Thomas Dennerby next national team head coach

Thomas Dennerby, presently assistant to national team head coch Marika Domanski Lyfors, will replace Marika as head coach after the European Championships. Before Dennerby took up his position with the national team last fall he successfully coached Djurgården/Älvsjö to two consecutive swedish championships.

Marika Domanski Lyfors will be responsible for the U21 team and for talent development.

Svensk Fotboll

More national team injury cancellations

Djurgården/Älvsjö forward Sara Johansson, who suffered a knee injury in her teams loss to Linköping last weekend, will not be able to take part in the national team's matches against Denmark and Holland. She will be replaced by Linköping's Maria Aronsson.

With both Victoria Svensson and Sara Johansson on the injury list, Djurgården/Älvsjö are facing problems in the attack. The next matches for the swedish champions are Umeå in Damallsvenskan and Turbine Potsdam in the UEFA Women's Cup final and it will be hard to replace Sara and Victoria if they are not back in form until then.
Svensk Fotboll
Expressen: Skador fortsätter drabba damlandslaget

Match-Day 2 - Post game comments

"It's good to create opportunities, but you really need to score on them too", said a disappointed Pia Sundhage after a match where they completely out-played Kopparbergs/Göteborg in the second half, only to see Lisa Ek equalise for Göteborg with just seconds left. A local sports columnist questions if Kristine Lilly and the team has managed to adjust to each other. You can see that Lilly has good intentions, but it often don't work out.
Nerikes Allehanda: Snyftigt slut på en stark kraftmarkering
Nerikes Allehanda: Stinkande slut kostade två poäng
Nerikes Allehanda: Match pictures

"I'm hurting in the head and in a shoulder, but most of all inside here", says Själevad's goalkeeper Magdalena Åstrand and points to her heart. And Själevad was completely out-played by Hammarby, not getting more than one single scoring opportunity. "We need to put this behind us as quickly as possible. Hopefully the arrival of our brasilians Kelly and Marina next week will revitalise the team spirit."
Örnsköldsviks Allehanda: En smäll som tog

QBIK's defeat to Umeå was predictable, even if it was bigger than QBIK coach Dave Mosson would have wanted. But whatb really concerned him was the injuries to defender Ann-Sofie Halvarsson (broken leg and out for the rest of the season) and talented forward Rebecca Jonsson (hopefully just a twisted knee).
Värmlands Folkblad: Benbrott i Umeå

Also the other Värmland team, Mallbacken, took a severe beating in the weekend. Malmö played very controlled and didn't give Mallbacken many opportunities to create anything. Mallbacken's 15 year old Sandra Andersson made her Damallsvenskan debut when there was 10 minutes left. "I think I did all right. I'm only 15 and these are some of the best players in the country."
Värmlands Folkblad: Mallbacken chanslöst mot Malmö

The Umeå - QBIK match was also Umeå's celebration of 20 years in women's football. The match could have been "another day on the job", but Umeå's players did one of their best matches in a long time. The Elaine - Moström - Mäkinen midfield impressed most on local sports columnist Niklas Westman.
Västerbottens Folkblad: En dag på jobbet för UIK-spelarna
Västerbottens Folkblad: UIK hade lekstuga med QBIK
SVT: Umeå IK fyller 20 år (Windows media)

Öqvist and Hammarström to replace injury victims

Josefine Öqvist (Linköping) and Kristin Hammarström (KIF Örebro) has been named as replacements for Victoria Svensson (Djurgården/Älvsjö) and Umeå's goalkeeper Sofia Lundgren in the national team that will play warm-up games against Denmark and Holland. Svensson and Lundgren both sustained injuries in Damallsvenskan matches this weekend.
Svensk Fotboll

Victoria Svensson injury keeps her out of warm-up games

The injury Victoria Svensson sustained in Djurgården/Älvsjö's defeat against Linköping will keep her from playing for at least ten days, keeping her out of the national team's warm-up games against Denmark and Holland. Djurgården's other national team forward Sara Johansson, who also had to leave the match due to injuries, will have a medical examination of her knee tomorrow.
Expressen: Vickan skadad - kan missa EM
SVT: EM i fara för Vickan - missar genrep

Match-Day 2 - Sunday

Umeå IK - QBIK 7-0 (3-0)
Umeå IK: Sofia Lundgren (30 Johanna Baecklund) - Maria Bergkvist (Karolina Westberg), Anna Paulson, Sanna Valkonen, Frida Östberg - Elaine, Malin Moström, Anne Mäkinen - Marta (Maria Nordbrandt), Hanna Ljungberg, Anna Sjöström
Goals: Marta 1-0 (1), Anna Sjöström 2-0 (29), Hanna Ljungberg 3-0 (41), Anna Sjöström 4-0 (49), Malin Moström 5-0 (64), Frida Östberg 6-0 (74), Malin Moström 7-0 (87)
Yellow cards:
Attendance: 3427
Umeå IK celebrated their 20 years in women's football with birthday cake enough for every spectator. They had a party on the field too. QBIK's coach Dave Mosson said he hadn't expected anything but a defeat to Umeå, "They are better than us on every position", but his team did not have a good day. Two players, Ann-Sofie Halvarsson and Rebecca Jonsson suffered injuries that will keep them out of play for a long time.
SVT: Umeå IK vann stort hemma mot Qbik
Expressen: Marta och Umeå bjöd på målfest
Umeå IK
TV4: Highlights video (2 minutes, registration requited)
Svt: Highlights, including a few seconds fron the Sunnanå - AIK game (Windows media, 40 seconds)

Hammarby - Själevad 5-0 (1-0)
Hammarby: Camilla Halonen - Hanna Olsson, Josefin Christensen, Annelie Norén, Karolina Rinman - Elin Härén (80 Louise Fors ), Jennie Jonsson, Christina Forssell, Linda Forsberg (55 Tanja Meidal ) - Salina Olsson (70 Lisa Arnell ) Jessica Landström.
Goals: Salina Olsson 1-0 (3), Salina Olsson 2-0 (50), Jessica Landström 3-0 (54), Salina Olsson 4-0 (64),  Elin Härén 5-0 (66)
Yellow cards:

Attendance: 425
A much better Hammarby with a brilliant Salina Olsson didn't give Själevad any chances. A really good attacking play that, according to Hammarby coach En Perlskog, should have resulted in more first half goals than just one.
SVT: Själevad hann inte med Hammarby

Sum-up for all weekend matches as usual at, the vital stats at their results page.

Match-Day 2 - Saturday

TV match of the week: Linköping FC - Djurgården/Älvsjö 2-1 (1-0)
Linköping FC: Hedvig Lindahl - Sara Larsson, Lotta Rohlin, Jenny Möller, Emma Claesson - Malin Gustafsson (60 Lotta Runesson), Anna-Kajsa Rantanten, Maria Aronsson - Ann Westermark (72 Karolin Kristenson), Josefine Öqvist (85 Therese Andersson), Maria Karlsson
Djurgården/Älvsjö: Maja Åström - Sara Thunebro, Therese Brogårde, Malin Nykvist, Helén Fagerström - Jane Törnqvist - Victoria Svensson (62 Anna Hall), Linda Fagerström - Sara Johansson (28 Venus James), Laura Kalmari (45 Elin Ekblom), Kristin Bengtsson
Goals: Maria Karlsson 1-0 (23), Victoria Svensson 1-1 (56), Lotta Rohlin 2-1 (79)
Yellow cards:
Attendance: 2,188
The team of the future (8 starters 25 years or younger) met the present champions (1 starter 25 or younger). Linköping seemed to follow a well thought match plan, using high pressure, attacking with a lot of players and a keep-it-simple approach. Not many teams would take such a bold stand against the champions. In the first half it worked fine. Linköping made good use of their fast forwards and Djurgården/Älvsjö had problems making use of Victoria Svensson in her position just behind the forward line. Linköping's Malin Gustafsson did a great job there. The first half goal, even if it as the other two came directly off a goalkeeper mistake, was a product of Linköping having three forwards inside the area, pressuring goalkeeper and defender. Djurgården, having lost their national team striker Sara Johansson to an early injury, made some thinking and changning in the half time. Victoria Svensson moved up front, replacing Laura Kalmari, and Elin Ekblom took Svensson's midfield place. Djurgården controlled more of the game in the second half and equalised on a little solo thing from Svensson. But she seemed to have stretched a thigh doing it and had to go off minutes later. Djurgården still dominated, but Linköping defended good and had dangerous counters. The winner was scored on a free-kick close to the penalty area after Josefine Öqvist (fast and dangerous most of the time) was brought down and a confused Djurgården defense failed to clear the ball.
Corren: LFC vann hemmapremiären
Aftonbladet: Linköpings knallseger spetsar guldsnacket
Expressen: "Vi kan utmana topplagen"
Dagens Nyheter: Linköping besegrade mästarna
SVT: Landslagsstjärnor skadade när mästarna föll, Highlights clip (Windows media, 1 minute)
TV4: Highlights clip (1 minute, register to watch)

