QBIK hunting relegated Asker's Lise Klaveness

Norway national team forward Lise Klaveness is considering offers from French top side Lyon and Damallsvenskan's QBIK after her club Asker's final appeal against the decision on relegation failed yesterday.

The 25 year old law student says that she want to play for Asker, but not in the second tier division. She has recieved offers from most clubs in Norway's Toppserien, but is very tempted by the offers for professional contracts from Sweden and France. Klaveness turned down a Lyon offer last fall, but Lyon has renewed it following Asker's relegation. The international transfer period finishes tonight, so if she wants to go to Lyon she's in a hurry. Both Norway and Sweden accepts transfers for yet a couple of months.

Klaveness vurderer to profftilbud

Salina Olsson to replace Ljungberg for England matches

National team head coach Thomas Dennerby has called up Kopparbergs/Göteborg's Salina Olsson as a replacement for unwell Hanna Ljungberg for the Cyprus camp and England friendlies. Salina Olsson, who recently transfered to Göteborg from Hammarby, has been on and off the national team for a few years and did not make the squad for the European Championships 2005. The national team will take off for Cyprus on Saturday.

Svensk Fotboll:
Salina ersätter Ljungberg till Cypern

Ljungberg says no to England friendlies

Umeå's forward Hanna Ljungberg has decided to cancel her participation in the Swedish national team's Cyprus training camp and two England friendlies. Ljungberg is taking antibiotics to get rid of a cold and doesn't feel fit enough for matches. No substitute has been named yet.

Svenskl Fotboll:
Ingen Ljungberg till Cypern

Bälinge signs Finnish stars

Bälinge IF seems very serious in their ambition to reestablish themselves in Damallsvenskan after a year in the 1st division. In December 2005 they signed UEFA Women's Cup 2005 finalists Djurgården/Älvsjö's goalkeeper Maja Åström and experienced former Sweden U21'er Emma Lindqvist from Umeå's bench. The last week they've found 3 American players, Kacey White; Julianne Sitch and Fanta Cooper.

Today the club announces the signing of two Finnish national team players, 28 year old striker Minna Mustonen and 27 year old defender Heidi Matinlassi, both from finnish Cup winners FC United. Mustonen is the more experienced, has 55 caps and played for New York Power in the WUSA and scored Finland's consolation goal  in their European Championship semifinal against Germany. Matinlassi has 10 caps, participated in several of Finland's qualification matches, but just failed to make the European Championship squad.

"We are now done with our foreign transfers", says Bälinge chairman Conny Sjöberg, happy to have captured the Finnish signatures in competition with both Swedish and Norwegian sides. "We just have a few spots left for local talents. The team is looking really good now."

Finska A-landslagsspelare till Bälinge
Bälinge Damfotboll: Bälinge värvar finska A-landslagsspelare

Two Americans training with Malmö FF

Two players from University of Nevada Las Vegas, goalkeeper Jenna Huff and midfielder/forward Annii Magliulo, are training with Malmö FF this week. Both have recieved several individual awards for their college play and have both been regular starters for clubs in the WPSL, Las Vegas Tabagators and California Storm respectively. Malmö coach Jörgen Petersson says they will be interesting to watch.

Malmö FF has lost 4 experienced players since the 2005 season finished, among them Sweden national team captain Malin Andersson and Iceland national team captain Asthildur Helgadottir, and has so far only signed a couple of teenage talents. Magliulo is supposed to have a good left foot, something Malmö has been looking for, and tallied 9 goals and 6 assists last WPSL season. Huff will probably not compete with Sweden national team goalkeeper Caroline Jönsson, but Malmö's backup keeper Jenny Olsson is out with a long-time injury and the position needs to be filled.

Malmö FF:
Amerikanskor provtränar

Sweden youth team player becomes Jitex' last signing

With the signing of 20 year old centre-back Caroline Lindblad, Jitex sport director Lennart Lindorsson declares that the club has made their last preseason signing. Lindblad, who comes from Sundsvall DFF, have several games for different Sweden youth teams and fits well in with Jitex other signings this preseason. "We would have liked to get an experienced Scandinavian national team player too, but we probably needs to establish ourselves in Damallsvenskan before we can get players like that to comitt", says Lindorsson.

