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
After a lot of effort and great trouble, yesterday afternoon the division 5 team Brösarps IF moved on in the YA Cup at a sunny Utsikten in Brösarp. The Division 6 team Rörums SK struggled all the way to the final signal when it was 4-3 on the bulletin board. Brösarp will face Rydsgårds AIF in the next round of the YA Cup.
Strong goalkeeper play and sharp changes decided
Rörum surprised Brösarp with safe ball treatments and moving play. Especially in the central corridor, Rörum often came forward in the track via the skilled duo Erik Henriksson and Martin Nilsson. The guests also created a lot of situations and if Brösarp's goalkeeper had not played big, Rörum would certainly have scored a couple of goals already in the first half. Brösarp were sharp forward where fast Fredrik Eriksson constantly threatened with deep lead runs when the green and whites switched. After just under half an hour, just such a conversion run resulted in 1-0 for the home team. Before that, Rörum had had a good period with great ball possession and several corners. Half time 1-0.
"We do not take advantage of the goal chances"
Early in the second half, Brösarp made it 2-0 when defender Joel Carlberg first came on a post and pushed the ball in. Rörum responded immediately through Filip Nilsson who set the team's handicap penalty up to 2-1. In Rörum's hunt for a draw, Brösarp's Fredrik Eriksson ran away and was able to roll in 3-1. But Rörum did not give up and reduced to 3-2 before Fredrik Eriksson in another change (his third goal of the day) could make 4-2 in the 80th minute. Would Rörum be able to rise once more? Answer yes. New reduction in the 89th minute but the time was then too short to get a draw. Brösarp barely advanced against a Rörum that for the day played the best football.
- We make a good match over 90 minutes and lose because we do not take advantage of all the goal chances we create. Then Brösarp has Fredrik Eriksson who is efficient and is the big difference today, sums up Rörum's team manager Magnus Knast.
YA Cup Brösarps IF - Rörums SK 4-3 (1-0)
Goals Brösarps IF: Fredrik Eriksson 3, Joel Carlberg 1. Goals Rörums SK: Filip Nilsson 2, Henrik Orswall 1.
Österlen FF is not on the lazy side ahead of next year's Division 1 season. Recently, head coach Agim Sopi was ready for another year. In addition, former national team player Jörgen Pettersson has been credited as an assistant coach. An analysis coach will also be attached to the coaching team. And now the new sports director Malik Sesay confirms that 31-year-old Freddy Adu has signed for Österlen! Earlier in his career, Ghanesen has belonged to both Benfica and Monaco and is the youngest national team player in the United States of all time after a goal in the 81st minute against Canada in 2006.
- A lot is happening now. Through our network, we have gotten in touch with Adu who had a sabbatical year during Corona and wants to resume his career. He has continued his training and will come to Skåne in November. Among other things, Adu has played for a Finnish team and is not completely unfamiliar with the Scandinavian climate. Our mission is to get him in full match form this spring and then he will hold a very high class, says Malik Sesay.
At the same time as Österlen this weekend beat Asarum cod Syrianska against Räppe, which means that Österlen FF will play Division 1 football next season! But the club is not content with that. With the help of new sponsor Sagari Sport, the Superettan is the new goal. Österlensport had a chat with Filip Lidgren, one of the driving forces behind Österlen's success story, and Alexander Huhtinen who is behind Sagari Sport. But first a few words with the team's head coach Agim Sopi.
"Agim is a fucking hero"
Congratulations Agim! - Thank you, it's nice that it's done now. The guys are worthy of this, it is a good group that listens and wants to learn. And who challenges himself. Some players have developed enormously just since last spring, says Agim Sopi, who emphasizes that Österlen is a group of football players who do not whine very much.
An example is 30-year-old midfielder Robin Jakobsson who in last weekend's match injured his left foot but who thanks to special treatment by physiotherapist Claes Javerud (Gröstorps Sjukgymnastik) and a will of steel played 85 minutes in this weekend's match against Asarum. With this foot!
Österlen's board wants to move forward and is not satisfied with division 1. A new financier, Sagari Sport AB (subsidiary of Victoria Invest), has become involved in the club and the idea is that Österlen will play in the Superettan 2022. If it is Agim Sopi who continues the journey with ÖFF remains to be seen. Discussions with the board are ongoing. A low odds is that Agim extends.
