Tibor Cica, Jonathan Karlsen, Bassam Ahmad and Rasmus Nilsson ready for IFK Simrishamn
Written by Joachim Orrenius / November 14, 2018
In the two seasons, IFK Simrishamn is one of the top teams in the southeastern division of the 4 football. Now we are investing in taking the step all the way up to division 3.
After Simrishamnsklubben finished earlier this autumn with Bassam Ahmad from the division 2 team Österlen FF, two more players, Tibor Cica and Jonathan Karlsen, from the same club are now joining. In addition, Rasmus Nilsson from Brösarps IF is ready. In other words; good conditions for IFK Simrishamn to be among the top four also in the coming season.
The new acquisitions add to routine and character
- We are 100 years next year and we are stretching the bow considerably. This is the biggest investment in 20-25 years. We have looked at Jonte (Jonathan Karlsen) for some time and after some meetings it felt better and better. He had one year left on his contract, but we have solved that with Österlen FF and we are very happy about that. Bassam (Ahmad) came to us already in the late summer. He has come in well in the group and continues in IFK next season as well. With Tibor we also have ongoing conversations. He is also a fantastic football player. Moreover, Tibor and Bassam work colleagues so it has facilitated the contact, IFK Simrishamn's chairman Morgan Ristmägi begins.
Rasmus Nilsson is an 21-year-old talent who lives in Östra Vemmerlöv. The other three live in Simrishamn, something that Morgan Ristmägi sees as a great advantage.
- It is players who live and work here and will be in Simrishamn. After training and home games they are at home in a few minutes, says Morgan Ristmägi.
- This year I have played with Brösarp but felt that it was time for me to try games at a higher level. Then Simrishamn is great for me to develop in. I am a winner skull and am very ambitious with my training. I also believe that I can participate and contribute to success, ”says Rasmus Nilsson.
- We had a strong squad already last year but are disappointed with the result. We had some gaps in character. Now we bring in a couple of experienced players with a strong character and who know what is required. We bowed out in a couple of games last season. You need players who stand up when the wind blows. Rasmus is typically such a player that we at IFK Simrishamn want to connect with us - young, ambitious with a winning skull and who can be used in several different positions, says IFK Simrishamn's head coach Marcus Svensson.
Jonathan Karlsen assists Marcus Svensson
Jonathan Karlsen will also have the role of assistant coach to Marcus Svensson.
- Marcus has been a coach with us for quite some time now and both of us on the board and the player group wanted to keep him, but we needed to get some type of leader who can challenge and question him correctly. And in that role, Jonte is perfect, says Morgan Ristmägi.
- I have previously been asked as assistant coach in lower divisions but then it has not been relevant. This is a step into the coaching role which is my thought in the future when I put the shoes on the shelf. It is canon to come here at a good level and go next to Marcus, says Jonathan Karlsen, who also gets praise from Bassam Ahmad.
- He's a wonderful guy, excuse MAN. I have known Jonte for five years and he has helped me a lot, both on and off the field. When I came here this summer, I had already decided to continue playing here in Simrishamn. We live out here and I will probably stay here for a few more years. I am very positive about everything that happens in the club and also want to be involved in the youth activities. Marcus has explained what he wants out of me and together with Tibor and Jonte we will raise the level. We are betting on winning division 4, says Bassam Ahmad.
Tibor Cica and Jonathan Karlsen have also known each other for a long time. In addition to Österlen FF, they have also played together in LB07.
- I am happy for Jontes reason that he becomes an assistant coach. I know he is a real leader and that he will do it really well as an assistant, says Tibor Cica.
Jonathan Karlsen has been an important cog in Österlen FF's law building for about a decade. In recent years he has been the captain.
Suppose there are some nostalgia now that you leave ÖFF?
