Training camp week

It's less than three weeks left to the kick-off for Damallsvenskan's 2006 season. A lot of the clubs take off for a training camp somewhere where they can find grass to play on. The tough pre-season training is now usually finished and it's time to focus on the finer details of the game.

Djurgården/Älvsjö will go to Italy and get to play an interesting match against the Italian number 2, Senini Bardolino from Verona. Hammarby and QBIK will both go to Agia Napa on Cyprus and meet each other in a training match. Umeå  will travel to Antalya in Turkey and play a local team and against Kopparbergs/Göteborg, who also has chosen this destination.

Jitex has already been to camp, in Denmark, and so has Malmö, who first planned to spend time in Germany and play the German top side Hamburg SV. They had to cancel, since the playing conditions in northern Germany this long and cold winter wasn't any better than in Sweden. They finally managed to find playable grass just outside Copenhagen and also have found a substitute for HSV - they will play Scotland's national team in a friendly next week.

Hanna Ljungberg might miss Damallsvenskan opener

Umeå's star striker Hanna Ljungberg might miss the Damallsvenskan season opener against Malmö FF on Easter Monday, due to the injuries she recieved in a national team game two weeks ago.

The collision with France's goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi in the last Algarve Cup match left her with a serious concussion and she has only just recently been allowed by her doctors to get up from bed and to leave her apartment. She will travel with her Umeå team to their Turkey training camp this week, but she will not be allowed to participate in any training. "I still get very, very tired from doing very little", she says.
Allsvensk premiär i fara för Hanna, video clip

Mallbacken veteran makes comeback

Linda Ranström, a 27 year-old defender/midfielder, has returned to Mallbacken after a few years maternity leave and playing on a lower level. The 10 season veteran with Mallbacken can be used on a lot of positions and will bring a lot of experience to the team.

Training matches March 23-26

Alvik - Sunnanå 0-2
Goals: 0-1 Madeleine Edlund, 0-2 Maria Nordbrandt
Good goalkeeping saved the 1st division side Alvik from a bigger defeat.
200 personer såg Alvik mot Sunnanå

Gideonsberg - Bälinge 0-1 (0-1)
Bälinge: Maja Åström - Malin Ericsson, Lina Andersson (Linn Fors), Karolina Mats, Nera Smajic - Heidi Matinlassi, Maria Thuré, Mona Najib - Minna Mustonen, Emma Lindqvist, Madelene Hagberg (Anna Bergendal)
Goals: 0-1 Minna Mustonen (15)
Bälinge played an offensive 4-3-3 formation and managed to put pressure on the 1st division Gideonsberg. We should have scored more goals, looking at the opportunities we created, commented an otherwise pleased coach Magnus Wikman.
Uppsala Nya Tidning: Bälinge slog Gideonsberg i träningsmatch

KIF Örebro - Linköping 0-1 (0-1)
Linköping: Hedvig Lindahl - Maria Lindström, Charlotte Rohlin, Eva Skärby, Marie-Louise Skålberg - Anna-Kaisa Rantanen, Frida Östberg, Caroline Seger, Ann Westermark - Josefine Öqvist, Maria Aronsson
Goals: 0-1 Maria Aronsson (20)
KIF Örebro conceded their first pre-season goal to see their first pre-season defeat. Frida Östberg was an influental playmaker for Linköping in an otherwise rather uneventful match, where defense played the biggest part for both sides.
Nerikes Allehanda: Första insläppta gav KIF-förlust
Linköping FC: KIF Örebro-LFC 0-1

Kopparbergs/Göteborg - Falköping 5-5 (1-1)
Kopparbergs/Göteborg: Bodil Sjans - Camilla Schelin (48 Marlene Sjöberg), Maria Karlsson, Sofia Dammström, Maria Nilsson (48 Frida Höglund) - Lotta Schelin, Jessica Julin, Frida Thydén, Rebecca Ljungdahl - Sofie Andersson, Sofia Palmquist
Goalscorers: 1-0 Rebecca Ljungdahl (25), 2-4 Rebecca Ljungdahl (65), 3-4 Sofie Andersson (70), 4-4 Frida Thydén (75), 5-4 Rebecca Ljungdahl (80) 
An unfocused and disorganised Göteborg performance had them trailing 1-4 against 1st division Falköping some time into the second half. Eventually they managed to shape up and save a draw, but this does not look good with the league kick-off only three weeks away. Something to work on at the training camp in Turkey next week. Knallresultat av Falköping i Göteborg

Fart - Mallbacken 2-3 (0-2)
Goals: 0-1 Jenny Monsén, 0-2 Jenny Monsén, 0-3 Erla Arnardottir
Mallbacken went to Norway to play Fart from the Norwegian 2nd tier. A good first half got exchanged for tired legs in the second. Still a promising performance.
Mallbacken: Vinst mot Fart i Norge

