Holiday transfers and rumours
Damfotboll.com: Djurgården/Älvsjö tappar målvakt
Elin Härén, 21 year old Hammarby midfielder, has decided to leave the club for the lower division Stockholm side Tyresö. Härén has spent two years with Hammarby, the last year mostly as a substitute.
Damfotboll.com: Lämnar Hammarby för Tyresö
23 year old forward Mia Westerblad leaves Malmö FF after 6 seasons and 120 Damallsvenskan matches to return to her mother club Stattena IF in the 1st division. Westerblad, who has experience from all Sweden's youth national teams, has mainly been used as a late sub the last seasons, being unable to compete with Therese Lundin and Asthildur Helgadottir for a starting position.
Damfotboll.com: Åter till Stattena från Malmö
Bälinge's team captain Linda Sembrant has signed a new contract with her club. Sembrant has spent November and December playing for the English 1st division club Lincoln City Ladies FC.
Bälinge has also signed a 19 year old fullback, Lisa Lantz, from 1st division side Sundsvalls DFF.
Upsala Nya Tidning: Kapten Linda klar för Bälinge, Lisa Lantz valde Bälinge
Qbik is still looking looking for a forward. They are negotiating a renewal of their contract with German Jennifer Meier, who has been with the club the last one and a half seasons. She scored one third of Qbik's 37 Damallsvenskan goals 2005-2006. But the club, that made a substantial loss last season, is unable to keep her as a professional and is looking at the possibilities of helping her to a part-time job.
The negotiations between Qbik and Nigeria's Football Association seems to have opened the door for Maureen Mmadu, Faith Ikidi and Yinka Kudaisi to return to the club. Qbik's squad is already almost filled, so they will need financial support from Nigeria's FA or an independent sponsor to be able to afford the three extra players. On the other hand Nigeria seems pretty interested in having their national team players continue playing in Europe.
Värmlands Folkblad: Meier eller svensk stjärna förstärker Qbik, Dörren står öppen
Former Mallbacken player Maja Johansson is trialing with Sunnanå. Sunnanå is looking for a replacement for Madelene Edlund, that went to Umeå, and the 20 year old target player wants to stay in Damallsvenskan. Sunnanå's coach Kega Israelsson calls her tough and unconventional (Maja herself doesn't hesitate to use the word "dirty"). Maja is in spite of her age an experienced player with 4 seasons in Damallsvenskan and several matches for Sweden youth teams. Still, Israelsson makes the reservation that he is still looking at international players.
Norra Västerbotten: Maja Johansson tränade med laget
After failing with all their tries to sign a domestic or scandinavian top name, Linköping FC has turned to USA for players. Tiffeny Milbrett seems highly likely to return and the club has also established contact with "a few promising younger players". Since a 6 month contract for tax reasons is very favourable, it is unlikely the players will stay the entire season. The contracts will probably be from early spring until the World Cup break, that starts in August. After the break, there are just 4 matches left of the series.
Corren: LFC:s värvningar från USA kan missa allsvenska slutet
Renewed talks between Qbik and Nigeria
Local daily Värmlands Folkblad reports that the Nigerian FA's acting secretary-general Fanny Amun (even if the paper calls him Sanny Amun) has paid a visit to Karlstad for talks with Qbik's management regarding the fate of the three Nigerian players Maureen Mmadu, Faith Ikidi and Yinka Kudaisi. The players were, as previously reported here, fired for breach of contract after they left the club during the last season to play for Nigeria in the African Championships, that also served as World Cup qualifications. Qbik's chairman Lars-Inge Hallstensson reveals that the talks "has opened some possibilities", but there still is a lot that have to fall in place. Damfotboll.com has earlier reported that the three former Qbik players has not been satisfied with the way the Nigerian FA has acted to compensate them.
Värmlands Folkblad: Nigerianskor i Qbik trots allt?
It should be noted that the situation in the Nigerian Football Association still seems rather confused after the power struggle, that prompted FIFA to intervene early 2006. Recent reports (allafrica.com) suggests that Amun might not be secretary-general for much longer.
