Match-Day 11: Sunday

Hammarby IF - KIF Örebro 0-0 (0-0)
Attendance: 339
The belgian midfielder Marijke Callebaut, with Djurgården/Älvsjö until two weeks ago, made her debut for Hammarby and might be just what the team needs. Hammarby had the best chances to decide the game, but Örebro's Kristin Hammarström did great in goal. Örebro has lost most of their offensive power since Kristine Lilly left and Pia Sundhage was satisfied with the draw.
Hammarby: match pics, more pics

Linköping FC - Malmö FF 0-1 (0-1)
Linköping: Hedvig Lindahl - Sara Larsson, Charlotte Rohlin, Jenny Möller, Malin Gustafsson - Ann Westermark, Caroline Seger, Lotta Runesson, Maria Karlsson (68 Anna-Kaisa Rantanen) - Maria Aronsson, Josefine Öqvist (70 Therese Andersson)
Malmö:  Caroline Jönsson - Malin Andersson, Denise Reddy, Therese Jönsson, Jenny Engwall - Formiga, Nilla Fischer, Therese Sjögran, Frida Nordin - Therese Lundin, Asthildur Helgadottir (76 Emma Stålhammar)
Goals: 0-1 Malin Andersson (28)
Attendance: 1,004
Malmö controled most of the play in a tight game and had several good shotsin the second half, forcing Linköping's Hedvig Lindahl to great saves. Malin Andersson scored the only goal on the rebound from a penalty kick Lindahl managed to save but not hold. Linköping's coach Michael Bornehav protested the penalty decision so fiercly, that he was expelled from field to the stands.
Malmö FF
Linköping FC

Mallbackens IF - Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC 2-0 (1-0)
Mallbacken: Carola Söberg - Helena Nilsson, Louise Jonasson,Therese Stolpe, Kicki Ingvarsson - Linda Nöjd, Therese Persson, Jenny Rådström (Linda Wallin), Cornelia Börjesson -  Maja Johansson (Jenny Monsén), Erla Arnardóttir.
Kopparbergs/Göteborg: Maria Edman - Marlene Sjöberg, Frida Höglund, Sofia Dammström, Camilla Schelin (82 Sofie Andersson) - Lisa Ek (70 Maria Karlsson), Jessica Julin, Sofia Palmqvist (60 Johanna Almgren), Sara Lindén - Heidi Kackur, Lotta Schelin
Goals: 1-0 Erla Arnardóttir (29), 2-0 Jenny Monsén (81)
Attendance: 715
In spite of having two great strikers on the team, Heidi Kackur and Lotta Schelin, Göteborg has great problems scoring. Göteborg had possession most of the match, but Mallbacken got the goals. Erla Arnardóttir scored on a 30 meter shot and Jenny Monsén took advantage when Göteborg pushed up the team for an equalizer and scored on a fast counter attack. Carola Söberg in Mallbacken's goal had a big part in her team's win.
Mallbacken, 2
Svensk Fotboll
SVT: Mallbacken lämnade jumboplatsen
Statistics (Svensk Fotboll)

Match-Day 11: Saturday

Djurgården/Älvsjö - AIK 6-0 (2-0)
Djurgården/Älvsjö (starting line-up): Maja Åström - Linda Lekander, Jenny Curtsdotter,Jane Törnqvist, Helène Fagerström - Elin Ekblom, Kristin Bengtsson, Anna Hall - Linda Fagerström, Sara Johansson, Victoria Svensson
AIK: Sofie Holmqvist - Emilia Reimer (46 Anna-Karin Andersson), Sara Andersson, Hanna Jöhnk, Maria Moutakakis - Hodan Siid-Ahmed, Yolanda Adenyo (59 Lina Hedkvist), Therese Sandström - Josefine Wejner (77 Anna Lundin), Lena Persson, Nazanin Vaseghpanah
Goals: 1-0 Victoria Svensson (27), 2-0 Victoria Svensson (32), 3-0 Linda Lekander (56), 4-0 Linda Fagerström (70), 5-0 Sara Johansson (73), 6-0 Linda Fagerström (76)
Attendance: 956
Victoria Svensson played her first match since the Euro semifinal against Norway. Djurgården's coach Benny Persson had planned to let Victoria come in from the bench, but when Laura Kalmari had to cancel with a minor injury he put Victoria as a starter. And she seems to have made quite a difference. Victoria, who left the pitch with just 15 minutes left, was very happy with her comeback: "Perfect! I didn't feel anything from my injuries". And the entire team seems to be back in shape now. AIK never managed to put up a real fight.
AIK, Match pics
SVT: Vilken comeback för Victoria Svensson
Aftonbladet: "Vickan" comeback!
Dagens Nyheter: "Vickan" glänste i comebackan

Sunnanå SK - QBIK 2-0 (1-0)
QBIK (starting line-up): Maria Busk - Charlotte Nygren, Annika Svensson, Kathlene Fernström, Marie-Louise Skålberg - Rebecca Jonsson, Jenny Hallstenson, Elin Sandgren, Lovisa Ericsson - Jennifer Meier, Anna Nilsson
Goals: 1-0 Carina Holmberg (21), 2-0 Madeleine Edlund (63)
Attendance: 620
An entertaining game where QBIK, in spite of a lot of attempts, didn't manage to get past Sunnanå's Hanna Marklund and Rebecca Smith in the defense.

The usual match-day sum-up at and Svensk Fotboll. Stats at Svensk Fotboll

Knee injury stops Sunnanå's Bodén

Sunnanå's and Sweden's U-19 midfielder Anna Bodén will miss the rest of the season because of a serious knee injury. Sunnanå's coach Kega Israelsson says "We will miss her, but I think it can be good for her too. Everything has been very easy for her so far in her career. Now she'll have to show that she can overcome this and grow to a full fledged national team player".
Västerbottens Folkblad: Anna Bodén borta resten av säsongen

Match-Day 11: Thursday

Umeå IK - Själevads IK 8-0 (5-0)
Umeå: Sofia Lundgren - Maria Bergkvist, Sanna Valkonen, Anna Paulson, Frida Östberg (71 Johanna Andersson) - Kristina Wiklund (57 Karolina Westberg), Malin Moström, Anne Mäkinen - Marta, Hanna Ljungberg (65 Maria Nordbrandt), Anna Sjöström
Själevad (starting line-up): Magdalena Åstrand - Johanna Engwall, Sanna Frostevall, Marina Aggio, Camilla Nyberg - Johanna Ahrling, Therese Kapstad, Moa Eriksson, Anja Steen - Jennie Dahlberg, Pequena
Goals: 1-0 Marta (4), 2-0 Marta (16), 3-0 Kristina Viklund (17), 4-0 Anna Sjöström (39), 5-0 Malin Moström (40), 6-0 Malin Moström (47), 7-0 Hanna Ljungberg (51), 8-0 Anna Sjöström (53)
Attendance: 6,347
In front of a huge crowd, largely made up by players from a big youth tournament taking place in Umeå, Umeå scored a huge amount of goals on bottom-dweller Själevad. And to further accentuate Umeå's superiority not one of the goals came from a set piece. "We really helped making them look good", complained Själevad coach Yngve Persson. "We played with to much respect and never really tried to put pressure on them". Umeå's Malin Moström was happy with the speed and flow of their play and Marta was close to brilliant, both as scorer and setting up goals. Hanna Ljungberg had to leave the field in the second half with a foot injury, but she didn't think it will keep her from the next game.
Svensk Fotboll
Örnskäöldsviks Allehanda: Umeå knockade Själevad
Västerbottens Folkblad: UIK:s målfyrverkeri

Swedish Cup: QBIK advance to QF

QBIK advanced to the quarter finals by defeating 1st division side Falköpings KIK 1-0 in a rather uneventfull match, Falköping focusing on defense. QBIK was to slow and lacked a real edge in the finish, but coach Mosson was pleased they got the job done. Anna Nilsson scored the winner from a Jennifer Meier assist. Sara Hawkins made her debut for QBIK.
Värmlands Folkblad: Anna Nilsson sköt Qbik till kvartsfinalen

U21 Nordic Tournament: Last Matches

Sweden finally got a win in this youth tournament, managing to avoid last place by defeating Denmark 2-1 after being 1 goal down until the 78th minute when Stina Segerström headed in the equalizer following a corner kick and then Maria Nordbrandt scored the winner at 83'. All in all a disappointing tournament where, despite the rather poor defense, defender Stina Segerström was the one to impress.

