|Michael ”Pillo” Svensson||www.skillingaryd.nu||Till startsidan för personer|
|Pillo med budskap|
|Inlagt 1/11 2008|
Southamptons lagkapten Michael ”Pillo” Svensson har ett särskilt meddelande inför dagens bortamatch mot Preston. Han skriver på klubbens hemsida – läs hela texten på engelska här nedan – att supportrarnas stöd är oerhört viktigt just nu då klubben är inne i en kris. Laget ligger trea från slutet i Premiership.
Firstly I would like to thank all Saints fans for their fantastic support this season and for all of the kind messages that I have received from many of you over the course of my rehabilitation from injury.
Whilst I have not been able to play as many games so far this season as I had hoped, the role of club captain is one that I am extremely proud of, and I am very keen to do as much as I can to help the club out in any way that I can.
This is a crucial season for Southampton and we need all of your support as much as ever if we are to all achieve the success that we know our young team is capable of.
The changes that took place over the summer, both on and off the pitch, were essential to ensure the future survival of the club and the financial situation that we find ourselves in is extremely serious.
I speak for all the players when I say that, whilst we have been made fully aware of the seriousness of our financial plight, we are all 100 percent focused on playing football and, more importantly, on winning games.
It's vital that we remain professional at all times and we are all extremely proud to pull on the red and white shirt each time we play – whoever is in the starting eleven. We all take our responsibilities as Southampton players very seriously and as a team we are entirely committed to achieving success.
We have a young team this season and much of this campaign so far has been a big learning experience for many of our squad. We have made a huge amount of progress since Jan Poortvliet's arrival in the summer and we will continue to improve, but fans also need to be aware that we will need a bit of time and patience.
We have played some good football in many games this season, but this has not always been enough to bring us the three points. We know we can do it though, and we have been working very hard to find the right mix in the team.
It is going to be a hard season, and there are still a lot of games to play. When you play two or three times a week, you don't have a lot of time to think about what has happened, but it's time to work even harder and I'm confident that we will soon get back to winning ways.
Of course, we all want to win every game and I can promise you all that we will do everything we can to do this – with your support. This is where having the full support all of our fantastic fans can also be a huge factor in our success. With you all on board as the 12th man, we can achieve things that we never thought possible.
Just look at what teams like Stoke and Hull achieved last season, getting promoted when no-one thought it was possible before the season started.
I also speak from personal experience with all my recent injury problems. I've had a tough few years and could have given up, but after working really hard I managed to get back in the team.
You have all been really supportive to me and it definitely played a big role in spurring me on in my recovery and giving me that vital extra lift. I hope everyone will now carry that on and continue to be equally supportive to the team as a whole.
Football is a fantastic sport because it brings people together and everyone has an opinion on how the game should be played. This is one of football's greatest strengths, but negativity can have an effect on an individual's performance in any line of work, and this is especially true for younger players who should be encouraged to play without fear.
The senior players at the club all have taken responsibility for supporting our younger team mates and helping them to make the most of their footballing talents. So long as the supporters continue to give the whole team their positive support I know that they will all continue to flourish.
Relegation was the lowest point of my Saints career and those memories only serve to spur me on to do everything in my power to get this great club back to the Premier League. I cannot do it alone though. Football is a team game and we will all need to work together as a unified club to give us the success that we all want to achieve.
The start of the campaign has been a little up and down, but consistency will come with experience and there is still a long way to go. As players, we have definitely not ruled out promotion and we know that we can be contenders in the Championship, but it's all down to hard work and we need the support of the fans now more than ever.
All of us, the players, staff and, most importantly, the fans now need to stand up and be counted and with your full support behind us, we will not let you down.
|Fick lugnande läkarsvar|
|Inlagt 16/9 2008|
Michael ”Pillo” Svensson har den senaste tiden haft besvär av sin gamla skada men i dag fick han lugnande besked av sin svenske läkare.
Micke flög hem till Sverige i går och i dag hade han stämt möte med sin läkare i Kungsbacka.
