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Jesper Modig to Allsvenskan with Varberg

Jesper Modig to Allsvenskan with Varberg
Written by Joachim Orrenius / November 24, 2019

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It has now been a few weeks since the boys in Varberg's BoIS for the first time took the step up to the finals of Swedish football. Via 1-1 at home against Mjällby in the last round of the Superettan, Varberg became the 66 team to reach all Swedish status. We had a chat with Jesper Modig, Varberg's team captain, about the success season and the future.

We settle down in a pair of comfortable armchairs at one of Simrishamn's central avenues. Coffee in the cups. The interview can start.

Have you finished celebrating at home in Varberg now?
- Yes, it has become some celebration and we were well worth it. After the last match, we were at our sponsor place down town with all the sponsors and fans, says Jesper Modig, who at his home in Simrishamn this time has girlfriend Johanna Persson by her side. 

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Jesper Modig and Johanna Persson.

- I was at the banquet the day after the event together with the players' loved ones. I think we were 170 people at the banquet, says Johanna Persson.

Easter Mountain Valley was sold out in the last match, near the 4500 spectators paid tribute to the heroes, did you stand in the Varbergsklacken?
- Haha, no, but I was standing in some kind of heel, a private variant. We were quite many indeed, Johanna continues.

Jesper, it must have been a fantastic feeling when the advancement was a fact?
- Yes. Between minute 86 to 90 it felt like two days, it did not want to end. Then when the judge blew it was completely empty, an incredible relief. You did not understand what had happened and I do not really remember. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry, or how to behave. Dad told me I had reached my boy's dream, and what do you say. 

Yes, now that the boy's dream is fulfilled maybe new dreams will be created for you?
- Of course, this is just a small step on the road. Now we set new goals.

Jesper is currently negotiating with Varberg's BoIS for a new contract. Nothing is clear, but since Jesper is doing very well in Varberg, where his girlfriend also comes from, it is no wild guess that Modig will be smack in the middle of Varberg's BoIS next season.

You were the team captain this year, do you like responsibility?
- Yes, I am a team player myself and it is fun to help the slightly younger players get into the team. Then, of course, it is also an honor to be the team captain.

Jesper scored a goal in this year's Superettan. A strange match against GAIS where he was first substituted after a short period of injury, then goal scorer and then expelled and where Varberg still managed to win despite having only nine men on the plane the last 20 minutes.

Do you enjoy your life as an elite athlete?
- Yes, it has become my life and I love football. It is a lifestyle where I have to think about what I put in my breakfast every day to be able to exercise. But there are some days that you do not want to do with football. I am often forced to say no to parties in Simrishamn because I have a match in front of me in a few days 

Johanna fills in:
- We talk and watch a lot of football here at home too. For me, football is also a huge interest, I come from a football family and spend a lot of time on my football interest, says Johanna, who also has played football, in Tvååkers IF, but who is now drawn with knee problems so the continued football career is unclear.

Jesper do you have a nickname at home in Varberg?
- In Varberg I am sometimes called the "horse". They think I shoot hard but maybe not so well aimed at all times, Jesper laughs.

Your friend Alex Blomqvist from adolescence unfortunately left the Allsvenskan with Gif Sundsvall.
Do you have contact with each other?
- We have contact almost every day. We have the same affiliate company and there is a lot of talk about football, of course, but also about life in general. Alex has recently become a dad which is great fun. I joked with him that he would come to us in Varberg. It would have been fun but there is a lot to do with family and everything.

Otherwise, you can form a center back pair IFK Simrishamn?
- Yes, Alex and I have said that we will try to play some years together in Simrishamn later in our careers. We'll see how it goes, a lot will happen along the way.

Do you have any individual goals for the coming season?
- I want to stay healthy so that I can play as much as possible. Health is a priority.

What does the schedule look like in the future - training camps, cups, matches?
- We are doing freezing tests now. Almost half of those who have done the tests have vomited and tomorrow it is my turn, haha. We work out a week to late, we have a break until the beginning of January. Then there will probably be training camp. And later this winter we play the Swedish Cup where we were drawn in the same group as Hammarby, BP and Gif Sundsvall.

Will you run with the same game system in Allsvenskan that was so successful in the Superetta?
- I hope so, but of course we have to adapt to the resistance. I think we should stick to our hard-working 3-5-2 system that we did so well this year.

