Training matches: Djurgården, Malmö wins in first out-door matches

Djurgården - AIK 2 - 0 (0-0)
Djurgården: Nadine Angerer - Linda Hybinette (78 Ida Hallgren), Malin Engdahl, Therese Brogårde, Sara Thunebro - Beatrice Strand (62 Caroline Frånberg), Marijke Callebaut, Anna Hall, Rebecca Johnson (88 Jennifer Meier), Linda Sällström, Jennifer Meier (78 Malin Eriksson)
Sofia Lundgren - Elin Karlsson (46 Anna Bohlin), Frida Höglund, Linda Sembrant, Linda Lekander - Elin Ekblom Bak, Emelie Karlsson-Wedin (73 Elin Karlsson), Jessica Julin, Ingrid Bohlin - Sofia Simonsson (60 Helene Holmgren), Annica Sjölund (46 Freja Egebrand)
1-0 Jennifer Meier (58), 2-0 Linda Sällström (62)
On a cold and windy pitch, AIK managed to stand up much better against the Damallsvenskan runners-up from last season, than they did in a similar pre-season friendly last year, which they lost 6-1. AIK kept up fairly well, but as the match grew more intense in the second half, Djurgården took over. Both Djurgården's goals were scored by new signings, Meier from Qbik and Sällström from Finland's TiPS.
Both AIK and Djurgården left several important players on the sidelines and fielded some farm team players. Djurgården's Victoria Svensson and Ariane Hingst decided to rest and Linda Forsberg is still only doing light rehab training, while AIK's Anne Mäkinen also rested and Emma Lundh and Lollo Fors were on camp with the U19 national team.
Förlust på Stadshagen
Djurgården: 2-0 mot AIK
Lots of pictures from the match by Magnus Neck and anders-h.

Skovlunde - LDB FC Malmö 0 - 5 (0-2)
Malmö: Stephanie Öhrström - Therese Jönsson, Malin Levenstad, Emma Wilhelmsson, Lina Nilsson (70 Lina Rehov) - Nilla Fischer (46 Dora Stefansdottir) - Manon Melis (46 Frida Nordin), Therese Lundin, Aylin Yaren (46 Emma Stålhammar), Therese Sjögran - Maria Aronsson
0-1 Therese Sjögran, 0-2 Therese Lundin, 0-3 Emma Stålhammar, 0-4 Emma Stålhammar, 0-5 Emma Stålhammar
Malmö went to Copenhagen to play Denmark's current number 3, Skovlunde. Coach Pettersson experimented a little with the line-up and played Therese Lundin in midfield and gave young recruit Aylin Yaren a spot in the starting eleven. Malmö still dominated completely. This 4-5 1 with Nilla Fischer as a balance player, thaty Malmö also used against Umeå last weekend, might be something we'll see more of in the future. Hat-trick av Emma Stålhammar

There should have been a third Damallsvenskan friendly this winter Saturday, but the match between Göteborg and 1st division Gauthiod was cancelled due to the snow storm in western Sweden.

Umeå wins LDB Sports Cup

There are a lot of indoor tournaments in Sweden in the winter, usually five-a-side or futsal on small indoor courts. Even if clubs like Hammarby usually have big success competing in these, most Damallsvenskan sides don't care much about them. But LDB Sports Cup is different. Four major European sides - Kolbotn from Norway, Brøndby from Denmark, Umeå IK and hosting LDB FC Malmö - compete for a cash prize of USD 10,000, with full teams on a full size indoor field.
The tournament was more than just four matches. Hosting LDB FC had made an effort making it a major event. There were a series of lectures and football clinics, led by among others national team coach Thomas Dennerby, and autograph signings downtown with Marta and other stars and it made quite an impact in the small town of Växjö, where it was held.
But the matches are of course the most important. All of the team coaches had stressed how important it is to get good competition and to be able to play real matches early in the season. The matches did however show that it was early (most of the players hadn't played a real match for three months) and the players often seemed a bit uncomfortable with the ball and had problems making the right decisions, as the case often is in the early preseason matches.
Umeå won the Cup and the big cash prize after first defeating Brøndby in the semifinal 1-0 and then Malmö, with an extratime penatly kick by Marta. Malmö's defender Emma Wilhelmsson had been successful containing Umeå's world class forward, but in the last minute of extra-time Marta managed to get inside the penalty area and create a fairly soft penalty for herself.
The match unfortunately saw two injuries. Umeå's Elaine had to leave early in the match with a knee injury, that might be serious and Malmö's Nilla Fischer got a neck injury, that probably is less serious.
This is still early days and you shouldn't make to much out of it, but both Umeå and Malmö showed some interesting set-ups. In the Brøndby match, Umeå had a 4-2-3-1 formation with Marta on the wing, Madeleine Edlund on top and Frida Östberg playing defensive mid, while Malmö used a more defensive 4-5-1 against Umeå with new forward Maria Aronsson as target.
Looking at the teams, you could see that Norwegian Kolbotn seemed weakened by their recent player losses, both to other teams and to injury, and were definitely number four in the competition while the three others were fairly equally matched.

LDB FC Malmö - Kolbotn 3 - 0 (1-0)
Malmö: Stephanie Öhrström - Therese Jönsson, Malin Levenstad, Emma Wilhelmsson, Lina Nilsson - Frida Nordin (53 Emma Stålhammar), Nilla Fischer, Dora Stefansdottir (61 Aylin Yaren), Therese Sjögran (64 Antonia Göransson) - Therese Lundin (61 Maria Aronsson), Manon Melis
Goals: 1-0 Therese Lundin, 2-0 Manon Melis, 3-0 Therese Lundin

Umeå - Brøndby 1 - 0 (1-0)
Umeå: Ulla-Karin Rönnlund - Anna Paulsson, Karolina Westberg, Johanna Frisk, Emma Berglund (36 June Pedersen) - Frida Östberg (50 Emma Åberg Zingmark), Lisa Dahlqvist - Ramona Bachmann, Hanna Ljungberg, Johanna Rasmusen (36 Marta) - Madeleine Edlund
1-0 Madeleine Edlund

Brøndby - Kolbotn 3 - 0 (3-0)
Goals: 1-0 Tanja Mejer Christensen, 2-0 Cathrine Paaske Sørensen, 3-0 Lene Jensen

Umeå - LDB FC Malmö 1 - 0 (0-0)
Umeå: Carola Söberg - Anna Paulsson, Emma Berglund, Johanna Frisk, June Pedersen - Marta, Frida Östberg (61 Ramona Bachmann), Elaine (13 Lisa Dahlqvist), Johanna Rasmusen - Madeleine Edlund (36 Sofia Jakobsson), Emelie Konradsson (36 Emma Åberg Zingmark)
Malmö: Stephanie Öhrström - Therese Jönsson, Malin Levenstad, Emma Wilhelmsson, Emelie Ölander - Frida Nordin, Nilla Fischer (59 Aylin Yaren), Dora Stefansdottir, Therese Sjögran, Emma Stålhammar - Maria Aronsson (54 Therese Lundin)
Goals: 1-0 Marta

Världens bästa fotbollspelare mötte Växjöfansen, Bäddat för drömfinal i Växjö Tipshall, Martas finalkväll - trots allt
Sydsvenskan: Risig Lundin glänste i premiär,
Svt: a video with few words from Umeå's resigning manager Roland Arnqvist followed a by Marta-focused segment from the Sports Cup.

