No 6 in the FOOTBLOGBALL ESSENTIAL INTERVIEWS is 17 year old footballer Elias Lindberg .
In September 2012 FOOTBLOGBALL did and interview with Elias Lindberg , a young Swedish player who went almost unnoticed in his native Stockholm Sweden and is now playing in one of Spain’s highest youth leagues regularly playing against La Liga clubs such as Seville , Real Betis and Malaga . His journey here is an interesting one and looking over both interviews with Elias as he talks about his personal experiences we get an insight in to possible answers for many of the questions that FOOTBLOGBALL has asked in the 5 previous Essential interviews.
FOOTBLOGBALL : It has been a year since we last did an interview with you. What have you been up to ?
ELIAS : A lot has happened. I have had a full season in Spain , the possibility to play against some of the best teams in the country including Malaga, Almeria, Granada, Real Jaen and also train and play with Malaga CF. I have been training with the Swedish U17 National team. I also had offers to sign a contract with Bristol City in England and a team in Madrid Rayo Majadahonda but I choose to stay in Malaga where I attend a Swedish school and have my father living here. This season I have changed team to Puerto Malagueno to play in the highest junior league in Spain in the Andalusien district which has the same population as Sweden around 10 million . We get to regularly play against teams like Sevilla, Real Betis , Malaga , Almeria ,Recreativo De Huelva , Granada , Exerez. I choose to play here over Malaga because it provided me with the opportunity to play in a higher league. I have also changed position to center back and I feel that has taken my football to another level as it suits my footballing strengths and qualities. I have also moved in to my own apartament to live closer to the training camp.
FOOTBLOGBALL : You trained with one of the elite clubs in Stockholm this summer . Can you compare and contrast this to the type of training to that which you get in Spain ?
ELIAS : I had a very enjoyable experience training with AIK. There are many differences between Sweden and Spain and probably the biggest difference is the way we train. In Sweden they use a LOT of cones to do static technical training where in all the teams I trained with in Spain its less static with more free play. Keep ball 9vs9 , 11vs11 and a variety of game situations and excercises .The physical training always includes a ball . Also the mentality of the coaches here in Spain is different , the coaches are more open with their feelings when we are training and playing matches. I also think that the respect for the coach in Spain is a bit better. Even though the organisation in Sweden is a LOT better , in Spain there is more focused on the football and less on the things around football . The size difference between Swedish and Spanish players is also obvious J
FOOTBLOGBALL : You have moved to center back and your team are top of the league after 5 games ( no goals conceded). How has your training changed since you moved from midfield to defence ?
ELIAS : We have had an excellent start with 5 wins in our first 5 games . Playing at center back and conceding no goals gives you a LOT of confidence. I feel a lot more secure in this position . I really feel this position suits me perfectly , especially as I have become a lot faster and stronger in the last year probably due to growing physically and the extra training I have been putting in .The qualities I have gained playing in midfield really helps me a lot because my ball control and passing is a lot better. Always when you change position you become better at some things and worse at others I have improved my heading, positioning, tackling and in general being more relaxed on the ball but then parts of my technical play need to improve as I am not using the ball in the same way as I did when I played in midfield.
FOOTBLOGBALL : What is the most important thing that you have learnt this year ?
ELIAS : Probably that the possibility of becoming a professional footballer is not so far away but you really need to sacrifice a lot to get there and you need to have a lot luck. A trainer that likes you , the right person watching you in the right games. There are many small things that decide if you will succeed or not.
FOOTBLOGBALL: What positives and strengths from your Swedish upbringing and training are an advantage when you play football in Spain ?
ELIAS : Probably discipline and physique . In Sweden we have a LOT more knowledge with regard to the relationship between food and training and also the importance of rest . The physique you get from the Swedish way of training has helped me stand out more in Spain .