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Magdalena Eriksson
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Magdalena Eriksson after a match with Chelsea FCW in November 2019
Personal information
Full name Magdalena Lilly Eriksson
Date of birth 8 September 1993 (1993-09-08) (age 28)
Place of birth Stockholm, Sweden
Height 1.72 m
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current club Chelsea
Number 16
Youth career
Enskede IK
2009–2010 Hammarby IF
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011 Hammarby IF 19 (0)
2012 Djurgårdens IF 19 (1)
2013–2017 Linköpings FC 77 (5)
2017– Chelsea 110 (9)
National team
2008 Sweden U15 2 (0)
2009 Sweden U16 8 (1)
2009–2010 Sweden U17 18 (3)
2011–2012 Sweden U19 24 (0)
2013 Sweden U23 4 (0)
2014– Sweden 70 (8)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:24, 10 June 2021 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:33, 10 June 2021 (UTC)

Magdalena Lilly Eriksson (also Ericsson, born 8 September 1993) is a Swedish footballer who plays as a defender for Chelsea Women in the English Women's Super League as well as for the Swedish national team. A left and centre-back, she used to play for Hammarby IF, Djurgårdens IF and Linköpings FC in the Swedish Damallsvenskan. In November 2020, she was awarded the Diamantbollen award.

Eriksson is, like her girlfriend Pernille Harder, also known for her LGBTQ+ advocacy.

Club career

Eriksson began her football career with local team Enskede IK, but was encouraged by her father to join Hammarby IF in order to improve her game. Aged 17, she broke into Hammarby's first team in the 2011 Damallsvenskan season and made her debut against Umeå IK.

In November 2011, Eriksson left relegated Hammarby for their Stockholm rivals Djurgården. After scoring one goal in 19 appearances in the 2012 Damallsvenskan, she left Djurgårdens, who were facing relegation, for Linköpings FC.

In July 2017, after almost 5 years with Linköpings FC, she signed a two-year contract with Women's Super League team Chelsea FC Women. On 20 August 2018, she extended her contract until 2021. On 6 September 2019, Chelsea announced that Eriksson would be the new captain. On 12 November 2020, she extended her contract until 2023. On 9 December 2020, Eriksson made her 100th appearance for Chelsea in a Champions League win over Benfica.

For her performance over the years, and especially after Chelsea's WSL title winning 2020-21 season, Eriksson was hailed as one of the best defenders in Europe.

International career

As a Swedish under-19 international, Eriksson was part of the victorious squad at the 2012 U-19 European Championship. In November 2013, national team coach Pia Sundhage called up Eriksson to a senior squad training camp at Bosön. Eriksson made her debut for the senior Sweden team in a 3–0 friendly defeat by France in Amiens on 8 February 2014. In early 2014, she had a knee injury after colliding with her own goalkeeper, which left her injured for three months. She was part of the Swedish squad that won silver at the 2016 Summer Olympics. In July 2017, Pia Sundhage named Eriksson to Sweden's UEFA Women's Euro 2017 squad.

International goals


Goal
Date Location Opponent Score Result Competition
1 2016-01-26 Gothenburg, Sweden Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland

2–0

6–0

Friendly
2 2016-10-21 Flag of Iran.svg Iran

7–0

3

4–0

4

7–0

5 2018-08-30 Flag of Ukraine.svg Ukraine

2–0

3–0

2019 World Cup qualification
6 2019-10-04 Miskolc, Hungary Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary

0–1

0–5

Euro 2022 qualifying
7 2020-09-17 Gothenburg, Sweden

4–0

8–0

8 2020-10-22 Flag of Latvia.svg Latvia

7–0

Honours

Club

Linköpings FC

  • Damallsvenskan: 2016
  • Svenska Cupen: 2013–14, 2014–15; runner-up: 2015–16
  • Svenska Supercupen runner-up: 2015, 2016

Chelsea

  • FA Women's Super League: 2017–18, 2019–20, 2020–21
  • Women's FA Cup: 2017–18
  • FA Women's League Cup: 2019–20, 2020–21
  • FA Community Shield: 2020

International

Sweden U19

  • UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship: 2012

Sweden

Individual

  • Diamantbollen: 2020
  • Defender of the Year: 2020

Personal life

As a young player at Hammarby, Eriksson's pre-match ritual included listening to "Heroes" (David Bowie song). She is a open lesbian and since May 2014, in a relationship with current Chelsea teammate and Danish international, Pernille Harder.

During her upbringing, she assumed her last name was spelled with a C because that was how her father spelled it. It wasn't until she was 17 and looked in her passport that she realised it was actually spelled with a K. As such, her last name is often misspelled as "Ericsson" rather than the correct "Eriksson".

Eriksson has a Bachelor's degree in Political science and is currently taking a course in Feminist Theory and Intersectional Power Analysis.

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