Gothenburg is a fotbollsstad, a ishockeystad, a handbollsstad. As a professional basketball end up in the shade. When ligalaget Gothia Basketball 2010 did a market survey and asked the people of gothenburg if they could think of to see a herrmatch at the Gothia Arena said only 2%, yes.
today, the hall is filled to the last seat and basketball get more headlines than in a long time. It becomes so when the ladies after 15 years outside the top division as the newcomer advances to the playoffs and play out the last five years, master, Lulea Basketball – and then win the final against Eos with 3-0 and advance to the CHAMPIONSHIP final.
in the middle of the three basketball courts, which are housed in the hall in wheeling, to allow themselves to be photographed.Elin Fredriksson train girls -08. When she's not is one of the leading players in the Högsbos women's team. Photo: Peter Claesson
her older Sister, Ida, 21, training the girls -07-the team in the hall next door. Little sister Elin, 19, has care of the girls -08 on the third pitch. Both are leading players in the succélaget. Mother Johanna came down from the office upstairs. Father Jonas, yes he spends so much time in the hall that he got himself a bed in the office where he can rest sometimes. His title is sporting director, he coaches the men's team and so he is the speaker, etc. As a player, he started at the club as a six year old.
" But Högsbo Basketball is absolutely not only the family Fredriksson. There are very many who have done that, we are where we are, " says Jonas.
so be it, but if it were not for Fredrikssons it would likely not have been elitbasket in Gothenburg, sweden.
. In the early 90's, he started a major investment in basketball in the city. The sponsor Kärcher bought namnrättigheterna to Högsbos men's team, which with the help of big-name signings led to the national CHAMPIONSHIP in 1994. Two years later, one of the achievement, but now the name of the sponsor and the team the New Wave. But the economy was not as fun. In 1998, the club bankrupt with miljonskulder. After a new sponsorsatsning 2006 renamed the team to the Gothia Basketball, but it was only for four seasons.
When the enthusiasts with his son Jonas in the lead decided to bet on new did you it in a different way, they played under the name of Högsbo and prioritising youth development.
" We have put our older coaches in the youngest age groups in order to create a solid foundation from the beginning. We see a security that we have big hills and we get parents who want to help and take responsibility as a coach. In this way we also get talented players with the right technology, " says Fredriksson, who coaches the club's youngest boys, while Johanna has care of the youngest flickgrupperna.Jonas Fredriksson is director and speaker, and exercising, the men's A-team, and the club's youngest boys. Photo: Peter Claesson
today, the club has 650 players in the 20 teams who are participating in the 40 series.
Basketfestivalen, which is an international youth tournament in style with football, the Gothia Cup and the handball Partille Cup, generate good revenue.
now given the results. Ida and Elin Fredriksson is two of the players behind the sensational place in the CHAMPIONSHIP final against Umeå.
– SM-final I said it to a few buddies in school, it feels unreal, just when I take the word of my mouth, " says Elin, who are in their final year of high school.
But not accustomed to win, they are not. Ida's youth team was one of the country's best and the past year has Högsbos girls dominated in basketettan.
at the same time, the sisters have Fredriksson been hard at orange. Elin pulled the cruciate ligament in February 2016. Two months later, the Ida of the same thing. They drove rehabilitation together in over a year and was back just in time for the owned by the other in 2017. Then, two days before the premiere, went the cruciate ligament in his other knee on the Elin of.
Success feels like a reward.
" It is clear that it does. It is so easy to take things for granted. You are just happy that you can play when you have been through this, " says Elin.
to basketens the highest division has gone like clockwork and the injuries have continued to ask for it. We did seven straight victories before christmas, but then came six straight losses and the playoffs were in danger.
"the Downturn was very deep and it was strong of us to be able to come back," says Ida, which combines basketball with to train to be a primary school teacher.
Tabellsjuan Högsbo were not given great opportunities to upset Luleå, in the past five years, the SM-winner, in the quarter-finals, but after 2-1 in matches was sensation a fact.Coach Robin Sandberg knew what damlagets amerikanskor could. He is more impressed by the English players who he thinks have överpresterat. Photo: Peter Claesson
on The fly rejected it Eos from the grove in the semi-finals in three straight games – a huge success for the team and the new coach for the season, Robin Sandberg, who grew up in Luleå.
he said that He was pleased with all the positive comments that came from his hometown after kvartsfinalskrällen.
trained capitalization Marks league teams in two years, knew he had a good bunch, but it would be enough so far, the no one thought.
"Well, Hanna Johansson actually did it, but she was probably the only one," says Sandberg, and aims at the team's most experienced center, who had previously been with and won the SM-gold with Norrköping and has been a rock in the playoffs.
She was the best scorer and took ten rebounds when the Högsbo crushed the Eos in the last semi-final with 80-49 after the 25-6 in the third period.
Sandberg have also been able to rely on three dominant amerikanskor: Alexis Hyder, Tiasha Gray and Cayla McMorris.
" They knew I what they could. For me it's the Swedish players who have överpresterat, " says Sandberg.
they Can rise further? Yes, it may be needed in the final against A3 Basketball Umeå, who won the regular season and in the semi-final won easily over every now and 3-0 in the league. Sandberg says that his team are ”underdogs” in the final and enjoy it.
and the department head Carina Peleg basketfesten now. Jonas Fredrikssons thought about moving slutspelsmatcherna to the ice hockey arena Frölundaborg was quickly down.
Ljudkulissen at the Gothia Arena can get any opponent off balance.
" Our audience may not be the greatest, but it is the best, say sisters Fredriksson.
It is 43 years ago Högsbos ladies played in the SM-final. One of the players that salvaged SM-gold in both 1975 and 1976 was called ”Bettan” Fredriksson. Grandma, she could also, and now rejoice in her children and grandchildren's successes.the Hour before the first team training training Ida Fredriksson Högsbo Basket 07-the girls. Photo: Peter Claesson
Jonas Fredriksson hope that the success story is only in its introductory chapter. The club will be a dominant force in american basketball. A first goal is to even the men's team, which this past season ended up second to last in the Basketettan, will be playing in the top division.
– But we are hurrying slowly. We have some very promising vintages at the time, and we hope that in the future they will form the backbone of the A-team, " he says, and explains that they do not want to buy their way to success, but you want to have players who are dedicated and prepared to set it up to help the club, for example, as a coach, just like his own daughters doing.
how Högsbodamernas success seems to have built bridges to other Göteborgsklubbar, whose members now come to the Gothia Arena to give it their support.
– Even if dad was always keen that everyone would feel good we would not have this cohesion between the clubs in Gothenburg, in his time, " says Jonas.
Thomas Fredriksson died in 2007 after a long illness. He would have been proud if he could see how the family managed his inheritance.Family Högsbo Basketball: Johanna, Ida, Elin and Jonas Fredriksson. Photo: Peter Claesson