KIF Örebro - Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC 1-1 (0-0)
KIF Örebro:
Kopparbergs/Göteborg: Maria Edman - Camilla Schelin, Frida Höglund, Sofie Dammström, Marlene Sjöberg - Lisa Ek, Jennie Svensson, Maria Karlsson, Sofia Palmqvist - Lotta Schelin, Heidi Kackur (80 Johanna Almgren)
Yellow cards:
Goals: Kristine Lilly 1-0 (57), Lisa Ek 1-1 (90)
Attendance: 1589
A rather even first half with a lot of missed chances, including KIF's Kristin Hammarström saving a Heidi Kackur penalty kick, turned into a second where Göteborg had to focus on their defending. KIF's Kristine Lilly grew better and better through the match and scored what could have been the match winner. But Lisa Ek came running on a long ball from Göteborg's defense and equalised in extra time. KIF Örebro's Pia Sundhage was very disappointed to get robbed of the victory, but thought the team should have been able to decide the match earlier. Göteborg's Martin Pringle said his side were under a lot of pressure in the second half, but looking to the whole match he had no reason to apologise for the draw.
Göteborgsposten: Göteborg "stal" poäng
Nerikes Allehanda: Tung poängförlust för KIF Örebro
SVT: Ek smög in kvittering på övertid

Mallbackens IF- Malmö FF 0-5 (0-4)
Malmö: Caroline Jönsson - Jenny Engwall (75 Sara Stålhammar), Therese Jönsson, Nilla Fischer, Malin Andersson - Emma Stålhammar, Therese Sjögran, Formiga (70 Anna Mörstam), Frida Nordin (64 Corinne Briers) - Asthildur Helgadóttir, Maria Westerblad
Goals: Asthildur Helgadóttir 0-1 (8), Maria Westerbladh 0-2 (10), Malin Andersson 0-3 (25), Maria Westerbladh 0-4 (29), Asthildur Helgadóttir 0-5 (69)
Yellow card: Formiga Malmö FF
Attendance: 666
After two goals in the first 10 minutes Malmö FF had the match in their hands. Mallbacken didn't get to one single dangerous opportunity. Malmö FF's coach Anders Johansson was very satisfied: "Everything worked out today".
Sydsvenskan: Malmö FF släppte inte till en målchans
SVT: Språngnick och klack MFF:s segervapen

Sunnanå SK- AIK 5-0 (2-0)
AIK:  Sofie Holmqvist - Lisen Åkerlund, Yolanda Odenyo, Sara Andersson, Emilia Reimer - Therese Sandström, Madelene Göras (45 Lina Hedkvist ), Anna Bergendal (45 Hodan Siid-Ahmed ) - Anna Lundin, Lena Persson, Nazanin Vaseghpanah (65 Maria Moustakakis)
Goals: Madelaine Edlund 1-0 (6) Carina Holmberg 2-0 (37), Madelaine Edlund 3-0 (57), Carina Holmberg 4-0 (60), Madelaine Edlund 5-0 (76)
Yellow card: Madelene Göras AIK, Therese Sandström AIK
Attendance: 1028
Sunnanå's Tiffeny Milbrett left the match 8 minutes from time, goalless in spite of several good scoring opportunities. Still, she was Sunnanå's most valuable player in the match, being part of almost every attacking movement. Sunnanå dominated the match against the newly promoted AIK.
Norra Västerbotten: Storseger för Sunnanå
SVT: Milbrett bakom Sunnaås alla fem mål

Sum-up for today's all matches as usual at, the vital stats at their results page.

Öqvist promises goals in home opener

Linköping's striker Josefine Öqvist scored in the season opener against QBIK, her first competetive match since August last year. She is now getting back in shape after her injuries and are aiming for a spot on the national team squad for the Euros. Playing Djurgården/Älvsjö is a great opportunity to show she deserves the Euro spot, and she intends to make good use of it.
Aftonbladet: Jossan lovar mål i hemma-premiären

Seger out of action for at least two weeks

Linköping and national team midfielder Caroline Seger has to forfeit this weekend Damallsvenskan home opener as well as the national team friendlies early May. Following a medical examination she has doctor's order to rest, hopefully not more than two weeks.
SVT: Linköpings Seger lämnar återbud
DN: Seger missar landskamp mot Danmark

Linköping internationals off sick-list for Djurgården match?

Linköping's two young national team players Caroline Seger (rupture in a thigh) and Maria Karlsson (fractured nose) were both on the sick-list for last weekend's season opener against QBIK. Both now hope to be fit for saturday's big game against Djurgården/Älvsjö and the friendlies with the national team the weekend after.
Corren: LFC-duo tillbaka i toppmatchen

Disappointing loss, says Sunnanå coach

"It's really disappointing to lose on a crap goal like that!", commented Sunnanå's coach Kenneth Isaksson after yesterday's season opener against Djurgården/Älvsjö. "But they did a great game against what might be the best team in Europe", added his assistant Björn Israelsson. Djurgården/Älvsjö's Mikael Söderman thought that maybe that first goal after only 2 minutes wasn't that good: "We didn't need that early goal, it seems like it just made the girls too relaxed". Both coaches was also impressed by Tiffeny Milbrett, the more since this was her first real match for a year and a half.
Norra Västerbotten: Sunnanå nära skrällpoäng

Djurgården/Älvsjö's goalscorer Linda Lekander says she didn't see what happened on her goal, but was really relieved to see the ball ion the goal. She came from Hammarby this year and thinks the difference is big, like her being benched occasionally: "But with a squad like this everyone will spend some time on the bench." Tiffeny Milbrett was fairly pleased with her team's performance, even if neither she nor Hanna Marklund were satisfied with the result.
SR Radiosporten: Interviews with Linda Lekander, Tiffeny Milbrett and Hanna Marklund (audio)

TV4 has the three Marklund sisters in Sunnanå in focus in their match report.
TV4: video clip, 2 minutes. You have to register to watch (click on the link Bli medlem)

522 coming to watch the home opener for one of the world's best club teams is really disappointing thinks player, coach and management for Djurgården/Älvsjö. It was at least a thousand less than they had hoped for. "We need to work more on this", says coach Mikael Söderman.
Expressen: Mästarnas publikfiasko

Web Chat with KIF Örebro Americans on Thursdy

There will be a web chat withn Kristine Lilly, Kate Markgraf and Mary Frances Monroe at a local newspaper starting Thursday 13.00 local time. Advance questions can be mailed to [email protected]. Watch this place for the actual chat.

