The euphoria trumped the damp autumn
weather and the LdB Malmö squad
as the women's gold winner. Several
of the players regained the feeling of
being on top, for others it was the
first time they tasted the best words in
- It just feels so good. Last
year we were so disappointed. Since the first game
day of the year, we set our sights for this, said
With the gold just one point away Malmo showed
that not only have the players and the game for
art of getting into it under pressure from the media
and the surroundings with their own hopes were
painted with dark colors and became a burden to Umea
last season. Now
give the whole situation instead of energy, the
first half was stable and extremely gold finding
- It can go one of two ways, either
you come out and feel the press with a lot of excess
that you do not what to make of. Or
else everything falls into place just like today, we
deserved it after a fantastic season.
The game after the break was accompanied by
increasingly heavy rain, players could not care less
celebrations were just as strong, joy as penetrating
as the strongest sunshine.
A dark corner under a projecting roof is not a
glamorous place for a gold interview, but you take
what you have. LdB
FC Malmo has just taken back what they had two years
ago and Alexandra Riley is not stingy with the
She plays frequently in the New Zealand
national team, grew up in Los Angeles and came to
Malmo 2012. This
year her role has become more and more stable.
- It is always a difficult first year in a new
team and a new country. Last
year, with the Olympics in the middle resulted in a
different sense, it has felt much better this year.
Schmidt, we played together all year,
and I think everyone can see that we are more
comfortable now, said Alexandra Riley.
The Left back has grown into the team and been
able to expand her duties on the field. -
I've been working a lot with my attacks.
In Umea, it was the obvious
defensive qualities which first appeared, duels with
Emmelie Konradsson was Umea's challenging force on
In two minds between advancing and holding one
of the few positions in their own half during the
bout began Riley cautiously but soon began to follow
A difficult choice? Not
if you drilled in LdB Malmo's offensive balance.
- In our law it is only to go on if it happens
on one edge. An
extra player in the assault makes it harder for the
happens more and more on the women's side to the
outer slopes are up.
That way, she became involved with an
assistant to Manon Melis 1-0. Therese
Sjogran took the ball along the edge, waited out the
moment and played until Riley cut in towars the goal
and slid the ball back to the area where Melis often
The stamp with a complicit exterior also got
2-0 target with Lina Nilsson at the post.Numbers
that stood until the final whistle and emphasizes a
different part of LdB's gold construction.
Opponents zeroed for the 14th time, the fruit
of many hours of defense training.
- We really put a lot of effort. Thora
is a great goalie and we really supported her. The
defense starts up anyway from our forwards, Anja
presses, Ramona presses and we have built it up as a
Have you had to adapt your own style defense?
- It's more technical here while it goes
directly into the United States. To
run and be fast one is a great asset there, here I
have to be close to the players. Defending
yourself against Ramona Bachmann every day in
training know soon what it is about, said Alexandra
Riley and becomes an even bigger smile.
Time under the roof is nearing its end,
gratulanterna queued Riley gets ready for a warm
change of clothes. The
night is young players in gold hat, Malmo gold
heroes were transported in a limousine for a joint
The medals will be awarded in the deep forests
of Varmland, after the last round next weekend.
- We have match on Wednesday and we want to
finish strong against Mallbacken next weekend. But
the club has certainly planned something, I'll have
to teach me a thing or two from those who know how
to celebrate "english style" for a national