Schelin stays in Göteborg
Göteborgsposten: Schelin stannar i Göteborg
The swedish network TV4 made an interview with "the female Zlatan". Lotta says she is honoured by the nickname and is very excited about the European Championships. "We're going there to win the gold"
TV4 (video clip)
Sunnanå's Milbrett back on US national team
In Sunnanå there is talk about "the Tiffeny factor" and she admits that the team looks much better now than when she joined "but that's not because of me. The entire team trains hard and wants to develop." Over all she is very pleased with her time with the team and that they wants her to come back "I like it very much with the team and the coach and I get just the kind of freedom on the pitch that makes me a good player."
Milbrett will return back to USA next week after first spending some time as a tourist in Stockholm and watching "my new friend Hanna Marklund playing for Sweden against my old friend Cristina Sinclair and Canada". She will return to Sunnanå in August.
Norra Västerbotten: Tiffeny i landslaget
QBIK signs Jennifer Meier
Dave Mosson, QBIK's coach, talks in a five minute interview with a local TV station about his team and himself. He says that the season so far has been a big learning experience, and that they will do better when the league restarts in July. Jennifer Meier's experience will be a big asset for the club. Mosson, who is a big local profile in football, has never coached a women's side before. He says that at this level the main difference is that for men football is a job while women needs to find other motivation than financial compensation. Team spirit, finding friends and spending time together in the team becomes much more important.
Värmlands Folkblad: Tyska Jennifer Meier skriver på för Qbik
SVT: Dave Mosson interview (Real video, 5 minutes)
Six Damallsvenskan players in Finland's Euro squad
In an interview with Finland's leading swedish language daily Hufvudstadsbladet Laura Kalmari is very pleased with Finland's 2-0 win over Scotland and wit her own two goals. "It feels really good to score again. It's been a tough spring with both the club (Djurgården/Älvsjö) and the national team."
Hufvudstadsbladet: Kalmari lugn inför premiären
Finland's midfielder Jessica Juhlin has spent most of the time this spring with Umeå IK on the bench . In her monthly column at Finland's swedish language TV network she writes about her frustration but also about looking forward to the European Championships.
YLE: Inte alltid en dans på rosor
Sweden's finnish speaking TV news has made a piece on the finnish internationals playing in Damallsvenskan, focusing on Anne Mäkinen.
SVT: Finska landslagsdamer förgyller damallsvenskan (Real video clip)
Erla and Asta called up to play Scotland
Nora Jåfs leaves Sunnanå
Nora Jåfs, finnish U21 midfielder, leaves Sunnanå and moves back to Finland, citing personal reasons.
Post match-day comments
Sydsvenskan: Ett mål räckte för MFF
Anna Nilsson scored 32 goals for QBIK last season in the 1st division. Not until the sixth match came her first Damallsvenskan goal and QBIK's first win. QBIK showed guts and determination when they managed to win the game in spite of Själevad's early goal from a penalty kick, and coach Dave Mosson mentioned especially midfielder Lisa Mellberg.
Värmlands Folkblad: Anna Nilsson fixade första segern för Qbik
Örnsköldsviks Allehanda: Platt fall i streckmatch
Mallbacken's decision to try a bold 4-3-3 against Sunnanå didn't work out at all the first half. The Mallbacken players semed marked by their row of defeats and played without confidence. In the second half Sunnanå seemed to relax too much and when Mallbacken's icelandic midfielder Erla Arnadóttir reduced to 1-2 the game turned around. Arnadóttir, new with the team, seems to finally have found her playmaker position.
Värmlands Folkblad: Mallbacken hämtade upp
Värmlands Folkblad: Krister Engström om Mallbackens första halvlek: Tjejerna var ängsliga efter alla förluster på slutet
Norra Västerbotten: Sunnanå tappade 2-0-ledning
"It was good to be reminded that we still have some way to go", said Linköping's coach Michael Bornehav after his team's 3-1 defeat to Umeå. "Sometimes you don't have to be looking for explanations or excuses. It's enough to say that we met a damned good team", he added.
Corren: LFC chanslöst i toppmötet
Match-Day 6 - Sunday
Hammarby IF - AIK 4-0 (1-0)
Hammarby IF: Kattis Wicksell - Hanna Olsson, Jossan Christensen, Annelie Norén, Tanja Meidal - Elin Härén (88 Sofia Hoflin), Jennie Jonsson, Christina Forssell, Lisa Arnell (55 Eleonor Lundgren) - Salina Olsson, Jessica Landström (88 Stina Flodin).
AIK: Sofie Holmqvist - Lisen Åkerlund, Sara Andersson, Sofia Ström, Anna-Karin Anderssson (80 Emilia Reimer) - Yolanda Odenyo, Therese Sandström, Lina Hedkvist (53 Hodan Siid-Ahmed) - Anna Lundin (53 Josefin Wejner), Lena Persson, Nazanin Vaseghpanah.
Goals: Annelie Norén 1 - 0 (8), Jessica Landström 2 - 0 (56), Salina Olsson 3 - 0 (66), Jessica Landström 4 - 0 (83)
Hammarby took an early lead from a corner kick, but AIK managed to stand up pretty well in the first half, showing a good passing play. In the second it wasn't enough and when Salina Olsson scored Hammarby's third goal on a bicycle kick, her 8th in 6 games, it was a done deal. Hammarby's coach En Perlskog is very satisfied with his team's performance so far, in 4th place going into the break.
Dagens Nyheter: Hammarby vann Stockholmsderbyt
Mallbacken - Sunnanå SK 2-2 (0-2)
Goals: Madelaine Edlund 0-1 (32), Tiffeny Milbrett 0-2 (35), Erla Arnardottir 1-2 (59), Maja Johansson 2-2 (77)
"I think we got a little to self confident when we were 2 goals up and lost edge in our play", comments Sunnanå's assistant coach Björn Israelsson.
The usual match-day sum-up at Damfotboll.com and Svensk Fotboll. Stats at Svensk Fotboll.
