Lena Videkull

Lena Mari Anette Videkull (born 6 December 1962) is a Swedish former association football forward who won 111 caps for the Sweden women's national football team, scoring 71 goals. Videkull can be seen in the Sveriges Television documentary television series The Other Sport from 2013.

Lena Videkull
Personal information
Full name Lena Mari Anette Videkull[1]
Date of birth 9 December 1962 (age 56)
Place of birth Stockholm, Sweden
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Göta BK
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1985 Trollhättans IF
1986 Kronängs IF
1987–1988 Öxabäck IF
1989–1998 Malmö FF Dam
National team
1984–1996 Sweden[2] 111 (71)
Teams managed
1999–2002 Malmö FF Dam
2005–2007 Husie IF
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 October 2007

Club career

Videkull won the Damallsvenskan championship six times in her career. She was the league's top goalscorer on a record six occasions.[3]

International career

Videkull made her senior Sweden debut in the final of the first UEFA championships for national women's teams in May 1984.[4] Sweden beat England 1–0 in the first leg at Ullevi, then prevailed in a penalty shootout at Kenilworth Road, Luton after a 1–0 defeat.

Sweden reached the final again in the next edition of the UEFA championships in 1987. Videkull scored in the final but the Swedes lost 2–1 to Norway. In May 1989 Videkull scored in a women's international match at Wembley Stadium, adding to Pia Sundhage's opening goal as Sweden beat England 2–0 in a curtain–raiser for the Rous Cup.[5]

In 1991 Videkull helped Sweden to a third-place finish at the inaugural FIFA Women's World Cup and in 1993 she was given the Diamantbollen award for the best Swedish female footballer of the year.[6] She briefly retired after featuring for Sweden in the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup, which they hosted, but was tempted into a comeback for the 1996 Summer Olympics.[7]

Personal life

Videkull is a lesbian and lives with her partner Nina and their daughter, Felicia.[8]

References

  1. ^ "Lena Videkull". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  2. ^ "Damlandslagsspelare 1973–2011" (in Swedish). Svenskfotboll.se. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Lena Videkull: Utvald till SFS "Hall of Fame"" (in Swedish). Sveriges Fotbollshistoriker & Statistiker. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
  4. ^ "Spelarporträtt" (in Swedish). Svensk Damfotboll. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  5. ^ Longmore, Andrew (24 May 1989). "Swedes spoil the party; Football. (Sport)". The Times. Retrieved 6 May 2012.(subscription required)
  6. ^ "Diamantbollen" (in Swedish). Swedish Football Association. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  7. ^ Thomsen, Ian (14 December 1996). "Women's Soccer : For Swedish Star, the Joy Might Soon Be Gone". New York Times. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
  8. ^ "90 Minuter Med...Lena Videkull" (in Swedish). It's a Women's World.se. Archived from the original on 4 August 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2012.

External links

Lena VidekullFIFA competition record

1984 European Competition for Women's Football squads

This article lists all the confirmed national football squads for the 1984 European Competition for Women's Football.

Players marked (c) were named as captain for their national squad.

1987 European Competition for Women's Football

The 1987 European Competition for Women's Football took place in Norway. It was won by the hosts in a final against defending champions Sweden. Once again, the competition began with four qualifying groups, but this time a host nation was selected for the semi-final stage onwards after the four semi-finalists were identified.

1987 European Competition for Women's Football squads

This article lists all the confirmed national football squads for the 1987 European Competition for Women's Football.

Players marked (c) were named as captain for their national squad.

1988 FIFA Women's Invitation Tournament

The 1988 FIFA Women's Invitation Tournament, or International Women's Football Tournament, was organised by FIFA in China from 1 to 12 June 1988. The competition was a test to study if a global women's World Cup was feasible following the experience of non-FIFA invitational competitions such as the Mundialito (1984–88) and the Women's World Invitational Tournament (1978–87). The competition was a success and on 30 June FIFA approved the establishment of an official World Cup for 1991, which would also be held in China.Twelve national teams took part in the competition – four from UEFA, three from AFC, two from CONCACAF and one from CONMEBOL, CAF and OFC. European champion Norway defeated Sweden 1–0 in the final to win the tournament, while Brazil clinched the bronze by beating the hosts in a penalty shootout. Australia, Canada, the Netherlands and the United States also reached the final stages.

1989 European Competition for Women's Football

The 1989 European Competition for Women's Football took place in West Germany. It was won by the hosts in a final against defending champions Norway. Again, the competition began with four qualifying groups, but this time the top two countries qualified for a home-and-away quarter final, before the four winners entered the semi-finals in the host nation.

1989 European Competition for Women's Football squads

This article lists all the confirmed national football squads for the 1989 European Competition for Women's Football.

Players marked (c) were named as captain for their national squad.

