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The excellent performance of Verónica Boquete and Caroline Seger at the Women’s Euro 2013 earned them not only a place on the UEFA Women’s EURO 2013 all-star squad, but also respectively 5th and 6th place on the UEFA list of best women’s players in Europe.

3The Best Men’s Player in Europe Award was introduced by UEFA two years ago and the women’s prize was launched just a month ago. “This is a new milestone,” said Karen Espelund, chairwoman of the UEFA Women’s Football Committee. “It adds further weight to the UEFA Women’s EURO final tournament, the ultimate stage for players to show their skills.”

Ignacio Quereda and a panel of 18 journalists, selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group to vote for UEFA Best Women’s Player in Europe, gave Vero a total of 11 points, while Pia Sundhage and the same panel of journalists gave Caroline 8 points. Nadine Angerer, Lotta Schelin and Lena Goessling are the three nominees for the first place, but the winner of the awards will be decided with a final vote on 5 September.

Read the official UEFA article about The Best Women’s Player in Europe Award here.

Vero’s popularity among the fans of women’s football is growing every day with her excellent performances on the field, her positive and honest interviews and her tweets and posts on Facebook, revealing her thoughts and feeling about upcoming and past matches and other important events in her career. Recently Vero’s fans were rewarded for their consistency and support with a book telling the story of Vero’s life from her birthday, through her first steps on the football field, to the present day. The book is called “Vero Boquete: the princess of the king sport” and is the first published biography of a Spanish female football player. The author, David Menayo, is a journalist, writing for MARCA, a Spanish sports newspaper.
The book is a collection of experiences and anecdotes; of memories, some soaked in tears, others putting a smile on your face; of stories about the personal life and the persistent carrer efforts of a woman who knows what she wants: to play football.
The essence of Vero’s life is captured in this one quote from “Vero Boquete: the princess of the king sport” : “Nunca creí en aquello de que el rosa es para las mujeres y el azul para los hombres. Quizá por eso no tardé mucho en darme cuenta de que quería vestirme de princesa para jugar al fútbol”. It translates to ‘I never thought that pink is for girls and blue for boys. Maybe that’s why it didn’t take me too long to realize that I wanted to dress like a princess and go play football.’

You can read more about the book here.

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Romanian National Team center forward, Laura Roxana Rus, better known as Lala (25), who has been scoring numerous goals in Europe for Apollon Limassol, the perennial champions of Cyprus, has signed an agreement with Danish powerhouse Fortuna Hjørring and now forms part of their squad.

As of this year, LTA Agency officially represents Lala in all football-related affairs. Fortuna is very excited to have Lala on their team. They value her swiftness, technique, and physical endurance and expect more fans to come to the stadium eager to watch her play. She is expected to contribute to the team’s success on the field as well as as in the area of marketing. The prolific striker, Lala ended the 2012-2013 UEFA Women’s Champions League campaign as the top goalscorer in Europe with 11 goals. You can read the official UEFA report here.

Fortuna’s head coach, Brian Sørensen is delighted that Lala elected the current Danish runners-up ahead of a number of other leading teams in Europe vying for her signature. The potential teams included Swedish Linköping, the French Paris Saint Germain, and Torres Calcio from Italy.

You can read official team’s release on Lala’s signing here.

Vero Boquete secured Spain’s progress through the group stage with a calm goal, nicely assisted by Adriana. With their brilliant and skilled play Vero and Adriana, both represented by LTA Agency, gave Spain a good start and kept up with the pace they had set themselves during the whole game. This was Vero’s second goal in this season of the Euro. Despite Telekhova’s goal close to the end of the first half and the many chances the Spanish players missed to take, Spain’s dominance was obvious at all times with twice more shots both on and off target. Meanwhile, Russia was sruggling and trying to compensate for the lack of dominating skills with force: the players were committing foul after foul and Medved1973370_w2 and Korovkina even got yellow cards.

Ignacio Quereda said the following after the game: „We are happy because we’ve achieved the first goal that we set ourselves: to be in the quarter-finals. Now let’s see how far we can get.” Read the whole interview here

The drawn score means quarterfinals for Spain, but Russia was not so lucky as they lost to Denmark at the lots. Vero and Spain will meet Norway on Monday and hopefully will show us even more impressive skillls, leading them even further through the championship.

