Swedish Football

The Swedish Scene

@DandalBs brings us his weekly wrap of all the news from the latest round of matches in the Damallsvenskan and Elitettan plus a round-up of stories connected to the Swedish national team this week (8/5/21).

NATIONAL TEAM:

Sweden have been drawn with Finland, Ireland, Slovakia and Georgia in the qualifying group for the 2023 Women’s World Cup. These group matches will be played between September 2021 and September 2022. With the top placed team automatically qualifying for Australia and New Zealand and the second placed side going into play-offs, Sweden’s biggest threat will probably come from Finland, although the Finns have won only one of the 37 games between the two sides and that came in 1976.

Sweden’s qualifying fixtures: 17th Sept: Slovakia (a), 21st Sept: Georgia (h), 21st Oct Ireland (a), 25th Nov: Finland (h), 30th Nov: Slovakia (h), 7th Apr 2022: Georgia (a), 12th Apr: Ireland (h), 6th Sept: Finland (a).

Above: Victoria Sandell – a Swedish football legend appointed to the national team’s coaching staff this week. Photo: Svensk Fotboll.

In other national team news, the legendary Victoria Sandell, better known under her maiden name Victoria Svensson, has been hired as assistant coach for the Swedish women’s national team, with a focus on individual coaching. Sandell won 166 caps for the Swedish national team between 1996 and 2009 and scored 68 goals .

DAMALLSVENSKAN:            

Above: A mixed week for Kristianstad’s Sveindís Jane Jónsdóttir – named as Damallsvenskan Player of the Month for April but stretchered off with an injury. Photo: Bildbyrån

Växjö are still looking for their first win of the season after a 1-0 reversal at home to unbeaten Kristianstad. The only goal came from Anna Welin after twelve minutes. To make matters worse for Kristianstad, their young star Sveindís Jane Jónsdóttir was stretchered off in the 40th minute with what originally looked a like a knee injury, but has been subsequently diagnosed as a minor injury to the patella with a much shorter rehab period than feared. Jónsdóttir also just been voted Damallsvenskan Player of the Month for April.

Above: Hammarby had plenty to celebrate in their 5-0 win over KIF Örebro. Photo: Fotbollskanalen.se

Hammarby gained their first win of the season in some style with a 5-0 demolition of KIF Örebro. The match was decided with three goals in six minutes mid-way through the second half. As Madelen Janogly set-up goals for Hanna Folkesson and Emilia Larsson with Emma Jansson rapidly making it 3-0. In the final thirteen minutes, Janogly got the goal that her efforts deserved and Elsa Karlsson completed the scoring with four minutes left.

Above: Charli Grant made her first appearance for Rosengård in their win over Eskilstuna United. Photo: @_charli_grant

Rosengård extended their 100% start to the season with a 2-0 win at Eskilstuna United. The two goals came within sixty seconds of each other. Minnie Larsson put the Champions League Quarter-Finalists ahead with Olivia Schough rapidly doubling the lead. Australian readers will be interested to hear that Charli Grant made her first appearance for Rosengård when she came on in the closing stages. Her team are now two points clear at the top of the table.

Above: AIK celebrate with Honoka Hayashi who scored both goals in their 2-1 win over Stockholm rivals Djurgården. Photo: Fotbollskanalen.se

The big Stockholm derby saw Djurgården go down to a 2-1 loss at home to newly promoted AIK. Hayley Dowd gave the hosts the lead just before the break, but it was the visitors who pushed on in the second half. Honoka Hayashi levelled after 57 minutes and then sealed the victory from the penalty spot with 11 minutes left. The win puts AIK, one of the favourites for relegation pre-season, into fourth place.

Above: Stina Blackstenius – on the mark again for BK Häcken but her side were held 1-1 by Vittsjö. Photo: Fotbollskanalen.se

Vittsjö gained an impressive 1-1 draw with BK Häcken. Stina Blackstenius continued her rich vein of goal scoring form when she gave Häcken the lead after four minutes. Twenty minutes later Mie Leth Jans grabbed the equaliser.

Linköping’s home game with Piteå was postponed due to a coronavirus outbreak at the visiting club. As Piteå have not had any additional cases diagnosed, the game has been rearranged for 13th May.

Table from: Svensk Fotboll.

Round Four Fixtures:

Kristianstads v Vittsjö GIK

AIK v Hammarby

BK Häcken v Linköping

Piteå IF v Växjö

KIF Örebro v Eskilstuna United

Rosengård v Djurgårdens

ELITETTAN:

Umeå IK and IK Uppsala remain unbeaten and at the top of the table. Umeå IK demolished Jitex Mölndal 5-0. IK Uppsala also gained a huge boost to their goal difference after seeing off Bollstanäs SK 6-1. Älvsjö AIK FF continued their impressive unbeaten start with a 1-1 at Morön BK. At the bottom, Lidköpings FK and Bollstanäs SK are still looking for their first wins of the campaign. As well as leading the league table, Umeå IK also have two players at the top of the goal scoring charts with Lisa Björk (4) and Henna-Riikke Honkanen (3) riding high.

Above: Umeå – aiming to head back to the Damallsvenskan

Round Three Results: Borgeby FK v IF Brommapojkarna: POSTPONED, Morön BK 1-1 Älvsjö AIK FF, Mallbackens IF Sunne 0-0 Alingsås FC United, IFK Norrköping 1-0 Sundsvalls DFF, Umeå IK 5-0 Jitex Mölndal, IFK Kalmar 3-0 Lidköpings FK, IK Uppsala 6-1 Bollstanäs SK.

Table from: Svensk Fotboll.

Round Four Fixtures: Borgeby FK v Umeå IK POSTPONED, IF Brommapojkarna v Bollstanäs SK, Sundsvalls DFF v Mallbackens IF Sunne, Alingsås FC United v IFK Kalmar, Lidköpings FK v Morön BK, Jitex Mölndal v IFK Norrköping, Älvsjö AIK FF v IK Uppsala.

The Swedish Scene

@DandalBs brings us our weekly round-up of all the goings on in the Swedish women’s game. This time we round-up all the latest action in the Damallsvensan and Elitettan in addition to the news around the game (29/4/21).

NEWS ROUND-UP:

Above: Piteå, who have been hit by a coronavirus outbreak. Photo: NewsBeezer

At least five Piteå players have tested positive for coronavirus after their defeat to Eskilstuna United last weekend. The club has closed down all group training amidst the first major covid outbreak in the Damallsvenskan. The club’s planned game at Linköping this coming Sunday has been postponed as a consequence as a result. No new date for the match has been set as yet.

UEFA’s announcement that the Women’s Champions League will, from next season consist of a 16 team group stage before reverting to a knock-out over two legs, coming with a major increase in prize money is a massive boost to clubs in Sweden. The teams qualifying for the group stage are guaranteed a minimum of 400,000 Euros each – a figure which is almost half of some Damallsvenskan team’s annual budgets.

Above: Jessica Wik of Rosengård in a creative photo shoot after announcing her pregnancy. Photo: FC Rosengård

Rosengård right back Jessica Wik is pregnant with the baby due in October and will not play any more matches this season.

DAMALLSVENSKAN:

Round Two opened with a second straight win for BK Häcken who produced another dominant performance in beating Växjö 2-0. The goals came from Pauline Hammerlund and Stina Blackstenius. The Gothenburg based side created many chances to add to their tally but had to settle for just the two goals.

Above: BK Häcken celebrate Stina Blackstenius celebrates her goal for BK Häcken with her team-mates. Photo: SVT Nyheter.

Rosengård also recorded a second success after a 3-1 win over Hammarby. Olivia Schough grabbed a brace with Jelena Cancovic adding the other. Hanna Folkesson was on target for the Stockholm side who are one of only two sides to have lost their opening two games.

Kristianstad gained an important 2-1 win over Djurgården, earning their first three points of the season as a consequence. Mia Carlsson scored first before a cheeky goal from VfL Wolfsburg loanee Sveindis Jónsdóttir sealed the win. This was Jónsdóttir’s second goal in two games. Nellie Lilja scored for Djurgården.

KIF Örebro gained a fantastic 1-0 win at home to Vittsjö despite the visitors having more of the game. The deciding goal came when Jenna Hellstrom broke through with great pace to play in Karin Lundin. This is KIF Örebro’s first win of the campaign.   

AIK were slightly unfortunate in going down 2-1 at home to Linköping. Both goals for the visitors came from long shots from distance deflecting off defenders on their way in. Jenny Danielsson was on target for AIK with Uchenna Kanu and Frida Maanum profiting for Linköping.

Above: Jenny Danielsson pictured after scoring for AIK in their game against Linköping in Solna. Photo: Jesper Zerman/Bildbyrån

Piteå fell to the bottom of the table and remain winless after a 2-0 defeat to Eskilstuna United. Fanny Andersson and Loreta Kullashi scored the goals.

Table: svenskfotboll.se

Round Three Fixtures:

Växjö v Kristianstads

Hammarby v KIF Örebro 

Linköping v Piteå IF POSTPONED

Eskilstuna United v Rosengård

Djurgårdens v AIK

Vittsjö GIK v BK Häcken

ELITETTAN:

Above: Umeå’s Lisa Björk is in outstanding goalscoring form for the Elitettan table toppers. Photo: Pelle Börjesson/Bildbyrån

There are three teams remaining unbeaten after the first two rounds of games with Umeå IK top of the table on goal difference after scoring eight goals in their opening two matches with Lisa Björk scoring four of them to stand top of the goal scoring charts. Borgeby’s Nova Karlsson stands second in the list with three goals in two games despite her team still looking for their first win of the campaign. Just behind Umeå IK in the Elitettan table, also with two wins from two games are IK Uppsala with Älvsjö AIK FF, who narrowly avoided relegation last season third. Ellinor Johanson is in particularly fine form for Älvsjö in these early stages of the season.

Round Two Results: IF Brommpojkarna 0-1 Umeå IK, Älvsjö AIK FF 1-0 Jitex Mölndal, Alingsås FC United 0-1 IK Uppsala, Bollstanäs SK 1-3 Mallbackens IF Sunne, Sundsvalls DFF 1-1 Borgeby FK, IFK Kalmar 1-0 Morön BK, Lidköpings FK v IFK Norrköping POSTPONED.

Table: svenskfotboll.se

Round Three Fixtures:

Borgeby FK v IF Brommapojkarna, Morön BK v Älvsjö AIK FF, Mallbackens IF Sunne v Alingsås FC United, IFK Norrköping v Sundsvalls DFF, Umeå IK v Jitex Mölndal, IFK Kalmar v Lidköpings FK, IK Uppsala v Bollstanäs SK.

Above: Borgeby IK’s Nova Karlsson, second top goalscorer in the Elitettan pictured in her days with Eskilsminne IF. Photo: Eskilsminne IF

For one week only, due to Impetus supporting the social media boycott in solidarity with women’s and men’s sport across the UK, the Swedish column is published on a Thursday. From next week, it return to its regular Saturday morning slot.

The Swedish Scene

@DandalBs brings us our regular Saturday round-up of the Swedish women’s football scene which this week saw the new Damallsvenskan and Elitettan seasons get underway (24/4/21).

NATIONAL TEAM:

This week’s draw for the group stages of the Olympic Games saw Sweden placed in arguably one of the biggest groups of death of all time. In the toughest draw for all teams concerned, Sweden will face the USA, Australia and New Zealand. The Swedes will start their Tokyo campaign against the USA before a potential qualification decider against the Matildas and end the group stage against the Football Ferns.

DAMALLSVENSKAN:

Above: Djurgården celebrate Sara Olai’s winning goal against KIF Örebro. Photo: Bildbyrån

The season got underway last weekend. The opening game ended with a 1-0 win for Djurgården at home to KIF Örebro, with Sara Olai scoring the winning goal.  Djurgården are expected to be battling to avoid relegation to the Elitettan so this was an excellent win.