1994 Algarve Cup

The 1994 Algarve Cup was the inaugural edition of the Algarve Cup, an invitational women's association football tournament. It took place between 16 and 20 March 1994 in Portugal with Norway winning the event, defeating the USA, 1-0 in the final game. Sweden ended up third defeating Denmark, 1-0, in the game for third prize.

1995 FIFA Women's World Cup

The 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup, the second edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, was held in Sweden and won by Norway. The tournament featured 12 women's national teams from six continental confederations. The 12 teams were drawn into three groups of four and each group played a round-robin tournament. At the end of the group stage, the top two teams and two best third-ranked teams advanced to the knockout stage, beginning with the quarter-finals and culminating with the final at Råsunda Stadium on 18 June 1995.

Sweden became the first country to host both men's and women's World Cup, having hosted the men's in 1958.

Australia, Canada, and England made their debuts in the competition. The tournament also hosted as qualification for the 1996 Olympic games, with the eight quarter-finalists being invited to the Olympics. In the second edition of the Women's World Cup, matches were lengthened to the standard 90 minutes, and three points were awarded for a win.

Damallsvenskan

The Damallsvenskan, also known as OBOS Damallsvenskan for sponsorship reasons, Swedish for ladies all-Swedish, is the highest division of women's football in Sweden. It is also referred to as the women's Allsvenskan, this term being used alone to refer to the men's division.The division consists of a league of 12 teams. From 2013, the Damallsvenskan began operating on a system of promotion and relegation with the Elitettan. The two lowest placed teams are relegated to the Elitettan, and the two highest placed teams from the Elitettan are promoted in their place.

The first Swedish women's national championship was played in 1973. Since its inception, the Damallsvenskan has featured star players like Marta, Daniela, Nadine Angerer, Lisa De Vanna, Hope Solo, Christen Press, and Hanna Ljungberg.

The top two teams in the Damallsvenskan qualify for the UEFA Women's Champions League.

Diamantbollen

Diamantbollen, Swedish for The Diamond Ball, an annual award for Sweden's best female football player. The award is currently given out by the Swedish Football Association and Sydsvenskans newspaper. The award is given in conjunction with its male equivalent, the Guldbollen.

Diamantbollen was established in 1990 and was given out in cooperations between SvFF and magazine network until 2000. Since 2001, the awards has been given out by the Swedish Football Association and Sydsvenskan. The precursor of this award, "Årets fotbollstjej" ("soccer girl of the year"), was given out by the Swedish Football Association and Dagens Nyheter from 1980 to 1989.Since 2002, the recipient of the award has received a blown crystal structure designed by Melainie Rydoff. The award is in the shape of a kernel with smooth concave top. At the top of the award, there is a silver leaf. The logo and player name are made by calligrapher Gun Larson.

Eva Zeikfalvy

Eva Zeikfalvy (born 18 April 1967) is a Swedish former association football defender who won 69 caps for the Sweden women's national football team, scoring two goals. She represented Sweden at the FIFA Women's World Cup in 1991 and 1995. She is nicknamed Zäta.

Helen Johansson

Helen Björk (born 9 July 1965, as Helen Johansson) is a Swedish former association football forward who won 88 caps and scored 23 goals for the Sweden women's national football team. She helped Sweden win the 1984 European Championship and played at the inaugural 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup.

List of UEFA Women's Championship records

This is a list of records of the UEFA Women's Championship and its qualification matches.

Sweden at the 1996 Summer Olympics

Sweden competed at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, United States. 177 competitors, 111 men and 66 women, took part in 109 events in 22 sports.

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.

Trollhättans IF

Trollhättans IF or TIF, is a football club in Trollhättan which is founded in 1906. The association's first team were merged in 2001 with Trollhättan KC to FC Trollhättan. Trollhättan IF's first team played then in division 6 through the 2009 season, when the club won its series and moved up to Division 5, where they are currently playing.

UEFA Women's Championship

The UEFA European Women's Championship, also called the UEFA Women's Euro and unofficially the ‘European Cup’, held every fourth year, is the main competition in women's association football between national teams of the UEFA Confederation. The competition is the women's equivalent of the UEFA European Championship.

UEFA Women's Euro 1995

The 1995 UEFA Women's Championship, also referred to as Women's Euro 1995 was a football tournament that happened between 1993 and 1995 (with the qualifying round). The final game was held in Germany. The UEFA Women's Championship is a regular tournament involving European national teams from countries affiliated to UEFA, the European governing body, who have qualified for the competition. The competition aims to determine which national women's team is the best in Europe.Germany won the competition for the third time (counting with West Germany's victory in the former European Competition for Representative Women's Teams).

UEFA Women's Euro 1995 squads

This article lists all the confirmed national football squads for the UEFA Women's Euro 1995.

Players marked (c) were named as captain for their national squad.

Awards
Sweden squads

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