- A little, it was a difficult decision in the beginning but gradually the decision has landed and become easier and easier. We will soon have our second child and the family is always number one. Then we bought a house in Simrishamn. And then the investment in football in Simrishamn - to try to get a team, in addition to Österlen, up in the league system. It will be exciting with the youth initiative as well. It feels like the perfect step to go here to Simrishamn and to still keep a good level, and maybe help the team to third. I hate to lose and will not come here to step down. However, I will spend less time on football, overall. Had the association not had the ambition to go up to third, I would not have come here, says Jonathan Karlsen.
"We do not come here to joke"
To compete with Österlen FF (division 2) as Southeast Skåne's best team is nothing that Morgan Ristmägi and Marcus Svensson have in mind right now. However, it will be interesting and close matches in the series against the local teams from the southeast; Lunnarps BK, Sjöbo IF, Janstorps AIF and Tomelilla IF. And the goal is of course to win the 4 division.
In IFK Simrishamn's clubhouse stands the princess cake and soft drinks. None of the players touch the sweets. They have not come to IFK Simrishamn to eat cake and retire.
- I am happy to be here and look forward to the season next year. Perhaps many people think that we come here to unwind, but that is not the case. We will not come here to joke. We want to win the four and we want to do it in style, says Tibor Cica.
Successful youth activities
The average age has some matches during the past season been just over 20, which is low. In some matches, a couple of 15 and 16 year olds have been involved.
- Simrishamn will stand for a nursery and then the 3 division is a very good platform to stand on when it comes to the a-team. For those who want and have ambitions, Simrishamn becomes a good springboard in the development of football. Jonte, Bassam and Tibor raise the middle age a bit but above all they will show the younger players what it takes. This is very positive for the youth football in Simrishamn, says Marcus Svensson.
Now a month's open window is waiting for some players to try out other clubs. The 15 December closes the transfer window and then we know what the test exercises and negotiations have resulted in. In the latter part of January, the pre-season training will start running seriously.
- Jonathan and I will talk to each other and test a lot now during the long pre-season. These are guys who are adaptable and who do what is best for the team. Regardless of where on the plane you are to contribute. It is a privilege to have access to such good players. Now we have good tools and now it's important to perform. But it must not be a must to win, it must be a will - it is a damn difference, concludes Marcus Svensson.
In March next year, the Special Olympics World Summer Games will be decided in Abu Dhabi. Over 7000 active people from 170 countries will meet and compete in 24 different sports for two weeks. One of the sports is bowling where Mikael Engström from FF Österlen has been selected as leader of the Swedish bowling team.
This is the second time that Mikael Engström has been selected as the leader of the bowling team that represents Sweden in the Special Olympics World Summer Games. Last time, four years ago, the competitions took place in the USA. This time, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi are the organizers. The competitions will be decided on March 14-21 next year.
- Special Olympics is the Olympics for the mentally handicapped. It's fun that little Simrishamn has someone there. It feels like I have succeeded with my goals - to get the group to work together and have fun together, says Mikael Engström, who also breaks extra as a referee in youth football in southeastern Skåne.
- It is fun to develop the young people in Österlen. I like to teach instead of punishing. As a leader and judge, it is important to explain to the youth what mistakes are made, concludes Mikael Engström.
Mikael Engström is also a board member and leader of FF Österlen, an association that caters to people with disabilities and who has the entire south-east of Skåne as their catchment area. The association today has over 45 active bowlers.
The ball bounces in the parquet and rolls towards the goal. The skittles fall over, rattle. Someone knocks down all ten skittles and shouts "yes, a strike". There are series games in bowling for the disabled, so-called parabowling, in Korsavadshallen in Simrishamn.
Österlensport stops at the course where Peter Håkansson plays. He represents BK Skoj from Tollarp, has lined bowling for almost 30 years and did just seven barriers in his series.
- It is just as important with barriers as with strings, it may be those who decide on the end, says Peter Håkansson.
In the next series Peter Håkansson beats six locks and in the series then eight. Spärrspecialisten Håkansson continues.
- Everyone can play bowling, it's great fun. You meet other bowlers and can see very many different styles.