Above: Emmi Alanen pictured after scoring for Växjö agains AIK. Photo: Bildbyrån

Newly promoted AIK, tipped my many for instant relegation opened their Damallsvenskan campaign with a hugely creditable 1-1 draw away to Växjö. Emmi Alanen scored from the spot for Växjö with Nora Rönnfors on target for AIK.

The other new team in the Damallsvenskan this season, Hammarby suffered a 1-0 defeat at home to BK Häcken. The visitors were hugely dominant throughout the game but only managed a single goal victory. That was an own goal from June Pedersen after just four minutes when she unfortunately headed Anna Csiki’s corner into her own net.  

Above: Fernanda da Silva scores the winning goal for Vittsjö. Photo: Bildbyrån

Vittsjö got off to a positive start with a 2-1 win at home to Piteå. Australian international Emily Gielnik continued her outstanding form in front of goal with Vittsjö’s opener with Ellen Löfqvist netting for the visitors. Former Piteå, player Fernanda da Silva grabbed the winner for the hosts.

Eskilstuna United brought their good pre-season and Swedish Cup form into the new league campaign and earned a great 1-1 draw at home to Kristianstad. Eskilstuna narrowly avoided relegation last season and they profited from Felicia Rogic’s goal. Kristianstad, who played UEFA Women’s Champions League football this season grabbed the draw thanks to Sveindis Jane Jónsdóttir’s strike.

Above: Rosengård celebrate Stefanie Sanders’ late goal which won their opening game in Linköping. Photo: Bildbyrån

In one of the round’s most eye catching games, Rosengård left Linköping with a 1-0 win. The visitors had most of the play but couldn’t break through until the very end. In stoppage time at the end of 90 minutes, Stefanie Sanders headed Olivia Schough’s free kick into the net. 

Round Two Fixtures:

BK Häcken v Växjö

Rosengård v Hammarby

Kristianstads v Djurgårdens

KIF Örebro v Vittsjö GIK

AIK v Linköping

Piteå IF v Eskilstuna United

ELITETTAN:

Round One Results: Borgeby FK 2-3 Älvsjö AIK FF, IFK Norrköping v IFK Kalmar POSTPONED, IK Uppsala 4-1 Lidköpings FK, Jitex Mölndal 3-0 Sundsvalls DFF, Mallbackens IF Sunne 0-1 IF Brommpojkarna, Morön BK 4-1 Alingsås FC United, Umeå IK FF 7-1 Bollstanäs SK.

Round Two Fixtures: IF Brommpojkarna v Umeå IK, Älvsjö AIK FF v Jitex Mölndal, Alingsås FC United v IK Uppsala, Bollstanäs SK v Mallbackens IF Sunne, Sundsvalls DFF v Borgeby FK, IFK Kalmar v Morön BK, Lidköpings FK v IFK Norrköping.

NEWS ROUND-UP:

Rosengård‘s Anna Anvegård, who won the Damallsvenskan Golden Boot winner for the last two seasons, is in concussion rehab and will missed the opening round of fixtures and at least this weekend too.

Above: Violah Nambi – faces a long spell on the sidelines. Photo: Svenskfotboll

Växjö forward Violah Nambi suffered a double bone fractures in training on Thursday. The 25 year-old, who was just back after a lengthy knee problem, can expect another long period of rehab.

The Swedish Scene

In our regular Saturday morning round up of the Swedish women’s game, @DandalBs updates us with all the news from the national team’s two games, the big kick off in the leagues and what’s been going on around the clubs (17/4/21).

NATIONAL TEAM NEWS:

Above: Sweden celebrate Lina Hurtig’s goal against the USA. Photo: YouTube

Sweden began their two match international series with a promising 1-1 draw against the USA in Solna. A great header from Lina Hurtig gave Sweden the lead. The Swedes played very well the USA’s late equaliser was deserved, it shouldn’t have been from a poor award of a penalty.

A much changed Swedish side managed to earn a 4-2 win in Poland, but had some problems. Two goals by Stina Blackstenius helped Sweden, but early in second half it was 2-2 thanks to Poland’s Wolfsburg forward Iwa Pajor. There were plenty of second half subs and it took Caroline Seger and Lina Hurtig to score the winning goals.

In the last international window before the Olympics, Sweden will have two home games. First they will play Norway on 10th June and a yet undisclosed team on the 15th. Both matches will take place in Kalmar.

DAMALLSVENSKAN:

The season gets underway this weekend with the first round of fixtures scheduled as follows:

Saturday 17th April:

Djurgårdens v KIF Örebro 

Växjö v AIK

Sunday 18th April:

Eskilstuna United v Kristianstads

Hammarby v BK Häcken

Linköpings v Rosengård

Vittsjö GIK v Piteå IF

ELITETTAN:

The first round of fixtures in the second tier of the Swedish league for this weekend is:

Saturday 17th April:

Borgeby FK v Älvsjö AIK FF

IFK Norrköping v IFK Kalmar – POSTPONED

IK Uppsala v Lidköpings FK

Jitex Mölndal v Sundsvalls DFF

Sunday 18th April:

Mallbackens IF Sunne v IF Brommpojkarna

Morön BK v Alingsås FC United

PRE-SEASON FRIENDLIES:

In the final week of pre-season friendlies ahead of this coming weekend’s Allsvenskan season, all the top tier clubs were without their international players.

AIK suffered a 2-1 loss to Brommapojkarna with Ema Paljevic scoring for the Solna based side. Hammarby drew 1-1 Örebro. Ellen Wangerheim was on target for Hammarby with Jessie Scarpa scoring for the visitors. Kristianstad defeated Kalmar 2-1 thanks to goals from Anna Welin and Ebba Jahnfors. Växjö went down 2-0 to Vittsjö for whom Fernanda de Silva and Mie Leth Jans were on target. Finally, Eskilstuna United lost 2-0 to IFK Norrköping.

NEWS ROUND-UP:

Above: Djurgården’s Malin Diaz. Photo: Maxim Thore/ Bildbyrån

Djurgården have announced that their midfielder Malin Diaz is pregnant and will not play during the 2021 season.

Vittsjö‘s 22 year-old midfielder Ebba Wieder has decided to take a break from football for mental health reasons. Wieder played five seasons in the Damallsvenskan for Rosengård before she moved to Vittsjö last season.

Above: Ebba Wieder in action for Vittsjö. Photo: Bildbyrån

The Swedish Scene

@DandalBs provides us with our weekly round-up of all the news around the Swedish game (10/4/21).

NATIONAL TEAM NEWS:

Above: Emma Holmgren – called up to the Swedish national side. Photo: Fotbollskanalen

Sweden have been rocked by the news that goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl will not take part in their friendly matches against USA and Poland over the coming days. There is an outbreak of Covid-19 at her club Atletico Madrid and even if she has not tested positive, she has been exposed to the virus. She was replaced in the squad by Eskilstuna United’s Emma Holmgren.

SWEDISH CUP NEWS:

Eskilstuna United were the first side to qualify for the final after a 4-2 win at Umeå IK FF. It was level pegging, 1-1 at half-time with a goal Rosa Maria Herreros for the hosts and Loreta Kullashi on target for Eskilstuna. The game took a decisive turn in the early stages of the second half when Eskilstuna added further goals from Kaisa Collin and Felicia Rogic (penalty). Whilst Alexandra Sandström’s late goal for Umeå created a period of drama, Fanny Andersson settled Eskilstuna nerves by adding a fourth near the end.  Eskilstuna United’s Felicia Rogic said afterwards: "It was pretty tight. We knew it would be this given the game plan and the history we have against Umeå. We actually lost two meetings against them last season. So we're happy with the win." 
Above: Eskilstuna United celebrate on the coach back after their Swedish Cup semi-final win. Photo: @NgoziOkobi
The second semi-final was extremely hard fought and BK Häcken only saw off Rosengård with a goal from Stina Blackstenius with twelve minutes left. Häcken had the better of the first half, creating six scoring opportunities compared to two from Rosengård who had just two. Häcken came close after sixty-three minutes when Stina Blackstenius got away from the Rosengård defence but Stephanie Labbé in goal dealt with it at the cost of a corner. Blackstenius had better luck fifteen minutes later when she got the ball on the right and she scored. Rosengård were unlucky not to have levelled with five minutes to go but Hanna Bennison was denied by the ball rebounding off of the face of BK Häcken keeper Jennifer Falk. 
Above: BK Häcken celebrate Stina Blackstenius’ goal in their semi-final win. Photo: Fotbollskanalen

PRE-SEASON FRIENDLIES

Kristianstad played out a 1-1 draw against Sweden U23. Cornelia Kapocs scored for Sweden with Miranda Nild on target for Kristianstad.

BK Häcken side missing at least eight players away on international duty went down to a 5-2 loss to Elitettan (second tier)side Alingsås in midweek. Häcken’s goals were scored by Evelyn Ijeh and Elin Rubensson.

Piteå earned a 3-1 win over Elitettan outfit Umeå. Two goals from Cajsa Hedlund and one from Astrid Larsson were the difference.

NEWS ROUND-UP:

Above: Charlotte Grant – Rosengård’s new signing. Photo: Adelaide United/

Rosengård have completed the signing of Charlotte Grant from Adelaide United in the W-League, reports Ben Gilby. The 19 year-old defender played a prominent part in the South Australian side’s best ever season in the competition.

“We are very happy to be able to make this enlistment of Charlotte Grant before the transfer window closed,” the club’s Sports Manager Therese Sjögran told the club website. “She is a young and promising player who will hopefully be part of Australia’s Olympic squad this summer. In Grant, we get a technical defender with incredible physique. She will be able to play in all positions in our back line so she will be a really good addition to the squad.”

Speaking about the move, Grant told the FC Rosengård website: “I am very grateful for this opportunity to play for Rosengård. Playing with all these experienced players is something I’m really looking forward to. Now I just want to go over to Sweden and start the season with my new teammates!”

Adelaide United’s Head of Women’s Football, Ivan Karlović told the Australian club’s website: “Charlotte enjoyed another solid season and we feel now is the perfect time for her to test herself in a very strong competition. Charlotte follows in the footsteps of Dylan Holmes who has also made the move to Sweden and we believe that will have a very positive effect on their development as players and in turn benefit the Club moving forward.” 

The nineteen year-old has been with Adelaide United since 2018 and has played 34 times for the club across those four seasons. At the present time, the thinking is that she will return to South Australia in time for the 2021/22 W-League campaign in November.

Above: Norwegian international Noor Eckhoff has just joined Eskilstuna United. Photo: NFF

Another arrival from Australia is Noor Eckhoff, the 21 year-old Norwegian defensive midfielder. She has joined Eskilstuna United from Melbourne City on a two year deal.

Bollstanäs from Eliettan (tier two) have taken AIK youngsters Piyatida Somkumpee and Arsema Weldai on loan until the summer transfer window opens 15 July. In return, the Damallsvenkan newcomers have signed Bollstanäs’ 20 year-old offensive player Ema Paljevic.

Elizabeth Addo, a 27 year-old Ghanaian international midfielder who can also play up front, has joined Djurgården from North Carolina Courage in the NWSL.

Växjö’s Antonia Göransson has retired. Göransson was a member of Sweden’s bronze winning Women’s World Cup team 2011 and won league and cup honours in Germany. She was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes in 2016 and has since struggled to return to top flight football.

Vittsjö and Canada goalkeeper Sabrina D’Angelo will make her first start since her knee injury last summer, today against against Växjö.

The Swedish Scene

@DandalBs brings us our weekly round-up of all the goings on in the Swedish women’s game. There’s news of the latest Swedish national squad announcement, Swedish Cup news ahead of this weekend’s semi-finals, pre-season friendly action and all the final goings on before the transfer window closed (3/4/21).

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE:

Above: Caroline Seger in action for FC Rosengård against Bayern Munich Photo: @FCRosengard

FC Rosengård suffered a 1-0 loss at home in the second leg of their UEFA Women’s Champions League Quarter-Final tie to Bayern Munich. Lea Schüller scored the only goal after 21 minutes. The Swedes bowed out 4-0 on aggregate.