Sweden's team: Maja Åström - Anna Paulson (72 Ann Westermark), Stina Segerström, Therése Lückner, Johanna Frisk - Maria Karlsson, Elin Ekblom, Nilla Fischer (46 Jessica Landström), Emma Stålhammar (59 Maria Nordbrandt) - Johanna Almgren, Madelaine Edlund.

In the other placement games Iceland (Erla Arnardóttir playing 90) lost the 5th place match to Finland 1-4 and Germany lost the penalty shoot-out after playing 1-1 against England, finishing 4th. Bianca Rech played 90 minutes and converted her penalty kick.

Svensk Fotboll

Värmlands Folkblad: Näst sist - nu avgår förbundskaptenen
Västerbottens Folkblad: Nordbrandt hjälte mot Danmark

U21 Nordic Tournament: Match Day 2 and 3

My webblogg service has been down for a couple of days, but here's a short recap.

Friday Sweden lost 1-3 to Finland. Madeleine Edlund scored 1-0 for Sweden but after that, in spite of playing good and creating opportunities, they weren't able to score. Finland scored on counters against a swedish defense that seems rather porous.

Sweden's team:  Jenny Olsson (Malmö FF) - Magdalena Esseryd (Sunnanå), Stina Segerström (KIF Örebro), Therése Lückner (QBIK), Maria Karlsson (Kopparbergs/Göteborg) - Emma Stålhammar (Malmö FF, sub 61 Maria Nordbrandt, Umeå), Elin Ekblom (Djurgården/Älvsjö), Nilla Fischer (Malmö FF), Johanna Almgren (Kopparbergs/Göteborg) - Maria Aronsson (Linköping, sub 46 Ann Westermark, Linköping), Madelaine Edlund (Sunnanå, sub 65 Jessica Landström, Hammarby)

The same day Germany played Iceland. Both Erla Arnardóttir (Mallbacken) and Bianca Rech (Sunnanå) played the full match.
Svensk Fotboll

Värmlands Folkblad: Förlust för Sverige

Sunday yet another defeat, 1-2 against England, who had Sven-Göran Eriksson present to provide inspiration. Sweden's goal, as usual by Madeleine Edlund, came as a consolation goal in the second half. U21 head coach Helena Kihlberg Bystedt was very disappointed: "We've never lost more than one match a year in the Nordic Cup before".

Sweden's team: Maja Åström (Djurgården/Älvsjö) - Anna Paulson (Umeå), Stina Segerström (KIF Örebro), Johanna Frisk (Bälinge), Maria Karlsson (Kopparbergs/Göteborg, sub 85 Maria Aronsson, Linköping) - Johanna Almgren (Kopparbergs/Göteborg), Elin Ekblom (Djurgården/Älvsjö), Nilla Fischer (Malmö FF, sub 46 Hodan Siid-Ahmed, AIK), Maria Nordbrandt (Umeå, sub 72 Ann Westermark, Linköping)  - Emma Stålhammar (Malmö FF, sub 72 Magdalena Esseryd, Sunnanå), Jessica Landström (Hammarby, sub 37 Madelaine Edlund, Syunnanå).

Germany lost to USA 1-3 with Bianca Rech playing the full 90 while Erla Arnardóttir's Iceland defeated Denmark 4-2, Erla playing 72 minutes.
Svensk Fotboll
Värmlands Folkblad: "Svennis" såg Sverige falla igen

Västerbottens Folkblad: Ny förlust för U21-damerna

U21 Nordic Tournament: Day 1

Sweden lost their opener to Norway in a match where individual mistakes, lacking team-work and tired legs seemed to characterize the game in the second half. Nilla Fischer scored an early eqaulizer for Sweden after 10 minutes, but by the middle of the second half Norway, who owned the midfield, scored two fast goals deciding the 3-1 result. Sweden's line-up: Maja Åström (Djurgården/Älvsjö) - Magdalena Esseryd (Sunnanå), Anna Paulson (Umeå), Stina Segerström (KIF Örebro), Maria Karlsson (Kopparbergs/Göteborg) - Emma Stålhammar (Malmö FF - sub at 66' Johanna Almgren, Kopparbergs/Göteborg), Elin Ekblom (Djurgården/Älvsjö), Nilla Fischer (Malmö FF), Ann Westermark (Linköping, sub at 82' Hodan Siid-Ahmed, AIK) - Maria Aronsson (Linköping, sub at 76' Maria Nordbrandt, Umeå), Madelaine Edlund (Sunnanå).

Of the other Damallsvenskan players, Bianca Rech (Sunnanå) played 63 minutes in Germany's 6-0 over Denmark (it was 5-0 before Germany started making substitutions) and Erla Arnardóttir (Mallbacken) went 90 minutes in Iceland's 4-0 loss to USA.

The norwegian top side Team Strømmen's head coach Janne Jansson watched the game and as former Mallbacken coach got interviewed by the local paper. He said he was mostly there to keep an eye on his own players, but he was also looking at possible reinforcements for his club. He said he will keep an extra eye on Iceland's and Mallbacken's Erla Arnardóttir.
Tournament website
Värmlands Folkblad: Totalt överlägsna - i en kvart
Corren: LFC-duo bakom Sveriges mål i U21-match

New goalkeeper to Själevad to replace injured Anna Hofwing

Anna Hofwing suffered a serious knee injury in Själevad's draw against Linköping this weekend. It's is probably some kind of cartilage damage, but further medical investigations this week will tell for sure. To be on the safe side Själevad has decided to take home Sandra Fahlén, who has been on loan to 2nd division team Husum.
Örnsköldsviks Allehanda: Husum-målvakt ersätter Hofwing

Damallsvenskan players in U-21 Nordic Tournament

Sweden's team to the U-21 Nordic Tournament, that is played in Värmland (Mallbacken's and QBIK's home region), consists mostly of 1st team players from Damallsvenskan clubs. The exceptions are mainly defender Johanna Frisk from 1st division side Bälinge IF (she came in as a late sub yesterday for KIF Örebro's Sandra Linder) and Malmö's back-up keeper Jenny Olsson. All the other players have been in Damallsvenskan action this season. The league takes a break for the duration of the Nordic Tournament and the next match-day is July 28.

Not only Sweden sports Damallsvenskan players on their rosters. Mallbacken's Erla Arnardóttir will, as mentioned here earlier, play for Iceland and Sunnanå's Bianca Rech for Germany. Local daily Värmlands Folkblad has a piece on Arnardóttir, and she explains that she prefered to stay at home with the U-21's instead of going to USA with the full national team, since she'll get more good games here (four instead of one) and it is more fun to play at home with friends watching.
Värmlands Folkblad: Nobbade USA

The paper also talks to ex-Mallbacken, now QBIK player Therese Lückner, Värmlands only contribution to the U-21 team. Both she and U-21 coach Helena Kihlberg-Bystedt thinks the opener against Norway will be deciding for Sweden's fate in the tournament.
Värmlands Folkblad: Mot första fullträffen

Magdalena Esseryd resigns with Sunnanå

Sunnanå's wide defender/winger Magdalena Esseryd, this week playing with Sweden's U21 in the Nordic Cup, has signed a deal that ties her two more years with her club. Sunnanå's chairman Sören Gustafsson is pleased and says Esseryd is a cornerstone in the team they are building.