Sunnanå - Morön U18 (boys) 2-0 (0-0)
Sunnanå: Åsa Berglund - Sara Hällberg, Rebecca Smith, Hanna Marklund, Linnea Gjersvold (Emma Jonsson)  - Sanna Frostevall (Anna Bodén), Kicki Wiklund, Carina Holmberg (Amanda Stenerkrans), Alexandra Nilsson - Maria Nordbrandt, Lina Johansson (Johanna Lindahl)
Goals: 1-0 Maria Nordbrandt, 2-0 Lina Johansson
Sunnanå dominated the game against the boy's side and got the opportunity to practice their attack.
Sunnanå: Damerna vann mot Morön U18 pojkar

Bälinge - Sundsvall 0-2 (0-0)
Bälinge rested a handfull of starters from the match against Gideonsberg. Despite having the majority of the possession, they came to very few finishes and were punished in the second half by the 1st division side Sundsvall, that is now on a 5 game winning streak. Sundsvalls DFF skrällde mot allsvenska Bälinge
Uppsala Nya Tidning: Målskyttet måste bli bättre Bälinge

Hammarby -  Djurgården/Älvsjö 2-5 (1-2)
Djurgården/Älvsjö: Pernilla Ebberyd - Kristin Bengtsson, Malin Engdahl, Therese Brogårde, Linda Lekander - Jenny Dannberg (46 Sara Thunebro), Elin Ekblom, Ann-Marie Norlin - Laura Kalmari, Victoria Svensson, Sofia Simonsson
Goals: 1-0 Victoria Svensson (10), 1-1 Sara Johansson (38), 2-1 Katrin Bengtsson (40), 3-1 Elin Ekblom (53), 3-2 Sara Johansson (67), 4-2 Elin Ekblom (75 PK), 5-2 Laura Kalmari (88)
With Katrine Pedersen and Bente Nordby away playing for their national teams and Dorte Dalum Jensen and Jane Törnquist on the injury list, Djurgården/Älvsjö had the opportunity to try out severeal of their youngsters, which pleased coach Benny Persson. Three of Djurgården's goals came from set pieces. Hammarby's En Perlskog was pleased with the play his team showed and praised newly signed Sara Johansson, who scored both Hammarby's goals. Tre fasta situationer avgjorde för Djurgården/Älvsjö
Djurgården/Älvsjö: Vinst mot Hammarby

Öster - Jitex 0-0 (0-0)
Öster, one of Jitex main competitors for promotion fromthe 1st division last season, managed to hold the newly promoted Jitex to a goalless draw. Neither of the teams created much in the attack and it seems like Jitex still has some work to do if they are going to extablish themselves in Damallsvenskan. Öster spelade oavgjort mot allsvenska Jitex

KIF Örebro signs two USA players

KIF Örebro's head coach Pia Sundhage announced today the signing of two American players, both with experience from US youth national teams .

Kelly Schmedes, forward, and Keeley Dowling, defender, both played with Charlotte Lady Eagles in the North American W-league last season. They will arrive in the beginning of May and stay for the rest of the season. The US national team captain Kristine Lilly has been active in connecting the players with Örebro.

Sundhage says she's very happy that Schmedes and Dowling want to come and play for KIF Örebro and hopes they will help the team out of the goal draught that has plaughed them during the preseason.

KIF Örebro:
Två amerikanskor till KIF Örebro

Djurgården/Älvsjö star player injured

Djurgården/Älvsjö's Danish national team defender Dorte Dalum Jensen suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon during a training session last Tuesday. She'll be on the operating table Thursday and, if everything goes well, might be playing again in mid June. She will miss not only the first two months of the  Damallsvenskan season, but also at least three of Denmark's World Cup qualifying matches.
Dorte Dalum oturligt skadad

Linköping FC not satisfied with TV deal

Unlike most Damallsvenskan club officcials, Linköping's Anders Mäki is not entirely happy with the new TV deal the Swedish Football Association has signed. The clubs in Superettan, the men's 2nd division, gets three times as much as the Damallsvenskan clubs. "From a TV point of view, Damallsvenskan matches should be at least as valuable as the men's second tier", he says.

He also opposes the view from Umeå's Roland Arnquist, that the most successfull clubs should get most of the money from the TV deal. "That would only make the difference between Umeå and a club like QBIK even bigger. The money should be used to level the playfield."