NATIONAL TEAM NEWS:

Sweden face matches against USA and Poland on 10 and 13 April respectively. Head coach Peter Gerhardsson has named a 25 player squad with the stand out inclusion being the return to the squad of Madelen Janogy.

SWEDISH CUP NEWS:

Group A:

BK Häcken clinched their place in the semi-finals of the competition by comprehensively defeating Linköping 5-2 in the group decider.  Häcken’s goalscorers were Zigiotti-Olme (2), Angeldahl (2), Blackstenius. Kanu and Selerud scored for Linköping. Lidkopings FK ended their cup program for this season with a 4-0 loss away to Växjö. Two goals from Woeller plus strikes from, Gotta and Holt Andersen were the difference.  

Above: Celebrations for BK Häcken for making the Swedish Cup semi-finals. Photo: @bkhackenofcl

Group B:

FC Rosengård qualified for the semi-finals after a 3-3 with Kristianstad. Sanders, on her debut, plus Troelsgaard, Bennison did the business for the Champions League Quarter-Finalists who built a 3-0 lead after just half an hour. However, two goals from Åsland plus a strike from Rantala ensured a nervy finish. Alingsås FC United went down 1-0 away to Vittsjö GIK due to a goal from Nyström.

Group C:
Eskilstuna United DFF qualified for the semi-finals after drawing 1-1 against KIF Örebro DFF. Lundin’s goal was the ultimate decider for Eskilstuna, with Oskarsson on the mark for Örebro.. Hammarby’s campaign ended with a 7-1 crushing of Sundsvalls DFF. A hat-trick from Larsson (3) plus two from Jakobsson and a goal from Jansson earned the win. Janogy got a consolation for Sundsvall.

Group D:
Umeå IK FF 
gained a 3-2 win away to Djurgården in the group decider for the semi-final spot after coming from 2-1 down with five minutes left. Honkanen, Mellouk and Sandström scored for Umeå with Arnardottir and van den Bulk initially looking like having won it for Djurgården. IK Uppsala ended their cup campaign with a 4-0 away to  Morön BK. Sarah Mellouk and Henna-Riikka Honkanen both scored from the spot in addition to goals from Pink Herreros Ossorio and Monica Jusu Bah.

Semi-Final Draw:

Umeå IK FF host Eskilstuna United today at 1pm local time with BK Häcken at home to Rosengård tomorrow with kick-off at 3:30pm local time.

PRE-SEASON FRIENDLIES:

Above: AIK celebrate a goal in their 3-1 friendly win against Bollstanäs. Photo: @AIKFotboll

AIK have won both matches they’ve played over the past week. Last weekend they defeated Bollstanäs 3-1 win. Goals by Evelina Finndell, Nora Rönnfors and Linda Hallin earned the Solna based side the win. They followed this up on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over Kalmar from the second tier Elitettan. Adelisa Grabus and Honoka Hayashi scored the goals.

Örebro defeated Kristianstad 2-1 on Thursday. Hellstrom and Hoff Persson were on target for Örebro. Rantala scored from the penalty spot for Kristianstad.

In a game played at Sundavall yesterday, Djurgården drew 2-2 with Piteå. Linda Motlhalo and Daniela Zamora scored for Djurgården, with Josefin Johansson and an own goal for Piteå.

NEWS ROUND-UP:

Above: Elise Kellond-Knight in action for Hammarby in her previous spell with the club. Photo: Aftonbladet.

Hammarby have announced the signing of key Australian international defender Elise Kellond-Knight from Kristianstad. The 30 year-old previously played for the club in 2018 and has signed a three year deal with the Stockholm club. She suffered a serious knee injury early last season and has spent the last nine months in rehab.

Speaking to the club website about her move, Kellond-Knight said: “I am fortunate to once again have the opportunity to play for such a supportive and supported club.”

“I have noticed that Hammarby has integrated the women’s team more into the club and made many positive changes since I was last here. “If we play our cards right, there is no reason why Hammarby should not be able to become a leading club in Damallsvenskan during my time here. I want to be part of the process of helping Hammarby become a team fighting for the league title. As I’ve noticed before, we have the best supporters in the country, so I’d love to see it permeate the whole club.”

“I hope to be back on the pitch before the summer break, but of course that will be up to the staff and especially when the medically responsible decide. Right now I’m in a stage of custom training with the team. But it is not possible to speed up the recovery from an injury like this, and the timing of the comeback will depend on when my body is ready.”

Above: Evelina Duljan – an important signing for Växjö. Photo: SMP.

Växjö have pulled off the major signing of the hugely talented Evelina Duljan. Duljan joins the club on loan from Kristianstad on a loan until the summer break for the Olympic Games. Duljan has not been satisfied with the playing time she had got at Kristianstad.

The Swedish Scene

@DandalBs brings us up to date with the goings on in Swedish women’s football over the past seven days. This week, there’s UEFA Women’s Champions League and Swedish Cup action, plus more significant transfer news. With additional reporting by Ben Gilby (27/3/21).

Above: Action from FC Rosengård’s UEFA Women’s Champions League Quarter-Final 1st Leg tie away to Bayern Munich. Photo: @FCRosengard.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE:

FC Rosengård came away from their UEFA Women‘s Champions League Quarter-Final 1st Leg tie away to Bayern Munich with a 3-0 defeat in what was always going to be a tough match. It took Bayern only nine minutes of constant domination to take the lead, thanks to a goal from Linda Dallman. The second goal came just after the Swedes forced a corner, but the Germans launched a counter attack with Lineth Beerensteyn who played in Klara Bühl who easily made it 2-0 after just under half an hour. Beerensteyn completed the scoring with twenty-five minutes to go when she got past Glodis Viggosdottir in the Rosengård defence to slot the ball home by Ben Gilby.

SWEDISH CUP NEWS:

Above: Eskilstuna United’s heroes in their win over Hammarby in the Swedish Cup last weekend – Emma Holmgren, left who saved a penalty and Loreta Kullashi. Photo: @EskilstunUnited.

Group A:  

Linköpings FC defeated Växjö 1-0 thanks to a goal from Kanu. BK Häcken demolished Lidkopings FK away from home 8-1 with Hammarlund (2), Zigiotti-Olme, Blackstenius (3), Angeldahl and Zomers on the scoresheet.It sets up a group decider between the two winners this weekend.

Group B:

Alingsås FC United were crushed 7-0 at home by FC Rosengård. On the mark were Seger, Schough, Cankovic (2), Brown, Viggosdottir, Larsson. Kristianstads DFF edged out Vittsjö GIK 2-1 thanks to goals from Welin and Rantala with Markstedt getting on the scoresheet for Vittsjö GIK. The loss for Vittsjö means that they are no longer a contender. Kristianstad’s second win in a row ensures that they play Rosengård this weekend to decide who wins the group and goes through to the semi-final.

Group C:

Eskilstuna United DFF gained an impressive 1-0 win over Hammarby to take them to the top of the group table ahead of the final round of group matches. Kullashi scored the decisive goal. That and a stoppage time penalty save from Emma Holmgren saved the day for Eskilstuna. The result condemned Hammarby for a first loss after six straight pre-season wins. Sundsvalls DFF are out of the running for the next stage of the competition after a comprehensive 6-0 loss at home to KIF Örebro DFF. Dupuy, Wickenheiser (2), Lundin (2), Scarpa were on the mark. Eskilstuna United will qualify for the semi-finals if they avoid defeat to KIF Örebro DFF this weekend.

Above: Vilma Koivisto scorer of two goals for Umeå IK FF in the Swedish Cup last weekend. Photo: @UmeaKFF

Group D:Umeå IK FF defeated IK Uppsala Football 3-0. Two free-kicks from Koivisto and one from Honkanen was the difference. Morön BK suffered a 5-1 home defeat to Djurgårdens IF FF. Arnadottir, Ekengren, Lindwall, Lång and Olai were all on target. The two winners from last weekend’s matches will face off this weekend to decide the semi-final spot.

NEWS ROUND-UP:

Above: Emily Gielnik, has been in outstanding form with Brisbane Roar in the W-League this season. Photo: @WLeague.

Emily Gielnik, who had an impressive stay with Vittsjö last season, returns to the club. Gielnik has been in outstanding form for Brisbane Roar in Australia’s W-League and there is a transfer fee involved which Brisbane describe as “significant”.

The thirty-one cap Matilda will join her Roar and Matildas team mate Clare Polkinghorne at the club after playing her final game for the Queenslanders this weekend, meaning she will miss their upcoming Finals campaign. Gielnik has been in outstanding form in the W-League this season and, added to the loss of Polkinghorne, will majorly impact Brisbane’s hopes of winning the W-League Grand Final this season.

Speaking to brisbaneroar.com.au about the move, Gielnik said: “I wanted to finish out the season with the Roar and that was my intention, but in terms of what’s best for me, I had no choice but to sign in Sweden so that I didn’t miss that transfer window. It’s just a really unfortunate circumstance.

With regard to the impact of the move of Roar’s Finals hopes, she went on to say: “Everyone is replaceable to some degree. We most definitely have the capabilities within the team.”

Brisbane Roar’s chief executive David Pourre told the club website: “It’s never easy to lose a player of Emily’s quality, but when a situation like this arises we have a responsibility to achieve the best outcome. Financially, this is a strong result for Brisbane Roar. That’s important. Emily’s form over the past few months speaks for itself and we are comfortable with the fee as compensation for enabling this move to happen at a complex time” by Ben Gilby.

Above: FC Rosengård’s Hanna Bennison pictured with her NXGN 2021 award with FC Barcelona’s Ansu Fati, who won the men’s award. Photo: @goal.

FC Rosengård’s midfielder Hanna Bennison has been voted as the best female player on the planet in the NXGN 2021 awards. The 18-year-old has been a regular in the Rosengård midfield since the age of 16, and scored her first Champions League goal in December. She is also a full Sweden international, having made her debut in November 2019 against world champions, the United States. The club have also announced the signing of Stefanie Sanders, a 22 year-old forward from Freiburg in Frauen Bundesliga. Sanders is a proven goal scorer.

Chilean 30 year-old forward Daniela Zamora joins Djurgården, to replace Olivia Schough. Zamora played in Chile’s World Cup campaign and also captained Universidad de Chile on their run to the Copa Libertadores semi-finals.

Above: Djurgården;s new signing, Chilean international Daniela Zamora. Photo: Expressen

The Swedish Scene

In our weekly Saturday wrap of all the week’s goings on in the Swedish women’s game, @DandalBs updates us on last weekend’s Swedish Cup action and a plethora of transfer news (20/3/21).

Above: Renée Slegers, newly appointed as Swedish U23 coach. Photo: @svenskfotboll.

Renée Slegers, who coaches Rosengård‘s second team in the third tier of the game, has been appointed head coach of Sweden U23s.

SWEDISH CUP NEWS:

Hammarby won 3-0 at Örebro thanks to a second half hat trick by Emilia Larsson. Djurgården demolished Uppsala 4-0 thanks to strikes from Dowd, Ekengren, Bloznalis and Motlhalo.

Above: Hammarby’s Hat-trick hero Emilia Larsson (hand out) in an earlier pre-season game. Photo: Andreas L. Eriksson/Bildbyran.

BK Häcken defeated Växjö 1-0 with Rytting Kaneryd scoring the only goal after an even first half. They played their first match in their new shirt. Lidköping went down 3-0 at home to Linköping with Maanum, an own goal and Bredgaard responsible. Alingsås United suffered a 4-0 loss at home to Kristianstad with a brace from Jonsdottir helping them on their way.

Above: Olivia Schough, on the scoresheet for Rosengård. Photo: Bildbyran

Rosengård ran out 3-1 winners at home to Vittsjö. Goals from Cankovic, Schough and Troelsgaard were the difference. GIF Sundsvall lost 3-0 at home to Eskilstuna United. Collin, Rogic and Kullashi were on the scoresheet.

