Jessica Julin

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Jessica Julin
Personal information
Full name Jessica Carola Julin
Date of birth (1978-12-06) 6 December 1978 (age 40)
Place of birth Pietarsaari, Finland[1]
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Defender / Midfielder
Youth career
FF Jaro
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994 GBK Kokkola
1995–1997 FC United (Pietarsaari)
1998–1999 Umeå IK
2000–2002 South Carolina Gamecocks
2003–2004 Umeå IK
2005–2006 Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC
2007–2008 AIK
2009–2010 Stattena IF
2014–2015 Hovås Billdal IF
2016– Holmalunds IF
National team
1997–2009 Finland 118 (4)
Teams managed
2012–2013 IF Böljan
2014–2015 Hovås Billdal IF
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Jessica Carola Julin (born 6 December 1978) is a Finnish former footballer who played in either defence or midfield. She spent several seasons in the Swedish Damallsvenskan representing Umeå IK, Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC, AIK and Stattena IF. After making her debut for the Finland women's national football team in 1997, Julin won 118 caps and participated at UEFA Women's Euro 2005 and UEFA Women's Euro 2009.

A Swedish–speaking Finn, Julin was born on Finland's Independence Day. She grew up in Jakobstad. After moving to Sweden and playing for Umeå IK in 1998 and 1999, Julin accepted a scholarship to University of South Carolina and played varsity soccer from 2000 to 2002. She then returned to Umeå but was Cup-tied for the 2003 UEFA Women's Cup Final because she had played for HJK in their 8–0 defeat to Frankfurt in the quarter final. Julin featured in both legs of the following year's final and collected a winners' medal.[2]

In 2005, she moved on to Martin Pringle's Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC to ensure first team football ahead of the 2005 European Championships in England. Finland reached the semi final with Julin starting all four matches. Julin wound down her career in Sweden with spells at AIK and Stattena.

She made her debut for the senior Finland women's national football team in March 1997; against Norway in the Algarve Cup.[3] Julin also played in all four matches Finland hosted at UEFA Women's Euro 2009, including the quarter final defeat by England.[4] She retired from international football after the tournament.[5]

After the 2010 season Julin retired from playing to become the assistant manager of Jitex BK.[6] She took over as manager of IF Böljan for the 2012 season following two years at Jitex.[7]

In 2014 Julin moved to coach Hovås Billdal IF and also made a playing comeback with the Elitettan club.[8] After leading the club to a best ever fifth-place finish in the 2015 season, she resigned her position.[9]


  1. ^ "Julin Jessica". Football Association of Finland. Archived from the original on 26 December 2003. Retrieved 31 August 2014.
  2. ^ Emilsson, Urban (2006-10-06). ""Jessie" toppspelare av hög klass i Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC" (in Swedish). Svensk Damfotboll. Retrieved 2012-10-17.
  3. ^ "Jessica Julin" (in Finnish). Suomen Palloliitto. Archived from the original on 2010-04-13. Retrieved 2012-10-17.
  4. ^ "Jessica Julin". Retrieved 2012-10-17.
  5. ^ Erävuori, Mikael (2012-10-20). "Jeglertz backing new-look Finland". Retrieved 2012-10-18.
  6. ^ von Hertzen, Jesper (2010-11-15). "Jessica Julin till Jitex" (in Swedish). YLE Nyheter. Retrieved 2012-10-17.
  7. ^ Berntsson, Jonathan (2011-10-13). "Hundrafaldig landslagskvinna till Böljan" (in Swedish). Hallands Nyheter. Retrieved 2012-10-17.
  8. ^ Tuominen, Jukka (8 May 2014). "Jessica Julin on palannut jalkapallokentille" (in Finnish). Sveriges Radio. Retrieved 31 August 2014.
  9. ^ Börjesson, Anette (13 October 2015). "Jessica Julin slutar i Hovås Billdal" (in Swedish). Retrieved 29 December 2015.

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