It has not yet been decided how the new resources should be distributed, but Linköping most probably have some support for their opinion.
Fördelning av tv-pengar väcker LFC:s irritation

Training matches March 17-19

Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC - Holmalund 1-0 (0-0)
Göteborg: Bodil Sjans - Marlene Sjöberg, Frida Höglund (55 Camilla Schelin), Sofia Dammström, Maria Nilsson - Frida Thydén (75 Jennie Svensson), Jessica Julin, Sofia Palmqvist, Maria Karlsson - Sofie Andersson, Rebecca Ljungdahl
Goal: 1-0 Sofie Andersson
1st division side Holmalund proved to be the much better side in the beginning of the match and even if Göteborg, showing up without their Algarve Cup players, got the second half winner, they made a rather pale effort.
Seger mot Holmalunds IF

Umeå IK - Sunnanå 2-1 (0-0)
Umeå: Sofia Lundgren - Anna Paulson, Karolina Westberg, Johanna Frisk, Maria Bergqvist (69 Emma Berglund) - Lise Klaveness, Malin Moström, Elaine (81 Hanna Folkesson)- Anna Sjöström, Marta, June Pedersen (62 Erika Karlsson)
Sunnanå (starters): Åsa Berglund - Sandra Berggren, Hanna Marklund, Rebecca Smith, Magdalena Esseryd - Alexandra Nilsson, Carina Holmberg, Kicki Wiklund, Sanna Frostevall - Madelaine Edlund, Maria Nordbrandt
Goals: 1-0 Malin Moström (59), 2-0 Maria Bergkvist (62), 2-1 Madelaine Edlund (76).
Mostly Umeå in a sunny but windy match. Lise Klaveness proved excellent in an Anne Mäkinen position at the defensive midfield. A good defense and a hard working midfield for Sunnanå kept the score even the first two thirds of the match.
Västerbottens Folkblad: Klaveness glänste när UIK besegrade Sunnanå

KIF Örebro - Hammarby 0-0 (0-0)
A goalless draw that surprisingly didn't seem to leave any of the team's coaches disappointed. Hammarby tried out this year's American import, defender Caitlin Fisher (former Harvard and Boston Renegades). Örebro's coach Pia Sundhage declared herself pleases with the defense, but the team needs to work a lot on finishing.
KIF Örebro

Linköping - Bälinge 2-1 (1-0)
Linköping: Hedvig Lindahl - Maria Karlsson, Charlotte Rohlin, Eva Skärby, Marie-Louise Skålberg - Maria Lindström (60 Anna-Kaisa Rantanen), Frida Östberg, Caroline Seger, Ann Westermark - Josefine Öqvist (60 Lotta Runesson), Maria Aronsson
Bälinge (starters): Maja Åström - Anna Bergendal, Lina Andersson, Linn Fors, Karolina Mats - Heidi Matinlassi, Mona Najib, Maria Thuré - Minna Mustonen, Emma Lindqvist, Madelene Hagberg.
Goals: 1-0 Josefine Öqvist, 1-1 Minna Mustonen, 2-1 Maria Aronsson
Linköping showed up with what must be close to their first eleven. They played an aggressive game with good pace in the first half and Josefine Öqvist scored a trademark goal, running through Bälinge's defense line to convert a cross from the left side. Bälinge played deep defense and had dangerous counters, which paid off when Minna Mustonen scored an equaliser in the second half. Maria Aronsson got the winner late in the match assisted by Caroline Seger.
Linköping FC: Seger mot Bälinge
Uppsala Nya Tidning: Mustonen målade för Bälinge - och "Jossan" mot Bälinge

Falköping - QBIK 0-7 (0-4)
Goals: 0-1 Maureen Mmadu, 0-2 Anna Nilsson, 0-3 Anna Nilsson, 0-4 Anna Nilsson, in the second half two goals by Maureen Mmadu and one by Jennifer Meier.
QBIK's last match before going to camp in Turkey showed a lot of promise: pace, movement and above all goals. The match went so good, that coach Kjell Pettersson found it neccesary to point out that you don't get any points for winning training matches.
Värmlands Folkblad: Glödhett Qbik vann med 7 - 0

Team Strömmen - Mallbacken 2-0 (1-0)
A passive and disorganised Mallbacken gave Norway's league runners-up Team Strömmen the upper hand from start. Even if Mallbacken eventually got their game together, it wasn't enough to avoid defeat.
Värmlands Folkblad: Team Strömmen slog Mallbacken
Mallbacken: Team Strömmen vann!

Hanna Ljungberg: I was incredibly lucky

- "I was a bit surprised she went in head first", Hanna Ljungberg commented her run-in with French goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi in the 3rd place Algarve Cup match last Wednesday.

Hanna, who avoided all press contact after the match, talked to the leading daily Dagens Nyheter on Friday. "I felt I had the upper hand as we both ran towards the ball - I would reach the ball first, head it over the keeper and score. I really didn't feel I was doing anything dangerous. I don't understand what Bouhaddi was thinking the way she went in head first." Hanna Ljungberg also says France usually plays a physical game, but that she can't imagine this was Bouhaddi's intention; "She probably just timed it wrong".

Hanna says she's very happy that she came out of the incident with only a concussion and that she'll be resting for about a week before resuming her preseason training.

Dagens Nyheter:
"Jag har haft en otrolig tur"

Mallbacken pleased with new TV deal

"Usually we have to work hard for our money", commented Mallbacken's reelected chairman Sven Eriksson the new TV deal, that will guarantee every Damallsvenskan club at least SEK 500,000 a year. It is a lot of money for the small club. Their total turnover for 2005 was SEK 2,5 million, a SEK 425,000 increase from 2004. Eriksson says they will probably use the new resources to employ an office manager with marketing responsibilities and for talent development.

