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.

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.

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