Umeå win women’s football cup

Umeå women's football team are Swedish champions for the fourth time, after beating struggling Karlstad team Qbik.

There is one match left to play this season, but Saturday’s victory takes Umeå out of reach of nearest rivals Malmö FF.

The champions, playing away, beat Qbik convincingly, with a score of 4-0. The match went Umeå’s way from the beginning, with Marta Viera da Silva scoring the first goal after only three minutes. The Brazilian also scored the team’s third goal.

The victory means that the team snatches the championship back from Djurgården/Älvsjö, which have held the ladies’ Allsvenskan trophy for two years. Umeå were champions in 2000, 2001 and 2002.

Hanna Ljungberg, Umeå player and star of the ladies’ national team, professed her delight at the victory.

“This is pretty much the best team I’ve ever played with,” she told TV4 after the match.

Women’s football has commanded substantial media attention in Sweden, particularly since the national team made it to the final of the 2003 World Cup in the United States. The team was beaten by Germany.

The ladies’ Allsvenskan has been held every year since 1973.