Värmlands Folkblad:
500 000 kronor - så mycket får Mallbacken och Qbik för tv-avtalet

Algarve Cup: Sweden clinch third place

Sweden - France 1-0 (0-0)
Sweden: Hedvig Lindahl Linköping FC - Frida Östberg Linköping FC, Hanna Marklund Sunnanå SK, Stina Segerström KIF Örebro, Maria Bergkvist Umeå IK - Linda Fagerström Djurgården/Älvsjö, Therese Sjögren Malmö FF, Malin Moström Umeå IK (62 Caroline Seger Linköping FC), Lotta Schelin Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC - Victoria Svensson Djurgården/Älvsjö (62 Salina Ohlsson Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC), Hanna Ljungberg Umeå IK (75 Anna Sjöström Umeå IK).
Goals: 1-0 Lotta Schelin (51)
"We're playing better and better for each match", commented Thomas Dennerby after the bronze match against France. The defense was efficient and disciplined and the midfield play showed a good passing play, which has been one of the weaknesses in the earlier matches. France had problems getting any real foothold at the Swedish part of the field and often had to relent to chasing the long ball. After Sweden took the lead in the second half - nicely executed by Lotta Schelin after a Malin Moström pass put her almost alone with the french goalie - the French side began to show an increasingly bad temper. Four of the five yellows in the match were for protesting against the referee.

Towards the end of the game Hanna Ljungberg was hurt badly in a collision with the French goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi. Ljungberg came running after a long ball towards the french goal and headed the ball, while Bouhaddi came in late and headed the Swedish striker in the face. The bleeding Ljungberg was taken off the field and to a nearby hospital while Bouhaddi recieved a red card for reckless play. Late news from the hospital says that Hanna Ljungberg did not suffer any broken bones, which had been a concern initially, and will probably be back on the field within short.

Ljungberg förd till sjukhus
Aftonbladet: Ljungberg knockad – akut till sjukhus
Expressen: Ljungberg knockad blodig - förd till sjukhus
Dagens Nyheter: Ny undersökning av Ljungberg i morgon
SVT: Hanna Ljungberg till sjukhus

Other matches
Norway defeats China 1-0, finishing 5th in the tournament, with both Bente Nordby (Djurgården/Älvsjö) and Lise Klaveness (Umeå) playing the full 90. Finland defeat Mexico 4-3 in the 7th place match with four Damallsvenskan goals: Laura Kalmari (Djurgården/Älvsjö) scoring 2 and Anna-Kaisa Rantanen (Linköping) and Anne Mäkinen (Umeå) 1 each. So far unlucky Denmark had no problems with Ireland, winning 4-0, with Djurgården's Katrine Pedersen and Dorte Dalum Jensen playing the full match.

SEK 50 Millions in TV revenues to Damallsvenskan

The Swedish Football Association has reached a new contract regarding TV-rights for matches. For the first time the contract includes compensation for the Damallsvenskan matches, SEK 10 millions a year for 5 years.

It is not yet decided how the money will be distributed among the clubs, but one suggestion is to put some of the money aside as price money in the Swedish Cup. Umeå IK's general manager Roland Arnquist argues that the clubs that have big attendance and perform well in the league should get the most of the money. A decision will be made by the end of March.

TV-avtal ger damklubbar 50 miljoner
Umeå IK: Umeå IK inte nöjd - vill ha mer reklampengar

Umeå's home field not FIFA approved

After an inspection of Umeå's home field, Gammliavallen, UEFA officials announced that the arfificial turf does not fullfill FIFA regulations. When tested, the turf proved to be to fast. This means that Umeå IK will not be able to play their UEFA Women's Cup matches in Umeå.

Umeå had a controversy around the field before the UEFA Cup final against FFC Frankfurt in 2004, which ended by the final home leg being moved to Stockholm. The UEFA decision might cost Umeå considerable incomes from gate reciepts and advertisments. It also means that the field doesn't meet the requirements for Damallsvenskan matches, but Umeå can most likely rely on a dispensation from the Swedish FA in that case.

The city of Umeå, that owns the arena, says they will get back to the company that supplied the artificial turf and demand that they attend to the faults.