This weekend’s Swedish Cup last sixteen group stage matches this weekend are as follows: Group A: Linköpings FC v Växjö, Lidköpings FK v BK Häcken FF. Group B: Alingsås FC United v FC Rosengård, Kristianstads DFF v Vittsjö GIK. Group C:
Eskilstuna United DFF v Hammarby, Sundsvalls DFF v KIF Örebro DFF. Group D:
Umeå IK FF v IK Uppsala Football, Morön BK v Djurgårdens IF FF.

PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY NEWS:

AIK suffered a 2-0 loss at home to Piteå with the goals coming from Nordin and Guillou.

NEWS IN BRIEF:

Above: Clare Polkinghorne, Brisbane Roar legend is on her way to Vittsjö. Photo: West Australian.

By Ben Gilby: Australian national team midfielder Clare Polkinghorne will join Vittsjö once Brisbane Roar’s regular W-League season comes to an end. It will be a big blow to the club’s hopes of a first Grand Final win in ten years as they will have to play Finals without such a key player. Polkinghorne recently played her 150th game for the Roar and said:

“Obviously the timing of it all is disappointing for me, but it’s an opportunity I need to take to ensure that I’m playing regular football at a high standard throughout the year and preparing in the best possible environment for the Olympics.

“Right from the start the club has been very accommodating and it helps that we have had open communication throughout the whole process.”

Speaking about the her departure, Brisbane Roar head coach Jake Goodship said:

“I don’t think it’s ever going to be matched, to stay at one club and be as successful as she has been, winning trophies and personal accolades and playing 150 games,” coach Jake Goodship said.

“She basically symbolises what Brisbane Roar stands for.

“As hard as it is losing Clare, she has done the utmost work behind the scenes to ensure the confidence is high in the players stepping up to fill her shoes.”

OTHER TRANSFER NEWS:

Thai international Miranda Nild has joined Kristianstad from American NWSL side OL Reign.

Piteå have signed 26 year-old midfielder Elsa Karlsson from Kif Örebro. Karlsson has played almost every Damallsvenskan match for Örebro since she joined in 2018.

Above: Cecilía Rán Rúnarsdóttir, an Everton target has joined Örebro. Photo: @damsvfotboll.

Icelandic national team goalkeeper Cecilía Rán Rúnarsdóttir joins Örebro from Icelandic club Fylkir on a one year contract.  She was heavily rumoured to be joining FAWSL side Everton this coming summer, so it remains to see what will happen longer term.

The Swedish Scene

It’s our regular Saturday round-up from the Swedish women’s football scene. This week, @DandalBs tells us about fixture news for the national side, UEFA Women’s Champions League action, transfer news and provides us with a round-up all the pre-season friendly and Swedish Cup news (13/3/21).

Sweden have announced two upcoming friendlies, at home to World Champions USA in Solna on 10th April and away to Poland on 13th April. Due to the 50,000 capacity of Solna’s Friends Arena, it is possible that a number of spectators may be able to attend that game.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Rosengård gained a great 2-0 win away to St Pölten to win the last sixteen tie 4-2 on aggregate. After drawing the first leg 2-2 on home soil, Rosengård looked as though they may have lost their chance to progress. Despite not being totally convincing, goals from Emma Berglund and Mimmi Larsson sent the Swedish side into the Quarter-Finals. In the draw made yesterday, Rosengård drew Bayern Munich with the first leg away from home. The winners of the tie will meet either VfL Wolfsburg or Chelsea in the semi-finals.

Above: Rosengård celebrate their win in St. Pölten which saw them progress to the Quarter-Finals of the UEFA Women’s Champions League. Photo: Anders Bjuro

PRE-SEASON GAME NEWS:

Djurgården won their first pre-season friendly with a comfortable 6-1 victory over last season Uppsala who were relegated from the Damallsvenskan last season. Goals from Hanna Ekengren (2), Gudrun Arnadottir, Tilde Lindwall, Haley Dowd and Sara Olai won them the game.

Linköping defeated Eskilstuna United 1-0, thanks to a goal from a free-kick by Frida Maanum.

BK Häcken demolished Vittsjö 7-0. Filippa Angeldahl (2), Pauline Hammarlund, Stina Blackstenius (2), Filippa Curmark and Johanna Rytting Kaneryd scored the goals. Vittsjö had big problems handling the high, aggressive pressure from Häcken who look ready for the Swedish Cup matches starting next weekend.

Piteå went down 2-0 to Hammarby with Ellen Wangerheim scoring both goals. Hammarby became the first side to defeat Piteå in pre-season. The goal scorer, Ellen Wangerheim is one well worth keeping an eye on, she is just 16 years-old.

Above: Hammarby celebrate Ellen Wangerheim’s second goal. Photo: Henric Wauge.

Örebro gained a 1-0 win over AIK in what was an extremely tight match. The identity of the goal scorer is not confirmed. Karin Lundin looked the most likely, but Anna Sandberg was also very nearby.

SWEDISH CUP NEWS:

Linköping won 3-0 away to IFK Norrköping. Therese Simonsson, Uchenna Grace Kanu, Frida Maanum sealed a comfortable win for Linköping, which earns them a place in Swedish Cup Group One with among others, BK Häcken.

The last sixteen of the competition gets underway this coming weekend, with the teams divided into four groups of four teams with each team playing each other once. In this weekend’s games, Group One: Lidkopings v Linkopings and BK Hacken v Vaxjo. Group Two: Alingsas FC United v Kristianstads and FC Rosengard v Vittsjo. Group Three: KIF Orebro v Hammarby and Sundavalls DFF v Eskilstuna United. Group Four: Moron BK v Umea IK FF and Djurgardens v IK Uppsala.

NEWS IN BRIEF:

Damallsvenskan newcomers AIK have announced the signing of 23 year-old defender Hannah Davison from Chicago Red Stars in the NWSL.

Above: AIK unveil the signing of Hannah Davison. Photo: Jesper Zerman.

Icelandic forward Dilja Zomers has joined BK Häcken from Valur. The 19 year-old moved to Göteborg with her boyfriend, Valgeir Lunddal Fridriksson, who just signed with BK Häcken’s men’s team and has been on a trial for a short period.

The Swedish Scene

It’s Saturday, so that can only mean one thing on Impetus@DandalBs round-up of all the news from the women’s game in Sweden. This week, there’s news from the UEFA Women’s Champions League, lots of pre-season action and a multitude of transfers (6/3/21).

Rosengård are in a precarious position after the first leg of their UEFA Women’s Champions League Last Sixteen tie against St. Pölten. One strike in the second half from Sanne Troelsgaard helped the hosts, but they had to rely on an equaliser from Caroline Seger four minutes into stoppage time at the end of the game saved Rosengård from complete failure.

Above: Caroline Seger, scorer of a late leveller for Rosengård in their UEFA Women’s Champions League this week. Photo: Fotbollskanalen.

PRE-SEASON GAME NEWS:

In last weekend’s games, Örebro defeated Elitettan (tier two) side Älvsjö 3-0 with two goals from Karin Lundin and one from Jenna Hellstrom.

Newly promoted Hammarby gained a surprise 3-2 win over Kristianstad, who finished third last season. The Stockholm based side built a 3-0 lead thanks to Ellen Wangerheim, Hanna Folkesson and Emma Jansson before Kristianstad hit back through Sveindis Joinsdottir and Jutta Rantala.

Vittsjö defeated Kalmar with 2-1, goals by Bea Persson and Clara Markstedt.

Växjö recorded a resounding 5-0 win over Borgeby who are newly promoted to the Elitettan. Goals by Signe Holt Andersen (2), Mimmi Strömberg (2) and Emma Pennsäter sealed the win.

BK Häcken saw off Eskilstuna United 4-1. Kullberg, Angeldahl, Hammarlund, Blackstenius scored for BK Häcken with Kullashi on target for Eskilstuna. Häcken played very well and scored a couple of good goals.

There was a big 6-0 win for Piteå over Elitettan promotion hopefuls Morön. The goals came courtesy of a Hlin Eiriksdottir hat-trick, with Katrina Guillou adding two and Cajsa Hedlund one.

Eskilstuna United claimed a 4-1 midweek friendly win over Djurgården to continue the Stockholm side’s disastrous pre-season form. Loreta Kullashi (2), Vaila Barsley and Fanny Andersson were on target for Eskilstuna with Tilde Lindwall getting the sole positive from the game for Djurgården.

In a game played yesterday afternoon, Piteå defeated Sundsvall 1-0. Jennie Nordin scored the only goal. After five pre-season matches, Piteå remain undefeated and have not conceded a goal. However, this statistic comes with a caveat. Not a single one of these matches has been against a Damallsvenskan team. This will change on Sunday when they face Hammarby.

SWEDISH CUP NEWS:

Linköping won 3-0 away to IFK Norrköping. Therese Simonsson, Uchenna Grace Kanu, Frida Maanum sealed a comfortable win for Linköping, which earns them a place in Swedish Cup Group One with among others. BK Häcken.

NEWS IN BRIEF:

BK Häcken has strengthened their defence further by signing the 23 year-old Dylan Holmes from Adelaide United in the Australian W-League. Holmes has been playing better than ever this season for an Adelaide side who are on the brink of having the best season in their entire history. She is being talked of as a potential future senior Matilda (additional information from Ben Gilby).

Above: Dylan Holmes going for goal for Adelaide United in the W-League against Melbourne City this season. Photo: @AUFCWomen

Rosengård have reported that their Swedish international forward Anna Anvegård hasn’t been able to train or play since mid-January due to an undefined knee problem. She was not be able to play in their Champions League last sixteen first leg tie against St Pölten in midweek.

Djurgården have signed 20 year-old forward Alexandra Takounda Engolo from Cameroon on a one year deal. This is her first club abroad. She has experience from playing internationally for Cameroon’s youth and senior teams.

Vittsjö have announced two new signings this week. First came the arrival of 20 year-old goalkeeper Elin Vaughn on a short-term deal as a backup for Shannon Lynn while waiting for Sabrina D’Angelo to be ready to play. Vaughn comes from nearby third tier IFÖ Bromölla and has been capped for Sweden U19. The second arrival is Filippa Wallén who has been on trial at the club for a short period. Wallén has most recently played for Cypriot champions Apollon Limassol and before that with West Ham United in the FA Women’s Super League.

Above: Filippa Wallén, newly arrived at Vittsjö this week. Photo: Stefan Sandström

Växjö have signed Ena Mujdzic, a 23 year-old midfielder from third tier Böljan on a one year deal after spending some time on trial.

The Swedish Scene

@DandalBs brings us our Saturday morning round-up of all the latest goings on in the Swedish Women’s game (27/2/21).

Above: Ebba Andersson (back row, fourth from right with captain’s armband) with her Öxabäck team mates. Photo: Prb/TT.

A pioneer of Swedish women’s football, Ebba Andersson, passed away on 21st February aged 85. She was at the first training session with her club Öxabäck in 1966 and won two national championships. At the age of 37 she wore the captain’s armband for Sweden’s women’s first international in 1973 against Finland in Mariehamn. It would be her one and only international appearance.

PRE-SEASON GAME NEWS:

In last weekend’s games, Eskilstuna United put in a dominant performance in earning a 1-0 win over Örebro thanks to a goal from Vaila Barsley.

Newly promoted Hammarby eased to a 7-0 win over Elitettan (second tier) side Älvsjö. Emilia Larsson (3), Matilda Vinberg, Ellika Holmberg, Ellen Wangerheim and June Pedersen scored.

Above: Lots to celebrate for Hammarby in their 7-0 win over Älvsjö. Photo: @Hammarbyfotboll.

Linköping saw off newly promoted AIK 2-1 with goals from Cornelia Kapocs, Elin Landström with Emma Becker netting for AIK. The home side were missing several players to international duty with Sweden in Malta and were also unlucky not to add to their tally, hitting the post and crossbar during the game.

Vittsjö defeated Borgeby 3-0 thanks to goals from Fernanda da Silva, Paulina Nyström (2).

This weekend’s pre-season friendlies sees Örebro host Elitettan (second tier) outfit ÄlvsjöVittsjö welcome Elitettan side IFK KalmarHammarby are at home to KristianstadVäxjö take on Borgeby and BK Häcken host Eskilstuna United.

