Lotta Schelin

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Lotta Schelin
Lotta Schelin October 2013.jpg
Personal information
Full name Charlotta Eva Schelin
Date of birth (1984-02-27) 27 February 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Trångsund, Sweden
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker, Winger
Club information
Current team
Number 8
Youth career
1997–2003 FC Hevesen
1997–2001 Mölnlycke IF
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2008 Göteborg 154 (116)
2008– Lyon 99 (95)
National team
2004– Sweden 136 (67)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 July 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:36, 19 June 2014 (UTC)

Charlotta Eva Schelin (born 27 February 1984), usually referred to as Lotta Schelin, is a Swedish football player who currently plays for Olympique Lyonnais of the Division 1 Féminine. She plays as a striker and is a member of the Sweden women's national team, having made her debut in 2004.

Schelin's height, strength, and offensive technique has led to former Denmark women's national team manager Peter Bonde comparing her to fellow Swede Zlatan Ibrahimović.[1] She credits her older sister and former teammate, Camilla Schelin, as well as Tina Nordlund, as important role models for her.


Early career[edit]

Schelin grew up in Kållered outside Gothenburg and began to play football for Kållereds SK along with her sister, Camilla.[2] She has also played for Mölnlycke IF. Schelin was also adept at such sports as table-tennis, track and field, and snowboarding before opting to focus on football full-time. As a teenager, she developed problems with her spine and was advised to stop playing the sport. Schelin went through intensive strength training and recovered by the time she turned 17.[3]

Club career[edit]

In 2001, when she was 17 years old, Schelin made her debut in the Damallsvenskan for Landvetter FC, now known as Göteborg FC. She played in over 100 league matches with the club establishing herself as one of the club's most prominent players. After an injury in August 2002, she was out of the league for almost a year and a half returning in June 2003. In 2004 Schelin was named Breakthrough Player of the Year after netting 14 goals in 15 games for Göteborg FC.[4]

Despite offers from other Damallsvenskan clubs, Schelin opted to stay in her hometown. After the re-branding and re-launch of the new United States-based league, Women's Professional Soccer, Schelin declared that she would be interested in playing in the league. However, after the 2008 Summer Olympics, Schelin announced that she would be joining Division 1 Féminine club Olympique Lyonnais in France. Upon signing her contract, it was speculated that Schelin would be earning over 1 million kr ($160,000 USD) per year.[5] On 24 September 2008, Schelin was drafted by the Saint Louis Athletica in the 2008 WPS International Draft. She later declined the chance to join the club citing her contract with Lyon as the primary reason.[6]

Club statistics[edit]

Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Lyon[7] 2008–09 16 17 3 1 7 7 26 25
2009–10 11 11 1 0 7 5 19 16
2010–11 18 11 3 2 9 9 30 22
2011–12 20 20 6 13 9 5 35 38
2012–13 16 24 5 7 6 7 27 38
Total 81 83 18 23 38 33 137 139
Career total 81 83 18 23 38 33 137 139

International career[edit]

Playing for Sweden in April 2013

Schelin made her national team debut for Sweden on 16 March 2004; a 3–0 Algarve Cup defeat to France.[8] She later represented her nation at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. The following year, Schelin endured injuries to the groin and hamstring, which required extensive rest.

In 2006, Schelin was a key player in the 2006 edition of the Algarve Cup; leading Sweden to a respectable third-place finish. She scored the only goal in the bronze medal victory over France. For her efforts, Schelin was awarded the Diamond Ball as the country's best female football player. That same year, she was named the Forward of the Year in the Damallsvenskan. Schelin's success made her a huge face in her country and she was rewarded when she was selected to attend the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup draw in China on behalf of Sweden.


Schelin receiving Diamantbollen in November 2006


  • 136 Caps for Sweden National Team
  • 67 Goals for Sweden
  • 2004: Sweden Breakthrough Player of the Year
  • 2005: Played in UEFA Women's European Championship
  • 2006: Diamantbollen Winner,[9] Forward of the Year, Won the Swedish Premier Division, MVP of Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC.
  • 2007: Played in FIFA Women's World Cup
  • 2007: Most goals scored in Damallsvenskan: 26
  • 2007: Fifa's World Team of the year
  • 2008: Played in 2008 Summer Olympics
  • 2009: Played in UEFA Women's European Championship
  • 2011: Played in FIFA Women's World Cup
  • 2011: FIFA Women's World Cup All Star Team
  • 2011: Diamantbollen Winner, Forward of the Year
  • 2012: Played in the 2012 Summer Olympics
  • 2012: Diamantbollen Winner
  • 2013: Best player in France
  • 2013: Topscorer in the French League
  • 2013: Played in UEFA Women's European Championship
  • 2013: Golden Boot Winner UEFA Women's European Championship
  • 2013: Diamantbollen Winner, Forward of the Year


Winners (1): 2012


  • Bronze at the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011
  • Bronze at the UEFA Women's Euro 2013


  1. ^ Pär Andersson. "'Kvinnliga Zlatan sänkte Djurgården'". gt.se. Retrieved 28 August 2008. 
  2. ^ Fleischmann, Björn (10 February 2005). "Göteborgs stora stjärnspelare stannar kvar på hemmaplan!". svenskdamfotboll.se (in Swedish). Svensk Damfotboll. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Jennifer Wegerup (2 June 2005). "Hon skulle sluta – som 15-åring". AftonBladet.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Lotta Schelin". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Ulf Niklasson. "'Lotta Schelin klar för Lyon'". gp.se. Retrieved 27 August 2008. [dead link]
  6. ^ "'2008 WPS Initial International Draft Results'". 
  7. ^ "La Carriere de Lotta Schelin". StatsFootoFeminin. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Athletes > Lotta Schelin > Bio". NBC Universal. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  9. ^ "Diamantbollen" (in Swedish). Swedish Football Association. Archived from the original on 17 December 2011. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 

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