Jane Törnqvist denies Potsdam transfer rumour
The origin of this rumour is probably to be found in an article in Potsdam's local paper PNN. It has today a long story on how Turbine changed their focus from Norway's Ingvild Stensland to Jane Törnqvist during the Euros in England. It seems pretty well researched and places Törnqvist in the middle of the negotiations, but the only first hand information in it are quotes from Turbine's head coach Bernd Schröder.
PNN: Clou gelungen: Jane Törnquist kommt
Jane Törnqvist leaves Djurgården/Älvsjö for Turbine Potsdam
FFNews.de: Schwedin Jane Törnquist verstärkt Turbine-Elf
Swedish Cup: Wins for all Damallsvenskan teams
Malmö FF: Caroline Jönsson - Malin Andersson (75 Sara Stålhammar), Denise Reddy, Therese Jönsson, Jenny Engwall - Anna Mörstam, Nilla Fischer, Therese Sjögran (60 Mia Westerblad), Emma Stålhammar (75 Malin Levenstad) - Asthildur Helgadottir, Therese Lundin
Goals: 0-1 Malin Andersson (1), 0-2 Therese Lundin (17), 0-3 Therese Sjögran (29), 0-4 Mia Westerblad (69)
Malmö opened with a direct corner-kick by Malin Andersson already in the 1st minute against 1st division side Norvalla, but it was noticable that the team hasn't played for more than a month. Both pace and passing were sub-standard. For Norvalla this was the big match of the season and the 675 attanding the game was a record for the club.
Hallands Nyheter: När idolerna kom till byn
Eskilstuna United - KIF Örebro 1-5 (1-2)
Goals: 0-1 Emilia Eriksson (14), 0-2 Marie Hammarström (19), 1-2 Andrea Comaneci (42 PK), 1-3 Marie Pettersson (86), 1-4 Lisa Dahlqvist (89), 1-5 Marie Hammarström
"A great match to get us going again after the long break", says KIF coach Pia Sundhage. Eskilstuna, a 1st divison side, put up a good fight and not until the last minutes did KIF manage to secure their win.
Folket: United pressade KIF Örebro
Nerikes Allehanda: Femetta i cupen av KIF Örebro
Dalsjöfors GoIF - Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC 0-7 (0-1)
Kopparbergs/Göteborg: Maria Edman - Camilla Schelin, Sofia Dammström, Frida Höglund, Marlene Sjöberg - Maria Karlsson, Johanna Almgren, Lisa Ek (55 Sofia Palmqvist), Therese Bjurenlind - Lotta Schelin, Rebecca Ljungdahl (50 Sofie Andersson)
Goals: 0-1 Therese Bjurenlid (25), 0-2 Lotta Shelin (49), 0-3 Johanna Almgren (66), 0-4 Sofia Andersson (81), 0-5 Camilla Shelin (88), 0-6 Therese Bjurenlid (89), 0-7 Sofia Andersson (90)
Göteborg played a high paced game against the 1st division side Dalsjöfors and it made result in the second half.
Borås Tidning: Tack ska ni ha - ses snart
Borås Tidning: Almgren målskytt och bäst på plan
Alviks IK - Umeå IK 0-2 (0-0)
Umeå: Johanna Baecklund - Karolina Westberg, Anna Paulsson, Jessica Julin, Elaine (45 Maria Bergqvist) - Kristina Wiklund, Emelie Konradsson, Johanna Andersson - Maria Nordbrandt, Emma Lindqvist, Marta (45 Anna Sjöström)
Goals: 0-1 Anna Sjöström (82), 0-2 Johanna Andersson (86)
Umeå rested several key players (Moström, Östberg, Ljungberg, Mäkinen, Valkonen) and the record crowd at Alvik could almost feel the taste of an upset, going into the last 10 minutes. But in the end they couldn't keep up with Umeå's pace and strength.