UEFA Women's Cup: Umeå brush aside Wezemaal

Umeå IK - Rapide Wezemaal 6 - 0 (4-0)
Umeå: Ulla-Karin Rönnlund - Maria Bergkvist, Karolina Westberg, Emma Berglund, Anna Paulson - Lise Klaveness, Elaine, Hanna Ljungberg (61 Lisa Dahlqvist) - Marta, Madelaine Edlund (70 Erika Karlsson), Ramona Bachmann (61 June Pedersen)
Goals: 1-0 Own goal (6), 2-0 Madelaine Edlund (18), 3-0 Madelaine Edlund (29), 4-0 Marta (44), 5-0 Hanna Ljungberg (60), 6-0 Marta (68)
Attendance: 423
This was never a real competition and Rapide's coach Victor Crabbé before the match told, that "it is a match in which we hope to avoid looking ridiculous". I don't know if they managed that, but local press writes that they looked like "a bad 1st division side". Umeå scored their first three it exactly the same way, Marta coming up on the left side and and delivering the ball to Edlund inside the box. Marta scored her own two alone with the keeper after leaving the Belgian defense behind her and Hanna Ljungberg took care of a great through-ball from Maria Bergkvist. Veteran fullback Bergkvist played her last match for Umeå and was celebrated with the Player of the Match award.
With this result Umeå advances to the UEFA Women's Cup semifinal with a 10-0 aggregate. They will meet French side Olympique Lyonnaise, that defeated incumbent champions Arsenal 3-2.
Västerbottens Folkblad:
Ett lika stabilt UIK som vanligt

UEFA Women's Cup: Comfortable win for Umeå over Rapide Wezemaal

Rapide Wezemaal - Umeå 0 - 4 (0-2)
Umeå: Ulla-Karin Rönnlund - Anna Paulsson, Emma Berglund, Karolina Westberg, Maria Bergqvist - Madelaine Edlund (81 June Pedersen), Lisa Dahlkvist, Erika Karlsson - Ramona Bachmann, Hanna Ljungberg (65 Emmelie Konradsson), Marta
Goals: 0-1 Marta (9), 0-2 Karolina Westberg (31), 0-3 Ramona Bachmann (74), 0-4 Marta (90)
Umeå's assistant coach Steve Galloway spent the weekend checking out Umeå's quarter final opponents Rapide wezemaal in their 4-3 win over Standard Femina and commented that Marta and Hanna would have a field day if Rapide didn't play better than they showed in that match.
Maybe Rapide shaped up a bit. Umeå won rather comfortably with 0-4, but coach Jeglertz commented "we did what we're supposed to" and added that they will do better in the home leg next week.

"Julafton för Hanna och Marta", Marta tvåmålsskytt när Umeå vann Rapide Wezemaal kan Marta niet afstoppen (video)

By the way, Umeå went to Belgium on a chartered jet, paid for by TV4. Umeå had explained to the broadcaster of the Swedish Football Awards Gala that they coundn't attend, since there were no connections to Belgium early Tuesday morning. But TV4 really wanted the team, and Marta, on the show and chartered a plane for the team.


We have had international days last weekend and this week, which, in case you wondered, is the reason why Damallsvenskan was on hold last weekend. Sweden had no scheduled matches, but a few Damallsvenskan players got some action anyway:

Djurgården's Ariane Hingst played 82 minutes and 90 minutes respectively when Germany defeated Belgium 3-0 at home and Netherlands 0-1 away. Malmö's Manon Melis played 90 for the Dutch side.

Ramona Bachman, Umeå's feisty young forward, started for her Swiss side at Wales (a 0-2 win for the Swiss) but picked up her second yellow after 87 minutes and was shown off the field. Chech republic drew Spain at home 2-2, and Kif Örebro's Pavlina Scasna had to leave with a knee injury with only three minutes left to play.

Norway defeated Russia 3-0 with Bente Nordby (Djurgården) in goal and Ingvild Stensland (Kopparbergs/Göteborg) playing 70 minutes midfield. Denmark defeated Portugal 5-1 at home, Falköping's Kimberly Brandão playing for the Portugese side. In Denmark's away win over Scotland (0-1), Malmö's Nanna Johansen came in the last 5 minutes. When Scotland defeated Slovakia away 0-3, Qbik's Ifeoma Dieke started and I'll guess she started against Denmark too, but I haven't been able to confirm that.

UEFA Women's Cup: Umeå narrowly wins group after Russian pressure

Two Marta goals in the first half saved a draw against and the group win over Russian champions Rossiyanka. The Umeå team, with Marta starting for the first tme during this mini-yournament, seemed tired, worn-out and not a little cranky. The mood was irritated from both sides, something that wasn't helped by the unpredictable refereeing, that ended with 9 yellow cards. The Russians came out strong, playing fast and organized and pressuring Umeå. Umeå still, against the run of the play, managed to get two goals up, much thanks to Marta. In the second half the Russians hit back twice in a few second half minutes. Coach Jeglertz was happy to escape with a draw, calling Rossiyanka "the best team we've met this year", but very unhappy with the refereeing. "This isn't acceptable. In these three matches in the UEFA Cup group play we recieved more warnings than during the entire league season."

Umeå IK - Rossiyanka 2 -2 (2-0)
Umeå: Carola Söberg - Ramona Bachmann (52 Erika Karlson), Emma Berglund, Lisa Dahlkvist, Madelaine Edlund, Lise Klaveness, Elaine, Anna Paulsson, June Pedersen, Marta, Karolina Westberg
Goals: 1-0 Marta (26 PK), 2-0 Marta (40), 2-1 Barbashina (52), 2-2 Barbashina (56)
Marta räddade UIK mot skickliga ryskor, UIK lämnar protest mot domarstandarden

In the earlier matches against the groups two minnows, Romanian Clujana and Belorussian Vitebsk, Umeå gave the impression of a team that was mostly going through the motions. At the same time both Clujana and Vitebsk played everyone behind the ball and mainly tried to make scoring as hard as possible for umeå, but not showing much ambitions forward. Not an unreasonable choice of tactics, but both Jeglertz and his team were clearly unhappy about it. Umeå is still much to strong to be defeated by that kind of tactics and clearly won both games, but with unimpressing scorelines.

Umeå IK - Vitebsk 3 - 1 (2-0)
Umeå: Carola Söberg - Ramona Bachmann, Maria Bergkvist (19 Emmelie Konradsson), Emma Berglund, Lisa Dahlqvist (83 Marta), Madeleine Edlund, Erika Karlsson, Lise Klaveness, Elaine, Anna Paulsson, June Pedersen
Goals: 1-0 Lise Klaveness (14), 2-0 Lise Klaveness (29 PK), 2-1 Ionela Loredana Ilinca (61), 3-1 Madeleine Edlund (83)

Umeå Ik - Clujana 2 - 0 (0-0)
Umeå: Ulla-Karin Rönnlund - Anna Paulsson, Karolina Westberg, Emma Berglund, Lisa Dahlkvist /74 Emmelie Konradsson), Madeleine Edlund, Erika Karlsson, June Pedersen, Lise Klaveness, Ramona Bachmann (60 Marta), Elaine
Goals: 1-0 June Pedersen (51), 2-0 June Pedersen (70)

Training matches

Some clubs were playing warm-up games in the week before the league restart. Malmö played their Danish neighbours Brøndby. Both sides rested their World Cup players and put a lot of youth on the field. Malmö won 3-2, goals by Emma Stålhammar, Frida Nordin and Louise Östman. Sunnanå played northern 2nd division side Alvik and won an impressing 8-0 victory with goals from 7 different players. In Stockholm Djurgården, without Ariane Hingst and Bente Nordby, played Hammarby and settled their position as the capitals undisputed number 1, winning 3-1 after goals by Anna Lagerberth, Jane Törnqvist and Sara Thunebro. Sara Johansson scored for Hammarby. And Kopparbergs/Göteborg only managed a draw against Falköping, 4-4. Falköping's Sandra Krantz made a hat-trick while Emmelie Farfa, Maria Karlsson (2) and Sara Lindén scored for a Göteborg side, that played wiothout their World Cup players Lotta Schelin and Ingvild Stensland and also rested Marlene Sjöberg, Salina Olsson and Jenny Engwall.
Göteborg FC:
Oavgjort i Falköping
Norra Västerbotten: Sunnanå överlägset i genrepet
Djurgården: Vinst mot Hammarby inför återstarten
FC Malmö: Juniorbetonat lag tog viktig skalp i Danmark

Scandinavian training matches

The Scandinavian leagues are all on hold for the World Cup. Some of the clubs have taken the opportunity to play a few friendlies over the borders.