What are you good at, what are Varberg's strengths?
- We work hard and want a lot. We are ready to take the fight. During the training camp earlier this year we got into a fight when we played against a bunch of Belarusians. The match degenerated and every now and then we showed each other that we stand up for each other and want to help each other. It became clear to us that we have a good team cohesion. Then we have good players who have scored many points and others who are good at covering shots. 

Who is the best midfielder you have ever met?
- Technically it's Bajens Maumer Tankovic. He has the ball near his feet, goes both ways and is a sick smart player - a terribly capable football player simply. Then I also have to mention Edward Ofere who was in Malmö FF before. He had muscles I didn't know existed. It was totally insane what physique he had, a monster, then maybe he wasn't a very good football player.

We are now broadening the interview by weaving in comments and questions from Kalle Blomqvist who, together with Jesper's father, trained Jesper, and Alex Blomqvist, during childhood and adolescence in IFK Simrishamn. 

Kalle, how was Jesper a youth player?
- I trained Jesper from the age of 6 up to thirteen fourteen years. He was one that I call the winning skull, he always gave everything on matches, cups and workouts. Jeppe never lost a match, or cup without always doing his best, says Kalle Blomqvist. 

Any particular memory or event you would like to share?
- There are an incredible number of memories from that time, all cups, to always find Jeppe and my son Alex down on the lawn when it was time to go in for the evening. And his Barcelona shirt with Stoichkov's name on the back that he always had as a child, Kalle continues.

Kalle, what would you like to ask Jesper for next year's season?
Ask him what game he thinks will be the most fun to play.
- Malmö gone. Sweden's best supporters and a great arena. It is such a winning culture in Malmö among players, leaders and fans. So trying to silence them would have been fun, Jesper answers.

Then I would like to know which match he thinks will be toughest sporting next year?
- Djurgården away will be a challenge. They have quality players and play fast soccer on the artificial turf, Jesper answers.

Is the next question called about Varberg's goals for next year?
- It is to stay in Allsvenskan. It will be tough next year, you don't have to be a rocket scientist to realize. We were tipped last in this year's superetta and there may not be many people who believe in us next year but we are happy to tip last and we will see what happens. Leave us at the bottom and we'll get to the top, Jesper answers.

Kalle also wonders when he will be invited to Varberg?
- Hahaha, yes it is actually a bit bad that he has not been to Varberg yet. He knows that both he and his family are welcome whenever they want. I get to sleep on the couch and he gets the bed.

Finally, Kalle Jesper gives a tip for next year's season. 
- Just enjoy, Kalle Blomqvist concludes.

Age: 25 years
Height: 1,80 m
Weight: 78 kg
Position: center back
Foot: right
Shirt number: 4
Mother club: IFK Simrishamn
Current club: Varberg's BoIS
Former clubs: LB07, Valdres FK (Norway), Lunds BK, Kristianstads FC

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Gärsnäs did not rule at Janstorp

August 26
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Gärsnäs AIS in blue lost 0-2 at home against Janstorps AIF.

The newcomers Gärsnäs AIS have so far surprised positively in football's division 4 east. On the contrary for Janstorps AIF who before Tuesday night's away match at Gärsvalla in Gärsnäs only had one victory. After a goalless first half, Janstorp had the most runs in the legs during the second half and won fairly with 0-2.

After an even start to the match where the teams knew each other and tried to find their way into the offensive third of the pitch, Gärsnäs scored two goals within four minutes (match minutes 20 and 24). However, both goals were ruled out for offside. Goals there and the match had certainly taken a different course. 0-0 after the first 45, chances for both teams but Gärsnäs had the most opportunities to paint.

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Gärsnäs goalkeeper Rafael Korowajczyk is like a dash in the air. The defensive players in blue Robin Eriksson and Dennis Olsson # 6 help to get the ball away. No goal this time.

In the second half, Janstorp had the most energy and motivation and could also score the first goal of the match via Oliver Knutsson. Gärsnäs then did not have the power to seriously get pressure in the equalizer hunt. Instead, Fabian Karlsson was able to make it 0-2 for his Janstorp in the 79th minute, which was also the end result.

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Fabian Karlsson scored the 2-0 goal for his Janstorps AIF away against Gärsnäs AIS.

- Janstorp finally won fairly, so now it's just to come again, because on Sunday it is a home game again. Vanneberga stands for the opposition and then it is only profit that counts, Gärsnäs writes on his page on Facebook.

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No winner in Österlenderbyt

August 24
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The Österlender exchange between IFK Simrishamn and Tomelilla IF ended 0-0.