Norrländska Socialdemokraten: Emma bemästrade Umeås orkan Marta
Norrländska Socialdemokraten: Minuter från en bragdmatch
Norrbottens-Kuriren: En smärtsam förlust
EDIT July 2:
Just for statistics nerds like me I've tried to get more information on the Stockholm matches, mostly from unofficial sources, but I presume goalscorers and line-ups are fairly correct:
Sätra SK - Hammarby IF 1-4 (1-2)
Hammarby: Camilla Halonen - Maureen Metzger, Josefin Christensen, Annelie Norén, Tanja Meidal (Lindsay Demaree) - Elin Härén, Christina Forsell, Jennie Jonsson, Lisa Arnell (Sofia Hoflin) - Jessica Landström, Salina Olsson (Hanna Olsson)
Goals: 0-1 Jessica Landström, 1-2 Jessica Landström, 1-3 Lisa Arnell, 1-4 Christina Forsell (PK)
As usual in these matches between Damallsvenskan sides and lower division sides (Sätra is a 3rd division side), the match can be pretty even in the first half, but in the long run the better play and fitness of the premier league side decides the game. Maureen Metzger and Lindsay Demaree are two american college players, that I last noticed on a trial for Hammarby early this spring. Since this was an official competition match I presume they are now signed, even if there has been no announcement from Hammarby.
Vasalund/Essinge IF - Djurgården/Älvsjö 0-8
Djurgården: Jill Buchwald - Sara Thunebro, Jenny Curtsdotter, Therese Brogårde, Helen Fagerstöm - Linda Lekander (76 Ingrid Bohlin), Elin Ekblom, Anna Hall - Marijke Callebaut (56 Venus James), Linda Fagerström, Sara Johansson
Goals: Helén Fagerström, Sara Johansson, Linda Fagerström, Venus James (2), Elin Ekblom (3)
Vasalund/Esinge, one of the top sides in the 1st division, decided to field a mostly reserve side and instead focus on their important games in the league where they are one of the sides competing for promotion to the Damallsvenskan. So even if Djurgården/Älvsjö rested their European Championship players, there was a huge difference in quality.
Woman goal-keeper in men's team
SVT: Kvinna med i div III-match för herrar, video clip
Expressen: "Jag trodde de skämtade"
Norra Västerbotten: Åsa kunde inte stoppa Bureå
Västerbottens Folkblad: Åsa vaktade buren i herrderbyt
Örebro's americans will not return
Jessica Julin signs with Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC
SVT: Umeås Jessica Julin till Göteborg
Värmlands Folkblad: Qbik har fått nobben
Örnsköldsviks Allehanda: Själevad förlorade dragkampen
Hanna Ljungberg on rehab training (again)
Linköping refuse to release star players for Nordic Cup
Corren: LFC-trio stoppas från landslaget
Jessica Julin leaves Umeå IK
Umeå IK will try to find a replacement for Julin, but it will be a young talent, not a seasoned veteran as Julin.
Västerbottens Folkblad: Julin lämnar UIK
Öqvist and Schelin interviews
Aftonbladet: ”Jag föredrar manligare killar”
Expressen: Nya stjärnan: ”Jag saknar tjejerna”
Big Djurgården/Älvsjö win in regional cup
Hammarby forward facing 6 month rehab
Christie Welsh coming back to Örebro?
Nerikes Allehanda: KIF Örebro hoppas på comeback av Welsh
Kopparbergs/Göteborg wins friendly at OBIK
The match turned out much more even than when QBIK lost 5-0 in the club's Damallsvenskan encounter earlier this season, and QBIK managed to take the lead with an Anna Nilsson goal before Maria Karlsson and Johanna Almgren scored for Göteborg.
Värmlands Folkblad: Bänkad i premiären
Anders Andersson's blog
For those of you who read swedish, there are two interesting blogs to follow: Anders Andersson (an Umeå IK supporter) at http://anderssonanders.blogg.se/ and Jessica Wiberg (the Malmö FF fan) at http://www.jwiberg.blogg.se/. They've just started, but it seems promising.