Jitex har värvat färdigt

International transfers doubtful for Jitex

Jitex coach Hans Prytz tells local weekly Mölndalsposten that he doubts that neither Finnish national team attacker Minna Mustonen nor Icelandic midfielder Dora Stefansdottir will join the club. "It really drains your resources if you bring in foreign players", he says and adds that he is really satisfied with the squad he already got. The more since his team took the Olympic Committee fitness test last week at the same time as local Damallsvenskan competitors Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC and they manged to perform at least as good as the Göteborg players, among them several national team players.

Jitex has since they grabbed promotion last fall signed 6 new players: Jennie Svensson (Kopparberg/Göteborg), Therese Björk (Kristianstad/Wä), Therese Andersson (Linköping FC), Emma Herbring (KIF Örebro), Linda Fyhr (Östers IF), Amelie Rybeck (Holmalunds IF). Most interesting signing seems to be Swedish youth national team player Emma Herbring, who was a regular starter with Damallsvenskan side KIF Örebro last season.

Tveksamt om Mustonen går till Jitex

Yet another American U21-player to Bälinge

Newcomers Bälinge announced today that they've made an agreement with their third US player, 22 year old midfielder Kacey White. "We need to strengthen our team with a couple of stand-out players, and White is our best new signing so far", says Bälinge's very satisfied coach Magnus Wikman. White, described as a fast and technical midfielder, has played 8 matches with the US U21 team. She has developed at the college soccer powerhouse University of North Carolina and also played for W-league top side New Jersey Wildcats, being selected for the W-league All Star Team.

White is aiming for the US national team and one of her conditions for joining Bälinge was that the club will let her go if she gets selected for national team matches. "And how could we refuse that?", Bälinge's chairman Conny Sjögren says, smiling.

Kacey White förstärker Bälinge

Frida Nordin stays with Malmö FF

Malmö FF's midfielder Frida Nordin, who has 24 full national team caps, has decided to extend her stay in Malmö with another year. Nordin has been surrounded by transfer rumours, with newcomers Jitex as the main contender for her signature.

Malmö FF:
Ytterligare en spelare klar!

Fanta Cooper returns to Bälinge

Fanta Cooper, a 28 year old american who played an essential part in Bälinge's centre defense last season, has signed a new contract with Bälinge for the 2006 season. Before she came to Sweden Cooper played college soccer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and in the W-league for Chicago Cobras.

Fanta Cooper återvänder till Bälinge

Icelandic midfielder on trial at Jitex and Malmö FF

Icelandic national team midfielder Dóra Stefánsdóttir is currently training with Malmö FF. The 20 year old, who has 16 caps, plays for Iceland's top side Valur, that reached the quarter finals in the 2005/06 UEFA Women's Cup. Malmö coach Jörgen Pettersson says she'll be trying out with the team for a week and he sees her just as much as a centre defender as a midfielder.

No link, since this appeared only in the printed version of the local daily Sydsvenskan.

Stefánsdóttir was last year mentioned in connection with Kopparbergs/Göteborg and has arrived in Malmö directly from a try-uot with newcomers Jitex. At Jitex she was accompained by two unnamed compatriots and Finnish 28 year old national team star Minna Mustonen. Concerning Mustonen, who has 55 caps for Finland, Jitex coach Hans Prytz says that a transfer might be to expensive, since she is under contract with Finnish top side FC United.

No link here either, since it's virtually impossible to link to stuff at Mölndalsposten's site. Go to
www.molndalsposten.se and do a search for Jitex.

