It’s official. … … I will soon venture to Sweden to represent my new club, Goteborg F.C.! I will be joining some familiar faces, including the Americans Ingrid Wells, Christen Press and Cami Levin. I’ll also be reuniting with my former Sky Blue teammate Anita Asante. Thanks to my Google skills, below are some fun facts about my new club, city and Swedish women’s soccer. Learn and enjoy!
¶ The Swedish women’s league is called the Damallsvenskan (which translates to Ladies all-Swedish) and consists of 12 teams. It took me a few tries to pronounce that.
¶ The team’s official name is Kopparbergs/Goteborg F.C. because the Kapparbergs brewery sponsors the club.
¶ The team is currently ranked sixth in the Damallsvenskan and is yet to win the league. Maybe this season?!
¶ The league is currently on break and will resume mid-August. It goes until late November. So I will have four months to experience Swedish football and attempt to help the club climb to first place.
¶ Hope Solo played for Goteborg in 2004.
¶ The manager is Torbojorn Nilsson, considered one of the best Swedish footballers. He played in Sweden for IFK Goteborg, in Holland for PSV Eindhoven and in Germany for 1. FC Kaiserslautern.
¶ The city of Gothenburg (which is the rendering in English) is the second-largest city in Sweden and is located on the country’s West coast.
¶ You can visit the team’s Web site here. If you speak/read Swedish, great. If not, you can just look at the pictures like I did.
I will fly to Sweden on Aug. 6 and will be updating the blog with my many adventures on and off the field. I look forward to sharing what life is like in Goteborg, and my observations on the style of play. If you have any recommendations of things to do or see while in Sweden, please leave me a comment!