Isabell Krantz, one of Sweden’s best national team players of all time, with a record amount of 110 international matches and six World Floorball Championships golds, will end her playing career.
– It has been fantastic to have represented Sweden for so many years and to have had the yellow-blue shirt on, it is a powerful feeling and I feel such incredible pride to have been able to so, says Isabell Krantz on the Swedish Floorball Federation’s website.
Isabell Krantz began her floorball career in Granlo BK when she was twelve years old. The adventure then continued in RIG Umeå and then, as an 18-year-old, she was also called to her first WFC.
– It was during Jan-Erik Vaara’s time and I knew that I was a bit on the line of being selected and then became incredibly happy and shocked when he told me that I would be the seventh defender, she says and continues:
– I would see the camp as a learning camp, but that was perhaps where it started.
Yes, maybe that’s where it started when, in her first match, she made her first national team goal against Singapore. Her career has since continued with several international matches and she is the player who with her 110 international matches has played most international matches in the Swedish women’s national team.
She played her last WFC in December 2019 in Neuchâtel where the team took gold after winning against the home team Switzerland in the final.
– It was really amazing to end the national team career with such a large audience in the final. It was incredibly powerful with the feeling in the arena and Johanna Hultgren’s decisive goal in sudden death that silenced the Swiss audience, she says and continues:
– We had an incredibly strong team and and amazing staff team which was one of the best led teams I’ve experienced in the national team. An amazing leader trio who are incredibly talented and got the team to work together and become really strong.
With a long track record and an outstanding career, Krantz has now chosen to end her playing career.
– It feels good but at the same time floorball is something I will miss. It has been a big part of my life and will of course leave a hole.
WFC golds: 6 (2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2017 & 2019)
Swedish Championship gold: 1 (2016)
International matches: 110
National team points: 87 (33 + 54)
Source & more information: Swedish Floorball Federation