Match-Day 10: Reports and reviews

"They [Göteborg] are a good team. It's nice no see that they are getting their play working and they have definitely moved a step closer", said Hanna Ljungberg, who had to watch her Umeå's match against Kopparbergs/Göteborg from the stands because of a sore throat and a slight fever. And Göteborg's coach Martin Pringle agrees: "If we had got the first goal [and there were chances] the match might have turned out different". And the arrival of Jessica Julin, who got the fan's award as best player, has helped a great deal.
Göteborgsposten: Umeå för starkt för Göteborg
Västerbottens Folkblad: UIK segrade efter kamp

Sunnanå's coach "Kega" Isaksson thought his team showed to much respect for Malmö FF. They fought back in the first half, but in the second they began to fall back and stop contesting in the midfield. "Malmö is a very god team, but we must beleive in ourselves more. If we do that this team can go a long way". heir best player was, again, Hanna Marklund who played with great authority.
Norra Västerbotten: "Vi visade för stor respekt"

"This was an unexpected bonus, and we are of course very satisfied with it", smiled a happy Yngve Persson after Själevad's draw with Linköping. Linköping was in command most of the game and Själevad had to defend themself furiously. Magda Åström having a great day in goal helped and midfielder Moa Ericsson, fresh from 2nd division only a few weeks ago, both scored and impressed with her physical play. Linköping's Mikael Bornehav was satisfied with the match, one of his team's best performances so far this year, but of course disappointed that they didn't manage to score more. Even if they moved up to third place in the league, leaders Umeå and Malmö continues to sail away from the rest.
Örnsköldsviks Allehanda: Skön poäng för Själevad
Örnsköldsviks Allehanda: Konstmål av Moa
Corren: Bra spel av LFC -- men bara oavgjort
Radiosporten: Magda Åstrand interview (audio)

QBIK has been doing progressivly better since the restart of the Damallsvenskan. The recipe for success seems to be hard work, better pace, less respect for their competitors and, maybe most of all, Jennifer Meier. She's been having a big influence in the team since she joined three weeks ago and this time she scored both goals in QBIK's first home win. "I've been waiting for this", she says.
Värmlands Folkblad: Supervärvningen har hittat rätt
Värmlands Folkblad: Rysare när Qbik tog första hemmasegern

Erla Arnardóttir's late goal, a long shot that caught Hammarby's goalkeeper off position, saved the day for Mallbacken. The match had a lot of opportunities and a lot of goals. "In our position [last place] we have to push forward. That makes us vulnerable in the defense. We are trying to balance that", says mallbacken coach Krister Engström. The late goal saved one point for Mallbacken, important to keep up with the three other relegation zone teams.
Värmlands Folkblad: Arnardottirs långskott räddade Mallbacken

Erla Arnardóttir says no to USA match

Mallbacken's influental midfielder Erla Arnardóttir was nominated for Iceland's national team to play USA in a friendly in California next weekend. Erla asked to be allowed to play the Nordic Tournament with Iceland's U21 side instead. This way she can stay at home (the tournament is played in Mallabcken's Värmland region) and her club is probably happy not to have her go back and forth over the Atlantic in less than a week.

Marijke Callebaut leaves Djurgården/Älvsjö

Marijke Callebaut, belgian midfielder with national team experience, has decided to leave her club Djurgården/Älvsjö and join Stockholm competitor Hammarby. Callebaut has mostly come from the bench in the matches she has played in her one and a half years with the club. Her contract with Djurgården allowed her to change clubs during the transfer period. Papers with Hammarby will be signed in the week to come.

Callebaut revealed her thoughts about changing clubs already this winter in an
interview with a belgian football site.

Match-Day 10: Sunday

Hammarby IF - Mallbackens IF 3-3 (3-2)
Hammarby (starting line-up): Katarina Wicksell - Maureen Metzger, Josefin Christensen, Annelie Norén, Karolina Rinman - Hanna Olsson, Jennie Jonsson, Christina Forsell, Elin Härén - Salina Olsson, Jessica Landström
Mallbacken: Carola Söberg - Helena Nilsson, Therese Stolpe, Louise Jonasson (Alexandra Larsson), Kicki Ingvarsson - Linda Nöjd (Linda Wallin), Therese Persson, Jenny Rådström, Cornelia Börjesson - Erla Arnardóttir, Maja Johansson (Jenny Monsén)
Goals: 1-0 Jenny Jonsson (6), 1-1 Erla Arnardóttir (22), 1-2 Maja Johansson (23), 2-2 Annelie Norén (40), 3-2 Jenny Jonsson (44), 3-3 Erla Arnardóttir (90)
Attendance: 295
Hammarby's En Perlskog was very content with the their last part of the first half, when Hammaby cought up from being one goal down to get the lead. Mallabcken on the other hand found comfort in getting a point in the last minutes. "Unlike so often before we played the match until the last minute".
SVT: Mallbacken kvitterade på övertid
Hammarby, match pictures

QBIK - AIK 2-1 (2-0)
QBIK (starting line-up): Maria Busk - Annica Svensson, Therése Lückner, Kathlene Fernström, Marie-Louise Skålberg - Rebecca Jonsson, Jenny Hallstenson, Lovisa Eriksson - Lisa Mellberg - Anna Nilsson, Jennifer Meier
AIK: Jenny Lundqvist - Anna-Karin Andersson, Sara Andersson, Hanna Jöhnk (14 Sofia Ström), Maria Moustakakis - Therese Sandström, Yolanda Odenyo, Lina Hedkvist (64 Anna Bergendal) - Anna Lundin (46 Josefin Wejner), Lena Persson, Nazanin Vaseghpanah 
Goals: 1-0 Jennifer Meier (17), 2-0 Jennifer Meier (45), 2-1 Josefin Wejner (51)
Attendance: 922
AIK's coach Christer Söderberg complained over tired legs and an over all worthless performance, losing almost all one-on-ones in the first half, where QBIK was the much better side. QBIK's Dave Mosson thought it should have been more than 2-0, when both their german striker Meier and Anna Nilsson missed good chances. After Josefin Wejner's 2-1 it became "unneccesary exciting".
Dagens Nyheter: Qbik över nedflyttningsstrecket
SVT: Qbik ovanför strecket
Match pictures (private website)

Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC - Umeå IK 0-3 (0-0)
Göteborg: Maria Edman - Marlene Sjöberg, Frida Höglund, Sofia Dammström (85 Camilla Schelin), Maria Karlsson - Lisa Ek, Jessica Julin, Johanna Almgren (85 Jennie Svensson), Sara Lindén (75 Sofie Andersson) - Heidi Kackur, Lotta Schelin
Goals: 0-1 Maria Bergkvist (59), 0-2 Anna Sjöström (71), Malin Moström (83)
Attendance: 3,098
In front of a big crowd, largely made up by players from the big youth tournament Gothia Cup, Umeå and Göteborg put up a good game. A lot of play in the midfield and Göteborg could have got the upper hand had not Sofia Lundgren in Umeå's goal denied Lotta Schelin two times. Marta showed her best side building up for Umeå's first goal and Anne Mäkinen was the midfield general.
SVT: Storpublik bjöds på Umeåseger
Aftonbladet: Umeå upp i topp i allsvenskan

The usual match-day sum-up at and Svensk Fotboll. Stats at Svensk Fotboll

Match-Day 10: Saturday

KIF Örebro - Djurgården/Älvsjö 0-2 (0-0)
Goals: 0-1 Linda Fagerström (47), 0-2 Sara Thunebro (74)
Attendance: 978
It took Djurgården/Älvsjö half the match go wear down the teenagers in KIF Örebro, and particulary their keeper Kristin Hammarström, but then they began to score on their chances. All in all Djurgården's best match for a long time. Sara Johansson was useful in a Victoria Svensson (still in rehab) position just behind the other two forwards. KIF Örebro's Pia Sundhage informed that there probably will not be any new americans during the fall season.
SVT: Djurgården/Älvsjö klättrar uppåt
Nerikes Allehanda: KIF Örebro föll mot mästarna
Dagens Nyheter: Svenska mästarinnorna tog sin andra raka seger

Malmö FF - Sunnanå SK 2-0 (1-0)
Malmö: Caroline Jönsson - Malin Andersson, Denise Reddy, Therese Jönsson, Jenny Engwall - Formiga, Therese Sjögran, Nilla Fischer, Emma Stålhammar (72 Frida Nordin) - Asthildur Helgadottir (80 Linda Blom), Therese Lundin (87 Mia Westerblad)
Sunnanå: Åsa Berglund - Sandra Berggren, Hanna Marklund, Rebecca Smith, Linnea Gjersvold - Carina Holmberg, Carolina Marklund, Bianca Rech (60 Johanna Lindahl), Magdalena Esseryd - Lina Johansson, Anna Boman
Goals: 1-0 Nilla Fischer (32), 2-0 Asthildur Helgadóttir (70)
Attendance: 674
Great performance by Malmö's Nilla Fischer, who won almost everything in midfield and contributed to give her team a distinct advantage in the match. Sunnanå wasn't without chances, among them a shot in the crossbar by Anna Boman and a shot from distance by Bianca Rech that Malmö's keeper Caroline Jönsson just managed to tip over, but Malmö's win was never threatened. With better finishing, or a worse defence than Sunnanå's, the win had been larger. Sunnanå's strong centre defense (Hanna Marklund and Rebecka Smith) made Malmö mostly building their attacks on the right side (Malin Andersson and Formiga), which resulted in the first goal, a long pass from Malin Andersson where Nilla Fischer ran in behind Sunnanå's defenders. The second came from a nice passing sequence down the middle where Formiga's pass to Asthildur Helgadóttir opened up the defense. Sunnanå was missing their striker Madeleine Edlund (couldn't get the time off from work!) and their important midfielder Bianca Rech had to limp off the pitch after a collision. Didn't seem that serious though, she came back and played for a couple of minutes before she was subbed out.

