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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 »

See Vero Boquete getting the award for the best midfielder of the year in Sweden from the hands of Pia Sundhage, Olympic Champion with the USA and the current head coach of the Swedish National Team:

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Vero wins the award ahead of the other star nominees – Marta of Brazil, Caroline Seger of Sweden, and Anita Asante of England. She has received the award along with the best midfielder on the men’s side – Kim Källström of Spartak Moscow (formerly of Lyon). This honor caps a highly productive year for the Spanish sensation from Galicia who also became the Champion of Sweden 2012 with her club side Tyresö FF, reached the Swedish Cup Final, and took Spain Women’s National Team into the finals of the Euro 2013 with her last gasp goal against Scotland in the final play-off match in Madrid.

LTA Agency’s Cameroon Women’s National Team players Ajara Nchout Njoya (19) and Augustine Ejangue Siliki (23) have made their official League debut for the current Russian Champions FC Rossiyanka last night.

The defending Russian Premier League Champions FC Rossiyanka hosted Moscow-based CSP Izmailovo at the Krasnoarmeysk Stadium last night. Rossiyanka were eager to bounce back after their disappointing 2:1 UEFA Champions League home loss to Ado Den Haag just a few days ago, and they produced an impeccable performance in a 7:0 victory. Ejangue came on in the second half with the score at 2:0 and took her habitual right back position. Ajara checked into the game 10 minutes before the final whistle and managed to score on her debut almost immediately upon coming on.

The young center forward picked up a cross from the Brazilian Fabiana and slid a low shot past the Izmailovo keeper to make it 5:0 in minute 82. Both players came to prominence with their excellent performances for the now bankrupt FC Energiya Voronezh last season both in the Russian Premier League and UEFA Women’s Champions League where Energiya faced Rossiyanka in the round of 16. They have also been key for their country in Cameroon’s first ever appearance in a major tournament during the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. Rossiyanka were quick to sign the two talented prospects immediately after the Olympics, and they have now made their first appearance for the club. The ambitious Russian outfit have notched five wins out of five so far this season and will travel to last season’s Premier League runners-up FC Zorkiy Krasnogorsk for a highly-anticipated Moscow Region showdown this coming Saturday, October 13th. Rossiyanka are due to face Sparta Prague of the Czech Republic in the round of 16 of the 2012-2013 UEFA Women’s Champions League later this month.

 

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Mery with her former teammate Pamela Conti before Russian Cup Final

LTA Agency’s Spanish striker Maria Ruiz (28), better known as Mery, has become the 2012 Russian Cup Champion after her current club WFC Zvezda-2005 Perm has prevailed in a hotly contested final encounter to record a 2:1 victory over the WFC Zorkiy Krasnogorsk.

The Cup Final was held on May 8th at the Uralmash Stadium in the city of Yekaterinburg in front of 3000 spectators and broadcast live on the National Channel 2 in Russia. Zvezda-2005 has won their second Russian Cup after their first success in 2007.

The Cup triumph was the first trophy Mery won in Russia after earning a bronze medal for finishing third in the League last year and reaching the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League with her team. It is her third Cup title in three different countries, which makes it a unique achievement. She has also won US Open Cup with FC Indiana in 2008 as well as Spanish Cup with RCD Espanyol de Barcelona in 2010.

The losing finalists Zorkiy had three LTA Agency players in their team. Mery’s former teammates Fátima Leyva and Pamela Conti, as well as brazilian striker Katia, all played full 90 minutes in the final match. The teams are yet to meet twice in the League on May 18th and June 25th in Perm as they continue their fight for third place in the Russian Top League. Zorkiy are currently ahead by one point with 8 matches to go.

LTA Agency clients Fátima Leyva, Pamela Conti and Katia of WFC Zorkiy Krasnogorsk on one side, and María Ruiz ‘Mery’ of Zvezda-2005 Perm’ on the other, will have a unique chance of lifting the 2012 Russian Cup tomorrow if their respective team prevails in the final in the city of Yekaterinburg.

The final match scheduled for 11am CET at the Uralmash Stadium will take place one day before the men’s Cup Final featuring heavyweights Dinamo Moscow and Rubin Kazan in the same city. The only time Zvezda-2005 won the Russian Cup was in 2007, and they also managed to reach the final in 2008 and 2009 losing to FC Rossiyanka on both occasions. They have defeated last year’s UEFA Champions League participants FC Energiya 2:1 in the semifinals. Mery Zvezda 70Spanish striker Mery scored the tying goal in that match. Mery finds herself in a rich vein of form as she has already scored 7 goals in the 4 matches Zvezda played since the re-start of the season.

