Local businessman saves Bälinge's finances
Bälinge's sport director Conny Sjöberg says that Abrami and the club are in talks about a more long-term cooperation, but no details are set yet.
Vahik Abrami is the CEO of a company that is planning a big mall and entertainment centre just outside Uppsala.
Upsala Nya Tidning: Sponsor räddar Bälinge
Fair play award to Caroline Seger
Dagens Nyheter: Caroline Seger prisad
Sunnanå's injured Bodén gone for six months
Sunnanå have since before three midfield players on the injury list; Kicki Viklund, Erika Karlsson and Johanna Lindahl. All of them are close to getting ready to play again, but it will probably take a few weeks.
Norra Västerbotten: Knäet är skadat – Bodén borta i sex månader
Kif Örebro's young forward star Emilia Erixon, who had great success during the spring last year, will not be able to return to play even this season. She suffered an ACL tear last August and then managed to tear it again during rehab training in March. New surgery followed and a new long rehabilitation period. Theoretically, she could be ready to play the last matches, but she is cautious: "It would be really fun to play, but you have to be realistic" Erixon says and adds that she and her physiotherapist agrees to go slower forward than maybe necessary.
Nerikes Allehanda: Inget spel för KIF:s anfallsstjärna i år
Linköping risk to be fined for lack of security at Umeå match
Corren: LFC riskerar straff efter publikkaoset
Victoria Svensson on marriage and children
She clears out what appearently (and surprisingly, at least to me) has been a common miscionception: she did not give birth to the child herself. The birthmother is her partner since ten years, and since a couple of months also her wife. It was, says Victoria, a simple decision that her partner and not Victoria should carry the child, with the Olympics coming up and all. But she wants more children and hopes to be able to give birth to one herself in the future. She says that she is really happy for the baby, a girl named Moa, and thinks it has made her a better player: "I feel more relaxed".
She says that she has never tried to hide her relationship: "I've always been open about it to everyone around me. There are journalists that has known about it for years, but haven't published anything...I'm really glad that they have waited until I thought it was the right time...I wanted to be known as the football player, not as the woman who lives with another woman.". But marrying and having a baby changed her mind "I'm so proud of my family and I really want to talk about them".
Aftonbladet: "Det var självklart att min fru skulle föda barnet"
QX: VISST SPELAR VICKAN I VÅRT LAG (pdf, interview at page 22-23)
National team: Goalkeeper decision favours experience over form
National team coach Thomas Dennerby today announced his decision for the second goalkeeper position iin the Olympic squad. With the choice between an in-form Kristin Hammarström with little experience (she got her first cap in February this year) and the very experienced Caroline Jönsson, who on the other hand has played very few matches since her ACL injury last year, he went for Jönsson: "It was a difficult decision, but experience favorued Caroline Jönsson".
Both Caroline Jönsson and Kristin Hammarström will however go to China as will two of the alternates, Lisa Dalkvist and Johanna Almgren. Even if they are not part of the team and doesn't get to stay in the Olympic village, the team management thinks it is worth the extra cost to have them at location if they are needed. That way there will be no problems with travel time and possible jet lag for the alternates if they get called in.
Svensk Fotboll: Caroline Jönsson blir andremålvakt
The last day of training at Gotland saw Charlotte Rohlin and Hanna Ljungberg resting, while all the others were in full training. The Wednesday program also included some team-building activities, among them canoeing. Getting wet and looking stupid is always good for team spirit.
SVT: Damlandslaget inledde med kanotutmaning (video)
Hanna Ljungberg was kept from training yesterday with a pain in the back of her right thigh - her earlier injury problems has been in the left thigh. But she had an MRI exam today, Thursday, which gave an all clear for her. She will however not participate in Umeå IK's exhibition match against Brazil tonight.
Västerbottenskuriren: Hanna Ljungberg klar för OS
Umeå to host UEFA Women's Cup qualifications
The group will be played October 9-15 and consist of the seeded clubs Umeå IK and Bardolino Verona and two teams from the first qualification round. Winners and runners-up qualify for the quarter-finals.