Djurgården signs 1st division defender
Djurgården/Älvsjö has signed 22 year old Anna Lagerberth, defender from 1st division side Holmalund. Lagerberth was considered one of the best 1st division defenders last season, but Djurgården's Mikael Söderman says that he sees the two-footed all-round player in a more offensive position in his team.
Damfotboll.com: Holmalunds-back till Djurgården/Älvsjö
Kif Örebro's back-up goalkeeper, 19 year old My Axelsson, has left the club and signed with Qbik. She is disappointed with the lack of playing time she got and hopes to be able to compete with Qbik's greek-american Maria Yatrakis for a starting position. Axelsson played 3 matches for the Swedish F19 team 2006.
Nerikes Allehanda: Landslagsmålvakt lämnar KIF Örebro
Umeå signs back-up goalie and looks at midfielders
Ulla-Karin Rönnlund was Umeå IK's starting goalkeeper for 4 seasons and has 2 Damallsvenskan gold medals. She also played four national team matches.
Västerbottenskuriren: Ulla-Karin - UIK:s egen Magnus Hedman
Umeå has shown interest for danish national team midfielder Johanna Rasmussen. Rasmussen is a speedy left-footed player with 33 caps for Denmark and has twice been nominated for the danish player of the year award. Umeå's head coach André Jeglertz confirms: "We need one midfielder and one forward, and we have to find established players". Rasmussen is flattered by the interest and says she will listen to what Umeå has to say.
Västerbottens Folkblad: Umeå IK på jakt efter dansk landslagsspelare
Stensland (finally) signs for Kopparbergs/Göteborg
Stensland's signing should mean that Göteborg and Kolbotn now has reached an agreement on a transfer fee, but there is no mention of this.
Göteborgsposten: Ingvild Stensland ny i Göteborg FC
The person behind KIF Örebro's development the last years, chairman Karin Tellås, has decided to leave the board of the club after three successfull years. She says that being able to sign Pia Sundhage as head coach was her major achievment.
Nerikes Allehanda: Tellås slutar som ordförande i KIF Örebro
Moström: The end of an era
Miss Perfect won't play here anymore and that will feel empty and sad, writes a local Umeå sports columnist after Malin Moström's announcement yesterday. He, as well as other commentators, points to Malin's dedication - she was always minitously prepared, focused and ready to give it her all. She was the leader, the captain and the role model. And a pretty good player to that, one might add.
National team head coach Thomas Dennerby is sorry to see Malin Moström leave: "It is a huge loss for Swedish women's football, for Umeå and for the national team. She has been a major force behind the Swedish national team's success during the 2000's."
He also comments briefly on how to replace her on the national team. The few times Malin hasn't played, a Caroline Seger/Therese Sjögran combo has worked well in center midfield. On the wings it could be Lotta Schelin and Josefine Öqvist, that has been fairly successfull in a couple of friendlies.
"I'm very fortunate to have been able to be a part of so much fun", says Malin Moström herself. The 31 year old explains that she has been thinking more and more about her life after football the last years, and that it felt like the right time to leave now. She also says that she is thrilled and excited about her new career as a real estate agent, "but maybe I have romantic ideas about working life". And on the inevitable "starting a family?" question, she answers that it is in her and boyfriend Jesper's plans, but not in the immideate future.
These, btw, are the people she is going to be working with.
It's not about replacing Malin Moström, that is not possible, says Umeå manager Roland Arnqvist. But we have to find another world class midfielder. That won't be easy. There are maybe 10 players in the world that fits the description and the 2007 World Cup complicates things. National teams like USA, Canada and Brazil will spend most part of the year in camp preparing for the finals in China. "I am convinced we will find a solution", Arnqvist says, but he adds that he might have to settle for a short-time deal. The crucial time for Umeå is April and May with half a dozen Damallsvenskan matches and the UEFA Women's Cup final.