300 series by Larry Johansson
Home player Eddie Engström from FF Österlen has finished playing for today. And it went well. In four series, he scored 766 points. Even better was Larry Johansson who hit a total of 978 points in his four series. One of these was a 300 series - so all strikes!
- We won our match, says Eddie Engström proudly.
What is so much fun about bowling?
- You get many friends. First we started with football but then it became bowling. It's fun to focus and aim. Then it has to have straight arm and get to the screw, says Eddie Engström.
45 bowler including 18 licensed
Mikael Engström, Eddie's father, is both a board member and leader of FF Österlen, an association that is aimed at people with disabilities and who have the entire south-east of Skåne as their catchment area. The association has over 45 active bowlers.
- Only Skåne has series games in bowling for the disabled and now it was our turn to arrange series games here in Simrishamn. It was ten years ago we last arranged and there are 16 teams that are here and playing. We have a team in the highest series, division 1, and one in division 2. Most people only play because it is fun, then we have 18 bowlers with a competition license, says Mikael Engström.
Do you practice any other sports in FF Österlen?
- In the past we also played football but now it is just bowling. It is a sport that everyone can practice and there are many opportunities to meet friends. It is about having fun and having a meaningful leisure time. Those who live in Tomelilla and Simrishamn train here in Korsavadshallen once a week and those who live in Ystad train in Ystad. Then we meet at the sports ground in Järrestad where we have our base, concludes Mikael Engström.
The results from the Skåne series game in parabowling can be found below.
Österlen FF's last home game for the season started well when Fabian Karlsson already squeezed a free kick behind the goalkeeper in Hässleholms IF already in the third minute. Otherwise, this was Mladen Blagojevic's second-last match as the team's coach, not much to write home about. Hässleholm painted, scored five goals in the second half and eventually won with the whole 5-1 which brought them up to qualifying spot before the closing round.
The first half was a constant pressure on Österlen's goals. That it was 1-0 to the home team in the half was a mystery. But the guests' dividends would come retroactively directly in the second half. After a precise post from the right, the ball steamed down in front of Anton Henryson's feet which had just poked in 1-1. After the receipt, Österlen got up and had a lot of ball possession during an 15-minute period when he was pressed for a management goal. Hässleholm then took the opportunity to utilize a changeover position up to the off-line 1-2.
Frustrated and hopeless
Two minutes later, it rattled once again behind Matt Silva in the Österlen goal. The frustration turned into despair and Österlen had, despite some prey, no countermeasure to turn the match picture. With the quarter left, Hässleholm's Mattias Andersson threw in 1-4 and ten minutes later Kristian Rafael Brymora set the final score until 1-5.
Despite the big loss against Hässleholms IF, Österlen FF has secured a new contract for next year's division 2 games. Jonas Stridsberg takes over as head coach after Mladen Blagojevic. It is still unclear where Blagojevic will be found next season.
A very tagged FC Cimrishamn made two really strong periods against Lundalaget Teknologkårens IF on Saturday. This was enough to take the season's first victory with 8-7 at home in Jonebergshallen in Simrishamn.
After the series premiere last weekend, we were many who wondered how the team should get into a game of attack that can loosen up the opposition defense, who will help the last season's shooting winner Andreas Björborn with goal shooter and how the defense game will become more aggressive without it entailing expulsion minutes?
The answers came immediately in Saturday's home premiere in the Joneberg Hall and it was a hearty excuse for coach Fredrik Hennigor who founded the victory.
- After the away premiere, the players of the week have got a real leveling off, says Fredrik Hennigor.
The match against Teknologkårens IF started at a very high pace where FC Cimrishamn pushed back the guests with a loud and aggressive press play. The home team was drummed by the dedicated and strong home finish but it took 14.23 in the first period before the home team got a fair dividend. Andreas Larsson took the ball centrally and saw the door in the away team's goal cage. The FCC then managed a numerical disadvantage before Dennis Hedqvist showed which heavy shot he has from his back position. Hedqvist's canon from half-plan to 2-0 was also the result after period one.