Swedish Cup: Unconvincing win for AIK
AIK: Jenny Lundqvist - Lisen Åkerlund, Sara Andersson, Hanna Jöhnk, Anna-Karin Andersson (46 Maria Moustakakis) - Therese Sandström, Yolanda Odenyo (61 Anna Bergendal), Lina Hedkvist - Elin Hammarman (46 Anna Lundin), Lena Persson, Nazanin Vaseghpanah
Goals: 0-1 Nazanin Vaseghpanah (51), 0-2 Lena Persson (59), 0-3 Lena Persson (75)
With less than a week training following the month long break, AIK had big problems getting focused and organized on the field. A 3rd division side like Viksjö shouldn't be able to keep up against AIK, but it took more than half the match before the first goal.
Smith and Rech scores in debut for Sunnanå
Norra Västerbotten: Bekände färg i debuten
Josefine Öqvist gets promotion deal with make-up company
Expressen: "Jossan" blir modell i Japan
Aftonbladet: Nytt modelluppdrag för Josefine Öqvist
Valkonen wants to move to a bigger town
Västerbottens Folkblad: Valkonens sista säsong
Swedish Cup: QBIK advances
QBIK defeated 2nd division side Västanfors IF 2-1 (0-0) with only three first team players starting; Therese Lückner, Jenny Hallstensson and Rebecca Jonsson. We didn't have any choice but to play the match in the training break, so we just had to pick the players that were available, explains assistant coach Jan Svensson. Both goals by Rebecca Jonsson.
The Damallsvenskan clubs join the swedish cup in the fourth round to play lower division teams. Most of the 4th round matches will be played the last weekend in June.
Värmlands Folkblad: B-betonat Qbik tog sig vidare i cupen
Victoria Svensson facing 6 week rehab
Victoria Svensson's second half injury in the EC semifinal has been diagnosed as a muscle rupture, that usually takes 3 to 6 weeks rehab to heal. Victoria says that this time she will not hurry through the rehab. She did that with a similar injury in the other leg, coming up to the European Championships with minimal training and very few matches.
Dagens Nyheter: Victoria Svensson kan vara borta i sex veckor
European Championships: Post tournament news and views
Aftonbladet: "Det här gör riktigt ont"
Corren: Gulddrömmen sprack -- Marika i tårar
Dagens Nyheter: Sveriges bästa halvlek räckte inte mot Norge
Dagens Nyheter: Picture show (Flash)
Dagens Nyheter: Hanna Ljungberg: "Tomhet och besvikelse"
Expressen: Marika i tårar efter förlusten
There seems to be only one point where some are critical, the substitution of Caroline Seger for Frida Östberg at half time. Trying to created something forward exchanged for destructive defense seems to be the general opinion. Personally I can understand the coach's decision - Seger seemed sometimes a liability at midfield, losing the ball from trying to dribble or shortpass instead for taking a more simple approach.
The match is seen as not only Marika Domanski Lyfors farewell, it is also the farewell of the old guard. This in spite of no player (maybe except for Kristin Bengtsson) having said they will retire from the national team, many though have left the question unanswered. Many columnists speculates on what new head coach Thomas Dennerby should do, and maybe mostly how fast he should move in the younger players.
Aftonbladet: De utslagna hjältinnorna
Corren: Utan Seger ingen final
Dagens Nyheter: KRÖNIKAN: Ett bittert slut på en storhetstid
Expressen: Brask: Kurvan pekar neråt - nu får vi se fram mot 2008
Sydsvenskan: En härlig revansch till ingen nytta
Västerbottens Folkblad: Hedern är räddad
New head coach for Djurgården/Älvsjö
SVT: Dif/Älvsjö sparkar tränaren
QBIK signs Hawkins sisters
The club also reveals that they will be looking at yet another, so far unnamed, american player before the season restarts in July.
Värmlands Folkblad: Hawkins på väg vill tillbaka till Qbik
Mallbacken signs american midfielder
Värmlands Folkblad: Målskytten är här
European Championships: Semifinal Norway - Sweden
Norway: Bente Nordby - Marianne Paulsen, Marit Fiane Christensen (80 Maritha Kaufmann), Ane Stangeland, Gunhild B Følstad - Solveig Gulbrandsen, Ingvild Stensland, Unni Lehn - Dagny Mellgren, Lise Klaveness, Isabell Herlovsen (65 Stine Fransen)
Sweden: Hedvig Lindahl - Sara Larsson, Hanna Marklund, Jane Törnqvist, Kristine Bengtsson - Anna Sjöström, Malin Moström, Caroline Seger (46 Frida Östberg), Therese Sjögran (71 Josefine Öqvist) - Victoria Svensson (49 Lotta Schelin), Hanna Ljungberg.