Natioanl team coach Thomas Dennerby was present, "looking at players from both teams", but mentioned Nilla Fischer, Therese Lundin and Emma Stålhammar as interesting new players.Sunnanå's Bianca Rech commented that the high pace and the the physical play is the big difference from the Bundesliga.
Malmö FF
SVT: Fischer glänste när MFF blev etta, Match clip
Sydsvenskan: Nionde raka segern för MFF

Själevads IK - Linköping FC 1-1 (1-1)
Goals: 1-0 Josefine Öqvist (16), 1-1 Moa Ericsson (27)
Attendance: 425
Linköping had most of the match and pressured hard towards the end in the heavy rain trying to get a winning goal, but Magda Åstrand, subbing in after Anna Hofwing had to be carried out with a knee injury, did a great job in Själevads goal. Linköping's coach Mikael Bornehav said it was one iof his team's best performances this year, creating a lot of scoring chances, they just couldn't get it to work the whole way. Själevad's Yngve Persson was very pleased that the team was able to bounce back from the Wednesday 6-0 defeat.
SVT: Reservmålvakten räddade Själevad
Radiosporten: Viktig poäng för Själevadsdamerna
Radiosporten: En poäng till Linköpings FC, Hedvig Lindahl interview (audio)
Expressen: Själevad tog poäng mot topplaget Linköping
Linköpings FC  

The usual match-day sum-up at and Svensk Fotboll. Stats at Svensk Fotboll

Djurgården/Älvsjö's Venus James called up to US national team

Djurgården/Älvsjö's attacking midfielder Venus James has been called up to the US national team's camp July 17-24, with a friendly against Iceland the 24th. If James gets to play it will be her first for the national team.

Sunnanå's Tiffeny Milbrett is also in the squad and has already played two matches this summer, getting her 200th national team match and 100th national team goal.

Match-Day 9: Reports and Reviews

Before the season started most predictions had Malmö FF looking forward to a troubled year - three national team players had left the club and their finances were so strained that they couldn't recruit substitutions. Today the headlines are talking about Malmö as winners, as they seem to have ran away from the rest of the league together with Umeå. Coach Anders Johansson explains that the players are both more relaxed and determined than last year. Nobody feels the pressure to win the championship - talking about the gold seems to be a big no-no with both players and coaches - but everyone is determined to show that the predictions were wrong. The only sign that they are thinking about bigger thing was Nilla Fischer's disappointment that Umeå scored 5 against Hammaby while Malmö only managed 2 against AIK, Umeå moving to 1st place on goal difference: "It does get to you. It is nice to be on top of the table".
Dagens Nyheter: Malmö FF har blivit vinnarlaget
Aftonbladet: Succén fortsätter för krislaget MFF

Djurgården/Älvsjö's coach Benny Persson's announced changes included moving Kicki Bengtsson back as left back and putting Sara Thunebro in the midfield. Thunebro was very active and contributed to Djurgården's first goal and more than one scoring opportunity. Three goals in one match was probably a little relieving for a team that scored only 7 in their previous 7 matches.

Also QBIK has improved their attacking game (since hiring Jennifer Meier?) and coach Mosson likes the way they are improving. But they are still to nervous and undecided coming into the last third of the field where the attacks often dies with bad passing decisions. They will work on better communication, better passes and a more patient play.
Värmlands Folkblad: Qbik nära att lugga mästarna på poäng

Göteborg's coach and players were in a triumphant mood after the 2-0 win against the pre-match favourites Linköping. After two unneccesary defeats (against AIK and Sunnanå) their play finally worked. They dominated the midfield completely the first 30 minutes, forcing Linköping to abandon their usual 4-3-3. Two decisions by Linköping's coach contributed to the defeat, according to local daily Corren - Jessica Julin in Göteborg's midfield was left unmarked and the 4-3-3 was a bad choice, leaving Linköping one player short at midfield. "This is the kind of matches we must learn to win before we become one of the big teams", commented Linköping's coach Bornehav. But his goal for the season is still to compete for a 3rd place. Göteborg's Lotta Schelin talks about jessica Julin's importance for the team: "She fits right in to the way we want to play".
Göteborgsposten: Heltänt Göteborg bortavann
Corren: Oväntad förlust för LFC
Radiosporten: interviews with Mikael Bornehav and Charlotta Rohlin (audio)
Radiosporten: Lotta Schelin interview (audio)

The Mallbacken syndrome, analyses local paper Värmlands Folkblad, is that when they play the bigger teams they can play with courage and pace, but when they play teams they should be able to defeat they drop several steps in quality. KIF Örebro is a team they should be able to get at least a point from. Midfielder Erla Arnardóttir explains: "We are much to scared to lose. And we're thinking way to much. We have to stop doing that".
Värmlands Folkblad: Mallbacken försov sig- och föll igen
Värmlands Folkblad: Erla Arnardóttir: Vi är för rädda att förlora
Radiosporten: interview with Sara Linder

- "Football can be a really cruel sport" commented Själevad's coach Yngve Persson. 6-0 sounds like a total blow-out, but the match was undecided for more than an hour. Bianca Rech needed three shots to score the important 2-0 goal, but from there everything seemed to work for Sunnanå. Player of the match was Sunnanå's Maggie Esseryd, starting as wide defender and then moved up to midfield as a winger, playing an essential role in building up the attacks.
Västerbottens Folkblad:
Örnsköldsviks Allehanda: Dyster kväll för Själevad
Sunnanå SK
Själevads IK

Match-Day 9: Wednesday

AIK - Malmö FF 0-2 (0-1)
AIK: Sofie Holmqvist (46 Jenny Lundqvist) - Anna-Karin Andersson, Sara Andersson, Hanna Jöhnk, Maria Moustakakis - Therese Sandström, Yolanda Odenyo, Hodan Siid-Ahmed (66 Lina Hedkvist) - Anna Lundin, Lena Persson (66 Josefin Wejner), Nazanin Vaseghpanah
Malmö FF: Caroline Jönsson - Malin Andersson, Denise Reddy, Therese Jönsson, Jenny Engwall - Formiga, Nilla Fischer, Therese Sjögran, Frida Nordin (69 Emma Stålhammar) - Therese Lundin (84 Linda Blom), Asthildur Helgadottir (73 Mia Westerbladh)
Goals: 0-1 Nilla Fischer (10), 0-2 Therese Lundin (70)
Attendance: 547
"I'm of course never satisfied with a defeat", said AIK's coach Christer Söderberg, "but I'm satisfied with my team's performance". And AIK had a pretty good match against a Malmö side that seemed less inspired than last Sunday. Malmö's keeper Caroline Jönsson was forced to a couple of really tough saves, including one Lena Persson penalty kick. Malmö's goals was from a Malin Andersson free kick that Nilla Fischer (player of the match according to TV4) forced into goal and Therese Lundin being first on a rebound from AIK's keeper. Malmö's Anders Johansson commented that this was the kind of match that Malmö very well might have lost last season, but this year they've shown that they can win even when their game isn't working they way it should.
AIK, Match pics
SVT: MFF fortsätter vinna - trots "krisen"
Malmö FF

Djurgården/Älvsjö - QBIK 3-2 (1-0)
Djurgården/Älvsjö: Maja Åström - Kristin Bengtsson, Jane Törnqvist, Jenny Curtsdotter, Helén Fagerström - Sara Thunebro (Linda Lekander), Anna Hall, Elin Ekblom (Malin Nykvist), Linda Fagerström - Laura Kalmari och Sara Johansson
QBIK: Maria Busk - Annica Svensson, Therese Lückner (60 Charlotte Nygren), Kathlen Fernström, Marie-Louise Skålberg - Linda Hallstenson (54 Rebecca Jonsson), Jenny Hallstenson, Elin Sandgren (63 Lovisa Ericsson) - Anna Nilsson, Lisa Mellberg, Jennifer Meier.
Goals: 1-0 Sara Johansson (33), 2-0 Anna Hall (54), 3-0 Laura Kalmari (62), 3-1 Anna Nilsson (76), 3-2 Anna Nilsson (89)
Attendance: 309
Last year's champions are still having problems. "At least we were playing good attacking football", Djurgården's Benny Persson said. Even if QBIK came back the last 15 minutes of the match, Persson was never really worried.