Kalmari scored for Finland
Match-Day 6 - Saturday
Umeå IK: Sofia Lundgren - Maria Bergkvist, Anna Paulson, Sanna Valkonen, Frida Östberg - Elaine, Malin Moström, Anne Mäkinen - Marta, Hanna Ljungberg (82 Emma Lindqvist), Anna Sjöström (88 Maria Nordbrandt)
Linköping FC: Hedvig Lindahl - Sara Larsson, Anna-Kaisa Rantanen, Jenny Möller, Emma Claesson (52 Lotta Runesson) - Malin Gustafsson, Caroline Seger, Maria Aronsson - Ann Westermark, Maria Karlsson, Josefine Öqvist
Goals: Malin Moström 1-0 (13), Marta 2-0 (16), Maria Bergkvist 3-0 (21), Maria Aronsson 3-1 (41)
Just an hour after the UEFA Women's Cup final you could watch this match, and it looked much the same. A great Umeå show the first half with 3 goals in the first 20 minutes. Malin Moström and Marta impressed greatly and Linköping didn't have much to show for their 5 national team players. Except goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl, who did a couple of great saves. Slower pace in the second, but still a safe Umeå win.
SVT: Umeå spelade ut Linköping, match clip
Dagens Nyheter: Umeå avgjorde snabbt
SR Östergötland: Linköpings damer förlorade mot Umeå, Hedvig Lindahl interview (audio)
KIF Örebro - Malmö FF 0-1 (0-1)
Malmö FF: Caroline Jönsson - Malin Andersson, Denise Reddy, Therese Jönsson, Jenny Engwall - Frida Nordin, Formiga, Nilla Fischer, Emma Stålhammar (65 Linda Blom) - Asthildur Helgadottir (79 Mia Westerblad ), Therese Lundin
Goals: Emma Stålhammar 0-1 (28)
Two teams with strong defense against each other, which didn't give that many scoring opportunities. Emma Stålhammar scored a great goal from distance to give Malmö the upper hand. Örebro pushed forward in the second and dominated that half, but their forwards got stuck in Malmö's defense. "We were playing to complicated", Örebro coach Pia Sundhage explained, "trying to get the ball inside the box instead of just taking the long shot, so we didn't get to as many finishes as our advantage should have given us". Malmö's Anders Johansson praised his defense and satisfied that they managed to get a good hold on Kristine Lilly.
This was the last match for Örebro's americans Kristine Lilly, Kate Markgraf and Mary Frances Monroe. It's a 50/50 chance they'll come back after the break, says both Sundhage and Markgraf
Nerikes Allehanda: Första förlusten för KIF Örebro
SR Örebro: Första förlusten i amrikanskornas sista match , Pia Sundhage interview (audio clip)
Själevads IK - QBIK 1-2 (1-1)
Goals: Therese Kapstad 1-0 (PK 7), Linda Hallstensson 1-1 (18), Anna Nilsson 1-2 (82)
QBIK's first Damallsvenskan points this season. They deserved the win after dominating most of the match in a cold and windy Örnsköldsvik.
The usual match-day sum-up at Damfotboll.com and Svensk Fotboll. Stats at Svensk Fotboll.
Djurgården/Älvsjö lose Women's Cup to Potsdam
Turbine Potsdam: Nadine Angerer - Britta Carlson, Inken Becher, Sonja Fuss - Navima Omilade, Ariane Hingst, Jennifer Zietz, Viola Odebrecht - Anja Mittag, Conny Pohlers (74 Cristiane), Petra Wimbersky (79 Karolin Thomas).
Djurgården/Älvsjö: Maja Åström - Helen Fagerström (46 Helen Curtsdotter), Jane Törnqvist, Malin Nykvist, Sara Thunebro (46 Linda Lekander) - Ann-Marie Norlin (53 Anna Hall), Elin Ekblom, Linda Fagerström - Venus James, Victoria Svensson, Kicki Bengtsson
Goals: Petra Wimbersky 1-0 (2), Conny Pohlers 2-0 (9), Kicki Bengtsson 2-1 (10), Conny Pohlers 3-1 (16)
Turbine Potsdam attack impressed a lot in the first half with a good pace and well thought and executed passes with mostly just one or two touches. Djurgården/Älvsjö showed themselves vulnerable on the wings, where their defenders often got turned by Potsdam's Mittag and Wimbersky (Djurgården substituted both their wingbacks at halftime). Their proposed 4-3-3 soon (as so often happens with 4-3-3 tactics) soon looked more like 4-5-1 with Victoria Svensson alone at top, which is not her best position. At halftime they changed to a more conservative 4-4-2 which stabilized their defense, but didn't help much in the attack. The kind of scoring chances that they managed to create in the Stockholm leg of the final didn't show this time.
All in all a really great performance by Turbine Potsdam while Djurgården/Älvsjö disappointed both themselves and their fans, just as they have in the Damallsvenskan, where they will spend the break on a modest 6th place.
SVT: Djurgården/Älvsjö sänkt efter 75 sekunder
Expressen: Djurgården/Älvsjö utklassat i Europafinal
Dagens Nyheter: Djurgården/Älvsjö föll i finalen
Canadian international visiting Sunnanå
Norra Västerbotten: Ännu en världsstjärna på väg till Sunnanå?
Match-Day 5 - Last game
Djurgården/Älvsjö: Jill Buchwald - Helén Fagerström, Jane Törnqvist, Malin Nykvist, Kristin Bengtsson - Ann-Marie Norlin (45 Linda Lekander), Elin Ekblom (Anna Hall), Linda Fagerström - Marijke Callebaut, Victoria Svensson (60 Venus James), Laura Kalmari.
Hammarby: Kattis Wicksell - Christina Forssell, Jossan Christensen, Annelie Norén, Jessica Landström, Tanja Meidal - Elin Härén, Jennie Jonsson, Salina Olsson, Louise Fors (91 Sofia Hoflin) - Lisa Arnell (72 Eleonor Lundgren)
Goals: Linda Fagerström 1-0 (73), Salina Olsson 1-1 (80)
For the first time in his life Hammarby coach En Perlskog fielded a defense line with five players, and sometimes it looked even more. Djurgården/Älvsjö owned the ball most of the match, but had problems penetrating Hammarby's defense. The set-up made for a pretty boring game, both goals came from set pieces, but it worked for Hammarby. Djurgården's play overall not looking good for the upcoming Potsdam game.