At the start of the second period, the FCC increased to 3-0 through clap-clap games signed Andreas Björborn (forward) and Veton Gashi (goal scorer). The technology team immediately responded by making careful use of a counterattack. 4-1 came in numerical superiority where Andreas Björborn served Teddy Nander right in front of the away goal. The guests replicated again until 4-2 before Andreas Larsson scored 5-2 after a lucky ball bounce behind and over the away goal. Before the second period was over, Andreas Björborn presented his specialty - to pick up the ball in the kitchen behind the goalkeeper. 6-2 lead for Cimrishamn after two impressive periods.
Before the third period, the question was whether the FCC would be able to keep up the level or if you would be comfortable in the belief that the match was already won. It was both. The guests stepped up, made a strong pick-up and were extremely close to catching up targeting. The FCC, however, held off to an 8-7 outbreak. If the Simrishamn team can hold the same high level in the course of a whole match in the future, it can carry really long in the two initial periods.
After a couple of years as a child and youth manager in IFK Simrishamn, Magnus Högström returns to the mother club Tomelilla IF, where after the qualifying qualification he takes over the a-team.
The players in Tomelilla IF have today found out about the coach change. Current coaches Mikael Göransson and Johan Montan lead Tomelilla through the qualification for division 3, which starts now for the weekend. Hopefully the Tomelilla will win the qualifying group and can continue the investment in division 3 also next season, then with Magnus Högström as head coach.
A dream to lead the mother club
- It has always been a dream to lead my mother club. Now it was the right time, my children are big and I have the time. It will be a great challenge. We are working on getting an assistant coach and hopefully we will keep our goalkeeper coach for another year, ”says Magnus Högström.
Will you be able to keep your fingers in control now during the qualification?
- I'm just going to watch the games and have nothing to do with the coaching in the qualifier. I take over after qualifying.
Your goals with Tomelilla in the short and long term?
- In the short term it is of course to win the qualification and stay in the third. In the long run, I want younger hungry players who want to work out and take a hard job both on training and in matches. That's the attitude I go into and I want to be reflected in the players.
"I am human connoisseur"
Magnus Högström has the second highest coach training (UEFA-A) that can be obtained.
Your strengths as a coach?
- I am very straight, honest and good at pushing the players. I keep my feet on the ground and run the football I believe in. I want a lot of ball stuff session, games within the team sections and signals between the players. I want a structured assault game with a lot of people in the box. I am human connoisseur and many enjoy my surroundings.
What will you miss with IFK Simrishamn?
- Everything, I enjoy being great in Simrishamn and that is why I have stayed here for about two and a half years. I like to open the door in the future for Simrishamn but now it is Tomelilla that applies.
Will not miss the wind
Something you will not miss?
- The wind in the pre-season. It's a little special. I leave Simrishamn just as I want to leave, with the flag in the top. I feel that I have done a good job and tonight, the 15 team is playing for the series victory in the northeastern series. The guys have taken big steps in their football education, concludes Magnus Högström.
Who replaces Magnus Högström as a youth coach in IFK Simrishamn was still unclear on Friday night.
FC Cimrishamn's premiere in the floor dance division 3 southern Skåne away against IBK Genarp became a real bottom button. And it didn't get any better that three goals were made by the FCC's former coach, Anders Bäckman, now in Genarp, who then caught a hat trick on his former teammates in Cimrishamn.
Genarp only needed 37 seconds to make the season's first series goal on Cimrishamn. After just over half the first period, the home team also made 2-0 but the FCC replicated quickly twice within 13 seconds! and equalized to 2-2. FCC's premiere shooter was Andreas Björborn and the receipt bombed Carl Ackerlén nicely from his back position.
In the second period, it sometimes got hot on the field with several expulsions as a result. Genarp was again allowed to take the lead before Cimrishamn's Andreas Larsson proved that it pays to work hard in the press game - Larsson sent in the equalizer until 3-3 after 8.42. Only 17 seconds later, Anders Bäckman gave Genarp a new lead.