Match-Day 1 - Narrow Victory for Djurgården

Djurgården/Älvsjö - Sunnanå SK 2-1 (1-0)
Djurgården/Älvsjö: Maja Åström - Sara Thunebro, Therese Brogårde, Malin Nykvist, Linda Lekander - Victoria Svensson, Anna Hall (70 Jane Törnqvist), Linda Fagerström - Sara Johansson, Laura Kalmari, Venus James (63 Elin Ekblom)
Sunnanå SK: Åsa Berglund - Linnea Gjersvold, Carolina Marklund, Hanna Marklund, Sandra Berggren - Mirjam Marklund (82 Nora Jåfs), Carina Holmberg, Anna Bodén, Lina Johansson (78 Maggis Esseryd) - Madelaine Edlund, Tiffeny Milbrett
Goals: Sara Johansson1-0 (2), Tiffeny Milbrett 1-1 (65 PK), Linda Lekander 2-1 (75)
Yellow cards: Mirjam Marklund Sunnanå, Victoria Svensson Djurgården/Älvsjö,
Attendance: 522
Sunnanå started nervously while Djurgården/Älvsjö pushed forward from the start. They took advantage of a Sunnanå defense that had yet to find their positions and Sara Johansson scored on a long pass from Victoria Svensson in behind the defense line. Djurgården dominated but didn't get to any really dangerous finishes, while Sunnanå had to chase the ball a lot. Tiffeny Milbrett worked hard in Sunnanå's attack and was behind most of her side's opportunities. About 20 minutes into the second half Milbrett went down, maybe a little too easy, inside Djurgården's penalty area and was rewarded with a penalty. She took the penalty kick herself and it was 1-1. The rest of the game Sunnanå tried to defend their draw, but Linda Lekander scores on a direct corner kick. All in all, Djurgården/Älvsjö did what they had to do while Sunnanå should be content with their effort.

This match report is compiled from an online  play-by-play by Sunnanå's local paper Norra Västerbotten. You can read the complete PBP at their website:
Norra Västerbotten: "Stort plus i kanten för den här insatsen"
Dagens Nyheter: Djurgården/Älvsjö vann mot Sunnanå
SVT - highlights clip with Milbrett interview (Windws media, 2 minutes)

A couple of pre-match stories:
Sunnanå coach Kenneth "Kega" Isaksson talks about having confidence in his players and about the difference between coaching men and women - Sunnanå is his first women's team. Isaksson says they will need both their strength as a team and top individual performances to make it against Djurgården/Älvsjö. If it works out, a win is not impossible.
NorraVästerbotten: Kega tror på sina tjejer

Expressen has an article on the good and bad of the influx of foreign players, and gets the usual answer. As long as it is world class players that come, it's nothing but good. They also asks Tiffeny Milbrett why she chose to play in Sweden: "I want to play in the best league there is", she says. And since the foldning of WUSA, that is in Sweden.
Expressen: ”Nästan alla är världsspelare”
Expressen: Tiffeny: Därför väljer vi Sverige

Sunnanå: We can upset Djurgården/Älvsjö

"In the beginning I was nervous playing beside Tiffeny, I thought maybe she wouldn't think I was any good", says Sunnanå's and Sweden's U21 forward Madeleine Edlund. But after two warm-up games together she's not afraid anymore. "She's good enough to maken a difference for the entire team. Everyone get's a bit better training and playing with her." Madeleine is very optimistic looking towards their season opener at Djurgården/Älvsjö. "I've never seen the team as strong as this and we might upset Djurgården/Älvsjö on Wednesday."
Norra Västerbotten: "Madde" imponerad av Tiffeny

Another young Sunnanå player has found a seasoned veteran on the team to learn from. Linnéa Gjersvold, a new signing that is still in highschool, plays centre defense together with Hanna Marklund. "It's a huge difference on trainings compared to my old 1st division side", Linnéa says, "but I'm getting used now. Hanna is really easy to play beside and she tries to help you all the time, giving advise."
Norrländska Socialdemokraten: Linnea ska lära av Hanna Marklund

The local TV station reports on Sunnanå and talks to Tiffeny Milbrett.
SVT: Video clip (Windows media, 2 minutes)

U21 squad picked for Ireland match

Sweden's U21 will be playing Ireland April 30. This is the squad:
Goalkeepers: Maria Edman Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC, Kristin Hammarström KIF Örebro DFF 
Defenders: Emma Claeson Linköpings FC, Maria Karlsson Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC, Therése Lückner QBIK, Nera Smajic Bälinge IF, Therese Stolpe Mallbackens IF
Midfielders: Johanna Almgren Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC, Elin Ekblom Djurgården/Älvsjö, Magdalena Esseryd Sunnanå SK, Frida Nordin Malmö FF, Sophia Palmqvist Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC, Emma Stålhammar Malmö FF, Ann Westermark Linköpings FC
Forwards: Madelaine Edlund Sunnanå SK, Linda Forsberg Hammarby IF, Maria Nordbrandt Umeå IK, Josefin Öqvist Linköpings FC

Concerning Öqvist being picked for the U21 instead of the full national team, Marika Domanski Lyfors explained that she still had a chance to qualify for the Euro squad, but she is not there at the moment. Öqvist, who played her first competitive game since the Olympics this weekend, needs a lot of matches to get championship shape.

Malmö FF saves Damallsvenskan license for Malmö FF

Bengt Madsen, chairman for the main Malmö FF club, today announced that the "mother club" will take care of  a SEK 700,000 defecit and save the Damallsvenskan license for Malmö FF's womens football club.
Sydsvenskan: MFF räddar elitlicens till damallsvenskan

The northern club Själevad was also mentioned as one of the clubs not yet cleared for a 2006 license. It now appears that there were only some formal complaints from the licensing board, mainly the lack of signatures on some papers.
Radiosporten: Själevads elitlicens dröjer på grund av slarv

27 players in national team pool for Denmark and Holland games

National team coach Marika Domanski Lyfors named 27 players for the warm-up friendlies against Denmark and Holland in early May. It is not the squad for the Euros, that will be a 20 player squad, but if you're not in here you're probably not going to England.
Goalkeepers: Caroline Jönsson Malmö FF, Hedvig Lindahl Linköpings FC, Sofia Lundgren Umeå IK, Maja Åström Djurgården/Älvsjö
Defenders: Kristin Bengtsson Djurgården/Älvsjö, Anna-Maria Eriksson Kolbotn IL (Norway), Sara Larsson Linköping FC, Hanna Marklund Sunnanå SK, Malin Nykvist Djurgården/Älvsjö, Anna Paulson Umeå IK, Sara Thunebro Djurgården/Älvsjö, Jane Törnqvist Djurgården/Älvsjö, Karolina Westberg Umeå IK
Midfielders: Malin Andersson Malmö FF, Linda Fagerström Djurgården/Älvsjö, Nilla Fischer Malmö FF, Maria Karlsson Linköpings FC, Malin Moström Umeå IK, Caroline Seger Linköpings FC, 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, Lotta Schelin Kopparb./Göteborg FC, Victoria Svensson Djurgården/Älvsjö

Match-Day 1 - Sunday

QBIK - Linköping FC 1-3 (1-1)
Goals: Jenny Möller 0-1 (14), Rebecca Jonsson 1-1 (39), Maria Aronsson 1-2 (50), Josefine Öqvist 1-3 (81)
Attendance: 2,036
- "QBIK was much better than I anticipated", said Linköping coach Michael Bornehav after the match. In spite of what had been said before the match he started Josefine Öqvist since both Caroline Seger and Maria Karlsson were on the sick-list. Öqvist seemed really happy to play again and got one assist and one goal. QBIK coach Dave Mosson said they started a bit overcautious and Linköping got fairly easy goals. The fast QBIK forward Rebecca Jonsson impressed most for the home side.
Radiosporten: interview with Linköping coach Michael Bornehav (audio)
Corren: Öqvist avgjorde och skadades
Aftonbladet: Succédebut av "Jossan"
Expressen: Kalasstart för "Jossan" i nya laget
Värmlands Folkblad: Dave Mosson: Vi var aldrig nära

Post match comments

Columnists in both Aftonbladet and Sydsvenskan focused on the refereeing in the Malmö-Umeå match: 7 yellows and one of the few that came after a real offense was given to the wrong player. Both also commented on Malmö's financial troubles, that might get them relegated from Damallsvenskan. Even if there a certain amount of incompetence must have been involved the men's side of Malmö FF (Sweden's richest club) should step in and save the women from relegation and bankrupcy.
Sydsvenskan: Fixa MFF-tjejernas elitlicens, Madsen!
Aftonbladet: Gult kort till matchen, Malmö och den märkliga domaren

KIF Örebro's local paper Nerikes Allehanda comments that the team should consider themselves very happy with the goal they got and then go back to the training field and practise finishing. 1-0 was way to little to show for the dominating performance.
Nerikes Allehanda: Segern i premiären värd mer än tre poäng

Örnsköldsviks Allehanda has their focus on Själevad's Therese Kapstad and calls her a great catch for the club. The 28 year old teacher and mother will be a great leader for the team. And the win against Mallbacken was the perfect start of the season.
Örnsköldsviks Allehanda: Ulf Eklund: Therese, vilket kap…
Örnsköldsviks Allehanda: Drömstart av Själevad

In Umeå the local press ask "What happened?" For both Hanna Ljungberg and for a local columnist it was not a draw, it was two lost points that in the end could cost the gold. Not much looked good according to Västerbottens Folkblad; goalie Sofia Lundgren seemed untrained, the defense shaky, Anne Mäkinen almost invisible, Marta unfit, Moström hard working but still losing one-on-ones. Second half substitute Elaine was the only light in the dark.
Västerbottens Folkblad: Det var två viktiga poäng som gick förlorade
Västerbottens Folkblad: Vad hände, Umeå IK?

