Simrishamskillen Alex Blomqvist has, in turn, belonged to the mother club IFK Simrishamn, Malmö FF, IFK Värnamo, Trelleborgs FF and recently it became clear with a transition from Trelleborgs FF to Gif Sundsvall. Before last year's season, then in Trelleborg, we learned to know Alex in a longer interview. Time for a replay, and a good luck in Sundsvall!
Meet the defense shadow Alex Blomqvist who is currently loading Trelleborg's FF's return to Allsvenskan. Österlensport met Alex when he was recently at home with parents, siblings and friends in Simrishamn for a few days of socializing.
- There will be peace and quiet, some good dinner. A little game with the brothers and so I will see Kamratcupens final day. I will run a running pass as well. It is not possible to put on five kilos during the leave, then it is not fun to come back. If you are an athlete or sportswoman at the elite level, you live it all the time, 24 hours a day. It is important to take care of your body - exercise, eat and rest. Then I and my partner plan for the move - we have rented a house a bit outside Trelleborg. It should be nice to avoid wearing our dog weighing 40 kilos up and down the stairs to the apartment we lived in. Now it will be garden and better place when family and friends will sleep over with us, ”says Alex Blomqvist.
Do you enjoy your life as an elite athlete?
- Yes I do. Ever since I left school I have lived that life. You live a life on the plane with training and matches and another life that no one else sees. It is almost like a double life where it is about making sacrifices. When you are active, it is important to take the chance. The career as an elite athlete is not that long.
"Do I get a position I do goals"
You're called Alexander, but most of you call you Alex.
- I have been called for a lot of different things - The flower, Sander and when I came to Malmö it became Alex. In our family, the children have many names. Nowadays almost no Alexander says to me so it feels like I'm called Alex now.
Sometimes you are also called Mr. Block, how are you?
- It's more when it's talked about me. It started when I played in Malmö FF's junior team. It is always appreciated when the defenders cover shots and I succeeded with it a few times.
2015 (IFK Värnamo) and 2016 (Trelleborgs FF) played Alex all 30 series games. Last year it was 27 series matches and also four goals, which is quite unusual for a center back.
Has Mr. Block become Mr Goal?
- In Värnamo I scored zero goals in 30 matches and last season four goals in 27 matches so I have improved the cut pretty much, but it depends on the role you have in the team. In Värnamo, there were other players you were primarily looking for in fixed situations. In Trelleborg I have become one of those that we try to find and then more modes will automatically come for me. If I get a position, I do goals. I'm on top of every corner and every offensive free kick so some ball per season I as the midback should poke in.
Allsvenskan again, now in new role
The 11 January re-assembles Trelleborgs FF's squad to make a start for the allsvenskan season 2018. Most recently Alex played in the All Swedish Championship, he was a skier in Malmö FF. Now he is a defense shadow that much of the defense game revolves around. A completely different role now.
- It's a huge difference. Now I feel that I am someone, have my given place in the dressing room and an important role on the plan. I feel the whole club appreciates me.
Do you have any individual goals for the coming season?
- I just want to keep playing and keep in good physical shape to be able to contribute as much as possible on the plan. If I'm going to do five goals or that we should keep the zero in ten matches does not matter that much. The most important thing is that I get to play and that we can establish ourselves in the Allsvenskan.
As an all-Swedish newcomer, Trelleborg's FF learns to find himself being underdog in most games. Quite often, however, newcomers are surprised, especially initially. The competition season starts already on the 9 February, when the Swedish Alliance's southernmost team at away level is set against the northernmost (Östersunds FK) in the Swedish Cup's first group game match.
- We could hardly have a more difficult match to start with but the ball is round and it is early in the season. We will turn out inferior throughout the season and I think that suits us well. Look at Östersund, Sirius and Jönköping - they did well as newcomers. It will be tough, you can't expect anything else. We believe in our team and our idea. Even if we do not stick to it, it is important that we keep the idea, our game style, so that we can get up again. Sooner or later, the team and the organization will be strong enough to become an established Swedish club. The most important thing is that we know who we are and how we should play and behave.
It sounds like you will run the same gameplay in Allsvenskan as you so successfully drove in Superettan last season.