National team squad set for Cyprus camp

There is no official news yet, but is seems like Thomas Dennerby has all but finalized his squad for the national team camp in Cyprus February 4-11. Djurgården/Älvsjö's website publishes this squad today:
Goalkeepers: Hedvig Lindahl (Linköping FC), Sofia Lundgren (Umeå IK)
Defenders: Sara Larsson (Linköping FC), Hanna Marklund (Sunnanå SK), Caroline Näfwer (KIF Örebro), Anna Paulsson (Umeå IK), Stina Segerström (KIF Örebro), Karolina Westberg (Umeå IK), Frida Östberg (Linköping FC)
Midfielders: Johanna Almgren (Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC), Linda Fagerström (Djurgården/Älvsjö), Nilla Fischer (Malmö FF), Maria Karlsson (Linköping FC), Lotta Schelin (Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC), Caroline Seger (Linköping FC), Therese Sjögran (Malmö FF)
Forwards: Sara Johansson (Hammarby IF), Hanna Ljungberg (Umeå IK), Therese Lundin (Malmö FF), Victoria Svensson (Djurgården/Älvsjö)

Dennerby has earlier this year commented that there will be more new and young players on the Cyprus squad, while the squad for Algarve Cup should consist of the players that will be playing in the World Cup qualifiers later this year. Which might explain missing players like Malin Moström and Caroline Jönsson.

Victoria och Linda till Cypern
Nerikes Allehanda: KIF-duo tar plats i damlandslaget

Edit: The squad for the Cyprus camp, including two England matches, is now confirmed by the Swedish FA.

Svensk Fotboll: Två debutanter till årets första landskamper
Sveriges Television: Två debutanter i Dennerbys landslag

Dennerby warns against focus on fitness training

National team coach Thomas Dennerby warns against drawing the wrong conslusions from the fitness debate that has been in Sweden the last week. Together with his assistant coach Lilie Persson and the U-21 coach Marika Domanski Lyfors he writes a long article at Svensk Fotboll's website, warning against an excessive focus on fitness training.

Our game is football, he writes. The national team's growing success in the 2000's is the result of doubling the number of weekly training sessions since the mid 1990's. Almost all of this has been concentrated on football exercises - ball control, passing, finishing, heading etc. This has been the key to the success for the national team and the national league.

You also need to be in good shape. But fitness training should mostly be carried out in football exercises. He warns those coaching in smaller clubs and youth programmes from being too influenced by the debate on physical fitness: "If you only have 3-4 training sessions a week, you should spend all that time on the football field, not on the running tracks."

The article also warns against superficial comparisions of test results. More players and younger players were tested 2005 than 2003. The Swedish national team doesn't do the same tests as e.g. the US national team, so it's hard to make accurate comparisions.

Svensk Fotboll:
SOK jämför äpplen med päron
Dagens Nyheter: Dennerby slår tillbaka mot SOK-kritik

KIF Örebro wins indoor tournament

Last weekend the LBC Frakt Cup in Karlstad was played. The competition is Sweden's major indoor tournament with several Damallsvenskan and Norwegian cluibs participating, among them Norway's number 1 and 2, Kolbotn and Team Strømmen. KIF Örebro, Sweden's indoor champions 2005, won the tournament, defeating Hammarby 2-1 in the final. Hammarby's teenage talent Louise Fors was named best player while QBIK's Nigerian forward Maureen Mmadu scored 19 goals as best goal scorer.

Damfotboll.com: KIF Örebro vann i Karlstad
Värmlands Folkblad: Qbiks andralag bättre placerat än A-laget
Värmlands Folkblad: Jansson inte nöjd med femteplats för Team Strömmen: Vi borde slutat högre upp

Kudaisi: In Nigeria you have to be tough and strong

QBIK's latest signing, Nigerian defender Yinka Kudaisi, arrived in Karlstad on Friday, trained with the team and talked to the press. The tall 30 year old national team captain has participated in two Olympic competitions and three World Cups, but never played club football outside Nigeria. She says she thinks the standard of the Nigerian league is high, but it's hard to know when you haven't played in any other league. But you have to be tough and strong to make it in Nigeria, she continues and hopes that will benefit her in Sweden too. Kudaisi, who has signed a two year contract with QBIK looks forward to play with her compatriots Faith Ikidi and Maureen Mmadu.

QBIK has lost three defensive players since the end of the 2005 season; Kathlene Fernström to neighbouring Mallbacken, Therese Lückner across the border to Norwegian top side Team Strömmen and their Djurgpården/Älvsjö loanee Annica Svensson, who returned to Stockholm and signed for Hammarby. Kudaisi will together with Ikidi play an important role to secure QBIK's defense the coming season.

