Umeå still on the fence regarding Cristiane
Västerbottens Folkblad: Cristiane har fått förslag av UIK
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
Landström & Larsson, November 8, 2007
(Pictures nicked from svenskfotboll.se)
University sponsors Kif Örebro
Nerikes Allehanda: Universitetet sponsrar KIF med 1,5 miljoner
This agreement follows another groundbreaking sponsor deal, when Örebro city earlier this fall decided to sponsor the two premier division football teams in town, the men's team Örebro SK and the women's Kif Örebro, with the same amount. Both clubs gets a guaranteed SEK 500,000 a year for the three years as long as they play in the premier league. An additional SEK 250,000 can be recieved as compensation for participating as role models in schools and youth clubs.
Svenska Dagbladet: Örebros damlag får samma avtal som herrlaget
Neither Vancouver nor Brazil for Umeå
There doesn't seem to be any trip to Brazil either. The club recieved an informal inquiry from Brazil's FA last month to play a couple of exhibition games in Brazil in January and gave a positive answer, but there hasn't been any formal invitation yet.
Umeå will probably accept an invitation from Finland to play a weekend tournament in February against Finnish champions Honka and hosts FC Sport.
Västerbottenskuriren: Inget Vancouver för Umeå IK, Vasa i stället för Copacabana
Kacey White returns to Bälinge
Coach Zaine Söderlund is elated, this is what he wanted for Christmas: "It is wonderful to have her here already in the pre-season. She will contribute a lot with her positive attitude and her great skills."
Upsala Nya Tidning: Kacey White tillbaka i Bälinge
Bälinge's sport director Conny Sjöberg says in a short interview with local daily UNT, that at least one and maybe two more Americans are on their way to Bälinge. He says the club is having "a positive dialogue" with an experienced and very merited defensive player, who can play both defense and midfield. "We already have lots of talent in our team. The ones we are looking at now are players with experience."
Upsala Nya Tidning: Fler amerikanskor på gång
Erika Karlsson to Sunnanå and other transfers
Västerbottens Folkblad: Erika Karlsson till Sunnanå
Hammarby has signed 17 year old left-sider Malin Broberg from Bälinge's youth programme. She has played a lot in defense, but will likely be used as a winger in Hammarby. Hammarby has also announced that two players, midfielder Therese Dahlberg och forward Lisa Björkvik has renewed their contracts.
Hammarby: Therese, Lisa kvar + 1 Malin till
LDB FC Malmö's coaching duo Jörgen Petersson and Martin Sjögren has extended their contracts with the club for two more years. Head coach Petersson was offered to take over the men's team of his old home club, Östers IF, a classic Swedish side with several Championships but now residing in the third level. Petersson decided that he wanted to continue with Malmö, which he says has been an exciting journey so far.
LDB FC Malmö: Jörgen och Martin har skrivit nya kontrakt
Bälinge defender Lina Andersson has decided to renew her contract with the club. After losing several experienced players coach Zaine Söderlund is happy to keep the 23 year old in the team.
Upsala Nya Tidning: Andersson förlänger med Bälinge
Relegated Falköping's 18 year old forward Linnea Liljegärd (6 damallsvenskan goals last season) is moving clubs to Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC. Club chairman Peter Bronsman also reveals that they are close to signing with two defensive players and are looking for a goalkeeper. He adds that they are in talks with a couple of candidates for the goalkeeper position, but will not be able to finalize any deal before the holidays.
Göteborgsposten: Göteborg värvar och jagar vidare
Kristianstads DFF is expected to announce the signing of defender Therese Björck from Qbik within short. They are also talking to two more defensive former Qbik players, Amelie Rybeck and Jenny Hallstenson. These two might be the same unnamed players that are in talks with Göteborg.
Kristianstadsbladet: Björck närmar sig KDFF
No offer from Umeå to Cristiane
Even if Umeå hesitates, there seems to be several other options for Brazil's Cristiane. Local Umeå paper Västerbottens Folkblad got hold of Marta's agent Fabiano Farah, who now also represents Cristiane: "We have to respect that these talks are confidential, but it's hard to find a woman player that doesn't want to play in Umeå."
Farah adds that three Swedish clubs (Umeå, LDB FC and one unknown, possibly Linköping?) has shown interest in Cristiane as well as clubs in Germany, USA and France. He doesn't want to comment on whether the French club is Olympique Lyonnais, Umeå's UEFA Women's Cup semifinal opponent.