Med på lördag
|Pillo på väg hem för att träffa läkaren|
|Inlagt 15/9 2008|
Michael ”Pillo” Svensson är på väg hem till Sverige för att träffa sin läkare.
Skillingaryd Nu talade med honom för bara tio minuter sedan när han väntade på flyget från England till Sverige.
Tränade i dag
|Pillo till läkaren|
|Inlagt 12/9 2008|
|Michael ”Pillo” Svensson spelar inte i morgondagens match för sitt Southampton i engelska fotbollsligan. Han har fått känning av en gammal skada och ska på måndag besöka läkare i Göteborg.
Han säger till sin klubbs hemsida att han ändå är optimist och klubbledningen håller tummarna för att han snabbt ska vara tillbaka i spel.
|Micke i comeback|
|Inlagt 13 juli 2008|
I går gjorde Michael ”Pillo” Svensson comeback i Southampton och det var en mycket lyckosam sådan.
Micke har inte spelat en match sen i november 2005 men trots flera skador har han envist satsat på att komma tillbaka. Och nu är han där. Om skadan är helt läkt är dock för tidigt att säga.
Hela intervjun med honom på Southamptons hemsida finns här nedan. Direktadressen finns här
Only one person wasn't delighted to see Michael Svensson's return to action this weekend, as he successfully came through 45 minutes against Winchester City.
The big Swede's long-awaited comeback came in the second of Saturday's pre-season friendlies, and saw him named in the starting eleven, alongside Chris Perry in the heart of defence.
That appearance marked Svensson's first in a Saints shirt since November 2005 and comes after almost three years of intensive rehab and recovery work.
Fans had poured into Winchester's Denplan City ground to welcome 'Killer' back into the fold and weren't disappointed.
For Winchester's Brett Williams however it was a slightly different story. City's number 9 was left in no doubt that Svensson was back in the game when he found himself on the receiving end of a hefty challenge after just eleven minutes.
Svensson explained: ”I lost the ball in the situation before but that is my style of play and I just need to get my timing back and the match fitness too. That is what this is all about.”
It is perhaps typical of Svensson's hard working attitude and determination to resurrect his career that he showed no fear on his return to the fray. He was, in fact, delighted with the way things went.
”It felt so good to be back out there” he smiled. ”I was so pleased to get through 45 minutes and I wanted to play on but at the same time I told myself I had done enough for today.
”It's another step in the right direction for my comeback and the knee felt good. I haven't had any reaction after the game either so the next step is to play longer.”
The comeback was almost crowned by a goal as well as Jake Thomson's 23 minute cross found Svensson at the far post. He rose well and his header landed on the roof of the net as a ripple of applause rang round the ground, with many fans thinking the ball was in.
Svensson admitted: ”I wasn't actually trying to score but to get it back across the goal for somebody else, but the angle was not great.”
He was also keen to say thankyou to the fans that gave him such a warm reception.
”I am really happy for the fans who turned up to watch. It was a really nice day out for them. They give me added incentive to come back. It is fantastic when you hear them cheer my nickname. It's a nice feeling, a great feeling.
”The feedback I have had from the fans all the way through this has been fantastic. They have been wondering and asking when I am going to get back and really caring and it's a nice feeling to have to remind you when you are working in the gym.”
So with 45 minutes now under his belt, what's next for Michael Svensson?
”It's a big game which I am looking forward to and that is going to be the next step for me. I don't want to rush. I want to be sensible about it. You can't rush it and try and play 90 minutes straight away because I would have felt that and the knee might not have coped because I haven't done that for many years. Now it's just about being sensible and taking each step as it comes.”
Svensson may also get the chance to play in Tuesday night's match against Salisbury, as Jan Poortvliet explained.
”Svensson did well and he's on his way back. He's going pass by pass and step by step. I think we will look to see how he does on Tuesday and we'll look at how his body recuperates, but I don't think that will be a problem because on the training ground he's been doing everything.”
Svensson concluded: ”I always tried to believe I could comeback. I haven't thought about giving up until I tried everything. I had an operation last year and knew it was going to be a long, hard job to get back. Now I am here and I will try and take the next step.”