The meagre 242 crowd at the stadium cann partly be explained by the fact that Hammarby's and Djurgården's men played their derby at the same time in Stockholm.
SVT: Ratade Salina gav svar på tal i derbyt, match clip
Dagens Nyheter: Olsson tog en snabb revansch
Aftonbladet: Här får Salina sin revansch
Aftonbladet: Derbykrocken kostade Djurgården 80 000 kr
German international trying out for QBIK
Värmlands Folkblad: Trio på prov
Värmlands Folkblad: Qbik siktar på att behålla tyska Meier
Swedish squad for European championships announced
Most of the press focus on the newcomers, a lot on Caroline Seger who likes to talk big: "Everybody is going to know who Caroline Seger is after the competition. I'm going to decide the entire championship."
Aftonbladet: Glädjebesked för Jossan – klar för EM
Aftonbladet: Seger: Jag ska avgöra hela EM
Corren: Marias EM-plats var inget skämt
Dagens Nyheter: Seger ska bli Marikas joker
Expressen: Josefine Öqvist med i EM-truppen
Göteborgsposten: Svåra val för Domanski Lyfors
SVT: "Samma känsla som inför VM", video clip with player interviews
Sydsvenskan: Sjögran vill inte prata guld
Västerbottens Folkblad: Sex UIK-spelare uttagna till EM
Match-Day 5 - Sunday
Goals: Josefine Öqvist 1-0 (6), Caroline Seger 2-0 (33), Emma Claesson 3-0 (57), Kristine Lilly 3-1 (71), Kristine Lilly 3-2 (89), Own goal 3-3 (90+2)
Linköping opened strong, as so often before, and Örebro never came into the match in the first half. In the halftime break Örebro decided to go for a more direct type of play, but it took until the last 20 minutes before it began to pay off. Two long passes Kristine Lilly reduced the deficit to 1 goal and Örebro throwed everything into attack in extratime and they managed to force in the equalizer on a defenders mistake. Really good show by Lilly, who hasn't been that impressive until now, and a really disappointed Linköping again lost what seemed a safe lead. "We had complete control of the match, then the last five minutes we played like little girls."
Nerikes Allehanda: Ofattbar KIF-upphämtning
Nerikes Allehanda: Match pictures
SVT: Stark upphämtning av Örebro
Corren: "Jag fattar inte vad vi håller på med"
Radiosporten: Ann Westermark (Linköping) interview, Lisa Dahlqvist (Örebro) interview
Malmö FF - Själevads IK 5-1 (5-0)
Malmö FF: Caroline Jönsson - Malin Andersson, Denise Reddy, Nilla Fischer, Jenny Engwall - Frida Nordin, Formiga, Therese Sjögran (45 Therese Jönsson), Emma Stålhammar (Linda Blom) - Therese Lundin, Asthildur Helgadottir (67 Mia Westerblad)
Själevads IK: Magdalena Åstrand - Charlotte Gimbergsson, Marina, Sanna Frostevall, Camilla Nyberg – Johanna Ahrling, Josefine Engwall (86 Anna Segerbäck ), Therese Kapstad, Anja Steen (74 Johanna Engwall) – Jenny Dahlberg, Emma Jonsson (46 Josefin Larsson ).
Goals: Denise Reddy 1-0 (12), Asthildur Helgadóttir 2-0 (13), Therese Sjögran 3-0 (13), Asthildur Helgadóttir 4-0 (28), Therese Lundin 5-0 (31), Therese Kapstad 5-1 (90 PK)
Malmö started with a fast and creative attacking play and were 5 goals up already after 30 minutes. The creative center of their play was midfielders Therese Sjögran and Formiga, and when Sjögran left the field in halftime (a minor back injury), Malmö's attacking game slowed down.
Sydsvenskan: Malmö slog Själevad med 5-1
SVT: Malmö avgjorde i första halvlek
Örnsköldsviks Allehanda: Själevads taktikmiss
Malmö FF match report and match pictures, 2, 3
QBIK - Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC 0-4 (0-1)
Kopparbergs/Göteborg: Maria Edman - Sofia Dammström, Jennie Svensson, Frida Höglund, Maria Karlsson - Sofia Palmqvist (85 Hanna Wadefalk), Lisa Ek, Lotta Schelin, Johanna Almgren - Rebecca Ljungdahl (74 Sofie Andersson), Heidi Kackur
Goals: Heidi Kackur 0-1 (33), Lisa Ek 0-2 (48), Maria Karlsson 0-3 (61), Lotta Schelin 0-4 (PK 85)
QBIK played more agressive than usual and had several good opportunities to score in the first half, which was a pretty even affair. Göteborg's greater experience against the newly promoted QBIK payed off and in the end it was a safe win for the visitors. QBIK's coach was very disappointed in his team's inability to score from even very good opportunities.
Göteborgsposten: Äntligen lossnade det för Göteborg
Värmlands Folkblad: "Oskickligt och oförlåtligt"
The usual match-day sum-up at Damfotboll.com and Svensk Fotboll. Stats at Svensk Fotboll.
Djurgården/Älvsjö goes down against Potsdam
UEFA Women's Cup: Djurgården/Älvsjö - Turbine Potsdam 0-2 (0-1)
Goals: Conny Pohlers 1-0 (34), Anja Mittag 2-0 (53)
Djurgården/Älvsjö: Maja Åström - Sara Thunebro, Jane Törnqvist, Malin Nykvist, Helén Fagerström -
Ann-Marie Norlin (76 Marijke Callebaut) - Linda Fagerström, Anna Hall - Elin Ekblom - Kristin Bengtsson, Venus James
Djurgården/Älvsjö had their three first forward choices in the stands (Victoria Svensson and Sara Johansson injured, Laura Kalmari not available since she's already played UEFA Cup matches for Umeå), and suffered a lot in the attack. Potsdam had most of the possession and showed a good passing play while Djurgården/älvsjö relied on defense and counters, where Kicki Bengtsson created a lot of dangerous opportunities but never managed to score, partly because of great play from Potsdam's keeper Nadine Angerer, but also because Bengtsson, as she herself commented, lacked edge in her finishes "It's several years since I played forward last." Djurgårdens other attacker Venus James, probably out of her sick-bed a little to early, seemed tired and uninspired. Conny Pohlers exploited a couple of defensive mistakes to get Potsdam the lead, but not until Mittag's great shot from the edge of the area they seemed to get the upper edge. Djurgården/Älvsjö, though disappointed, took comfort in the idea that if Potsdam can score twice away, so can they next weekend.