LDB FC Malmö hosted Danish side Skovlunde, letting youth players take the place for the national team players and their injured players. They still won a very convincing 4-1 victory with three Manon Melis goals and one from Dora Stefansdottir.
LDB FC Malmö:
LdB FC Malmö - Skovlunde 4-1

Qbik went to Norway to play Røa and Asker. They defeated Røa (presently number 2 in the Norwegian league) 1-0 with a goal by Anna Nilsson but lost big to Asker (third place) 6-2. Anna Nilsson scored here too and so did American newcomer Lauren MacIver. Coach Janne Jansson was pleased with both MacIver and the other new transfer Michele O'Brien, even if he won't promise them starting positions when the league restarts.
Värmlands Folkblad: Qbik både vann och föll i Norge - nye MacIver målskytt direkt

International weekend

A rather busy international weekend with several Damallsvenskan players in action:

Pavlina Scasna (Kif Örebro) scored a hat-trick when her Czech republic defeated Belarus 4-1 in a UEFA Women's Euro 2009 qualifying match. If she hasn't landed a great deal with a new club already, this ought to have helped.
?časná treble takes Czechs top

LDB FC Malmö's Manon Melis got the opening goal for the Dutch national team in their 2-1 win over Wales in another Euro qualifier. Netherlands hold on for win

Less impressive was the result for Iceland's national team (Malmö's temping goalkeeper Thora Helgadottir and their midfielder Dora Stefansdottir both played 90 minutes), suffering a chock defeat to last place Slovenia in their Euro qualifying group with 2-1. Slovenia shock leaders Iceland

Finally Finland, with Bälinge's Petra Vaelma (playing 69 minutes) and Katri Nokso-Koivistu (subbed out with 6 minutes left of regulation time) and AIK's Sanna Valkonen and Jessica Juhlin, was outplayed by the USA national team in a 4-0 defeat in Carson, California.
Ussoccer: U.S. Women Defeat Finland, 4-0, at The Home Depot Center

Brazil defeats Umeå

Umeå IK - Brazil 1 - 2 (0-1)
Umeå: Carola Söberg - Anna Paulson, Karolina Westberg, Emma Berglund, Maria Bergkvist - Hanna Ljungberg (46 Emelie Konradsson), Lisa Dahlqvist, Elaine (46 June Pedersen) - Erika Karlsson (56 Laura Del Rio Garcia), Madeleine Edlund, Marta (46 Ramona Bachmann)
Goals: 0-1 Pretinha (40), 0-2 Pretinha (56), 1-2 Laura del Rio Garcia (62)
Attendance: 6,101
-"A great match and a fantastic crowd", commented Marta after the exhibition match between her club Umeå and her national team Brazil on Thursday night and manager Roland Arnqvist called it "one of the best games we've ever been part of". Coach Jeglertz was particulary pleased with how well the team played in the second half. After handing over Marta and Elaine to the Brazil team at half-time and Hanna Ljungberg resting after 45 minutes that should have pleased national team coach Thomas Dennerby, it was much up to Umeå's youngsters. "Impressive play with a very young team", said Jeglertz.
Umeå's Spanish trialist Laura del Rio Garcia scored Umeå's goal, set up by June Pedersen. This might still not be enough to secure her a contract, if I read the signs right.
Marta med och sänkte Umeå, match clip (video), pregame story; Pretinha, Formiga and coach Barcellos talks (video),
Västerbottens Folkblad: Inga mål - men Marta hade roligt ändå, Idag är Ljungberginha snällare mot sig själv
Västerbottenskuriren: Hannas sköna besked inför fotbolls-VM

Some other international news:
Djurgården's Ariane Hingst and Umeå's Ramona Bachmann both played 90 minutes when Germany routed Switzerland 7-0 in a European Championship qualification match Wednesday evening.
UEFA: Garefrekes treble lifts Germany

New Zealand has released their roster for the World Cup. New Zealand team captain Rebecca Smith (Sunnanå) is of course one of those that will go to China.

Japan's U21 team was Sweden on training camp and played against Bälinge and Djurgården, winning the matches 1-0 and 2-1. Both Bälinge and Djurgården used the opportunity to give valuable international experience to youth and reserve team players.
Upsala Nya Tidning: Unga spelare fick chans mot Japan
Djurgården: Japanskorna vann

Swedish Cup: Marta wins final for Umeå

AIK - Umeå IK 3 - 4 (0-3)
AIK: Sofia Lundgren - Anna Bohlin, Frida Höglund, Sanna Valkonen, Linda Lekander - Sofia Simonsson (66 Nazanin Vaseghpanah), Jessica Julin, Camilla Ulander Nilsson, Kacey White - Ingrid Bohlin, Laura Kalmari
Umeå: Carola Söberg - Anna Paulson, Karolina Westberg, Emma Berglund, Maria Bergkvist - Lisa Dahlqvist, Elaine, Lise Klaveness - Ramona Bachmann (74 Erika Karlsson), Madeleine Edlund, Marta
Goals: 0-1 Marta (10), 0-2 Marta (14), 0-3 Madeleine Edlund (40), 1-3 Laura Kalmari (46), 2-3 Frida Höglund (53), 3-3 Frida Höglund (80), 3-4 Marta (86)
Attendance: 1,310
After losing three consecutive Swedish Cup finals, it looked all set for Umeå to finally regain the Swedish Cup, playing bottom dweller AIK in the final. And it started well, Marta scoring twice within 15 minutes and Umeå pretty much running the show. After an additional goal by Madeleine Edlund Umeå could go to the break with what looked like a comfortable three goal lead.
But AIK could reduce immediately following halftime, Laura Kalmari scoring from short distance after a AIK corner-kick. The whole team seemed to lift themselves after that, more focused, more aggressive and physical in one-on ones and not giving Marta anything like the space she got in the first half. Umeå proved to be vulnerable at set pieces as AIK defender Frida Höglund scored twice from a free-kick and a corner-kick, equalizing with only ten minutes left of regulation time. But in the last minutes they slipped in their close attention to Marta, who could steal the ball close to AIK's goal and score the winner.
It was, looking at the match as a whole, a fully deserved victory for Umeå, but AIK's second half was impressive, with the team running more and working harder the longer the game went.
It was expected that Hanna Ljungberg should get some playing time, and she started to get ready to leave the bench at about 10 minutes from the end. But she had doctor's orders to play at the most 10-15 minutes, and when AIK equalized, making 30 minutes overtime a distinct possibility, she had to return to the bench.
Marta frälste Umeå
Expressen: Räddade Umeå från tidernas kollaps
Svenska Dagbladet: Fjärde gången gillt för Umeå
SVT: Martas hattrick sänkte AIK, match clip

Swedish Cup: AIK and Umeå to Cup final

AIK, constant underachiever in the league, has reached the Cup final. They have done this by winning more matches and scoring more goals in 4 cup matches than they have done over 15 rounds in the league. Impressing in a weird way, even if they have been favoured by their draw - avoiding all top 6 teams in their way to the final.

AIK - Kif Örebro 1 - 0 (1-0)
AIK: Jenny Lundqvist - Madelene Göras (19 Sofia Simonsson), Sanna Valkonen, Frida Höglund, Anna Bohlin - Nazanin Vaseghpanah (74 Camilla Ulander), Jessica Juhlin, Lina Hedkvist (79 Freja Egebrand), Linda Lekander - Laura Kalmari, Ingrid Bohlin
Örebro: Kristin Hammarström - Ingrid Ericson, Stina Segerström, Malin Nilsson, Marina Pettersson - Elin Magnusson (74 Hodan Siid-Ahmed), Marie Hammarström, Lena Andersson, Elin Rydberg (46 Caroline Näfver) - Pavlina Scasna, Emelia Erixon
Goals: 1-0 Nazanin Vaseghpanah (32)
Attendance: 486
AIK won with a header, scored by the probably shortest player on the field, 155 centimeter short Nazanin Vaseghpanah. Symptomatic, said Örebro coach Richard Holmlund - AIK showed much more will-power than an Örebro team that perhaps underestimated the opposition.
Nerikes Allehanda:
Finaldrömmen krossad för KIF
AIK: Damerna i cupfinal, Damlaget efter cupsemi-seger (video interviews with happy cup finalists)

Umeå IK - LDB FC Malmö 4 - 2 (1-0)