Västerbottens Folkblad: Fler vill ha Cristiane
Västerbottenskuriren: UIK nobbar Cristiane
Cristiane wants to join Marta in Umeå
Umeå's manager Roland Arnqvist admits that he has made inquiries about Cristiane: "It would be a great signing, but we are pretty well supplied with offensive players and this is both about finances and about balancing the team", he comments, stating that he is still undecided on the question.
LDB FC Malmö's sport director Kenny Jönsson reveals that Malmö were in negotiations with Cristiane earlier this fall and were close to finding a solution. But when her agent came with a wage demand twice as high as had been discussed earlier, Malmö decided to break off the negatiations.
Västerbottens Folkblad: UIK har inte släppt tanken på Cristiane
Two personal reflections. First, Cristiane has spent a couple of seasons in Germany without any appearent success. She was first let go from Turbine Potsdam and then Wolfsburg decided against offering her a renewed contract after the 2006/07 season. Marcus Juchem had a piece at the always well informed and well written www.womensoccer.de this summer, titled "Why is Cristiane only good in her national team?" . He tried to figure out why things hadn't worked out for the Brazilian attacker in Germany. Climate, food, culture clash and home-sickness were mentioned and Juchem ended in recommending Los Angeles as a suitable destination. Not exactly Umeå.
Second, throwing in a huge wage demand is often an efficient way to break negotiations. Czech forward Pavlina Scasna did that to get Umeå of her back, when she really wanted to go to Malmö. Cristiane might have wanted to scare away Malmö because she wants to go to Umeå.
Umeå's Marta FIFA World Player again.
If Marta could win the FIFA World Player award 2006 without playing any international matches at all, her exposure this year in the PanAm Games and the World Cup in China made the choice for the national team coaches and captains all over the world so much easier. Marta recieved 988 points (including 167 first place votes) compared to her closest rival Birgit Prinz with 507 points (44 first place votes). Everyone else was far, far behind.
Marta, very emotional as she usually is in this kind of situation, thanked her teammates in Brazil and Umeå as well as her mother, family and friends and promised to do everything to keep returning to future FIFA World Player Awards.
SVT: Tårögd Marta bäst i världen - igen, video
The complete result list can be found at fifa.com, as well as the voting record for the national team coaches and captains.
Malmö: Strengthening attack
Malmö more or less re-signed all their starters already before the World Cup. Their defense was the most successful of all Damallsvenskan teams last season but with an injured Helgadottir and a Therese Lundin with problems finding the goal their offense has been suffering. Not surprisingly they seem to be aiming mostly to strengthen their attack. Coach Petersson went Prague to check in with newly signed Pavlina Scasna, finalize the contract papers and see how her rehabilitation is turning out. It looked good and Petersson is expecting Scasna to turn up for practice in Malmö after the holidays.
Malmö also decided to pick up young winger Antonia Göransson from their youth team. Göransson, a speedy 17 year old, has been on loan to Danish premier division side BK Skjold since the summer and impressed greatly.
Corren: Aronsson från LFC till Malmö
Sydsvenskan: Landslagsanfallare till Malmö ...
LDB FC Malmö: Pavlina Scasna på gång till Sverige, Ytterligare en spelare till A-truppen
Linköping: Recruiting young but looking for experience
But besides Landström, Linköping's new recruits has been young and fairly unproven with the two 16 year olds Tilda Heimersson and Lisa Nilsson as the youngest. These signings has made Linköping's squad 19 players strong, but coach Daniel Pettersson says he's counting on two more players, preferably established internationals.
Corren: Norrköpingsduo klar för LFC
Mixed player news
Rasmusson also told local newspaper Nerikes Allehanda that even if they already have a better squad than last season, he is still open for a couple more players, most important a good back-up for their keeper Kristin Hammarström.
Nerikes Allehanda: Malin går till Hammarby
Bälinge's experienced keeper Maja Åström has decided to take a break from playing football. The 25 year old, who has both national team experience and two Swedish championships with Djurgården, says that she has been living with football for a long time now and needs to try something else.