Potsdam's Hingst talks about the UEFA Cup final
SVT (Windows media, 2 minutes)
US players stays in shape in Örebro
Dagens Nyheter: USA-elit håller formen i Örebro
Match-Day 5 - Saturday
Sunnanå: Åsa Berglund - Sandra Berggren, Linnea Gjersvold, Hanna Marklund, Magdalena Esseryd - Anna Bodén, Carolina Marklund, Carina Holmberg, Lina Johansson - Madelaine Edlund, Tiffeny Milbrett
Umeå IK: Sofia Lundgren - Maria Bergkvist, Anna Paulson, Karolina Westberg, Frida Östberg - Elaine, Malin Moström, Anne Mäkinen - Marta, Hanna Ljungberg, Anna Sjöström (75 Maria Nordbrandt)
Goals: Malin Moström 0-1 (70)
Tight defense from the home team made it hard for Umeå to get good scoring position. Of their about 25 shots at goal the vast majority was shot from safe outside the penalty area. In the beginning Sunnanå did surprisingly good contesting Umeå for posession of the midfield, but as the match went along Umeå dominated more and more and Madde Edlund and Tiffeny Milbrett became very lonely in the attack Hanna Marklund (player of the match) in Sunnanå's defense seemed untroubled by the injury she recieved in the Linköping match, but had to leave the pitch in the second half to avoid making the injury worse. Umeå was as a whole the much better side with a very offensive Moström and Marta, who was behind much of Umeå's attack but seldom came to any dangerous finishes.
Dagens Nyheter: Knapp seger för Umeå i derbyt
Norra Västerbotten: Moström avgjorde derbyt
TV4: Really short goal clip
AIK - Mallbacken 1-0 (1-0)
AIK: Jenny Lundkvist - Lisen Åkerlund, Sara Andersson, Sofia Ström, Anna-Karin Andersson - Lina Hedkvist, Therese Sandstrsöm, Madelene Göras (7 Hodan Siid-Ahmed (78 Anna Bergendal)) - Anna Lundin (57 Josefin Wejner), Lena Persson, Nazanin Vaseghpanah
Goals: Nazanin Vaseghpanah 1-0 (31)
AIK never dominated but seemed in control most of the time, while Mallbacken only had one real opportunity. Both teams seemed affected by the busy schedule recently with 3 matches in one week - AIK showing up with only one keeper (the backup keeper to that) and Mallbacken accordning to their coach "only doing 40 %".
Dagens Nyheter: Första segern för AIK
The usual match-day sum-up at Damfotboll.com and Svensk Fotboll. Stats at Svensk Fotboll.
Umeå and Sunnanå building up for the big derby
The local papers have extensive pre-game coverage of the live televised match. Västerbottens-Kuriren makes the match within the match between Sunnanå's defender Hanna Marklund and Uneå's striker Hanna Ljungberg the key to victory, even if Marklund insists that Umeå are big favourites. Sunnanå's striker Madde Edlund says that playing with Tiffeny Milbrett in the team is like having an extra player and Umeå's goalkeeper Sofia Lundgren talks about how to stay focused an entire match when you almost never get's to touch the ball.
Västerbottens-Kuriren: Hanna ska stoppa Hanna
Västerbottens Folkblad: Umeå IK vinner derbyt – på poäng
Västerbottens Folkblad: Sofia Lundgren om koncentration
Västerbottens Folkblad: Madde vet vad som krävs i dag
Norra Västerbotten: "Marta bjuder på sig själv"
Nice clip from the local TV station on Sunnanå's preparations, including a sponsor event at the racing ground (Real player, 1,5 minutes).
Norwegian team looking for players in Värmland
Värmlands Folkblad: Jansson letar i Mallbacken och Qbik
American player to trial with Mallbacken
Värmlands Folkblad: Mallbacken testar amerikanska
Kicki Bengtsson on UEFA Cup final: We are the underdogs
SVT: Kicki Bengtsson vill ha ännu en titel
Victoria Svensson will not play in UEFA Cup final
SVT: Victoria Svensson missar finalen
Thursday match comments
Örnsköldsviks Allehanda: Taktik på pricken – det hjälpte inte Själevad
KIF Örebro coach Pia Sundhage told a local radio station that she was pleased with the win, but not with the play. KIF is one of three teams at the top of the table with the same amount of points, but the two others has scored more than twice as many goals. That, means Sundhage, is what Örebro has to work on..
Radiosporten: Pia Sundhage interview (audio clip)
Nerikes Allehanda: Match pictures
Young midfielder Nilla Fischer dominated as Malmö FF won their third match in a row and moved to the top of the table (on goal difference). Coach Anders Johansson still hasn't changed his top 4 ambitions for the season, but admints it's started really good.
Malmö FF: Match pictures, and more pictures
Milbrett will continue with Sunnanå
Match-Day 4 - Thursday
Kopparbergs/Göteborg: Maria Edman - Camilla Schelin (78 Rebecca Ljungdahl), Frida Höglund, Sofia Dammström, Marlene Sjöberg - Johanna Almgren (73 Sofia Palmqvist), Jennie Svensson, Lisa Ek, Maria Karlsson - Lotta Schelin, Heidi Kackur
Malmö: Caroline Jönsson - Malin Andersson, Denise Reddy, Therese Jönsson, Jenny Engwall - Frida Nordin (75 Linda Blom), Therese Sjögran (67 Emma Stålhammar), Nilla Fischer, Formiga - Asthildur Helgadottir, Therese Lundin (75 Mia Westerblad)
Goals: Therese Lundin 0-1 (20), Nilla Fischer 2-0 (26), Heidi Kackur 1-2 (40), 1-3 Formiga (52), 1-4 Frida Nordin (70), 1-5 Therese Lundin (72)
In more than 20 matches between the clubs Malmö has only lost one. This time was no exception to the rule. Malmö opened strong already from start and should have decided the match in the first half. Now it became unnecessary exciting when Heidi Kackur reduced just befiore the half time break. Coach Anders Johansson was satisfied with Denise Reddy and Therese Jönssonin in the centre defense. "It's really important to keep players like Kackur and Lotta Schelin away from goal and they succeeded with that."