NEWS IN BRIEF:

Swedish International Kosovare Asllani says that she has received concrete proposals from clubs, but has not given any clues about which clubs have approached her. She emphasises her desire to be part of a winning team – “that’s the absolutely most important”, and thinks Real Madrid will compete for the Champions League title in the future.

Örebro have suffered several injuries to key players during the pre-season and has had to try and fill the gaps in its squad. This week they made a start by bringing in 27 year-old Dessislava Dupuy who can play in midfield or up front. She has been playing in Serie A several years, most recently Florentia, and signs a one year contract.

Above: BK Häcken unveil new signing Luna Nørgaard Gevitz. Photo: BK Häcken.

BK Häcken were reportedly turned down by Linda Sembrandt, who seems set to remain in Spain. The club though have managed to announce one new signing, 26 year-old Danish defender Luna Nørgaard Gevitz on a two year contract. Gevitz has 27 caps for Denmark and joins from Guingamp in the French D1 Arkema. Additionally, Diljá Ýr Zomers, the 19 year-old Icelandic midfielder from top side Valur, is on trial with the club and is in the squad for Saturday’s pre-season friendly against Eskilstuna United.

Vilde Böe Risa, who’s been without a club since she left Göteborg in mid-December, seems to be close to joining Manchester United according to Norwegian media.

Vittsjö hands 21 year-old defender Filippa Wallén a trial. She has previously played with West Ham United and most recently Apollon Limassol. Additionally, Wallén has experience with Sweden’s youth teams.

The Swedish Scene

@DandalBs brings us our regular Saturday morning round-up of all the news from the Swedish women’s game. This week, there’s all the news from the Swedish national team in Malta, a wrap of last week’s pre-season friendlies plus all the transfer and injury news from around the country (20/2/21).

Above: Fridolina Rolfö (centre) celebrates Sweden’s 6-1 win over Austria in Malta. Photo: @svenskfotboll.

Pauline Hammarlund had a minor concussion in training last Friday and didn’t join the Swedish national team in Malta. Rosengård’s Mimmi Larson replaced her. Also suffering with concussion in the national squad is Kosovare Asllani. The Real Madrid medical team have stated that they believe she is far enough into her rehab to join the Swedish team in Malta and complete her rehab there.

Their first game saw a comprehensive 6-1 win over Austria. Linda Sembrant gave the Swedes the lead with a header from a set piece. Virginia Kirschberger levelled shortly after from point blank range before Sweden took over. A run down the right and shot across the goalkeeper saw Fridolina Rolfö give Sweden the lead. A backward header from Lina Hurtig from a corner made it 3-1. It was 4-1 when Rolfö played a clever inside pass to Filippa Angeldahl to shoot into the net. Rolfö made it five when she tapped home a low cross before Sofia Jakobsson completed the rout with a shot across the face of the keeper.

PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY NEWS:

In last weekend’s games, Växjö crushed Kalmar 5-0 thanks to goals from Signs Holt Andersen (2), Emmi Alanen, Ena Mujdzic and Madeline Gotta. Mujdzic is a trialist who previously played with coach Maria Nilsson’s old club Böljan.

Örebro went down 4-1 at home to Linköping. The goals came from Sara Lilja Vidlund for the hosts with Therese Simonsson (2), Frida Maanum and Synne Skinnes Hansen scoring for Linköping.

BK Häcken defeated Kristianstad 2-1 after an open and entertaining game. Kristianstad’s Sveindís Jane Jónsdóttir opened the scoring, Johanna Kaneryd equalised and then Häcken’s winner came after a scrum at a late corner with Filippa Curmark possibly getting the final touch.

Piteå played their second pre-season match against a local boys team, IFK Luleå boys U15. A 2-0 win resulted with goals from Hanna Andersson and Cajsa Hedlund.

Hammarby won the Volkswagen Stockholm Challenge after a very convincing 4-1 defeat of Elitettan (second tier) side Brommapojkarna in the final. Goals by Madelen Janogy (2), Emilia Larsson and an own goal was the difference. Tempest-Marie Norlin scored for Brommapojkarna.

Above: Hammarby celebrate their win over Brommapojkarna in the Volkswagen Stockholm Challenge Final. Photo: fotbollskanalen.

Newly promoted Damallsvenskan side AIK took third place in the Volkswagen Stockholm Challenge after a 1-0 win over local rivals Djurgården thanks to goal by Honoka Hayashi.

In this weekend’s pre-season friendlies, Eskilstuna United host ÖrebroLinköping welcome AIKHammarby are home to Elitettan (second tier) side Älvsjö and Vittsjö host Elittan outfit Borgeby.

NEWS IN BRIEF:

Rosengård were drawn against Austrian side St Pölten in the last sixteen of the UEFA Women’s Champions League with the first leg at home.

Eintracht Frankfurt are looking to build a team that can qualify for the UWCL. Sportbuzzer has reported that the German side is trying to sign Wolfsburg’s Swedish star Fridolina Rolfö who has also been linked with clubs in England, Spain and France.

BK Häcken are rumoured to be interested in Juventus’ Swedish international Linda Sembrant and are supposed to have offered the 33 year-old a contract. At the time of writing, there has been no comments from either clubs or Sembrant herself. Häcken has lost a lot of players, particularly in defence, since they won the championship under their previous guise as Kopparbergs/Goteborgs last season.

Örebro have signed 21 year-old Alma Nygren who can play in midfield or up front on a two year deal. Last year she played in the second tier Elitettan for Kvarnsveden who were relegated at the end of the campaign and has youth national team experience. Meanwhile, the club’s goalkeeper Moa Öhman has ruptured her ACL meaning she will be out for most of the season, at least.

Piteå midfielder Linn Vikström has suffered an ACL injury and will be out of action for a long spell. The club are reportedly looking to add to their squad as a result.

Above: Rosengård have been drawn away to St Pölten in the last sixteen of the UEFA Women’s Champions League. Photo: sydsvenskan.se

Vittsjö midfielder Alexandra Benediktsson, has ruptured her achilles tendon, and will be out for at least six months.

Växjö have reinforced their attack by bringing in 22 year-old Icelandic international Andrea Mist Pálsdóttir, who last season played for FH in Iceland.

Rosengård’s Natahlie Björn has hinted that she would like to play in England next season.

Sofia Jakobsson has been offered a new contract by Real Madrid, but admits “it’s incredibly fun to be linked” with a move to Olympique Lyonnais.

The Swedish Scene

@DandalBs brings us our regular Saturday morning round-up of all the week’s news from the Swedish women’s game. This week, there’s the selection of Sweden’s squad for forthcoming international friendlies, pre-season match news and transfer updates (13/2/21).

Above: Amanda Nildén – called up to the Sweden squad for the forthcoming internationals against Malta and Austria. Photo:  Photo: Adam Ihse/TT and Eskilstuna United.

Peter Gerhandsson has selected the squad for the forthcoming camp in Malta which includes friendlies against Austria as well as their island hosts.  Chelsea trio Zećira Mušović, Jonna Andersson and Magdalena Eriksson were originally included, but due to travel restrictions, they have been told that they will not be able to enter Malta due to issues with allowing people from the UK onto the island nation due to coronavirus rates. They have been replaced in the squad by Emma Holmgren, Amanda Nildén (both of Eskilstuna United) and BK Häcken’s Emma Kullberg.

PRE-SEASON GAME NEWS:

In last weekend’s games, Elitettan (second tier) Bjonnapojkarna defeated Damsallvenskan side Djurgården in the first Stockholm Challenge match after 2-2 at full time and 18 penalty kicks. The other Stockholm Challenge match ended with a 2-0 win for Hammarby over AIK after goals from Madelen Janogy and Emilia Larsson. The two winners meet in the final today with AIK taking on rivals Djurgården in the third/fourth place play-off.

Above: Pauline Hammarlund after scoring BK Häcken’s first ever goal. Photo: Expressen.

BK Häcken won their first match since formation with a 2-1 success over Linköping thanks to goals from Pauline Hammarlund and Johanna Rytting Kaneryd. Therese Simonsson scored for Linköping.

Örebro defeated Kalmar 2-1. Karin Lundin and 17 year-old trialist Lisa Frisk scored for the home side.

Piteå and Umeå drew 0-0.

In a game played on Thursday, Rosengård defeated Eskilstuna United at home 2-0. Goals from Jelena Čanković and Mimmi Larsson earned the win. This was probably Rosengård’s last warm-up match before their two-legged UEFA Women’s Champions League round of sixteen tie early March against still unknown opposition..

NEWS IN BRIEF:

Kristianstad’s 23 year-old midfielder Sofia Hagman has departed for Swedish-coached Apollon Ladies FC in Cyprus.

Above: Bri Folds signs for Fortuna Hjörring. Photo: Nordsoeposten

Bri Folds has departed Göteborg/Häcken and moved to Danish top club Fortuna Hjörring.

Örebro recent signing, 18 year-old midfielder Cassandra Larsson has injured a knee in training and will be out for most if not all of the coming season. The squad is thin and she will need to be replaced.

The Swedish Scene

@DandalBs is back for his regular Saturday round-up of all the week’s news and speculation from the women’s game in Sweden. Once more, the new BK Häcken FF club are taking most of the headlines, but there’s also signs of international football returning… (6/2/21).

Once again, the club making the most news is BK Häcken FF who formally took over the reigning Damallsvenskan champions Kopparbergs/Göteborg last week. They have announced that the long drawn out process has resulted in them only having seventeen players under contract at the time of writing. The uncertainty since Christmas had prevented any new signings. The first attempt to build the squad saw Serbian international forward Milica Mijatović become BK Häcken FF’s first ever signing. Mijatović most recently played for Apollon Limassol in Cyprus an before that won last season’s W-League title with Melbourne City. She has signed an eighteen month deal.

Above: Milica Mijatović, who will go down in the record books as BK Häcken FF’s first ever signing. Photo: @bkhackenff

To make their squad even smaller, three players, Hanna Wijk, Lotta Ökvist and Filippa Curmark have been injured in training. Additionally, FAWSL side Brighton & Hove Albion have signed Emma Koivisto on an 18-month contract from the club. The consequence of this is the club’s friendly match against Jitex in midweek had to be cancelled. They will hope that the injuries clear up in time to play their next scheduled friendly against Linköping today.

In terms of their management and coaching staff, BK Häcken have made big steps already. Rumour has it that former Sweden, Göteborg and Lyon great Lotta Schelin is one of the names up to discussion for their first Director of Sport. Schelin says she’s not closing any doors.

Above: Speculation is linking Swedish football great Lotta Schelin to BK Häcken as Director of Sport. Photo: Wikipedia.

The club have added to their senior team coaching staff by appointing Erika Faith, who works with their pre-existing fourth tier team to also becoming assistant coach with their new Damallsvenskan team.

PRE-SEASON GAME NEWS:

The pre-season schedule for Damallsvanskan sides has just got underway. Yesterday, Växjö lost 0-3 at home to Rosengård, goals by Viggosdottir, Larsson and Schough were the difference. Today sees many more friendlies: Brommapojkarna face Djurgården at 1pm, Kristianstad are home to Borgeby at 2pm, BK Häcken FF play their first game against Linköping at 3:50pm.  Hammarby take on AIK at 4pm with Örebro playing IFK Kalmar at 4pm. All kick-offs are local time – subtract one hour for UK time.

NEWS IN BRIEF:

Mia Eriksson reports that Sweden’s national women’s team will travel to Malta during the international break to play games vs Austria (February 19th) and Malta (February 23rd).

Piteå won their first pre-season game, against IFK Luleå’s 16 year-old boys team 4-0. Goals by Jennie Nordin, Hanna Andersson, Maja Green and Cecilia Edlund earned the win.

Djurgården has added another goalkeeper to their squad with the arrival of 24 year-old American Kelsey Daugherty. Daugherty spent two seasons at top Danish sideFortuna Hjörring and after that an uneventful last half of 2020 with Chicago Red Stars in the NWSL.

