Apr 17, 2021

Julia Karlernäs thrives in her new surroundings in Seville

A professional club, optimal conditions and a wonderful city to explore in your free time. Julia Karlernäs thrives in her new surroundings in Seville.

In December, the midfielder from Piteå IF left for Sevilla FC when she signed a contract that extends the rest of season. In the meantime, until now, she has struggled with Spanish but is understanding more and more each day, especially the football terms are getting better and better.

– Our assistant coach speaks English and has helped to translate for us when needed, but now I understand most things myself.

– Our assistant coach speaks English and has helped to translate for us when needed, but now I understand most things myself, she says.

The training facility on the outskirts of the southern Spanish city has it all. Fantastic training ground, the club makes sure that the players get help with everything from fitness coaches and physiotherapists to a psychologist if anyone needs it.

– Everyone is incredibly helpful and we really have completely optimal conditions. Everything feels incredibly professional around the club and I feel really good with the team. I have had to play in several different positions so far and am starting to adapt to everything new. I have more to give and would love to stay here, I want to give it an honest chance and learn as much as I can all the time.

– I knew that the top clubs in Europe are very high class. Barcelona are still superior, but then it is incredibly even and good, with high intensity and it is really tough and good matches for the most part.

Julia describes Spanish football as fast, technical and with plenty of individually skilled players. The quality of the league is better than she thought.
– I knew that the top clubs in Europe are very high class. Barcelona are still superior, but then it is incredibly even and good, with high intensity and it is really tough and good matches for the most part.

Julia shares an apartment with two teammates, a Spaniard and the team’s other Swedish player, Sejde Abrahamsson. It is walking distance to training, which she appreciates.

– We spend most of our time there, it’s nice to live nearby. Then I like to go into town when we have free time. It is an incredibly nice city with a lot of nice buildings, good restaurants, there is a lot to look at and nice people. Among other things, we have been to a national park and visited a castle. It’s fun to just walk around and look at everything here.

Karlernäs is getting into her new routines, the Spaniards’ slightly later habits, she tries to study as much Spanish as possible, make dinner or Facetime with loved ones back home in Sweden.

– I was a starting player in Piteå for a few years and now I have had to start some matches on the bench. It was a challenge in the beginning, mentally, but I think I have become much better at it. Above all, everything is very developing. I feel very good and that I am in a good place in life.