Göteborgsposten: Intressant match ur Kackurs synvinkel (pre-game article)
Göteborgsposten: Tungt - som vanligt mot MFF
SVT: MFF:s damer utklassade Göteborg
KIF Örebro - Själevads IK 1-0 (1-0)
Själevad: Magda Åstrand - Anja Steen, Sanna Frostevall, Marina Aggio, Camilla Nyberg - Johanna Engwall, Josefin Engwall, Kicki Arnlöf, Johanna Ahrling - Therese Kapstad, Josefine Larsson
Goals: Marie Hammarström 1-0 (42)
"We were playing deep in defense, knowing the attacking resources Örebro has", Själevad coach Yngve Persson explained. And it almost worked out. KIF Örebro clinched their victory with a Marie Hammarström goal following a corner kick. Örebro had, unlike Själevad, a couple of other hot chances that didn't materialise.
SVT: Match clip
Match-day sum-up at Damfotboll.com and Svensk Fotboll. Stats at Svensk Fotboll.
Djurgården/Älvsjö will not scout Potsdam
SVT: Dif/Älvsjö kartlägger inte motståndare
Wednesday match comments
Västerbottens Folkblad: Storseger gjorde UIK till serieledare
Mallbacken managed to play a good game against Djurgården/Älvsjö, better play, daring to keep the ball and try to build the attacks rather than just opting for the long ball. Mallbacken defender Therese Stolpe's red card in the last minute of regulation time was of course a blow to the team - one of Mallbacken's best will not be on the pitch against AIK this weekend.
Värmlands Folkblad: Stolpe ut för prövade Mallbacken
QBIK managed to equalize twice against Hammarby and coach Dave Mosson was of course disappointed losing on a late goal. But he thinks the team is getting better and starting to find their own play.
Värmlands Folkblad: Salina Olsson knäckte Qbik
Spirits are high in Sunnanå after defeating the league leaders Linköping. Hanna Marklund was named player of the match for her team to which she comments: "We had to play a lot of defense, so I got a lot to do". One of the deciding points for Sunnanå was the player moves in halftime: forward Mirre Marklund came in for her sister Carro and took Milbrett's place in the attack, while Tiffeny was placed in a midfield position. "Our forward momentum became much better after that", says coach Kega Isaksson.
Norra Västerbotten: Jätteskräll av Sunnanå
Linköping's young midfielder Caroline Seger played her forst Damallsvenskan match for Linköping and impressed greatly. Still not happy after the team lost the match in the second half. "We let them decide the game with a lot of longballing, and that doesn't fit us." Local columnist Rooney Jerrevångblames the coaching decision to go down to a 4-4-2, trying to defend the lead.
Corren: Seger gav bra besked -- trots förlust
Corren: Inget EM-lag utan Seger
Match-Day 4 - Wednesday
Linköping FC - Sunnanå SK 2-3 (2-1)
Linköping FC: Hedvig Lindahl – Sara Larsson, Jenny Möller, Charlotte Rohlin (22 Malin Gustafsson), Emma Claesson – Anna-Kaisa Rantanen, Lotta Runesson (63 Ann Westermark ), Caroline Seger – Josefine Öqvist, Maria Aronsson, Maria Karlsson
Goals: Maria Karlsson 1-0 (11), Josefihe Öqvist 2-0 (26), Carina Holmberg 2-1 (27), Lina Johansson 2-2 (73), Madelaine Edlund 2-3 (80)
Sunnanå's coach "Kega" Isaksson had before the match stated that they had respect for Linköping, but that he was certain that they could pull off a much better game thn they did in their narrow defeat to KIF örebro the last match. And Tiffeny Milbrett had in no uncertain terms told the team that everyone was entitled to the occational bad day, but not fighting was not accepted. In the beginning of the Linköping match you couldn't tell if the pep talk had worked. Linköping opened strong and had 4 corners in the first five minutes. Maria Karlsson scored on a Josefine Öqvist pass and Josefine healed in a goal of her own. Sunnanå's Carina Holmberg kept them in the match with a volley from an unsuccessfull Linköping clearing attempt, but Linköping still looked like the much better team. But in the second half Linköping began to be pressured by the physically stronger Sunnanå, with Tiffeny Milbrett moved down to the midfield, and their 4-3-3 began to look more like 4-4-2. Sunnanå managed to capitalize on their playing advantage to equalise and finally score the winning goal - a ball intercepted by Tiffeny Milbrett, who made an opening pass to Madelaine Edlund who didn't make any mistakes one on one with Hedvig Lindahl. Sunnanå's captain Hanna Marklund had to leave the pitch by the end of the game with a bleedning thigh, but was still happy and convinced she'll be playing again this weekend.
Norra Västerbotten: Tuff kväll väntar Sunnanå (pre-match story)
SVT: Match clip
Umeå IK - AIK 7-0 (3-0)
Umeå IK: Sofia Lundgren - Karolina Weatberg, Anna Paulson, Sanna Valkonen, Maria Bergkvist - Elaine (Frida Östberg), Malin Moström, Anne Mäkinen - Marta (61 Maria Nordbrandt), Hanna Ljungberg, Anna Sjöström (Johanna Andersson)
AIK: Sofie Holmqvist - Lisen Åkerlund (71 Maria Moustakakis), Sara Andersson, Sofia Ström, Anna-Karin Andersson - Hodan Siid-Ahmed (51 Lina Hedkvist), Therese Sandström, Madelene Göras, - Anna Lundin (59 Nazanin Vaseghpanah), Lena Persson, Josefin Wejner
Goals: Marta 1 - 0 (10), Marta 2-0 (22), Elaine 3-0 (45), Anna Sjöström 4-0 (54), Marta 5-0 (59), Hanna Ljungberg 6-0 (84), Anne Mäkinen 7-0 (88)
"We were standing still a bit too much in the first half", Umeå coach Andrée Jeglertz excused himself after the 7-0 win, "but we had a good match and did some good looking goals". Even if there are more competetive teams in Damallsvenskan this year, there is still a big difference between Umeå and a newcomer like AIK. Things are beginning to look dire for AIK, but coach Christer Söderberg says that they were never relying on getting points from the upper half teams they've played so far.
