Women's Football

Kopparbergs/Goteborg to return after 'overwhelming' response from investors

Dec 31, 2020, 8:30 PM GMT
Julia Roddar, Janine Beckie
Kopparbergs/Goteborg were knocked out of the Women's Champions League at the last 32 stage | James Gill - Danehouse/Getty Images

Swedish Damallsvenskan champions Kopparbergs/Goteborg will return to defend their title just days after it was announced that they would be ceasing first-team operations due to financial concerns.

Despite winning their maiden league title just a couple of months ago, the club announced that the first-team would be disbanded and that only junior teams up to Under-19 level would play under the club name.

Julia Roddar, Ellen White
Goteborg faced Manchester City two weeks ago | James Gill - Danehouse/Getty Images

However, WTOP report that Goteborg will now return to defend their title following an overwhelming response to the announcement that the team would be no more.

The club have been financially backed by Kopparbergs brewery - renowned for its cider across Europe - since 2003, however, the decision to disband is understood to have come due to the fact they felt they could no longer compete with the financial clout offered by the likes of Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.

When the announcement was made, the team were understood to have received a number of offers from potential investors.

However, the club have insisted that their long-term future has not changed and it remains to be seen whether they will receive the financial backing they need to compete for years to come.

Emma Koivisto, Lauren Hemp
Goteborg couldn't contain Manchester City as they were beaten 3-0 | Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Despite casting doubt over where the future of the club may lie - or in fact if it will exist at all - Kopparbergs/Goteborg have gone as far as to confirm they will be back for next season, and somewhat more promisingly they also hinted at a number of potential future investors. The list included private individuals, companies and a number of other football teams.

Goteborg recently reached the last 32 of the Champions League before being eliminated by Manchester City. Despite only recently being crowned league champions for the first time they do have three Swedish Cup triumphs to their name, and have boasted some stellar players including American forward Christen Press.