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Hanna Carolina Ljungberg (born 8 January 1979 in Umeå, Västerbotten) is a Swedish former football player, who played the position of forward. She played for the club side Umeå IK and for the Swedish national football team. She debuted for Sweden, at age 17, on 6 February 1996, when Sweden won 8-0 against Spain.

Hanna Ljungberg
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Hanna Ljungberg playing for Team Sweden against Team Denmark in November 2007
Personal information
Full name Hanna Carolina Ljungberg
Date of birth (1979-01-08) 8 January 1979 (age 40)
Place of birth Umeå, Sweden
Height 1.6 m (5 ft 3 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1986–1994 Mariehem SK
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1998 Sunnanå SK
1998–2009 Umeå IK 227 (196)
National team
1996–2008 Sweden 130[1] (72[1])
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ljungberg can be seen in the Sveriges Television documentary television series The Other Sport from 2013.



Hanna Ljungberg was one of several professional players in the Swedish women's league, Damallsvenskan. She was chosen as Swedish Player of the Year in 2002, winning the Diamond Ball (Diamantbollen).[2] She also scored a record setting number of goals that season with 39 goals (roughly 1.78 goals per game).[3] Ljungberg made altogether 227 league appearances for Umeå IK and scored 196 goals.

As a world class forward, Ljungberg was instrumental in the Swedish side that were runners up in the FIFA Women's World Cup 2003 held in the United States, scoring three goals and assisting another. She was also voted 3rd best World Player of the Year by FIFA in 2003. Until October 2014 when she was surpassed by Lotta Schelin, Ljungberg was the goal leader of the Swedish national team with 72 goals.[4] During the UEFA Women's Cup 2002-03, Ljungberg was the top goalscorer in the tournament with 10 goals.[5] Italian men's football club Perugia contacted Ljungberg to hire her for their Serie A roster, but the deal aborted.[6][7]

She debuted as a goalkeeper on 17 May 2007 for Umeå IK when they played against AIK in the Swedish Cup because of Carola Söberg's injury at the 70th minute. She ended the game with a clean sheet.[8] Her fame in Sweden has led to stamps commemorating her and several other Swedish footballers for the Swedish Football Association's 100th anniversary.[9]

In August 2009 Ljungberg announced her retirement from football after a knee injury in a league match on 5 July. The right anterior cruciate ligament, previously reconstructed in 2004, was again partly torn and she decided with her doctors that to continue to play presented too high a risk of permanent disability.

For two years Ljungberg helped Joakim Blomqvist, head coach of Umeå IK, and Maria Bergkvist assistant coach, in the coaching of her old team. At the same time she was studying at Umeå University to become a physiotherapist and graduated in June 2012. She then began a new career as a personal trainer.[10]



  • Sweden: Female Forward of the Year (1):
  • Damallsvenskan Top Goalscorer (1):
2001-02 (39 goals)
3rd Place: 2002-03


  Umeå IK:

Champion (7): 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
  • Svenska Cupen Damer:
Champion (4): 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007
Runners-up (2): 2005 ,2006
Champion (2): 2007, 2008
Runners-up (1): 2009
Champion (2): 2003, 2004 (did not play in final)
Runners-up (3): 2002, 2007, 2008

National TeamEdit


Runners-up (1): 2003
Champion (1): 2001
3rd Place (3): 2002, 2006, 2007


  1. ^ a b Caps and goals
  2. ^ "Diamantbollen" (in Swedish). Swedish Football Association. Archived from the original on 17 December 2011. Retrieved 17 December 2011.
  3. ^ Thorsten Frennstedt. "'Publik & Skytteliga 2002'". Retrieved 2007-11-20.
  4. ^ Dutt, Sujay (29 October 2014). "Sjögran reaches 200 in Sweden loss to Germany". Stockholm: UEFA. Retrieved 1 November 2014.
  5. ^ Sébastien Duret. "'UEFA Club Championship (Women) 2002/03". Retrieved 2007-12-07.
  6. ^ Jo Tuckman (2005-01-05). "'It's a man's game'". London: Retrieved 2007-10-17.
  7. ^ Dave Thrilling. "'Ljungberg off to Serie A'". Archived from the original on 2007-12-24. Retrieved 2007-08-15.
  8. ^ Stefan Persson. "'Målsprutan blev målvakt – höll nollan'". Retrieved 2007-02-20.
  9. ^ Lukas Muller. "'Liedholm, Ljungberg and Ravelli featured on stamps celebrating 100 years of Swedish football'". Archived from the original on February 6, 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-22.
  10. ^ Andersson, Freja (28 December 2012). "Hanna inledde en ny karriär". Idrottens Affärer. Retrieved 12 June 2013.

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