SVT: Match clip
Aftonbladet: Umeås ”superbrassa” bakom storsegern
Mallbacken - Djurgården/Älvsjö 0-2 (0-1)
Djurgården/Älvsjö: Maja Åström - Helene Fagerström, Malin Nykvist, Jane Törnqvist, Sara Thunebro - Ann-Marie Norlin - Linda Fagerström, Elin Ekblom, Kristin Bengtsson - Marijke Callebaut, Laura Kalmari
Goals: Elin Ekblom 1-0 (43), Laura Kalmari 2-0 (90, PK)
Red card: Therese Stolpe, Mallbacken
With three attackers absent (Johansson, Svensson and James) Djurgården/Älvsjö had big problems finding their way through Mallbacken's fighting defense. A long shot be midfielder Ekblom gave them the lead by the end of the first half and a penalty kick that Kalmari converted at the end of the second was probably less than expected by the Women's Cup finalists.
Hammarby - QBIK 3-2 (1-1)
Hammarby: Kattis Wicksell - Hanna Olsson, Jossan Christensen, Annelie Norén, Tanja Meidal - Elin Hären, Jennie Jonsson, Christina Forssell, Linda Forsberg - Salina Olsson (88 Lisa Arnell), Jessica Landström (45 Louise Fors).
Goals: Salina Olsson 1-0 (8), Jenny Hallstenson 1-1 (16), Salina Olsson 2-1 (56), Jenny Hallstenson 2-2 (62), Salina Olsson 3-2 (78)
Jenny Hallstensson's two equlizers almost gave QBIK their first Damallsvenskan point, against the run of the play, while Salina Olsson's hat trick in front of national team assistant coach Thomas Dennerby probably put her back in the running for a spot on the Euro squad.
Dagens Nyheter: Salinas hattrick gav full pott
Match-day sum-up at Svensk Fotboll and Damfotboll.com, stats at Svensk Fotboll
Damallsvenskan turnover grows rapidly
Umeå IK is the by far biggest club financially with a close to SEK 10 millions turnover, but Djurgården/Älvsjö is growing fastest, doubling their 2003 incomes to reach SEK 3,7 millions.
Other interesting figures: UEFA Women's Cup is a big source of income - if you reach the final. Umeå made SEK 1 million, while Djurgården/Älvsjö and Malmö FF that also participated in the tournament last year didn't make any money. The average compensation for a Damallsvenskan player was SEK 24,000 - more than twice as much as the year before.
Complete report to be found at Svensk Fotboll.
Maria Karlsson hoping to play match against Sunnanå
Corren: Karlsson hoppas på spel mot Sunnanå
Victoria Svensson hoping to play in Women's Cup final
Dagens Nyheter: "Vickan" hoppas på comeback mot Potsdam på söndag
Expressen: "Vickan" fortfarande osäker på comeback
Bianca Rech (finally) signs for Sunnanå
Norra Västerbotten: Bianca Rech klar för Sunnanå
New and longer article published today, tuesday. The finalization of Rech's transfer, that was discussed already this winter, was delayed because she had to work things out with the german armed forces, where she is employed. In the end she had to resign from the armed forces altogether, but she hopes it will be possible for her to come back. Sunnanå's management says they are very happy that things worked out. Bianca Rech will mean a lot to the team.
Norra Västerbotten: Militär tar kommandot
Post match-day comments
Kopparbergs/Göteborg were disappointed with yet another draw, the more since they had the upper hand and should have converted more of their opportunities.
Örnsköldsviks Allehanda: En poäng att glädjas åt
A big relief seems to be the most common feeling with Umeå's players after the 1-0 win over Djurgården/Älvsjö. Hanna Ljungberg admits that they were very tense before the match, having lost 4 matches of 5 to Djurgården/Älvsjö last season, and it showed in the match where both sides played a restrained and defensive game. From Djurgården/Älvsjö the view is that a (goalless) draw would have been a result that better corresponded to the events on the field.
Västerbottens Folkblad: ÄNTLIGEN SEGER!
KIF Örebro was the better team, particularly in the midfield with Mary Frances Monroe and Marie Hammarström, and made good use of the set pieces. But Sunnanå is extremely dangerous up front and Tiffeny Milbrett is gold worth for the club.
Norra Västerbotten: Sunnanå somnade in - då nickade Örebro till
Västerbottens Folkblad: Dramatisk förlust för Sunnanå
A match report from Kristine Lilly at her website www.kristinelilly13.com
A local TV station has a clip with all the goals and a few words from Tiffeny (Real Player)
Criminally boring! is the verdict from a local columnist after the QBIK-Mallbacken match. And the players admit it wasn't any great entertainment they gave. QBIK coach Dave Mosson once again wants to emphazise that the team needs strengthening. "I don't think the board realised how big the step is from 1st division to Damallsvenskan".
Värmlands Folkblad: Mållöst igen - nu vill Mosson ha förstärkning
Värmlands Folkblad: Målet som avgjorde Värmlandsderbyt
Värmlands Folkblad: "Kriminellt tråkigt"
There is a short piece on the match about 3 and a half minutes into the local evening news (Real Player)
Match-Day 3 - Sunday
Malmö FF - Hammarby IF 6-0 (4-0)
Malmö FF: Caroline Jönsson - Malin Andersson, Denise Reddy, Therese Jönsson, Jenny Engwall - Nilla Fischer, Formiga (76 Anna Mörstam), Therese Sjögran, Emma Stålhammar - Asthildur Helgadottir (60 Mia Westerblad), Therese Lundin (59 Frida Nordin)
Hammarby IF: Camilla Halonen - Karolina Rinman (15 Karolina Rinman), Josefin Christensen, Annelie Norén, Hanna Olsson - Linda Forsberg, Christina Forssell, Jennie Olsson, Elin Härén (67 Louise Fors) - Salina Olsson, Jessica Landström (81 Lisa Arnell)
Goals: Therese Lundin 1-0 (10), Asthildur Helgadottir 2-0 (26), Therese Lundin3-0 (32), Asthildur Helgadottir 4-0 (45), Formiga 5-0 (56), Frida Nordin 6-0 (90+1)
A one-sided game, where almost all of the play was on Hammarby's half of the field. Hammarby's coach En Perlskog said that Malmö, against all predictions, seemes to have their best team in several years. Malmö showed a varied and efficient play with the cooperation between Therese Sjögran and Formiga as their main force. Players and coach alike were extremely pleased with both result and play and coach Anders Johansson mentioned particulary the defense line, reconstructed after national team players Sara Larsson and Karolina Westberg left the club last year.
