Magdalena Eriksson facts for kids
Magdalena Eriksson after a match with Chelsea FCW in November 2019
|Full name||Magdalena Lilly Eriksson|
|Date of birth||8 September 1993|
|Place of birth||Stockholm, Sweden|
† Appearances (Goals).
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.
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.
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.
|2019 World Cup qualification|
|Euro 2022 qualifying|
- Damallsvenskan: 2016
- Svenska Cupen: 2013–14, 2014–15; runner-up: 2015–16
- Svenska Supercupen runner-up: 2015, 2016
- 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
- UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship: 2012
- Diamantbollen: 2020
- Defender of the Year: 2020
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".
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