Brown enjoying life at new club

Women’s International Challenge Match
Scotland v Russia
Pinatar Football Arena, San Pedro del Pinatar
Monday, 22 January 2018, 2pm (UK time)
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Having signed for top Swedish club FC Rosengård, Scotland forward Fiona Brown has set the latter stages of the Champions League and major trophies in her sights, along with qualification for Scotland’s first World Cup.

Currently in La Manga, preparing for Scotland’s second match of their training camp in Spain, against Russia, Brown is in a buoyant mood.

Starting her career at Celtic in 2009, moves to Glasgow City and Eskilstuna United followed before being given the chance to play for one of the best clubs in Sweden, FC Rosengård.

“To hear FC Rosengård were interested in me was really flattering as they are such a prestigious club in the women’s game and have won alot of major titles,” she said.

“I loved my time at Eskilstuna and it gave me a taste for a new challenge to train and work alongside some of the best players in the game.

“They finished second in the league last year and won the Swedish Cup, so when the league resumes in April we’ll be looking to go one better in the competition and retain the cup as well.”

Growing up in Dunblane, Malmö is a slight change in scenery for the 22-year-old but it’s something that she’s adapted to and feels it has improved her both as a person and player.

“I love life in Sweden,” she said.

“The lifestyle is very fresh and healthy. I live next to the sea and quite near Copenhagen which means it’s easy for people to come and see me.

“My Swedish will probably get better this year as they speak a lot more of the language at my new club.

“All the training is in Swedish which was a challenge at first but it’s something I’m confortable with now.”

After not featuring against Norway in the 3-0 defeat on Friday, Brown is hopeful she will don the Scotland shirt for the first in 2018 against Russia in Pinatar.

She is already on a high with Scotland, after scoring her first goal for her country in the last home game against Albania at the Paisley 2021 Stadium.

With matches against Switzerland and Poland on the horizon, Brown is looking forward to what could be a special year.

She said: “We know our group is difficult but this is such an exciting year for us and such an amazing time to be part of the national team.”

“There is a genuine belief that we can qualify for our first World Cup.

“Camps like this are so beneficial as they allow us to spend more time on the training pitch and make sure we get our playing style right.”

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It is expected that a number of changes will be made to the team that lost to Norway 3-0 on Friday with Shelley Kerr keen to give game time to as many of the players in La Manga as possible.

Hibernian skipper Joelle Murray won’t feature due to a foot injury.

What to expect from Russia

Russia are currently two places behind Scotland in the FIFA World Rankings in 25th place.

Featuring in Euro 2017 they were knocked out at the group stages, beating Italy but losing to Sweden and Germany.

In their quest to reach the World Cup next year they have started slowly in their group, losing 6-0 to England and drawing to Wales in their opening two fixtures.

They have played out some entertaining matches with Scotland, most notably the nail-biting Euro 2009 play-off games.

Losing 3-2 at Tynecastle, Scotland then won 2-1 in the second leg but it wasn’t enough to secure progression. In the away fixture, current centre back Jenny Beattie scored. Shelley Kerr captained Scotland on both occasions.

The last time the sides met was in 2009 where Scotland won 2-1 in a Cyprus Cup fixture.