We were very excited when WPS star and captain of
the Swedish National team, Caroline Seger agreed to take part in
the WSU interview!
From Caroline's Q&A I found out I had
something in common with an International professional soccer
player..... We both can't stop eating chocolate! Shame it wasn't
the soccer talent we had in common ;)
Caroline is a highly competitive, skilful and inspirational women's
soccer player whose awards include 3 times winner of Midfielder of
the Year (‘06,’09,’10), Rookie of the Year (2005) and Winner of the
Diamond Ball (2009).
A born leader, today it was announced by WNY Flash that
Caroline will Captain the team during the inaugural WPS Season. A
well earned honour for Caroline and we send our congratulations and
best wishes to her and the WNY Flash Team.
WSU: How old were you when you
first started playing soccer and who or what inspired or influenced
you to play?
CS: I was 4 years the first time I went with my dad to a
soccer practice, he coached a boys team that I ended up playing
with from that I was 5 until I turned 12. So I guess it´s thanks to
WSU: What has been your career
highlight and lowlight to date, and why?
CS: Highlight, there is so many moments but 2009 was def the
best year. To win the Swedish league and Swedish cup with the team
that I´d been playing with for 5 years was big. Lowlight would be
end of last year when I had to get surgery and was out for 6-7
months. So hard to watch from the side, but I learned a lot from it
And of course it´s always hard to lose in a tournament, I´ve done
it a couple of times so I know.
WSU: Do you have any superstitions
or pre-match rituals before a soccer match?
CS: None , that would just freak me out if I couldn´t do it or
something got messed up.
WSU: How are the preperations
going for yourself and WNY Flash ahead of the WPS
CS: We´re doing good, getting the team together and also getting to
know each other on and off the field. I´m used to having at least 3
months before season starts but here it´s a month that you have to
prepare everyone, getting fit and also bringing a completely new
team together in such a short amount of time. I´m looking forward
to start the season, it´s gonna be fun to finally start.
WSU: The Final rosters for the WPS
2011 season have been unveiled, your team WNY Flash have an
extremely strong side with many international stars including
yourself, do you feel you are one of the main contenders for the
WPS title, and what team(s) do you think will be your toughest
CS: I think it´s one of the hardest things to predict because I´ve
been on teams where we had a great roster but we just couldn´t make
it work (if that makes sense) and then I´ve been on teams where
it´s been the total opposite (not the best roster but players that
worked hard and for each other) Every one knows what it takes to be
the best in this league and all the teams has good players that
work for that everyday. I personally think it´s a matter of which
team that can actually make it work through all the season and to
play at that high level every game.
CAROLINE SEGER'S TEAM MATES
(WNY Flash/Sweden National Team)
WSU: Biggest joker at your club?
CS: Brittany cameron
WSU: Most skilful player?
CS: Mccall, beverly goebell
WSU: Quickest player?
CS: Ali riley and Candace
WSU: Most intelligent
CS: Becky Edwards and
WSU: Worst dancer?
CS: Every one is good at
dancing on my team
WSU: Worst taste in music?
CS: I don´t know yet...to be
WSU: If you were not a
professional soccer player what career would you be
CS: I think I would´ve been a pro in handball
WSU: What advice would you give to
someone thinking about getting involved in women and girl's
CS: To practice hard, have fun and focus on getting better
everyday. Also set goal for yourself that helps you to develop.
WSU: What are your
hobbies/interests when you are not playing soccer?
CS: I love shopping and music I would love to be a DJ
WSU: In your opinion, how has
women's soccer progressed since you first started playing and what
would you like to see for the future of women's
CS: More technical, a lot more skills on the field. Teams are
trying to play good soccer. I would love the youngster to take it
to another level, which I know that they are and gonna do. It´s
improving and it´s growing. I wish that all girls can fulfill their
dreams and be able to be professionals in different countries.
WSU: Tell us something we do not
know about you?
CS: I hate flying by myself, I love cleaning hahaha, I love
electronics, I can´t stop eating chocolate.
WSU: The women's World Cup is only
months away, how does if feel to be team captain for Sweden and
leading your Country in the biggest Worldwide women's soccer
CS: I hope me and us as I team can do well and play good soccer.
I´m just a little part of the puzzle. Every piece needs to fit and
be 100% during the WWC. I want us to go out there and enjoy and be
relaxed because at the end of the day we´re just doing what we
WSU MEMBERS QUESTIONS
AD: Hi Caroline, as a professional football player how often do
you have to train a week and do you have to follow a specific
routine and diet? From Ann
CS: Ann Daley, during preseason we have 2 sessions almost everyday
and a game on weekends. During season it could be the same but it´s
often depending when you play and how hard the week has been. i
don´t follow a specific routine neither a diet, I try to eat
healthy and good. That´s my two rules and also my only rules.
DB: Who is the toughest player to play against besides
CS: Deborah Bakker, I would say Kelly Smith.
SY: Hi, what is the quality of football like in USA compared to
Sweden? From Sue
CS: Sue Yang, I think the biggest different is the speed of the
game, it´s faster and more technical. Some of the worlds best
players play for this league and that makes a huge different. Every
game is a challenge and you have to play on a very high level.
Sweden has a very good league and they been around for a while so
they established (a safe ground) don´t know if you can say that but
change it if you understand what i mean. In Sweden we´re very good
tactical and we work hard together.
AG: What was it like when you played your first game for the
Swedish National Team? From Asa
CS: I was nervous, but I was so proud and happy that I was finally
there. Singing the national theme song gave me the chills. I did
okay in that game, we lost against Germany thou.
BP: How was your football talent found, that gave you the
opportunity to have a successful professional football career? Were
you discovered by football scouts at a young age, or did you attend
trials? :o) From
CS: I think if you´re good enough someone will find you. In Sweden
we have camps where scouts can come and look at you and they have
contact with the club teams so they know if there´re any good
soccer players out there. They have a really good setup in Sweden.
I also had a coach that worked with the swedish association so she
helped me a lot.
WSU: Thank you for taking the time out of your schedule to
take part in the WSU Q&A. Good luck in the upcoming WPS
season and at the Women's World Cup!
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