Kosovare Asllani

Kosovare Asllani (born 29 July 1989) is a Swedish professional footballer who plays for Spanish Primera División club CD Tacón[5] and the Sweden women's national team. Nicknamed "Kosse", Asllani is a proficient striker, possessing great speed and technique in her game. Her playing abilities and Balkan heritage have drawn comparisons with Zlatan Ibrahimović, who plays for LA Galaxy and captained the Sweden men's national team.[6][7]

Asllani began her club career with Vimmerby IF and has played in the Damallsvenskan for Linköpings FC and hometown club Kristianstads DFF. In the 2010 season she played in the United States, with Chicago Red Stars of Women's Professional Soccer (WPS). She returned to Sweden to Kristianstads, before moving to Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City and then back to Linköping.

Kosovare Asllani
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Asllani with the Paris Saint-Germain F.C. in December 2012
Personal information
Full name Kosovare Asllani[1]
Date of birth 29 July 1989 (age 29)[1]
Place of birth Kristianstad, Sweden[2]
Height 166 cm (5 ft 5 in)[1]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Youth career
Vimmerby IF
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 Linköpings FC 37 (21)
2010 Chicago Red Stars 13 (2)
2010–2011 Linköpings FC 26 (7)
2012 Kristianstads DFF 15 (7)
2012–2016 Paris Saint-Germain[3] 59 (39)
2016–2017 Manchester City 15 (2)
2017–2019 Linköpings FC 27 (8)
2019– Tacón 0 (0)
National team
2008– Sweden 126[4] (32[4])
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:05, 8 June 2015 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15:31, 24 January 2017 (UTC)
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Asllani (R) playing for PSG against FCF Juvisy in December 2012

Club career

Childhood and early career

Asllani is of Kosovar-Albanian descent, born in Kristianstad to Kosovar parents who had migrated to Sweden. Asllani grew up playing both football and ice hockey, but chose to focus her talents on football. At the age of 15, Asllani started her career at second division team Vimmerby IF. During her time at Vimmerby, she scored 49 goals in 48 matches,[8] establishing herself as a football prodigy. Former coach Cecilia Wilhelmsson praised Asllani's football technique and fitness.[9] After receiving offers from many clubs, Asllani accepted a move to Damallsvenskan team Linköpings FC in 2007,[10] where she made quick progress.[11][12]

Linköpings FC

During Asllani's first season, she generally came off the substitutes' bench early in the games to help her settle into the Damallsvenskan. During the following season, Asllani established herself as a regular starter and was an increasingly valuable member of the squad. In 2009, she helped Linköping win both the Svenska Cupen and the club's first ever Damallsvenskan title. On 4 December 2009 American Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) club Chicago Red Stars confirmed that they had signed Asllani from Linköpings FC.[13]

Chicago Red Stars

Asllani spent a single season in the WPS. She was established as a fan's favourite and in the 7th week of the season, Asllani received the WPS Player of the Week award after Chicago Red Stars' defeat of FC Gold Pride. After her season with the Red Stars, Asllani returned to Sweden and Linköpings FC.

Return to Linköping

Asllani's presence boosted Linköping, especially in the UEFA Women's Champions League. She scored goals against Sparta Praha and Arsenal. However, her season was disrupted by a thigh injury and she departed Linköping at the end of the campaign.

Kristianstad DFF

In December 2011, she moved back to her hometown Kristianstad to play with Kristianstads DFF who had finished seventh in the previous year's Damallsvenskan.

Paris Saint-Germain

When Asllani had a month left on her contract with Kristianstads she was subject to a transfer bid from Paris Saint-Germain. Although the teams were in dispute over the size of the transfer fee, Asllani flew to Paris and signed a two-year contract in September 2012, after completing a medical.[14] At PSG Asllani was presented to the media by sporting director Leonardo and player Zlatan Ibrahimović, who declared: "If you want to win you need a Swedish striker."[15] Asllani scored 17 goals in her 19 appearances in the 2012–13 Division 1 Féminine, as PSG finished second in the table behind Lyon.[16] On 4 January 2016, Asllani announced on her Instagram account that she had ended her contract with Paris Saint-Germain, where she had played for three-and-a-half years.[17]

Manchester City

On 22 January 2016, English FA WSL club Manchester City revealed that they had signed Asllani to a two-year contract.[18]

Second return to Linköpings FC

On 10 August 2017, it was announced a two and a half year contract had been agreed for Asllani to return to Linköpings FC. She departed the club by mutual consent on 15 July 2019.[19]

National team

In September 2008 Asllani made her debut for the Swedish national team against Romania,[20] and in 2009 she was called up to represent Sweden in UEFA Women's Euro 2009.[21] Asllani was an important member of the national team during the qualification rounds of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup but coach Thomas Dennerby controversially did not select her in the squad sent to Germany for the finals. Football pundits, including Pia Sundhage, the Swedish coach of the United States national team, expressed surprise at Asllani's omission.[22]

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Asllani playing for Sweden in 2012