- It is difficult for me to say how the coach thinks, but I like to see that we continue on what we have built up. There is no need to change it, at the same time if we meet Malmö FF away maybe we should not go up and press in the offensive penalty area so we must of course check on who we meet and from time to time adapt a little, but at the same time keep on what we are good at.
What are you good at, what are Trelleborg's strengths?
- We are usually good when we are aggressive and put pressure on the opponents.
- We have a bit left when it comes to building up our own game from behind. Then our attack game needs to be a little better but it is still well on the way.
When the interview with Alex was made, the player squad was thin, only thirteen players were ready for the comeback in Allsvenskan. The middle back colleagues from last season Magnus Andersson and Kristian Haynes have both stopped. Among the middle backs there was only one name - Alex Blomqvist.
- We have lost some experienced players so there will be more responsibility on us slightly younger players to take more responsibility now. I hope that a few more players will fall into the window now. For example, it had been welcomed with a left-footed center back.
Do you have any influence on who or what kind of middle back colleague you would like to have at your side and which club should say?
- No, it's the club's decision. It is not just about football but also about finances and other things that should match.
Number 14 after Thierry Henry
Alex's contract with Trelleborgs FF went out in the autumn and it was rumored that there were changes to Hammarby, IFK Norrköping or IFK Gothenburg. Instead, it became a new two-year contract with Trelleborg.
Were there any concrete suggestions from other clubs besides Trelleborg?
- There have been clubs that checked when I played but no concrete suggestion or signal that any club wanted to buy me out of the contract. Some clubs heard of them but in the end it was Trelleborg that I felt most for. Here in Trelleborg I have a given role and the club believes in me. Had I changed club while playing a level higher than last season, it would have been another competitive situation where I might not get as much playing time.
IFK Simrishamn, Malmö FF, IFK Värnamo and now Trelleborgs FF. Alexander Blomqvist's football career has exclusively been in the club colors blue and white. Probably a coincidence but it still raises the question.
Are blue and white your favorite colors?
- I haven't thought about that. No, my favorite color is red - I'm cheering on Arsenal so for me, red has always been the finest color. As a youth player in Simrishamn I always had jersey number 7 but when the seventh was busy in Trelleborg I switched to 14 because my favorite player Thierry Henry had 14 in Arsenal. I like that number.
Who is the best striker you've met?
- Thierry Henry, even though he wasn't the best right then. He was in the New York Red Bulls when we met them during a training camp in the US. Mustafa El Kabir was also very good when I met him.
In Allsvenskan then, what attacker do you fear most?
- Of course, I look forward to this year's match, including Malmö FF. It will be fun to meet Rosenberg. Goitom in AIK is also good, a wise player.
We talk for a while about the transition from little IFK Simrishamn to the much larger Malmö FF, where Alex already came as 13-year, and the much tougher attitude in Malmö.
- It was completely different in Malmö. No one was nice to you, you hardly had to borrow a water bottle if you had forgotten their. It was more "your shot". You have to learn how to behave and stand in the front to be able to take the last step.
Which is the final step?
- I want to show that I am a good all-Swedish player and that I am at that level. Then everyone dreams of getting a chance out in Europe or in the US. It's nothing that is unrealistic, it's just to keep working hard and believe in yourself, then I think the opportunity will come in the future. Look at Johannes Hopf who is now playing in Turkey. It goes even if you come from below.
"Patrick Winqvist is very tactical"
Patrick Winqvist was Alex's coach already at high school in Malmö. Also in Malmö FF (both in the junior team and U21) was Winqvist included in the coaching staff. They both know each other well after all years together.
What is the best thing about having Patrick as a coach?
- He is very committed and gives his everything for his ideas. Then he is tactically very good, the opponents carefully study what weaknesses and strengths they have. Often when we get into the match, we know what it will look like on plan and what will happen. Then it is not always as we can handle it, but at least we know about it. Many underestimate the tactical ability and I think Swedish football generally needs to be tactically better and more upset in order to develop the game one level more. This applies to both the national team and the club level. Then the players are safe in their roles and know how to play and where to have each other on plan, Alex concludes.
