Preseason training starts

It's the first week after the holidays and for most teams that means the start of the new season. The league kick-off is still three months away, but there will be "a couple of months of training 'til you puke", which Linköping's new signing Jessica Landström says she has been looking forward to.

Kopparbergs/Göteborgs FC attracted a lot of publicity, since new coach Torbjörn Nilsson had his first session with the team. He admitted being a bit tense, "it's really embarrassing when you get a player's name wrong", but most of all it feels really fun to be back working with a team again. Nilsson says he will focus on individual development and use his players strong sides to form his playing strategy.
Nervös stjärntränare (video interview)
SVT: Torbjörn Nilsson tränar igen

With much less media attention, Djurgården's new coach Anders Johansson started the season. He is pleased with the way his players has worked with their training schedules during the break and will focus on technical training during the first weeks.
Djurgården: Träningen igång

Linköping signed a new assistant coach, Mikael Samuelsson, before the restart. Star forward Josefine Öqvist is almost back in shape after her ACL injury last year and is hoping for an injury-free 2008.
Corren: Öqvist siktar på bättre 2008, Samuelsson ny tränare i LFC"Aldrig fel med några spymånader"

Bälinge started easy with passing exercises and attacking/defending one-on-one. The full squad is not yet in place and "real" pre-season training will not start until next week. Among those that won't show up until later are American Kacey White and Finnish Katri Nokso-Koivisto.
Upsala Nya Tidning: Traditionella övningar på första träningen

In Umeå Frida Östberg is back and she reveals that she was a lot more nervous the first time she went to a training session with Umeå, about a decade ago. Half of the team is gone since Östberg left for Linköping in 2005, "but that's ok as long as the group is motivated and good and wants to progress".
And defender Johanna Frisk, one of Damallsvenskan's many ACL victims last year, is right on schedule and back in training. "It feels great to play again".
Västerbottens Folkblad: Östberg sugen på att vinna igen, Johanna frisk efter ett långt halvår


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