Lova Lundin, Umeå‘s second top goalscorer last season has left the club. The 22 year-old forward has joined EDF Logroño who sit just above the relegation zone in the Spanish Primera.

Above: Lova Lundin unveiled by EDF Logroño after signing from Umeå. Photo: EDF Logroño

The 26 year-old former Uppsala forward Nicole Odelberg Modin has signed for Spanish Primera side RCD Espanyol for the rest of the season.

The Swedish Scene

@DandalBs brings us his weekly round-up of all the women’s football news from Sweden. This week, the news is dominated by the conclusion of the saga surrounding the future of reigning Damallsvenkan champions Kopparbergs/Göteborg. (30/1/21).

Kopparbergs/Göteborg are still claiming the women’s football headlines in Sweden. On Wednesday evening, BK Häcken‘s members, after a long and intense debate, decided by 416 votes to 35 to take over Kopparbergs/Göteborg which will prevent the reigning Damallsvenskan champions from leaving the competition. Everything was completely finalised twenty-four hours later when at their annual general meeting, Kopparbergs/Göteborg accepted BK Häcken’s offer. The club will play in the 2021 Damallsvenskan under the name BK Häcken FF.

Above: Bravida Arena, the home of the new BK Häcken FF women’s team. Photo: Göteborgs-Posten

Local newspaper Göteborgs-Posten will webcast BK Häcken FF’s first match, a friendly against Jitex, on Wednesday next week. The same newspaper also showed action from the club’s first ever training session under their new name which took place at the club’s 6,500 capacity Bravida Arena.

At the start of the week, the club lost 28 year-old Julia Roddar to Washington Spirit.

It is rumoured that now Kopparbergs/Göteborg’s future is secured, their major financial backer Peter Bronsman will look to invest in a FA Women’s Super League side, with Reading looking like a particularly likely destination for him. Bronsman continues to deny the rumour.

NEWS IN BRIEF:

The schedule for the 2021 Damallsvenskan season has been finalised. The first round of matches will take place on the weekend of 17th-18th April. Newly promoted Hammarby will host reigning champions and newly named BK Häcken FF with fellow new side AIK travelling to Växjö. Elsewhere, Djurgården host KIF Örebro, Vittsjö are home to Piteå, Eskilstuna United welcome Kristianstads and Linköping host FC Rosengård.

Kristianstad‘s coach Elísabet Gunnarsdottir has announced that she will not take the position as Iceland’s new national coach. Speaking about the strong speculation linking her with the job, Gunnarsdottir said: “It’s no secret I’m very interested in the job, but the offer came late and I won’t desert a team I have just made plans with.”

Dajan Hashemi, who recently left Hammarby, has signed a contract with FC Nordsjælland in Denmark.

Above: Caroline Murray unveiled by AIK alongside manager Anne Mäkinen. Photo: Maxim Thoré, Bildbyrån

AIK have signed 27 year-old American winger Caroline Murray ahead of their return to the Damallsvenskan. Murray has played in Finland, Iceland and had spent the last three years in the second tier Elitettan where she played against AIK most recently for Sunnanå.

The Swedish Scene

@DandalBs brings us his regular Saturday round-up of all the week’s news, views and transfer speculation from the Swedish women’s football scene. (23/1/21)

There’s been two pieces of news connected with the Swedish international team this week. First, they have been hit by the covid caused cancellation of an international tournament in England which was also due to include Denmark in February. This now leaves the SFF with very little time to find alternative arrangements.

Above: Fridolina Rolfö – on the move from VfL Wolfsburg. Photo: @FridolinaRolfo

Additionally, Ralf Kellermann, VfL Wolfburg’s Sporting Director, confirmed that internationals Ingrid Engen and Fridolina Rolfö will not extend their contracts with the German Champions and leave at the end of the season. The pair have been connected to Chelsea and Manchester United in the FA Women’s Super League.

Accounts have confirmed that Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC made a profit of SEK 13,3M (approx. £1.2m) in 2019. Potentially SEK 12M of the total came from sponsors, half of that from Peter Bronsman’s Kopparbergs business. It is hoped that local businesses who have supported the club in recent years will continue doing so if the link up with BK Häcken is confirmed.

However, their potential deal with BK Häcken is still very much up in the air after Göteborg-Posten reported that at a member’s meeting at Häcken it was stated that if their club did not take over Kopparbergs/Göteborg the reigning Damallsvenskan champions would go out of business. In response, a number of Häcken members stated that they felt strongly that it should not be up to their club to solve a Swedish women’s football problem.  

Above: Kopparbergs/Göteborg still facing a potentially difficult future. Photo: Daniel Stiller/Göteborgs-Posten.

AIK have announced that they have extended the contracts of key players. 23 year-old Johanna Lindell signs on for another three years and 19 year-old Elsa Törnblom for two years.

Växjö DFF have brought one player in and announced one departure. First, they have signed 23 year-old American midfielder Madeleine Gotta on a two year deal. She most recently played for Thór/KA in the Icelandic top flight. Ini Umotong, who spent last half of the 2020 season with the club has joined FA Women’s Championship side Lewes.

Above: Ini Umotong unveiled by FA Women’s Championship side Lewes after leaving Växjö DFF. Photo: @LewesFCWomen

There have been some comings and goings at newly promoted Damallsvenskan side Hammarby. Twenty-four year-old Ellen Gibson has signed a new two year contract, but 20 year-old Danish forward Dajan Hashemi has left after playing twenty-three matches and scoring four goals last season. At the timing of writing, Hashemi has not joined another club.

NEWS IN BRIEF:

Elena Sadiku has been appointed as head of coaching at Fortuna Hjørring. Additionally, she will be assistant coach for the senior team.

Hannah Wilkinson, the New Zealand international has left Djurgården to join MSV Duisburg in Germany.

Above: Hannah Wilkinson, pictured by MSV Duisburg after leaving Djurgården. Photo: @MSVDuisburg.

Eskilstuna have announced that both Fanny Andersson and Vaila Bersley have signed new one year deals.

The three Stockholm based Damallsvenskan clubs, Djurgården plus newly promoted AIK and Hammarby plus Elitettan side IF Brommapojkarna will play a pre-season tournament over the first two weekends in February with the winners taking home the Volkswagen Stockholm Challenge Trophy.

Jonna Andersson – Medals Galore And Aiming For Many More!

As part of the exciting re-design of Impetus, Ben Gilby spoke to Chelsea and Sweden star Jonna Andersson who has played in the World Cup, Olympic Games and UEFA Women’s Champions League in a fantastic career. 5/12/20

Jonna was born and brought up in the city of Mjölby, south-east Sweden and her family played an integral part in her interest in football: “They have always loved football and played football so I think it was an easy choice for me. I started when I was a young age with my big brother in the garden and then I decided to go to a training session and started play for Mjölby AI/FF when I was around 7 years old.”

Above: Jonna was recently involved in The One Goal’s fundraising. For our interview with The One Goal co-founder Daniela Porcelli visit: https://impetus885775742.wordpress.com/2020/11/28/the-one-goal-helping-communities-through-womens-football/
Photo: @TheOneGoalOrg.

“My family played an integral part in my development as a footballer. They have always supported me. My dad played football on a quite high level as well so he always wanted to help me get better and better. Then of course all the coaches I have had as well but I still think the support and help from family makes it a lot easier.”

At the age of sixteen, she went to play for Linköping – which was a big step for the young Jonna: “I came as a young player to Linköping, who at that point had a very good and professional squad with so many high quality players. So it was a lot to take in and to learn as a 16 year old girl playing with these amazing players. It was a huge step going from my old club, higher quality, higher tempo, harder sessions and tougher. But I’m glad that I stayed eight years in the club because I feel that I could grow as a player and as a person. I gave myself the time I needed to grow and to develop as a player and with the high level from day one it was the right place for me to be to be a better football player.”

During Andersson’s eight years at the club, they won the Damallsvenskan (top flight of women’s football in Sweden) and the Swedish Cup several times before she made the move to England.

Jonna emphasised the big step up she experienced with her move to the FAWSL as, despite the Damallsvenskan producing many hugely talented young players, it is not as strong as it was in the past in terms of success in European club football: “The biggest difference between the two leagues, I would say, is the quality in general both in training and games. I think the FAWSL is a higher tempo, better quality and harder in general. And to have that every day in training and in most of the games in the league you have a perfect opportunity to get better and develop.”

Above: Jonna Andersson in action for Linköping in 2014. Photo: Wikipedia

Andersson highlighted that for the women’s club game in Sweden to attempt to move back towards its previous strength, some of the big men’s sides such as Malmö, Djurgården and AIK could consider doing more to support their women’s teams: “Of course I think it would help to work together with men’s teams. To build and to be even better and progress even further in the Champions League as well you need to have the money. It’s not just for one season, you need to build for a longer term as well and for that you need the money. I’m not saying that it’s the answer but it would be interesting to see for the future if the men’s teams decided to work together and support the women’s team more.”

Jonna has experienced some incredible moments playing for the Swedish national team, starting in 2012 in the U19 European Championship: “That tournament was amazing! To be with the U19 national team and to win Euro 2012 was unbelievable. A big tournament and an experience in that age was fantastic, and to end the tournament with a gold medal too!”

Four years later came another incredible experience – being picked to represent Sweden at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio where Andersson and her team won the silver medal: “That was very cool. Just to be in a village with all the athletes – it doesn’t matter what sport they were from, it was huge and an amazing feeling. I didn’t play that much during that tournament but I’m very happy and proud that I was a part of the Olympic squad for 2016. The atmosphere in the stadiums was incredible, and to be there with all the audience at these huge stadiums were something I never will forget. And to be a part of this tournament and to end with a silver medal, that’s an amazing achievement from the team.”

Above: Jonna Andersson in action for Sweden. Photo: Mia Eriksson.

Further international success followed three years later at the 2019 World Cup in France. The Swedes had a fantastic tournament which saw them clinch third place. It was a month or so that created more amazing memories for Jonna: “I enjoyed it very much. To play a World Cup is very, very big and I will always remember it. To be with our amazing team and squad, to work hard together every day, to perform in all games and the togetherness we had all tournament that in the end gave us a bronze medal. I’m very proud that I was a part of the World Cup squad and I think the togetherness was a key and reason for why we could succeed.

Andersson is about to celebrate three years playing for Chelsea and in that period of time, standards have gone up and up each season: “I think it was a very high standard with everything already when I came but of course you can see during these three years that things are getting even better. And you know when you are in Chelsea that this club want to win everything – all the titles and that’s fantastic to be a part of this journey. You can see how much Chelsea are pushing this season trying to win everything, we have a quality squad with amazing signings and things that’s happening on and off the pitch that are hopefully going to make us be able to go all the way and fight for all the titles.”

Jonna is clear that the key to Chelsea’s success is Emma Hayes: “Emma is a very good coach who loves football. She has done so much for women’s football and hopefully she will continue this work to grow women’s football for a long period of time. She and all our coaches work together and are very focused. They work hard every day to make us better as a team and pushing us to achieve and to get better all the time.”

Above: Jonna Andersson (far right) is looking to celebrate regularly for Chelsea this season. Photo: @JAndersson25

As the Swede highlighted earlier, Chelsea have brought in a large number of big name players, particularly over the past twelve months: “I think everyone has been settling in very well. They came into a very good group so hopefully they have felt very welcome from the start and hopefully that made it easier to feel like home. It is a squad full of amazing players with top quality so all the new signings have made a huge impact in training and games so that’s amazing and with all the new signings the squad is even bigger and more competitive than before.”

The standards that Chelsea set themselves are sky-high, and therefore it should not be a surprise that their expectations are equally as high: “A good season for us this season is of course to win all the titles we are playing for. That’s what we want. We want to play a football with high quality but in the end of the day we want to fight for all the trophies and bring them to Chelsea.”