In a pre-game interview with Stockholm daily Svenska Dagbladet, Benny Persson talks about the teams "crisis" and says the players realize that they don't play the way they know they can: "It's like we don't dare to play football". "But we are great on training sessions", Persson says, "This is all in the head. They know defending the championship will be really hard. So we've decided to shift our focus. Our goal is to get our game together again in time for the UEFA Women's Cup matches this fall".
SVT: Djurgården/Älvsjö illa ute igen, match clip
Svenska Dagbladet: Mästarna hittar glädje i krisen

Linköping FC - Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC 0-2 (0-1)
Kopparbergs/Göteborg: Maria Edman - Marlene Sjöberg, Frida Höglund, Sofia Danmmström, Maria Karlsson - Sara Lindén, Jessica Julin, Johanna Almgren, Lisa Ek - Lotta Schelin, Heidi Kackur (82 Sofia Andersson)
Goals: 0-1 Lotta Schelin (20), 0-2 Heidi Kackur (63)
Attendance: 1,151
Göteborg outplayed the home team, using an efficient short passing play where their Linköping counterparts often chose to try to dribble. Kackur and Schelin were impressive and Göteborg had more chances to a bigger win than Linköping had to equalise.
SVT: Göteborg spelade ut Linköping
Linköping, 2

Mallbackens IF - KIF Örebro 1-2 (0-1)
KIF Örebro:
Goals: 0-1 Marie Hammarström (20), 0-2 Lisa Dahlkvist (54), 1-2 Maja Johansson (67)
Attendance: 985
KIF Örebro has been having great problems with their attack and this time coach Pia Sundhage had ordered her players to shoot whenever they saw the opportunity. Two goals was the result, twice as many as the two last matches put together. The end of the match became nervous for Örebro, Maja Johansson having reduced Örebro's lead to one goal, and as Sundhage commented "it showed that we have a really young team". Getting their first win since the americans left must be a big relief for the team.
Nerikes Allehanda: Sundhage vill bota skotträdslan
Nerikes Allehanda: Skön seger för KIF Örebro

Sunnanå SK - Själevads IK 6-0 (1-0)
Själevad (starting line-up): Anna Hofwing - Johanna Engwall, Sanna Frostevall, Marina Aggio Camilla Nyberg - Moa Eriksson, Kicki Arnlöf, Therese Kapstad, Johanna Ahrling - Piquena, Jennie Dahlberg
Goals: 1-0 Carina Holmberg (45), 2-0 Bianca Rech (61), 3-0 Madeleine Edlund (69), 4-0 Lina Johansson (71), 5-0 Madeleine Edlund (80), 6-0 Johanna Lindahl (90)
Attendance: 807
After a fairly even first half and then some, Själevad got completely outplayed the last 30 minutes.
Norra Västerbotten: Sunnanå vann med 6 – 0

Umeå IK - Hammarby IF 5-0 (2-0)
Hammarby (starting line-up): Katarina Wicksell - Maureen Metzger, Lindsay Demaree, Karolina Rinman, Josefin Christensen - Hanna Olsson, Tanja Meidal, Jennie Jonsson, Christina Forsell, Elin Härén - Jessica Landström
Goals: 1-0 Hanna Ljungberg (2), 2-0 Hanna Ljungberg (37), 3-0 Anna Sjöström (70), 4-0 Anna Sjöström, 5-0 Maria Nordbrandt (84)
Attendance: 2,714
It turned out the way it usually does when Umeå hosts one of the minor teams - it is a huge difference in quality and Hammarby had to spend most of the game defending. "I went up here hoping for a 3-0 defeat", Hammarby's En Perlskog commented.
SVT: Utflyttade Umeå gjorde som vanligt

The usual match-day sum-up at and  Svensk Fotboll. Stats at Svensk Fotboll

Two americans to Mallbacken?

Last month Mallbacken announced that they've signed the american college player (UCLA Bruins) Lindsay Greco, after she had spent some time with the team on trial. She will join the team July 25 and she will bring another player with her, Whitney Jones. Jones is a defensive midfielder and was Greco's teammate at UCLA. "She will get a try-out with the team and then we'll decide if she is good enough", says Mallbacken coach Glenn Johansson.

It seems like it is not a question about professional contracts with these players. Just like with the recent college graduates that QBIK (Sarah and Annie Hawkins from Gonzaga University) and Hammarby (Maureen Metzger and Lindsay Demaree from Yale) has signed, it seems like getting to play a couple of months in Damallsvenskan is interesting enough in itself.

Värmlands Folkblad: DUBBELVÄRVNING

Thomas Dennerby interview

Expressen talks to new national team coach Thomas Dennerby.

About the generation change:
There is a lot of young players coming, but when it comes to the international level they have to take one more step. The next years we might see e.g. Madde Edlund (Sunnanå), Emma Stålhammar (Malmö) and Maria Aronsson (Linköping).

He's talking to all the national team players, but so far no one has announced that they are retiring. "You can be 14 or 40 years old as long as you are good enough", Dennerby says.

About the national team:
There will not be any big changes in our way of play. But he would like the team to dare to hold on to the ball a bit more. Our forwards get to run back and forth a bit too much now.

About the difference of coaching a club team and the national team:
It's a big difference. You don't get to spend much time with the players. National team coaching is a lot about team-building.

Expressen: "Det kommer att bli en tajt sommar"

Match-Day 8: Reports and reviews

After the defeat to Malmö FF has Djurgården/Älvsjö's Sara Johansson given up her hopes for a gold this year. Now they have to concentrate on finding back to the play that made them champions last year. Having Victoria Svensson yet again on the injury list hurts the team a lot. Malmö FF's goalscorer Jenny Engwall on the other hand refuses to talk about gold, in spite of the club's very good standing and a very persistent radio reporter. But she admits that she has been thinking about the fact that the last match this season will be at Umeå.
Aftonbladet: ”Något SM-guld blir det inte”
Radiosporten, interview with Jenny Engwall (audio)

Umeå's Hanna Ljungberg is happy to have scored twice in the win over Mallbacken -"that hasn't happened for a long time with the club team", but thinks that both Umeå and Malmö will lose points before their encounter in October. Kicki Wiklund was very happy to be starting for Umeå, but thought, just like coach André Jeglertz, that they lost pace in the second half. It could be the heath, most of Sweden had temperatures in the 30s yesterday. Mallbacken's Jenny Monsén admitted that Umeå looked pretty much on holiday the second half, but were still satisfied with the goalwise narrow defeat.
Expressen: Nu toppar Umeå allsvenskan igen
Västerbottens Folkblad: Viklund från start i Umeå IK
Värmlands Folkblad: Umeå avgjorde - påfyra minuter

"We have to do better that this if we want to stay in the league", complained KIF Örebro coach Pia Sundhage after the 0-0 match against QBIK. The team has dropped in quality and courage since Lilly and Markgraf left. Sundhage's negotiations with Christie Welsh are still ongoing and the key point seems to be if and how often Welsh should be allowed to skip league matches for e.g. US national team friendlies. QBIK's dave Mosson on the other hand is pleased with his team: "We are getting better and better." The two new players Jennifer Meier (directing in the midfield) and Annica Svensson (stabilizing the defense) has been very important.
Nerikes Allehanda: KIF mållöst mot jumbon
Värmlands Folkblad: Qbik lyckades ta en poäng i Örebro

