Finland international Emma Koivisto has revealed that she chose to sign for Brighton & Hove Albion because of her love for the English game.
Koivisto made an immediate impression on her debut, helping The Seagulls beat champions Chelsea 2-1 at Kingsmeadow on Sunday.
The Barclays FA Women’s Super League has seen an array of talent arrive from overseas in the past 12 months and in moving to the UK, Koivisto becomes the latest established international to join the league. She has won 58 caps since making her international debut back in 2012.
This is yet another indication to how popular the Barclays FA Women’s Super League is, not only just in England, but across the globe and Koivisto is excited for the challenge.
“It was mostly the league I was interested in, to play in England and to get to play against really good teams,” said the 26-year-old when speaking in Albion’s midweek press conference in which FAWSL Full-Time were present. “Brighton just felt like a good fit.”
Koivisto has signed an 18-month contract and admitted there was another reason why she chose Brighton & Hove Albion, it enables her to link up with Finnish teammate Nora Heroum.
“I knew Nora beforehand and I heard a lot of good things from her,” she said. “It always helps when you know someone in the team.”
Koivisto made her debut on Sunday afternoon as her Brighton & Hove Albion side overcame the current champions, playing the full 90 minutes.
Commenting on her debut, the Finnish international said “Chelsea pretty much met my expectations.
“It was a very tough game but that’s why I wanted to come here.”
She has been described as a very versatile player, normally in the full-back position throughout a career that has seen her at play in Helsinki, Espoo and America for three years before her stint in Sweden in 2018.
Her move to Brighton & Hove Albion was slightly delayed by a few complications along the way with the announcement expected earlier in the week, however, the deal was done in time for her to feature against Chelsea.
“It was a painful wait before I could join the team, having to train on my own but I’m glad I got to play on Sunday when we got the win,” said Koivisto.
The Seagulls currently sit in the bottom half of the table but back-to-back wins against Chelsea, and then over West Ham United in midweek, have really boosted their position.
Article author: Joe Heaton