Svensk Fotboll: Moström lägger av
Västerbottenskuriren: Nu väntar "det andra livet" för UIK-stjärnan, Moströms besked överraskade UIK - jakten på en ersättare har börjat, Gunnar Johnsson: Miss Perfekt lämnar ett enormt tomrum efter sig
Västerbottens Folkblad: En stjärna tar adjö av fotbollen
TV4: Malin Moström lägger skorna på hyllan (Video)
Svt: Malin Moström lägger av (Video)
Malin Moström retires
Umeå IK's Roland Arnqvist comments that nobody has been so important and loyal to the club as Malin. "We are not sad today, we are happy and proud that Malin has been such an important part of Umeå IK for so long". The club has also decided to retire Malin's shirt number, no player will ever wear number 6 again in Umeå.
Malin will not cut all ties with Umeå. She will have a place within Umeå's organization, exactly what will be discussed in the near future.
Damfotboll.com: MALIN MOSTRÖM SLUTAR!
Nerikes Allehanda: Hanna Pettersson klar för KIF Örebro
Maja Krantz, promising midfielder from 1st division Stattena and Sweden's U18, is deciding between offers from Linköpings FC and Malmö FF. Linköping's Caroline Seger, a former Stattena team-mate, does all she can to persuade Krantz to make up her mind.
Corren: Krantz gör som Seger?
Emmelie Konradsson, a 17 year old midfielder from the local club Umedalens IF, has signed a contract with Umeå, the champion club's third signing so far.
Umeå IK: Emmelie är UIK:s tredje nyförvärv
Linda Blom, 30 years old attacking player, returns to Bälinge after two injury-ridden years with Malmö FF. She will contribute a lot with her experience and positive attitude, comments coach Zaine Söderlund.
Bälinge: Linda Blom återvänder hem till Bälinge
Hammarby's midfield key player Jennie Jonsson - she played every single minute of every Damallsvenskan match 2006 for Hammarby - has renewed her contract and stays with the club 2007.
Hammarby: Jennie Jonsson förlänger
Sofia Karlsson, defender with 1st division club Holmalund, has moved to Kopparbergs/Göteborg. The club has also signed a new assistant coach, Kristian Andersson from the top club Örgryte's youth program.
Kopparbergs/Göteborg: Sofia Karlsson klar för Kopparbergs/Göteborg
Linda Fagerström retires
Djurgården's sport director Micke Söderman thank's Linda "for the fantastic years we've had together."
Damfotboll.com: Linda Fagerström lägger av
Djurgården/Älvsjö: Linda Fagerström slutar med fotbollen
In other Djurgården news, the club announces that they have signed Jenny Råland as assistant coach beside Benny Persson. She has previously worked for one of Sweden's most successfull youth programs in the Stockholm club Brommapojkarna.
Djurgården/Älvsjö: Vi förstärker tränarteamet
Also Linköping FC has made reinforcements in their coaching staff. They have signed former Allsvenskan player Patrik Kieback as assistant coach. Kieback, who previously has worked with a men's 3rd division club and the youth program in a 1st division club comments that he wants to work in top football and that Linköping FC is very interesting from that point of view.
Linköping FC: Ass tränare klar för 2007
Malmö FF signs Dutch national team forward
Malmö FF could also announce that key players Therese Sjögran and Caroline Jönsson has signed 2 year deals with the club.
Sydsvenskan: Malmö FF värvar från Holland
Damfotboll.com: Manon skrev på för Malmö
Marta named FIFA World Player
The proud Umeå manager Roland Arnqvist commented that this will benefit the club a lot. Everything that is important for a top club - sponsors, match attendance, media interest, advertising - will move in the right direction. "And of course we will try to capitalize on Marta's award. We are already an internationally respected club, but this help even more."
FIFA.com: Cannavaro and Marta reign supreme
Göteborgsposten: Marta Vieira da Silva ger Umeå klirr i kassan
For those interested in details, the complete voting result can be found at
and the voting records of the national team coaches and captains in these documents:
Dennerby satisfied with Euro 2009 qualification draw
"It looks good", says Sweden head coach Thomas Dennerby, "I'm satisfied with both the draw and the match schedule. We are of course huge favourites", he continues, "and intends to win the group."