Easier to get foreign players than swedish ones to Sunnanå

It's easier to get a foreign top player to sign with Sunnanå than it is to get a swedish player to move here, complains Sunnanå's chairman Sören Gustafsson, who has signed Tiffeny Milbrett (USA), Rebecka Smith (New Zealand but playing in Bundesliga) and Biancha Rech (Germany) this spring. Many swedish playera are reluctant to move to a small town in the far north, while the club gets a lot of inquiries from foreign players and agents. It's also a problem that it is much less expensive to hire a foreign player on a 6 month contract than it is to pay a swedish professional.
Norra Västerbotten: Svårare att värva svenska spelare än utländska

Last warm-up match for Sunnanå

Sunnanå - Alvik 8-1
Sunnanå's Damallsvenskan opener isn't until Wedneday, since they are playing Djurgården/Älvsjö that has spent this weekend in London, playing Arsenal in the UEFA Women's Cup. So Sunnanå took the opportunity to play a last warm-up game. 1st division side Alvik provided the competition. A good game for Sunnanå, where except for the goals, the improved passing play was good news. Goals by Tiffeny Milbrett (2), Anna Bodén, Hanna Marklund, Linnea Gjervold, Madde Edlund, Lina Johansson and Anna Boman.
Sunnanå SK

Match-Day 1

TV match of the week: Malmö FF - Umeå 2-2 (1-2)
Malmö FF: Caroline Jönsson - Malin Andersson, Denise Reddy, Therese Jönsson, Jenny Engwall - Frida Nordin, Nilla Fischer, Therese Sjögran, Emma Stålhammar (73 Maria Westerbladh) - Formiga, Asthildur Helgadottir
Umeå IK: Sofia Lundgren - Maria Bergkvist, Anna Paulson, Sanna Valkonen, Frida Östberg - Jessica Julin (68 Elaine), Malin Moström, Anne Mäkinen - Marta (82 Maria Nordbrandt), Hanna Ljungberg, Anna Sjöström
Goals: Hanna Ljungberg 0-1 (14), Sanna Valkonen 0-2 (16), Emma Stålhammar 1-2 (37), Denise Reddy 2-2 (83)
Yellow cards: Therese Sjögran, Malmö FF, Therese Jönsson, Malmö FF, Alfhildur Helgadottir, Malmö FF, Malin Andersson, Malmö FF, Frida Östberg, Umeå IK, Hanna Ljungberg, Umeå IK, Maria Bargkvist, Umeå IK (and yes, the referee in this match has been much critizised)
Attendance: 2,117
Shaky start from Malmö with slow and passive defense. Umeå pressured from the first moment and exploited the empty area between Malmö's defense and medfield. But Umeå's early goals, a Hanna Ljungberg header and Sanna Valkonen's off a cornerkick, were more thank's to lack of communication and determination in Malmö's defense than any brilliant attack. After about 30 minutes Malmö finally started to push up and meet Umeå's attacks in the mid third of the pitch. Much more even play the rest of the match and Malmö deservedly equalized, a beautifull shot by Emma Stålhammar from the edge of the area and Denise Reddy's somewhat lucky shot from a Malin Andersson free kick.
Malmö's Nilla Fischer and Umeå's Elaine impressed but I expected much more from Umeå's Mäkinen.
Aftonbladet: Malmö luggade guldfavoriten på poäng
Aftonbladet: Umeås löfte sprack redan i första matchen
Dagens Nyheter: Malmö knep poäng av Umeå
Sydsvenskan: MFF fick oavgjort mot Umeå
SVT: Highlights from the match (Windows media, 2 and a half minutes)
SR Radiosporten: Short interview with Malmö's Emma Stålhammar

AIK - KIF Örebro 0-1 (0-1)
AIK: Sofie Holmqvist - Emilia Reimer, Yolanda Odenyo, Sara Andersson, Maria Moustakakis - Madelene Göras, Therese Sandström, Hodan Siid-Ahmed (57 Lina Hedkvist) - Anna Bergendal, Lena Persson, Nazanin Vaseghpanah (61 Anna Lundin)
KIF Örebro:
Yellow cards: Sara Andersson, AIK
Goals: Louise Östman 0-1 (14)
Attendance: 813
Örebro had a nervous start, but after the first 10 minutes they dominated and should have closed the match much earlier than the last minute. Several missed opportunities by Östman and Kristine Lilly, who otherwise showed high class. AIK could count themselves fortunate that the defeat wasn't bigger. Lilly herself commented that she thinks she did ok, but should have scored at least one goal.
Nerikes Allehanda: Premiärseger för KIF Örebro
Nerikes Allehanda: Lilly: Jag missade för mycket
Nerikes Allehanda: Match pictures
Nerikes Allehanda: Segern i premiären värd mer än tre poäng
Dagens Nyheter: AIK kom billigt undan
SR Radiosporten: interviews with Örebro's  Louise Östman and Pia Sundhage

Kopparbergs/Göteborg - Hammarby 1-0 (1-0)
Kopparbergs/Göteborg: Maria Edman - Camilla Schelin, Frida Höglund, Sofia Dammström, Marlene Sjöberg - Maria Karlsson, Jennie Svensson, Lisa Ek, Sofia Palmqvist (65 Heidi Kackur) - Johanna Almgren, Lotta Schelin
Hammarby: Camilla Halonen - Karolina Rinman, Josefin Christensen, Annelie Norén, Hanna Olsson - Jessica Landström (85 Louise Fors), Jennie Jonsson, Christina Forssell (70 Lisa Arnell), Elin Härén - Salina Olsson, Linda Forsberg (45 Tanja Meidal)
Goals: Maria Karlsson 1-0 (28)
Attendance: 512
Göteborg started well and deserved the lead, but in the second half Hammarby was the better side and goalkeeper Maria Edman was forced to several saves to keep the victory for Göteborg. Göteborg's midfielder Lisa Ek (former Hammarby player) comments that as long as they managed to play according to their tactics, short fast passes through the midfield with the wing backs supporting the attack, it worked fine. In the second half they didn't seem to have the energy to do that, which let Hammarby back in the game.
Göteborgsposten: Korta passningar i långa loppet - så skall favoriterna utmanas

Själevad - Mallbacken 2-1 (0-0)
Själevad: Magdalena Åstrand - Johanna Engwall, Sanna Frostevall, Camilla Nyberg, Anna Segerbäck (45 Emma Jonsson) - Elisabeth Nilsson, Therese Kapstad, Josefine Engwall (70 Kristina Arnlöf ), Johanna Ahrling - Jennie Dahlberg, Josefin Larsson (90 Anja Steen)
Goals: Emma Jonsson 1-0 (54), Jenny Monsén 1-1 (60), Therese Kapstad 2-1 (89)
Yellow card: Erla Arnadóttir, Mallbacken
Red card: Carola Söberg, Mallbacken
Attendance: 922
Close fought but not very well played match. Mallbacken's goalie Carola Söberg took a red card close to the end of the match as she brought down a free Emma Jonsson. Therese Kapstad scored the winning goal on the following direct free-kick from just outside the area.
SR Radiosporten: Short interview with Mallbacken's Jenny Monsén

Sum-up for today's all matches at, the vital stats at their results page.

