@DandalBs brings us our weekly wrap of the goings on in Swedish women’s football with the Olympic squad announcement, the latest round of Damallsvenskan and Elitettan action plus all the latest transfer news.
Sweden have announced their Olympic squad. Goalkeepers: Jennifer Falk, Hedvig Lindahl. Defenders: Jonna Andersson, Nathalie Björn, Magdalena Eriksson (pictured above via Chelsea FC Women), Hanna Glas, Amanda Ilestedt, Emma Kullberg. Midfield/forwards: Filippa Angeldahl, Kosovare Asllani, Hanna Bennison, Stina Blackstenius, Lina Hurtig, Sofia Jakobsson, Madelen Janogy, Fridolina Rolfö, Olivia Schough, Caroline Seger. Also called up: Zecira Musovic, Julia Roddar, Anna Anvegård, Rebecka Blomqvist. The Swedes have been drawn in the Games’ ‘Group of Death’ alongside World champions USA plus Australia and New Zealand.
Kristianstad demolished Piteå 6-1 thanks to goals from Anna Welin (2), Alice Nilsson (2), Miranda Nild and Sveindis Jane Jonsdottir. Astrid Larsson gave Piteå the lead but Kristianstad equalised within a minute and became more dominant the longer the match went.
Hammarby saw off Växjö 2-1 with goals from Emilia Larsson and Matilda Vinberg either side of a goal from Elin Nilsson for Växjö – only their third goal this season after ten matches.
In undoubtedly the most important match of the season so far, the top two went head to head. Rosengård extended their lead to eight points at the top – a major step towards taking the title – after a 2-0 win over BK Häcken. Hannah Bennison (54) and Stefanie Sanders (88) were on target. It was an intense and high paced match. However things will now prove to be very interesting after head coach Jonas Eidevall departing to take over as Arsenal head coach in the FAWSL. Renée Slegers, Sweden’s U23 manager and coach of Rosengård’s third tier team steps up to become the new head coach of the senior side.
AIK suffered another defeat, with Eskilstuna United claiming a 2-0 win thanks to goals from Fanny Andersson and Loreta Kullashi.
Vittsjö suffered a surprising 1-0 loss to Djurgården as the result of a long distance free kick from Fanny Lång.
Linköping eased to a 4-1 win over KIF Örebro. Cornelia Kapocs (2), Frida Maanum and Uchenna Grace Kanu were on the scoresheet. Örebro’s goal came via an own goal in stoppage time at the end of the game. It was a fitting farewell from captain Maanum, scoring a nice goal in a clear win. Maanum has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal in the FAWSL.
Round Ten Fixtures:
Piteå v AIK
Växjö v Eskilstuna United
BK Häcken v Kristianstads
KIF Örebro v Rosengård
Hammarby v Vittsjö
Djurgården v Linköping
The battle of the top two ended with a 2-1 win for IK Uppsala away to Morön BK who now drop to third. Marika Bergman Lundin gave Uppsala an early lead which Isabella Matsson doubled after 22 minutes. Morön profited from an own goal at the death but it was too late. Umeå took advantage to jump into second spot, two points behind the leaders after demolishing IFK Norrköping 7-1. Five goals from Henna-Riikka Honkanen, which takes her tally for the season to 13 (seven clear at the top of the goalscoring chart), plus one each from Monica Jusu Bah, Lisa Bjork sealed the win. Irma Cajlakovic got Norrköping’s sole reply. IK Kalmar are two points adrift in fourth after a 3-2 win over struggling Bollstanäs SK. Minnie Asperot, Tabby Tindell and Jenny Stadin earned them the win. Sanna Ohlund and an own goal were responsible for Bollstanäs’ strikes. Älvsjö AIK FF boosted their promotion hopes ahead of next week’s big clash away to Umeå with a 4-0 thrashing of Mallbackens IF Sunne. Alice Bergstrom, Jennie Hallstrom, Alice Ahlberg and Maria Poli were on target.
Latest Results: Sundsvalls DFF 1-0 IF Brommapojkarna, IFK Kalmar 3-2 Bollstanäs SK, Älvsjö AIK FF 4-0 Mallbackens IF Sunne, Lidköpings FK 2-1 Alingsås FC United, Morön BK 1-2 IK Uppsala, IFK Norrköping 1-7 Umeå IK, Jitex Mölndal 2-0 Borgeby FK
This Week’s Fixtures: IK Uppsala v IFK Kalmar, Umeå IK v Älvsjö AIK FF, Alingsås FC United v Sundsvalls DFF, Bollstanäs SK v Lidköpings FK, Mallbackens IF Sunne v Jitex Mölndal, IF Brommapojkarna v Morön BK, Borgeby FK v IFK Norrköping
Sofia Jakobsson has left Real Madrid after two years. Negotiations broke down, as far as I understand over the size of the contract. Olympique Lyonnais and Bayern Munich have been mentioned as potential new clubs.
Kosovare Asllani has agreed a new contract with Real Madrid. Asllani, a self confessed Madridista, has according to the report been more willing to negotiate salary than Sofia Jakobsson was.
Amanda Ilestedt has left Bayern München after two years. She has several offers from clubs with UEFA Champions League winning potential, according to her agent..
There are unconfirmed reports that Rosengård are persuing Eskilstuna’s 22 year-old star forward Loreta Kullashi. There is also interest from French and Italian clubs, but Rosengård is closest to a deal.
AIK‘s 21 year-old forward Nora Rönnfors, who has scored three goals so far this season, has suffered a torn ACL and won’t play any more this season. A tangible loss for AIK, who has a fairly long injury list even without Rönnfors and they are beginning to get dragged into a dog fight at the bottom.
Växjö have signed Finland forward Adelina Engman, most recently with Montpellier. The 26 year-old has 74 caps for her country and has previously played for Göteborg and Chelsea. She will replace Danish forward, Signe Holt Andersen, their leading 2020 goal scorer who has announced on her Instagram page that she has left the club
Linköping‘s Elin Landström will leave the club at the summer break. The 29 year-old wingback will leave for a club in a foreign league.