Umeås konstgräs håller inte måttet
Västerbottenskuriren: Glöm Gammlia, UIK

Algarve Cup: Goals at last

Sweden - Finland 4-1 (1-0)
Sweden: Caroline Jönsson Malmö FF - Sara Larsson Linköping FC (76 Maria Bergkvist Umeå IK), Hanna Marklund Sunnanå SK, Karolina Westberg Umeå IK, Caroline Näfver KIF Örebro - Anna Sjöström Umeå IK, Caroline Seger Linköping FC (62 Therese Sjögran Malmö FF), Malin Moström Umeå IK (82 Frida Östberg LInköping FC), Linda Fagerström Djurgården/Älvsjö - Therese Lundin Malmö FF (62 Salina Olsson Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC), Victoria Svensson Djurgården/Älvsjö.
Goals: 1-0 Victoria Svensson (25), 2-0 Victoria Svensson (51), 2-1 Sanna Valkonen (65 PK), 3-1 Malin Moström (70), 4-1 Victoria Svensson (85)
After two goalless preformances, Sweden, and more precisely Victoria Svensson, finally found the goal. Finland is the weakest team in the group, and used to losing to Sweden, but most important for the Swedish victory was that the team is beginning to play better football. Faster, more creative, better passing. And Victoria Svensson in great form.
Finland used their most Swedish line-up så far with Sanna Valkonen (Umeå IK), Anna-Kaisa Rantanen (Linköping FC), Anne Mäkinen (Umeå IK), Jessica Julin (Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC), Minna Mustonen (Bälinge) and Laura Kalmari (Djurgården/Älvsjö)
Hat-trick av "Vickan" mot Finland

Other matches
Another big loss for Denmark, this time 0-6 against China. Djurgården's Katrine Pedersen and Dorte Dalum Jensen came on at half-time, when the score was 0-4, but couldn't change Denmark's fate. Norway, Umeå's Lise Klaveness playing 82 minutes, almost managed to snatch a point from Germany, but was defeated by an extratime goal.

Training matches March 10-12

A lot of players are away from their clubs this weekend, with the national team in Algarve, with the U21 in France or with the U19 in La Manga. Still some clubs have scheduled training matches. But the winter is long this year, with sub-zero temperatures and snow in the entire country. Umeå IK cancelled their planned training game with Umeå Södra and Hammarby their AIK match. Those played:

Öster - Linköping 0-2 (0-0)
Linköping (starters): Camilla Johansson - Maria Lindström, Charlotte Rohlin, Marie-Louise Skålberg, Eva Skärby - Linda Molander, Linnéa Bjärud, Frida Carlswärd, Sandra Landberg - Ann Westermark, Josefine Öqvist.
Goals: 0-1 Josefine Öqvist (58), Josefine Öqvist (64)
Linköping, with 8 players on different national team assignments, showed up with a lot of reserves and farm team players. The big difference between Linköping and 1st division Öster was Ann Westermark and Jiosefine Öqvist in the attack.
Öqvist avgjorde för decimerat LFC
Linköping FC: 2-0-seger igen för LFC  

Bälinge - Danmark 2-1 (1-0)
Bälinge: Christina Lundholm - Malin Ericsson, Nera Smajic, Linn Fors, Karolina Mats - Heidi Matinlassi, Mona Najib, Maria Thuré - Anna Bergendal, Emma Lindqvist, Madelene Hagberg
Goals: 1-0 Emma Lindqvist (2), 2-1 Lisa Wikner (70).
Bälinge, with a couple of players away on national team assignments and their American reinforcemants not to arrive for yet a few weeks, played the local competitor Danmarks IF, controlled the match, but had problems scoring.
Bälinge: Bälinge vann över Danmarks IF
Uppsala Nya Tidning: Nyförvärv målskytt när Bälinge slog Danmark

KIF Örebro - Kopparberg/Göteborg  0-0 (0-0)
Kopparbergs/Göteborg: Bodil Sjans (46 Maria Edman) - Marlene Sjöberg, Frida Höglund, Sofia Dammström, Maria Nilsson - Rut Hellsing (75 Linnea Löving), Jennie Svensson, Frida Thydén, Sofia Palmqvist, Rebecca Ljungdahl - My Hjelm (46 Caroline Broqvist)
Both teams suffered from the national team call-ups; Örebro was missing seven players and had to bring in a goalkeeper from the club's boy's team while Göteborg brought four players from their farm club Sandarne. Not the best circumstances, and the match was about as eventfull as the final score would suggest.
Nerikes Allehanda: Oscar höll nollan för KIF Örebro
Kopparbergs/Göteborg: Oavgjort mot KIF Örebro

Malmö FF - BK Skjold 4-1 (1-1)
Malmö: Helena Ivarsson - Jenny Engwall (77 Sarah Dessfelt), Therese Jönsson, Lina Rehov, Johanna Rosén - Anna Mörstam (70 Therese Frostander), Emelie Ölander (75 Amalia Mahdi), Dóra Stefánsdóttir, Frida Nordin - Emma Stålhammar (60 Mia Westerblad), Linda Blom (77 Vlora Bajraktaraj)
Goals: 1-0 Linda Blom (28), 2-1 Mia Westerblad (60), 3-1 Mia Westerblad (65), 4-1 Mia Westerblad (85)
With less than an handfull regulars, Malmö defeated Danish 1st division leaders BK Skjold. It was ups and downs from malmö, but when Mia Westerblad (most used substitute last season) came on after 60 minutes, Malmö's goals came quick. Malmö's new Icelandic signing Dora Stefansdottir was the best player on the field.
Malmö FF: Malmö FF -BK Skjold   4-1, match pictures, more pics

