The decision was made on December 17 and was announced to players and leaders in the club on Tuesday morning.
Despite the message, Peter Bronsman is united when he talks about the board decision that was made the day after the loss against Manchester City in the Champions League, 17 December.
Kopparberg interrupts its elite investment. We will not play in the damallsvenskan 2021, he says and continues:
In 2003, we were commissioned by Göran Johansson and Frank Andersson, or you can say politics in Gothenburg, to start an investment in women’s football in Gothenburg – and that it would be run as the big men’s clubs in the city. They thought we could.
17 years later, all teams, IFK Gothenburg, BK Häcken, Öis and now also Gais with their girls team, started a women’s team in Gothenburg. We have done what we promised. We have created many role models. Made many people play football and ended this with a Swedish Championship gold, says Peter Bronsman.
Both 2019 and 2020, Gothenburg FC has qualified for the Champions League and there encountered high-quality opposition in Bayern Munich and Manchester City, both times the team has gone out directly – despite the goal of eventually reaching the final of the tournament.
In the meantime, you should know what is happening. The outside world does not stand still. When Lyon called Lotta Schelin we did not even know they had a women’s team, a few years later they were the best in the world and became a power factor.
The teams we have met in the Champions League now did not exist then. We were very early. Now that the other men’s teams in Gothenburg are opening up activities for the girls as well, we think they should take the baton, says Peter Bronsman.
He is primarily referring to IFK Gothenburg. Already a few years ago, there were detailed plans for a merger.
Each club makes its own decisions. Even then, we might have made this decision. They have won their series. We do not believe that this law will be enough until 2021. We have seen what it looks like in Europe. In Bayern Munich and in Manchester City, what facilities they have, what training opportunities they give their players and how fast it goes.
A few years ago we beat Manchester City 8-0, now they have run past us. They have done so terribly well, Peter Bronsman adds.
He believes that greater turnover and a more powerful economy are required to be able to keep up with the competition.
Of course, the men’s Swedish teams will keep up with the trend that is going on in Europe. A women’s team will not have a chance otherwise. Our basic idea would have been to invest in younger players. Each club must have both men’s and women’s teams. You will not only have women’s teams in 2021, says Peter Bronsman.
With that said, you have my explanation for why we are interrupting our elite investment