Västerbottenskuriren: Vinst för UIK - igen
Players caught thieves
Lisa Dahlkvist thought it was really exciting, "I've always wanted to be a police officer", while Frida Östberg, "not scared, just pissed-off", commented that the thieves probably tried to out-run the wrong people.
Expressen: Frida Östberg stoppade tjuvar
Västerbottenskuriren: UIK-stjärna grep tjuvar på bar gärning
New position for Jeglertz in Umeå?
With Arnqvist leaving the club, Jeglertz could take a sport director/manager position with present assistant coach Steve Galloway as the new coach. Jeglertz comments that he hasn't yet decided how he would answer such an offer. Västerbottens Folkblad: UIK vill ha kvar Jeglertz
Umeå to meet Bardolino Verona in Women's Cup group
Uefa.com: Women's Cup set for new season
Three match suspension for Marta
The three matches that are affected are the Swedish Cup match at Sundsvall June 28 and the Hammarby (July 1) and Göteborg (July 9) matches in Damallsvenskan.
Svensk Fotboll: Marta avstängd i tre matcher
Lisa de Vanna
A TV4 interview with Lisa de Vanna kicking around a ball in downtown Stockholm. The comment in Swedish from AIK team mate Elin Ekblom and AIK sport director Peter Johansson says that she brings a new dimension to the team's attack with her speed and scoring ability.
An old clip from March, when she just had moved to Linköping. For those of you who understand Portugese. She among other things comments on her stint with Göteborg 2004, which was a failure for both her and the club. But, she says, she is older and more mature now.
SVT visits Mami at her flat in Umeå. They talk about her move to college in USA and the big problems she had the first year, but how her pride forbid her to drop out and return to Japan, the success she had later and how she decided to jump on the opportunity to play for Umeå.
SVT follows Angerer in Swedish class and examines sentences like "Jag är världens bästa målvakt" (I am the best goalkeeper in the world) and "Jag är en spjuver" (I am a joker). "She is crazy", says her Djurgården and Germany team mate Ariane Hingst, "like all goalkeepers are".
Caroline Jönsson close to come-back
Dagens Nyheter: Caroline Jönsson siktar på OS-spel
Malmö's defender Malin Levenstad, who hurt her knee in the match against AIK last weekend, did not tear her ACL. There is damage to the ligament, but both she and her coach Jörgen Pettersson are relieved - "It could have been much worse". It will still take maybe three months before she is back in full training.
Sydsvenskan: Positivt besked för Levenstad
Foreign players update
All three Damallsvenskan players saw action in the first match, 90 minutes for Smith and de Vanna while Gill got 15 minutes.
NZ Soccer. Korean lightning steals Football Ferns thunder
Football Australia: Matildas push world number one USA at Peace Cup
LDB FC Malmö's Aylin Yaren is also missing out on the recent matches, attending national team camp with Turkey.
Kristianstad's new signing Alissa Oldenkamp arrived a few days ago. Unlike their two earlier foreigners, Dieke and McNeill, the club didn't know anything about her before they negotiated her contract. They are simply trusting their American contact, Oldenkamp's college coach Nancy Goffi. Goffi's Swedish connections goes back to 2004 when she played for Stattena in Damallsvenskan as Nancy Augustyniak.
Kristianstadsbladet: "Religionen är det viktigaste i mitt liv"
Bälinge's Joanna Lohman gives a farewell interview at her club's website. She reveals that the disc herniation, that has been troubling her the entire season and finally made her decide to leave the team, probably is something she'll have to manage the rest of her life. She doesn't say as much, but it sounds a little like a career ending to me.
Bälinge: Joanna Lohman interview (in English)
And I really had forgotten this, but Belgian captain Femke Maes spent some time with Djurgården in May, training with the team in some kind of "let's get to know each other" try-out. Maes, who plays for Willem II in the Dutch league, is an offensive midfielder and has scored three goals in her last five internationals for Belgium.
No link, since I can't remember where I found it.
