The Swedish Scene

@DandalBs brings us his Saturday morning round-up of all the week’s news from Sweden. This time, as well as the return of the Damallsvenskan and yet more drama at the top of the Elitettan, there is a record transfer fee paid for a Swedish star as Hanna Bennison’s move to Everton, first mentioned here many months ago, finally took place.

Above: Hanna Bennison pictured at Everton after her transfer for a record fee. Photo: Everton FC.

UEFA WOMEN’S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE NEWS:

Kristianstad were denied a place in the UEFA Women’s Champions League group stage after they fell to a 3-1 defeat to Bordeaux who finished third in the French D1 Arkema. Mia Carlsson scored Kristianstad’s only goal.

Above: Kristianstad’s UEFA Champions League journey is over after a brave battle against Bordeaux. Photo: SVT.

BK Häcken have been drawn against Norwegian champions Vålerenga in the next stage of the UEFA Champions League qualifying path with the first leg in Norway. Speaking about the draw, Häcken head coach Mats Gren said: “I know them, we’ve been there watching players. They work hard and try to play football, but are definitely within our reach.”

Rosengård will face German side Hoffenheim in the same competition with the first leg in Sweden. Renée Slegers commented that: “There are no good or bad draws.”

DAMALLSVENSKAN:   

Above: AIK celebrate Linda Hallin’s goal which won the derby. Photo: Aftonbladet.

AIK gained a vital 1-0 win over bitter rivals Djurgården thanks to a goal from Linda Hallin. For a long time, the match looked destined to finish goalless, but a scramble in the box after a corner gave AIK the win to the delight of the majority of the 427 supporters present.

Piteå came from behind to draw 1-1 with Linköping after Cornelia Kapocs put the visitors ahead. Fanny Andersson leveled in front of 624 fans. Piteå will be slightly more pleased with a point than their opponents.

Rosengård thrashed KIF Örebro 6-0 thanks to goals from Ria Öling (2), Mimmi Larsson, Jelena Cankovic, Sanne Troelsgaard and 16 year-old debutant Bea Sprung. Four hundred fans watched Rosengård completely dominate their opposition.

Above: Sixteen-year-old Bea Sprung who scored in her first appearance for Rosengård. Photo: SVT.

Växjö and Vittsjö played out a goalless draw in front of 317 fans.

Eskilstuna United picked up an impressive 2-0 win at home to Hammarby with Mia Jalkerud and Felicia Rogic scoring within the opening 17 minutes to the surprise of the gathered 450 fans.

In the battle of two of Sweden’s UEFA Champions League sides, Kristianstad went down to a 3-1 loss to BK Häcken. Stina Blackstenius, Stine Larsen, and Johanna Rytting Kaneryd put Häcken in the driving seat. Anna Welin got a goal back for Kristianstad in stoppage time which meant that the home crowd of 225 had something to cheer.

Table From: Svensk Fotboll.

Round Fourteen Fixtures:

AIK v Kristianstads (already played – 1-1 draw)

Vittsjö v Rosengård

Djurgården v Växjö  

BK Häcken v Hammarby

Eskilstuna United v Piteå

KIF Örebro v Linköping

ELITETTAN

Above: Lisa Johansson whose goal earned Alingsås FC United a superb point at leaders Umeå IK. Photo: Göteborgs-Posten.

It was another weekend of dropped points for the top two as the promotion battle from the Elitettan to the Damallsvenskan continues to provide real drama. Umeå IK are top by three points despite only achieving a 1-1 draw at home to tenth-placed Alingsås FC United in a game which saw them rely on an equalizing goal from Monica Bah with eight minutes left to save the blushes of the 445 fans present. Lisa Johansson had put Alingsås ahead on the hour mark. Second-placed IK Uppsala couldn’t take advantage as they blew a 2-0 lead against fellow promotion chasers Morön BK in a game that eventually ended 2-2. Ida Stromblad and Isabella Mattson put the hosts well clear to the delight of the 232 spectators, but two goals in eight minutes from Arianna Veland earned a draw for Morön. IFK Kalmar moved up to third with an impressive 3-1 win at IF Brommapojkarna who have rocketed up the table in recent weeks to join the promotion battle. Jenny Stadin and Tabby Tindell put Kalmar two up with less than 20 minutes gone before Mathilda Prakt got one back for Bromma. Tindell grabbed the sealer on 57 minutes in front of 89 fans.

Latest Results: Jitex Mölndal 0-0 Lidköpings FK, Älvsjö AIK FF 4-0 Borgeby FB, Mallbackens IF Sunne 3-1 Bollstanäs SK, Sundsvalls DFF 1-0 IFK Norrköping, IF Brommapojkarna 1-3 IFK Kalmar, Umeå IK 1-1 Alingsås FC United, IK Uppsala 2-2 Morön BK

Next Fixtures: IFK Kalmar v Umeå IK, IFK Norrköping v Älvsjö AIK FF, Lidköpings FK v Sundsvalls DFF, Borgeby FB v IK Uppsala, Bollstanäs SK v IF Brommapojkarna, Morön BK v Mallbackens IF Sunne, Alingsås FC United v Jitex Mölndal.

Table From: Svensk Fotboll.

NEWS ROUND-UP:

Above: Hanna Bennison signs for Everton. Photo: Everton FC.

Rosengård have announced the departure of teen star Hanna Bennison after nine years at the club and she has joined Everton for “a substantial six-figure fee” which is rumoured to be somewhere in the region of €200,000. This would be the highest fee ever paid for a Swedish player. Bennison’s wages could make her the best-paid Swedish player abroad.

BK Häcken‘s Stina Blackstenius, who has been very successful both in club football and with Sweden at the Olympics, says she is ready to leave Häcken for a bigger European club, without being specific about where or when. She is out of contract after this season. Filippa Angeldahl is also strongly tipped to depart, but BK Häcken’s head coach Mats Gren remains confident that both will stay. As the Damallsvenskan transfer window is now closed, neither player can be replaced should they depart.

Above: Stina Blackstenius is open to a move overseas from BK Häcken Photo: Adam Ihse/ TT,

Rosengård confirms that goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé, who won a gold medal with Canada at the Olympic Games earlier this summer is leaving the club for Paris St. Germain.

National team legend Caroline Seger announced that she will continue to be available for selection for Sweden. “It’s like I’ve always said, as long as I am performing and motivated and playing football above all in Rosengård, I’m in the national team. This hasn’t changed after the Olympics. It will be fun to play qualifiers again!” she said.

Djurgården coach Pierre Fondin leaves the club after two years. The Stockholm side thanked him for his time but says they need new thoughts and other ideas to move forward. His replacement is Magnus Pålsson, currently assistant coach for Helsingborg’s U19 boys with ten years’ experience coaching mens’ and boys’ teams.

Bri Folds, who has been on loan from BK Häcken to Danish side Fortuna Hjörring, has signed a new deal with Spanish midtable side Real Betis.

Bea Sprung, the Rosengård 16-year-old who both played her first match and scored her first goal in Damallsvenskan last weekend, has signed a three-year contract with the club.

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