Jonna is clear that she wants to develop herself as a player and provide even more influence on both her club and country team over the coming years: “Hopefully I can continue develop as a player. I want to be even better both attacking and defending. Hopefully I will win a few more trophies with Chelsea and have played a few more tournaments with the national team. There’s the Olympics and Euros to fight for in the coming years so hopefully I can be a part of these big tournaments.”

Exceptional Älvsjö Revisited: A Year On

In Impetus‘ very first feature article back in September 2019, Ben Gilby looked at the incredible achievements of Älvsjö AIK FF Dam in Sweden. It seems only fitting that the last feature article on the site before its’ total revamp this coming weekend sees him return to the tiny town outside Stockholm to update us on their wonderful progress. (26/11/20)

When it comes to women’s football teams punching above their apparent weight, arguably none have done it more successfully than Älvsjö AIK FF Dam.

Based in a small suburban town with a population of just 1,530 people, Älvsjö (pronounced Elves-Her) is situated 8.5 miles south-west of Stockholm and, other than its incredible women’s football team, it is famous for being the location of Stockholmsmässan (The Stockholm International Fair), northern Europe’s biggest trade fair facility, which hosted the 1975 Eurovision Song Contest, the first to be held in Sweden due to ABBA’s famous win the previous year thanks to their song ‘Waterloo’.

Above: Alvsjo AIK FF Dam 2020. Photo: Alvsjo AIK FF

Despite these heady achievements, and the presence of a large railway station on the main commuter line network which links central Stockholm with the historic university city of Uppsala almost fifty miles away, Älvsjö remains a very quiet, peaceful and unassuming little town. The modern central square is surrounded by small, local shops, a fountain and a café which serves as a venue to promote the Swedish lifestyle choice of fikaFika is a state of mind which encapsulates the Swedish way of living whereby work/life balance is at the centre of everything the country’s inhabitants do. Even the busiest office stops and makes time for fika – the part of day where plenty of time is devoted to coffee and a bite to eat (usually cake or kanelbullar – Swedish style Cinnamon Buns) and a chat with friends or colleagues.  Except in Älvsjö it’s not just coffee and kanelbullar that the tiny local population made sure they fit in, it’s getting out, playing football and honing their skill with such dedication that they became the nation’s top team.

Above: The main square in Älvsjö. Photo: Ben Gilby

For five seasons in a row – from 1995-1999 (football in Sweden is played generally between March and October in one calendar year to avoid playing during the harsh winters), Älvsjö AIK FF Dam, based at the Älvsjö Idrottsparken (Älvsjö athletics ground) took the Swedish Damallvenskan top flight by storm and won the title each year in this period. That a side based in a tiny location with barely 1,500 inhabitants were dominating big city teams in a nation who have always been one of the strongest in the world of women’s football was just incredible.

Above: Älvsjö Idrottsparken – the club’s home ground. Photo: Älvsjö AIK FF

As the twenty-first century began, across in Stockholm, the women’s side of one of Sweden’s top men’s teams, Djurgården IF (DIF) wanted to further the progress of their own female team. The 1980s had seen Djurgården promoted to the Damallsvenskan for the first time only to be relegated in 1992. It took them four years to regain their place in the top division. With DIF still not quite established as a long term member of the highest league, and UEFA about to launch its first pan European club competition for the top women’s club sides, Älvsjö AIK FF Dam and Djurgården IF merged, with the two clubs owning 49% and 51% of the joined entity respectively.

The merger was a huge success on the pitch with Djurgården/Älvsjö, consisting from players taken from the squads of both the original standalone clubs, winning the Damallsvenskan in 2003 and 2004, the Swedish Cup in 2004 and 2005 and finishing as Damallsvenskan runners-up in both 2006 and 2007. Success in UEFA’s Women’s Cup (the forerunner of the UEFA Women’s Champions League) was also achieved in 2005. After coming through a group stage Djurgården/Älvsjö saw off fellow Swedish side Umeå in the quarter-finals before a famous aggregate win over Arsenal Ladies in the semis. The final, played over two legs against the German outfit Turbine Potsdam ended in disappointment, but the achievement of a team who had such humble beginnings reaching a major European final was phenomenal.

However, the footballing story of the tiny town of Älvsjö has not ended since merging with Djurgården. The club have a senior side in addition to their huge girls’ section. After several years playing in the third tier Division One South Svealand, the 2019 season saw the return of success.

Going into the final day of the season, Älvsjö AIK FF Dam just needed to defeat third placed Telge United FF to secure promotion to the second tier of the women’s game in Sweden, the Elitettan. However, it didn’t quite go as planned. A 2-2 draw allowed Älta IF leapfrog them to finish top of the table and gain the one automatic promotion place to the Elitettan. Yet Älvsjö had a second chance – as the Elitettan is a national division and the third tier is regional, the second placed sides in the various third tier leagues play-off for the remaining promotion spot to the second tier.

So, over two legs, Älvsjö faced off against Alingsås FC United. A 0-0 draw in the first leg away from home installed Älvsjö as favourites for the promotion. Again, it didn’t quite go as planned with Alingsås FC United claiming a 2-0 win to take the remaining promotion spot.

Yet, still the story was not over. In a case of third time lucky, Älvsjö AIK FF Dam discovered that Älta IF would not be taking their place in the Elitettan, and as runners-up to them for promotion in the league, Älvsjö were given the last spot in the second tier of Swedish football for the 2020 season.

The club would now be facing off against the women’s teams of giant neighbouring sides AIK Solna and Hammarby. As you would expect, the step up from regional level football to the national second tier of the women’s game in Sweden is huge and there is a big gulf between the top sides in the Elitettan and the rest. For a club such as Älvsjö AIK FF Dam, regardless of their glorious past, it was a huge gap to attempt to bridge.

Above: Älvsjö AIK FF Dam’s Linda Niemenen who grabbed one of the team’s goals against eventual champions AIK. Photo: Älvsjö AIK FF Dam.

The aim for this season was survival in the Elitettan and then eventually try and consolidate their second tier status in a bid to try and consistently play at the higher levels of Swedish women’s football once more. The season started promisingly with a 3-1 win at home to Sunnanå SK. Further wins over Lidköpings FK (3-2), Sandvikens IF (2-1), Enskede IK (3-2) and the return game with Sunnanå SK (2-0). Whilst there have been the occasional heavy losses, there have also been glorious efforts in defeat. The mighty AIK Solna, who ended up winning 24 of their 26 matches and won the Elitettan with three games to spare were really challenged by Älvsjö AIK FF Dam and only just emerged with a 4-2 win. Linda Niemenen and Zabrina Koont’s goals emphasised just what a great spirit Älvsjö have.

In the end everything came down to the final three games of the season, and Älvsjö AIK FF Dam knew that they would need a minimum of three points from these matches to retain their Elitettan status. What made this target particularly challenging was that two of the games would be against big Stockholm side and promotion challengers Hammarby – who had only lost two games all season. The run in began with Älvsjö hosting Hammarby. Two goals in the opening seventeen minutes from Ana Rodrigues put the Stockholm side in control – but Älvsjö showed great character again to steady the ship and began to impose themselves on the game. In the final minute, Felicia Saving grabbed the third. It was a defeat, but again, Älvsjö had given their all.

The following week was a huge showdown for Älvsjö when they travelled to fellow strugglers Kvarnsvedens IK. Whoever lost the game would end up in the relegation zone ahead of the final game of the season. With Älvsjö AIK FF Dam knowing they would have to travel to second placed Hammarby for their last match, that was a thought laced with the ultimate danger. That prospect, combined with the incredible spirit this team, the ultimate of underdogs in the Elitettan had showed all season long, was enough to seal the ultimate victory. Magda Le Therien’s goal just before the hour mark sent Älvsjö into raptures. They had earned a vital victory.

Therefore, they went into their final game at Hammarby, who were celebrating promotion to the top tier Damallsvenskan as runners-up AIK. Älvsjö knew that they were still not mathematically safe. A defeat for them and wins for either Kvarnsvedens IK or Sandvikens IK would cause Älvsjö AIK Dam to be relegated.

Like the game two weeks previously at Älvsjö Idrottsparken, Hammarby started on fire. This time, they built a 3-0 lead within twenty-one minutes with two goals from Emma Jansson and one from Emilia Larsson. CharacteristicallyÄlvsjö dug in and were rewarded for their fighting qualities when, just before the break, Linda Nieminen got a goal back.

Above: Klara Ovefelt – scorer for AIK at Hammarby having just come into the team from U19 side. Photo: Idrottsfoto via Älvsjö AIK FF Dam.

Cruelly, just after the interval, Emilia Larsson restored Hammarby’s three goal advantage and in stoppage time at the end of the game Frida Thornqvist made it 5-1. Still Älvsjö would not lie down and Klara Ovefelt got an all-important second – as relegation could still, potentially be decided by goal difference.

With the final score being 5-2 to Hammarby, whilst the home team celebrated their place in the top tier of Swedish women’s football, there was a nervous wait for Älvsjö to see if results elsewhere would go in their favour. In the end, Sandvikens IK’s 2-0 defeat at home to Morön BK and Kvarnsvedens IK’s 3-1 loss to IFK Kalmar meant that Älvsjö AIK FF Dam were assured that they were safe from relegation and would be in the Elitettan once more for the 2021 season.

It might not be the same heights as their incredible successes in the late 1990s, but Älvsjö AIK FF Dam earning and then retaining their place in the second tier of Swedish women’s football for a club from such a small town is nothing short of phenomenal.

We will be continuing to follow the club closely over the coming weeks and months – keep your eyes peeled for a special interview coming soon and some exciting news linking Impetus with the club throughout the 2021 season. Quite simply, Älvsjö AIK FF Dam are a wonderful story that just keeps continuing to show new achievements.

The Swedish Scene

@DandalBs returns with our weekly feature on all the news, views and transfer speculation in the top two tiers of Swedish Women’s Football, the Damallsvenskan and Elitettan. 16/1/21

As we suspected two weeks ago, it now seems almost certain that Kopparbergs/Göteborgs FC will play Damallsvenskan 2021 as a part of BK Häcken. Häcken is the club behind the huge Gothia Cup youth tournament and at the present the strongest of the men’s elite clubs in Göteborg. Things should be confirmed on 27th January when the board of BK Häcken has called its members to an extra annual meeting to decide whether or not they will take over Kopparbergs/Göteborgs FC.

Above: BK Häcken are set to vote on taking over Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC.

From BK Häcken’s perspective, their official supporter club, with no formal standing but influence, has announced that they are against incorporating Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC in their club. However, they have stated that they are not against a co-operation between the clubs.

Back within Kopparbergs/Göteborgs, coach Jörgen Ericson has left the club after three years. As he departed, he said: “I love the girls, the club has been gold. But it’s enough now.” It is reported that club chairman Bronsman would have liked him to stay. Mats Gren stays on the coaching staff and has been joined by Matti Demegård, Sweden’s assistant coach when they won silver medal at the 2016 Olympics’ Women’s Football event.

Above: Lotta Ökvist – has joined reigning champions Kopparbergs/Göteborgs from Manchester United this week. Photo: @NeverlandMGMT.

There have been some movement of players at the club over the last week as Sweden U19 midfielder Hanna Andersson has left after limited playing time and joins Piteå. It has also been rumoured that Julia Roddar may be on the move to NWSL side Washington Spirit Roddar is under contract 2021, so a transfer fee would be required. Coming in is Swedish international defender Lotta Ökvist from Manchester United. United manager Casey Stoney said of the transfer: “It was the right thing to do by her as a person to allow her to go back to Sweden and be closer to the people that she cares about,” following reports that Ökvist was finding it hard being in England during the pandemic.

NEWS IN BRIEF:

Damallsvenskan 2021 will start on 18th April and finish on 13th November. Match schedule not set yet. It has also been confirmed that this will be the last 12 team season for the Swedish women’s top flight. There will be only 1 club relegated and three promoted from the Elitettan. There will then 14 teams in the Damallsvenskan from 2022.

The Swedish Cup for Women in 2021 will be structured with four groups of four teams and will be played between 13th and 27th March. The four group winners will advance to semi-finals.