EDIT: Ok with help from reader Smulan, here is the link:
Djurgården: Belgisk landslagskapten på besök
Improved finances for Damallsvenskan
The 2007 report still shows that the combined result for all Damallsvenskan clubs is negative. But the deficit is reduced to less than half (SEK 1 million compared to SEK 2,5 millions a year ago) and nine clubs had a positive result. The entire deficit is explained by AIK. The ambitious club spend SEK 2,4 millions more on their women's team than the team managed to get in revenues. No big deal for AIK as a whole though - the club made a SEK 15 million profit from their men's team.
Incomes has grown from 48,7 millions 2006 to 53,7 last year. Money from sponsors and advertisers makes up 45 % of the total revenues and is the fastest growing source of incomes.
Player wages, the biggest cost, continues to grow but at a slower rate than last year, when they doubled. The average 2007 player wage was almost SEK 55,000 a year, a 13 % increase since the year before.
Svensk Fotboll: Analys av damallsvenskans ekonomi 2007 (pdf)
The only club that didn't manage to fullfill the requirements to be licensed for the 2009 season was Sunnanå. They have been in trouble the last few years and their figures must be out of the red by the end of August, or they will not be allowed to play in Damallsvenskan 2009.
Sunnanå's finances has been closely knit to the successes and failures of Sunnanå Utveckling, a consultant company in the human resources. The company is fully owned by the club and profits has been funneled back to the club. Lately the company has experienced financial problems, which also effects the club. The current management says it has been great to have the company, but they needs to find a way to be less dependant on the profits from it.
Västerbottens Folkblad: Dokument: Sunnanås ekonomi
Club vs Country
It started when FIFA decided to add a protected date, for the Brazil-Ghana play-off for the Olympics, to their international match calender late in March. Since both Umeå and Linköping has Brazilian internationals on their teams, matches had to be moved. Then AIK's two Australians was called up for the Asian Cup, played in May/June and also played on FIFA protected dates, which prompted even more moved matches.
There has been some upset discussions about this. Both FIFA and the Swedish Football association has been accused of incompetence. Umeå wanted to add a few weeks at the end of the season to get room for the moved matches, since the final matches are scheduled already in the middle of October. It would have been a good suggestion, if it had been brought up before the schedule was set. Clubs that have been measuring out the contract time meticiously for their expensive foreign players wouldn't be happy if the league final suddenly was moved two weeks ahead.
AIK's sport director Peter Johansson has taken the, in my opinion, only reasonable stand on this issue. Even if he didn't hesitate to use the possibility to move matches during de Vanna's and Gill's absence, He suggested that the league schedule should be made with consideration to UEFA matches and world tournaments only. If players are called up for other protected dates, you just have to let them go and play anyway. "Chelsea didn't reschedule any matches just because Drogba played in the African Cup".
Göteborg's head coach Torbjörn Nilsson had another take on the club vs country issue, when he accused the national team's fitness tests for Lotta Schelin's prolonged thigh muscle injury. Schelin was hurt during the tests, initiated by the Olympic Committee, just prior to Algarve Cup. Nilsson heavily questioned the idea of making maximum load tests. This kind of tests are designed to strain the muscles right up to when they burst. They are dangerous and pointless, he claimed.
Apologies and some fun stuff
Yeah, that was a long break. I'm sorry about that. The month of May usually is like this; a lot of work and a lot of work-related travel. The blog being on hiatus didn't mean that I was completely cut off from the world. I still read, I just couldn't find the time and place to write. And once the break goes on for more than a week or two, the back-log grows and the urge to resume writing weakens.
Anyway, I found some fun stuff during my half-time break, that I thought I should share:
1. Maria Thuré
Former Bälinge midfielder (now Danmarks IF in the 1st division north) blogs at her hometown newspaper's website. Maria, who "listens to: my head coach, since it's hard to avoid" writes about football legs and summer dresses, about (not) dating local sports jocks and about the color combination chosen for the Dutch national team. I feel sorry for those of you who don't read Swedish, because you're missing out.
