The Swedish Scene

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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.

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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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