Lina Nilsson

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Lina Nilsson
Lina Nilsson June 2013 (cropped).jpg
Nilsson playing for the Swedish Women's National team in 2013
Personal information
Full name Lina Therese Nilsson[1]
Date of birth (1987-06-17) 17 June 1987 (age 29)[2]
Place of birth Ystad, Sweden[3]
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
FC Rosengård
Number 16
Youth career
IFK Ystad
IK Pandora
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2006 Sjöbo IF
2006– Malmö[a] 160 (8)
National team
2008– Sweden[4] 69 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:43, 4 October 2015 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:43, 4 October 2015 (UTC)

Lina Therese Nilsson (born 17 June 1987) is a Swedish footballer who plays for FC Rosengård and the Sweden national team. Normally a full-back, she can also play as a wide midfielder. She joined Malmö FF Dam in 2006 and has remained with the club through its different guises as LdB FC and FC Rosengård. Since winning her first Sweden cap in July 2009, Nilsson has represented her country in the 2009 and 2013 editions of the UEFA Women's Championship, as well as the 2011 and 2015 FIFA Women's World Cups. She also played at the 2012 Olympic football tournament.

Club career[edit]

Nilsson began her career with smaller teams in her native Skåne County, before she arrived at local Damallsvenskan club Malmö FF Dam in 2006.[5] She had already been training once a week with Malmö while playing for Sjöbo IF in the lower leagues.[6]

Playing for FC Rosengård in September 2015

Consistent right-back Nilsson was one of four players to collect winner's medals from each of the club's championship wins in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014.[7] In August 2015, team captain Lina Nilsson signed a two-year contract extension with the club, now known as FC Rosengård.[8]

International career[edit]

As a member of the Sweden under-19 team, Nilsson played in three matches at the 2006 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship in Switzerland. She made her senior debut in July 2009, as a 55th-minute substitute for Anna Paulson in a 2–0 friendly win over China at Stadsparksvallen, Jönköping. She almost marked her debut with a goal but her shot hit the crossbar.[9]

National coach Thomas Dennerby selected Nilsson for UEFA Women's Euro 2009, where she appeared in three matches.[10] She retained her squad place for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany, but Annica Svensson was installed as the first-choice right-back. Nilsson did not feature until the quarter-final, where she was a late substitute in Sweden's 3–1 win over Australia.

Sweden's third-place finish at the World Cup ensured qualification for the 2012 London Olympics. Nilsson started two of Sweden's Group F games and was a substitute in the other one. Her two yellow cards meant she was suspended for the quarter-final and Annica Svensson played in the 2–1 defeat by France at Hampden Park in Glasgow.

Incoming national coach Pia Sundhage retained Nilsson and selected her in the squad for UEFA Women's Euro 2013, which Sweden hosted. After recovering from a foot injury,[11] Nilsson played in two of Sweden's three Group A matches. Sundhage selected youngster Jessica Samuelsson at right-back for the knockout matches against Iceland and Germany.

In April 2014, Nilsson scored her first international goal, on the occasion of her 50th cap. It came in Sweden's 4–0 World Cup qualifying win over Northern Ireland at Shamrock Park in Portadown.[12] She added further goals in the return match with Northern Ireland and against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Ahead of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, Sundhage experimented with Nilsson in an unfamiliar left-back role.[13] The move was designed to accommodate converted forward Elin Rubensson at right-back. Nilsson adapted quickly to her new role, although her momentary "blackout" cost the team a goal in a 2–1 pre-tournament friendly defeat by the Netherlands.[14]

Nilsson started Sweden's opening World Cup match at left-back, but struggled to contain Nigeria's winger Asisat Oshoala.[15] Sweden surrendered a two-goal lead to draw 3–3. In Sweden's next match an improved performance secured a 0–0 draw with the United States, with Nilsson pushed into a left-sided midfield role.[16] In Sweden's 4–1 defeat by Germany in the second round, Nilsson replaced beleaguered left-back Samuelsson at half-time.[17]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Sweden's goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 5 April 2014 Shamrock Park, Portadown, Northern Ireland  Northern Ireland 4–0 4–0 World Cup 2015 qualification
2. 8 May 2014 Myresjöhus Arena, Växjö, Sweden  Northern Ireland 3–0 3–0 World Cup 2015 qualification
3. 13 September 2014 Gamla Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1–0 3–0 World Cup 2015 qualification

Playing style[edit]

While naming his national team in 2009, coach Thomas Dennerby said of newly included Nilsson: "Lina is an attacking full-back who dares to go forward without neglecting her defensive duties."[18] A Sveriges Radio preview of UEFA Women's Euro 2013 described Nilsson as more attacking and technical than her right-back rival Jessica Samuelsson, who was said to be more solid defensively.[19] When handing Nilsson the FC Rosengård captaincy in 2015, coach Markus Tilly praised her on-pitch communication skills.[20]

Honours[edit]

Playing for Sweden in 2013

Club[edit]

LdB FC Malmö / Rosengård

International[edit]

Sweden

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Swedish Football Association source includes 2008 and subsequent seasons only. It does not include figures for the 2006 or 2007 Damallsvenskan seasons.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lina Nilsson". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "List of Players - 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Profile". Svenska Fotbollförbundet (in Swedish). Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Profile". FIFA.com. Retrieved 23 June 2015. 
  5. ^ Hardenberger, Martin (18 August 2015). "Kapten Lina Nilsson stannar i Rosengård" (in Swedish). Expressen. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  6. ^ Andersson, Jan (1 March 2005). "Sjöbolöftet Lina Nilsson drömmer om sol – och snö" (in Swedish). Ystads Allehanda. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  7. ^ Jönsson, Jan (25 September 2014). "Lina Nilsson i guldsits på bänken ikväll" (in Swedish). Sydsvenskan. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Rosengård förlänger med lagkaptenen" (in Swedish). Göteborgs-Posten. 18 August 2015. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  9. ^ "Dam: Sverige dominerade mot ett blekt Kina" (in Swedish). Swedish Football Association. 19 July 2009. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "Lina Nilsson". UEFA. 10 September 2009. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  11. ^ Bergström, Kristoffer; Thorén, Petra (9 July 2013). "Seger okej – Lina Nilsson fotskadad" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  12. ^ "Tre säkra poäng i Portadown" (in Swedish). Swedish Football Association. 5 April 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  13. ^ Hasselgren, Fredrik (5 June 2015). "Lina Nilsson på rätt kant i VM" (in Swedish). Damfotboll.com. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  14. ^ Edwinsson, Lisa (6 June 2015). "Svenska VM-backen: Jag fick en blackout" (in Swedish). Dagens Nyheter. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  15. ^ Lukins, Emma (9 June 2015). "Sverige kryssade i VM-premiären" (in Swedish). Göteborgs-Posten. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  16. ^ "Mållöst mellan Sverige och USA" (in Swedish). Swedish Football Association. 13 June 2015. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  17. ^ "VM över för Sverige" (in Swedish). Swedish Football Association. 20 June 2015. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  18. ^ "Uncapped Nilsson gets Sweden chance". UEFA. 14 July 2009. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  19. ^ "Kampen om högerbacken hårdnar" (in Swedish). Sveriges Radio. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  20. ^ Åkesson, Richard (14 March 2015). "Kapten Nilsson har en segersvit att försvara" (in Swedish). Sydsvenskan. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 

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