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Jonna Andersson

BIOGRAPHY

Swedish defender Jonna Andersson joined the Blues squad midway through the 2017/18 season, and played a significant role as we won the double.

A quick and committed performer, the left wing-back is a fantastic reader of the game and helped Linkopings win six major trophies – three league titles and three Swedish Cups – during her time at the club, as well as appearing in the Champions League.

She joined Linkopings from local team Mjolby, where she had played as a centre-forward before switching to the left-hand side, and that made up her mind to pursue a career as a footballer despite a promising junior career in floorball.

It proved to be a wise move as she has not only excelled domestically in Sweden, but also at international level. A winner of the European Under-19s championship in 2012, Andersson graduated to the senior side four years later, making her debut in a 6-0 win over Scotland, and she was part of the squad which won Olympic silver in Rio, playing 45 minutes against Brazil. She also represented her country at Euro 2017 in the Netherlands and at the 2019 World Cup in France.

Upon signing for the Blues, she described herself as an offensive player and highlighted her crossing ability, and she immediately showed her attacking intent on her debut against Arsenal, forcing the own goal which proved to be the winner in a five-goal thriller.

Although she was cup-tied in Europe, Andersson showed her importance in domestic matches after taking the left-sided roll. She scored a vital winner at home to Everton on her first start and was also on target with crucial goals against Yeovil Town and Reading in the league, as well as netting in the FA Cup quarter-final triumph over Liverpool.

Despite having shone as a left-wing back in her first season as a Blue, last term saw Andersson play a more defensive role as a left-back, but she still offered plenty in the attacking third. Our 2018/19 top goal scorer, Bethany England, certainly enjoyed teasing deliveries from out wide and the Scandinavians’ highlight of the season was her stunning strike in our FA Cup win over Arsenal.

A quiet and understanding character off the pitch, the Swede is also fluent in English, and during her time with Linkopings she worked at a local school coaching 13- to 15-year-olds.