Umeå: Carola Söberg - Anna Paulson, Karolina Westberg, Elaine, Maria Bergkvist - Lise Klaveness, Emelie Konradsson, Lisa Dahlqvist - Ramona Bachmann (June Pedersen), Madeleine Edlund, Marta
Malmö: Thora Helgadóttir - Therese Jönsson (78 Dora Stefansdottir), Malin Levenstad, Emma Wilhelmsson, Lina Nilsson - Frida Nordin, Therese Sjögran, Nilla Fischer, Emma Stålhammar (65 Nanna Johansen) - Therese Lundin, Manon Melis
Goals: 1-0 Marta (44), 1-1 Manon Melis (67), 2-1 Madeleine Edlund (72), 3-1 Lise Klaveness (79), 3-2 Nanna Johansen (85), 4-2 Marta (88 PK)
Attendance: 1,498
Thank's to Marta, who scored two goals and created a third, Umeå qualified for their 7th straight cup final. "The world's best counter attack player", according to Malmö coach Jörgen Pettersson, decided an otherwise balanced game. On the other hand, Malmö had problems creating any real dangers except from set pieces. Umeå's Elaine, back from the Pan American games with maybe a little too much selfconfidence, almost gave away the match, losing the ball to Malmö's Melis at 1-1 and handballing in another tight situation, that escaped the referee.
Västerbottensnytt: Umeå IK klara för final i Svenska Cupen (video)
Västerbottenskuriren: Marta fixade finalplatsen
Västerbottens Folkblad: Klart för sjunde raka
Sydsvenskan: LDB förlorade semifinalen

International and domestic friendlies

Germany, having several worrying performances during the spring, reassured their fans with a convincing 4-0 win over Denmark. Djurgården's Ariane Hingst played 90 for Germany while Dorte Dalum Jensen (Djurgården and Denmark) never came off the bench.
German FA:
Silvia Neid zufrieden nach klarem Testspielsieg
Danish FA: Total tysk dominans

Holland, with Malmö's Manon Melis, managed a draw against North Korea. A result that is maybe more reassuring for those that are going to play North Korea in the WWC than for the Koreans themselves.
Dutch FA: Vrouwen houden stand tegen Noord-Korea

Nigeria defeated South Africa 5-0 at home in the African qualifications for the 2008 Olympics. Falköping's Cynthia Uwak scored one and set up another. Cynthia visade vägen för Nigeria

Umeå played Norwegian top side Trondheims-Ørn on Saturday, losing 0-1. In spite of the defeat Umeå's assistant coach Hans Aggling was encouraged by the play. Apart from Hanna Ljungberg (still on the injury list), Marta and Elaine (arrived from Brazil Sunday afternoon) and June Pedersen (unwell) all players got time on the field.
Uikfans: UIK nollade - spelade bra

Kopparbergs/Göteborg hosted Norwegian champions Kolbotn and suffered a big 0-5 defeat. According to Göteborg's head coach Martin Pringle Kolbotn was the better side even if the figures became a bit too big. He rested his Nordic Cup players (Maria Nilsson, Maria Karlsson and Emmelie Farfa), but played the rest of his starters.
Göteborg FC: Förlust mot Kolbotn IL Kopparbergs/Göteborg - Kolbotn 0-5

Linköping FC routed 1st division side Öster 5-0 with goals by Kosovare Asllani, Maria Aronsson, Maria Karlsson, Faith Ikidi and Mareen Mmadu.
Linköping FC: Seger i träningsmatchen

Sunnanå was very convincing against Norwegian 1st division Medkila, winning 7-0 after complete domination. Goals by Kicki Wiklund, Sanna Frostevall, Carina Holmberg, Alexandra Nilsson and a hat trick by Perpetua Nkwocha.
Norran: Hat trick av Perpetua

LDB FC Malmö has played danish premier division team Skovlunde in Denmark (2-2, goals by Therese Lundin and Nanna Johansen) and a combination from Blekinge (4-0, goals by Nanna Johansen, Frida Nordin and 2 by Therese Lundin) at their restart camp in Ronneby. Plenty of playing time was given to those that usually don't get to start.
LDB FC Malmö: Skovlunde - LdB FC Malmö 2-2, Team Blekinge FF - LdB FC Malmö 0-4

Swedish Cup: Moström scores in Umeå revenge

It was the quarterfinals in the Swedish Cup, but it is still seen as an opportunity to give your tired key players some rest and to try out the reserves, at least by some clubs. AIK fielded an almost unrecognisable starting eleven against a Bälinge with Mäkinen and Sembrandt missing. Göteborg started with Stensland and Schelin on the bench. Once again: if the clubs don't seem to care that much, why should we, the ticket payers?

AIK - Bälinge 4 - 1 (3-0)

AIK: Jenny Lundqvist - Anna Bohlin, Hanna Jöhnk, Camilla Ulander Nilsson, Madeleine Wedin - Anna Lundin (75 Madeleine Göras), Nazanin Vaseghpanah (70 Ingrid Bohlin), Lina Hedkvist (79 Jessica Julin), Linda Lekander - Sofia Simonsson, Freja Egebrant
Bälinge: Maja Åström - Mikaela Björklund (55 Emma Lindqvist ), Lina Andersson, Nina Engström, Petra Vaelma (71 Lisa Vikner) - Jenny Jansson (57 Alexandra Höglund), Heidi Matinlassi, Kacey White, Katri Nokso-Koivsto - Linda Blom, Anette Kent
Goals: 1-0 Camilla Ulander-Nilsson (35), 2-0 Nazanin Vaseghpanah (PK 37), 3-0 Sofia Simonsson (40), 3-1 Alexandra Höglund (82), 4-1 Linda Lekander (83)
Attendance: 102
A fairly uneventfull first 30 minutes was followed by 3 AIK goals in 5 minutes that decided the match; Ulander-Nilsson headed in a corner-kick, Vaseghpanah took the penalty shoot and Sofia Simonsson turned and shot from the edge of the area. Bälinge had problems getting back from that and AIK's mostly reserve team seemed thrilled getting the chance to play and show that they really should be starters.
Upsala Nya Tidning:
Storförlust för Bälinge i cupen
AIK: Fem heta minuter tog AIK vidare

LDB FC Malmö - Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC 3 - 0 (0-0)
Malmö: Caroline Jönsson - Therese Jönsson, Malin Levenstad, Emma Wilhelmsson, Dora Stefansdottir (52 Lina Nilsson) - Nanna Johansen, Nilla Fischer, Therese Sjögran, Emma Stålhammar (59 Frida Nordin) - Manon Melis, Therese Lundin
Göteborg: Sandra Bjurteg - Elin Dahl Örn, Maria Karlsson, Jenny Engwall, Marlene Sjöberg - Sofie Andersson, Lisa Ek (70 Ingvild Stensland), Salina Olsson, Emmelie Farfa (70 Lotta Schelin), Sofia Karlsson (81 Anna Andén) - Sara Lindén
Goals: 1-0 Therese Lundin (72), 2-0 Frida Nordin (78), 3-0 Nanna Johansen (89)
Attendance: 566
Both sides played almost a little bit laid-back until they somewhere around the 60 minute mark began to realise that this was a cup match and couldn't end 0-0. Göteborg subbed in Schelin and Stensland, who immideately found each other and created a scare in Malmö's defense. But it was Malmö that could make use of the increased intensity in the match to get a 2-0 lead. When then Caroline Jönsson saved a Lotta Schelin penalty kick in the 79th minute the match was lost for Göteborg.
Göteborgsposten: Malmö - ett spöke för Göteborg
Sydsvenskan: LDB FC Malmö till semi
Göteborg: KGFC utslagna i Svenska cupen
Malmö: Härligt ketchupeffekt när LdB fick fart på målskyttet

Linköpings FC - KIF Örebro 0 - 2 (0-1)
Linköping: Hedvig Lindahl - Frida Östberg, Faith Ikidi, Charlotte Rohlin, Marie-Louise Skålberg - Petra Larsson (Maureen Mmadu), Sara Larsson, Caroline Seger, Maria Karlsson - Kosovare Asllani (Sandra Landberg-Carlzon), Maria Aronsson
Goals: 0-1 Stina Segerström (24), 0-2 Keeley Dowling (47)
Attendance: 459
Örebro got a good telling-off by coach Holmlund after the home defeat against Malmö. It was deserved and it worked, said team captain Stina Segerström. Örebro was simply the better side the whole match, admitted Linköping's coach Daniel Pettersson. Still, both Örebro goals were made by defenders from set pieces and one of the keys to the victory was that Örebro goalkeeper Kristin Hammarström managed to out-shine Linköping's Lindahl.
Nerikes Allehanda: KIF Örebro i semifinal - för andra gången, Keeleys sköna 4 juli-kupp
Linköping: Cupmästarinnorna är utslagna, pictures
Corren: LFC utslaget ut cupen