Värmlands Folkblad:
Qbiks nya tuffing

Bälinge signs former US U21-player

Newcomers Bälinge IF has signed the 23 year old american midfielder Julianne Sitch, who has 6 matches with the US U21 team on her resume. Bälinge's coach Magnus Wikman says Sitch has been on his shortlist for a while and will be a key player for the team. Sitch played college football at De Paul University and has played in the north american A-league with Chicago Cobras and Hampton Roads Pirhanas.

Bälinge used Wikman's US network already last season, when attacker Annette Kent, defender Fanta Cooper and goalie Jenni Brannam helped the team secure promotion to Damallsvenskan.

Amerikanska med U21-meriter klar för Bälinge IF

New assistant coach to Umeå IK

Umeå IK has signed former Allsvenskan player and local celebrity Steve Galloway as assistant coach with responsibilities including match analysis and coaching forwards. Galloway successfully coached the men's side Umeå FC last year, gaining promotion to the second highest level. In spite of that he was replaced by former Umeå IK head coach Richard Holmlund. With the addition of Galloway, Umeå IK now has a five person strong coaching staff.

Steve Galloway till Umeå IK

Josefine Öqvist resigns with Linköping

After a long wait and probably not entirely uncomplicated negotiations, it was today announced that national team attacker Josefine Öqvist has signed a new one year contract with her club Linköping FC. Öqvist has been petitioned by several other clubs, among them KIF Örebro and Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC, but eventually decided to stay with Linköping.

Earlier this week a Linköping long-timer, defender/midfielder Malin Gustafsson, decided to leave the club since she couldn't accept the financial part of the offer the club proposed. "I would lose to much money if I accepted the club's bid". The 26-year old will probably leave top football.

Öqvist stannar i Linköping
Damfotboll.com: "Jossan" har äntligen bestämt sig - stannar i Linköping
Corren: Gustafsson har gjort sitt i LFC

Yet another Nigerian signs for QBIK

QBIK has signed Nigerian international defender Yinka Kudaisi. Late last year the club got Kudaisi's Nigeria team mates Maureen Mmadu and Faith Ikidi from Norwegian premier side Klepp.

Including their German striker Jennifer Meier, QBIK now has four full time professionals on the squad. But the club chairman Lars-Inge Hallstenson doesn't worry: "We've got sponsors for each player and our own finances are pretty good as well. Last season we spent SEK 5 million and I think we will reach 7 million this year."

OS-meriterad mittback klar för Qbik
Värmlands Folkblad: Ny stjärna till Qbik

Newcomers Jitex signs Sweden U21 players

Jitex, just promoted to Damallsvenskan from 1st division, has signed two players with experience from Sweden's U21 and other youth natiuonal teams; Amelie Rybeck from the 1st division side Holmalund and Emma Herbring from KIF Örebro. Herbring's move was partly motivated by her boyfriend Ola Toivonen (also a U21 player) being signed by the men's premier league side Örgryte. Örgryte is like Jitex in the Göteborg area.

Emma valde Jitex
Damfotboll.com: Amelie Rybeck lämnar Holmalund för Jitex
Göteborgsposten: Jitex värvar inför återkomsten
Göteborgsposten: Emma Herbring valde Jitex

Jitex is one of the pioneer Swedish women's football clubs, founded 1971, won 6 Swedish championships and had players like Pia Sundhage in the 70's and 80's. They got relegated from Damallsvenskan 1997 and even folded operations 2001. But the club restarted the year after and is now back in the highest division.

Players welcome Olympic Committee fitness demands

Several national team players have commented on the Swedish Olympic Committee's demands for better physical fitness, among them Victoria Svensson and Caroline Seger. They welcome the new tests and agrees with the statement that fitness must be improved if Sweden shall be able to compete with the best. The national team decided already last year that they need to focus more on physical fitness. The test results for the best Swedish players are at the same level as the average for the US team.

Tabloid Aftonbladet publishes an inquiry where the Damallsbvenskan coaches comments on their training schedules. Most teams have 8-10 sessions a week, which probably is as much as humanly possible, since most players are not professionals. Kopparbergs/Göteborg's Martin Pringle, who as a professional player was with Benfica and Charlton, says it's about quality, not quantity. "As a professional player I never had more than one training session a day".