When the final signal sounded in Sunday's goalless derby between IFK Simrishamn and Tomelilla IF, it became completely silent around Korsavad's IP. Neither team could celebrate victory or shout out their disappointment and the crowd that pocketed home has to wait even longer for their favorite team's first three-pointer in division 3 football.

Simrishamn started the match clearly best with distinct actions and good passing play, which gave the home team the initiative and also a couple of decent positions in the first ten. Tomelilla was forced back but usually looked quite comfortable in that role. In similar match pictures, change modes usually appear. And of course it did in this match as well. After just over half an hour, one of Tomelilla's fast strikers ran free and had a free position, but as shot from a cannon, Simrishamn's defender Lucas Olsson intervened and was able to steer. The best position of the match and the best individual defensive effort of the match.

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Sometimes tough play and tough melee. Just as it should be in a derby where a lot is at stake.

In the second half, it was Tomelilla's turn to play against the wind. Despite this, the ball possession was evened out, but two stable playing defenses meant that most of the attacking attempts stopped before the offensive third. Goalkeepers Tobias Andersson (IFK Simrishamn) and Filip Malmqvist (Tomelilla IF) could quite easily secure their goal cages this afternoon.

Final result IFK Simrishamn Tomelilla IF 0-0 (0-0). 

After five matches played, Simrishamn and Tomelilla have two points each, which places the team at the bottom of the table. In the next round, Tomelilla will receive Högaborgs BK at home at Tomelilla IP and Simrishamn will go to Lomma to take on GIF Nike. Then we can hope that the first victories will come for the Österlen team.

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The party continues for Festims Österlen

August 15
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Österlen FF's goalkeeper Festim Bytyqi has kept a clean sheet four times in a row.

Friday night's 1-0 victory over Hässleholms IF at home at Skillinge IP meant the fourth straight three-pointer for Österlen FF in division two eastern Götaland. The result also meant that Österlen's goalkeeper Festim Bytyqi has now kept a clean sheet four games in a row. We let Bytyqi give his own explanation for the success.

- Look at the matches, we are a fantastically compact team and I do not get much to do. The outside players run like horses and I do what I need to do as a goalkeeper. Today we do not make a great match in terms of play, but we take the fight, says Festim Bytyqi.

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Österlen's Festim Bytyqi is a skilled goalkeeper with a good feeling in his feet who often participates in the game structure.

"We are compact and control each other"

You seem to be a team that is eager to work defensively. It is rare to see someone who is comfortable and careless with the job.

- That's right, that's our philosophy. We have those technical players, from midfield and up, who can do that little extra but without the job it means nothing.

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Österlen's Kevin Harletun with number 20 on his back has made it 1-0 against Hässleholms IF. And if you are compact and do not let in anything backwards, a goal forward is enough for three points.

Tonight you met Hässleholms IF, a very skilled team that sometimes had great ball possession. They also created some situations that could have cracked your zero and thus also the planning of this interview. Among other things, the last post of the match where you were forced to a good save next to one post.

- They shook us a little with their inserts and played fantastic football compared to the teams we have met so far. The important thing is that we are compact even if they get past certain parts of the team. We have tactically prepared for how we will deal with these situations when the opponents have the initiative.

Zero four games in a row, have you done it before in a senior context?

- Do not know, I kept many zeros last year as well but I have planned not to stay at four. Hopefully I can continue to hold tight. The outdoor players do a fantastic job and help me.

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Festim Bytyqi controls the team from behind.

During the matches, Festim Bytyqi controls his teammates by talking and giving tips. A confident voice from behind.

- It is important that I am also up and running so that I can warn them if there is an opponent behind. It is part of that we are so compact, we control each other and everyone knows their roles now. Agim (Österlen FF's head coach) has had a great time with a game idea that everyone likes.

Retains number 1 on the back

When we talk defensive play, it is of course not just the goalkeeper and defenders who should be mentioned. Take Adam Barchan, for example, your team captain who symbolizes what we talked about earlier - taking the defensive job.

- Agree, Adam's running meters today are enormous. I'm really impressed. He runs like a horse and wins those tough melee fights. We have many different types of players and we play very well together. The passes do not have to go right all the time, the important thing is that we run.

You have number 1 on the back of your match shirt. No thoughts on switching to number 0?

- Haha, there are some who have suggested it. I keep one, it means that I will come first in the series, Festim Bytyqi concludes.

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Third straight for Österlen - up in the series lead

August 12
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Kristianstad FC Österlen FF 0-4.

