THOUGTHS FROM OUR MANAGERS AT CMG

I have been given up a lot because of my sport. But that’s nothing compared to what the sport has given me.

Maria Karlsson De Cecco – CEO & Client Manager, CMG

2020-11-19

In 2011 I moved to Doncaster as the first Swedish female professional football player in England. After nine years in Damallsvenskan in Sweden I was excited to move abroad this year when The FA WSL became a professional league for the first time. The fact that I had to google Doncaster to understand where on the map this Yorkshire town was, that was not an issue at all. I was just so excited to be able to play abroad for the first time and in the country that many people call, the cradle of football.

During my nine months in ”Donny” I experienced so many happy, and sad moments. What I remember more than the football games against great teams as Arsenal and Liverpool, was my stay during the whole time at Ramada Hotel close to the Airport. We where three foreigners, the Swede, the Canadian and the North Irish girl. It makes me smile when I think about our car rides to the practice with Adele’s ”Someone like you” on the highest volume. The first weeks in England I cried several times. To move from the secure comfort zone in Sweden to something totally new, that was pretty tough in the beginning. I thought my English where good. I did not understand a word from our Scottish coach the first practice. In March we went to London to play a cup game against Chelsea. It was the same day as the baptism for my oldest nephew. I was the godmother and I was crying in a bus in England. Happy for the possibility to be where I was, but also very sad not to be with him. A famous Swedish skier said one time. I have been given up a lot because of my sport. But that’s nothing compared to what the sport has given me. I can do no more than agree with that.

Maria Karlsson De Cecco – CEO & Client Manager, CMG