The Swedish Scene

We welcome back DandalBs with his transfer news from the Swedish leagues. The Elitettan is back from a month’s break (the top tier Damallsvenskan doesn’t resume until mid-August) meaning Ben Gilby rounds up the best of the action from Sweden’s second tier (26/7/22).

Above: Swedish superstar Hedvig Lindahl has returned to the Damallsvenskan and joined DjurgårdenPhoto: Aftonbladet. 

NEWS ROUND-UP – Transfers:

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Legendary Swedish international goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl seems to have decided to aim for a place at the 2023 World Cup after signing a contract with Djurgården until next year. The Stockholm-based club are said to be “happy and proud” by the news and Lindahl is looking forward to play for them. The club have also announced the arrival of Sweden U23 left-back Ebba Hed on a two-and-a-half-year deal. Hed was previously with Madrid CFF.

BK Häcken have completed five deals since the last Swedish Scene column. They started off with the signing of international duo Dóra Zeller from Hungary and Matildas’ defender Aivi Luik. Zeller comes from Bayer Leverkusen and Luik most recently from Italian side Pomigliano. Their arrival has been added to with the arrival of Swiss goalkeeper Livia Peng. Peng, 20, was in the Switzerland squad for the Euros, and is a replacement for Jaqueline Burns, who left recently. Peng comes from Swiss top club FC Zürich. Also coming in is Sweden U19 star Anna Sandberg from KIF Örebro on a four-year contract in a deal that is rumoured to have cost it €50,000. Their most recent arrival is Anna Anvegård who has signed on a free transfer from English Super League side Everton.

Above: BK Häcken unveil Hungarian international midfielder Dóra Zeller (left) and Australian international Aivi Luik (right). Photo: BK Häcken.

Mie Leth Jans, who left Vittsjö and returned to Denmark for personal reasons, has signed for Danish champions HB Köge. Jans had also been an impressive performer for Perth Glory in the 2021/22 A-League Women campaign.

After several weeks of rumours, Karin Lundin has joined Damallsvenskan leaders Rosengård from Serie A side Fiorentina. Lundin scored eight goals in 19 matches for midtable Fiorentina last season and has signed a two-year contract. The defending champions have also brought in 22-year-old German midfielder Gina Chmielinski from Turbine Potsdam. She’s been an important offensive player with the Bundesliga side and has represented all of Germany’s international youth teams. Another addition today was 21-year-old Danish midfielder Olivia Holdt from Fortuna Hjörring on a two-and-a-half-year contract.

Above: Simone Boye – the latest of Hammarby’s impressive signings. Photo: Arsenal WFC.

Hammarby have added to their impressive array of signings by adding Arsenal’s 30-year-old Danish defender Simone Boye to their squad. The Stockholm-based side has recently signed internationals Jonna Andersson, Courtney Nevin, and Kyra Cooney-Cross as part of a hugely exciting team. Boye made 14 appearances for the Gunners last season.

Canadian forward Jenna Hellstrom has left KIF Örebro to join French Pro D1 Arkema side Dijon. Hellstrom was on her fifth Damallsvenskan season.

Strugglers AIK have arranged a deal with Eskilstuna United to sign 22-year-old forward Emma Engström.

Above: Emma Engström unveiled by AIK. Photo: AIK Fotboll Dam.

Kristianstad has signed 25-year-old defender Easther Mayi Kith to strengthen the team before their Champions League qualification campaign. Mayi Kith is a Canadian-born Cameroonian who has spent the last years playing in France, most recently Stade de Reims. They have additionally announced the return of club stalwart Therese Ivarsson after two years maternal leave. Defender Klara Rybrink has departed for Norwegian side Lilleström after only half a season.

Ronja Aronsson, a 24-year-old defender, returns to her Piteå after two years with Linköping and most recently half a season with Serie A side Fiorentina on a one and half year deal.

Above: Ronja Aronsson – back at Piteå. Photo: Piteå IF DFF.

Rumours are abound that Sweden U19 defender Anna Sandberg will join BK Häcken from Örebro for €50,000.