Glanshammar - Qbik 0-4
Goals: 0-1 Anna Nilsson, 0-2 Elina Johansson, 0-3 Maureen Mmadu, 0-4 Rebecca Jonsson
Qbik faced 1st division side Glanshammar with with almost a full first team and controlled the match. The Nigerian centre defense Yinka Kudaisi and Faith Ikidi impressed and the new 4-2-3-1 system produced a good attack.
Värmlands Folkblad: Spelsystemet som ska ta Qbik till toppen  

Algarve Cup: Another defeat to Germany

Sweden - Germany 0-3 (0-1)
Sweden: Hedvig Lindahl - Frida Östberg, Hanna Marklund, Stina Segerström (43 red-carded), Maria Bergkvist - Anna Sjöström (68 Victoria Svensson), Malin Moström, Therese Sjögren (76 Linda Fagerström), Lotta Schelin (46 Sara Larsson) - Therese Lundin, Hanna Ljungberg (79 Caroline Seger).
A really good Swedish first half - having Marklund, Moström and Ljungberg as starters this time really made a difference - ended with a dubious handball call, which gave Stina Segerström her second yellow and Gernamy a penalty kick. Coach Dennerby opted to keep both forwards, which made the Swedish midfield out-numbered by the Germans. Germany had their usual nice flow in the attack, dominated midfield and had Sweden on the defense most of the time. Coach Dennerby was less than pleased with the referee team, that except for the penalty also gave a lot of unjustified free kicks.

Domartabbe början till det svenska fallet 0-3 för Sverige med tio spelare mot Tyskland

Other matches
The Scandinavian goal draught continued in the Norway - Finland match, that ended 0-0. Lise Klaveness (Umeå) played the last half for Norway, while the Finnish team as usual relied on a lot of Damallsvenskan players; Umeå's Sanna Valkonen and Anne Mäkinen played the whole match, Anna-Kaisa Rantanen (Linköping) the first half, Djurgården's Laura Kalmari was subbed out in the dieing minutes of the match and Minna Mustonen (Bälinge) got 30 second half minutes. Denmark went down big to USA, losing 5-0. Katrine Pedersen and Dorte Dalum Jensen (both Djurgården/Älvsjö) played the full match and were among the few that played both the France and USA matches.

Late call-up to U21 team

Umeå's Anna Paulsson had to cancel her trip with the U21 and Djurgården/Ålvsjö's Malin Engdahl was somewhat surprisingly called up as replacement. The defender played with one of Djurgården 's cooperation clubs last season, 1st division side Bollstanäs, but has been training with the club since last fall.
Malin Engdahl med U21 till Paris

Algarve Cup: Dull draw against Norway

Sweden - Norway 0-0 (0-0)
Sweden: Caroline Jönsson Malmö FF - Frida Östberg Linköping FC, Sara Larsson Linköping FC, Karolina Westberg Umeå IK, Caroline Näfver KIF Örebro (72 Maria Bergkvist Umeå IK) - Johanna Almgren Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC (50 Hanna Ljungberg Umeå IK), Salina Ohlsson Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC (62 Therese Sjögran Malmö FF), Caroline Seger Linköping FC (46 Malin Moström Umeå IK), Linda Fagerström Djurgården/Älvsjö - Victoria Svensson Djurgården/Älvsjö, Lotta Schelin Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC (68 Anna Sjöström Umeå IK)

Not exactly the starting line-up you would choose if you wanted to defeat Norway, somebody pointed out. But Thomas Dennerby has been clear about his plans; everybody on the squad will start at least once and he will try different combinations of players on the field.

This time, the result of Dennerby's experimenting was mainly disappointing. Disorganized defense, slow and tired looking midfield (reports says Seger was just recovering from a cold) and a lack of quality both delivering and recieving passes. Only quality performance in the first half was from goalkeeper Caroline Jönsson, showing stability and confidence. Things shaped up a bit in the second half, when players like Malin Moström, Hanna Ljungberg and Therese Sjögran was subbed in. Still, a fairly mediocre performance from both sides.

For Norway Djurgården/Älvsjö's Bente Nordby was reliable in goal, putting in a few good-looking saves, and Umeå's Lise Klaveness subbed in after 69 minutes.
Svensk Fotboll:
Mållöst mot Norge - Schelin närmast att näta Första mål vi väntar på, Sverige, Sverige, Sverige...
Sydsvenskan: Godkänd svenskstart i Algarve Cup

Other Thursday games:
Finland managed to hold back Germany for 60 minutes, but after that it went fast and 5-0 for Germany was probably a little bit to much if you look at the game as a whole. Sanna Valkonen and Anne Mäkinen (Umeå), Minna Mustonen (Bälinge), Anna-Kaisa Rantanen (Linköping) and Laura Kalmari (Djurgården/Älvsjö) all played.

