Someone from WSU approached me to let me know that I am considered as one of the “high profile players”, asking if I’d be interested to blog for their community.
Not that I really care about status or anything but let’s face it, I grew up dreaming of being one of those really good ones. I was thrilled and gladly said yes. Do I have to mention that I am easily bought?
If this comment came from the bottom of the heart of the sender I don’t know and I honestly don’t care too much about it. I know I’ve come a long way on my journey.
My journey started in Marmorbyn in Sweden. Ever heard of it? It’s a small village in the heart of Södermanland, about 16 miles from Stockholm but without similarities to the capital, not even the accent. We sound like the farmers we are and I am proud of it.
In the early ages there were marble quarries in that area and the village sprung from it, I guess. During my time, that was no longer active and what was remained was known as very dangerous holes and a very deep lake. I saw the lake every time I took my bike to my first football club, located a bit from the village out on the countryside. I had to ride my bike for about 20 minutes before reaching my destination.
The club connected to the village was Gropptorps IF. My first ever game jersey was worn when playing for this club. We were black and yellow and I loved our colors. We had training gear that was black and purple and I loved those too. I also remember our orange game jerseys. When we wore those we would always win. It was our lucky color.
I played football with the boys from the village, the boys in my class. There were only twelve people in my class and half of them were boys. To begin with I think there were a few more girls playing, but they quickly quit while I remained.
I played football with the boys for a long time but for some reason it felt right to play with the girls team at a certain age. Before the change I remember how I travelled to away games and had to find a place to change, often in the room meant for the referee. I guess I got tired of that at some point.
The journey has been long since then. I could tell you so much about my personal history, but this will do for now.
Today I am a professional, playing for Kristianstads DFF in Damallsvenskan. I’ve played in Damallsvenskan since 2001 and done 97 appearances for the Swedish full senior national-team. I’ve also done a number of appearances for the U21 and youth national-teams as well.
All I can say is that I am honored to have gotten the opportunity to write for WSU, since I truly believe that communities play an important part of the future of women’s football. In order to grow I believe we need to share our stories, to remind each other about the history and love the joy that trying to predict the future brings. Our thing we got going on is great and I look forward to add value to the game you already love, by playing the game and then telling the story about it.
Now you have got a glance into the history and the present, but what about a glance into my future?
I can tell you that I am going all in for the World Cup 2015. I want to make it my best performance ever.
For that to happen we, Sweden, need to qualify and I need to work hard to be on top of my game. Follow my blog to see what happens along that path. You might also get an insight into my thoughts on hot topics right now and get reminded of the stories one might have forgotten.
”I think if you follow anyone home, whether they live in Houston or London, and you sit at their dinner table and talk to them about their mother who has cancer or their child who is struggling in school, and their fears about watching their lives go by, I think we’re all the same.” – Brene Brown
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A professional goalkeeper who plays for Chelsea Ladies in the English FA WSL. Previous clubs include Kristianstads DFF, Malmö FF, Linköpings FC and Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC. Achieved 97 caps for the Sweden women’s national football team so far.