Dennerby recalled Asllani to the national squad for the 2012 London Olympics.[23]

Asllani played for Sweden at the 2016 Summer Olympics, where the team won a silver medal.[24]

As of 2017, Asllani has made more than 90 appearances for her national team.[25] She scored in the 5–1 win over Thailand at the 2019 Women's World Cup.[26]

Personal life

Asllani has a tattoo of a black double-headed eagle, symbolising Albania, on her ankle.[27] She also has the words "Stay Strong" tattooed on the inside of her right biceps.[28]



Linköpings FC
Champion: 2009, 2017
Champion: 2009
Champion: 2008, 2009
Manchester City
Champion: 2016
Champion: 2016





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  3. ^ "Kosovare Asllani" (in French). Archived from the original on 8 October 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  4. ^ a b Caps and goals
  5. ^ @CD_Tacon (18 July 2019). "🙌 ¡@KosovareAsllani es nueva jugadora del @CD_TACON! #BienvenidaAsllani | #GoTACON" (Tweet) (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 July 2019 – via Twitter.
  6. ^ "Asllani slog Zlatans rekord med 1 sekund". Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Kosovare Asllani". UEFA.com. UEFA. Archived from the original on 24 June 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  8. ^ "Damallsvenskan 2008" (in Swedish). SvD.se. 10 March 2009. Archived from the original on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  9. ^ Walltin, Stenåke O. (10 March 2009). "Bittert att missa guldet 2008 – nu tar "Kosse" och LFC ny fart!" (in Swedish). Svensk Damfotboll. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  10. ^ "Damallsvenskan 2007" (in Swedish). SvD.se. 10 April 2007. Retrieved 30 August 2009.
  11. ^ "Allsvensk debut för Asllani" (in Swedish). Kindaposten.se. 12 April 2007. Retrieved 30 August 2009.
  12. ^ "Kosovare siktar högt" (in Swedish). Vimmerbytidning.se. 24 December 2008. Archived from the original on 8 October 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2009.
  13. ^ "Red Stars Sign Sweden's Kosovare Asllani". womensprosoccer.com. 4 December 2009. Retrieved 15 December 2009.
  14. ^ Josefsson, Åsa (22 September 2012). "Asllani slumpas till PSG för fyndpris" (in Swedish). Expressen. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  15. ^ Frändén, Johanna (26 September 2012). "Här presenteras Asllani för Leonardo av Zlatan" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  16. ^ "Kosovare Asllani" (in French). Footofeminin.fr. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  17. ^ Kassouf, Jeff (4 January 2016). "PSG terminates contracts of Horan, Asllani". The Equalizer. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  18. ^ Kassouf, Jeff (22 January 2016). "Asllani signs two-season deal with Manchester City". The Equalizer. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  19. ^ https://twitter.com/LinkopingsFC/status/1150692954161459202
  20. ^ "Enkel svensk kvalseger mot Rumänien" (in Swedish). DN.se. 27 September 2008. Archived from the original on 30 July 2009. Retrieved 30 August 2009.
  21. ^ "Truppen till EM uttagen – Sverige het medaljkandidat" (in Swedish). Nyheter24.se. 28 July 2009. Retrieved 30 August 2009.
  22. ^ "Petningen av Asllani förvånar Sundhage" (in Swedish). fotboll.expressen. 31 May 2011. Archived from the original on 21 September 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  23. ^ "Women's Olympic Football Tournament London 2012 – List of Players Sweden" (PDF). FIFA. 24 July 2012. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  24. ^ "Sweden's women pipped by Germany in Olympic final". 20 August 2016. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  25. ^ "Kosovare Asllani's official Manchester City FC Profile". Manchester City FC. Archived from the original on 11 February 2017. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  26. ^ "Sweden book place in last 16 of World Cup as Thailand endure another rout". Telegraph. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  27. ^ Laul, Robert (17 July 2009). "Hon visar sin hemliga tatuering" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  28. ^ "YouTube". Retrieved 20 August 2016.

External links

2010 Chicago Red Stars season

The 2010 Chicago Red Stars season was the second season of the soccer club and its second season in the Women's Professional Soccer league.

2012–13 Division 1 Féminine

The 2012–13 Division 1 Féminine season was the 39th since its establishment. Lyon were the defending champions. The season began on 9 September 2012 and ended on 26 May 2013. The winter break was in effect from 17 December 2012 to 6 January 2013.

2013 Algarve Cup

The 2013 Algarve Cup was the twentieth edition of the Algarve Cup, an annual invitational women's football tournament hosted by the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF).

2014–15 Division 1 Féminine

The 2014–15 Division 1 Féminine season was the 41st since its establishment. Lyon were the defending champions. The season began on 30 August 2014 and ended on 9 May 2015. The winter break began on 22 December 2014 and ended on 9 January 2015.

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Group D

Group D of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup consisted of the United States, Australia, Sweden and Nigeria. Matches were played from 8 to 16 June 2015.

