Wilhelmsson, on his move to the Southern California and playing in Saudi Arabia

07 September 9:35 am

Wilhelmsson, on his move to the Southern California and playing in Saudi Arabia

By Adam Serrano

CARSON, Calif. -- Christian Wilhelmsson has arrived in Southern California and the Swedish International is hoping to make an immediate impact for the LA Galaxy.

During this piece, I spoke about how Wilhelmsson fits in with the team as he prepares for his American adventure.

However, Wilhelmsson had plenty more to say, below are his thoughts on Los Angeles and how it relates to his previous experience in Saudi Arabia. 

WILHELMSSON: “So far, I haven’t seen so much, it’s like where I come from. Very hot and a lot of traffic. [he last played in Saudi Arabia]. When I start to see other places maybe it’ll be a bit different.”

(On playing in Saudi Arabia…)

WILHELMSSON:  “I’ve said it before that it’s a surprisingly good level. It was very hot. As a player it’s not that different from other places. You have your games, you have your rhythm and your routine….It’s the same all most everywhere, but for the family, maybe it’s different with things to do, but not that much.”

(On cultural differences…)

WILHELMSSON: “Culturally, you have to know what is going on, how to be there. You learn quite fast. I tried to be as open as possible and try to respect them. It’s not a problem at all. I’ve been in a lot of places now and to adapt is one of my qualities.”

(On whether Saudi Arabia was difficult for his family…)

WILHELMSSON: “Of course, it was difficult in the beginning, but she [his wife Oksana] got used to it and she enjoyed it with me.”

(On whether he knows David Beckham, Robbie Keane or Landon Donovan…)

WILHELMSSON: “I played against David two times (Sweden vs. England) and Robbie as well with the national team. Donovan, I’m not sure if I know him personally.”