Pia Sundhage interviews

Greg Ryan, newly appointed head coach for USA's national team, called Pia Sundhage the other day and offered her a posotion as assistant coach. But Pia declined: "I'm so happy with the job here in Örebro. And I know I haven't said no forever. There will come more offers." Pia has a two years plus one contract with KIF Örebro. Pia's job is to, step by step, make KIF Örebro one of the top teams. The longterm goal is winning the championship 2010.

The new american players have already made a difference. The quality in training has stepped up: "Marie Hammarström [big midfield talent] is a player that often likes to be good enough on training. Training with Kristine Lilly makes a huge difference for her."
Dagens Nyheter: Tränarprofilen

For those of you that don't read swedish: this and Nerikes Allehanda's long background article on Pia, Den långa resan från förakt till respekt, is good reading and well worth the use of an online translator, in spite of the quality of those.

Player interviews, speculations and the last of the preseason stuff

Kopparbergs/Göteborg's new coach Martin Pringle talks to the local paper. Pringle, who has experience as a professional player in Benfica and Charlton, says he wants to use his experience from the leagues he's played in. He wants to play attractive football with the ball played on the ground. "But if you meet a team like Umeå and they pressure you a lot it's easy to chose the long ball. Nobody wants the ball in their own penalty area." His ambiton for the season is a third place, but it will be much closer in the top than last year.
Göteborgsposten: Pringle strävar uppåt

Columnist Ulf Eklund in Själevads local paper writes about the importance of the first game against Mallbacken. Mallbacken is one of the teams they should be able to defeat if they wants to stay in Damallsvenskan. And since they meet better teams in the following matches a long losing streak before the brasilian players arrive in May can be fatal.
Örnsköldsviks Allehanda: Ulf Eklund: Inledningen blir som vanligt avgörande

Striker Jennie Dahlberg, one of the local girls in Själevad, only scored 3 goals last season. She plans to do more this year and thinks Själevad looks much better this season than the last when they were only one last match goal from being relegated.
Örnsköldsviks Allehanda: Nu tänker Jennie måla mer

Karolina Westberg talks about the need for change after 10 years with Malmö FF that made her move to Umeå. She's found a good team in a really well organised club. "Many other clubs have a lot to learn from Umeå", she says.
Västerbottens Folkblad: Flytten till Umeå ska ge Karolina guld

Västerbottens Folkblad has made a little poll among the Damallsvenskan coaches. Marta got most votes as best player, but most wanted Victoria Svensson on their team if they could pick anyone they wanted - Victoria is good at more positions.
Västerbottens Folkblad: Marta bäst enligt tränarna

Tiffeny Milbrett talks about moving from New York Power to Sunnanå in the small town of Skellefteå. It's not that a big step and she's even found a place to get her Vanilla Ice Latte.
TV4 - media clip. You have to register to watch it, click on the Bli medlem link in the upper right corner.

Two brasilian stars will play against each other in the season opener between Malmö FF and Umeå. But Marta is in the league's richest and best organised club while Formiga's Malmö has to rely on gifts from supporters even to furnish her apartment.
Sydsvenskan: Brassestjärnor i skilda världar

Djurgården/Älvsjö defeats Arsenal 1-0

UEFA Women's Cup
Arsenal - Djurgården/Älvsjö 0-1 (0-1)
Spectators: 1,808
Victoria Svensson scored after 43 minutes to give Djurgården/Älvsjö the win and a spot in the UEFA Women's Cup final.

Seems like the news agency TT was the only swedish media present and their report has been published in all major papers. Unfortunately no line-ups have been published for Djurgården/Älvsjö.
Dagens Nyheter: Djurgården/Älvsjö till final

Short post-match interview with Victoria Svensson, who is happy that they've managed to continue the tradition with a swedish club in the UEFA Women's Cup final. She says that Arsenal's defense just as last time was really hard to get through, but that she felt they had the game in their hands.
Aftonbladet: Drottning Victorias klack fixade finalbiljetten

Match reports in english:

Damallsvenskan starts tomorrow ...

... and there is more in the press, radio and TV than I can handle. So I decided to bunch together everything that isn't really news, just background stuff:

Linköping's Josefone Öqvist isn't happy about being benched, but understands the reasons. She is really, really impatient to play again and is convinced Linköping can win the league. Coach Mikael Bornehav says he's got all the players he wanted except a defensive midfielder (he tried with Umeå's Frida Östberg, but she declined) and the team might be to offensive minded.
SVT (Windows media clip)

The national daily sports show on SVT feature a 3 minute segment on Kristine Lilly and Kate Markgraf.
SVT (Windows media clip)

Finnish national team striker and Damallsvenskan's best goalscorer last season Laura Kalmari left Umeå to stay with her boyfriend in Stockholm and to play with champions Djurgården/Älvsjö (in that order). Interviews in both an Umeå paper and the major Stockholm daily.
Västerbottens Folkblad: Tänker vinna SM-guld "på riktigt"
Dagens Nyheter: Kalmari följde sitt hjärtas väg

In the past it was Pia Sundhage, the present is Hanna Ljungberg and the future is already here: Caroline Seger. At least according to Linköping's local daily. A bit of local patriotism showing through, but Caroline doesn't mind - she really wants to be the best and isn't afraid to talk about it.
Corren: Det är goda utsikter för Seger

Roland Arnqvist, the man behind Umeå's success story, says the club has had four cornerstones: good organization, good economy, good team spirit and good sponsor relations. Probably easier said than done, but  Roland also expresses his admiration over how Mallbacken can run a top team from a three-way crossroads in the middle of a forest.
Värmlands Folkblad: Beundrar Mallbacken

Mallbacken defender Kicki Ingvarsson understands that Mallbacken, situated in a 200 inhabitant village, is a picturesque element in Damallsvenskan, but would like it if somebody sometime would asked about their training or their playing philosophy. Mallbacken has had it's ups and downs in the preseason matches, butr they are still satisfied with the play. Defense is strong and they just have to score more goals that last season.
Värmlands Folkblad: Mallbacken backar inte enligt backparet

Hanna Ljungberg spent so much time in rehab last year, that Umeå counts her as a reinforcement. Hanna says that the European Championship is the big goal - "We've lost two big finals to Germany, both on extratime.
Expressen: "I fjol grät jag hur mycket som helst"

Gefle Dagblad has found the only local girl playing in Damallsvenskan,  Freja Egebrand , who played for Mallbacken last season but now has changed to Stockholm based AIK. Freja, a striker, says she will have to work hard for a starting position. AIK's number one choice is probably Lena Persson , who scored 20 goals in the 1st division last year.
Gefle Dagblad: Freja börjar troligen på AIK-bänken

Kristine Lilly is the swedish football signing of the year, men included, writes a Göteborg daily in a long background article on the player.
Göteborgsposten: Örebro har gjort årets värvning

"I want to win a gold, I'm so tired of silvers", says defender Sara Larsson, who has plenty of silverware from both the national team and her former club Malmö FF. Sara, who was retrained from midfielder to defender when she joined Malmö, says she thinks Linköping probably still has a to thin squad to win the championship, but Sweden has a really good chance in the European Championships.
Norrköpings Tidningar: Landslagsbacken laddar om

The national radio network Sveriges Radio has launched their football site for the season. Great preseason coverage. For those not familiar with the swedish language, there is a Tiffeny Milbrett interview here and the network's Damallsvenskan expert Anette Börjesson has her prediction here

Three clubs audited by licensing board

Three Damallsvenskan clubs are still audited by the the swedish FA's licensing board: Djurgården/Älvsjö, Malmö FF and Själevad. The licensing board's chairman Khennet Tallinger wants to stress that none of the clubs are in any immideate danger of losing their license to play in Damallsvenskan. "We just wants additional information from them". Sunnanå on the other hand were approved for a license for the 2006 season.
Sydsvenska Dagbladet: Sex klubbar granskas av licensnämnd

Kate Markgraf miss season opener

KIF Örebro's american defender will miss the season opener against AIK. She is back in the USA for a few days to attend a sponsor event in Michigan. Pia Sundhage says this was known already when she signed for the club and her precense at the event was part of the agreement.
Nerikes Allehanda: KIF-stjärna missar premiären

Josefine Öqvist benched in Damallsvenskan premiere

Linköping FC's much advertised star signing Josefine Öqvist will start on the bench in Sunday's away opener against QBIK. Josefine is not happy, but says that she undertands that the coach doesn't want to risk her getting injured again and preferes to give her an easy start. Josefine played for Linköping reserves last weekend and scored 5 goals in a 6-0 win.
Expressen: ”Jag blev jätteledsen och började grina”

Defenders back home again

Therese Lückner och Charlotte Nygren both chose to return home from Mallbacken to QBIK when their mother club qualified for Damallsvenskan. The two defenders, that were also being courted by Team Strömmen in the norwegian Topserien, will bring much needed experience to QBIK. QBIK's new coach Dave Mosson was one of the deciding reasons for their return. "He is tough, but always very constructive in his critisism".
Värmlands Folkblad: De backade hem

Erla cure for Mallbacken goal draught?

