The transfer window activity continues! As more transfers have been confirmed, we take a look at another group of big international moves for the 2022/23 season including Finnish Women’s national team goalkeeper Krista Nieminen, Czech Women’s national team defender Nela Jirakova and Men’s Swiss national team forward Pascal Michel.

Women

Finland Women’s national team goalkeeper Krista Nieminen makes the move to the Swedish Superligan with Akersberga. Krista spent last season playing in Switzerland with Berner Oberland where they reached the first round of the playoffs before losing to Piranha Chur. Krista has represented Finland at the two previous Women’s World Championships (in 2019 and 2021) earning a silver medal in 2021 and bronze in 2019. In 2021 she was one of the tournament’s best goalkeepers with an 85.71% save percentage and stopping 60 shots across all of Finland’s matches.

 

Czech Women’s international Nela Jirakova follows Krista Nieminen in moving from Switzerland to Sweden from Piranha Chur to Endre IF in the top Swedish Womens league. Nela is a 3 time veteran of the Women’s World Championships with the Czech Republic in 2017, 2019 and 2021 achieving 4th position in each event. Nela also represented the Czech U19’s team at the 2016 U19 Women’s World Championships in Canada. She brings a wealth of experience and leadership to her new Swedish side and will look to help push them into a deep playoff run and challenge for the playoff title.

 

Another player moving from Switzerland to Sweden is former Women’s U19 silver medalist from 2020, Philippa Blom. Philippa finished the U19 2020 WFC as the 2nd highest points scorer with 13 points in just 5 matches for Sweden with 7 of those points being goals. She will look to use her goalscoring talent to help push her new team Nacka into a deep playoff run after they failed to get out of the first round last season.

 

Hannah Berschinger makes the long journey from New Zealand to Switzerland as the New Zealand Women’s forward moves to Europe to help develop her game even further. Hannah will represent New Zealand at the upcoming Women’s U19 World Championships 2022 in Poland this August as she is still only 19 and therefore eligible to play for New Zealand U19’s. She also was part of the senior women’s team at the 2019 Women’s WFCQ AOFC qualifiers where New Zealand finished in 6th place.

 

Men

Swiss Men’s national team player Pascal Michel moves from his home country to Sweden and Swedish Superligan side Mullsjö. Pascal represented Switzerland at the Men’s World Championships 2020 in Finland, where they lost a narrow match to the Czech Republic for 3rd and bronze, ending up 4th. Mullsjö ended last season in the first round of the playoffs and will look to lean on International quality from players like Pascal to challenge the top Swedish sides in the SSL.

 

Morten Talviste is an Estonian national team player who most recently represented his country at the Men’s WFC in 2020 in Finland. He also represented his country at two Men’s U19 World Championships (B-Division in 2015 and 2017). He makes the step up to Swedish Superligan side KAIS Mora from Estonian side Sparta with whom he won the two previous Estonian championships in 2021 and 2022.

 

More transfer news will be announced throughout the summer so stay tuned for more interesting and maybe even surprising transfers!

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