If you are the one who trains Österlen next season, what does it take to succeed in division 1 as well? - Already during the first training sessions, I saw that several of the players have very high quality and that they would do well even in division 1. Then I know from experience that a couple of reinforcements will be needed, says Agim Sopi.
- It feels unreal, and almost a bit empty now that the goal has been achieved. I feel a great pride and I think that the whole of Österlen can do that. Agim is a fucking hero and look at Robin Jakobsson who played almost the entire match with that foot. Without making a single mistake - what an ambassador, says Österlen FF's vice chairman Filip Lidgren!
Division 1 - the economic gulf
Long journeys and relatively little contribution from the Swedish Football Association. Division 1 has become known as an expensive series to participate in. An economic sinkhole. In addition, the sports field in Skillinge must be partially rebuilt - safety needs to be improved and a new grandstand with room for 500 seated spectators along the eastern long side is planned to be built. In addition, the organization needs to be strengthened. And I guess also the player squad. Just like in so many other municipalities where successful elite associations are supported by the home municipality, Österlen FF of course also needs support from Simrishamn's municipality.
- There is already a plan for much of this. We have finished with Sagari Sport who believe in our investment and go in with money, says Filip Lidgren who is happy to list a whole lot of people who are behind Österlen's success and who he thinks should be highlighted.
- Many people in Brantevik, Rörum and Skillinge should be proud today, including Mattias Westberg, Tord Carlsson, Kjell Nilsson and Eskil Brantling, many non-profit forces and all the coaches before Agim, not least Jonas Stridsberg and Jonas Mårtensson who largely put together the successful team, continues Filip Lidgren.
Sagari Sport - trotting horses, e-sports and now football
Sagari Sport AB is a multi-sport company that has made investments in, among other things, e-sports and owns about 30 trotting horses. Now you also take the step into football.
- Sagari Sport is investing heavily in ÖFF by building a long-term value in the club both organizationally and financially. The goal of this investment is to establish ÖFF in the Superettan 2022 and Vision 2025 is an established team in the Allsvenskan. In a first step, Malik Sesay is appointed as sports manager in the club, Malik has, among other things, trained IFK Trelleborg, IFK Malmö and FC Rosengård, writes Sagari Sport on its website.
Do you have any connection to Österlen? - My partner is from there and my mother has lived there. We want to be involved from the beginning of this new phase and believe that this is a win-win for both us and Österlen FF, says Alexander Huhtinen who is behind Sagari Sports' investment and who joins as club manager in ÖFF's new organization.
Jörgen "Sweden-Bomber" Pettersson into the coaching staff
Alexander Huhtinen also reveals that the former national team player Jörgen Pettersson will step into Österlen's coaching staff. Pettersson has since 2009 had coaching roles for various teams in Skåne, most recently in IF Lödde.
There is a lot that needs to be planned in the small clubhouse at Skillinge IP before the series premiere this spring. Rome was not built in a day but construction has begun.
- Everyone who has a passion for football at Österlen must end up in this, Filip Lidgren concludes.
Österlen FF's home win over IK Tord on Saturday afternoon still means a one point lead down to chasing Syrianska FC when two matches remain of division 2 eastern Götaland.
Österlen took the initiative in the wind at Skillinge IP. Already in the 4th minute Freddie Brorsson got a great position but the finish went a good distance outside. Tord were not harmless and it was above all Yves Nkuru who threatened with deep lead runs. After ten minutes, it was close that Nkuru came loose but Österlen's midfielder Robin Jacobsson did a strong home job and disturbed just enough so that Festim Bytyqi in the goal had time to steer out and steer.
Zoran "rarely two feet at the same time in the ground" Jovanovic became a two-goal shooter
A couple of minutes later, Österlen created an attack on the right wing where Freddie Brorsson passed the ball diagonally backwards into the penalty area where Zoran Jovanovic met with his right foot and sent in 1-0 straight up in the net.
Axelsson and Jönsson impressed in the newly composed central defense
Injuries to midfield giants Erik Rasmusson and Robin Jakobsson meant that Österlen lost momentum for a while. Substitutes Timoty Axelsson and Martin Jönsson were substituted and played stably despite not playing together in match contexts.