The premier league debutantes Zorkiy have been the revelation of the season as they are currently third in the League and have destroyed the current champions and cup winners FC Rosiyanka 6:1 in the semifinals. Mexican schemer Fátima Leyva (2 goals), Brazilian striker Katia (1 goal) and Italian international Pamela Conti (1 goal) were all instrumental in that resounding victory. It is the first time the Moscow region side has reached the Russian Cup final.

See the highlights of Zorkiy’s incredible semifinal match here:

ZORKIY vs ROSSIYANKA, 2012 Russian Cup Semifinals

con Fa v Rossiyanka 1Interestingly, Mery has won Cup trophies previously as a teammate of both Pamela Conti and Fatima Leyva. She scored in the 2010 Copa de la Reina Final to help her and Conti’s Espanyol de Barcelona to win the Spanish Cup. She also won the US Open Cup in 2008 together with her then skipper Leyva and FC Indiana.

FC Indiana coach Shek Borkowski has shared his thoughts on the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany. Follow Shek on Twitter

USA’s 1:0 win over Mexico demonstrated that the spine of the team is on its last legs and not likely to participate in another World Cup. Rampone 36, Boxx 34, Lloyd 29, Wambach 31 are at an age when recovery takes longer, reaction time slows down and effectiveness decreases. There are physiological changes, which take place as we age, and regardless of diet and exercise regiment, older players are unable to compete against younger players on equal footing. Zidane knows that, and so does Scholes.

With USA’s game historically based on athleticism and power, these four players specifically will be tested by younger, more agile, fitter players, and it will not be easy. Rampone is still a defensive leader and organizer, but at this World Cup she will be severely tested. Boxx is no longer the box-to-box midfielder, and she has struggled in the last 12 months with consistency. Lloyd never was and never will be the quick, creative playmaker the US so desperately needs and lacks. Asking her to frequently get into opposing teams’ penalty box can lead to gaps and quick counters. While shooting from distance is her strong characteristic, that alone can’t be criterion for selection. Heather Mitts’ inclusion in the squad can only be attributed to sentimental reasons, as she no longer appears to be first choice even for her club team. It’s been reported that Mitts was told on the field that she was going to Germany. Surely Pia made that decision before Mitts’ very average appearance against Mexico, which included two moments when she was badly exposed. Inexperienced Mexicans did not punish the USA, but Germans will be a lot less forgiving.

Wambach in her prime struck fear in opposing defenders. She had the “box presence,” the ability to get on the end of all balls served into the penalty box, and making defenders hesitant. It is no longer the case today. Nowadays, with her pace a step slower, Wambach increasingly prefers to come towards play to get involved instead of attacking space behind defenses. Her style of play and injuries took their toll on her body. Her ferocious and well-timed runs into the box are no longer ferocious, and as of late they’re not even happening much anymore. And when she gets opportunities as she did against Mexico, she missed a sitter from 6 yards out. Pia’s insistence on playing Wambach may have more to do with lack of options than her form of the last 12 months. Wambach’s contemporary, Birgit Prinz of Germany, is two years older, but German coaching staff has continuously developed her style, and her role with German WNT has changed. More in Wambach’s mold in her younger years, Prinz’s game has evolved and she drops off to become a linkup player, more of a playmaker than a striker. Technically very good, Prinz is capable of making space for teammates as well as making accurate long and short passes and involving her teammates.

Post Germany 2011, USA has O’Hara, Heath, Cheney, Morgan and 3-5 other youngsters with much potential. Their tactical and technical development in the next 2-3 years will be key to their personal and USA’s future. Players such as Rodriguez and Masar could replace Wambach but both require refining of their game. Masar’s development has benefited from WPS in year one and two but not so sure about this season. Rodriguez in WPS off-season needs work on timing and precision of her runs as well as improving her general technique. While Pia plays Rapinoe as a wide player, I believe she may be more suited to playing in the middle as a playmaker. She prefers to seek the ball as opposed to running behind defenders; a more central role should be in her future.