Denmark came back after falling 2 goals behind against France already after 25 minutes, and managed to level the result. Djurgården/Älvsjö's Dorte Dalum Jensen and Katrine Pedersen both played the full 90 minutes in the Danish defense in the 2-2 draw.

Iceland visited England at Norwich, lost 1-0 on a late England goal. Malmö FF's Dora Stefansdottir played the full match and Mallbacken's Erla Arnardottir came in as a 2nd half substitute.

Training matches March 1-5

Vasalund/Essinge - Djurgården/Älvsjö  0-7 (0-4)
Djurgården/Älvsjö: Pernilla Ebberyd - Dorte Dalum Jensen, Malin Engdahl, Therese Brogårde, Ann-Marie Norlin (47 Kristin Bengtsson) - Linda Fagerström, Anna Hall, Elin Ekblom - Laura Kalmari, Sofia Simonsson, Sara Thunebro (47 Victoria Svensson)
Goals: 0-1 Sara Thunebro (5), 0-2 Linda Fagerström (11), 0-3 Elin Ekblom (27), 0-4 Dorte Dalum Jensen (37), 0-5 Victoria Svensson (50), 0-6 Victoria Svensson (56), 0-7 Laura Kalmari (67)
The big difference in quality between Djurgården and the 1st division side Vasalund-Essinge made it possible for Djurgården to try out a wide range of attacking combinations, while the defense never really was tested.
Vasalund-Essinge - Djurgården/Älvsjö

******************Jitex Cup***********************************

Newcomers Jitex invited Umeå, Linköping and Göteborg to a two-day tournament. All matches played in sub zero temperatures, but on a snow-free turf.

Jitex - Linköpings FC 0-0 (0-0)
Jitex: Anna Rehnlund - Jenny Ringqvist, Caroline Lindblad, Amelie Rybeck, Linda Fyhr - Therese Andersson, Emma Herbring, Jennie Svensson, Therese Björk - Kajsa Tornfalk, Lisa Christensson
With the somewhat embarrasing 0-2 defeat against 1st division side Falköping last week still in memory, Jitex did much better than expected and matched up good against Linköping, that played their first outdoor game for the season. Linköping couldn't produce a full first team; Ann Westermark has a foot injury and Josefine Öqvist had taken a cough suryp with doping listed ingredients.
Corren: Vilande Öqvist undvek doping

Umeå IK - Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC 3-1 (3-0)
Umeå: Sofia Lundgren - Maria Bergkvist (Emma Berglund), Johanna Frisk, Karolina Westberg, Anna Paulsson - Lise Klaveness, Lisa Dahlkvist (Erika Karlsson), Malin Moström - June Pedersen, Marta, Johanna Andersson
Göteborg: Maria Edman - Camilla Schelin (70 Sofia Plamqvist), Frida Höglund, Maria Nilsson, Maria Karlsson - Lotta Schelin, Frida Thydén (70 Marlene Sjöberg), Johanna Almgren, Rebecca Ljungdahl - Salina olsson (60 Sofia Andersson), My Hjelm
Goals: 1-0 Marta (7), 2-0 Johanna Andersson (13), 3-0 Marta (37), 3-1 Sofie Andersson (80)
Umeå dominated the first half, with Marta scoring or setting up all goals. Lise Klaveness did her debut for her new club in the defensive midfield position, where Anne Mäkinen usually plays. In the second half Göteborg seemed to make their play work better and creating more forward, but Umeå was never in any danger.
Göteborgsposten: Umeå gav Göteborg stora problem

Linköping - Kopparbergs/Göteborg 2-0 (1-0)
Göteborg: Bodil Sjans - Maria Karlsson (45 Camilla Schelin), Sofia Dammström (45 Maria Nilsson), Frida Höglund, Marlene Sjöberg - Lotta Schelin (45 Frida Thydén), Jessica Julin, Johanna Almgren (45 My Hjelm), Sofia Palmqvist - Rebecca Ljungdahl, Sofie Andersson
Goals: 1-0 Caroline Seger (30), 2-0 Lotta Runesson (84)
In a more even contest than the goal figures would suggest, Linköping's Frida Östberg was part of the difference. She played great in midfield and got the assists for both Linköping's goals.
Corren: Östberg bakom LFC:s seger

Umeå IK - Jitex 3-1 (0-1)
Umeå: Sofia Lundgren - Maria Bergkvist, Sanna Valkonen, Karolina Westberg (46 Johanna Frisk), Emma Berglund - Lise Klaveness, Marta, Elaine (70 Lisa Dahlkvist) - Erika Karlsson (46 Johanna Andersson), Hanna Ljungberg, Anna Sjöström
Jitex: Anna Rehnlund - Sophia Lindorsson, Emma Herbring, Caroline Lindblad, Ann Johansson - Therese Bjurenlind, Jennie Svensson, Malin Normelli, Sigrid Olsson - Therese Björk, Katya Salguero
Goals: 0-1 Katya Salguero (7), 1-1 Anna Sjöström (47), 2-1 Hanna Ljungberg (79), 3-1 Maria Bergkvist (87)
Jitex managed to score the first goal of the match on a fast counter, but it was mostly play against one goal. Jitex goalkeeper Anna Rehnlund did great to keep down the figures.


