It was during the 2014 season when Malin Levenstad played in AIK that she decided to put fotbollsskorna on the shelf.
– I had major problems with my back and it felt like it was over. It was a decision that grew over a fairly long period of time. I had achieved what I wanted with the club, won a few national CHAMPIONSHIPS and played in the Champions League. I felt that I was done with football and had no motivation left.
In August 2018 suddenly came the news that the landslagsmeriterade the hill making a comeback in the FC Rosengård.
" I began to participate in the trainings then there were people and it felt okay in quality. It was our club manager Erling Nilsson, who almost ordered out to: you'll write the contract now, I think that you should play. Of course, I was thinking, but the heart took the reigns there and it was the only YES that counts.
came to an abrupt end when she is in a situation on a workout was the achilles tendon avsliten.
" I would jump over some hedges and then take a maxlöpning. In my first step, slamming it just to, you think that someone kicking one from behind, or landing on the foot. But when I realize that I am myself, I understand directly that the achilles tendon was. It was obviously a tough period because I also was left in the role of assistant coach.
”I refuse to end up like this. I have taken the decision to play football now so I need to play and finish when I want to."
even then, she hobbled of the pitch there was only one thought in your head.
" It was Erling who came to the hospital and then we sat there I said to him that I refuse to end up like this. I have taken the decision to play football now so I need to play and finish when I want to." The feeling came to him directly, I shall be back.
In February, she was finally back, at a record pace after the injury and played a friendly game against Vittsjö, which ended in a loss, 2-1. After it has Levenstad not known of the damage and is thrilled to be back on the pitch.
" It was a pånyttförälskelse, it's been a long time since I felt such love for football that I do now. It is pure happiness to play again, touch wood but I hope that the body holds and that I get to do what I think is fun, " says Malin Levenstad and smiles.
She also started when Rosengård defeated Eskilstuna at bramall lane with a 1-0 win in the damallsvenskans the first round.
On the side of the career on the football field was she in the FC rose farm coaching staff, there as fysansvarig season 2016 and in the following season, she became the assistant coach. It was not a huge transition from player to coach because she has long had a leading role as the captain of the team.
– The conversion that was required was that I took away from the players. Where I chose quite active in my professional role to do so, even if there were friends to me. And there will be, of course, a big change then it is about the friendship that you have to spread, " says 30–year-old.
head coach Jack Majgaard Jensen was fired in september 2017 took Malin Levenstad over as head coach the remainder of the season.
" It was special of course and it was a bit chaotic there and then. I had a bit of a routine and had only been assistant trainer for six months and was just thrown into it. Demand was still the same, we would take us into the Champions League and win the gold medal. It was very special but it is a huge experience that I really enjoyed the benefits of afterwards.
Before the next season, wrote the coach Jonas Eidevall on a two year contract and Malin Levenstad went back to his role as assistant coach.
" I take with me the feeling that you are sitting on as head coach. All the pressure and responsibility is on you, how you prepared the players and how to read by the opponents. That feeling that it is all about when you go in to the match, the feeling is hard to get a as an assistant when there is someone standing over you and takes responsibility for the piece. But the part I have tried to maintain.
Malin Levenstad is threefold SM–guldmästare with Rosengård or LdB Malmö, which was the club's name until 2013. She will this season have a three-part role in the team. She will be a player, assistant coach and fysansvarig.
Rosengård was a few years ago a real super power in the damallsvenskan. Seasons the period 2010-2015, the club won five gold, six possible. In the last year, led the team table ahead of the final round, but after a snöplig loss against Kopparbergs/Göteborg FK was Rosengård finally the third.
– There is competition at all our positions and it was quite a long time ago it was so. There is no one who will play, but to perform well and not someone who survive on old merits. We will be able to take out the team depending on how the week looked like and what shape you have, it feels of course very exciting, and it will enhance our training environment enormously.
" I think we have a broader squad, and one then becomes stronger, of course. The ability to change the run of the game in the trupputtagning and prey increased. We have more lace and craving for revenge.