Ben Gilby rounds up all the key action from Round Two of the Damallsvenskan and the first week of matches in the Elitettan. There is also the latest transfer news, including the arrival of an FAWSL star, and the full story of the unveiling of Sweden’s unique new national team shirt (5/4/22).
Above: Action from the game between BK Häcken and Hammarby. Photo: Hammarby.
Earlier today, adidas and the Swedish Football Association released the women’s national team’s new European Championship shirt – and it is one with a major difference. The shirt contains on it a printed guide with a full analysis of all the players’ strengths and game tactics.
Second in the world rankings, Sweden women’s new national team shirt celebrates the women’s progress, but is at the same time a hint to the other participating countries.
Talking about the design of the shirt, Sweden striker Stina Blackstenius, who plays for Arsenal in the FAWSL said: “In the analysis on the shirt, we reveal exactly how we win, how we play and how the opposing teams – maybe – have a chance to beat us. Our team is better than ever, and we go into the European Championship with pep and confidence. This summer we hope that the whole Swedish people are behind us, it is a great time for our team.”
Together with the match shirt, the digital guide is also released on the website www.howtostopsweden.com. The guide, developed by the national team’s own match analyst, Anders Eriksson, highlights 31 national team players and tips on how the opposing teams should respond to them in order to have a chance to beat Sweden this summer.
“The Swedish women’s national team has good opportunities to take home the entire championship. The digital analysis of the team and the individual players sends a pass to the opposing teams. Now they can order the national team shirt themselves to have a chance to challenge them in the European Championship!” said Eriksson.
This year’s national team shirt is sold in both women’s, men’s, and junior sizes and is available in adidas stores, on the Swedish Football Association’s website, and at selected retailers on April 7th.
Round Two kicked off on Friday night with two matches. First up was the clash between BK Häcken and Hammarby.
In front of 1,475, the home side took an early lead when Stine Larsen dispatched a penalty after 11 minutes. The Danish international striker doubled Häcken’s lead from the spot once more eight minutes before the break. Things got worse for Hammarby when, on 53 minutes in, an own goal saw them 3-0 down. With 23 minutes remaining, Josefine Rybrink played in Mille Jensen for the home side’s fourth. Five minutes before the end Hammarby got a consolation when Emilia Larsson provided a ball for Eva Nystrom to score.
Newly promoted IFK Kalmar marked their first home game back in the Damallsvenskan with a solid 3-1 win over AIK in front of 373 fans.
Kalmar went ahead just before the 20 minute mark thanks to Allison Pantuso’s strike. With 32 minutes played, Juliette Kemppi doubled the home side’s lead. AIK hit back with 10 minutes left, Honoka Hayashi gave the visitors hope of a late comeback, yet within 60 seconds, those dreams were shattered as Kemppi struck again after being put in by Alyssa Walker.
Kristianstads went top of the table after a 2-2 draw at Piteå in front of 789 fans. The home side went ahead after 11 minutes due to an own goal, but Tabby Tindell levelled 12 minutes later with her third goal of the season. Piteå missed a change to re-take the lead when Fanny Andersson missed from the spot. Evelyn Viens put Kristianstads ahead five minutes into the second half before Andersson levelled with 13 minutes remaining.
The battle of the newly promoted sides went comprehensively in IF Brommapojkarna’s favour as they dispatched Umeå IK 3-0 at Grimsta Idrottsparken. Mathilda Prakt put Bromma ahead six minutes before the break. Frida Thörnqvist made it 2-0 within six minutes of coming on as a substitute. Klara Andrup completed the scoring with 86 minutes played to the delight of the 288 fans.
Linköping came away with Eskilstuna United with an impressive 2-0 win in front of 982 supporters at Tunavallen. Cornelia Kapocs put the visitors ahead with 26 minutes on the clock after being played in by Stina Lennartsson. Kapocs turned creator for Linköping’s second with just under a quarter of an hour remaining when she supplied Amalie Vangsgaard with the ball to score.
KIF Örebro saw off Djurgården 2-0 at their Behrn Arena home in front of 479 fans. The result leaves Djurgården struggling at the bottom having conceded six goals in their two matches so far. The two goals came at crucial periods either side of half-time. Amanda Rantanen put Örebro ahead five minutes before the break with Elli Pikkujämsä’s strike in the early stages of the second period clinching the win.
The match of the week saw Vittsjö host defending champions Rosengård which saw three Australian internationals involved in the match at Vittsjö Idrottsparken in front of 1,048 fans. Matildas goalkeeper Teagan Micah was between the sticks for visitors, who had Charli Grant coming off the bench with seven minutes left. Vittsjö fielded experienced Australian international defender Clare Polkinghorne.