Goals: 1-0 Solveig Gulbrandsen (40) , 1-1 Hanna Ljungberg (42), 2-1 Isabell Herlovsen (64), 2-2 Hanna Ljungberg (89), 3-2 Solveig Gulbrandsen (109).
Much better game than in the group play. Sweden showed a lot of the play that has been wanted, dominated most of the first half, nice passing play, ball mostly to the ground, good movement in the offensive half. Norway relied a lot on long balls and really fast counters and their forwards are great to watch. Norway took over in the second half, maybe Svensson's early injury played a part here. Her reborned cooperation with Hanna Ljungberg had resulted in one goal and some dangerous situations in the first half.
Still, I would rather have had them play badly and win than play good and lose.
European Championships: Things that happended while I was away
I think he probably was on the spot there. From the reports it doesn't seem like it was very enjoyable. The major tabloid had a big headline across the front of the sports section that said "VIDARE!", but with the dot over the I exchanged for five small letters "INGET". Which is pretty clever in swedish: "vidare" means further or through (we won so we're through to the semis) while "inget vidare" means "not very good".
In spite of winning their group, undefeated to that, the swedish team has far from met the expectations. Critizism from media and fans is harsh. Sweden were supposed to dominate against all the other teams in their group, maybe with some exception for Denmark. Instead they have just squeezed by. The lack of goals, the bad passing play, the absence of activity on the wings, the repeated changes of the midfield composition, the constant long and high balls aimed at a striker that is, to quote a TV commentator, two pancakes tall and an almost invisible pair of forwards. Only the defense, and mostly Hanna Marklund, has satisfied the critics so far.
The players and coaches on the other hand willingly admit that the play could have looked better, but they have so far done what they are here to do, resultwise. The swedish tactics, with pressure already in the offensive third of the field, takes a lot of strength. "The defense starts with the forwards" is a common statement from the swedish coaches, and Ljungberg and Svensson has certainly done their bit in that respect. But that takes it's toll and makes the swedish counters slower and less forcefull.
And there is, though not that well represented, a view that this is as good as we are. The field in a competition like the European Championships is strong, there are no push-overs (maybe except for Italy). Be content that the team actually gets the job done and don't complain about how it's done.
I could give you loads of links here, but it I really don't feel like browsing through a weeks worth of 10-15 internet newspapers to find them. Look for yourself if you feel like it. www.aftonbladet.se, www.expressen.se and www.dn.se covers this event extensively and I think you'll find news and views at every other swedish site I've ever linked to here.
Finland's women on the other hand were completely exhilarated after their 2-1 win over Denmark. The biggest thing ever in finnish football, men or women, was among the most modest statements. There was a fantastic audio clip on finnish radio, an interview with Jessica Julin and Heidi Kackur (they are both from the swedishspeaking minority) directly after the match. They seem to have pulled it now, maybe too much swearing in it?? Julin and Kackur were on top of the world and needed to emphazise every feeling with a well chosen swearword. It was probably also from another post match interview, with a happy but somewhat more relaxed team captain Sanna Valkonen, that the rumour that the finnish girls would celebrate by skinnydipping in the hotel fountain emanated.
No link, since they pulled my favourite clip.
The young ones against the old guard is a popular theme. Seger, Öqvist and Schelin are fun, vocal and self-confident. So far none of them has really impressed on the field, but who has. But in one event they have taken the lead. The swedish national team players, especially those from Umeå, has a reputation of being shopaholics. But Seger, Öqvist and Schelin has taken over at least there.
TV4 (Shopping clip)
Expressen: En blågul modeoffensiv
Bad play or not, the European Championship is the big thing in sports in Sweden these weeks. The Finland match was played and televised opposite the men's friendly against Norway. The women's match got an audience of 1,2 millions while the men's game, shown at another network, got half as much. None of the big names (Ljungberg, Ibrahimovic) played for Sweden, but nonetheless.