The match schedule:
|May 5 2007||Italy - Sweden|
|June 16 2007||Romania - Sweden|
|June 20 2007||Sweden - Hungary|
|May 3 2008||Hungary - Sweden|
|May 7 2008||Sweden - Italy|
|June 25 2008||Ireland - Sweden|
|September 27 2008||Sweden - Romania|
|October 1 2008||Sweden - Ireland|
Svensk Fotboll: Italien tuffaste motståndaren i EM-kvalet
Umeå resigns Elaine
Damfotboll.com: Förlängt för Elaine
In other transfer news, Hammarby has announced the resigning of defensive player Karolina Rinman and Kopparbergs/Göteborg has been able to make a new deal with their sought-after winger Sofie Andersson.
Hammarby: Karolina Rinman förlänger
Kopparbergs/Göteborg: Snart knyter även Kopparbergs/Göteborg ihop sin säck
Umeå wants to extend deal with Marta
Marta's 2007 contract is for 10 months and presumed to be worth somewhere between SEK 50,000 and 60,000 a month. On top of this comes benefits like the free car from Umeå's main sponsor Volkswagen. There are several opinions on how much Linköping's bid was worth, ranging from "more than SEK 50,000 but less than 75,000" to "close to SEK 100,000". But everybody seems to agree that it was higher than Umeå was prepared to go. Fabiano Farah says that Marta likes it a lot in Umeå and thinks the conditions to develop as a player are the best there. "Marta wants to be recognized as the best player in the world, and her chances to achieve that is much better if she plays in Umeå than in any other club in the world", Farah concludes.
And at the same time as Umeå IK announced Marta's renewed contract, they could also announce a renewed deal with one of their main sponsors, Volkswagen. Maybe more than a coincident?
Västerbottens Folkblad: UIK vill att Marta stannar även 2008
Västerbottenskuriren: Så mycket tjänar Marta i UIK - förlorar minst 200000 på klubbvalet
Umeå benchsitters joins Jitex
Västerbottens Folkblad: Umeå IK tappar Johannor
In other Jitex news, the transfer of midfielder Therese Björk to Qbik doesn't go as smoothly as expected. Björk has one year left on her contract with Jitex and the club wants compensation. The SEK 50,000 they demands from Qbik was met with dropped jaws: "We want her to come to us, but this is a grotesque amount of money". Jitex on their side says the sum Qbik offered wasn't even worth discussing. They add that they have had inquieries about almost all their players with long-time contracts and can't let Björk go without due compensation.
Värmlands Folkblad: Qbik och Jitex ännu inte överens om Therese Björck
Bälinge's two new Finnish recruits, Petra Vaelma och Katri Nokso-Koivisto, visited Uppsala for contract signing and meetings with coach and fellow players. They said that they are moving to Sweden to develop as players: "Everybody knows that Damallsvenskan is the best league in the world and our Finnish league isn't even close".
Upsala Nya Tidning: Tuff start för Bälinges nyförvärv
Eurosport airs UEFA Women's Cup finals
In Sweden, there will for the first time be a Super Cup - a match between the league winners and the cup winners. The Umeå - Linköping clash will take place in Linköping on April 1 2007 and be broadcast on TV4.
Damfotboll.com: Umeå IK i tre tv-cupmatcher
Marta stays in Umeå
Kolbotn might stop Stensland move and Pedersen goes to Asker
Østlandets Blad: Kolbotn kan stoppe Stensland
In other Scandinavian news, just promoted Norwegian premier side Asker announces that they have reached a deal with Djurgården's Danish midfielder Katrine Pedersen. The Danish national team captain has also been persued by Norway's champions Kolbotn and Damallsvenskan's Malmö FF.
Asker FK: Pedersen valgte Asker
On the other hand has Djurgården managed to sign one of Sweden's most talked-about youngsters, Hammarby's 17 year old Emma Lundh. Lundh, who transfered to Hammarby from Brommapojkarna a year ago, managed to get an almost steady starting position in a fairly successfull Hammarby.