Umeå IK - Sunnanå SK 3 - 1 (0-0)
Umeå: Ulla-Karin Rönnblom - Anna Paulsson, Karolina Westberg, Elaine, Maria Bergkvist (66 Emma Berglund ) - Lisa Dahlqvist (85 Erika Karlsson), Ma Xiaoxu (79 Emelie Konradsson), Malin Moström - June Pedersen, Madeleine Edlund, Marta.
Goals: 1-0 Malin Moström (63), 2-0 Marta (PK 73), 3-0 Marta (81), 3-1 Johanna Lindahl (90)
Attendance: 2,098
Only a few days after Umeå's defeat to Sunnanå, the match was played in the village of Vilhelmina as part of the inauguration of a new football arena. It became obvious fairly early in the match, that the Sunnanå players were the ones suffering most from the weekand match, while Umeå seemed to have reghained their missing fighting spirit. Still Sunnanå managed to hold back Umeå for more than an hour, when Malin Moström, playing for the first time in her comeback, scored on a nice pass from Marta. The match was finally decided when Umeå got a questionable penalty following a Hanna Marklund tackle on Madeleine Edlund. "No other team than Umeå would have been awarded a penalty from something like that", commented an outraged Sunnanå coach after the match.
Västerbottenskuriren: Sunnanå: "Domarna är så fega när det kommer till UIK", Malin Moström hjälte i comebacken
Västerbottens Folkblad: Moström målskytt när UIK tog revansch, Kega: ?Domaren avgör matchen?
SVT: goal clip, Moström interview

The draw for the semifinals was made the day after. We will see AIK hosting Örebro and Umeå taking on Malmö at home. At the same time it was decided that the winner of the Örebro - AIK match will host the final.

Mixed internationals

Sweden's U23 played the Swiss national side in two friendlies in Sweden. The U23 won both matches, the first 1-0 with Jessica Landström (Hammarby) scoring late in the match and the second with 4-1, one goal each by Emmelie Farfa (Göteborg) and Lena Andersson (Örebro) and two from Örebro's prolific Emelia Erixon. Umeå's Ramona Bachman made her made her full national team debut, coming in from the bench with about 30 minutes remaining. Her play was described as "nervous-aggressive" by the Swiss FA's website and she managed to pick up two yellow cards.

Several European Championship qualifications has been played the last weeks. Iceland, with Malmö's Asthildur Helgadottir and Dora Stefansdottir, surprisingly defeated France 1-0 at home. "Iceland's finest victory ever", according to coach Eyjólfsson. In the match against Serbia a few days later a record crowd of 5,976 turned up - twice as high as any women's match at Iceland before - to see a comfortable 5-0 win, Stefansdottir scoring the opener already in the third minute.

Norway defeated Israel away 3-0, with Lise Klaveness (Umeå) and Bente Nordby (Djurgården) playing 90 minutes. A few days later they hosted Austria and won 3-0 again, Nordby in goal and Klaveness starting but substituted after 68 minutes.

In the African Olympic qualifications Nigeria advanced after coming back from a 1-0 away defeat to Algeria, winning the home leg with 6-0. Sunnanå's incoming striker Perpetua Nkwocha (joins July 1) showed form and scored a hat-trick for Nigeria. The Sweden based players did not travel. Cynthia Uwak (Falköping) has a minor knee injury, that has kept her on the sideline for the last few matches and Linköping's contract with Maureen Mmadu and Faith Ikidi keeps them in Sweden until the league takes the break for the World Cup in China.

No links. You just have to trust me on this.

Ok, one link. Dedicated fans can find the entire Iceland-France match (including 30 minutes pregame conversations and reporting in Icelandic) at The good stuff is 2 hours and 13 minutes in to the broadcast.

Swedish Cup round 5: Sunnanå defeats Djurgården on penalties

The eight matches in the fifth round of the Swedish Cup was played Tuesday evening. Predicted wins in most matches, but the three where Damallsvenskan sides faced each other became close affairs. Sunnanå - Djurgården even had to go through a ridiculous amount of penalties.
If you didn't know this already, the Swedish Cup is not a very big deal in Sweden. Neither the men's nor the women's cup tournaments are anything close to as important as they are in e.g. Norway, Germany or England. Subsequently, almost all damallsvenskan teams rests important players for cup matches, even when they are playing other Damallsvenskan sides. The rethoric is that the cup is important, and most of the coaches were displeased with their teams performance. Still, when you use your back-up goalie and decides to bring a bunch of 16 years olds from the development team, you really can't expect your players to give it their all.

AIK - Qbik 3 - 2 (1-2)

Goals: 0-1 Jeniffer Meier (8), 1-1 Sofia Simonsson (25), 1-2 Jeniffer Meier (36), 2-2 Daniella Wallander (54), 3-2 Camilla Ulander-Nilsson (60)
AIK hosted Qbik, a team they lost to in their away meet in Damallsvenskan and still decided to rest half their first team. "We've been playing three matches a week lately, and just had to give some players a rest. And it seemed like Qbik rested some of theirs too", coach Jörgen Zetterström commented. Since both sides handicapped themselves, it became a fairly close match that could have been won by either side.
Nya Wermlandstidningen:
Qbik nära 3?1 ledning men utslaget
Värmlands Folkblad: Knapp förlust för Qbik i cupen
AIK: AIK till kvartsfinal

IFK Värnamo - Linköpings FC 0 - 4 (0-0)
Goals: 0-1 Maria Aronsson (57), 0-2 Kosovare Asllani (60), 0-3 Tiffeny Milbrett (61), 0-4 Tiffeny Milbrett (84)
1st division side Värmano played good defense against Linköping, but finally had to concede, three goals in four minutes decided the match. Plus Värnamo's complete inability to challenge Linköping's goal.
Tiffeny Milbrett left Sweden on a high note, scoring twice in her last match before travelling back over the Atlantic. Linköping rested national team players Rohlin, Seger and Öqvist.
Corren: Milbrett avgjorde i cupen
Linköping:  LFC till kvartsfinal i cupen

Bälinge - Hammarby IF 1 - 0 (1-0)
Goals: 1-0 Linda Sembrandt (31)
Bälinge had three players with Finland's national team and rested another three starters and still got a somewhat lucky win. They scored on their only real opportunity in the first half and created even less in the second. Hammarby, resting Sara Johansson, had most possession but huge problems getting through Bälinge's defense.
Upsala Nya Tidning:  Sembrant sköt Bälinge vidare
Hammarby: Utslagna i cupen mot Bälinge

Hägglunds IoFK - Umeå IK 0 - 12 (0-7)
Goals: 0-1 Madeleine Edlund (1), 0-2 Ma Xiaoxu (20), 0-3 June Pedersen (22), 0-4 Elaine (24), 0-5 Ma Xiaoxu (29), 0-6 June Pedersen (35), 0-7 Madeleine Edlund (39), 0-8 Lisa Dahlkvist (50), 0-9 Lise Klaveness (65), 0-10 Linnea Ågren (70), 0-11 Linnea Ågren (81), 0-12 Own goal (90)
2nd division side Hägglunds is most known for Malin Moström and Frida Östberg, who both started their careers there. Umeå rested Marta and Hanna Ljungberg, but the team started on full throttle and never slowed down. 16 year old Linnea Ågren from the development team, who was subbed in during the second half and scored two goals, was the attraction of the match.
Västerbottenskuriren: 16-årig succédebutant i UIK
Västerbottens Folkblad: ?och en annan 16-åring gjorde succé i UIK
Örnsköldsviks Allehanda: En stor lektion i fotboll
SVT: match clip

IF Norvalla - Kopparbergs/Göteborg 1 - 6 (0-4)
Goals: 0-1 Sara Lindén (6), 0-2 Frida Svensson (11), 0-3 Sara Lindén (30), 0-4 Sofie Andersson (44), 0-5 Frida Svensson (68), 0-6 Frida Svensson (76)
Göteborg rested Lotta Schelin, Maria Karlsson, Marlene Sjöberg and Jenny Engwall, but Norvalla still didn't have a prayer, much because of Göteborg's strong midfield. 17 year old Frida Svensson played on Lotta Schelin's position and scored four goals, Johanna Almgren played 20 minutes in her first match after her injury almost a year ago.
Göteborgsposten: 17-åring stal hela showen!
Hallands Nyheter: Inte ens nära!