Österlen FF took their third straight victory in division 2 football on Monday night after a clear 4-0 away game against Kristianstad FC.

Closed first half

Kristianstad started strongest and had the initiative for a ten minute period without creating any dangers. After that, Österlen gradually took over but both teams' strong defensive play meant that the really hot chances were missed. After just over half an hour, Österlen's Zoran Jovanovic found at least a plug to Furkan Motori who in a good position did not get to the finish. Shortly afterwards, Jacob Blixt bombed from a distance, but the ball appeared just over the crossbar of Kristianstad goalkeeper, also Österlen acquaintance Joel Hallgren. A lot of play on Österlen's offensive right wing where wingback Viktor Blixt threatened forward with quick jerks and twists. A couple of times he was close to running through Kristianstad's defense. Half time 0-0.

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Viktor Blixt is courted by three Kristianstad players.

Zoran Jovanovic gave Österlen a taste start on others

The second half only lasted a couple of minutes when Österlen's Furkan Motori precision lifted a post against Zoran Jovanovic who headed the ball down into Joel Hallgren's right corner. 0-1 and a taste start on the second 45. The orange-clad home players now started a draw, but the often short attack attempts were stopped outside Österlen's penalty area or steered towards the sidelines and no major pressure on Österlen's goal ever occurred.

Kevin Harletun's long awaited goal

After 77 minutes, Österlen's goalkeeper Festim Bytyqi kicked the ball out to the hard-working striker Kevin Harletun, who after the ball bounced to the ball and lobbed it over both the outgoing goalkeeper and the home defensive player. Vigilant. The 0-2 goal was Harletun's first bowl of the season. This is what he said about the long-awaited goal.

- Fun to score goals and not just do a good job without painting, but the most important thing was that we won, says Kevin Harletun.

Tell us about the goal.

- I get a good pass from Festim, read the game and see that the goalkeeper is far out early. I saw the door and lifted the ball away. It is also important that we were able to keep a clean sheet for the third game in a row. Kristianstad joined in the first half then we drive over them. The team that scores the first goal has a big advantage in such an important match, Kevin Harletun concludes.

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Kevin Harletun on the left cheers and holds on to Zoran Jovanic after his 0-1 goal at the start of the second half.

Both 0-3 and 0-4 came after quick adjustments. Jacob Blixt worked his way through the middle and almost added to his team's lead, but the shot went wide. Reverse roles at 0-3 when Freddie Brorsson pushed forward on the left edge and dropped the ball obliquely inwards backwards where Jacob Blixt met and pulled the ball in the goalkeeper's left corner.

Goal pass and penalty save by Festim Bytyqi

Kristianstad's best chance would come in the 93rd minute when substitute Oskar Blixt first slipped (there were several Österlen players slipping on the arena's hybrid grass) and then hooked a Kristianstad striker when he worked his way up. Indisputable punishment. Festim's stick rescue was also the indisputable - goal pass and penalty save in one and the same match! Final result 0-4 and Österlen has not yet conceded a goal in this year's Division 2 series. On Friday night, Österlen will be visited by Hässleholms IF. Fourth straight? Kick-off 19.00.

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Goalscorers: Zoran Jovanovic, Kevin Harletun, Freddie Brorsson and Jacob Blixt.

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Four premiere goal scorers when Baske took the first win

August 12
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Mirnes Nurkovic in Baskemöllas away.
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Mirnes Nurkovic, here in Baskemölla's away place, offered Saturday sweets.

The first league goals in a senior context, how does it feel?

- It feels good and also nice to do a hat trick in the first home game for me. It feels like you got into senior football quickly. It has not been any problem at all to adapt to the gameplay either, says Mirnes Nurkovic.

Your first two goals were almost copies of each other, do you train a lot of shots from a distance?
- Yes, it often happens that I come in from the right edge in both training and matches, so there are quite a few shots from the very angles that I shot from.

The free kick was not bad either, have you decided that it is you who will lay the free kicks?

- We always have a left foot and a right foot and just then I felt that it was time to put it myself. We have many good free kicks in the team, including Simon (Jeppsson) who also shot a free kick in the match.

You were very effective going forward today, it must have been a real boost for self-confidence in the whole team?

- Yes, it really was, we pumped the whole match and did not stop attacking and threatening Brantevik's defense, it was maybe a bit relaxed in the second half but overall I think we make a great match and own most of the match, concludes Mirnes Nurkovic .