Sydsvenskan: Malmö FF krossade Hammarby
QBIK - Mallbacken 0-1 (0-0)
Goals: Linda Wallin 0-1 (88)
A defensive, maybe overcautious, approach from both sides, that seemed more bent on not losing than on winning, made for a fairly uneventfull match. Towards the end of the game both sides tried to find more attacking opportunities and shortly before the end Mallabacken substitution Linda Wallin found the goal.
Sunnanå SK - KIF Örebro 3-4 (1-2)
Goals: Stina Segerström 1-0 (4), Tiffeny Milbrett 1-1 (40), Kate Markgraf 1-2 (42), Kristine Lilly 1-3 (52), Tiffeny Milbrett 2-3 (57), Tiffeny Milbrett 3-3 (78), Lisa Dahlkvist 3-4 (89)
Yellow cards: Sandra Persson KIF Örebro
With a 1 degree temperature and snow in the air the conditions for a good game and a big crowd could have been better. KIF Örebro started best, scored from a set piece already after 4 minutes and dominated the midfield play with Mary Frances Monroe playing an essential role. Tiffeny Milbrett and Madeleine Edlund were dangerous in Sunnanå's attack, but Örebro's defense managed to contain them most of the time. Örebro's two first goals came off set pieces where Sunnanå's defense should have been better marking. In the second half Sunnanå started to play wider and getting crosses in behind Örebro's defense line. This worked out and when the game reached a 3-3, after a Tiffeny Milbrett hat trick draw in would not have been an unfair result. But Örebro's youngster Lisa Dahlqvist headed in the last goal from a corner kick.
Local paper Norra Västerbotten did their usual online play by play, you can find it here.
Match-day sum-up at Damfotboll.com and Svensk Fotboll, stats also at Svensk Fotboll.
Match-Day 3 - Saturday
TV match of the week: Djurgården/Älvsjö - Umeå IK 0-1 (0-0)
Djurgården/Älvsjö: Maja Åström - Helen Fagerström, Jane Törnqvist, Malin Nykvist, Sara Thunebro - Linda Fagerström, Ann-Marie Norlin, Anna Hall (65 Venus James), Kristin Bengtsson - Laura Kalmari, Sara Johansson
Umeå IK: Sofia Lundgren - Maria Bergkvist, Anna Paulson, Sanna Valkonen, Frida Östberg - Elaine (89 Karolina Westberg), Malin Moström, Anne Mäkinen - Marta, Hanna Ljungberg (82 Jessica Julin), Anna Sjöström
Goals: Malin Moström 1-0 (51, PK)
A tough and tight match, more exciting than entertaining, where Djurgården/Älvsjö came out defeated for the second game in a row, something that's never happened the club before. With Victoria Svensson still on the injury list Djurgården's attack was somewhat handicapped with a lone Sara Johansson running on long passes. On the other hand Umeå's attack had big problems dealing with Djurgården's defense, where Jane Törnqvist probably strengthened her chances for a national team spot a good deal. Umeå's winning goal came off a Malin Moström penalty kick, awarded after Sara Thunebro handballed a shot from Anne Mäkinen.
Dagens Nyheter: Moström avgjorde prestigemötet
SVT: Ingen viktoria utan Victoria
Expressen: Umeå straffade Djurgården/Älvsjö
Aftonbladet: Stjärnstopp i toppmötet
AIK - Linköping FC 1-2 (1-2)
AIK: Sofie Holmqvist - Lisen Åkerlund, Sofia Ström, Sara Andersson, Anna-Karin Andersson - Madelene Göras, Therese Sandström, Hodan Siid-Ahmed (54 Lina Hedqvist) - Anna Lundin (78 Freje Egebrand), Lena Persson, Nazanin Vaseghpanah (54 Josefine Wejner)
Linköping FC: Hedvig Lindahl - Sara Larsson, Charlotte Rohlin, Jenny Möller, Emma Claesson - Malin Gustavsson, Anna-Kaisa Rantanen, Lotta Runesson (85 Therese Andersson) - Ann Westermark (73 Karolina Kristensson), Maria Aronsson, Josefine Öqvist
Goals: Maria Aronsson 0-1 (8), Maria Aronsson 0-2 (18), Therese Sandström 1-2 (28)
AIK got a bad start, conceding two goals in the first 20 minutes, but managed to stop Linköping's offense after that with a more agressive and physical defense. But Linköping, with Maria Karlsson and Carolina Seger on the injury list, was never really threatened.
SVT: Aronsson håller Linköping i topp
Dagens Nyheter: Ingen munter upptakt för AIK
Själevads IK - Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC 1-1 (0-1)
Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC: Maria Edman - Camilla Schelin, Frida Höglund, Sofia Dammström, Marlene Sjöberg - Lisa Ek, Maria Karlsson, Jennie Svensson, Johanna Almgren - Lotta Schelin, Heidi Kackur
Goals: Lotta Schelin 0-1 (5), Therese Kapstad 1-1 (77)
Once again a direct free-kick from Therese Kapstad saved the day for Själevad. Själevad was much under pressure the first half and their defense, where brasilian Marina played the full match only 24 hours after she arrived in Sweden, had a lot of work keeping Göteborg's Lotta Schelin and Heidi Kackur from goal. Lotta Schelin was the big player of the match.
Radiosporten: Kapstad fixade ny poäng till Själevad
Göteborgsposten Göteborg tappade poäng
Matchday sum-up at Damfotboll.com and Svensk Fotboll , the vital stats at Svensk Fotboll.