An American, temporarily placed in Uppsala and thus reluctant Bälinge fan, writes personal match reports from Damallsvenskan and other women's football matches. Funny, with a great eye for slightly odd details.
3. Women's Rivalry
The Women's Rivalry section of the Big Soccer boards gives you funny, witty and sometimes inappropriate banter on mainly Swedish and German football. Also a good source for non-transfer gossip about players.
Anne Mäkinen returns from international retirement
Finland's biggest star, AIK's midfielder Anne Mäkinen, has decided to return from her self-imposed international retirement. She will dress up for Finland when they play Iceland in Helsinki May 5.
She met with Finnish national team coach Mikko Käld at AIK's match against Örebro last week and he persuaded her that it was time to return. Mäkinen comments that she, after stepping down from the national team during her mother's illness and death, now feels that she has regained energy and is looking forward to playing a big championship at home in Finland, the 2009 UEFA Championships.
The other Sweden based players in Finland's team for the Iceland match are Minna Meriluoto (Umeå Södra), Petra Vaelma (Umeå Södra), Sanna Valkonen (Kif Örebro), Jessica Julin (AIK), Susanna Lehtinen (Kif Örebro), Leena Puranen (Kif Örebro), Anna-Kaisa Rantanen (Linköpings FC), Annica Sjölund (AIK) and Linda Sällström (Djurgården)
Long injury rehab for Hanna Ljungberg
Ljungberg has had her last two seasons destroyed by early season injuries and she has been very cautious in training and playing playing matches this spring, trying to avoid a repetition of that. Unfortunately without success, it seems.
Västerbottenskuriren: Ljungberg kan missa Women´s Cup-finalerna
Linköpings FC, who was some kind of injury central last year with no less than four ACL injuries on key players, has suffered another serious injury. 17 years old defense talent Maria Svensson, signed late last year, tore her anterior cruciate ligament during a training match earlier this week. The common rehab period after such an injury is six months.
Corren: Korsbandet var av på LFC:s backtalang
Sunnanå's Nigerian striker Perpetua Nkwocha is quaranteened with chicken-pox and will not probably not play the match against AIK this weekend. There are also uncertainties for key defender Alexandra Nilsson, who had to leave the match against Sunnanå after a rough tackle.
Norra Västerbotten: Peppe och Alex kan missa AIK
Women's Cup semifinal: Lyon arrives and Hanna Ljungberg still ill
Västerbottenskuriren: Sjukt inför Lyon - oklart om Ulla-Karin vaktar målet
Lyon arrived on Friday at noon, coming on a chartered jet directly from Lyon, and getting picked up by their team bus. The entire squad is reported to be healthy and fit and trained on Umeå's artificial turf field yesterday afternoon.
Västerbottens Folkblad: Lyon på plats i Umeå
Umeå IK's coach Andrée Jeglertz said at the official press conference, that even if Umeå had the upper hand after the match in Lyon, Umeå will not chose to hold back and try to defend - they never do that. Instead Jeglertx pointed out a few key details in their play, among those giving better support to the full-backs when Lyon advances on the wings, higher and more aggressive defense and more movement in the attack.
Västerbottens Folkblad: Jeglertz surnade till på sena fransyskor
Lyon's flexing of their financial muscles - chartering a jet to take them directly from Lyon to Umeå and driving the (empty) team bus all the way from France (some 2500 kilometers one-way) just to take care of the local transports in Umeå - has impressed a lot in Umeå. Umeå's manager Roland Arnqvist even commented that this predicts the future of women's football in Europe and thus the downfall of the Swedish dominance: "When one of the big clubs commits themselves like this, it's only a matter of time before others follows", he said. Umeå IK operates on a budget between SEK 10-15 millions, a normal wage for an average male player in the big European clubs. They have resources that Umeå cannot compete with. Arnquist continues "When this happens, we will be standing on the platform, watching the train leave. And I don't think that day is that far away". He still doesn't think that is a bad thing: "Even if it will be harder for Damallsvenskan to compete internationally, it will be good for the sport."
Västerbottenskuriren: Storklubbarna ett hot mot damallsvenskan