"Good combo of young and younger players, because we have no old ones"

- I think we are right in the positions and dare to attack with the whole team. We are not as physical as Brantevik but we do not give up. Above all, the outer slopes come up so that the outer midfielders can cut in and finish. We dare to pass around, find gaps and do not send the long ball all the time. In the second half we keep the ball and do not stress forward. We do it really well so Brantevik never gets a real grip on the match, says Johan Hörberger.

Four of your young players scored their first league goals in the senior context, guess there were a lot of happy mouths in the locker room after the match?
- Yes, it was a great atmosphere. It was a relief for everyone too and a proof that we can score goals and that the game works.

Mirnes Nurkovic's hat trick, what do you have to say about it?
- Mirnes does exactly what we train on, cuts in and finishes. Then he has a sharp left foot so I am not very surprised that he shoots in two and puts a free kick.

What do you take with you to the next match that is already played on Thursday away against Glemmingebro IF?
- Glemmingebro on Thursday does not know much about them. But we take with us the positive that you get from a win and continue to play ball. This is the first year many of the seniors play senior football, which must also be taken into account. It is a good combo with young and younger players, because we have no "old", Johan Hörberger concludes.

Final result Baskemölla IF - Branteviks IF 6-2Goalscorers Baskemölla IF: Oliver Wiege, Alexander Vokoun, Simon Jeppsson and Mirnes Nurkovic 3.
Goalscorers Branteviks IF FF: Peter Ipsen and Sebastian Nilsson.

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The premieres of the local series are approaching

29 nd of July 2020
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Gröstorp's sharp striker Emil Löfvall challenges Baskemölla's talented goalkeeper Pelle Johansson. This time Johansson averted.

The postponed football spring means that this weekend's premieres for the local football teams in Österlen are extra welcome. Österlensport checked the situation for some of the teams during last weekend's training matches where IFK Simrishamn met Mjällby AIF's U19 and Gröstorps IF took on Baskemölla IF.

Svensson satisfied with Simrishamn's defensive play

IFK Simrishamn (division 3) was visited by Mjällby AIF's very competent 19-year-olds (plays in the southern U19 Allsvenskan). Simrishamn resisted really well and pushed Mjällby down at the end of the first half, which resulted in a few half chances. In the final stages of the second half, roles were changed where Simrishamn's defensive line was put to the test when lightning - fast Mjällby strikers set full speed but Simrishamn's back line did well. The completely even and well-played match at Korsavad's IP was decided with less than ten minutes left when Mjällby was awarded a penalty that was used.
Final result IFK Simrishamn - Mjällby AIF U19 0-1 (0-0).

- In the first half we do many good things, we stand right and come in the right areas, but despite that we do not create so many situations in the last third. We are not sharp enough going forward. For 60 minutes we have good control of them. Then we lack match condition, which can be seen in the last twenty when we end up low when Mjällby takes over. I had hoped to get some energy from the innings with the bites not grabbing the balls, says IFK Simrishamn's head coach Marcus Svensson who was extra happy with the defensive game.

Was it an imaginary starting eleven you started with?
- Basically. Tobbe (goalkeeper) injured himself a bit in training so he stood over today. A pure precaution. Then it is a bit unclear what will happen to Tibor Cica who has moved to Malmö. We feel after the conditions prepared for the premiere away against IFK Trelleborg, it will be fun, Marcus Svensson concludes.

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Jakob Nilsson made a stable effort in IFK Simrishamn's defense.

Gröstorp broke Baskemölla

At Gröstorps IP, the newcomers in division 5 Gröstorps IF faced the division 6 team Baskemölla IF. It seemed early on that there is a division between the teams. Admittedly, Baskemöll's Arshad Jamil Gröstorp equalized's early lead goal by setting a penalty, but then it was the home team for almost all the money. Baskemölla's defensive line had a hard time keeping up when Noak Karlsson, Emil Löfvall and Petter Håkansson stormed forward. Final result Gröstorps IF - Baskemölla IF 4-1 (2-1).

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Gröstorp's sharp striker Emil Löfvall challenges Baskemölla's talented goalkeeper Pelle Johansson. This time Johansson averted.
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Gröstorp's Petter Håkansson moved over large areas and made a mess in Baskemölla's defense.

In the calendar you will find all local football matches - from the ladies' division 1 down to the men's division 6 - click here >>

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Jacob's dream goal saved Österlen

29 nd of July 2020
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Joy roar. Jacob Blixt is hailed by teammates Oskar Blixt, Adam Barchan and Freddie Brorsson after his dream goal against Nosaby which was decisive in the match.