Linköping's Malin Gustafsson was really happy with her 30 meter shot that decided tha match and promised to try it more times. She thinks Linköping controlled the match against a very defensive minded Hammarby.
Radiosporten: Malin Gustafsson interview (audio)
Corren: Malin fick chansen och gjorde drömmål

Sunnanå's coach "Kega" Israelsson said that the big difference between his team and Göteborg was that his forwards took better care of their opportunities. He admits that Göteborg has a better passing play and says Sunnanå had to work hard to secure their lead. "But we have a great defense". Hanna Marklund and Rebecca Smith worked very good together in the centre defense.
Norra Västerbotten: "Vi fick slita hårt"

Match-Day 8: Sunday

Hammarby IF - Linköping FC  0-2 (0-2)
Hammarby (starting line-up): Katarina Wicksell - Karolina Rinman, Josefin Christensen, Annelie Norén, Maureen Metzger - Hanna Olsson, Jennie Jonsson, Christina Forsell, Elin Härén - Lisa Arnell, Jessica Landström
Linköping: Hedvig Lindahl - Sara Larsson (85 Karolina Kristenson), Charlotte Rohlin, Jenny Möller, Anna-Kaisa Rantanen - Malin Gustafsson (85 Therése Andersson), Lotta Runesson, Maria Aronsson - Ann Westermark, Josefine Öqvist (65 Maria Lindström ), Maria Karlsson
Goals: 0-1 Josefine Öqvist (25), 0-2 Malin Gustafsson (30)
Attendance: 434
Linköping dominated big in the first half, with a fast, attacking play with mostly one-touch passes. With Caroline Seger resting (thigh injury) Malin Gustafsson stepped up in the midfield and made the assist to Öqvist's goal and scored the second herself with a shot from 25 meters. Hammarby, without an injured Salina Olsson, stepped up in the second half and should maybe have converted at least one of their opportunities. Hammarby coach En Perlskog commented on their two new american college players, Maureen Metzger and Lindsay Demeree (both played), and said that they will stay with the club "at least for the rest of the season". Perlskog also announced that he will not bring his best side to Umeå on Wednesday "It's more important to rest players with minor in juries like Salina Olsson for the match against Mallbacken next weekend"
Dagens Nyheter: Bajen utan seger mot Linköping utan Seger
Linköping FC, 2
Hammarby match pics

KIF Örebro - QBIK  0-0 (0-0)
QBIK: Maria Busk - Annica Svensson, Therése Lückner, Kathlene Fernström, Marie-Louise Skålberg -  Linda Hallstenson, Jenny Hallstenson, Elin Sandgren - Lisa Mellberg - Anna Nilsson, Jennifer Meier
Attendance: 742
QBIK had the better chances in the goalless draw, somewhat surprising to many, but not to coach Dave Mosson: "We've been playing good the last matches. I am not surprised with the result".

Mallbackens IF - Umeå IK  1-3 (0-3)
Umeå: Sofia Lundgren - Karolina Westberg, Anna Pålsson, Sanna Valkonen, Frida Östberg - Malin Moström, Kristina Wiklund, Anne Mäkinen - Marta, Hanna Ljungberg (62 Emma Lindqvist), Anna Sjöström (70 Maria Nordbrandt) 
Goals: 0-1 Hanna Ljungberg (24), 0-2 Malin Moström (27), 0-3 Hanna Ljungberg (28), 1-3 Jenny Monsén (79)
Attendance: 2,051
Umeå scored three goals in only 5 minutes in the middle of the first half, which gave them the lead in the league on more goals scored than Malmö FF. Mallbacken pulled down and defended heavily and successfully in the second half and even got as consolation goal. Due to the suspensions of Elaine and Maria Bergkvist, Karolina Westberg and Kristina Wiklund, who both have beeen unhappy on the bench,  got 90 minutes.

Malmö FF - Djurgården/Älvsjö  1-0 (0-0)
Malmö: Caroline Jönsson - Malin Andersson, Denise Reddy, Therese Jönsson, Jenny Engwall - Formiga, Nilla Fischer, Therese Sjögran, Emma Stålhammar (59 Frida Nordin) - Therese Lundin (90 Linda Blom), Asthildur Helgadottir (89 Mia Westerblad)
Djurgården/Älvsjö (starting line-up): Maja Åström - Helene Fagerström, Jenny Curtsdotter, Jane Törnqvist, Sara Thunebro - Linda Fagerström, Anna Hall, Elin Ekblom, Kicki Bengtsson - Laura Kalmari, Sara Johansson
Goals: 1-0 Jenny Engwall (68)
Attendance: 1,592
An entertaining match between two good sides, both sides playing constructive and creating a lot of opportunities. The longer the match went on, the more Malmö got the upper hand and pretty much dominated things the last 30 minutes. Djurgården's Maja Åström was forced to some serious goalkeeping. Jenny Engwall, not the likeliest scorer, got the last foot on the ball following a Malin Andersson corner kick and a header from Formiga.Malmö played with more confidence than Djurgården, who most likely said goodbye to any real chances of reclaiming the championship title.
Sydsvenskan: MFF vann över Djurgården/Älvsjö
Dagens Nyheter: Ny förlust - och fortsatt tungt för Djurgården/Älvsjö
Malmö FF, Match pictures, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

The usual match-day sum-up at and Svensk Fotboll. Stats at Svensk Fotboll

Match-Day 8: Saturday

Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC - Sunnanå SK  1-2  (0-2)
Kopparbergs/Göteborg: Maria Edman - Maria Karlsson, Sofia Dammström (57 Camilla Schelin), Frida Höglund, Marlene Sjöberg - Lisa Ek (78 Sofie Andersson), Jennie Svensson (45 Sara Lindén), Johanna Almgren, Jessica Julin - Lotta Schelin, Heidi Kackur
Goals: 0-1 Lina Johansson (10), 0-2 Madelaine Edlund (44), 1-2 Lotta Schelin (56)
Attendance: 388
Kopparbergs/Göteborg had most of the play, with newly signed Jessica Julin standing out in the midfield, but Sunnanå scored on two quick counters in the first half. That was enough for Sunnanå to return home with a win. Göteborg coach Martin Pringle commented that his team still isn't used to dominating and didn't manage to capitalize.
Göteborgsposten: Bra spel räckte inte mot Sunnanå

Själevads IK - AIK  3-3  (2-2)
AIK: Sofie Holmqvist - Anna-Karin Andersson, Sara Andersson, Hanna Jöhnk, Maria Moustakakis - Yolanda Odenyo, Therese Sandström (71 Lina Hedkvist), Hodan Siid-Ahmed - Nazanin Vaseghpanah (60 Elin Hammarman), Lena Persson, Anna Lundin (60 Anna Bergendal)
Goals: 0-1 Lena Persson (12), 1-1 Therese Kapstad (19), 1-2 Hodan Siid-Ahmed (23 PK), 2-2 Jennie Dahlberg (38), 2-3 Lena Persson (51), 3-3 Therese Kapstad (92)
Attendance: 563
Själevad were down three times, but managed to equalize every time. "I'm really proud that our team never gives up", coach Yngve Persson commented. Själevad's final equalizer came from a direct free-kick by Therese Kapstad - not the first tiome she saves her team at closing time. Själevad's both new signings Moa Eriksson and Pequena played.

The usual match-day sum-up at and Svensk Fotboll. Stats at Svensk Fotboll.

