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Sweden’s top woman footballer to quit game

UPDATED: Therese Sjögran, Sweden's most-capped woman footballer, will bring down the curtain on her career after this year’s World Cup in Canada, she has announced.

Sweden's top woman footballer to quit game
Therese Sjogran is set to quit. Photo: TT

Midfielder Sjögran, 38, has played 209 times for her country and will retire after the tournament in June and July, to become sporting director of her club Rosengård.

"We've talked about it for a long time and the decision was easy to make: after the World Cup, my career will be over," she told the TT press agency.

Sjögran spent her entire career in the Swedish League, apart from a season in the United States in 2011.

She was at the centre of controversy in 2013 when the Swedish football federation presented a Volvo car to Anders Svensson, who was the most-capped player in the men's game, even though Sjögan had already played more times for her country and received nothing.

Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic immediately waded into the debate raging in Sweden when he said dismissively: "She can have a bike with my autograph on it and that's it. You just can't compare men's and women's football.”

The Swedish Football Association defended the blunder at the time saying they never meant to overlook Sjögran and that the recognition for Svensson was because he was due to retire whilst Sjögran was still playing. 

Sjögran herself initially kept quiet about the incident but was later moved to tell Swedish news network SVT: "If they honoured him, they should honour me.”

Peugeot later offered her a French car.

Sweden are one of the top sides in women's football and have qualified for every FIFA Women's World Cup so far.

Unlike in other European countries, the results of women's matches in Sweden are regularly reported on mainstream television bulletins.

The 2003 Women's World Cup final was the second most watched event in Sweden that year.

 

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Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match

Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, a day ahead of the country's Nations League match with Sweden, the Croatian football federation (HNS) said.

Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match
Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic (left) tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP
“Brozovic's Inter Milan and Swedish epidemiologists were informed about the positive test,” an HNS statement said.
   
The player's positive result came two days after defender Domagoj Vida was informed of a positive Covid-19 test after playing the first half of a friendly with Turkey in Istanbul.
   
Apart from Brozovic, 27, one staff member also tested positive.
   
They were both isolated from other members of the national team.
   
After Sweden, Croatia play another Nations League game against Portugal on Tuesday.
   
Croatia, runners-up at the 2018 World Cup, are third in their Nations League group which also includes France, the team that beat them to the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Sweden.
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