Österlen FF took on Nosaby IF in division 2 eastern Götaland at home at Skillinge IP on Tuesday night. The home team won the lottery and chose to start with the Österlenska evening sun and a light breeze in the back. It was a tight match between two supposed top teams where the teams' respective defensive games effectively slowed down the attacking attempts. But with less than a quarter of an hour left, Jacob Blixt showed what his left-wing doja can achieve.

In the first half, Österlen had more ball than Nosaby, which resulted in a couple of hot goal chances, including two finishes in the crossbar. Points victory for Österlen but 0-0 on the bulletin board.

Felt immediately that it would go in

In the second half, Österlen came around on the edges of Nosaby, often when Freddie Brorsson repeatedly steamed on, but the posts into the penalty area often lacked the decisive sharpness.

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Freddie Brorsson did attempt a finish, but from an awkward position, sending the ball into the away fans.

It would take until the 73rd minute before the decision would come. The visitors got a chance to pulling one back after a corner kick, but the ball hit Zoran Jovanovic completely unmarked. Jacob Blixt stepped forward, set the ball straight and then screwed it over the defensive wall and into the goalkeeper's left corner with his red-hot left foot. Wow, redeemingly beautiful! Jacob's words about the class goal.

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Jacob Blixt's left has spoken. Nosaby's goalkeeper is out of luck.

- I wanted to put it there and if I get a good hit, the goalkeeper does not take the ball. I immediately felt when the ball left the foot that it would go in. It is difficult to get holes in strong defenses that are low so it was redemptive to score the goal. It's nice that the team that wins the match also wins, says Jacob Blixt who takes the opportunity to pay tribute to his teammates because everyone does the job for each other.

Do you practice a lot of free kicks?
- I did it when I was younger but not so much now.

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Joy roar. Jacob Blixt is hailed by teammates Oskar Blixt, Adam Barchan and Freddie Brorsson after his dream goal against Nosaby which was decisive in the match.

A team machine that loves to work from home

After the goal, Nosaby moved the positions forward in an equalizer hunt, but apart from a couple of high posts in the last five, it never became really dangerous. Österlen's back line, with conductor Robin Jakobsson as army commander in the middle lock, impressed with smart positional play, synced exceptions and calm play. Österlen has so far, rightly, received much praise for his attacking football, but this version of ÖFF also has a defensive game called duga. When ten outfielders love to work hard at home, well then the defensive game looks easy. A 30-meter home run followed by a blocked post is undeniably a beautiful sight. The hard work and Jacob's class goals remain on the retina. The match ended fairly 1-0 to Österlen who now has two straight victories in the second which this year is decided in a single series. The next team to try to stop Österlen will be Kristianstad FC.

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Skillinge IP was closed to the public but there were some places outside the sports field where it was still possible to get a glimpse of the match.

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William Wistrand goes from clarity to clarity

26 nd of July 2020
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William Wistrand - Barsebäck Resort Master's youngest participant.

Once the competition season started for Österlens GK's 15-year-old golf talent William Wistrand, it became a real challenge. As the only participant from southeastern Skåne, he recently qualified for the Barsebäck Resort Masters which is part of the MoreGolf Mastercard Tour. We followed William during the second day's game at Barsebäck GK's course Master Course where he was beaten by close to 200 other players from the Swedish senior elite. 

William started the first day's game in a brilliant way. Four pairs and a birdie on the first five holes gave 18 strokes (78 over par par) after XNUMX holes played. 

“My minimum level is high”

Barsebäck welcomed us to the second day's game with slightly unstable weather. Stable then from William who started with long, straight strokes up on the green which gave him the opportunity to birdie putt on the two initial holes. The putts were good but slipped annoyingly past the cup and instead of two birdies, William had to note par in the scorecard on both holes 1 and 2. 

Then three holes with bogeys but William kept the focus and on the sixth he rolled again in a pair - strong! The rest of the round contained five bogeys, five par and two birdies which was 81 strokes and a total of thirteen over par during two days of play which this time was not enough for a place on the right side of the cut. But having 30 players from the Swedish elite behind them is impressive.

- I am satisfied. To play such golf and still get a good score on a course as difficult as Barsebäck is a great proof that my minimum level is high, says William Wistrand when we sit down in the conference department at Lilla Vik.

What a wonderful challenge to play Barsebäck Resort Masters.
What were you thinking when you got the go-ahead to join?