2016 Manchester City W.F.C. season

The 2016 season is Manchester City Women's Football Club's 28th season of competitive football and its third season in the FA Women's Super League and at the top level of English women's football, having been promoted from the FA Women's Premier League before the 2014 season. This season will also be the first occasion on which City Women contest a European competition, having qualified through their runners-up finish in the 2015 Women's Super League.

2017 Manchester City W.F.C. season

The 2017 season is Manchester City Women's Football Club's 29th season of competitive football and its fourth season in the FA Women's Super League and at the top level of English women's football, having been promoted from the FA Women's Premier League before the 2014 season.Following a reorganisation of top-level women's football in England, the 2017 season will only cover half of a traditional season's length, with the league season only running to nine games total, while the FA WSL shifts its calendar to match the traditional autumn-to-spring axis of football in Europe. For the same reason, there is no Champions League qualification nor relegation to be competed for.

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup Group F

Group F of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup took place from 11 to 20 June 2019. The group consisted of Chile, Sweden, Thailand and the United States. The top two teams, the United States and Sweden, advanced to the round of 16.

Ann Jansson (footballer)

Ann Jansson (born 6 May 1957) is a Swedish former association footballer, who scored the Sweden women's national football team's first ever goal in 1974. In an 11-year national team career, she won 37 caps for Sweden, scoring 12 goals.


Asllani may refer to:

Kosovare Asllani, Albanian-Swedish footballer

Klodian Asllani, Albanian footballer

Ali Asllani, (1884-1966), Albanian poet

Arian Asllani a.k.a. Action Bronson, American rapper

CD Tacón

Club Deportivo Tacón is a Spanish women's football club based in Madrid. Founded in 2014, it currently plays in Primera División.

Football at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women's tournament – Group E

Group E of the women's football tournament at the 2016 Summer Olympics was played from 3 to 9 August 2016, and included hosts Brazil, China, South Africa and Sweden. The top two teams advanced to the knockout stage, while the third-placed team also advanced if they were among the two best third-placed teams among all three groups.All times are BRT (UTC−3). For matches in Manaus, which is in AMT (UTC−4), local times are listed in parentheses.

Football at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women's tournament – Knockout stage

The knockout stage of the women's football tournament at the 2016 Summer Olympics was played from 12 to 19 August 2016. The top two teams from each group in the group stage and the two best third-placed teams qualified for the knockout stage.All times are local, BRT (UTC−3).

Sweden at the FIFA Women's World Cup

The Sweden women's national football team has represented Sweden at the FIFA Women's World Cup on eight occasions in 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019. There were runners up once. and three times bronze medalists: in 1991, in 2011 and in 2019.

The Other Sport

The Other Sport (Swedish: Den andra sporten) is a 2013 SVT three-part documentary television series produced by Freedom From Choice and Sveriges Television zooming in on the conditions of women's football in Sweden since the first clubs got structurally organized in the mid-1960s until this very day through the early dominance of Öxabäcks IF in the 1970s and 1980s, the importance of Umeå IK in the 2000s, Sweden winning the first UEFA Women's Championship in 1984 and until 2013 when the UEFA Women's Euro 2013 was played in Sweden.

The three various approaches to story are told from the perspective of today's reality - The Winning Call - from yesterday's reality - Women Against The Tide - as well as through a chronological study and insight to the important dates and decisive moments throughout history showing the developments of women's football in Sweden - in Play Seriously.

The documentary series is created by Mattias Löw, Valentina Santi Löw and Orvar Anklew and features women football stars Marta Vieira da Silva, Lotta Schelin, Kosovare Asllani, Hope Solo former stars Hanna Ljungberg, Victoria Sandell Svensson, Lena Videkull, Anette Börjesson, the 2012 FIFA World Coach of the Year Pia Sundhage, former Sweden women's national football team coach Marika Domanski-Lyfors, Icelandic coach Elisabet Gunnarsdottir as well as the first woman to coach a national football team Gunilla Paijkull, former Sweden women's national football team goalkeeper Elisabeth Leidinge and long-time Sweden women's national football team coach Thomas Dennerby.

The Other Sport has been selected for various film, TV and journalism festivals around the world and won several nominations and awards, most notably at the New York Television Festival. The documentary series was the curtain raiser at the ViBGYOR Film Festival in Thrissur, India.

UEFA Women's Euro 2013 Group A

Group A of the UEFA Women's Euro 2013 consisted of Denmark, Finland, Italy and the host nation Sweden. Matches were staged in Gothenburg and Halmstad from 10–16 July 2013.

Sweden won the group and advanced to the knockout stage along with group runners-up Italy. Denmark progressed as one of the best third-placed teams, but only after a drawing of lots. Finland finished bottom of the group and so were also eliminated from the tournament.

UEFA Women's Euro 2013 statistics

These are the statistics for the UEFA Women's Euro 2013, which took place in Sweden.

UEFA Women's Euro 2017 Group B

Group B of UEFA Women's Euro 2017 contained Germany, Italy, Russia and Sweden. The matches were played from 17 to 25 July 2017.

Sweden squads
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