It’s been 12 years since the USA won the World Cup. In that time most countries, from Australia to Russia, have invested in infrastructure and development of the game. The state of women’s facilities in this country is beyond critical. W-League and WPSL, the long-term hope for post college development, have around 90 teams between them. Less than 10% have access to quality soccer facilities for training and matches. Year-round access to conditioning and medical facilities is nonexistent. Comparing access to modern training/conditioning and medical facilities in Germany, Sweden and many European countries to those in the USA will make one weep. Year-round training, competition, access to modern facilities and compensation is what increases professionalism and standard of individual and team play. Today, even WPS can’t deliver that. We are losing a large percentage of good, post-college players who are willing to continue their playing careers outside of WPS. Recognizing that in the USA players are limited to 3-month playing seasons and no access to quality facilities, they lose interest and move on. The Federation and Soccer United Marketing must demonstrate leadership and become proactive. In partnership with Nike, state and local governments, state adult associations and adult clubs, they must invest in small facilities, which can be utilized by adult teams in each state. (Another option is to have MLS teams field professional women’s teams and allow those teams the use of their facilities.) If ever there was a country that needs a long-term strategy when it comes to women’s football, it is the USA. The last decade, the USSF has been in stagnation, refusing to modernize and to invest long term, living on its 1999 success. With the reality that in the last 12 years we’ve witnessed a huge women’s football opportunity destroyed for some years, if not for good, the perpetrators who mismanaged our women’s programs have pretty much run out of excuses. These people, if they ran banks, mutual funds, if they were doctors, they would be accused of malfeasance, of malpractice, and of mismanagement.

We can continue to pretend that everything is well with the women’s game in this country, but without serious long term strategy and investment, we are facing a long, downward trend in performances and results on international stage.

Champions - LDB FC MALMÖ (Sweden)

Runners-Up – SKY BLUE FC (USA)

3rd Place – FK ENERGIYA VORONEZH (Russia)

4th Place – FORTUNA HJØRRING (Denmark)

MVP – Manon Melis (LdB FC)

Best Goalkeeper – Thora Helgadottir (LdB FC)

Best Defender – Janni Arnth (Fortuna)

Best Midfielder – Allie Long (Sky Blue FC)

Best Forward – Elena Danilova (FC Energiya)

Best Coach – Martin Sjogren (LdB FC)

Alanya Oba Stadium, Alanya, Turkey
17.03.2011 (Match 1 – Semifinal 1), KO 12:00 GMT

LdB FC Malmö (Sweden) vs FC Energiya Voronezh (Russia) 4:0 (2:0)
Goals: Nilla Fischer m.2, Linda Forsberg m.9, Sara Björk Gunnarsdottir m.60, Manon Melis m.90
Lineups:
LdB FC Malmö: 1.Thora Helgadottir – 2.Emma Wilhelmsson, 4.Malin Levenstad (C), 16.Lina Nilsson (13.Christina Øyangen Ørntoft), 19.Linda Forsberg (22.Nera Smajic) – 3.Amanda Ilestedt, 5.Nilla Fischer, 7.Annika Kukkonen (10.Sarah Storck), 8.Frida Nordin (9.Elin Rubensson) – 14.Manon Melis, 18.Sara Björk Gunnarsdottir.
FC Energiya Voronezh: 29.Irina Saratovtseva – 3.Yulia Zapotichnaya, 4.Adriana Parente (C), 14.Anastasia Kostyukova, 25.Efioanwan Ekpo (19.Anna Astapenko) – 5.Yulia Shubunova (17.Nana Gelbakhiani, 12.Lyudmyla Tsukanova), 11.Wanessa Ferreira (13.Nadejda Bosikova), 18.Olesya Mashina (10.Elena Terekhova), 23.Augustine Ejangue – 31.Ajara Njoya (9.Elena Danilova), 6.Veronica Phewa.

17.03.2011 (Match 2 – Semifinal 2), KO 15:00 GMT
Fortuna Hjørring (Denmark) vs Sky Blue FC (USA) 1:1 (1:1) Sky Blue FC win 8:7 after PKs
Goals: Sine Hovesen m.6, Allie Long m.23
Lineups:
Fortuna Hjørring: 1.Melissa Barbieri – 2.Mette V. Jensen, 3.Janni Arnth, 5.Camilla Mogensen, 10.Janne Madsen (C) (8.Megan Manthey) – 6.Lisa-Marie Woods, 9.Kristine Pedersen, 12.Chi-Chi Igbo (11.Leah Morales), 19.Sine Hovesen (7.Coralie Ducher), 21.Line S. Jensen – 4.Lise Munk (14.Caroline Rask).
Sky Blue FC: 23.Jenni Branam – 4.Kendall Fletcher, 5.Anita Asante, 14.Brittany Taylor, 15.Danielle Johnson – 10.Allie Long, 11.Therese Sjogran (6.Angie Kerr), 21.Laura Kalmari, 31.Carolyn Blank – 18.Eniola Aluko, 27.Casey Nogueira.