Dagens Nyheter: Damlandslaget vann tittarmatchen
Matches with 25 to 30 thousand in the crowds are not commonplace with european women's football and I think England's matches got bigger TV audience than the FA Cup final. But what concerns the tournament itself there are still ways to go. Representatives for the swedish FA says there is a lot left to do:
- the squads are to small, 17 outfield players compared to 220 in the men's tournament
- all competing teams are put in the same hotel - unthinkable in a men's tournament
- they are not alone at the hotels, they have to share it with tourists and wedding parties
Dagens Nyheter: Damfotboll släpar efter herrarna
European Championships: Sweden - Finland
Sweden: Hedvig Lindahl - Kristin Bengtsson, Jane Törnqvist, Hanna Marklund, Sara Larsson - Therese Sjögran (71 Anna Sjöström), Malin Andersson, Malin Moström, Lotta Schelin (56 Josefine Öqvist) - Hanna Ljungberg, Victoria Svensson
Finland: Satu Kunnas - Eveliina Sarapää, Sanna Valkonen, Tiina Salmén, Petra Vaelma - Minna Mustonen (71 Sanna Talonen), Anne Mäkinen, Jessica Julin, Anna-Kaisa Rantanen (90 Sanna Malaska) - Laura Kalmari, Heidi Kackur (46 Jessica Thorn)
No time to comment on this, but God, was it frustrating!
I'll be away for about week again, so no updates for a while. In case anyone would be wondering.
Three top players to leave Umeå IK?
Vasabladet: EM tände en ny gnista
Midfielder Jessica Julin, also on the finnish national team, has had problems getting a spot om Umeå's team after the club signed Finland's 2004 Player of the Year Anne Mäkinen and brasilian international Elaine. She tells her hometown paper Jakobstads Tidning that she has already decided she will not play for the club 2006, but might leave, possibly on loan, already this summer.
Jakobstads Tidning: Nu väntar det stora äventyret
Sweden's national team defender Karolina Westberg left Malmö FF for Umeå IK this winter, but have since lost her starting position with both club and country. She tells Malmö local daily Sydsvenskan that she will return to Malmö FF, but avoids questions on when that will happen. The newspaper's guess is that it will be already this summer.
No link, since this only appeared in the printed edition.
European Championships: Player interviews
Sydsvenskan: Flytten från MFF lyfte Kackur
Victoria Svensson talks about big problems handling the intense attention to her person after the 2003 World Cup. "I said yes to almost every proposal from the media and almost burned out". She now has a mental who helps her deal with the pressure of getting football, media and personal life working together. "I am more in control now".
Svenska Dagbladet: VM-succén höll på att knäcka Victoria
Göteborgsposten: Victoria tillbaka på allvar
European Championships: Sweden - Finland pre game
Richard Holmlund, former Umeå IK coach, is responsible for scouting Finland. "We should win 7 or 8 matches out of 10, but we have to watch out for their central line Valkonen - Mäkinen - Kalmari". Playing fast and wide, keeping the ball on the ground and an agressive preassure seems to be the solution for Sweden, according to Ljungberg, Moström and Törnqvist. And it is 29 years since Finland last defeated Sweden.
There is, unlike the game against Denmark, a certain amount of trash talk, most probably because so many of the players in the opposing teams know each other. So you can find a bit of talk about who's gonna eat who alive, and who's gonna shut whose mouth.
"Losing to Finland isn't even on the map", says Linköping youngsters Josefine Öqvist and Caroline Seger, but continues "God, it would be embarrasing if we lost. We can't go back home if we do."
Västerbottens Folkblad: I dag är vännerna fiender
Värmlands Folkblad: Larsson säker på seger mot Finland
TV4: Victoria Svensson interview and Tina Nordlund analysis (video clip)
SVT: Sverige måste vinna mot Finland, interview with Finlands coach (clip), talks with finnish players in Sweden (clip)
Svenska Dagbladet: Svensk koll ska hindra finsk pinne
Expressen: Så ska Sverige stoppa Finlands stjärnor
Expressen: ”Ska täppa till käften på dem”
Dagens Nyheter: Hanna leder de svenska försvaret
Dagens Nyheter: Kalmari: "Vi har en stor chans att vinna"
Dagens Nyheter: 29 år sedan Finland vann sist
Corren: Rantanen tror på seger mot Sverige i kväll
Corren: Fotbollstjejerna tillbaka i verkligheten
Aftonbladet: ”Jag vågar inte komma hem...”