Martin, what instructions did you receive from Agim when you were replaced? - To play easily and be prepared in depth when their fast striker came. This was my second appearance in this year's series and it was fun, says Martin Jönsson.
Österlen created a lot of chances, among other things Viktor Ekblom had a rib kick, but the timing in the last moments was missing, which can be partly explained by the strong wind that blew around the sports field in Skillinge. At the end of the first half, Tord burned a great position after the guests used a vacuum in the middle.
"Good competition in the squad - all in their own hands"
In the second half, Österlen continued to create situations and should close the event then. Tord had a surprisingly difficult time loosening up Österlen's newly composed line-up and was never really close to an equalizer. 92 minutes into the game, Viktor Ekblom came close to leveling the score with a dangerous shot from the center of the area that went just over the bar. 2 - 0 was the score after the first half.
- We should have scored more goals and decided the match earlier. When we were forced to change, I put in Martin and Timoty and both did really well. Strong, stable and it shows that we have good competition in the squad. We have everything in our own hands, there are six more points that apply, says Österlen's coach Agim Sopi.
On Saturday, October 10, Asarums IF is waiting away for Österlen. The following Sunday, October 18, the series ends when IFK Hässleholm visits Skillinge IP.
IFK Simrishamn saved the first three points of the season on Saturday afternoon. But it looked like a long time to end in a draw against Kulladals FF at home at Korsavad's sports ground. Slitvargen Jonathan Karlsén in Simrishamn's midfield, however, wanted something different and in overtime he made sure that the hope for a renewed Division 3 contract remains at least until the next round.
Tagged Simrishamn owned the first half
Already in the second minute, Jonathan Karlsén thundered in 1-0 to the home team. A tagged Simrishamn made an inspired and strong first half and should have scored more goals in three four good positions, including Ludwig Lloyd had a finish at the bottom of the bar.
Instead, Kulladal was awarded a penalty in the 36th minute which was managed until 1-1 which was also the half time result. The second half was smoother. Strong introduction of Kulladal. Many short attacks in both directions and two teams that defended well resulted in a boring and unlucky half. The redeeming 2-1 goal made Karlsén careful in the 93rd minute.
"I think we finish with two victories and manage to stay"
- In the first half, we create enough chances to kill the match. We have good control then. In the second half we do not find the game and get a little heavy behind but we continue to believe in it and fight on and this time it bounced with us. We have made many efforts this season without getting a dividend, says Jonathan Karlsén.
You were right on the hook today. - Yes, you try to push on and take responsibility. Maybe not my best season but mentally I have been there anyway. Now there are two matches left, two top teams, and I am very much looking forward to it. One away, one at home, anything can happen. I think we will end with two victories and that we will manage to stay, Jonathan Karlsén concludes (picture below).
Lucas Olsson was the best on the field
This was a typical warrior victory where the collective attitude on the plane should be praised. Apart from Karlsén's two bowls, distinct breaks and many running meters, we can not help but mention the plan's giant - midfielder and team captain Lucas Olsson, who did most things right this sunny afternoon, something that also Simrishamn's head coach Tobias Eriksson agreed with.
- Finally, enormously nice! This means a lot to the boys' self-confidence. We have worked really hard to create energy and boost each other for the past two weeks. We have a small chance left and now we will ride this wave and try to clear the contract, says IFK Simrishamn's coach Tobias Eriksson who after the match got an emotional hug from Marcus Svensson who recently resigned as head coach and handed over the coaching responsibility to Tobias Eriksson.
It was a very gratifying home victory when the Swedish Golf Senior Tour H 60 was decided on Österlen Golf Club's course Djupadal. 113 players came to the start and at the top of the results list we find Markdalen who during the second day's game made an impressive 72-round containing a birdie, two boogies and 15 pairs! We cheer and congratulate! Here you read a report with pictures about the very successful two-day competition.
Of the 113 participants, no less than nine home players from Österlens GK lined up - Göran Höckert, Åke Appelgren, Gunnar Mueller, Anders Albäck, Dan Markdalen, Per Borg, Carl-Magnus Andersson, Jan Törner and Staffan Widerståhl. During the first day's round, we followed the balls where Markdalen and Mueller went.
