Maria Karlsson (footballer, born 1985)

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Maria Karlsson
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Personal information
Full name Maria Josefina Karlsson[1]
Date of birth (1985-02-08) 8 February 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth Gothenburg, Sweden
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[2]
Playing position Defender / Midfielder
Club information
Current team
AS Saint-Étienne
Youth career
1999–2001 Sätila SK
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2008 Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC 112 (13)
2009–2010 Linköpings FC 38 (4)
2011 Doncaster Rovers Belles 13 (0)
2011 Jitex BK 6 (1)
2012–2014 Bardolino Verona
2014–2015 Brescia
2015– AS Saint-Étienne

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 November 2011.

Maria Josefina Karlsson (born 8 February 1985) is a Swedish footballer. She plays as a defender or midfielder for AS Saint-Étienne of France's Division 1 Féminine.

Club career[edit]

Karlsson played for Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC (2002–2008) and Linköpings FC (2009–2010). In signing for Linköpings, Karlsson was known as Maria Karlsson II,[1] or Maria "Kalle" Karlsson due to the presence of senior team–mate and namesake Maria "Kia" Karlsson.[3] Karlsson made 154 appearances in the Damallsvenskan, the highest level of women's football in Sweden. She won a League and Cup double with Linköping in 2009. She also played in the UEFA Women's Champions League in 2009 and 2010.[1]

In January 2011 Karlsson became the first Swede to sign for a club in the new FA WSL.[4] After a successful trial, she signed a deal to play for Doncaster Rovers Belles while living at the Ramada Jarvis hotel in Doncaster.[5] At the end of the English season Karlsson returned to Sweden, signing for Jitex BK.[6] After six Damallsvenskan appearances and one goal,[7] in November 2011 Karlsson revealed she had departed Jitex and was considering a contract offer from Italian club Bardolino Verona.[8] She signed a six–month deal to commence on 1 January 2012.[9]

After moving on to Brescia, Karlsson transferred to French Division 1 Féminine team AS Saint-Étienne in August 2015.[10]

International career[edit]

Karlsson won a total of 57 caps with Sweden at youth level.[2] These comprised eight caps at Under–17 level, 24 at Under–19 level and 25 at Under–21/23 level.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Maria Karlsson II". Retrieved 2011-04-17. 
  2. ^ a b "#16 Maria Karlsson". Linköpings Fotboll Club. Retrieved 2011-04-17. 
  3. ^ "Fyra lämnar LFC" (in Swedish). Linköpings Fotboll Club. 2011-11-13. Retrieved 2011-04-18. 
  4. ^ "Swede dreams for Belles". 2011-01-28. Retrieved 2011-04-17. 
  5. ^ "Interview: John Buckley / Manager / Doncaster Rovers Belles". She Kicks. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-17. 
  6. ^ "Jitex sign Karlsson". Doncaster Rovers Belles LFC. 2011-09-15. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Maria Karlsson" (in Swedish). Retrieved 2011-11-13. 
  8. ^ "Maria Karlsson till italiensk klubb" (in Swedish). 2011-11-13. Retrieved 2011-11-13. 
  9. ^ "Maria Karlsson joins Bardolino Verona". Connect World Football. 2011-11-19. Retrieved 2011-11-26. 
  10. ^ "Maria Karlsson (Brescia) à Saint-Étienne" (in French). L'Équipe. 5 August 2015. Retrieved 26 September 2015. 
  11. ^ "6. Maria Karlsson". Kopparberg Göteborg FC. Retrieved 2011-09-07. 

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