Aftonbladet: Jossan perfekt mot Finland - enligt henne själv
Aftonbladet: Bank: Spela svenskt - då blir det seger mot Finland
European Championships: 75,000 bonus for swedish gold
Expressen: Nu får dom sin drömbonus
European Championships: Post and pre game talk
Västerbottens Folkblad: Premiär i moll – som vanligt
Sydsvenskan: 1–1 mellan Sverige och Danmark
SVT: Short Caroline Jönsson interview (RealVideo)
Göteborgsposten: Än tror Moström på EM-guld
Expressen: Sverige rasar mot domaren
Dagens Nyheter: Vickan: "Vi vet att vi kan bättre än vi visade"
Young midfielder Caroline Seger could have wished for a better championship debut; picked off the field after being more or less invisible for 55 minutes. She was definitely not satisfied with her own performance and thinks her substitution was justified. Her more experienced team mates urged her not to read the papers after the match. "It's nice to read when there is something positive, but I can tell myself when I'm bad", Seger commented.
Aftonbladet: Undviker läsa tidningar
Sydsvenskan: Besviken Seger undvek tidningarna
Expressen: "Det var en chock"
Dagens Nyheter: En debut som Seger sent ska glömma
Corren: Dagen efter -- en dag av eftertanke för Seger
Finland's midfielder Jessica Julin said she was not sad after their extratime defeat to England, she was mad and angry. Finland didn't start good, they were much to nervous in their first ever championship match and made easy mistakes, but did great to come back from being 2 goals down and deserved the draw. No one in the finish team thinks it will be hard to focus on the next game though. "You just have to say Sweden and we're all set". The fact that six finnish players have club mates in the swedish team will of course help.
Corren: Rantanens mål var förgäves
Vasabladet: Julin arg och förbannad
Vasabladet: Kalmari trodde sig fixat poäng
Vasabladet: Tränaren: Det känns grymt
Expressen: Psykkriget: ”Vi ska äta upp dom”
Hufvudstadsbladet: Kampen på mittfältet avgör Finlands öde
Marta highest paid Damallsvenskan player
There are approximately 20 full time professionals in Damallsvenskan this season, 11 of the in Umeå. Tabloid Expressen publishes possible wage figures for the national team members, but those are based on the tax returns for 2003. Back then Hanna Ljungberg was the full time professional in Sweden and paid taxes based on a SEK 326,000 income. The other 2003 top earners, Malin Moström and Malin Andersson, both had fairly well paid part-time day jobs.
Västerbottens Folkblad: Arnqvist: Marta tjänar inte 100 000 i månaden
Expressen: Så här mycket tjänar tjejerna
Malmö FF coach to leave the club
European Championships: Rantanen and Kalmari scores in losing effort
Anna-Kaisa Rantanen and Laura Kalmari scored for Finland, but nonetheless lost 2-3 to England in their first group match. All Finland's six Damallsvenskan players (Anne Mäkinen, Jessica Julin and Sanna Valkonen in Umeå, Anna-Kaisa Rantanen in Linköping, Heidi Kackur in Kopparbergs/Göteborg and Laura Kalmari in Djurgården/Älvsjö) started with Heidi Kackur substituted in the 81st minute.
England took a 2-0 lead in the first half with rather few opportunities for Finland. Not until after England's Kelly Smith left the pitch at halftime Finland managed to get a hold of the match and dominated large parts of the second half, resulting in Rantanen's long shot from outside the area and Kalmari's header in the last minute of regulation time. Finland's heavy attacking opened for english counters with Aluko, waiting on the offside mark, managing to get one-on-one with the finnish keeper Kunnas at least three times. Some brilliant goalkeeping from Kunnas kept Finland in the match until Carney scored on a rebound in extratime.