Rantanen moving from midfield to defense

Linköpings FC has tried out their midfielder Anna-Kaisa Rantanen at the left back position for a couple of matches and it has worked out so well, that coach Mikael Bornehav has decided to make it permanent. "We needed to improve our passes from the left side and she's been really good, especially in the offense".
Corren: Rantanen fortsätter som vänsterback i LFC

Jessica Julin looking forward to play

Jessica Julin recently transfered from Umeå IK to Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC and will make her debut for the west swedish club in the match against Sunnanå today. In interviews with local papers she says she's really looking forward to be a starter again. "Football is what I know. I think I'm pretty good at it and I don't belong on the bench". She says she will miss the players, the professionality, the organisation and the fans in Umeå.But Göteborg is a much bigger and much more interesting town and she'll get to play with her good friend Heidi Kackur. Since most of the players in Göteborg are amateurs, training sessions are early morning or late afternoon: "I'm not used to that, but it won't be any problem", Julin says. She is very optimistic over the club's future and thinks it looks like the finnish national team a lot - a lot of potential and dedication to improve.
Göteborgsposten: Dags för Julins debut
Expressen: "Jag ska visa mycket sisu i min nya klubb"

Pequena has arrived to Själevad

Själevad's new brasilian forward Pequena arrived to Sweden only yesterday, but still expects to play in Själevad's match against AIK today Saturday. The 26 year old, signed on the recommendations from Själevad's own Marina and Umeå's Marta, is described as a prolific striker and has got called up for brasilian national team camp.
Örnsköldsviks Allehanda: Pequena har landat

Formiga stays with Malmö FF

Malmö FF's brasilian midfielder Formiga has extended her original 6 match contract and will stay with the club until the season finishes in october. Her contract is entirely sponsor financed.
Malmö FF

Sundhage luring Welsh and Boxx to Örebro??

Kristine Lilly and Kate Markgraf were essential parts of KIF Örebro during the spring and Pia Sundhage is working hard to find replacements. Local daily Nerikes Allehanda reports that Sundhage has already been turned down by England's Kelly Smith, who said "maybe next year", and France's Marinette Pinchon. But Sundhage is fairly confident that Christie Welsh will reappear for Örebro (she played the last part of the 2004 season for Örebro) already in the match against Hammarby the first weekend of August, even if no papers are signed yet. She is also in talks with US national team midfielders Shannon Boxx (who seems like the preferred alternative) and Angela Hucles. The possible schedule for the US national team, which seems unknown after the friendlies against Ukraine (July 10) and Iceland (July 24), plays a big role here, since that seems to be Örebro's only competition for these players time.

No link, since this only appeared in the printed edition (big thanks to annso at for the heads-up!).

Match-Day 7: Reports and reviews

Djurgården/Älvsjö's new head coach Benny Persson they won the match, and that's what ultimately matters most, but there are things to change and to better. He promises some changes already to next weekend, when his team will be facing Malmö FF.

Västerbottens Folkblad's sports columnist Tomas Ruuth writes that Umeå shouldn't think too much about their win over a weakened KIF Örebro. Hanna Ljungberg, who was really hot in Sweden's match against Norway, had yet a difficult match and Karolina Westberg looked out of place as a wide defender. Elaine and Maria Bergkvist will be suspended next match (accumulated yellow cards), but that is actually a good thing since it means more playing time for the youngsters. He also predicts that Sunnanå, when Milbrett returns next month, can be the team of the fall season.
Västerbottens Folkblad: Avstängningarna positiva för UIK

Själevad's coach Yngve Persson was very upset over the red card given to Kristina Arnlöf at the end of the match: "This was only tough tackles and hard competition for the ball. A red card here was girls team refereeing." The sending off probably contributed to Djurgården getting their winning goal.
Örnsköldsviks Allehanda: Själevad en minut från jätteskräll

Match-Day 7: Sunday

AIK - Kopparbergs/Göteborg  2-0 (2-0)
AIK: Sofie Holmqvist - Lisen Åkerlund (46 Anna-Karin Andersson), Sara Andersson, Hanna Jöhnk, Maria Moustakakis - Therese Sandström, Yolanda Odenyo, Hodan Siid-Ahmed (79 Elin Hammarman) - Anna Lundin (64 Anna Bergendal), Lena Persson, Nazanin Vaseghpanah
Kopparbergs/Göteborg: Maria Edman - Camilla Schelin (63 Sofie Andersson), Frida Höglund, Sofia Dammström, Maria Karlsson - Lisa Ek, Jennie Svensson (70 Sara Lindén), Johanna Almgren, Sofia Palmqvist (52 Marlene Sjöberg) - Lotta Schelin, Heidi kackur
Goals: 1-0 Nazanin Vaseghpanah (23), 2-0 Therese Sandström (31)
Attendance: 514
The upset of the week? Not to AIK coach Christer Söderberg: "I know we have the capacity to play even against the mid-table teams. This is just the first time it worked all the way." Göteborg's coach Martin Pringle admitted AIK was the better side today. From the reports it seems like AIK won the game in the midfield, much thanks to Yolanda Odenyo. Jessica Juhlin did not start for Göteborg, it appears all papers aren't filed yet.
Dagens Nyheter: AIK:s andra vinst
Göteborgsposten: Ingen rolig omstart för Göteborg

Linköpings FC - Mallbackens IF  5-1 (2-1)
Linköping: Hedvig Lindahl - Sara Larsson, Charlotte Rohlin, Jenny Möller, Anna-Kaisa Rantanen - Maria Aronsson (83 Therése Andersson), Caroline Seger (70 Malin Gustafsson), Lotta Runesson - Ann Westermark, Maria Karlsson, Josefine Öqvist (83 Maria Lindström)
Goals: 1-0 Maria Karlsson (7), 1-1 Jenny Monsén (21), 2-1 Maria Karlsson (35), 3-1 Maria Karlsson (53), 4-1 Josefine Öqvist (56), 5-1 Lotta Runesson (83)
Attendance: 667
Comfortable win for Linköping, where they, unlike a couple of games earlier this spring, did a better second half than first. Linköping seemed really hungry, especially Maria Karlsson who went to England, but didn't get any playing-time there. Midfilder Anna-Kaisa Rantanen filled in in the defense and did it good. Caroline Seger had to leave after 70 minutes with a shoulder injury. No word on how serious yet, so probably not very.
Linköping FC, 2
TV4 (match clip)
Corren: Maria bakom storsegern
Värmlands Folkblad: Maria Karlsson blev för svår för Mallbacken
Radiosporten: Maria Karlsson inteview (audio)

QBIK - Malmö FF  0-2 (0-2)
Malmö FF: Caroline Jönsson - Malin Andersson, Denise Reddy, Therese Jönsson, Jenny Engwall - Therese Sjögran, Nilla Fischer, Asthildur Helgadóttir, Emma Stålhammar - Mia Westerblad (55 Linda Blom), Therese Lundin
Goals: 0-1 Emma Stålhammar (34), 0-2 Therese Lundin (44)
Attendance: 769
A less impressive Malmö than earlier this season still managed to take home three points. "Both Malmö goals came on counters", said QBIK coach Dave Mosson, who thought they did a good match against one of the best sides in the league, particulary in defense. Jennifer Meier made her debut for QBIK and seems to be able to better the teams attack a lot.
Malmö FF
Sydsvenskan: MFF-damerna efter vinsten: Vår sämsta match för året
Värmlands Folkblad: Nyförvärven kunde inte rädda Qbik

Sunnanå SK - Hammarby IF  1-0 (1-0)
Sunnanå: Åsa Berglund - Sandra Berggren, Hanna Marklund, Rebecca Smith, Magdalena Esseryd - Mirjam Marklund, Carolina Marklund, Bianca Rech, Anna Bodén - Lina Johansson (Carina Holmberg 71), Madelaine Edlund (Anna Boman 87)
Hammarby: Katarina Wicksell - Maureen Metzger, Josefin Christensen, Annelie Norén, Tanja Meidal (70 Sofia Hoflin) - Hanna olsson (75 Lindsay Demaree), Jennie Jonsson, Christina Forsell, Elin Härén - Jessica Landström, Salina Olsson (55 Lisa Arnell)
Goals: 1-0 Hanna Marklund (36)
Attendance: 524
Sunnanå dominate the match completely and should have won bigger. The only goal was a header by Hanna Marklund after a corner kick. The two new players from the german Bundesliga Rebecca Smith (centre defense together with Hanna Marklund) and Bianca Rech (midfield) distinguish themselves and Hammarby coach En Perlskog said he's never seen Sunnanå that good.
Västerbottens Folkblad: Här fixar Hanna seger
Norra Västerbotten: Hanna nickade till för första gången i år
Norra Västerbotten: Smakstart i allsvensk omstart

The Sunnanå match started with a silent minute in honour of the local paper Norra Västerbotten's sports editor Thomas Hedlund (you might remember him from the airport interview with Tiffeny Milbrett), who passed away just a couple of days ago. He's made sure the news coverage of women's football in his area has been of very high quality and I too would like to pay my respect.

