Monday to take a closer look at the club and the town. "I want to develop as a footballer and I would definitely do it there", she says.
According to some information, Linköping still hasn't renewed contracts with a single player on the team, that won the Swedish Cup Saturday. The budding forward star Kosovare Asllani has offers from both Linköping and LDB FC Malmö, and "you could say it's 50/50", she comments. Linköping's national team goal-keeper Hedvig Lindahl will take the trip to Göteborg on Wednesday to talk over things with them.
Dagens Nyheter: Linköpingstjärnor kan lämna
Västerbottenskuriren: Marta ut och Josefine in?
Transfers and transfer rumours
The other unsigned players from the current roster, except Marta, is Johanna Frisk (who might go to Los Angeles with Marta) and Norwegian defender June Pedersen, who hasn't received any offer.
Västerbottens Folkblad: Östberg tvekar – men inte inför finalen
Emma Westholm, a forward from relegated 1st division side Gideonsberg, has received interest from Kif Örebro and Hammarby.
VLT: Klubbar jagar GIF:s Westholm
Former Örebro player and Finnish international Leena Puranen has signed with Hammarby.
Hammarby: Finsk landslagsspelare klar för Hammarby
Kif Örebro's promising defender Sara Fröjdfeldt earned attention from Linköping. She also has an offer from Örebro.
Nerikes Allehanda: Kif-Sara eftertraktad av flera klubbar
Djurgården has renewed the contracts with Therese Brogårde and Sara Thunebro, the latter with a two year deal.
Djurgården: Therese Brogårde fortsätter, Sara Thunebro klar för två nya år
Emma Stålhammar, 23 year old midfielder/forward with LDB FC Malmö, has signed a one year deal with 1st division side Tyresö FF. Stålhammar, who has played 180 matches for Malmö, makes the move to get more playing time.
LDB FC: Emma Stålhammar till Tyresö FF
Linköping wins Swedish Cup after extra-time goal by Öqvist
Linköping: Hedvig Lindahl - Maja Krantz, Sara Larsson, Charlotte Rohlin, Marie-Louise Skålberg - Maria Karlsson (96 Ann Westermark), Petra Larsson, Daniela, Caroline Seger, Josefine Öqvist (115 Anna-Kaisa Rantanen) - Kosovare Asllani (106 Tilda Heimersson)
Umeå: Ulla-Karin Rönnlund - Frida Östberg, Johanna Frisk, Karolina Westberg, Anna Paulson - Mami Yamaguchi (63 Emma Åberg Zingmark), Hanna Ljungberg, Lisa Dahlkvist - Johanna Rasmussen (74 Sofia Jakobsson), Madelaine Edlund, Marta (90 Ramona Bachmann)
Goals: 1-0 Josefine Öqvist (110)
Umeå was by far the better side in the first half, dominating midfield and pretty much roaming free on the wings, but didn't manage to craete more scoring chances than Linköping did. Linköping were sitting far back in the field and mostly trying long passes aimed at Kosovare Asllani. The half-time consensus, and Linköping's captain Caroline Seger agreed passionately, was that if Linköping couldnt find a way to change the picture, they would be killed by Umeå in the second half.
And Linköping did that. They showed more courage, held on to the ball better and started to win more one-on-ones. Linköping's national team defenders Larsson and Rohlin impressed and were almost faultless. Umeå's Marta, who were allowed much less space than in the last match between the teams, had a couple of dangerous attacks but were substituted after the 90 regulation minutes. She complained about a hip pain, but I also think Jeglertz wanted to save her for the two remaining UEFA Cup matches in November.
Linköping grew more and more confident the longe the match went. When Josefine Öqvist, ten minutes from a penalty shoot-out, headed in the winning goal from a corner kick by Petra Larsson, it was just as fair result as an Umeå win would have been. Huge celebrations ensued from a very happy Linköping team - the cup win was at least a bit of revenge for losing the league title struggle to Umeå.
SVT: Öqvist cuphjälte för Linköping, match clip 30 seconds in to the sports news
Expressen: Öqvist sköt guldet till Linköping
Corren: LFC vann svenska cupen
Västerbottenskuriren: Marta skadad när Umeå föll i cupfinalen