19.03.2011 (Match 3 – 3rd Place Match), KO 12:00 GMT
Fortuna Hjørring (Denmark) vs FC Energiya Voronezh (Russia) 0:2 (0:1)
Goals: Elena Danilova m.45, Elena Danilova m.53
Lineups:
Fortuna Hjørring: 1.Melissa Barbieri – 2.Mette V. Jensen, 3.Janni Arnth, 5.Camilla Mogensen, 10.Janne Madsen (C) – 7.Coralie Ducher, 9.Kristine Pedersen, 12.Chi-Chi Igbo (11.Leah Morales), 19.Sine Hovesen ((8.Megan Manthey), 21.Line S. Jensen – 4.Lise Munk (14.Caroline Rask).
FC Energiya Voronezh: 1.Veronika Shulga – 3.Yulia Zapotichnaya, 4.Adriana Parente (C) (6.Veronica Phewa), 14.Anastasia Kostyukova, 23.Augustine Ejangue (19.Anna Astapenko) – 5.Yulia Shubunova, 2.Erika Prado (18.Olesya Mashina), 10.Elena Terekhova (17.Nana Gelbakhiani), 13.Nadejda Bosikova – 31.Ajara Njoya, 9.Elena Danilova.

19.03.2011 (Match 4 – Final), KO 15:00 GMT
LdB FC Malmö (Sweden) vs Sky Blue FC (USA) 1:0 (1:0)
Goal: Sarah Storck m.13
Lineups:
LdB FC Malmö: 1.Thora Helgadottir – 22.Nera Smajic, 4.Malin Levenstad (C), 13.Christina Øyangen Ørntoft, 19.Linda Forsberg – 10.Sarah Storck (3.Amanda Ilestedt), 5.Nilla Fischer, 8.Frida Nordin (16.Lina Nilsson), 18.Sara Björk Gunnarsdottir – 9.Elin Rubensson, 14.Manon Melis.
Sky Blue FC: 1.Karen Bardsley – 4.Kendall Fletcher, 5.Anita Asante, 14.Brittany Taylor (C), 15.Danielle Johnson (3.Kiersten Dallstream) – 10.Allie Long, 11.Therese Sjogran (6.Angie Kerr), 21.Laura Kalmari (33.Alyssa Mautz), 31.Carolyn Blank – 18.Eniola Aluko, 27.Casey Nogueira.

New stadium in the Turkish resort town of Alanya will play host to the Inaugural International Women’s Tournament of Champions pitting 4 of the best club teams in the world.obaStadium (4)

Brand new Alanya Oba Stadyumu, tucked away in a picturesque spot overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, will stage all four internationally televised matches involving the current or former champions of the USA, Russia, Sweden, and Denmark in March 2011.ObaSeatsb_alanya

The 15,000 capacity all-seater soccer specific stadium was inaugurated last month with a friendly match between Turkish giants Galatasaray of Istanbul and high-flying German Bundesliga side Hannover 96. It is the future new home of the local team Alanyaspor.

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Sky Blue FC of New Jersey, FK Energiya Voronezh, LdB FC Malmö, and Fortuna Hjørring will showcase their squads full of international talent during March 17-19 Tournament of Champions in Alanya. Often referred to as ‘The Pearl of the Turkish Riviera,’ on the coast of the Mediterranean and bordered by the breathtaking Taurus Mountains, Alanya is a fitting venue for the top-level international women’s football tournament.
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Click here for more information about the 2011 International Tournament of Champions

Notre Dame Fighting Irish Women’s Soccer team coached by one of the most celebrated coaches in the history of the US women’s soccer won the 2010 USA National Championship by beating top ranked Stanford University 1:0 in the final on Sunday.RandyChampionEd

The match that took place in Cary, North Carolina, was decided by a single goal scored by freshman Adriana Leon on the assist from Melissa Henderson. Reportedly, 7,833 spectators witnessed the Notre Dame team lift the National Championship Trophy for the third time in their history. It’s the second National Championship title for Randy Waldrum since another brilliant NCAA College Cup run in 2004.

The highly decorated coach represented by LTA Agency, Waldrum holds both UEFA and USSF coaching licenses. Apart from a highly successful career with Notre Dame, he has also coached Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Teams and has been a staff coach for the US Soccer Federation.

See the official Notre Dame Press Release here: Final Recap

See the Championship Match Video Highlights here: Final Highlights

See Randy Waldrum’s Post-Match Interview here: Randy Waldrum’s Interview