Caroline Seger: Bra att kraven ställs
Dagens Nyheter: "Jag kan förstå SOK:s krav"
Aftonbladet: Sveriges topp – snittet i USA
TV4 Video clip

Själevad's Sanna Frostevall goes to Sunnanå

Sanna Frostevall, relegated Själevad's main star, has decided to accept an offer from Sunnanå. The 26-year old has mainly played centre defense at Själevad but will probably find another position with Sunnanå, as Hanna Marklund and Rebecca Smith was a very successfull duo last season.

Sanna is the second player to leave Själevad for Sunnanå. Late last year the young forward Emma Jonsson signed for the northern club.

Själevads bästa går till Sunnanå

Team Sweden players not fit enough

Swedish national team players are not fit enough, says the Swedish Olympic Committee, one of the national team's main sponsors with a SEK 1000000 a year grant as well as individual player stipends. Physical fitness tests from the last years shows that the players are less fit than they were 2003. Both the German and the US national team players have better test results. So the SOK has decided to launch a physical fitness program. All Damallsvenskan players will undergo fitness tests twice this spring, in January and April. The national team players will recieve individual training, but all damallsvenskan players will be part of the training program. The SOK expects results, or they will reconsider their support for the team.

Sweden head coach Thomas Dennerby admits that the players needs to improve, but adds that the fitness test results will not alone decide who gets picked for the national team; "It's not all about test results. Things like technique and a good eye for the game are also important."

Dagens Nyheter:
SOK hotar dra in stöd till damfotbollslandslaget
Aftonbladet: SOK: Ni är för dåligt tränade
Värmlands Folkblad: Inga pengar utan bättre flås

Djurgården/Älvsjö's Malin Nykvist leaves

Djurgården/Älvsjö's Malin Nykvist has confirmed the rumours that she will leave the club. She is pregnant and expected to give birth in June.

Malin minns de fyra segrarna

Malin Andersson quits

Malmö FF and Sweden veteran Malin Andersson has decided to leave top football and focus on her career with the Swedish Road Administration, where she works as engineer and project manager. Malmö coach Jörgen Petersson says she will be hard to replace, but trying to talk her out of the decision would be futile.

Malin, who has participated in 10 major championships and played more than 150 national team matches, comments herself in an interview with a swedish radio channel, that she needs more time for herself and those close to her.

Malin Andersson lägger av
Radiosporten: Slutspelat för MFF:s Malin Andersson

Nike sponsors Sunnanå

Sunnanå SK and Nike has signed a 4 year sponsor deal, Nike's first with a Damallsvenskan club. Sunnanå says they are happy Nike chose them as partner to introduce the sportswear company's first ever women football collection. As usual no financial details are disclosed, but Sunnanå's management is very satisfied.

Norra Västerbotten:
Sunnanå har fått ny sponsor

Djurgården/Älvsjö reaches deal with Asker over Nordby and Dalum Jensen

Asker FK tells local daily Budstikka that they have reached an agreement with Djurgården/Älvsjö over Bente Nordby's and Dorte Dalum Jensen's transfer to teh Swedish side. Asker's manager Rolf-Magne Walstad says the clubs have agreed not to disclose any transfer sum. He says they don't want to start an upwards spiral in transfer sums, "but we're not getting rich on this".

Nordby og Dalum Jensen til Sverige

Denmark's captain has signed for Djurgården/Älvsjö

Katrine S Pedersen, Danish national team captain and last with Norwegian third place Fløya, has signed a one year deal with Djurgården/Älvsjö with an option for another year. The Swedish Cup champions have also agreed on 2 year contracts with Norwegian national team goalkeeper Bente Nordby and Danish national team defender Dorte Dalum Jensen, but they are still under contract with Norwegian Asker FK. Djurgården/Älvsjö has been in negotiations with Asker and so has the Norwegian players union, since there is a conflict between the players and Asker concerning unpaid player compensation. Djurgården/Älvsjö's chairman expects all three to be present when the preseason training starts next week.

Dansk landslagskapten klar för Dif/Älvsjö