Hedvig Lindahl

Date of birth: 29 April 1983
Place of birth: Katrineholm, Sweden
Position: Goalkeeper
International: Sweden senior
Trophies won at Chelsea: FA WSL 1 2015, FA Women’s Cup 2015, FA WSL Spring Series 2017
Former clubs: Kristianstads DFF, Kopparbergs/Goteborg, Linkopings, Malmo

Hedvig Lindahl joined Chelsea Ladies from Swedish side Kristianstads DFF in December 2014 and shone in her first season under Emma Hayes as we won the League and the Cup.

Lindahl likes to dominate her area and is also a fine shot-stopper. An ever-present in the Women’s Super League in 2015, she conceded the fewest amount of goals in the division.

Although the 2016 season could not match her maiden campaign at the club in terms of silverware, Lindahl enjoyed success on a personal level. As well as a nomination for PFA Women’s Player of the Year and earning a spot in the WSL1 Team of the Year, she was honoured in her homeland with three awards: Goalkeeper of the Year, the women’s Diamond Ball award, which is given to the best Swedish player over the course of the year and which she also won in 2015, and an award given to a sporting mother who has performed well.

Lindahl has been named Swedish Women’s Goalkeeper of the Year on five separate occasions and has amassed more than 100 international caps during a career that has included appearances for her country at three World Cups, three Olympic Games and multiple European Championships.

Lindahl was an ever-present for Sweden at the 2015 World Cup, but two draws and a loss in their opening three matches resulted in elimination at the group stage in Canada.

She was Sweden's first-choice goalkeeper at the Rio Olympics in 2016 as they overcame the odds to secure a silver medal, thanks in no small part to the heroics of Lindahl in both the quarter-final and semi-final when she made penalty shoot-out saves.

In the final against Germany, Sweden were beaten 2-1 but the tournament as a whole is one Lindahl will look back on with much fondness.

After injury ruled her out of all but the opening two fixtures of Chelsea's shortened campaign in the Spring of 2017, Lindahl recovered in time for Sweden’s European Championship campaign in the summer and helped them reach the quarter-finals.