Karlskrona FF - LDB FC Malmö 0-2 (0-3)
Goals: 0-1 Emma Stålhammar (34), 0-2 Emma Stålhammar (35), 0-3 Manon Melis (81)
Karlskrona FF plays in the 3rd disision but has 42 straight victories since the club started in the 5th two years ago. Several of their players have Damallsvenskan experience (IF Trion 2002-2003). Malmö's Icelandic players Helgadottir and Stefansdottir were playing European Championship qualifications while Caroline Jönsson, Nilla Fischer and Therese Lundin rested. Instead they used several players from the development team.
Sydöstran: KFF:s cupsaga är över

Sunnanå SK - Djurgården 10 - 9 (3-3 ET, 2-2 FT, 0-1)
Goals: 0-1 Victoria Svensson (28), 1-1Hanna Marklund (47), 2-1 Josefin Johansson (53), 2-2 Kristin Bengtsson (81 PK), 3-2 Lisa Renberg (104), 3-3 Victoria Svensson (108)
Sunnanå and Djurgården played a draw last time they met and both teams attempts to give a handicap to the other side just seemed to make this match even closer. But Djurgården made smaller changes from their normal set-up (Nordby on national team assignment, Dalum and Bengtsson starting on the bench) than Sunnanå, that put a huge group of teenagers on the field. Strangely this seemed to benefit Sunnanå and not Djurgården. 16 years old Emelie Marklund made her debut for Sunnanå's full team and scored the deciding penalty.
Penalty shoot-out, Sunnanå: Carina Holmberg, Hanna Marklund, Josefin Johansson (miss), Magdalena Esseyd (miss), Elin Lundholm, Mirjam Marklund, Sandra Berggren, Maja Johansson, Emelie Marklund. Djurgården: Victoria Svensson, Kristin Bengtsson, Emma Lundh (miss), Dorte Dalum Jensen, Linda Forsberg (miss), Elin Ekblom, Sara Thunebro, Jane Törnqvist, Ariane Hingst (miss).
Norra Västerbotten: Segerjubel till slut för Sunnanå
Västerbottens Folkblad: 16-åriga Emelie debuterade med att straffa Djurgården

Tyresö FF - KIF Örebro 0 - 1 (0-1)
Goals: 0-1 Keeley Dowling (35)
A pretty much full Kif Örebro team, missing only the Hammarström sisters, narrowly defeated 2nd division side Tyresö. Coach Holmlund, who chose to put Keeley Dowling in the attack together with Emelia Erixon, was probably pleased with his unorthodox use of the merited defender Dowling, but disappointed with the match: "A really bad 2nd division match."
Nerikes Allehanda: Keeley på topp avgjorde för KIF

Swedish Cup: Expected wins with unexpected line-ups

The premier division teams join the Swedish Cup in the fourth round to play teams that have survived the three initial rounds. Since they are playing second, third and even fourth rate teams, the damallsvenskan sides often take the opportunity to field domething else than "their best side", that the rules of the cup expects them to do.

Bollstanäs - Hammarby 0 - 3 (0-0)
Goals: 0-1 Josefin Christensen (59), 0-2 Marijke Callebaut (62), 0-3 Sara Johansson (85)
Hammarby guested Bollstanäs, currently 10th place (1-2-2) in the 1st division north. They had some problems in the first half with the northern Stockholm team, where Linda Fagerström (former Hammarby, Djurgården and Sweden midfielder) now plays retirement football, but shifted to a higher gear in the second.

Glanshammar - Qbik 0 - 4 (0-1)
Goals: 0-1 Jennifer Meier (33), 0-2 Anna Nilsson (53), 0-3 Julia Spetzmark (75), 0-4 Rebecca Jonsson (86)
It was play against one goal when Qbik met 2nd division side Glanshammar. Coach Jansson took the opportunity to test some players that haven't got that much time so far this year, among them defender Lovisa Eriksson and young forward Julia Spetsmark.
Värmlands Folklblad:
Qbik körde över Glanshammar: Spel mot ett mål

BK Vången - LDB FC Malmö 0 - 6 (0-3)
Goals: 0-1 Dora Stefansdottir (6), 0-2 Lina Nilsson (17), 0-3 Emelie Öhlander (34), 0-4 Emma Stålhammar (68), 0-5 Cecilia Kotte (73), 0-6 Dora Stefansdottir (79)
A very experimental Malmö team had no problems with local 2nd division BK Vången. Midfielders Therese Sjögran and Nanna Johansen played in the attack while they fielded a completely new midfield (Cecilia Kotte, Dóra Stefánsdóttir, Emma Herbring and Lina Nilsson). Reports talks about "a very relaxed pace" from the Malmö side, but at least they got to show off their (infamous) new away kits.
Malmö: report , pictures, more pictures

Team Hudik - Bälinge 0 - 3 (0-2)
Goals: 0-1 Emma Lindqvist (31), 0-2 Lisa Lantz (44), 0-3 Emma Lindqvist (57)
Bälinge left 7 starters at home when they travelled north to face 2nd division club Team Hudik, but did still not impress their coach Ali Amini. "We were challenged through almost the entire match", he says, but still defends the decision to use mostly back-up players.
Upsala Nya Tidning: Bälinge slog Hudik i cupen

IK Tun - Kif Örebro 0 - 8 (0-4)
Goals: 0-1 Hanna Pettersson (6), 0-2 Caroline Näfver (12), 0-3 Emelia Erixon (16), 0-4 Hanna Pettersson (35), 0-5 Emelia Erixon (46), 0-6 Emelia Erixon (65), 0-7 Hanna Pettersson (78), 0-8 Hanna Pettersson (87)
Örebro was an exception as they went to IK Tun (3rd division) with their best squad. This was also new coach Rikard Holmlund's first on the sideline, so he probably wanted to get to know his team.

Rågsved - Djurgården 0 - 10 (0-2)
Goals: 0-1 Elin Ekblom (6), 0-2 Elin Ekblom (24), 0-3 Anna Lagerberth (50), 0-4 Victoria Svensson (59), 0-5 Maria Järkeryd (72), 0-6 Ariane Hingst (75), 0-7 Maria Järkeryd (78), 0-8 Ariane Hingst (87), 0-9 Victoria Svensson (90), 0-10 Kristin Bengtsson (91 PK)
Djurgården gave back-up keeper Sofia Åhman the chance and rested couple of starters who had minor injuries (Dalum, Lundh and Engdahl), but were still very superior to 2nd division hosts Rågsved, the more as the match lasted and the difference in strenghth and stamina became clear.
Djurgården: report

Åtvidaberg - Linköping 0 - 7 (0-3)
Goals: 0-1 Sandra Landberg Carlzon (9), 0-2 Maja Krantz (17), 0-3 Maria Karlsson (38), 0-4 Maja Krantz (47), 0-5 Kosovare Asllani (50), 0-6 Maria Karlsson (52), 0-7 Maria Karlsson (59)
Reigning Cup champions Linköping rested some of their stars against 3rd division Åtvidaberg, but could still show internationals like Tiffeny Milbrett, Maria Karlsson, Maureen Mmadu and Faith Ikidi on the field. A pitifull first half, according to coach Daniel Pettersson, changed to a much better second, when they scored 4 in less than 15 minutes.
Corren: LFC vann över ÅFF i cupen

Brommapojkarna - AIK 0 - 1 (0-0)
Goals: 0-1 Sofia Simonsson (48)
AIK rested three of their national team players and tried an unusual 4-2-3-1 set-up. They encountered unexpected problems from hosting Brommapojkarna (2nd division), that defended fiercly but lacked edge in their attack. And the edge in the attack seems to be also AIK's problem, in Damallsvenskan as well as against 2nd division teams.
AIK: report

Alvik - Umeå IK 0 - 3 (0-1)
Goals: 0-1 Ma Xiaoxu (24), 0-2 Ma Xiaoxu (62), 0-3 Lise Klaveness (86)
Umeå's squad isn't big enough to give room for much changes in the line-up, so they went north with the usual suspects to face Alvik (2nd divison). There were never any problems for the team, but they were surprisingly inefficiant in front of goal. When goalie carola Söberg late in the game had to leave with a foot injury, 159 centimeters tall Hanna Ljungberg was the only one left on the bench and had to put on the goal-keeper gloves. Bit her defense is good and she was only tested once.
Västerbottens Folkblad: Ljungberg en riktig nolla
SVT: Match clip

Falkenberg - Kopparbergs/Göteborg 0 - 2 (0-0)
Goals: 0-1 Sara Lindén (63), 0-2 Lotta Schelin (90)
Göteborg showed up with all of their starters, but had problems breaking down 2nd division side Falkenberg.

