Goteburg DISSOLVES its title-winning women’s team just weeks after they were dumped out of Champions League by Man City, with Swedish club unable to compete financially with Europe’s elite in the women’s game
Swedish club Goteburg have decided to shut down its women’s team after being unable to compete financially with Europe’s elite clubs.
The decision to dissolve its title-winning side comes just a few weeks after they were dumped out of the Champions League by Manchester City in the round of 32.
Goteburg have also withdrawn from Sweden’s Premier Women’s division for 2021, with reports suggesting that nine Swedish internationals will now be without a club as a result.
Swedish club Goteburg have announced the closure of its title-winning women’s team
Emma Kullberg, Pauline Hammerlund and goalkeeper Jennifer Falk, who all feature in the country’s national side, were a part of the side that was beaten 5-1 on aggregate by City earlier this month.
It’s a shocking and disappointing end for a team that is currently defending their title win in the top-flight. However, the financial power from across the continent has proved to be too much for the Swedish side.
In a statement on its site the club said: ‘Internationally, women’s football has developed enormously in Europe in recent years.
‘Large men’s clubs, such as Lyon, PSG, Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Manchester United, Barcelona and Juventus, among others, have realised the value of women’s football, make large investments and have given women’s football resources that it is not possible for us to match.
The decision comes weeks after they were dumped out of the Champions League by Man City
Goteburg will also be unable to defend their Premier Women’s division title in 2021
‘We have created a great interest in women’s football in Gothenburg and shown that it is possible to establish oneself at the top and even win a Swedish Championship gold, as long as one has a clear goal that creates challenges and motivation.
‘The elite clubs in Gothenburg must now spin on this.
‘If you do that, we are convinced that women’s football in Gothenburg will quickly take new steps forward.
‘Because the tradition-laden and reputable clubs, with their organisations and many supporters, create conditions for women’s football in Gothenburg, we believe that our project is complete and therefore Kopparbergs / Goteborg FC will close down its elite team for the Allsvenskan season 2021.’
Club officials revealed they are unable to compete financially with Europe’s elite clubs
Club chairman Peter Brosnan said: ‘For almost 20 years, we have developed and driven women’s football in Gothenburg and Sweden forward.
‘Stepping on the same old footsteps is not something we believe in.
‘In order to assert itself internationally, I am convinced that women’s football should be integrated into and be an equal part, to take part in the same resources as men’s football, in an elite club.
‘It is, of course, a sad decision for us to make in the short term, but seen over the long term, it is definitely the right decision to make now.’