Djurgården/Älvsjö: Emma Lundh klar för Djurgården/Älvsjö
Smajic and Johansen signs with Malmö FF
Pettersson is also very pleased that Nanna Johansen, the 20 year old Denmark national team player who had a three month "try-out" contract with Malmö last season, has decided to sign a one year deal with an option for another year. The young winger already has more than 20 caps for Denmark and coach Pettersson calls her "one of the most promising players in Scandinavia".
Since Malmö FF got their Damallsvenskan license renewed, things have been looking brighter for the rough times club. All players from the 2006 squad has declared that they want to continue with the club and there is even hope that Icelandic forward stand-out Asthildur Helgadottir will continue playing. "She can obviously not continue communting the way she did this season [more than 30 trips between Iceland and Sweden], but we are hopefull findning a solution for her." Pettersson also confirms Malmö's interest in Djurgården's danish midfielder Katrine Pedersen.
Sydsvenskan: Dansk talang fortsätter i MFF
Upsala Nya Tidning: Från Bälinge till Malmö FF
Katrine Pedersen leaves Djurgården/Älvsjö
According to the paper, Pedersen is thought of as a replacement for Ingvild Stensland, who, still according to the same source, is pretty much set on moving to Göteborg.
Østlandets Blad: Dansk stjerne aktuell for KIL, –Pedersen holder verdensklasse
In other news, Mallbacken's Icelandic international Erla Arnadottir has announced that she has chosen to leave Damallsvenskan and instead play for the US club Jersey Sky Blue in the W-league next season. The New Jersey club seems to grow into a new home for former Damallsvenskan players; assistant coach Denise Reddy and their so far only official signing Formiga have both played for Malmö FF.
Damfotboll.com: Erla lämnar Mallbacken
Krister Engström to coach Falköping
Falköpings KIK: Krister Engström klar som tränare för FKIK
Kopparbergs/Göteborg's Sofie Andersson turns down Qbik, but isn't finished deciding between Göteborg and AIK yet.
Värmlands Folkblad: Sofie Andersson nobbar Qbik
19 year old "super talent" defender Nina Engström has signed for Bälinge, turning down offers from Linköping, Sunnanå and Norwegian Fløya.
Bälinge: Nina Engström går till Bälinge
Bälinge and Malmö players trading places
Uppsala Nya Tidning: Blom in - Smajic ut?
And some ice-hockey news:
Defender Jesper Jäger in Denmark's top division club Aalborg has decided to leave the club and return to his native Umeå.
This is interesting, since Jesper is Malin Moström's long-time boyfriend. Malin has spent time with him in Denmark lately, instead of going to Egypt on a sponsor event with Umeå IK. There was even some speculation in if Malin might chose to move to Denmark (Fortuna Hjørring would in that case have been the lucky club). Luckily for us in Sweden, Jesper made up his mind. Now we're just waiting for Malin to decide if she is going to continue playing or not.
Västerbottenskuriren: Jäger bryter med Aalborg
Damfotboll.com: Nu kan Malin Moström bestämma sig
Persuading Marta: Linköping throws in a bid
Corren: LFC har lämnat drömbud till Marta
Therese Lückner from Norwegian Team Strømmen has agreed to return to Karlstad and play for Qbik, partly persuaded by the fact that her Team Strømmen coach Janne Jansson also is joining Qbik.
Qbik has also managed to sign young left-winger Elinor Rangvaldsson from 1st division side Holmalund, beating competition from Kopparbergs/Göteborg and Falköpings KIK.
Therese Stolpe, sought-after by both Qbik and Kif Örebro, has decided to stay with relegated Mallbacken after first announcing she would quit playing. "It was so fun getting back training with the girls again. And we'll hopefully win more matches in the 1st division."
Värmlands Folkblad: Lückner - ett av två färska Qbik-förvärv, Stolpe in, Mallbacken