Lena Videkull

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Lena Videkull
Personal information
Full name Lena Mari Anette Videkull[1]
Date of birth (1962-12-09) 9 December 1962 (age 54)
Place of birth Stockholm, Sweden
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Göta BK
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1985 Trollhättans IF
1986 Kronängs IF
1987–1988 Öxabäck IF
1989–1998 Malmö FF Dam
National team
1984–1996 Sweden[2] 111 (71)
Teams managed
1999–2002 Malmö FF Dam
2005–2007 Husie IF
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 October 2007
External image
Videkull in Sweden kit (IFFHS)

Lena Mari Anette Videkull (born 6 December 1962) is a Swedish former association football forward who won 111 caps for the Sweden women's national football team, scoring 71 goals. Videkull can be seen in the Sveriges Television documentary television series The Other Sport from 2013.

Club career[edit]

Videkull won the Damallsvenskan championship six times in her career. She was the league's top goalscorer on a record six occasions.[3]

International career[edit]

Videkull made her senior Sweden debut in the final of the first UEFA championships for national women's teams in May 1984.[4] Sweden beat England 1–0 in the first leg at Ullevi, then prevailed in a penalty shootout at Kenilworth Road, Luton after a 1–0 defeat.

Sweden reached the final again in the next edition of the UEFA championships in 1987. Videkull scored in the final but the Swedes lost 2–1 to Norway. In May 1989 Videkull scored in a women's international match at Wembley Stadium, adding to Pia Sundhage's opening goal as Sweden beat England 2–0 in a curtain–raiser for the Rous Cup.[5]

In 1991 Videkull helped Sweden to a third-place finish at the inaugural FIFA Women's World Cup and in 1993 she was given the Diamantbollen award for the best Swedish female footballer of the year.[6] She briefly retired after featuring for Sweden in the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup, which they hosted, but was tempted into a comeback for the 1996 Summer Olympics.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Videkull is a lesbian and lives with her partner Nina and their daughter, Felicia.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lena Videkull". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  2. ^ "Damlandslagsspelare 1973–2011" (in Swedish). Svenskfotboll.se. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  3. ^ "Lena Videkull: Utvald till SFS "Hall of Fame"" (in Swedish). Sveriges Fotbollshistoriker & Statistiker. Retrieved 2012-05-06. 
  4. ^ "Spelarporträtt" (in Swedish). Svensk Damfotboll. Retrieved 2012-05-05. 
  5. ^ Longmore, Andrew (24 May 1989). "Swedes spoil the party; Football. (Sport)". The Times. Retrieved 2012-05-06. (subscription required)
  6. ^ "Diamantbollen" (in Swedish). Swedish Football Association. Retrieved 6 November 2015. 
  7. ^ Thomsen, Ian (14 December 1996). "Women's Soccer : For Swedish Star, the Joy Might Soon Be Gone". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-05-06. 
  8. ^ "90 Minuter Med...Lena Videkull" (in Swedish). It's a Women's World.se. Retrieved 2012-05-06. 

External links[edit]

Lena VidekullFIFA competition record