Cimrishamns got up and played with a really good period in the middle of the final period, with a couple of numerical superiors, but more balls did not want to enter the opponent goal this afternoon. Instead, Genarp was able to run away and eventually won fairly with the whole 8-3.
Cimrishamn's coach Fredrik Hennigor has a lot to think about for the upcoming home premiere on Saturday when Teknologkårens IF from Lund comes to visit Jonbebergshallen. For example, how does the team get to an attack game that can more often loosen up the opponent's defense? Who will help last season's shooter Andreas Björborn with goal scorer? How does the defense game become more aggressive without causing expulsion minutes? On Saturday at 13.00 we will see if Fredrik Hennigor has found the answers.
During the rallycross in Tierp not only did William Nilsson quit four in RallyX Nordic. He also came second in the Swedish championship.
- After this season, which has been a bit like a mountain and valley course, I am very happy with it, says the 18-year-old.
This weekend the rally cross was settled on the Nordic ground. At Tierp Arena, the sixth and final race in RallyX Nordic took place, while the Swedish championship would crown their medalists. Before the weekend, William Nilsson was third in RallyX Nordic, and second in SM. Despite a tough competition, he manages to pinch both an SM silver and a fourth place in RallyX Nordic.
- I bring an SM silver from here. After this season, which has been a bit like a mountain and valley path, I am really happy with it. It shows that I still had a level and low level, which made me pick many points. Of course, I aimed higher in both SM and RallyX Nordic. So now I will delete a line and forget about this year's RallyX Nordic season, to come back strong next year. What happens then I do not know, except that I will be strong as satan, says Nilsson with a smile.
It was the first time ever that rallycross was running on the newly built track at Tierp Arena and in the class Supercar Lites, the whole 24 driver came to the start. Nilsson started the weekend strongly on the training, with a fourth and a sixth time. He later took a heat victory, but with mediocre times. He qualified for a semi-final and there the competition got a sad ending.
- It was a tough competition, both in terms of terms and results. The course changed through all the heats and it was mostly about surviving. I was second in the semi-finals when I got double points, and the competition ended there unfortunately.
Really, the show doesn't pack away the rally crossing for this year. November 24 November runs the last race of the RX25 International Series in Cape Town, South Africa.
Gärsnäs AIS season as newcomers in division 5 ended with a successful second place, which means qualifying for division 4. In the last match of the series, IFK Ystad was defeated on Saturday afternoon with 2-1 in an entertaining match at home on Gärsvalla.
This became an attack-friendly match in the fantastic late summer weather that might as well have ended 3-3. Already in the fourth minute Niklas Bernhoff did 1-0 for Gärsnäs. After just over half an hour, IFK Ystad's Robin Nevelin drove the ball into the home team penalty area and ended with a cool lift until 1-1.
Before the half-time rest, Gärsnäs had an 2-1 ball in goal, but was sentenced for offside. Backwards, Gärsnäs 19-year-old goalkeeper Sebastian Petersson directed his backline with clarity and active play. 11 stood half.
The redirection made up for late victory goals
Gärsnäs centerback Robin Eriksson made a strong effort and cleared away many of Ystad's assault attempts with powerful breaks and certainly the main game. Both teams went for the victory and with the quarter left, Ystad's constant momentum Robin Nevelin again made a nice run that ended with shots against goal but Gärsnäs custodian Sebastian Petersson managed to save. When less than ten minutes remained, Gärsnäs coach Ola Nilsson directed his men. Up to the top, the center-back Robin Eriksson was sent, which only a few minutes later served Axel Andersson who was able to roll in 2-1, which also became the end result.
Qualification for four awaits - "we are not happy here"
Now there will be two qualifying matches against Skabersjö IF, which ended third in the southwestern division 5 series. Gärsnäs starts away on Wednesday this week and then home now on Saturday.
- We have worked hard all season with owning ball and when we got started our game in the second half of the second half we pressed on and did well. We qualified up to five in last year so we like anguish and are not satisfied here, says Gärsnäs coach Ola Nilsson who hopes for big public on Saturday at Gärsvalla.