Last season Mallbacken only scored 17 goals in 22 Damallsvenskan matches. "The team has one of the best defenses I've played against, but really need to do better up front", says Icelandic national team player Erla Arnadóttir, who played with relegated Stattena last season. Erla isn't a pure striker, "but I like to finish and is also good at holding the ball and passing".
Värmlands Folkblad: Mittfältarna som har mål som målsättning

Hanna Marklund changing big titles for hard work

Hanna Marklund left Umeå IK this winter to return to her home town and her old club Sunnanå, a good hour's drive north of Umeå. Instead of chasing championships and european glory with Umeå she joins a club usually fighting to avoid relegation. "There will be more work for me here", says the defender, "but the team has got potential and we've also signed a couple of experienced players like Tiffeny Milbrett". Moving to Sunnanå does not mean she has lowered her personal ambitions. The European Championships in June is a big goal for Hanna.
Västerbottens Folkblad: Blåstället på för Marklund - check out the picture. That is not an uncommon sight mid April in those parts of Sweden.

Carpooling to Själevad

Therese Kapstad, Johanna Ahrling, Anna Hofwing and Josefine Larsson spends two and a half hour a day together in a car, driving to trainings and matches in Själevad from Umeå, where they all live and work or study. They have all recently joined the club and are happy that the days are getting lighter, making the car trip much easier. The veteran Therese Kapstad is cautiously optimistic: "It's a young team with a lot to build on, and when the brasilians arrive later this spring we'll get even better."
Örnsköldsviks Allehanda: Sällskapsresan

Anna Ahlstrand leaves Kopparbergs/Göteborg

Kopparbergs/Göteborg midfielder Anna Ahlstrand has finally decided to leave the club and Damallsvenskan for the lower division side IK Gauthid. The long travels to Göteborg for training and matches made her decide to opt for a team in her own neighborhood.

Chat with Hanna Ljungberg and Karolina Westberg

SVT's local station in Umeå has a chat with Umeå IK stars Hanna Ljungberg and Karolina Westberg. Feel free to write questions even before the chat starts (Thursday at 19.30, swedish time is GMT +1) at No answers until Thursday evening though.

No money problems for Sunnanå

Sunnanå was one of the two clubs (Malmö FF the other) that were ordered by the Football Association to submit a plan on how to get rid of their defecit. In the report on the Damallsvenskan clubs financial status earlier this year Sunnanå's defecit was over SEK 1 million. But there really isn't any problem. The club owns a successfull company (in the field of human resource development) that has a surplus of several millions. But since the company isn't involved in the football business they must find a way to move resources from the company's books to the club's. Sunnanå's chairman Catrine Lundström says they are working together with the Football Association to solve the problem.
Norra Västerbotten: Elitlicensen är inte i fara

Mallbacken coaches and players talk about the coming season

A local radio station interviewed to Mallbacken coaches and five of the new players about the coming season. Mallbacken is a small club with limited financial resources, thus mainly recruiting local players, but they are all confident in at least reopeating last year's 8th place result. The players talk about the close and family-like atmosphere in the club as the one of the major reason's for joining.
Radiosporten - 7 audio clips

Late Mallbacken signing

Jenny Rådström, who played for Malllbacken 1999-2001, has decided to make a comeback and has signed for old club. The 22 year old midfielder, who decided to leave top football and dedicate herself to her physioteraphy studies after a foot injury, says that she feels she can contribute more now than when she last played for the club.

Players and coaches favours Umeå to win

Damallsvenskan had their annual season start press meeting yesterday, with the head coach and a couple of players representing each club. They talked to the press, the new league trophy was presented and they did the traditional poll. 65% of the players and coaches has Umeå as favourites, 25% Djurgården/Älvsjö and then there were the odd vote for Linköping, Malmö and KIF Örebro. On the other hand QBIK, Själevad and Mallbacken were voted most likely to be relegated. Mallbacken's coach commented "They do that to us every year. Somehow we usually still manage to stay."

Damallsvenskan seems, sine the addition of several players from the Olympic finalists USA and Brasil, to be advertising itself as "The best league in the world". Maybe a coincidence, but the new league trophy, Crown Princess Viktoria's Cup, has a globe at the top.

This press meeting results in a lot of write-ups in the papers, most possibly more than I have found and definitely many more than I can possibly review. Still, a short list of links: Världens bästa liga startar Kronprinsessan Viktorias Pokal Alla nyheterna på Damallsvenskans upptaktsträff, where you can find the odds on winning the championship for all the clubs
Värmlands Folkblad: "Bottenstriden står i Värmland"
SVT: Revanschlystet Umeå inför dampremiären
SVT: Utländsk krydda höjer damallsvenskan is a piece on the influx of foreign players. Not a problem so far, says everyone, since it has been really high quality players. But national team coach Marika Domanski Lyfors notes that if clubs start looking abroad for rank and file players Sweden will run into problems with talent developmant.
SVT: Alla nyförvärv i Damallsvenskan lists all the new signings, club for club
Nerikes Allehanda: Damfotbollen har vunnit respekt
Corren: Damallsvenskan blir lite mer i år
Expressen: I år är det dags för Seger focus on Caroline Seger (who's last name means Victory in swedish), voted most likely to make her big break-through this season

Fever pitch in Värmland

The Värmland region has two teams in Damallsvenskan this season, Mallbacken and newcomers QBIK. SVT has two short pieces on this. Fotbollsfeber i Värmland with a lot of footage from Mallbacken's cute in-the-middle-of-nowhere arena and a the little longer Mallbackens Helena Nilsson levererar pass och post on Mallbacken's defender, and also the local mailman, Helena Nilsson.
SVT: Fotbollsfeber i Värmland (Windows media, 50 seconds)
SVT: Mallbackens Helena Nilsson levererar pass och post (Windows media, 2 minutes)

Men and women in different (football) worlds

Swedish public service TV makes an interesting comparison between two neighboring premier division clubs, GIF Sundsvall (men) and Själevad (women). Even if you don't understand swedish just looking at the clip will give you an idea what it's all about. But all right, in the clip the sun shines on the men and it rains on the women. It's not always literally like that.
Svt: Fotbollens olika förutsättningar i Sundsvall (Real Player, 4 minutes)

Therese Lundin to surgery

Malmö FF's prolific striker Therese Lundin will be on the operating table tuesday morning for a knee arthroscopi. "Not a big deal", Therese comments. " I'll probably be away for three weeks and only miss two matches. The surgery is supposed to fix a damaged meniscus.
Malmö FF

The last warm-up matches (part 2)

Kopparbergs/Göteborg - Jitex 2-0 (0-0)
Kopparbergs/göteborg defeated their local rivals, 1st division side Jitex. Goals by Lotta Schelin (of course) and Sofia Dammström. Worriesome from the club is Heidi Kackur's continued absense from matches. She must have spent the entire preseason in rehab.