- That it would be great fun to play. Barsebäck Resort Masters and Swedish Golf Tour at Djupadal last year are the two biggest competitions so far in my golf career. 

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Ninth hole on the Master Course. The ball is plugged into the soft and uneven bunker wall. How should this go?
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Response. William managed the difficult situation in the bunker at nine gallantly.

Amateur Ludvig Åberg won the Barsebäck Resort Masters

MoreGolf Mastercard Tour a collaboration between the Swedish Golf Association and the PGA of Sweden. The tour is the market-leading professional golf tour in the Nordic region. Here are professionals from several countries who are preparing to take the step out into Europe.

Ludvig Åberg from Eslövs Golfklubb played home Barsebäck Resort Masters thanks to a bogey-free last 68 round. This was his second straight victory on the MoreGolf Mastercard Tour. 

Results top three - Barsebäck Resort Masters

1. Ludvig Åberg -15
2. Mikael Lindberg -10                                               -
3. Björn Hellgren -8

More personal decisions without a caddy

For several years, William has already had time to compete against seniors. Among other things, he won the club championship last year in the home club Österlens GK.

What is the difference between competing against seniors compared to players your own age?

- The punching ability, and to play smart. As a junior, you often want to hit as far as possible and then the risk of missing increases, which means high scores. At Barsebäck I had to play smart, to play the ball instead of going for the green. It was instructive. What I also take with me from this competition is that I have to be more careful with distance assessments and where I should hit the ball. Sometimes I made a little too quick decisions.

At competitions, Williams' father or grandfather usually goes for a caddy. The competition at Barsebäck was carried out without either an audience or caddies, how did you experience it?

- It will not be the same and it will be clear alone. It's always fun when someone joins. And a caddy you can always talk to. Without a caddy, I become more independent and have to make more decisions myself. I do not know if it is positive or negative. Boring though without an audience.

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Competitions without a caddy mean more personal decisions for William Wistrand.

Which hole were you most happy with during the competition at Barsebäck?

- Hole 1. I do not think I played the hole exactly as I wanted but both days I got the score I wanted on one. It's a really heavy opening hole and there I made pairs both days. I'm really happy with that, it's important to get a good start to the round.

Junior-SM and the Battle of Skåne next week

In the first part of the Battle for Scania, which was recently played in Sjöbo, William finished second. On Tuesday next week, William will play the second part of the Battle for Scania, which this time will be played at Kristianstads GK. 

And the day after the Battle of Skåne, he goes to Kalmar to play a competition that is part of the Swedish Championships for juniors (13-21 years). In Kalmar, over 100 players participate who first play a three-day cut where then the top 45 get to play the fourth and final round of competition. Still, neither spectators nor caddies are welcome out on the tracks. What William, on the other hand, takes with him on the courses is the experience from Barsebäck Resort Masters. Good luck!

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Forward-leaning fifth in Österlen's genre rep

23 nd of July 2020
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Österlen FF

Before the restart in division 2, Österlen FF faced the division 3 team Saxemara IF at home at Skillinge IP on Wednesday night. It was a genre rehearsal where five players were noted as goal scorers in an impressive 5-1 victory.

Österlen immediately took the initiative with a moving and high attacking game. The ball possession was estimated at 80/20 for the home team during the first 20 minutes. Many of Österlen's attacks went via ball-safe Fredrik Hansson in a defensive midfield position. After a short tussle with the defender, Jacob Blixt finally tucked the ball home. Then Österlen's coach Agim Sopi sent up a whole 7-man team from the bench to warm up before the second half. Goalless after the first 45.

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Saxemara IF's right wing had a lot to do when Österlen FF stormed forward. Here Jacob Blixt sprints past his defender.

To start in the second half was changed Adam Barchan, Zoran Jovanovic, Furkan Motori, Merlin Nuhanovic and Freddie Brorsson in. Lively legs from all and Österlen took a real grip on the initiative again. And now came the dividend. 1-0 through Furkan Motori, who made a dazzling second half, nicely played by Jacob Blixt. 2-0 when Motoris' left corner found Hugo Bjuremark's head.

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Hugo Bjurnemark, on the left, nods in 2-0 for his Österlen FF.

3-0, the delicacy of the match. Freddie Brorsson sees Zoran Jovanovic's deep lead run and caresses a perfect cross that Jovanovic routinely places next to the guests' goalkeeper. The attacking game kept a really high class for a period in the second half and it is a really forward-leaning team that Österlenpubliken will see when the series soon makes a restart. Fun! What if the matches can be played with an audience?

