Klara Fjorder, forward at team Denmark, is ready for the WFC.
The 21-year-old player is up for her third WFC. We spoke with her about the current season, the WFCQ and the WFC.
At which club do you play and how is the current season going?
I play as a forward for Malmø FBC in Sweden and the current season is going very well. This is my first season playing in the SSL, so I am enjoying my time with the team and on the field. We are currently placed number 4, and this is the best placement that Malmø has ever had since they joined SSL.
You qualified in a group with Sweden, Norway, and France. How were these games?
First of all, the three games were completely different. This may sound strange, but our goal against Sweden was to lose with the fewest amount of goals. We needed a good goal difference in order to advance to the World Championships. We played a very defensive and tactical game, and we succeeded with our goal (13-1).
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Against France, we had a very different goal. In this game, we had to win with the most possible goals. We played a very good match and won 19-0. The last game against Norway was a tactical affair. Both teams needed to win in order to advance directly. Norway was better that day and won 4-1. But we ensured a good goal difference in our three matches, so we advanced as the best-placed third country.
You’ll play your 3rd WFC. What do you want to bring, compared to the previous ones?
Now that I am playing in the SSL, I have gained more experience playing with and against some of the best players in the world. Therefore, I want to take more responsibility and share my experience with my teammates.
In the group stage, you meet Japan, Estonia and (again) Norway. What are your thoughts towards these games, and what are your goals?
Our goal is to win the group. Japan, Estonia and Norway are all hardworking teams with many good players. Therefore, we need to be 100% prepared and focused during the group stage of the tournament if we wish to win the group.
How do you prepare for the WFC?
The team’s preparation started long before the qualification. We have had many training camps and games in order to prepare for the world cup. Personally, my training load has tripled since my move to Malmø this summer.
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I am in my best shape and I feel like it will pay off at the championships. I can’t wait to show the floorball world all the hard work that my team has put in.
How and when did you start playing floorball? And have you played any other sports?
I started playing floorball in 2009 whilst living in Switzerland with my family. My big brother was playing floorball on the school team, so I had to try it too. I have played floorball ever since. I did gymnastics and played football before I chose to focus on floorball.
What was your best floorball game ever?
It is hard to choose just one game. I remember the feeling of winning my first gold medal with my team in Copenhagen very well. It was the culmination of nearly four years of hard work. But scoring a hattrick in my second match in the SSL will always be an amazing memory.