Norrstrand - QBIK 0-2
The QBIK girls seemed to have a problem to mentally return from the training camp in Turkey. Not a good match, but coach Dave Mosson comments that it's good to get back to the cold swedish reality and realise that hard work is needed. Anna Nilsson and Jessica Svensson scored.
Värmlands Folkblad: Qbik är hemma - vann mot Norrstrand

The local daily Värmlands Folkblad also has a piece on Mallbacken's match against Holmalund, Mallbacken vann första gräsmatchen. This was the first match on grass this year for Mallbacken, that has spent most of the preseason playing norwegian teams. Coach Krister Engström also lets us know that Erla Arnadóttir and Birgitta Stiernberg, two of the teams most important players, are doubtfull for the match upcoming weekend with overstrain injuries. Corren writes about Linköping's 6-0 victory and is confident about the team and the striker that might not just be a stand-in for Josefine Öqvist, Ann Westermark: Westermark glänste i genrepet .

Pia Sundhage writes on KIF Örebro's website about the easy weekend match ("a good introduction for the new americans") and announces a probably much tougher match against a boy's side on Wednesday.

The last warm-up matches (part 1)

IFK Lidingö - AIK 2-7 (2-3)
AIK played 3rd division side Lidingö in the local Victoria Cup, where the rules allowes free penalty kicks for the lower ranked team. Lidingö scored on two of their three PKs, but after that it was only AIK. Too slow and too much sideways passing in the first, better in the second. Really too weak opposition to tell much about the team's current form, but all in all I think AIK's had a good preseason. Goalscorers: Therese Sandström, Josefine Wejner, Lina Hedkvist, Anna Lundin, Maria Moustakakis and Hodan Siid-Ahmed (2).

Linköping FC - Falköping 6-0 (2-0)
Linköping fielded their 1st eleven (without Josefine Öqvist who is still recovering) and made no substitutions against the 1st division side Falköping. Head coach Michael Bornehav was satisfied, good passing play creating many scoring opportunities. And goal keeper Hedvig Lindahl has yet to concede a goal for her club this season. Goals by Maria Aronsson (2), Ann Westermark, Maria Karlsson, Lotta Runesson och Lotta Rohlin.
Linköping FC

Holmalund - Mallbacken 1-2 (1-2)
Mallbacken has a good first 30 minutes, but then started to fall back. Their defense worked good though. Goals by Cornelia Börjesson and Jenny Rådström.

Malmö FF - Husie 3-1 (0-1)
Malmö FF played their city rivals Husie from 1st division. Head coach Anders Johansson was satisfied with their revamped defense line (with Malin Andersson as a wing back), but so far they lack precision in the attack. Only 3 of 22 scoring opportunities resulted. A bit to work on still, the more since this was Formiga's first match fior the season. Goals by Formiga, Denise Reddy and Jenny Engwall.
Malmö FF

Umeå - Mariehems SK P16 6-0 (4-0)
"Our best match so far this year", said assistant coach Hans Aggling after Umeå defeated a boy's side. High speed and good combinations made Umeå dominate. Picking a starting 11 for the match against Malmö FF next week will be hard. "We've got very good players on all positions. But the competition is stimulating for the players". Goals scored by Hanna Ljungberg (2), Anna Sjöström, Johanna Andersson and Elaine. Marta (sore groins) and Karolina Westberg (a cold) didn't play.
Umeå IK

KIF Örebro - Falu BS 11-0
KIF Örebro had a field day with 1st division newcomers Falu BS. Kristine Lilly had a bit of problems in the beginning findning her position, running into offsides, but eventually got into her free role in the attack nad was part of most of the forward play. For Kate Markgraf and the defense it was a really slow day. Mayby KIF should have tried to find a more challenging opposition? Goalscorers: Louise Östman (3), Elin Magnusson (2), Kristine Lilly (2), Lisa Dahlkvist (2), Emelia Erixon, Mary Frances Monroe.
Nerikes Allehanda: Lugn debut för storstjärnan Lilly

Hammarby - Farsta P16 1-1 (1-1)
Originally a match between Hammarby and Farsta's women's side was planned, but since Farsta couldn't field a full team the boy's came to the rescue. Farsta's 16-year olds is one of the top sides in their age in Sweden. "A really tough match, that the girls managed great", said coach En Perlskog. Salina Olsson scored for Hammarby.

Själevad - Sunnanå 1-3 (0-1)
Sunnanå had both their goalkeepers injured and had to borrow Själevad's Anna Hofwing. A well played game for Sunnanå, where Tiffeny Milbrett scored the opener followed by Madelaine Edlund and Anna Bohman.

Disappointing draw for Djurgården/Älvsjö

UEFA Women's Cup:
Djurgården/Älvsjö - Arsenal 1-1 (1-1)
Goals: Arsenal - Julie Fleeting 23
Djurgården/Älvsjö - Elin Ekblom 39
Djurgården/Älvsjö: Maja Åström - Helén Fagerström, Jenny Curtsdotter, Malin Nykvist, Sara Thunebro - Jane Törnqvist, Elin Ekblom (Venus James 67) , Linda Fagerström - Sara Johansson, Victoria Svensson, Kristin Bengtsson (Linda Lekander 81).

Djurgården/Älvsjö had most of the play, but were most of the time unable to penetrate Arsenals defense. Both coach and players were disappointed with result and play; too slow, too little movement, too many bad passes. Victoria Svensson also wanted a better attitude from the players, more dedication, in the return match in London. Still, head coach Mikael Söderman is confident: "We seldom leave the field scoreless. And one goal in London can be enough".
Aftonbladet: Hårresande, Dif
Dagens Nyheter: Missräkning för Djurgården/Älvsjö
Expressen: Tuff retur väntar för Djurgården/Älvsjö
SVT: video clip
TV4: video clip

QBIK rookie confident

QBIK's new defender Kathlene Fernström, picked up from 2nd division Skoghall, has impressed preseason and probably secured a starting position. Kathlene managed to stand up good to the famed Umeå forwards in their warm-up match in Turkey. "I think they went down pretty easy", she comments.
Värmlands Folkblad: Qbiks nya tuffing

Umeå coach aiming to regain championship

- We have a better squad this year than last, says Umeå head coach Andreé Jeglertz. The goal is of course to regain the position as swedish champions. He doesn't believe the European Championships, where most of his starting 11 will participate, will put any physical strains on the players but is a bit concerned how his finnish internationals will cope with the expectation in Finland's first ever championship finals.
Västerbottens Folkblad: Nu ska Jeglertz fixa tillbaka SM-bucklan

Pia Sundhage back from job interview with US Soccer

Pia Sundhage has returned from her interview for the position as head coach for the US national team. She says to a local paper that she stressed in the talks that she is interested in a coaching position only, while US Soccer seems to want a head coach that is a technical director as well. Pia is not looking forward to that amount of administrative and organisational responsibility. "I want to do what I'm good at, work with the players on the field".

Nerikes Allehanda: Pia vill enbart vara tränare

Formiga arrives to Malmö and intends to stay

"I played good here last fall and that's why I'm returning" said Formiga as sha arrived to Malmö last tuesday, and adds that she plans to stay the entire season. Malmö FF, that has financial straits, has yet to find about SEK 100,000 to ensure that. The club's head coach Anders Johansson hopes that it works out and calls Formiga "one of the 20 best players in the world".
Sydsvenskan: Formiga tillbaka och stannar

Training match round-up

Umeå IK - QBIK 3-0 (1-0)
Umeå and QBIK, both on camp in Turkey, made use of the opportunity to play a training match. Umeå started really fast, which QBIK had problems to handle. First Umeå goal already after 2 minutes by Anna Sjöström, who had a great day, contributing with the assists for the two other goals. But QBIK managed to get their defensive play in order and shut out Umeå for almost 75 minutes, when Maria Nordbrandt and Elaine scored. Even if the lead was narrow for a long time Umeå was never threatened - QBIK was forced to play defense almost the entire match. QBIK's best player defender Marie-Louise Skålberg, who had Sjöström at her wing, had to limp off with a knee injury after 60 minutes. She will probably be out for 3 or 4 weeks.
Västerbottens Folkblad: Sjöström spelade huvudrollen
Värmlands Folkblad: Förlust - men en bra insats mot allsvenska topplaget Umeå
Värmlands Folkblad: Oturlig skada på "Kickis" Skålberg

Kopparbergs/Göteborg - Holmalund 2-0
Kopparbergs/Göteborg played 1st division side Holmalund and won a surprisingly even match with goals by Lotta Schelin and Maria Karlsson

Linköping FC - IK Östria/Lambohovs P16/P17 5-0
In their second last match before the league starts April 16, Linköping tried out against a boy's team. A convincing win with goals by Maria Aronsson (2), Maria Karlsson, Maria Lindström and Josefine Öqvist.