Sport director Conny Sjöberg isn't worried, even if Åström is the third key player that has left (Mäkinen and Sembrandt the others) recently. He has confidence in the team in the long run, but admits that 2008 will be a tough season: "It is crucial that we find the right players when we sign the more experienced players we are looking for". And his first priority isn't a goalkeeper, but a defender and midfielder.
Upsala Nya Tidning: Maja Åström lämnar Bälinge
Kopparbergs/Göteborg has now officially given up on trying to sign USA's national team keeper Hope Solo for the 2008 season. The possibilities to synchronise USA's Olympic preparations with a Damallsvenskan schedule are limited, to say the least. Club chairman Peter Bronsman admits that they will have to find another keeper, but is in no hurry.
Göteborgsposten: Hoppet om Hope ute
After a tough 2007 season, with injury problems and her father's death, it took Sunnanå midfielder Sanna Frostevall some time to decide if she should continue playing. But recently she resigned with Sunnanå: "Dad would have liked me to go on".
Norra Västerbotten: "Pappa hade velat att jag skulle fortsätta"
Umeå: Frida Östberg returns, Lise Klaveness leaves
While Östberg returned to Umeå, Lise Klaveness returned home from Umeå. After a lot of thinking, she decided to go back to Asker in the Norwegian league. She was sad to leave Umeå, but after finishing her law studies she felt she had to return to Norway if she wanted to establish herself on the work market. She stated that she wants to use her experience from her two years in Sweden to help making Asker the Umeå of Norway.
Young midfielder Lisa Dahlqvist also had to do a lot of thinking and some feeling of home-sickness tempted her to move south, but she finally decided to accept a new one year contract with Umeå. The 20 year old has more or less made her break-through in the team during the 2007 season, her second with the team, and is now a regular starter.
Young attacker Erika Karlsson was one of the few Umeå players that did not get an offer for a renewed contract. She has had problems breaking into the squad and the competition for forward positions doesn't seem to be easier next year. She hasn't signed anything, but will almost certainly be moving to Sunnanå, where she is hoping to get more playing time.
Umeå now seems to have signed 19 players for 2008, but that includes one 16 and one 17 year old players that might not be first team material yet. The club haven't yet declared that they are finished with the 2008 squad and the 2007 18 player side proved vulnerable to injuries, so there might still be some movement.
Västerbottens Folkblad: Dahlkvist stannar i Umeå IK
Västerbottenskuriren: Frida Östberg skrev på för UIK
Asker FK: Lise Klaveness til Asker
Norra Västerbotten: Erika Karlsson till Sunnanå
Djurgården: Losing experience
As a pretty much straight forward replacement Djurgården signed AIK's 24 year old full-back Madelene Göras (former Umeå and Bälinge) for Dorte Dalum's position and Emma Lundh (who signed for AIK) found a replacement in Finland's 19 year old attacker Linda Sällström. Sällström has been watched by Djurgården's management for some while and trained with and played a friendly for Djurgården this summer. Sällström has so far three caps for the full Finland national side.
OLweb: Bente Nordby rejoint l'OL, Dorte Jensen rejoint à son tour l?OL
Djurgården: Dubbel SM-guldsvinnare Djurgårdens nyförvärv, Finsk sisu till Djurgården
AIK: Looking for experience and goalscorers
Elin Ekblom, a gifted winger who has been behind a lot of Djurgården's goals with her on-target crosses from right, had almost decided to retire at 26. But she was convinced by AIK's offer, which she said was a good offer from a football and financial view, while at the same time being possible to combine with her day-job.
18 year old Emma Lundh has in spite of her young age been close to regular for Djurgården with 13 starts this season, often pairing up with Victoria Svensson in the attack. But she explained at Djurgården's website that even if she has learned a lot during the year, she doesn't feel that that she is ready to play at that level yet. Annica Sjölund finally, is a Finnish 22 year old forward with 5 years in the Finnish top league and 13 caps for Finland.
Finally the club added a 16 year old full-back from Brommapojkarna's highly rated youth programme, Elin Karlsson.
Dagens Nyheter: Ekblom tung värvning i AIK:s satsning
AIK: Elin Ekblom Bak till AIK! , Anfallaren Emma Lundh till AIK, Annica Sjölund till AIK, 16-årig back klar för AIK
Djurgården: Emma om sitt år i Djurgården
Kristianstad: Newcomers reinforcing
Kristianstadsbladet: Allt klart för Erla i KDFF, Landslagsspelare till KDFF