Facts Alex Blomqvist
Born: 1994 Height: 1,84 m Weight: 78 kg Position: Centerback Foot: Right Shirt number: 14 Mother club: IFK Simrishamn Current club: Trelleborgs FF Previous clubs: Malmö FF and IFK Värnamo
In the weekend's 4 division in table tennis between IF Ale and Tomelilla AIS, the home team was coached by 13-year-old Hannes Lidén Isaksson. With his calm and clear leadership, he contributed to a stable 8-2 victory for Ale.
Hannes has played table tennis since he was 6 years and has played both the Riks peak 12 and the youth SM. But now he had the role of coach. Ales player Anders Andersson went an even match against Tomelilla's Mensur Avdullahu. - Good job, think of the server, Hannes calls from one corner of the small hall in Kåseberga where two table tennis tables are set up.
The windows in the hall are covered to remove reflections from the sunlight and the worn parquet floor creaks and fails as the players' quick feet move around the tables. Avdullahu was picking up a lead when Hannes took a tactical time out to get Andersson in balance. "Take it easy now and no carelessness," Hannes said, turning his eyes to his considerably older teammate!
IF Ale finally won the match in division 4 south with reassuring 8-2. Tomelilla's two wins took Stefan Hallgren, who played a lot of table tennis as a youngster. But at the age of 22 he made a break. In 25 years!
- When my son Nils became interested I started playing again. We train together two times a week in Tomelilla, says Stefan Hallgren, who is currently ranked in level 4 of the total 7 levels in which the Swedish table tennis players are divided into.
After four rounds, Tomelilla is in fifth place and Ale has a series lead with her third place. The results from Saturday's match (source Swedish Table Tennis Association).
FC Cimrishamn are still undefeated after Thursday night's 6-3 victory over Skurup's IBK H4. However, it started swaying in Jonebergshallen before the Simrish harbors stepped on in period two.
The opening of the match was characterized by rolling and snappy play with many individual breakthrough attempts and it was felt 50 / 50 for which of the teams would make the first goal. In the eighth minute, Skurup made 0-1 after a chilly backhand lift. Cimrishamn created a lot of shooting positions, but the base was up to the first break.
In the second period, the home team stepped up - significantly better mobility and sharpness in the passing game and 4.28 into the middle period drew Björn Kronkvist on a shot against Skurups' obscure goalkeeper. The ball slims in until 1-1. Five minutes later, Cimrishamn utilized a power play when Andreas Björborn, in a tricky position behind goal, served Albin Hammargren who controlled 2-1. Two minutes later, it was the guests' turn to paint in the power play. Cimrishamn took over the match but still 2-2 on the scoreboard. Dennis Hedqvist wanted to change that when, after 13 minutes, he made a powerful back-break and advanced towards goal and punctured 3-2 behind a scoreless away goalkeeper. With only two seconds! remaining of the period Andreas Björborn served a new pass behind Skurup's goal cage. This time it was Dennis Hedqvist who managed the pass and scored his second straight goal up to 4-2 ahead of the end period. A so-called psychological goal.
When home team Anton Blohmé barely four minutes into the third period made the 5-2 the victory felt clear. Admittedly, Skurup created several reduction situations, but when it was needed at best, Cimrishamn's goalkeeper Philip Olsson stood in the way, which made the away team's reduction hunt thinner one by one. 6-2 did Anton Areskoug when there were six minutes remaining and the rest of the match became a flamboyant story.
FC Cimrishamn-Skurups IBK H4 6-3 (0-1, 3-1, 3-1). Goalkeepers FCC: Dennis Hedqvist 2, Anton Blohmé, Björn Kronkvist, Albin Hammargren and Anton Areskoug.
FC Cimrishamn now leads division 4 south of Skåne with a match more played compared to the other two top teams Hofteruds IBF and IBK Genarp. Cimrishamn will receive Genarp in the next round at home in Jonebergshallen on November 23.
On Saturday, 23 November, the World Cup qualifier in footgolf - Tomelilla Open Fifg100. The competition is played like a traditional golf competition: 36 holes, and with as few kicks on the football as possible to get it in holes.
A little over a week before the start on the Tomelilla golf course, we checked the situation with organizer duo Tobias Beijer and Joacim Lindholm who have both played SM for the past two years.