After 80 minutes, Saxemara sent a free kick in high over the penalty box. 3-1 which shortly afterwards was about to become 3-2 but the guests' finish slipped outside one post. Instead, a new attack delicacy from Österlen. Motori spun and turned around in Saxemara's penalty area before lifting a twisted right towards the far post there Brorsson met with his right and scored 4-1. Before the match was over, Kevin Harletun also had time to paint. Five different goal scorers impress and certainly create headaches for the league competitors. 

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Furkan Motori, one of several talented attacking players in Österlen FF rolls in 1-0 in the training match against Saxemara IF.

Österlen FF - Saxemara IF 5–1 (0–0)
Österlen's goals: 1–0 Furkan Motori, 2–0 Hugo Bjurnemark, 3–0 Zoran Jovanovic, 4–1 Freddie Brorsson and 5–1 Kevin Harletun.

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Second straight 0-1 loss to Tomelilla

June 29th, 2020
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Anders Nilsson's corner at the end of the game was on the way but the ball took the cross. Photo Axel Orrenius.

Ahead of Saturday's home match at Tomelilla IP in Division 3 South, Tomelilla IF's coach Magnus Högström believed that IFK Trelleborg would try to find behind its own backline via long balls to fast strikers. It turned out to be a completely accurate pre-analysis. The visitors' lead goal five minutes into the second half was the match only, but a dramatic finish gave Tomelilla a point.

The first quarter's ball possession to the guests while Tomelilla mostly devoted to covering areas backwards. When in an open position for Trelleborg, Tomelilla had control of the guests' attacking play. After the drinking break 20 minutes into the first half, the home team was able to move up the positions and pushed Trelleborg higher up the court, which also paved the way for a couple of nice long balls on the right. However, Trelleborg's defense line could quite easily stop Tomelilla's attack.
What did you say to the players at the break?
- Offensively, we wanted to get more on our right. Here we would also start by pushing some longer strikes behind their left back and then putting pressure and then in the strikes afterwards move on to more ball possession and try to solve their first pressure on us. Here it was for poor movement and playability for the ball holder. That's what we talked about in the little "time out" and that made us feel good, "says Tomelilla's coach Magnus Högström.

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Tomelilla IF's coach Magnus Högström.
Photo Axel Orrenius.

The visitors finished the first 45 with three good goals and Tomelilla's most dangerous goal chance also came at the end of the half. Kevin Ketteridge drove the ball towards the penalty area, changed direction and drove a few more yards before pressing off with the right. The shot was effectively blocked by a Trelleborg defender. 0-0 after the first half.

Already five minutes into the second half, the visitors Mathias Andersson ran through the Tomelilla defense and was able to place 0-1. 

- An unnecessary goal that we should be able to defend ourselves from and keep track of. We talked at break about how psychologically important the first goal is in this heat. Now the uphill starts. But still, I think we try to stick to a mix of longer and short plays, says Magnus Högström.

The downside boosted Tomelilla which put better pressure in the press play resulting in a few half chances. The speed and runs were with the attackers Kevin Ketteridge and Erik Ekholm but the weight in the middle was missing which made it pretty easy for Trelleborg's defender. In search of receipt, Tomelilla made five bytes. More studded legs moved Tomelilla's attacking positions in a straight game while the team opened backwards.

The last ten became a real roller coaster on the hard and bumpy lawn. Anders Nilsson screwed a corner directly into the cross. The visitors had an open goal in a changeover but where Olof Nilsson cleared the finish line. The best opportunity came in overtime when Tomelilla was awarded a penalty when Kasper Svensson was pulled down in the penalty area. Olof Nilsson pulled from the penalty spot but Trelleborg's goalkeeper made a nice save which became the final event of the match. 

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The penalty save by IFK Trelleborg's goalkeeper was the final action of the match.
Photo Axel Orrenius.

Someone or some players you want to highlight? 

- Filip M, Olof Nilsson, Robin Nilsson, Anders Nilsson and Erik Ekholm were good.

The next challenge will be Veberöds AIF on away plan. That match will not be played until August 8.
What does the schedule look like for you now during your stay, workouts, workouts, vacations?
- Exercise Sunday, then a two week break. The guys have self-training the third week. Thereafter, the collective training begins again on week 30. Training match against Vejby (division 3) on August 1 and autumn start on August 8 against Veberöd.

Result Tomelilla IF-IFK Trelleborg 0-1 (0-0). 0-1 Mathias Andersson.

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