The last match from Russian Supreme Division 2012/2013 was played in the beginning of June: FK Zorkiy won over FK Zvezda Perm leaving the competition with 45 points, a goal difference of +23 and the trophy. This year the roles are reversed and while at Supreme Division 2011/2012 FK Rossiyanka was the winner, this year it is the runner-up.26460412

Three players represented by LTA Agency were on Zorkiy’s squad: Mery, Pam and Vera. All three of them proved to be of great importance to the success of their team. With her 12 goals the midfielder Pam was the ultimate topscorer for Zorkiy in this season of the Supreme Division and second best overall for the championship after Shlyapina (FK Rossiyanka) . Pam was among the topscorers at Supreme Division 2011/2012, too. Mery and Vera were also ranked as  topscorers. Mery was the most efficient attacker for the team, with 8 goals in 15 appearances.

After two seasons of great performance on the squad of Zorkiy, Pam is now playing for a homeland team: ASD Torres Calcio Femminile.

Before the match Sweden-Finland Seger, captain of the team and client of LTA Agency, used the ‘domino’ metaphor to describe the strategy of her team for the upcoming game: “When the front line starts to press, it’s easier for us midfielders to follow. It’s a domino effect.” Obviously this was just the right approach, as it resulted in a score resembling a domino effect Sweden - Finland Euro 2013itself.

One goal was following after the other last night at Gamla Ullevi. First Fischer scored assisted by Hammarström. This raised the spirits of the Swedish girls and in the 36th minute followed another goal, again by Fischer. The next domino was knocked down only two minutes later with Asllani’s goal, assisted brilliantly by Sofia Jakobsson. The second half was just as eventful as the first one. After the fourth goal for Sweden scored by Schelin in the 60th minute, the excitement of Pia Sundhage’s girls bursted out in a surprising but well synchronized dance.  But there was more to come: Schelin scored a beautiful 5th goal for Sweden in the 87th minute. The dynamic and energetic cascade of dominoes left Finland heavily defeated. Meanwhile Caroline Seger and Sweden are celebrating the biggest ever win in a EURO final tournament.

LTA Agency is proud to represent Verónica Boquete, captain of Spain’s national team, whose elegant goal in the 5th minute of the Group C match Spain-England, raised the spirits and inspired her team to fight until the end and win a very even, unpredictable and at times dramatic game. On her 32nd appearance for the national team Vero got her revenge for Women’s Euro 2009 and 2011 FIFA Women’s world Cup, when England defeated Spain. But Spain’s victory was not that clear until the very end of the game.

Verónica Boquete's first goal for Spain

Very soon after Boquete’s great opening in the 5th minute, England replied with the goal of Aluko, reminding Quereda’s players that the battle had just began.  Marked by such an energetic and eventful beginning, the first half passed by with an unchanged result and so did most of the second half. Meanwhile, however, Spain was obviously trying harder, with a significantly higher number of attempts both on and off target, and also with more fouls and yellow cards. After an excellent performance at the beginning of the game, Vero was restlessly aiming at the goal again and again, pressuring England’s defense.

But the true drama began in last minutes of the standard time. Jenni, Vero’s teammate from Tyresö FF, scored in the 86th minute and the expectations were clearly for a victory for Spain. England, however, again was very quick with the reply: Bassett scored in the 89th minute. Another time the outcome was foreseen as a drawn match, but Spain did not give up. A minute after the end of the standard time, Boquete’s shot at the goal missed, but gave hope to her team and in the third minute of the added time Adriana, also represented by LTA Agency, crossed the ball to Putellas who scored the final and winning goal for Spain, leaving the team on top of Group C along with France.

On the opening day of UEFA Women’s Euro 2013 Sweden and Denmark fought as equals in front of an audience of 16,128 at Gamla Ullevi, Gothenburg. After a total of 9 shots on target for Sweden and 8 for Denmark, the game ended at 1:1.

Sweden Euro 2013 First game

Caroline Seger, the captain of the national team of Sweden with a history of 108 caps and 14 goals for her team, got a chance to strike after a lay off by Asllani in the beginning of the first half, but unfortunately missed the target. In the 25th minute, Denmark scored, but only 10 minutes later Sweden leveled with the head shot of Fischer. While during the first half mostly Denmark was in possession of the ball, in the second half Sweden showed its dominance, but this did not result in a second goal.