In a tough battle, the two goals both came in the closing stages. Substitute Stefanie Sanders supplied the ball for Olivia Schough to put Rosengård ahead with eight minutes remaining. However, to the unbridled joy of the home supporters, four minutes into stoppage time at the end of 90 minutes, Clara Markstedt found Jutta Rantala to equalise.
Highlights from the game can be seen: here
No games next week due to the international window.
ROUND THREE FIXTURES (15-18 Apr): AIK v BK Häcken, Djurgården v Rosengård, Umeå IK v Vittsjö, IFK Kalmar v Linköping, IF Brommapojkarna v KIF Örebro, Hammarby v Piteå, Kristianstads v Eskilstuna United.
IK Uppsala, who for so long last season looked like gaining promotion to the Damallsvenskan before ending the campaign with a poor run to miss out, made the best possible start to rectify that with a 3-0 win over newly-promoted Bergdalens IK. Two goals in three second-half minutes from Nicole Robertson and Rosa Ossorio put them on the way to the three points with Hanna Persson wrapping up the win 17 minutes from the end to the delight of the 214 crowd. Växjö, relegated from the Damallsvenskan at the end of last season began their campaign to return by coming from behind to win 2-1 at Jitex BK. Ida Jacobsson put the hosts ahead, but two goals in three minutes before the hour mark from Evelyn Ijeh and Sophia Redenstrand ensured that Växjö left with the points in front of 80 fans. Älvsjö AIK FF went down 2-0 at home to newly promoted Ifö Bromölla IF. Ellinor Persson put the visitors ahead after the half-hour mark with Patrycia Jerzak doubling their lead three minutes into the second half in front of 90 supporters.
Rävåsens IK Karlskoga suffered a nightmare result in their first Elitettan game after promotion, going down 7-0 at home to Mallbackens IF Sunne. It was 2-0 after just five minutes after Viktoria Power put the visitors ahead before an own goal less than 60 seconds later added to their woe. Four further goals followed in seven minutes just after the break with Svea Rehnberg, Irvina Bajramovic, Linnéa Berger and Kari Johnston on target. Berger’s second with just under 20 minutes remaining completed the rout in front of 275 fans.
Highlights of the game between Rävåsens IK Karlskoga and Mallbackens IF Sunne can be seen by clicking here
Full Results Round One: Älvsjö AIK FF 0-2 Ifö Bromölla IF, IFK Norrköping 0-1 Lidköpings FK, IK Uppsala 3-0 Bergdalens IK, Jitex BK 1-2 Växjö, Team TG FF 1-2 Alingsås FC United, Rävåsens IK Karlskoga 0-7 Mallbackens IF Sunne, Gamla Upsala SK 0-2 Sundsvalls DFF.
Round Two Fixtures: NEXT WEEKEND: Lidköpings FK v IK Uppsala, Växjö, Team TG FF, Ifö Bromölla IF v Gamla Upsala SK. FOLLOWING WEEK: Sundsvalls v Rävåsens IK Karlskoga, Mallbackens IF Sunne v IFK Norrköping, Alingsås FC United v Jitex BK, Bergdalens IK v Älvsjö AIK FF.
Hammarby have added another major international player to their squad with the announcement that Swedish star Jonna Andersson will join from FAWSL giants Chelsea at the end of the English season. Andersson has signed a two and a half year contract and her arrival follows that of Australian stars Kyra Cooney-Cross and Courtney Nevin.
Andersson moved to London and joined Chelsea midway through the 2017/18 season from Swedish side Linköping. With pace and pin-point crossing ability, she brought an attacking threat to the left side of Chelsea’s defence and has played a key part with 130 appearances so far. The 29-year-old has lifted a raft of trophies in South London including becoming champions of England three times, plus the FA Cup and Continental Cup twice, as well as the Community Shield.
The Blues defender made her mark for the club right from her debut against Arsenal, forcing an own goal which proved to be the winner in a five-goal thriller, and she has gone on to score a further six times under Emma Hayes.
As well as excelling domestically in England, Andersson has shone at international level earning 67 caps for Sweden with highlights including winning Olympic silver both in Rio and Tokyo and her international run continues as she heads to Sweden’s World Cup qualifiers this week.
Emma Hayes commented on this summer’s move: “Jonna has been an unbelievable professional during her time with us and instrumental in our success. Her level of commitment to this team has been unreal.
“I’ve no doubt she’ll continue to better herself right to the end of the season and we’ll be sure to give her the send-off she deserves.”
BK Häcken announced the signing of Aisha Masaka, a hugely talented player from Tanzania. Masaka comes in from Young Africans SC on a three-year contract.
Natalie Dixon has joined IFK Kalmar on a one-year deal. The American most recently played for Seattle University.
Defending champions Rosengård have signed Sofie Bredgaard from Linköping. The Danish midfielder has signed a three-year contract.