How Swede it is for second timer Soldan

Midland maestro Jackob Soldan will play in the biggest international youth football competition. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d420170
Midland maestro Jackob Soldan will play in the biggest international youth football competition. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d420170

It is not his first time there either: the Midland maestro went to Gothenburg last year with his club and played in the under-15s division.

Jackob’s team won the State Premier League, which qualified them to participate in a second Swedish tournament: this time in the under-18s division.

The tournament attracts about 1600 teams from 80 countries that collectively play 4500 games.

Jackob said Subiaco was likely to be the only club from WA attending the tournament.

‘I had the time of my life the first time I went,’ he said.

The Viveash student is a left-winger and hopes to play professionally.

‘English leagues are a high ambition but I would like to play in the A-League competition and see what happens,’ he said.

‘The good thing about these tournaments is learning to play against other nations who are technically different; it can be very unpredictable.’

The Gothia Cup has seen superstars such as Swedish national captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic play as juniors.

The tournament runs from July 13 to 19.