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.

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.

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