Swedish champions from Damallsvenskan, Kopparbergs / Goteborg, will return to defend their title just days after the announcement of the cessation of first-team operations due to financial problems.
Although he won his first league title just a few months ago, the club announced that the first team would be disbanded and only junior teams up to the Under-19 level would play under the club name. .
However, WTOP reports that Goteborg will are now returning to defend their title following an overwhelming response to the news that the team would be gone.
The club has been financially supported by the Kopparbergs brewery – renowned for its cider throughout Europe – since 2003, however, the decision to disband is said to have come as they felt they could no longer compete with the financial influence offered by the tastes. Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.
When the announcement was made, the team reportedly received a number of offers from potential investors.
However, the club have insisted that their long-term futures have not changed and it remains to be seen if they will receive the financial support they need to compete in the years to come.
Despite doubts about the club’s future – or indeed if it will exist at all – Kopparbergs / Goteborg have gone so far as to confirm that they will be back for next season, and a little more promisingly, they have also alluded to a number of potential future investors. The list included individuals, businesses and a number of other football teams.
Goteborg recently reached the last 32 in the Champions League before being knocked out by Manchester City. Although they were only recently crowned league champions for the first time, they have three Swedish Cup victories to their name, and have boasted of stellar players including US forward Christen Press.