Birdie on the second and pistol on the eighth
08.51 Jan Wedsberg (Ullna GK), Jan Burgaz (Kungliga Drottningholms GK) and Dan Markdalen (Österlens GK) pointed out. Already on the first tee it became clear that this was a socially competent trio that set out in the wonderful late summer weather. Two pairs and a boogie on the first hole for the trio. On hole 2, Jan Wedsberg's shot ended up in a tricky position in the bunker 50 meters from the green. After getting the ball out of the bunker, it stopped about 15 meters before the green. The perfectly balanced putt rolled all the way up to the stick and straight into the cup - birdie from maybe 20 meters!
After the decision on the eighth, Jan Wedsberg mentions that he will produce his pistol. Thankfully, it turned out that it was only a pistol-like massager that was picked out of the bag. After a short while of self-treatment of the neck and back, Wedsberg was ready for the second shot down to the fast green of the eight.
Fruit time with nestorn Gunnar Mueller
After nine holes, Dan Markdalen and Jan Wedsberg had hit 38 strokes each and Jan Burgaz 44. Here at nine we thanked Dan, Jan and Jan for the company and instead joined Per Möller (Ljunghusens GK, Matti Säyrä (Upsala GK) and Gunnar Mueller (Österlens GK) during their last nine holes day 1.
"Golf is a martial art"
A victory interview with Herr Markdalen is of course in place. Here he is seen in the middle together with the first day's playmates.
72-round the second day, what was it that worked so well? - I know that golf is a martial art (which not many people know) and I always try to think away the bad and just try to hit fairways and greens, then the score is usually good. Djupadal is very "own" and if you give up a little, it will be 86 strokes immediately, says Dan Markdalen. I hit a lot of good irons, chipped decently and above all I lowered four five putts from two three meters which was crucial I would say. I missed almost nothing gross from the tee on 36 holes which was also good. The only double bogey came after I hit an iron 8 from 116 meters on the 12th on the first lap but I thought I kept the pitching wedge and ended up ten meters behind the green!
How did you celebrate the victory? - The celebration was a pizza with a glass of wine in front of the Tour Champions on TV.
How are you overall on the H 60 tour? - Advancement from 15th place to ninth in the ranking, concludes Dan Markdalen.
The first weekend in October, the H60 tour continues at Mauritsberg GK (Race to Mauritsberg) where the 70 best ranked players can participate.
After the last round's snotty 0-1 loss against Syrianska FC, Österlen FF is back on the winning track. IFK Karlshamn at home at Skillinge IP was defeated on Sunday afternoon with indisputable 3-1 and now Österlen has four points, and also a better goal difference, down to the table runner-up in division 2 which is currently Syrianska FC.
Well-oiled team machine took the initiative
Österlen's head coach Agim Sopi chose to start without the strong trio Zoran Jovanovic, Furkan Motori and Freddie Brorsson and had also moved the former fullbacks Samuel Fröjdh and Viktor Blixt as midfielders on each side. Not much of these changes was noticed, Österlen has a broad squad and is like a well-oiled team machine that immediately took the initiative and pushed back the canary-yellow-bleached bleachers. The crowd around the sports field and at screens (Ystads Allehanda broadcast the match live) just waited for 1-0. And it would come in the 23rd minute when Samuel Fröjdh found a gap in the crowd in front of Karlshamn's goal. Half time 1-0.
Viktor found Victor
Karlshamn pulled up after the break, leveled the game and had a couple of dangerous posts from the edges, but it was still the home team that could extend the lead to 2-0 in the 52nd minute. Viktor Ekholm pushed forward on the left wing and via a classic oblique-inward-backward he reached his name with Blixt in last name who with the left pushed in the season's first league goal. Goals for both the advanced outfielders!
Rasmussons 3-1 killed the match
Now Österlen's weakest period in the match followed. The strong press game was like blown away. The passivity meant that they were often second on the ball and the initiative passed to the guests who logically reduced to 1-2 with 20 minutes left. Österlen's coach Agim Sopi urged and made several changes to bring about a change. Among other things, a new acquaintance for the Österlen audience was replaced - Florent Sopi, who is coach Agim Sopi's nephew and who previously belonged to Malmö FF's U 19 squad. Also in came Zoran Jovanovic, Furkan Motori and Freddie Brorsson. With barely a quarter left, Samuel Fröjdh hit a long free kick that reached midfielder Erik Rasmussen's head to 3-1. This year's first goal also for Rasmusson. Österlen took over the initiative again and even though Karlshamn stood up in a couple of adjustments, the three-pointer was never in danger during the last quarter.