Djurgården/Älvsjö prepared for the UEFA Women's Cup semifinal

"We're not worried" seems to be the key message from Djurgården/Älvsjö's new head coach Mikael Söderman in a interview. The team has had some problems with illness and injuries, but all key players should be at Råsunda on thursday. Söderman watched the Arsenal-Everton cup match a couple of weeks ago and found weaknesses in Arsenal's play that he is going to exploit. They are vulnerable on the wings, but have a good defense and a physical play. Djurgården/Älvsjö is not going to repeat the mistakes from the last match against Arsenal, when the english won 1-0.

More weekend training matches

Fart (Norway) - Mallbachen 1-0
Mallbacken lost to the norwegian 1st division side Fart, but no cause to worry says head coach Krister Engström: "We dominated the match over 90 minutes and had 6 or 7 good scoring opportunities."
Värmlands Folkblad: Måltorka och förlust för Mallbacken

Antalaya P16 - QBIK 2-2 (0-0)
QBIK played a turkish boy's side in their first match at their Turkey training camp. The boys had good ball skills and were soon to take advantage of defensive mistakes, which showed when they scored twice early in the second half. But QBIK's better fitness and organization allowed them to level the match with goals by Lovisa Ericsson and Anna Nilsson.
Värmlands Folkblad: Qbik är på rätt väg

Additional news on Tiffeny Milbrett's debut match for Sunnanå in local daily Norra Västerbotten: Tiffeny visade vägen. Sunnanå's coach Kenneth Isaksson was impressed by Milbrett ("Great attitude, very professional and a tremendous player. It will be a pleasure working with her") but less so with the team's overall performance. Umeå IK's match against a turkish men's side seems to have been more like a boy's side, according to local daily Västerbottens Folkblad: UIK satte pojklag på plats. The paper has journalists at the camp who delivers daily reports, Ska förbättra den bästa is about Umeå's goal keeper coach Patrik Nordström who helping Sofia Lundgren to get back in shape after her injury and Frida Östberg talks about life on a 5 star training camp in "Kan koncentrera oss på fotbollen".

Tiffeny Milbrett scores in first match

Sunnanå SK - Umeå Södra FF 2-0 (2-0)
Sunnanå had a slow start against the 1st division side Umeå Södra, but after a Tiffeny Milbrett goal in the 25th minute the team played better and Anna Bodén could make it 2-0 10 minutes later. Milbrett was substituted after 75 minutes, but managed to impress with several dangerous situations besides her goal.
Norra Västerbotten: Mål direkt för Tiffeny

Lilly and Markgraf arrives in Örebro

"This is all thank's to Pia. She can make us enjoy our stay here and become better players". Kristine Lilly and Kate Markgraf talked to the press shortly after arriving in Sweden saturday afternoon. Lilly said they are in good shape, having recently played Algarve Cup, and will only need some "fine-tuning" before the league starts in two weeks. Expectations are high - club chairman Karin Tellås said, only partly joking, that 18 points in 6 matches would be a reasonable goal - but head coach Pia Sundhage explained that these players are used to that.

Pia Sundhage will take the trip to USA for her job interview with the US Soccer Federation today, Sunday. She says that she is one of five candidates, but that it will be a hard decision to make if she get's offered the job as national team head coach.
Nerikes Allehanda: Världsstjärnor på plats

Another take on the same thing, but from a different perspective: Kristine Lilly has a journal entry from April 3.

Surprise match for Umeå IK

Antalaya combination (Turkey) - Umeå IK 3-4 (2-0)
A match against a local combination of players on saturday was part of the deal for Umeå's sponsored training camp in Antalaya, Turkey. The standard of turkish women's football can't be very high, so before the game Umeå had planned to use the game to try out attacking combinations. Not until the players entered the pitch they became aware that the opposing team was a men's side. Nevertheless, the game was played. Umeå stood up well against the initial pressure from the turkish side and in the second half, possibly due to better fitness, they turned the match around. Umeå used all 18 players, which means brasilian Elaine played her first for the club. One of the team's youngsters, Johanna Andersson, scored twice while Anna Sjöström and  Emma Lindkvist made one goal each.
Umeå IK - Umeå's website publishes daily reports from the camp, entertaining reading but in swedish

Saturday training matches

Djurgården/Älvsjö - HJK 4-0 (3-0)
Djurgården/Älvsjö had chosen one of Finland's top sides as sparring partner in their last match before the UEFA Women's Cup semifinal against Arsenal on Thursday. And the club has all reason to be satisfied with the team's form. They showed a disciplined defense and a good and varied forward play, making good use of the wings. Goals by  Laura Kalmari, Venus James, Kristin Bengtsson and Victoria Svensson.
Dagens Nyheter: Bra genrep av Djurgården/Älvsjö
SVT: Djurgården/Älvsö imponerade i genrepet

KIF Örebro - Falköping 7-0 (2-0)
Somewhat passive play with bad passing from KIF Örebro in the first half gave place for a really good second half against the 1st division side Falköping. Marie Hammarström and Marie Frances Monroe in center midfield yet again very reliable. Coach Pia Sundhage thought the team is beginning to look ready to include Kristine Lilly and Kate Markgraf, who will arrive this weekend. Goals by Louise Östman (2), Lisa Dahlkvist (2), Mary Frances Monroe, Marie Hammarström and Emma Herbring.
Nerikes Allehanda: Målkalas av KIF Örebro

Själevad - Sundsvall 2-0 (0-0)
It took 75 minutes for Christina Arnlöf to score Själevad's first goal on the newly promoted 1st division side Sundsvall. 5 minutes from time Johanna Ahrling completed the scoresheet.

Linköping - Öster 0-0 (0-0)
Linköping, with what looks like their best side starting, dominated the play but was unable to score against the 1st division side Östers IF.
Linköping FC
Östers IF

Marta joins Umeå at camp in Turkey

Umeå's brasilian players Marta and Elaine has joined the team at their training camp in Turkey. Marta is really happy to be back with the team and says she's missed training and playing with the girls.

Damallsvenskan newcomers QBIK will train at the same facilities in Turkey and the two teams will play each other at least one, possibly two times.

Västerbottenskuriren: Återseendets glädje för Marta
Värmlands Folkblad: Regn och rusk mötte Qbik i Turkiet

New tax rules creates problems for clubs with foreign players

A lot of the foreign players in Damallsvenskan has been signed for at the most 6 months. This is because swedish tax rules then will consider them foreign artists and they will get a substantial tax break. But for how long must a player leave Sweden before they can start a new 6 month period?  A new ruling by the tax authorities in February 2005 says they must be away for 6 months, while accordning to the old rules 2 months might be sufficient.

Umeå's Marta and Själevad's Marina are two players that will be affected by the new ruling. Själevad has decided to play it safe and wait a couple of weeks more before bringing Marina over while Umeå seems prepared to challenge the decision, in tax court if necessary.

Örnsköldsviks Allehanda: Själevad klarar skatten
Radiosporten: Utländska artistspelare kan bli dyra för klubbarna
Expressen: Umeå IK hotas av skattesmäll

Djurgården/Älvsjö - Arsenal will be played at Råsunda

Djurgården/Älvsjö has reached an agreement with the Swedish Football Association on the arrangement of the UEFA Women's Cup semifinal. The match against Arsenal will be played at the Football Association's stadium Råsunda just outside Stockholm.
Expressen: Djurgården/Älvsjö möter Arsenal på Råsunda