@Dandals brings us our weekly wrap of all the news in the Swedish women’s game. This week, there’s news from the national camp, the latest round-up of action from the Damallsvenskan and Elitettan plus transfer news. With additional reporting by Ben Gilby.
Sweden have announced a friendly against Australia in June at Kalmar’s Guldfågeln Arena on 15th June, writes Ben Gilby. The match will have added interest after the two nations were drawn together in the same group for the Olympics which will take place around three weeks later. Additionally, the new Matildas head coach is Tony Gustavsson, a big name in Swedish women’s football.
Speaking about the news, Sweden’s head coach Peter Gerhardsson said: “We have been in long-running dialogue with Australia about this match for a long time and even before the Olympic group stage was drawn, it was largely clear that we would be playing each other in June. Australia are a very good opposition to face at this stage of our build-up to the Olympics and after the draw we both continued to agree to play the match in Kalmar. Now it feels good that it is formally ready.”
Matildas head coach Tony Gustavsson placed real importance on the friendly: “Since learning of our opponents for the games, we quickly shifted our attention to ensuring that we were best equipped for the matches ahead. We had lots of insights from our games in April against Germany and the Netherlands. Ranked fifth in the world, in Sweden, we will have another top team that will challenge us with a different style and tactical set-up.”
The two sides last met at the 2017 Algarve Cup when Sweden claimed a 1-0 win thanks to a goal from Charlotta Schelin.
Juventus reports that national team defender Linda Sembrant suffered a knee injury in training at the end of last week. She has suffered damage to her cruciate ligament and meniscus which requires surgery. The national team doctor Houman Ebrahimi has been in touch with Juventus medical team and has confirmed that she will not be available for the Olympics.
Vittsjö GIK were dominant against AIK and earned a 4-0 win the process. Clara Markstedt put them ahead on 24 minutes and added a second just before half-time. In between an own goal pushed out the lead to 3-0. Australian international Emily Gielnik completed the rout with a quarter of an hour left.
Rosengård made it five wins from five to stay top after a 1-0 win over Växjö thanks to an early goal from Olivia Schough.
Piteå suffered a double blow in their game against Örebro. First, they lost 2-0 after goals from Wilma Öhman and an own goal. If this wasn’t bad enough, they also lost star forward Anam Imo on 65 minutes with a foot injury.
BK Häcken returned to winning ways after what eventually turned into a comfortable 4-1 win over Djurgården. Sara Olai gave the Stockholm based side the lead before Häcken hit back on the hour mark with a strike from Pauline Hammarlund. Julia Zigioti Olme then put Häcken just two minutes later before two further goals in the last nine minutes from Stina Blackstenius, who was involved in all her teams’ goals, completed the rout.
Eskilstuna United and Hammarby played out a 1-1 draw. Emilia Larsson put Hammarby ahead after just 15 minutes and looked to have ensured the Stockholm side the win. However, four minutes into stoppage time at the end of the second half, a header from Vaila Barsley earned a point for Eskilstuna.
Linköping were held to a 1-1 draw by injury hit Kristianstad. Linköping were on top for much of the game and took the lead after 38 minutes thanks to Frida Maanum. Jutte Rantala levelled on 55 minutes.
Round Six Fixtures:
Hammarby v Djurgården
BK Häcken v Eskilstuna United
KIF Örebro v Växjö
Kristianstad v AIK
Linköping v Vittsjö GIK
Rosengård v Piteå IF
IK Uppsala moved three points clear at the top with a 3-1 win over Mallbackens IF Sunne despite going a goal behind to Svea Renberg’s strike. Agnes Nyborg (2) and Beata Olsson hit back for Uppsala. Umeå IK lost further ground in second after only being able to draw 1-1 against an Alingsås FC United side who are just above the drop zone. The top two meet each other this weekend in what will be a huge clash. We’ll have extended coverage of the game in next week’s Swedish Scene. Älvsjö AIK FF remain third, four points behind Uppsala after a 0-0 draw with mid table IFK Kalmar. At the bottom, Bollstanäs SK earned their first win of the season, 4-2 against winless Borgeby FK.
Round Five Fixtures: IFK Norrköping 1-1 IF Brommapojkarna, Alingsås FC United 0-0 Umeå IK, IFK Kalmar 0-0 Älvsjö AIK FF,IK Uppsala 3-1 Mallbackens IF Sunne, Morön BK 2-1 Jitex Mölndal, Sundsvalls DFF 0-1 Lidköpings FK, Bollstanäs SK 4-2 Borgeby FK.
Round Six Fixtures: Mallbackens IF Sunne v IFK Kalmar, Umeå IK v IK Uppsala, Älvsjö AIK FF v IFK Norrköping, Borgeby FK v Alingsås FC United, IF Brommapojkarna v Lidköpings FK, Jitex Mölndal v Bollstanäs SK, Morön BK v Sundsvalls DFF.
National team forward Fridolina Rolfö who is presently at VfL Wolfsburg, has been linked by French sporting newspaper L´Equipe to be an imminent signing for Olympique Lyonnais.
FAWSL side Everton are supposed to have shown interest in Rosengård players Nathalie Björn (24) and Hanna Bennison (18). Rosengård’s Sporting Director Therese Sjögran says the club has no received any bids for the players, who are both under contract.
BK Häcken has signed a co-operation deal with Elitettan club Lidköping FK, making it possible to loan players between the clubs. First to benefit from the arrangement is Häcken’s 19 year-old forward Evelyn Ijeh.