Notviken - Sunnanå 1 - 4 (0-1)
Goals: 0-1 Emma Jonsson (18), 0-2 Emma Jonsson (51), 0-3 Johanna Lindahl (58), 1-4 Jenny Marklund (80)
Sunnanå gained a confident 4-1 win against 3rd division Notviken with a team, that was entirely made up by reserves.
Västerbottens Folkblad: Reserver gav Sunanå segern

UEFA Women's Cup: Scoreless Umeå lose final

Arsenal LFC - Umeå IK 0 - 0 (0-0)
Umeå: Carola Söberg - Anna Paulson, Karolina Westberg, Johanna Frisk, Maria Bergkvist - Lisa Dahlqvist (55 Madeleine Edlund), Elaine, Lise Klaveness, Ma Xiaoxu (71 Ramona Bachman) - Marta, Hanna Ljungberg
Attendance: 3,467
An enjoyable afternoon. Decent weather, friendly crowd with a sort of full-house feeling to it. Appearently it is supposed to be possible to force almost another 1,000 spectators in to the stands, but I really wouldn't have wanted to be there in that case. The queue to the hamburger stand was already long enough and it was still possible to move around a bit. There was a substantial Swedish precense at the match. According to Umeå, they had sold close to 100 tickets to fans and from the looks (and sound) of it, there were several hundred more that made the trip to Borehamwood on their own. For someone like me, that really didn't have that much invested in the match, it was also an enjoyable match, even if it wasn't top quality until Umeå finally found their game the last 15-20 minutes. Hard-working Arsenal defense, from the midfielders down to a sometimes excellent and sometimes just plain lucky Byrne in goal, and a referee that at a few occasions looked a bit more lenient than was called for decided the match in Arsenal's favour.
Match reports in English can be found at e.g.
UEFA, Arsenal and The FA. But I suppose you've figured that out already. My ambition was to post reports from London, but that city has so much more to offer than Internet cafes.
Post-game reports in Sweden went along the lines of "We were better, but it is the goals that count" to "We were robbed by the ref!". Two first half handballs and Anita Asante's blatant holdning of Hanna Ljungberg in the second all went unnoticed. Apart from that, most of the post-match press was about Umeå's 16 years old Swiss talent Ramona Bachman, who did great the 20 minutes she played. In Damallsvenskan, she is usually left outside the match squad, since only 3 non-EU players are allowed and those spots has been reserved for Marta, Elaine and Ma.
Aftonbladet: Umeå bortdömda mot Arsenal
Expressen: Mållöst - en seger för Arsenal
Dagens Nyheter: Arsenal stod emot Umeå
Västerbottenskuriren: Bara millimeter från dundersuccé
Aftonbladet: Ljungberg: Hon är född stjärna
Västerbottens Folkblad: Bachmann nära stjäla showen
Västerbottens Folkblad: Jeglertz sågade domaren
Video clips: Svt has a pregame story from "the backyard of football", but it seems like they didn't get internet publishing rights for the match. But thank's to some kind soul, you can watch the entire segment about the match from the evening sport news at youtube.

UEFA Women's Cup: Advantage Arsenal

Umeå - Arsenal 0 - 1 (0-0)
Umeå: Carola Söberg - Anna Paulson, Karolina Westberg, Johanna Frisk, Maria Bergkvist - Lisa Dahlqvist (76 Ramona Bachman), Elaine, Lise Klaveness, Marta - Madeleine Edlund, Hanna Ljungberg (64 Ma Xiaoxu)
Goals: 0-1 Alex Scott (91)
Attendance: 6,265
You can find match reports in English at
UEFA's site, Arsenal's site, Guardian Unlimited, BBC and several more, so I won't have to do that.
Some comments from the Swedish side: Umeå's Lise Klaveness says that they should have decided the match in the first half, when Umeå dominated. "We were very disappointed at halftime. We knew that it would be very hard to keep up the same pressure in the second half". Coach André Jeglertz commented that the team still has trouble keeping the play up for the full 90 minutes and "we were too hurried in our attacks and too careless with our passes". Hanna Ljungberg, who played the 60 minutes her doctors allowed her, was very critical to her team at Alex Scott's late winner: "She was helped by the wind, but we were far too passive. She shouldn't have been allowed to stand completely free and shoot". She also denied that Umeå has been underestimating Arsenal: "We have been watching Arsenal closely and they were exactly as good as we expected them to be."
Before the match, Umeå and Swedish media had focused on Arsenal's strong attack, but it was their defense that decided the game. And the team was stronger than expected: "We are used to be able to run down the opposition and dominate towards the end of the match", Lise Klaveness explains, but it didn't work that way against Arsenal.
But this is just half-time, Hanna Ljungberg points out, "I am confident that we can turn this around". Lise Klaveness finishes "I'm sure we will win with more than one goal away. It might be stupid to say this, but I think we are a better side"
Dagens Nyheter: Umeå lyckades inte näta
Expressen: Ljungberg kritisk till målet, Umeå föll på övertid
SVT video clips: Stort intresse inför Umeås Europafinal (pregame talk and interviews), Ma har egen hejarklack från Kina (Ma's Chinese fans), Umeå-Arsenal 0-1 (match clip), Hanna Ljungberg "Det var ingen underskattning" (postgame Hanna Ljungberg interview)

Training matches: The last bundle

Bälinge - Ornäs 3 - 2 (2-1)
Bälinge: Sanna Åhman - Petra Vaelma, Lina Andersson, Linda Sembrant, Nina Engström - Linda Blom, Anne Mäkinen, Heidi Matinlassi, Katri Nokso-Koivisto - Annette Kent, Sanna Talonen.
Goals: 1-0 Sanna Talonen, 2-0 Sanna Talonen, 3-1 Emma Lindqvist
Bälinge won but did not impress in their last preseason friendly. On the positive side, Talonen continues to score and Anne Mäkinen, back with team after taking care of family affairs in Finland, makes a world of a difference in midfield.
Upsala Nya Tidning:
Bälingeseger utan att imponera

Linköping - Djurgården 3 - 1 (2-1)
Djurgården: Emma Landkvist - Dorte Dalum Jensen, Jane Törnqvist (11 Malin Engdahl), Therese Brogårde, Sara Thunebro (75 Kicki Bengtsson) - Kicki Bengtsson (67 Emma Lundh), Anna Hall (67 Ariane Hingst), Linda Forsberg, Elin Ekblom - Annemarie Norlin (78 Anna Lagerberth), Victoria Svensson.
Goals: 0-1 Victoria Svensson, 1-1 Tiffeny Milbrett, 2-1 Maria Aronsson, 3-1 Tiffeny Milbrett (PK)
Two handicapped teams; Djurgården replacing an ill Nordby with junior Landkvist and starting without Lundh and Hingst since they are unavailable for the Damallsvenskan opener next week (national team assignments) and Linköping resting injured Rohlin and Seger.Törnqvist started for Djurgården, but decided already after a few minutes that she needed to rest her left thigh, that has been bethering her for a while. A lot of the match was characterized by a kick-and-run play with a hard wind making it difficult to control the ball. Djurgården still pressured Linköping great parts of the match, but the somewhat make-shift centre defense Östberg-Larsson proved to be Linköping's greatest asset this match.
Djurgården: Förlust mot Linköping
Linköping: LFC slog Djurgården
Corren: Fullt upp - då trivs Maja

Falköping - Hammarby 2 - 2 (2-1)

Hammarby: Katarina Wicksell - Annica Svensson, Karolina Rinman, Elin Sölveskog, Anna Lindblom - Matilda Agné, Jennie Jonsson - Jessica Landström, Therese Sandström, Marijke Callebaut - Sara Johansson
Goals: 1-0 Linnea Liljegärd (13), 2-0 Nettan Hofling (33), 2-1 Therese Sandström (39), 2-2 Sara Johansson (89)
A strong wind helped giving the both halfs of the match a completely different appearence. With the wind in their backs, Falköping kept the ball on Hammarby's half of the pitch and even managed to get a 2-0 lead. In the second half the roles reversed, with Hammarby holding ball on Falköping's side.
Hammarby: 2-2 mot Falköping i sista träningsmatchen
Falköping: Oavgjort mot Hammarby

Mallbacken - Qbik 0 - 1 (0-1)
Goals: Anna Nilsson
A close match on a bad spring pitch, where a shot from distance by Anna Nilsson put Qbik in the lead and goalie Maria Yatrakis denied Mallbacken a late equalizer.
Värmlands Folkblad: Usel plan rörde upp känslorna i hett derby