YLE: Jessica Julin and Mikko Käld post game interviews (Real Audio)
European Championships: Sweden - Denmark
Sweden: Hedvig Lindahl - Sara Larsson, Jane Törnqvist, Hanna Marklund, Kristin Bengtsson - Lotta Schelin (84 Josefine Öqvist), Frida Östberg, Malin Moström, Caroline Seger (55 Therese Sjögran) - Victoria Svensson, Hanna Ljungberg.
Goals: 1-0 Hanna Ljungberg (20), 1-1 Johanna Rasmussen (28)
The first game curse continues - Sweden haven't managed to win their opener in a major tournament since 1997. But at least it wasn't a defeat this time. The key to the match was winning the midfield, which made Domanski Lyfors return to the traditional midfield diamond with Frida Östberg in the defensive position. Sweden started well, agressive play, starting their counters high up on the danish half and creating several good scoring opportunities. But by the end of the first half Denmark began winning the midfield battle and were dangerous coming down the wings. Sweden did a couple of player moves and a substitution trying to better the midfield play, but it only worked partly. The second half as a whole belonged to Denmark with a faster and better passing play. Even if the danish players were all smiles after the match and the swedish rather disappointed, Sweden should be the ones most satisfied with the result.
SVT - Star wars inspired clip on the build up for the Denmark clash (Windows media)
Aftonbladet: Oavgjord EM-premiär
Expressen: Dålig start i EM-premiären
Dagens Nyheter: Sverige kryssade i EM-premiären
SVT: Oavgjort för damerna i EM-premiär
If you want to get your match reports and other stuff in english I recommend UEFA's official site, BBC and Georgina Turner's blog at the Guardian.
Damallsvenskan MVP's for the first quarter season named
The women's football magazine Nya Mål (the same people that runs the website Damfotboll.com), Damallsvenskan's main sponsor Svenska Spel and EFD, the association of women's elite football clubs, awards a trophy for "the most extraordinary and valuable performance" by a Damallsvenskan player every year. They have released the standings after the first 6 rounds:
1. Kristine Lilly, KIF Örebro
2. Therese Sjögran, Malmö FF
3. Salina Olsson, Hammarby IF
4. Hanna Marklund, Sunnanå SK
5. Malin Moström, Umeå IK
The final winner will be named at the end of the season.
Lilie Persson to be national team assistant coach
Djurgården player to QBIK
Annica Svensson, midfielder and two times swedish champion with Djurgården-Älvsjö, will probably spend the last part of the season with QBIK. Svensson, who has been having difficulties getting playing time in Djurgården's first team, had QBIK's head coach Dave Mosson as her coach in highschool. There are some details left to solve between the teams, but the transfer seems pretty much set.
Three Damallsvenskan players on USA roster for Canada game
Tiffeny Milbrett, Sunnanå, as well as Kate Margraf and Kristine Lilly, KIF Örebro, has been called up for training camp and a friendly against Canada with the US national team late June.
Promising rehearsal against Canada
Sweden: Hedvig Lindahl - Sara Larsson, Hanna Marklund, Jane Törnqvist, Kristin Bengtsson - Anna Sjöström (58 Frida Östberg), Malin Moström, Caroline Seger (71 Malin Andersson), Lotta Schelin - Victoria Svensson, Hanna Ljungberg (69 Maria Karlsson)
Goals: 1-0 Hanna Ljungberg (13), 2-0 Victoria Svensson (17), 3-0 Malin Moström (63), 3-1 Christine Sinclair (70).
A convincing performance from the swedish side in their last match before the European Championships. Canada, that defeated Denmark 4-3 only a few days earlier, was never any real threat. Particulary nice to see the cooperation between Hanna Ljungberg and Victoria Svensson working good. Marika Domanski Lyfors also fielded a straight midfield without a defensive mid. Having Malin Moström and Carolina Seger, players that are both happy to push forward, in the centre mid turned out good and a very reliable back line took care of what flaws there might have been in the defensive play. Jane Törnqvist probably worked her way back to a starting position after a less than convincing last 6 months. Josefine Öqvist and Therese Sjögran both rested because of minor injuries.
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