How come you are hosting a World Cup qualifier here in Österlen? - We have got my eyes on the sport a lot and would like to bring it forward in Sweden so we thought it would have been fun to host a competition at home. Having said that, we started a page on Facebook and invited everyone we know. We checked the interest in organizing a competition and there was interest. Then we were contacted by Tommy Svensson and Erik Lundin (two of Sweden's foremost and most experienced football golfers) who asked if we were interested in arranging a World Cup qualifier for next year's World Cup in Japan, says Joacim Lindholm.
The competition in Tomelilla is one of six qualifying competitions for the World Cup. The qualification goes like a traditional golf game, 18 holes in the morning and 18 in the afternoon, where the leader ball goes out last. Minimum number of kicks wins. The top three in the men's and women's class are awarded with the World Cup qualification points.
How many participants are in the competition at Tomelilla Golf Club?
- At the time of writing there are about 25 registered, but we expect between 35 and 40 starting. There are many old football players competing, but far from everyone, it is not always an advantage to have a football background, you have to play with your head too, says Tobias Beijer.
Are you going to participate yourself? - Yes, both Tobias and I are in the starting list, continues Joacim Lindholm.
Is there any advance favorite?
- We will get several really good players here, but the advance favorite is clear: the reigning Swedish champion and ex-Swedish player Nahir Oyal. He is extremely skilled and has a cruel attitude. Also Tommy Svensson, Erik Lundin, Niklas Karlsson and Tobias Eriksson learn to be cheated at the top for important qualifying points, concludes Joacim Lindholm.
The Tomelilla World Cup qualifier is open to everyone and you can register until the 22 November. Maybe there is a future World Cup player here at Österlen? If not, it will be an exciting competition to follow on site at the Tomelilla golf course.
0-4 at home at Sandskogens IP in the double meet against division 3 team Hestrafors IF in qualifying for the amateur cup UEFA Regions Cup. The coming weekend's return on away plan will be a tough task for Ystads IF.
Already in the fourth minute, the visitors created their first goal chance on a windy Sand Forest's IP. Minutes later, it was YIF's turn when Edin Sarhatlic finished off from a narrow angle. Hestrafors had some more ball possession in the swinging first half where Ystad occasionally threatened with balls out to left-hander Carl Persson, who did not, however, get away from his guards. Halfway into the half, Ystad washed out a bunch of corners that created some disorder in the visitors' penalty area.
A few minutes later it was Hestrafors who created pressure towards the home goal with several open positions. In the 35 minute the visitors' pressure resulted in Chris Makindu's close range. In the extra time of the first 45, Ystad got another corner where the ball danced just above Hestrafors goal line, or was the ball clean off the line? The referee did not think so, half time 0-1.
The second half started with Ystad being forced into a center-back exchange, Gustav Göransson out and Jonathan Jensen in. The same course of events as in the beginning of the first half when Emil Svensson replaced Alexander Bernhoff in the midfield.
Carl Persson continued his runs, now from the right, and had a couple of runs to the right of Hestrafor's goalkeeper. The visitors were clearly the better team in the second half and after Emil Pettersson's 0-2 goal there was no snack. Ystad tried to push forward but Hestrafors showed both speed in the conversion game and efficiency in the closing, which punished the home team two more times, Sajad Mohammadi and Emil Pettersson. Final result 0-4 which of course becomes difficult to turn over on Saturday when the return game is played. But how would the match picture have been if the receipt ball had been approved at the end of the first half?
The UEFA Regions Cup is an amateur tournament where teams between division 2 and 7 can register. Ystads IF and Hestrafors IF were the only teams in Sweden to register. Conquering teams in the double meet will therefore also become Sweden's representative in the continuing qualification that will be played this summer.
With this weekend's qualifying matches in football, the season's competition games ended. Apart from Spjutstorps IF as the next weekend has the chance to qualify for division 4. Regardless of the result of Spjutstorp's evening drama, we can already say that it was a good year for the team from the southeast - Österlen is on the move and advances the positions in the series system.
We start at the top of the series system where Hammenhögs IF's ladies had long been in first place but ended in a stable third place in division 1 south Götaland. Österlen FF finished fifth in the men's division 2 Östra Götaland with a new points record for the team in second place.
