The women’s football team in India had a disappointing start to the year following their campaign for the 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup in January had been cut short because of a corona virus breakout in the team. This had been a big disappointment for the players since they missed out on displaying their skills on the biggest stage in Asia.
However, the unfortunate incident has fuelled their urge to prove their potential. As they returned to action in April, they were not only able to defeat Jordan and Egypt but also maintained 2 clean sheets. They had been rewarded proficiently as they climbed 3 places in the current FIFA rankings that had been announced on 17th June to be positioned at the 56th spot. It is commendably provided that is more difficult to rise north as a team gets closer to the top 50 positions. Continue reading →
Sweden would start their next UEFA Nations League campaign League C after they were demoted from League B. For this season’s UEFA Nations League, the Swedes were drawn in Group B4 alongside Scandinavian rivals Norway, Slovenia and Serbia.
The Swedes didn’t have the best campaign in Group B4 after they ended with just four points from six games. They lost four of their six group games thus dropping down into League C. Continue reading →
Celtic have completed the signing of Rubin Kazan attacker Sead Haksabanovic on a five-year deal. The Montenegro international has penned a long-term deal with the Scottish champions to become Ange Postecoglou’s eighth summer capture. Haksabanovic was on the Hoops’ radar last summer after catching the eye with Swedish outfit IFK Norrkoping, where he made an impressive 46 goals contributions in 76 games.
That earned him a big-money move to Russia after Rubin Kazan won the race for his signature. However, the £6million move hasn’t worked out and Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine opened the door for Celtic to land the 23-year-old at the second time of asking. Swedish-born Haksabanovic spent the latter part of last season on loan with Djurgardens and Rubin’s financial crisis meant the club had no option but to move him on for a cut-price fee. Capable of playing on either wing or attacking midfield, Haksabanovic will add more firepower to Postecoglou’s frontline and possibly fill the void left by goalscoring playmaker Tom Rogic. Continue reading →
Sweden national team striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has signed a new contract at Italian Serie A champions AC Milan thus extending his stay with the club until next summer. He has signed a one-year contract extension with the Rossoneri. The club legend was a free agent after his previous Milan deal ended in June. The new Milan contract for the Sweden international was confirmed by the Italian Serie A side via an official statement earlier in the week.
AC Milan have given Ibrahimovic a new contract despite the fact that he’s currently injured. The veteran Sweden international striker will miss the start of the new season as a result of the serious knee injury sustained towards the end of last season. The said injury didn’t stop Ibrahimovic from winning the Italian Serie A title with Milan. Continue reading →
Reports in Italy suggest Southampton have put in a bid for Bologna midfielder Mattias Svanberg who has attracted a lot of interest after impressive performances in Serie A. La Gazzetta dello Sport suggest the Rossoblu have received a €10million (around £8.5million) bid from Saints for the Swedish international. The 23-year-old impressed last season for Sinisa Mihajlovic’s side who finished 13 th in Serie A last season. In 36 league appearances, Svanberg scored three goals and three assists including the winner against Jose Mourinho’s Roma in December. He also scored the opener and provided the cross for the winning goal in a 2-1 win at Sampdoria a month earlier.
The Swedish international ranked in the top percentiles (10%) in terms of dribbles completed per 90 (0.88), progressive passes received per 90 (2.35), and blocks per 90 (1.83) in comparison to all the midfielders in the Italian top flight, as per FBRef.com. Svanberg’s contract with Bologna is due to expire next summer. The club are willing to sell the midfielder if the right offer comes along, suggests Football Italia. Continue reading →
Brighton and Hove Albion have cemented their spot in the top nine of the Premier League after their emphatic win over Manchester United last weekend. The Red Devils were on the receiving end of a thrashing from the Graham Potter-led Brighton side at the Amex Stadium on Saturday. Brighton were able to record their biggest Premier League ever at the expense of Manchester United thanks to the convincing 4-0 win.
Manchester United came into the Brighton game on the back of a two-match unbeaten run against the West London duo of Chelsea and Brentford at home. Cristiano Ronaldo scored to cancel out the second half opener from Marcos Alonso as Manchester United and Chelsea played out a 1-1 draw. Portuguese international Ronaldo was also on the scoresheet as Manchester United thrashed Brentford 3-0 at home. Apart from Ronaldo, fellow Portuguese Bruno Fernandes and Spanish defender Raphael Varane also scored for Manchester United. It was the first goal in a Manchester United shirt for Varane. Continue reading →
Sweden national team star Dejan Kulusevski could have written his name in the Premier League (PL) record books when his Tottenham Hotspur side entertained Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday lunchtime during the last set of Premier League games. The Sweden international has made a big impact at Spurs since his loan move from Italian Serie A giants Juventus at the start of the year.
Tottenham Hotspur were able to strengthen their squad in the winter transfer window in January with the signing of Uruguayan midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur and the aforementioned Kulusevski. Bentancur was signed permanently by the North London club in a £16m deal, while Sweden international Kulusevski was signed on loan for 18 months with the obligation to sign at the end of the loan deal. Continue reading →
Sweden have won six successive games against Poland and they could make it seven wins in a row when they meet in Chorzow next week Tuesday with a place at the World Cup 2022 tournament up for grabs.
The footballing history between Poland and Sweden dates back to June 1974. The two teams had met at the second group stage which decided the two teams for the final and the two teams for the third/fourth spot playoff. Continue reading →
England international Theo Walcott made his return to the Southampton squad for the Premier League clash with defending champions Manchester City at home last weekend. Walcott featured in the Saints team for the first time in 2022 against the Citizens having recovered from Covid-19. He had not been involved in the Southampton squad since the start of the year on the back on him testing positive for Covid-19.Theo Walcott started the visit of Manchester City on Saturday evening on the bench.
Southampton were given a dream start when former Tottenham Hotspur fullback Kyle Walker-Peters gave them the lead inside the first ten minutes with the outside of his right foot. Manchester City dominated proceedings from the blast of the whistle only for Southampton score to score from their first major foray into the Manchester City box. The goal from Walker-Peters came in the seventh minute after he was teed up by compatriot Nathan Redmond on the right side of the Saints attack. It was the first Southampton goal for the English right-back specialist.The stunning strike from Walker-Peters gave the Saints a slim lead over Manchester City at the break. Continue reading →
Sweden national team icon Zlatan Ibrahimovic was one of the goalscorers as his AC Milan team ended on the wrong side of a seven-goal thriller at the end of the Italian Serie A trip to Florence to face Fiorentina. Ibrahimovic scored two of the three Milan goals but it was not enough to claim at least one point thanks to the red-hot form of the highly rated Serbian striker DusanVlahovic. Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur target Vlahovicscored twice to lead Fiorentina to a 4-3 victory over Milan.
Hosts Fiorentina scored the first goal of the game on 15 minutes thanks to Ghanaian footballer Alfred Duncan. Riccardo Saponara then scored a second Fiorentina goal on the stroke of half-time to deliver a big blow to the hopes of Milan getting a win that would take them three points clear at the top of the Italian Serie A table. Saponara was able to get a goal against his former team.