Umeå IK - KIF Örebro  4-1 (3-0)
Umeå: Sofia Lundgren - Maria Bergqvist, Anna Paulson, Sanna Valkonen, Karolina Westberg - Anne Mäkinen (70 Kristina Wiklund), Malin Moström, Elaine (75 Johanna Andersson) - Marta (60 Maria Nordbrant), Hanna Ljungberg, Anna Sjöström
KIF Örebro: Kristin Hammarström - Sandra Persson, Stina Segerström, Ingrid Ericsson, Caroline Näfver - Marina Pettersson, Elin Magnusson, Marie Hammarström, Louise Östman - Emelia Erixon, Lisa Dahlkvist
Goals: 1-0 Maria Bergkvist (3), 2-0 Marta (13), 3-0 Anna Sjöström (37), 4-0 Anna Sjöström (59), 4-1 Lisa Dahlkvist (90)
Attendance: 2133
Just like Linköping, Umeå seemed really hungry to get playing again. KIF Örebro, that now without Lilly, Markgraf and Monroe almost seemed like a U21 side, and never threatened the home team. With Frida Östberg on yellow card suspension Karolina Westberg got to play her full 90 minutes for the first time (I think) this season. Hanna Ljungberg, back from rehab, also played the whole match. Pia Sundhage commented that KIF got a valuable lesson in football and were satisfied with their second half of the match, where they managed to hold Umeå to 1-1.
Nerikes Allehanda. Pia tackade för lektionen i Umeå
Västerbottens Folkblad: Landslaget nästa för Bergkvist?

The usual match-day sum-up at and Svensk Fotboll. Stats at Svensk Fotboll.

Turbine Potsdam: Jane Törnqvist retracts agreement

At Turbine Potsdam's official website the club has published a statement, appropriately headlined "Confusion around Jane Törnqvist". According to the statement Törnqvist, who had made a verbal agreement with Turbine's president Günter Baaske last Thursday, contacted the club again on Saturday to retract her agreement. Her reasons for her change of mind, which came as a surprise to Turbine, was both personal and her clubs present situation in Damallsvenskan. Her participation in the Damallsvenskan match against Själevad also made the transfer impossible. Turbine Potsdam will now look elsewhere for a reinforcement of their defense line.
Turbine Potsdam

Match-Day 7: Saturday

Djurgården/Älvsjö - Själevad 1-0 (0-0)
Djurgården/Älvsjö (starting line-up): Maja Åström - Helén Fagerström, Jenny Curtsdotter, Jane Törnqvist, Sara Thunebro - Anna Hall, Elin Ekblom, Linda Fagerström - Sara Johansson, Laura Kalmari, Kristin Bengtsson
Själevad (starting line-up): Magda Åstrand - Johanna Engwall, Sanna Frostevall, Marina Aggio, Camilla Nyberg - Anja Steen, Terese Kapstad, Kicki Arnlöf (81 Redcarded), Johanna Ahrling - Jennie Dahlberg, Emma Jonsson
Goals: 1-0 Sara Johansson (89)
Attendance: 242
Djurgården/Älvsjö's Damallsvenskan scoring problems (6 goals in 5 matches before this) continues. In spite of a big advantage throughout the whole game they didn't manage to score until the last minutes. Själevad played a smart and well organized defense with a brilliant Magdalena Åstrand in goal. When Själevad midfielder Kicki Arnlöf recieved her second yellow in the 81st minute and had to leave the pitch, Djurgården intensified their pressure and finally managed to score. Själevad's coach Yngve Persson was very satisfied with his players; "They followed the tactical plans to 100 %", and thinks it looks good for future matches. Djurgården's goalscorer Sara Johansson said the win was very important for the team's selfconfidence, but they have to do better than this if they're going to win the next match, against Malmö FF.

On a side note, Jane Törnqvist started for Djurgården/Älvsjö, which, as I understand the German transfer rules, makes the rumoured transfer to Turbine Potsdam impossible this season.
Dagens Nyheter: Sara Johansson frälste Djurgården sent

Swedish squad for Nordic Cup announced

The swedish U21 coach Helena Kihlberg-Bystedt yesterday announced the squad for the U21 Nordic Tournament in Sweden July 20-26. A few names from the European Championship squad is found here too, but only players that didn't get any playing time. Top U21 talents as Seger and Schelin are rested:
Goalkeepers: Jenny Olsson Malmö FF, Maja Åström Djurgården/Älvsjö
Defenders: Magdalena Esseryd Sunnanå SK, Maria Karlsson Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC, Sandra Linder KIF Örebro DFF, Therése Lückner QBIK, Anna Paulson Umeå IK, Stina Segerström KIF Örebro DFF
Midfielders: Johanna Almgren Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC, Elin Ekblom Djurgården/Älvsjö, Nilla Fischer Malmö FF, Hodan Siid-Ahmed AIK, Emma Stålhammar Malmö FF
Forwards: Ann Westermark Linköpings FC, Maria Aronsson Linköpings FC, Madelaine Edlund Sunnanå SK, Jessica Landström Hammarby IF, Maria Nordbrandt Umeå IK
Svensk Fotboll
Corren: Två från LFC spelar i U 21-landslaget

Kristin Bengtsson still have championship hope

Djurgården/Älvsjö's Kristin Bengtsson is interviewed by the major daily Dagens Nyheter on the restart of the Damallsvenskan today. She says they had a very tough match schedule this spring and they weren't prepared enough. So the team became tired, physically but mostly mentally. The long break has done good and she hopes the team now will become more aggressive and hungry. She hopes that the new coach Benny Persson will be a positive change, even if it's too early to tell. She's happy that former head coach Mikael Söderman is still on the staff.
Dagens Nyheter: Omstart damallsvenskan

New players to Själevad

Själevad announces that they have signed two new players, 19 year old defensive midfielder Moa Eriksson from 2nd division Piteå IF and brasilian forward Almirene dos Santos Ferreira, a.k.a. Pequena. Moa Eriksson has, in spite of her age, already Damallsvenskan experience (with Alvik the 2002 season) and has been a very influental midfielder with Piteå. Pequena has been signed on the recommendations from Umeå's Marta and Själevad's own Marina and is described as fast and technical 27 year old forward. Pequena's papers are currently being processed and Själevad hopes she'll be in Sweden in time to play the home match against AIK next weekend.
Örnsköldsviks Allehanda: Själevad förstärker

Törnqvist-Potsdam story continues

Turbine Potsdam still seems pretty convinced that they have an agreement with Jane Törnqvist. Their official website today headlines with the news "Prominenter Neuzugang - Jane Törnqvist kommt" - which roughly translates to "Outstanding aquisition - Jane Törnqvist is coming". The story is, almost word by word, the same as the local newspaper PNN printed yesterday.

The story claims that Törnqvist has been in frequent contact with Potsdam since the UEFA Women's Cup final in May and that she is impressed with the club. According to the story Turbine has also been in contact with Djurgården/Älvsjö and been promised that she will not be fielded by Djurgården in the upcoming Damallsvenskan matches.

Still no official comments from Djurgården/Älvsjö.

Turbine Potsdam

Swedish Cup: Sunnanå defeats Piteå

Piteå IF - Sunnanå SK 1-2 (0-1)
Goals: 0-1 Carina Holmberg (40), 0-2 Lina Johansson (65), 1-2 Emma Johansson (86).
Attendance: 900
Goalwise it seems like a fairly close call for Sunnanå, but head coach Kega Israelsson was never worried. "Linnea Gjersvold and Hanna Marklund were very reliable in the defense". Sunnanå's team was missing Madeleine Edlund in the attack (minor injury, hopefully playing this weekend) and the new signings Bianca Rech and Rebecca Smith, who are not eligble for competition play until July 1.
Norra Västerbotten: Sunnanås damer vidare i Svenska cupen
Norra Västerbotten: Sunnanådamerna startar om i Piteå
Västerbottens Folkblad: Sunnanå vidare i cupen
Norrländska Socialdemokraten: Piteå föll med flaggan i topp
Norrbottens-Kuriren: Piteå gav Sunnanå en match