In the third, Tomelilla IF already plays, which next year will be joined by IFK Simrishamn. Simrishamn moves up after going through its division 4 series unbeaten - check out the impressive final table below. 19 wins, three draws and not a single loss!
Gärsnäs AIS puts a very strong season behind it. The five-man series victory means Division 4 games next season.
Gröstorps IF's season also impresses. After qualifying, the team takes the step up to division 5. The same misery up to five makes Öja FF.
The six will be a real wasp nest next season where the following teams settle on which is southeast Skåne's best division 6 team: Kiviks AIF, Rörums SK, Borrby IF, Svenstorps IF, Baskemölla IF and Lövestads IF.
In division 7 we find from Österlen Glemmingebro IF, Onslunda IF, Smedstorps IF and Sövestads IF. Which of these teams is investing in moving up the series system next year?
Now the beginning is another part of what makes football interesting - the silly season. A fox game between clubs, leaders and players - who recruits who?
Senior football in south-eastern Skåne is clearly on the rise and the higher up the series system the best teams reach, the more elite players are attracted to these clubs, which in turn means that player quality flows down the food chain to the teams in the divisions below. Quality is increased at all levels, Österlen is on the way!
Playing youth football until you become a senior is for several reasons preferable to already playing senior football as an 15 or 16 year. When that opportunity is not offered, it is important to find other solutions for the youth who want to continue playing football. This has been done by IFK Simrishamn together with Baskemölla IF.
IFK Simrishamn's 16 team, which consists of players born 03 and 04, will be offered A-team football for Baskemölla IF in the 6 division next season. In addition to Simrishamn's youth players, some players from IFK also join Simrishamn's current a-squad, which will form a senior backbone along with Baskemölla's current players. Coach for the "Simrisbaske team" will be Johan Hörberger, who already belongs to IFK Simrishamn's organization.
- The goal is for Baskemölla to become a top team in the six, says coach Johan Hörberger.
The idea is that the players who make progress in Baskemölla IF should be able to move to IFK Simrishamn's squad to feel the division 3 football there. Conversely, players who are not currently taking part in IFK Simrishamn's A squad should be able to join Baskemölla's A team. A kind of friendly farmer's team arrangement without written agreement.
- No, we do not enter into any agreements, more like a gentleman's agreement that both Baskemölla and we win, says IFK Simrishamn chairman Morgan Ristmägi.
Gröstorps IF has made a strong season in division 6 which it is hoped to be crowned with an advance to division 5. First qualifier against Yngsjö ended with 2-1 victory.
Saturday's nightfall on Impevallen's long-haired and slightly uneven carpet started with the team feeling each other. After ten minutes, the home team's Anton Persson got a deep ball which at first appeared to be taken care of by the visitors but in the opposing situation Persson came loose with the ball and was able to place 1-0.
Gröstorp's defense usually took the lead from the visitors' attacking attempts but after half an hour the receipt was close when a ball was cleared away on the finish line by a home player. A while later, Gröstorp had a great position until 2-0 when Anton Persson released Emil Löfvall who missed the goal in open position. But the notorious shooter Löfvall (21 goal in the basic series) would revenge halfway into the second half as he sprinted loose on the right edge and dotted 2-0 to his Gröstorp. Yngsjö had a difficult time creating dangerous goal chances but a penalty in the 72 minute made the score 2-1 which was also the final result.
Return next Saturday in Yngsjö at 14.00 when a bus load of Gröstorp supporters supports his village on the spot.
In this weekend's home match against Södra Sandby, Tomelilla IF secured a new contract in division 3 thanks to a stable 2-0 victory. Already, the association is aiming for next year's season. Hall-dressing Simon Rosén (former assistant coach at Sjöbo IF) is accepted as assistant coach to TIF's head coach Magnus Högström.
- Simon is an ambitious and determined trainer and man who has good solutions for how we will come to an end in the final third. He wants to work with details in front of the opponents' penalty area, which he will have room to further develop during 2020, says Magnus Högström.
How will you divide the assignment between you? - We will use each other's strengths and I am convinced that we complement each other really well.
Status in the squad, who extends, new players in, who leaves? - Since we have no contracted players, we will be "hit" by the free month so I do not yet know exactly how the squad looks next season. However, many players have already said that they will stay 2020. In the next two weeks, we will take stock of our existing squad. When it comes to new players we have contacted some interesting players before 2020. There are more players to contact but with respect for other clubs that qualify, we will wait to contact until they have qualified.