Rosengård‘s 25 year-old back-up goalkeeper Emma Lind has joined Frauen-Bundesliga club Turbine Potsdam.

Above: Emma Lind newly arrived at Turbine Potsdam. Photo: cityreport.pnr24-online.de.

After five years in Linköping, mostly as a back-up, 24 year old goalkeeper Matilda Haglund moves back to Elitettan side Lidköping.

Damallsvenskan clubs are starting their pre-season training, with newly promoted Hammarby doing so in the midst of snow. The club have stated their aim to win the top flight championship within three years. Their lost top flight title came in 1985.

Above: Hammarby begin training for the 2021 Damallsvenskan campaign in the snow. Photo: Jonas Lindkvist.

Goalkeeper Shannon Lynn, who has been at Vittsjö since 2014, has signed a new contract to stay at the club for one more year. The club have also announced the signing of 24 year-old Finnish international midfielder Julia Tunturi from Eskilstuna on a two year deal.

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First this week, we head back to reigning champions Kopparbergs/Göteborg where the club have confirmed their place in the Damallsvenskan for 2021 along with the exit of two players. First, Finnish international Emma Koivisto has left after “three wonderful years”. She has not announced a new club. Additionally, Annika Schmidt, who spent most of last season on loan to Sunnanå, has joined Houston Dash.

Vittsjö have signed Piteå’s 27 year-old Brazilian forward Fernanda da Silva on a deal for a minimum length of one season.

Above: Fernanda da Silva (right) just signed for Vittsjö. Photo: Bildbyrån via svenskalag.se

The club have also given new two year deals to Kajsa Lind and Paulina Nyström. The club have joined 20 year-old forward Beatrice Persson from Rosengård.

Guðbjörg Gunnarsdóttir, who just recently left Djurgården, has signed with Norwegian Toppserien club Arna-Bjørnar. Also leaving the club is defender Kim Sundlöv after having most of 2019 and 2020 destroyed by injuries. No new club has been announced as yet.

Rosengård have announced the signing of 24 year-old Olivia Welin, previously with Kristianstad, on a two year deal. Welin’s career has been hampered by injuries the last four years, but her new club believes in her talent.

Above: Olivia Welin (left) has left Kristianstad for Rosengård. Photo: Mathilda Ahlberg via Sydsvenskan.

They have also given a two year senior contract to U19s goal keeper Angel Mukasa gets a 2 year senior contract. Mukasa has been capped for Sweden at youth level.

NEWS IN BRIEF…

Svava Rós Gudmundsdóttir, who left Kristianstad in December has joined Girondins de Bordeaux, who are hot favourites to clinch the third French spot in next season’s UEFA Women’s Champions League.

Jennie Nordin, the 27 year-old defender and captain of Växjö the last 3 seasons, has joined Piteå on a deal lasting for at least one season.

Örebro have signed 24 year-old American winger/forward Jessie Scarpa who spent last season at Washington Spirit where she played with recent Örebro signing Jenna Hellstrom. She had a short stint in Sweden’s D2 with Lidköping 2019.

Above: Jessie Scarpa has arrived at Örebro from Washington Spirit in the NWSL. Photo: Nerikes Allehanda.

Linköping have brought in 22 year-old Norwegian international Heidi Ellingsen has signed a two year deal with. She has spent the last two years with LSK Kvinner.

Hammarby have handed new contracts to Hanna Lundkvist and Frida Thörnqvist, Hammarby.

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@DandalBs brings us all the news from the Swedish women’s football scene over the past week, starting with the incredible goings on at reigning Damallsvenskan champions Kopparbergs/Göteborg. (4/1/21)

Above: It has been a dramatic week for Kopparbergs/Göteborg – shown here celebrating their Damallsvenskan triumph at the end of the 2020 season. Photo: @goteborgsfc

The big news in Sweden over the past week has been the shocking goings on in Göteborg where, at the start of last week, reigning Damallsvenskan champions Kopparbergs/Göteborg were closed down with immediate effect – only for the decision to be reversed two days later after news came in of potential new investment under a new banner.

The original decision to close the club down appears to have been taken by the board after their defeat by Manchester City in the last thirty-two of the UEFA Women’s Champions League on 17th December with the players and coaching staff not informed until 29th December.

Kopparbergs/Göteborg chairman Peter Bronsman believed that without more money it is unrealistic for Swedish club sides to compete in Europe again.

Since the club were first formed in 2003, the large men’s teams in the city of Göteborg – IFK Göteborg, GAIS and BK Häcken have all formed women’s sides and there are pointers that the people behind Kopparbergs/Göteborg believe that BK Häcken could take up the baton seriously within the city now. Bronsman told Sport Bladet “You need to give women the same facilities and staff as the men. It cannot be done in a women’s (only) club. We’re moving out of the way for the women’s teams that are developing in the big Göteborg men’s clubs.”

Major club sponsor Prioritet Finans’s CEO Nils Wiberg who had put almost 4,000,000 kroner into the club announced his real “shock” at the original news. “I have no idea what was behind the decision,” he told Fotboll Skanalen, “I am as choked and surprised as everyone else. We really needed this team. This (news) is just embarrassing”.

Above: Kopparbergs/Göteborg hope to have more to celebrate in 2021 now – although the name of the club may potentially change. Photo: @goteborgsfc

The players were told to find new clubs. Elin Rubensson a Kopparbergs/Göteborg star who has sixty-nine caps for Sweden showed her shock at the news by telling Göteborgs-Posten: “Right now, we’re just choked and sad. I hope someone can step in to save the club.” In the meantime though, Göteborg coaches, Jörgen Ericson and Mats Gren have pledged to keep going with training sessions throughout January.

Carl Fhager, the lawyer with the job to liquidate Kopparbergs/Göteborg’s senior team, sees two ways to go about that job; find new clubs for the players or find someone who is willing to take over the team.

It appears that a potential link up with BK Häcken may behind news on New Year’s Eve that the club’s senior team is set to be saved and take their place in the Damsallsvenskan in 2021 after all.

The Expressen first broke the news by suggesting that coach Mats Gren had contacted players to tell them “it will be alright”.

Then came the club’s announcement that they “did not expect the big, overwhelming and positive interest from individuals, businesses and football clubs.” Additionally, Göteborgs-Posten reported on New Year’s Eve that the club “will stay in Damallsvenskan in close co-operation with an established club” – and that established club is hotly rumoured to be BK Häcken.

Whatever banner the senior team plays under if 2021, at the present time, it appears that the Kopparbergs/Goteborg name will stay in existence via its U17 and U19 teams in existence.

IN OTHER NEWS…

Örebro have signed experienced 27 year-old defender Sanna Kullberg from relegated Umeå on a one year deal. Sanna’s elder sister Emma played for Örebro 2019, before she moved to Göteborg. Also at Örebro, the club have handed 16 year-old Emilia Pelgander a two year contract with the first team.

Above: Shannon Woeller, newly signed by Växjö. Photo: svensklag.se

Växjö have signed Canadian international defender Shannon Woeller. She most recently played for Valencia in the Spanish league. Woeller has previously played Damallsvenskan football for Eskilstuna in 2018-19. The 30 year-old has signed a one year contract with an option for a second. The club have also given a new two year contract to goalkeeper Katie Fraine, one of the keys to their successful 2020 season.

It has been a case of one in and one out at Umeå. First, Fanny Hjelm Rönnlund, a key player in the last few seasons has left for Hammarby where the 29 year-old midfielder has signed a two year contract. Coming into the club in her place is Piteå’s teenage talent Vilma Koivisto The midfielder had 18 appearances 2020, but mostly as a substitute, and wants more playing time.

Vittsjö‘s midfield talent Michelle De Jongh has moved to Fleury, a midtable French team, on a five month loan. De Jongh has extensive experience from Sweden youth teams but remains to be capped for the full national team. Coming into the club is 18 year-old talent Moa Karlsson from Halmstad BK, a D3 team. The promising midfielder has played five matches for Sweden’s U17 side.

Above: Michelle De Jongh leaving Vittsjö for Fleury in D1 Arkema. Photo: Stefan Sandström/Norra Skåne.

Djurgården have announced the departure of two players depart in the past week. First, Icelandic international goalkeeper Gudbjörg Gunnarsdottir announced on New Year’s Eve that she is looking for a new club after nine seasons. Also leaving the club is 24 year-old Frida Boriero who has signed for Brommapojkarna, an Elitettan (D2) side.

NEWS IN BRIEF…

Sveindís Jane Jónsdóttir has joined Kristianstad on a one year loan from VfL Wolfsburg.

Promising 18 year-old midfielder Felicia Saving leaves Hammarby for Eskilstuna United. Saving has been capped for Sweden at youth level.

Above: New Eskilstuna United signing Felicia Saving. Photo: @EskilstunUnited

Zecira Musovic, who has moved to Chelsea has been replaced at Rosengard by Canadian goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé who comes in from North Carolina Courage in the NWSL but has also played in the Damallsvenskan previously.

Former Piteå defender Sejde Abrahamsson has signed with the Spanish premier side Seville, where Piteå teammate Julia Karlernäs joined a couple of weeks ago.

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Newly promoted Damallsvenskan (top division) side AIK have strengthened their squad ahead of the 2021 season with the arrival of Hallbera Gísladóttir. The 34 year-old Icelandic international joins on a one year contract. She will be by far AIK’s most experienced player with 117 caps for her country and having won seven Iceland league championships.

Above: Icelandic international Hallbera Gísladóttir – a new arrival at AIK for their 2021 Damallsvenskan season. Photo: Wikipedia.

In another international signing, AIK have brought in 22 year-old Japanese international midfielder Honoka Hayashi from Osaka in Nadeshiko League 1. Hayashi, who played in all the matches when Japan won the U20 World Championship 2018, has signed for two years.

Staying with the Solna based side, the club have handed 18 year-old winger/forward Arsema Weldai a four year senior contract. Weldai comes from the club’s U19 squad and has played for AIK since she was seven years-old. Seventeen year-old attacker Piyatida Somkumpee, also from the club’s illustrious youth ranks has been awarded a senior contract – this time lasting for three years. She made 22 appearances for the first team in their promotion winning campaign from the Elitettan in 2020.

Örebro have signed ex Umeå goalkeeper Tove Enblom on a one year contract. Enblom will be competing with the club’s other keeper Moa Öhman for playing time. The club have also announced the arrival of 25 year-old Icelandic defender Berglind Rós Ágústsdóttir on a two year contract. Berglind joins from Icelandic side Fylkir and got her first senior cap for Iceland in March this year.

Above: Tove Enblom, newly arrived at Örebro from Umeå. Photo: @toveenblom.

NEWS IN BRIEF:

Elsewhere, Växjö, who finished the last Damallsvenskan season in sixth place, have signed Sweden U23 defender Emma Pennsäter from Vittsjö on a two year deal.

Piteå, who narrowly avoided relegation at the end of the Damallsvenskan season have awarded stalwart Josefin Johansson a new two year contract. The 32 year-old has been at the club since 2011.

There are rumours linking Nigerian forward Ebere Orji, the Damallsvenskan Player of the Month for July, with a move to Elitettan promotion hopefuls IFK Kalmar after leaving Linköping, who finished fourth in the top tier in 2020.

Malmö FF‘s newly re-established women’s side have announced the signing of midfielder Amanda Kander who has just left Damallsvenskan side Djurgården. Kandar was born just over 12 miles from Malmö, and so the move represents a homecoming. Malmö FF will take part in the second lowest division next season but aim to be in the Damallsvenskan in five years. “I want to take part in an exciting journey”, Kander said.

Above: Amanda Kander has left Djurgården to join the journey back to the Damallsvenskan with her local side Malmö FF. Photo: Djurgården IF.

Australian international Elise Kellond-Knight has extended her contract with Kristianstad for six months, which is likely to bring her up to the Olympic Games. The Matildas star only played two Damallsvenskan matches before she tore her ACL in early July.

Finally, Växjö goalkeeper Katie Fraine, one of the keys to their successful 2020 season, has extended her contract for a further two years.

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