You asked, Sabrina Viguier answered
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On her experiences in Sweden and Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC
What is it like to play in Damallsvenskan compared to Division 1? What are the biggest differences between French and Swedish league teams? Milla, Sweden
The Swedish game is a hard game! In Sweden, the teams are more athletic. The players run a lot and are very physical. The game is more direct in contrast with the French champonship where the players are more technical and where the plays are more developed. The characteristics that can be found in the Swedish league are those of their national team, and it is the same with the French league and the national team.
Which style of play suits you more (the Swedish or the French)? Owen, Scotland
I don’t know, I am not very physical or very technical! I think I am average in all areas so I try to use my head to adapt!
With the long career that you have had, and spending the past four years playing for one of the best team’s in the world, are there things that you are discovering or learning about football during this Swedish experience? Sophie, France
You are always learning something regardless of where you are! The teammates, the opponents, the staff, the way to train, everything is different!
What are Göteborg’s goals this season? Sophie, France
The goal is to finish in the top two in order to play in the Champions League next season.
How do you like Sweden and have you learnt any Swedish? Is there anything in particular that you love in Sweden, or perhaps something that you find strange? Katharina, Germany
I like the mood, the Swedish mentality. They don’t complicate things, they exude an impressive collective strength. They are always happy when someone succeeds, there is no jealousy. They discuss a lot but rarely criticize. That can be strange when you are French. Criticism comes easy for us. Here, we talk about the positives, they put things in perspective. Language-wise, I am beginning to understand a lot of things but I have to continue to work at it because I am far from fluent in Swedish!
You were known to be the best cook on the team at OL (My note: Lotta Schelin claimed you were in our “The fans ask the questions” interview earlier this year, at least). Have you discovered anything about Swedish cuisine since arriving in Göteborg? A favorite dish? Anonymous
It is different from the French food. There are fewer specialties than in France and Swedes love all kinds of sauce! My favorite remains köttbullar with rödbetssallad on crispbread! It is meatballs on a crispbread covered with beetroot! OK, it sounds weird, but it’s really good! Swedes are proud of their bread which they put a lot of tubes on (caviar, cheese …). There are food aisles full of tubes! We do not have that in France. The fish is also very good here. They also make sandwiches with little shrimps (räksmörgås), so good!
On her career and Olympique Lyonnais
What is your favorite memory from your career? Anonymous
I have a lot, from all of the teams I have played for. Regarding the most recent ones, I would say the first Champions League title and the qualification for the semifinals in the World Cup with the French national team.
Which forward that you have ever played against made it the most difficult for you as a defender? Anonymous
In Lyon, already in training, I had my hands full with Lara, Lotta, Eugénie, Camille, Thomis, but I will also say Abby Wambach and Birgit Prinz, two very impressive, athletic forwards with great careers.
You are still a part of the group in the hearts of the players and supporters. How did you experience Lyon’s double from Sweden? Sophie, France
I was very happy for the team. I felt a twinge in my heart because it reminded of some great memories. I followed the last few games because I’m still attached to the team and I’m proud of what the girls achieved.
When you someday finish your career as a player, will you continue to be active in football? What are your dreams for the future? Anonymous
I am a P.E. teacher, so I am calm about the future. But of course, I have been in the football world since I was born and I love it, so I will probably stay in it to give back for everything that this sport has given me. I do not know how or where, we’ll see … I do not have a particular dream except living my life and being healthy!
- club team? OL féminin!
- place to travel? Aveyron.
- thing to do in your free time? Go home and visit my family.
- football player as a child? My brother.
- team to win the 2015 World Cup? I would like it to be France, of course!
Photo by Per Montini.