How do you want to summarize the season and what do you want to develop for the next season? - I think we have become a more attacking team during my first year in Tomelilla. We have worked a lot with the build-up of games and the direct recovery when we lose the ball. Next year's goal is to continue working with our ball possession and become even clearer with our press game, and to spice this up with Simon's skills the last third to succeed in scoring more goals ahead, concludes Magnus Högström.
Trelleborg FF's creative midfielder Zoran Jovanovic agrees with division 2 club Österlen FF. Jovanovic, who nowadays turns 33 years, has been a member of Trelleborgs FF in recent years, where he has been TFF's top scorer for several years, not least three years ago when he contributed most of all to Trelleborgs FF returning to the Superettan.
The contract with Trelleborgs FF expires after this season and thereafter he belongs to Österlen FF for the next three years.
A class acquisition, how does this come about? - I know Trelleborgs FF and several of the players quite well since my time as a leader in the club. Zoran was a teammate with Robin (Jacobsson) in Trelleborg and now he is craving something new and that way it is, says Österlen FF's head coach Jonas Stridsberg.
Jovanovic has had problems with a heel earlier in the season, how is his form in the current situation? - He is in good shape and looks forward to joining the group.
What role will Jovanovic have in the ÖFF? - On the plane we will use his experience and creativity. There will also be a substantial reinforcement alongside the planes. Zoran is a leader figure who also looks forward to helping our younger players take the next step in development.
Of course, a player of Jovanovic's caliber also attracts other talented players. Do you have more recruiting bombs going on? - Yes, we have more players that we are interested in, including a good player here locally who will join but it is too early to go out with this at present, concludes Jonas Stridsberg.
Zoran Jovanovic has IFK Malmö as the parent club and has made 20 junior national matches and three U21 national matches for Sweden. In Trelleborg's last match in Superettan when the team fell against Halmstads BK, Jovanovic sat on the bench. He does not learn to do that in Österlen FF.
Österlen's beaches are world famous and do not need any further presentations. The fact that they also educate talented beach football players is evidenced by the results in Åhus Beach Fotboll, which is currently underway at Täppetstranden in Åhus.
Several local teams from southeastern Skåne participate in this year's beach football days in Åhus. The best way to date has been for the newly composed and self-coached friend gang FC Stolpskott (the team consisted of 14-year-old boys from Gärsnäs, Tomelilla and Simrishamn and who because of the regulations could not officially be called FC Stolpskott but were forced to a couple of temporary player transfers and instead played during the name IFK Simrishamn where most of them play football everyday, which impressed big in the class for 14-year-old boys. Five wins and the goal difference 11-4 took the team to a superior team victory and quarter-finals in the A-finals where they took the sixth straight victory by defeating Mörrum with 2-1.
The semi-final against Kristianstad became a thrilling event where FC Stolpskott pressed for a major part of the match for a decision and which, during regular time and in the decisive penalty shoot-out (1-1 after full time), was just post-hits from the A-finals. FC Stolpskott's first participation in Åhus Beach Soccer (all winnings during regular match time) ended with well-deserved bronze medals. Victory in the A class did Wä.
- We are happy and have had two very happy cup days. Next year we will probably come back, then we are 15 years and can hopefully be called Stolpskott also in the results lists, says Axel Orrenius, FC Stolpskotts team captain.
In the F14 class, Gärsnäs girls also waged their way to a quarter-finals in the A-finals where, however, there was a loss of defeat against Vinslöv.
Åhus Beach Soccer for children and young people holds until the 5 of July and southeastern Skåne is represented by several teams from Gärsnäs, Brösarp, Tomelilla, Sankt Olof, Öja, Ystad and Simrishamn. If you do not follow the law in place, you will find the entire game schedule and all the results here >>
This is the fifth year that Åhus Beach Soccer is arranged. Over 450 teams are registered for this year's tournament which is a record and close to the set goal that is 480 teams. The biggest increase is the Youth Act. One of many popular race classes during Åhus Beach Soccer is Football For Everyone where people with different types of disabilities play. Here you really go all into the sand and war for his team.