Next, Österlen now has two away matches against strong opposition - Dalstorps IF (12/9) and Husqvarna FF (19/9).
Österlen FF - IFK Karlshamn 3-1 (1-0)
Österlen's goals: 1-0 Samuel Fröjdh, 2-0 Viktor Blixt and 3-1 Erik Rasmusson.
After the afternoon's 0-2 loss against Råå IF, IFK Simrishamn's head coach Marcus Svensson chose to resign. Four rounds remain and Simrishamn is second to last with four points up to qualifying place.
- It feels very heavy. The whole year has been an uphill climb, in many ways and where the missed results are of course a part. Now I feel that I will no longer be with the squad and I take my responsibility and give this team an opportunity to boost up for the remaining four rounds. Often a new voice has a positive effect and an opportunity for the squad to be bound together, says Marcus Svensson immediately after the player squad has taken part in the decision.
Seven seasons as coach for IFK Simrishamn
This season is the seventh season that Marcus Svensson coaches IFK Simrishamn's a-team. There will be no eighth season. The highlight was of course last year's season when the team impressed a lot and went undefeated through division 4 and advanced to division 3. - I am incredibly proud of the journey I have made, a lot in the club has changed in recent years. This year, however, has been one big disappointment. We went in with great ambitions and a belief in what was to come. Football is secondary to a year like this, many events that are much more important have put a gloomy shimmer over life. Suffers with all those who have been affected and those who unfortunately left us far too soon, Marcus Svensson writes on Facebook.
It is unclear who will take over
Who takes over the responsibility as head coach? - For the time being, the assistant coaches Tobias Eriksson and Jonathan Karlsén will take over. It is unclear at this early stage who will be the new head coach. We need someone who is strong and water-resistant, and who thinks long-term and gets the trust of the association, concludes Marcus Svensson.
Sankt Olofs IF against Spjutstorps IF at Kvarnvallen in Sankt Olof. Two undefeated teams in the football division 5 east. It took until the 80th minute of the match before Wednesday's match was decided. A precise free kick from Johan Nilsson against Edin Cakovic's strong main game gave Sankt Olof the 1-0 win.
Two different playing styles met
It seemed early in the morning that Spjutstorp wanted to roll the ball along the ground to force Sankt Olof to many defensive running meters. Sankt Olof bet more on high balls centrally to Tobias Sonesson and Edin Cakovic, both strong in the main game. None of the teams succeeded particularly well with their tactics and the first half was slow, a battle for the midfield where the guests were the most creative and who had the greatest ball possession. Maybe the dense and lush lawn helped keep the pace down? Spjutstorp had the best chance in the first half in the 39th minute when Mergim Mehmeti sucked a ball, drove sideways and finished a bit outside. Half time 0-0.
Immediately in the second half, Sankt Olof's Johan Nilsson thundered away a free kick with his left foot that struck the goal frame. Near a dream destination there. Spjutstorp tried to break the pattern from the first half by occasionally hitting longer balls on their nimble attackers in order to pull apart Sankt Olof's defensive line. But it did not succeed. The frustration over the goal drought of both teams crept in and in the middle of the second half the game heated up with tough close matches. The result was a break in the game, a bunch of warnings and a chat with referee Sadik Avdic.
Cakovic decided when ten minutes remained
And so in the 80th minute of the match, the match was decided when Johan Nilsson served Edin Cakovic who finally got a dividend with his head right in front of goal.
Spjutstorp had the mobility and ball possession. Sankt Olof had a warring collective, and a hard-to-stop Cakovic, which was crucial this time.
Sankt Olof now tops the division 5 table. The question is how good Sankt Olof really is, can it even be enough for advancement to the four? Later this autumn, we have the answer. What we can at least state is that it takes a good deal of morale to match the yellow jerseys from Sankt Olof. Despite the loss, Spjutstorp is in fourth place with one match less played than second place Vanstads IF and third place Åhus Horna BK, which currently holds the qualifying places upwards, so Spjutstorp also has every reason to look positively on the continuation of the series.
Final result Sankt Olofs IF - Spjutstorps IF 1–0 (0-0). Goal: Edin Cakovic (80).