AIK - Djurgården/Älvsjö 1-7 (1-2)
Djurgården/Älvsjö: Bente Nordby - Dorte Dalum Jensen (46 Malin Engdahl), Kristin Bengtsson, Therese Brogårde, Linda Lekander (58 Mimmi Nordlander Andersson) - Katrine Pedersen, Anna Hall, Elin Ekblom (46 Linda Fagerström) - Laura Kalmari (58 Sofia Simonsson), Victoria Svensson, Sara Thunebro.
Goals: 1-1 Sara Thunebro (44), 1-2 Sara Thunebro (45), 1-3 Victoria Svensson (46), 1-4 Mimmi Norlander Andersson (67), 1-5 Victoria Svensson (78), 1-6 Anna Hall (84), 1-7 Victoria Svensson (90).
In what was anything but perfect conditions (click the AIK link for pictures), last years Damallsvenskan side AIK managed to hold Djurgården/Älvsjö back almost the whole first half after taking the lead on a penalty kick. But in the second half Djurgården increased the pressure and showed the difference between the teams.
AIK: En bra halvlek räckte inte
Djurgården/Älvsjö: AIK-Djurgården/Älvsjö

Malmö FF - Brøndby 5-1 (2-1)
Malmö: Caroline Jönsson - Jenny Engwall, Therese Jönsson, Malin Levenstad, Dora Stefansdottir - Frida Nordin, Therese Sjögran, Nilla Fischer, Emma Wilhelmsson (75 Lina Nilsson) - Therese Lundin, Asthildur Helgadottir (60 Linda Blom)
Goals: 1-0 Therese Lundin (4), 2-0 Therese Sjögran (8), 2-1 Lene Jensen (15), 3-1 Asthildur Helgadottir (18), 4-1 Asthildur Helgadottir (21), 5-1 Therese Lundin (65)
Malmö out-played the reigning Danish champions Brøndby, scoring 4 goals in the first 20 minutes. Good passing play and a creative attack that didn't rely on counters was behind Malmö's domination, while there still needs some work to get the new defense in order. You don't replace Malin Andersson and Denise Reddy (500 Damallsvenskan games together) easy. This was also Asthildur Helgadottir's last match for Malmö.
Malmö FF: match report, pictures, more pics, even more
Sydsvenskan: MFF-tränare nöjd efter 5–1

Hammarby - Sporting Club Raisio 7-1 (4-0)
Hammarby: Katarina Wicksell - Therese Dahlberg, Josefin Christensen, Elin Sölveskog, Annica Svensson - Marijke Callebaut, Jennie Jonsson, Therese Sandström (46 Lisa Björkvik), Louise Fors - Linda Forsberg (46 Jessica Landström), Sara Johansson.
Goals: 1-0 Linda Forsberg, 2-0 Marijke Callebaut, 3-0 Louise Fors, 4-0 Linda Forsberg, 5-1 Louise Fors, 6-1 Sara Johansson, 7-1 Louise Fors
Great performance by 17 year old Hammarby starlet Louise Fors against Finland's number 6 Raisio. "She was so good, I moved her down to the defense the last 20 minutes", said Hammarby coach En Perlskog. "She was our best there too." Louise Fors tremålsskytt för Hammarby

Bälinge - QBIK 0-0 (0-0)
Bälinge: Maja Åström - Karolina Mats (Linn Fors), Linda Sembrant, Lina Andersson, Nera Smajic - Heidi Matinlassi, Mikaela Björklund (Mona Najib), Maria Thuré - Anna Bergendal (Madelene Hagberg), Emma Lindqvist, Minna Mustonen
Neither side was really happy with their performance in a match where Bälinge still seemed like the (slightly) better side. Maja Åström and Minna Mustonen both showed that Bälinge had made the right decision to sign them.
Uppsala Nya Tidning: Mållöst för Bälinge mot allsvenska Qbik
Värmlands Folkblad: Qbik vägrar att förlora

Positive annual reports from Örebro and Linköping

The financial reports from KIF Örebro and Linköping FC, presented at their annual meetings recently, shows growing turnover and a growing yearly surplus for both clubs.

KIF Örebro could look back at a successfull 2005. Their rapid financially growth, from an annual turnover 2004 at SEK 1,7 millions to SEK 2,9 millions and a SEK 285,000 profit 2005, corresponds to an increasing local support, both from fans and businesses. Re-elected chairman Karin Tellås is happy to be able to, for the first time, sign contracts with and give compensation to all players as well as hiring an office manager.

Linköping FC continues their ambition to develop to be a championship contender. Annual turnover grew from SEK 2,4 millions the year before to SEK 3,1 millions 2005, including a modest profit. "We invest all our resources in the development of the team", says general manager Anders Mäki. "We aim to be better both on and beside the football field".

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