Linköping‘s young Ukrainian midfielder Nadiia Kunina goes on a one-year loan to Austria Wien.

NEWS ROUND-UP – Friendly Matches:

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Above: Anna Anvegård in action on her debut for BK Häcken on Saturday. Photo: BK Häcken.

With the Damallsvenskan returning in just over three weeks time, several friendly matches have been played over the weekend.

First, on Saturday, BK Häcken defeated Norwegian side Lilleström 4-0 thanks to a debut goal from Anna Anvegård with Julia Karlernäs grabbing a brace with the remaining goal from Dilja Yr Zomers.

Elsewhere, Djurgården defeated Elitettan leaders IK Uppsala 2-1 thanks to goals from Louise Hvarfner and Lova Lundin. Djurgården have another friendly planned for 31st July against KIF Örebro. Finally, Kristianstad defeated Danish champions Köge 2-1 with both goals from Canadian international striker Evelyne Viens.

ELITETTAN:

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Above: Alingsås FC United continued their promotion charge with a win at bottom-placed Älvsjö AIK FF. Artwork: Elitettan.

After around a month’s break, Sweden’s second-tier league got back underway at the weekend with all teams with games in hand in action. With leaders IK Uppsala not in action, second-placed Alingsås FC United reduced the gap at the top to a single point after a 3-1 win at bottom side Älvsjö AIK FF in front of 96 fans. The home side went ahead just after the half-hour mark thanks to Moa Sjöström, but second-half strikes from Tove Lorén and Olivia Sultan sealed the win for Alingsås.

Above: Joy for Växjö. Artwork: Elitettan.

Växjö are third, another point behind after coming from behind to win 5-1 win at second-bottom Rävåsens IK Karlskoga in front of 115 spectators. Sara Öjebo gave the hosts a shock lead with 13 minutes on the clock. However, a spell of two goals in two minutes turned things around between the 16th and 18th minutes. Scores were level with an own goal before Dessislava Dupuy maintained her hot scoring streak from before the break to put the visitors ahead. Further goals from Elin Nilson and Mimmi Strömgren made it 4-1 before the break. Evelyn Ijeh completed the scoring with 11 minutes remaining.

Above: Lidköpings celebrate their success at the weekend. Artwork: Elitettan.

Lidköpings FK are fourth after a 4-1 win at home to Ifö Bromölla in front of 213 fans. Tilde Ahlén put the hosts ahead just before the quarter-hour mark before Amanda Olsson levelled after 26 minutes. Hanna Boubezari put Lidköpings back ahead on the hour before two further goals in the final two minutes from Ronja Karlsson Törnborg and Dorothea Gruelich completed the scoring.

Above: Sheer joy for Jitex who came from 2-1 down to seal a 3-2 win at Team TG FF five minutes into stoppage time at the end of 90 minutes. Artwork: Elitettan.

Jitex BK remain in the promotion hunt after a dramatic 3-2 win at Team TG FF in a game watched by 112 spectators. Alexandra Sandstrom put the home side ahead with 26 minutes played only for Julia Hellstrom to level in stoppage time at the end of the first half. Elin Abrahamsson restored Team TG FF’s lead, which lasted 12 minutes before Linnea Strömberg tied it up again from the penalty spot. Then, five minutes into stoppage time, Hellstrom sealed a last-gasp winner for Jitex.

Round 13 Results: Sundsvalls 0-2 Mallbackens IF Sunne, Rävåsens IK Karlskoga 1-5 Växjö, Team TG FF 2-3 Jitex BK, Lidköpings FK 4-1 Ifö Bromölla, Älvsjö AIK FF 1-3 Alingsås FC United.

Table From: Svensk Fotboll.

Round 14 Fixtures: Lidköpings FK v Team TG FF, Gamla Uppsala v Växjö, Alingsås FC United v IFK Norrköping, Ifö Bromölla v Bergdalens IK, Älvsjö AIK FF v IK Uppsala, Mallbackens IF Sunne v Rävåsens IK Karlskoga, Jitex BK v Sundsvalls.

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