Sjöbo IF - Malmö FF 0 - 10 (0-6)
Malmö was much stronger, faster, better organized and simply much more premier division than hosting 1st division newcomers Sjöbo.
Ystads Allehanda: Sjöbo fick en lektion av MFF

Falköpings KIK - Magnlerud Star (Norway) 5 - 1
Goals: Linnea Liljegärd (2), Sandra Krantz (2), Madeleine Tegström
Falköping, on camp in Denmark, clearly defeated the Norwegian 1st division team Magnlerud Star. U-19 player Linnea Liljegärd and veteran Sandra Krantz, prolific goalscorers in the 1st division last season, showed that they've still got it.
Falköping: Seger på lyckat läger

AIK - Hammarby 5 - 3 (4-1)
AIK: Sofia Lundgren - Madelene Göras, Frida Höglund, Sanna Valkonen, Linda Lekander - Danielle Wallander (70 Anna Karlsson), Freja Egebrant, Jessica Julin (88 Anna Bohlin), Lina Hedkvist (78 Hanna Jöhnk) - Sofia Simonsson, Laura Kalmari
Hammarby: Pernilla Ebberyd - Annica Svensson, Karolina Rinman, Elin Sölveskog, Anna Lindblom - Therese Sandström, Jennie Jonsson - Jessica Landström, Lollo Fors, Marijke Callebaut - Sara Johansson
Goals: 1-0 Sofia Simonsson (4), 2-0 Laura Kalmari (8), 2-1 Sara Johansson (26), 3-1 Laura Kalmari (32), 4-1 Lina Hedkvist (46), 4-2 Sara Johansson (59), 5-2 Laura Kalmari (61), 5-3 Sara Johansson (69)
Hammarby suffered their first defeat in an otherwise successfull preseason. Hammarby had more possession and more shots at goal, but Sanna Valkonen directed AIK's defense with authority and Sofia Lundgren made a couple of valuable saves. AIK's Finnish centre line (Valkonen-Julin-Kalmari) proved that they are the ones to keep the team in Damallsvenskan and and Sara Johansson showed that she will score Hammarby's goals, if anyone doubted that.
AIK: Målfest på Skytteholm
Hammarby: 3 mål av Sara i förlustmatch mot AIK

Bälinge - Djurgården 2 - 7 (1-3)

Djurgården: Bente Nordby - Dorte Dalum Jensen, Jane Törnqvist, Therese Brogårde (64 Malin Engdahl), Sara Thunebro - Kicki Bengtsson, Ariane Hingst (64 Anna Hall), Linda Forsberg, Elin Ekblom - Emma Lundh (64 Annemarie Norlin), Victoria Svensson.
Goals: 0-1 Victoria Svensson, 0-2 Linda Forsberg, 0-3 Victoria Svenson, 1-3 Annette Kent, 1-4 Elin Ekblom, 2-4 Sanna Talonen, 2-5 Sara Thunebro, 2-6 Kicki Bengtsson, 2-7 Elin Ekblom
With Maja Åström injured and back-up Veronika Svensson out of country, Bälinge had to let out-field player Moa Eriksson tend the goal. A regular goal-keeper would have let in fewer goals, but wouldn't have changed the outcome. Djurgården once again showed that they are a very strong side this year, even if their play didn't work out as well as against Kif Örebro. Bälinge performed well in the attack, where Kent and Talonen will be something to watch in Damallsvenskan, while their defense needs more work.
Upsala Nya Tidning: Bälinge fick storpisk i träningsmatch mot Djurgården
Djurgården: Seger i Uppsala med 7-2

Mallbacken - Sunnanå 1 - 0
Sunnanå - ZBEDZDA Perm (Ukraina) 3 - 2
Goals: 1-2 Emma Jonsson, 2-2 Maja Johansson, 2-3 Maria Nordbrandt
Still at camp in Turkey, Sunnanå's 1st team played Ukrainian Perm and after a bad start managed to turn the match. The reserve team made a good performance against former Damallsvenskan side Mallbacken, but narrowly lost.

Bröndby (Denmark) - Malmö FF Dam 1 - 0 (1-0)
Malmö: Caroline Jönsson - Therese Jönsson, Malin Levenstad, Emma Wilhelmsson, Nera Smajic - Nanna Johansen (57 Emma Stålhammar), Nilla Fischer, Therese Sjögran, Frida Nordin - Manon Melis, Therese Lundin
A tight and intense match against the Danish champions and UEFA Cup semifinalists Brøndby left coach Pettersson confident before the start of the season April 11.
Malmö: Starkt Malmö FF DAM förlorade men dominerade matchen

Sunnanå - Rossiyanka (Russia) 0 - 3
Sunnanå - ZBEDZDA Perm (Ukraine) 1 - 2

Goals: Johanna Lindahl
Sunnanå, on camp in Turkey, had their 1st side playing Russian champions Rossiyanka while their 2nd side took on Ukrainian Perm.

Malmö FF Dam - Jitex BK 2 - 0 (0-0)

Malmö: Stéphanie Öhrström - Emelie Ölander, Dóra Stefánsdóttir, Lisa Gustafsson, Jenny Engwall - Antonia Göransson (61 Emelie Erlandsson), Emma Herbring, Lina Nilsson, Emma Stålhammar - Louise Östman (61 Dafina Memedov), Cecilia Kotte
Goals: 1-0 Louise Östman (59), 2-0 Emelie Erlandsson (77)
Malmö's second tiers were fielded against favoured-to-win 1st division side Jitex. The young Malmö side included two 15 year olds from the youth programme.
Sydsvenskan: MFF vann med B-uppställning

Malmö FF Dam - Skovlunde (Danmark) 4 - 1 (2-0)
Malmö: Caroline Jönsson - Therese Jönsson (70 Lina Nilsson), Malin Levenstad, Emma Wilhelmsson, Nera Smajic - Nanna Johansen (70 Emma Stålhammar), Nilla Fischer (85 Jenny Engwall), Therese Sjögran, Frida Nordin - Therese Lundin, Manon Melis (85 Louise Östman)
Goals: 1-0 Nilla Fischer (15), 2-0 Therese Sjögran (27), 3-0 Manon Melis (75), 4-0 Emma Wilhelmsson (83)
Malmö's best match so far this year, controlling the match against Denmark's third best team. Particulary the very reliable play in defense satisfied coach Pettersson.
Sydsvenskan: Årets bästa av MFF:s damer

Djurgården - Kif Örebro 10 - 0 (8-0)
Djurgården: Bente Nordby - Dorte Dalum Jensen, Jane Törnqvist (53 Malin Engdahl), Therese Brogårde (87 Elin Ekblom), Sara Thunebro - Kicki Bengtsson, Anna Hall, Linda Forsberg, Elin Ekblom (53 Annemarie Norlin) - Emma Lundh, Victoria Svensson (53 Anna Lagerberth).
1-0 Kicki Bengtsson, 2-0 Jane Törnqvist, 3-0 Linda Forsberg, 4-0 Victoria Svensson, 5-0 Emma Lundh, 6-0 Victoria Svensson, 7-0 Linda Forsberg, 8-0 Kicki Bengtsson, 9-0 Emma Lundh, 10-0 Anna Lagerberth
A strong, speedy and efficient Djurgården steamrolled Örebro. Six different goalscorers says a lot about the depth in the squad, while this match hopefully doesn't say that much about Örebro.
Djurgården: 10-0 mot KIF Örebro

Bälinge - Gamla Upsala SK 3 - 1
Bälinge: Maja Åström - Lisa Lantz (70 Malin Ericsson), Lina Andersson, Petra Vaelma, Nina Engström - Katri Nokso-Koivisto, Linda Sembrant, Heidi Matinlassi (65 Emma Lindkvist), Mikaela Bengtsson (70 Julia Lyckberg) - Sanna Talonen (70 Moa Ericsson), Annette Kent
Goals: 1-0 Heidi Matinlassi, 2-0 Sanna Talonen, 3-0 Mikaela Bengtsson
A good team effort by Bälinge against the local 1st division side Gusk. A lot of opportunities created by a speedy attack and the team, where pretty much half of the starters are new since last year, is beginning to gel.
Upsala Nya Tidning: Bälinge hittade spelet mot Gusk

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