In an interview from the beginning of July Seger predicted that the game will be very physical and she wasn’t wrong. She herself committed three fouls and suffered two, and two yellow cards were given to the young and energetic players of Denmark. Seger’s expectations for the outcome of the game were more optimistic than the reality, but she is very positive about the impact of Pia Sundhage on the team spirit and very excited about playing on own ground, which will certainly bring more success to the team in the upcoming matches.

The battle of Sweden versus Denmark has a history of seven games won by Sweden, 3 won by Denmark and, taking into account this last game at Galma Ullevi, 4 drawn matches. The last time these two teams got close to a  European Cup trophy was at the semifinals in 2005 for Sweden and in 2001 for Denmark.

The first match from the Women’s Euro this year ended with as drawn match, too: neither Italy nor Finland scored. These results leave all four teams from Group A with 1 point each. Yet, Sweden and Denmark have a small advantage due to the goals scored, and our hopes are up for the next game: Sweden versus Finland, on July 13th.

One of the best all-around players in the world and current captain of Swedish National Team, midfielder Caroline Seger (28), has signed a representation agreement with LTA Agency and joins an-ever-expanding roster of top female talent we are proud to serve as our clients.

The box-to-box schemer, Seger has played in top club teams in her native Sweden as well as in the USA. From 2005 to 2009, Seger played for Linköpings FC, where she won all three possible domestic trophies (the Championship, the Cup, and the Super Cup) and swept all the individual awards culminating in being named Best Swedish Player in 2009 and receiving the prestigious “Diamantbollen” (the Diamond Ball) from the Swedish FA.

After moving to the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) League in the USA in 2010, Seger reached two consecutive finals with Philadelphia Independence and Western New York Flash captaining the Flash to the historic WPS National Championship title in 2011. She managed to accomplish a unique “double” that year after coming back home and helping LdB FC Malmö to the Damallsvenskan title. Seger (whose name means “victory” or “winner” in Swedish) was also instrumental in leading her current club Tyresö FF to their first ever Swedish Championship last season and qualifying the team for the UEFA Women’s Champions League 2013-2014.

In her highly impressive international career, Seger led Sweden to 2011 FIFA World Cup Third Place and took part in the final tournaments of two European Championships (2005 and 2009), two Olympic Games (2008 and 2012), and another World Cup (2007). This coming summer, Seger (who earned her 104th cap last weekend) will lead her country in an attempt to win the UEFA Women’s Euro Championship 2013 on home soil.

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Name: Caroline Seger
Place of Birth: Helsingborg, Sweden
Date of Birth: 03/19/1985
Nationality: Sweden
Height: 1,73 m
Position: Central Midfielder
Preferred Foot: Right
Current Club: Tyresö FF
League: Damallsvenskan, Sweden
National Team Caps: 104
National Team Goals: 13

La actual capitana  de la Selección Nacional Sueca y mundialista Caroline Seger (19 de Marzo de 1985), se ha incorporado a  nuestra prestigiosa cartera de clientes. Capitana de la Seleccion Nacional Sueca.

Caroline  ha jugado en equipos importantes de renombre mundial destacándose así en la liga nacional sueca como en la liga profesional estadounidense.  Desde el 2005 al 2009, Seger jugó en el Linköpings FC  sueco donde conquistó importantes premios como el “Rookie of the year” (o mejor debut del año) en 2005; el premio al “midfielder of the year” (mejor centrocampista del año) en el 2006; para luego, en el año 2009, alcanzar el mayor premio otorgado por la Federación Sueca de Fútbol, el “Diamantbollen” (o el balón diamante). Desde el 2010, pasa a la liga profesional estadounidense WPS League incorporándose al Philadelphia Independence FC. La siguiente temporada, del mismo año, se incorporara al Western New York Flash estadounidense llevando el brazalete de capitana y donde se consagra campeona de la liga. En el 2011 firma con LdB Malmö FC sueco y ya en el 2012 se incorpora al  Tyresö FF consagrándose campeona de la liga sueca. En su basta trayectoria, Caroline Seger, además suma dos Eurocopas Femeninas (2005 y 2009); dos juegos Olímpicos (2008 y 2012) y dos mundiales (2007 y 2011) representando y liderando la Selección Nacional Sueca. Read More »