Preparing for the big derby in Värmland
Värmlands Folkblad: PRESTIGEMÖTET
SVT: Fotbollsderby i Värmland (Windows media clip, 2 minutes)
Italian men's club wanted to sign Marta
Expressen: Marta nobbade bud från herrlag
Westberg starts on the bench again
Västerbottens Folkblad: Westberg bänkas igen
Marina back again with Själevad
Örnsköldsviks Allehanda: Äntligen på plats
Football pools biased against women?
Svenska Dagbladet: "Obegripligt av ett statligt bolag"
Brasilian Kelly will not show up in Själevad
Örnsköldsviks Allehanda: Själevad blåsta på Kelly
Safe win over Holland for Sweden
Sweden: Caroline Jönsson Malmö - Sara Larsson Linköping, Hanna Marklund Sunnanå (46 Karolina Westberg Umeå), Anna-Maria Eriksson Kolbotn (Norway), Kristin Bengtsson Djurgården/Älvsjö (46 Sara Thunebro Djurgården/Älvsjö) - Therese Sjögran Malmö (46 Maria Karlsson Linköping) , Malin Moström Umeå (79 Linda Fagerström Djurgården/Älvsjö), Malin Andersson Malmö (53 Nilla Fischer Malmö), Anna Sjöström Umeå - Lotta Schelin Kopparbergs/Göteborg, Josefine Öqvist Linköping (63 Salina Olsson Hammarby)
Goals: 1-0 Sara Larsson (29), 2-0 Öqvist (32)
Sweden dominated throughout the match (something like 60-40 in possession, and I think 6-0 in corners), but had sometimes problems playing through the deep dutch defense. They also didn't manage to keep up the pressure the whole match, but had a couple of really good periods in the middle of the first half and towards the end of the match. The first goal was from a well placed corner kick by Malin Andersson that Sara Larsson headed in with the back of her head. The second emanated from a misunderstanding between Holland's goalkeeper Wissink and a defender that resulted in a loose ball that the always alert Josefine Öqvist placed in goal.
SVT: Tre minuter räckte för svenskorna
Dagens Nyheter: Sverige vann sista genrepet
Expressen: Svenska fotbollsdamerna vaknade till liv
TV4: Match clip
Injury-stricken OBIK looking abroad for reinforcements
QBIK's neighbour club Mallbacken is also looking for reinforcements, mainly to replace injured midfielder Frida Broström, but they will mostly be looking for domestic players.
QBIK might already have found a new player. Lisa Mellberg, who after contributing to the clubs promotion to Damallsvenskan decided to leave the team and focus on her job, is training with the club again. She says she's much more motivated now than she was last winter, but has not yet decided on if she will take up playing again.
Värmlands Folkblad: Qbik på jakt efter utländska spelare
Värmlands Folkblad: Nu tränar Lisa Mellberg med Qbik igen
Injury keeps Hanna Ljungberg out of Holland match
SVT: Ljungberg skadad missar landskamp
Sydsvenskan: Ljumskarna stoppar Hanna Ljungberg
Västerbottens Folkblad: Hanna Ljungberg missar landskamp
Goalkeeper problems for Umeå IK
Västerbottens-Kuriren: Ucka enda alternativet
Goalless draw in Sweden - Denmark friendly
Sweden: Hedvig Lindahl Linköping - Sara Larsson Linköping, Hanna Marklund Sunnanå, Malin Nykvist Djurgården/Älvsjö (46 Karolina Westberg Umeå), Kristin Bengtsson Djurgården/Älvsjö - Therese Sjögran Malmö (63 Linda Fagerström Djurgården/Älvsjö), Malin Moström Umeå, Nilla Fischer Malmö (45 Frida Östberg Umeå), Lotta Schelin Kopparbergs/Göteborg - Josefine Öqvist Linköping (63 Maria Aronsson Linköping), Hanna Ljungberg Umeå (77 Salina Olsson Hammarby).
Both Denmark and Sweden had before the match stated that this match was to try out players for the final European Championship squads. Both teams started without several of their big names, which seemed to effect Denmark the most, having less depth in their squad than Sweden. Sweden dominated the first half, playing with high pressure and mostly killing Denmark's attempts already in the midfield. Sweden played something that looked more like 4-2-3-1, with Josefine Öqvist (enthusiastic, running on everything but need to be sharper in the finish) at the top, then the announced 4-4-2. Hanna Ljungberg seemed to have some defensive assignments, mainly trying to disturb the communication between the danish defense and midfielder Louise Hansen, which worked out fine but made her rather invisible in the forward play. In the second Denmark subbed in first team players like Merete Pedersen and Cathrine Paaske Sørensen, and the match became more even. Still very few danish dangerous shots. Positive from the swedish side was Lotta Schelin as technical winger and Nilla Fischer teaming up with Malin Moström in the centre mid. And for you who doesn't read swedish: it's the danish national team coach who calls Lotta Schelin "a female Zlatan".
Corren: Öqvist gjorde det mesta – utom mål
Sydsvenskan: Starkare Nilla Fischer ser en EM-biljett som ren bonus
Göteborgsposten: Mållöst mot EM-motståndaren
Expressen: "Hon är en kvinnlig Zlatan"
Dagens Nyheter: Prisad Schelin liknas vid Zlatan
Aftonbladet: Jossan: Jag tänkte sluta
SVT: highlights clip
Linköping starts temp agency
Corren: LFC startar affärsverksamhet och lockar med stjärnor
Expressen: Hyr en stjärna
Malin Moström sees end of career. Or not?
Expressen: Malin Moström ser slutet på karriären
Player reactions to national team coach switch
Marika Domanski Lyfors says she's of course disappointed, but respect the FA's decision.
Trelleborgs Allehanda: Marika: Klart jag är besviken
Trelleborgs Allehanda: Guldmakaren tar över
Sydsvenskan: Dennerby vill inte ge programförklaring
Sydsvenskan: Dennerby tar över damlandslaget
All clubs cleared by licensing board
The licensing board of the swedish football association has now approved the 2006 license for all Damallsvenskan clubs, after recieving supplemmentary information from Malmö FF, Själevad and Djurgården/Älvsjö.