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 (1962-12-09) 9 December 1962 (age 58)
Place of birth Stockholm, Sweden
Position(s) 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 careerEdit

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

International careerEdit

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. Videkull was Sweden's top scorer at that tournament,[6] and tallied her country's first ever World Cup goal in a 2–3 loss to the USA on match day one.[7] She also scored the fastest goal in a women's World Cup after 30 seconds in an 8–0 win against Japan.[8]

In 1993, she was given the Diamantbollen award for the best Swedish female footballer of the year.[9] Coming on as a second-half substitute in the second leg of the 1995 Women's Euro semi-final, Videkull scored a hat trick in a 4–1 win, ensuring the Swedes a spot in the final as they defeated Norway 7–5 on aggregate.[10] 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.[11]

Matches and goals scored at World Cup & Olympic tournamentsEdit

Key (expand for notes on “world cup and olympic goals”)
Location Geographic location of the venue where the competition occurred
Lineup Start – played entire match
on minute (off player) – substituted on at the minute indicated, and player was substituted off at the same time

off minute (on player) – substituted off at the minute indicated, and player was substituted on at the same time
(c) – captain

Min The minute in the match the goal was scored. For list that include caps, blank indicates played in the match but did not score a goal.
Assist/pass The ball was passed by the player, which assisted in scoring the goal. This column depends on the availability and source of this information.
penalty or pk Goal scored on penalty-kick which was awarded due to foul by opponent. (Goals scored in penalty-shoot-out, at the end of a tied match after extra-time, are not included.)
Score The match score after the goal was scored.
Result The final score.

W – match was won
L – match was lost to opponent
D – match was drawn
(W) – penalty-shoot-out was won after a drawn match
(L) – penalty-shoot-out was lost after a drawn match

aet The score at the end of extra-time; the match was tied at the end of 90' regulation
pso Penalty-shoot-out score shown in parenthesis; the match was tied at the end of extra-time
Orange background color – Olympic women's football tournament
Blue background color – FIFA women's world cup final tournament
Goal Match Date Location Opponent Lineup Min Score Result Competition
  China 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup
1
1
1991-11-17[m 1] Panyu   United States Start 65 1–3

2–3 L

Group match
2 2 1991-11-19[m 2] Foshan   Japan 41.

off 41' (on Hedberg)

1 1–0

8–0 W

Group match
3
11 2–0
3
1991-11-24[m 3] Guangzhou   China PR Start

1–0 W

Quarter-Final
4
4
1991-11-27[m 4] Panyu   Norway Start 6 1–0

1–4 L

Semi-Final
5
5
1991-11-29[m 5] Guangzhou   Germany Start 29 3–0

4–0 W

3rd Place Match
  Sweden 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup
6
1995-6-5[m 6] Helsingborg   Brazil Start

0–1 L

Group match
7
1995-6-7[m 7] Helsingborg   Germany Start

3–2 W

Group match
6
8
1995-6-9[m 8] Vasteras   Japan Start 66 1–0

2–0 W

Group match
9
1995-6-13[m 9] Helsingborg   China PR Start

1–1 (pso 3–4) (L)

Quarter-Final
 Atlanta 1996 Women's Olympic Football Tournament
10
1996-7-21[m 10] Miami   China PR Start

0–2 L

Group match
11
1996-7-23[m 11] Orlando   United States Start

1–2 L

Group match
7
12
1996-7-25[m 12] Orlando   Denmark Start 76 3–0

3–1 W

Group match

Matches and goals scored at European Championship tournamentsEdit

Goal Match Date Location Opponent Lineup Min Score Result Competition
1984 European Championship
1
1984-5-27[m 13] Göteborg   England Start

1–0 W

Final 1st Leg
2
1984-5-27[m 14] Luton   England 41.

off 41' (on Uusitalo)

0–1 L[note 1]

Final 2nd Leg
  1987 European Championship
3
1987-6-11[m 15] Moss   England Start

3–2 W

Semi-Final
1
4
1987-6-14[m 16] Oslo   Norway Start 73 1–2

1–2 L

Final
  1989 European Championship
2
5
1989-6-28[m 17] Lüdenscheid   Norway Start 54 1–2

1–2 L

Semi-Final
6
1989-6-30[m 18] Osnabrück   Italy on 41'

2–1 W

3rd Place Match
1995 European Championship
7
1995-2-26[m 19] Kristiansand   Norway Start

3–4 L

Semi-Final 1st Leg
3
8
1995-3-5[m 20] Jönköping   Norway 46.

on 46' (off Johansson)

59 2–1

4–1 W

Semi-Final 2nd Leg
4 61 3–1
5 76 4–1
9
1995-3-26[m 21] Kaiserslautern   Germany Start

2–3 L

Final

Personal lifeEdit

Videkull is a lesbian and lives with her partner Nina and their daughter, Felicia.[13]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The 1984 European Championship was won by Sweden on penalty kicks when both legs ended 1-0.[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Lena Videkull". Sports-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. 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. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. 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. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup China PR 1991 Statistics". FIFA. Retrieved 26 December 2019.
  7. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup China 1991: MATCH Report: Sweden – USA: Group matches". FIFA.
  8. ^ @FIFAWWC (19 November 2019). "#OTD in 1991, Lena Videkull scored the fastest goal in Women's World Cup history" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  9. ^ "Diamantbollen" (in Swedish). Swedish Football Association. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  10. ^ "1995 European Championship: MATCH Report: Sweden - Norway: Semi-Final Leg 2". worldfootball.net.
  11. ^ Thomsen, Ian (14 December 1996). "Women's Soccer : For Swedish Star, the Joy Might Soon Be Gone". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
  12. ^ "1984 European Championship: MATCH Report: England - Sweden: Final second leg". worldfootball.net.
  13. ^ "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.
Match reports
  1. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup China 1991: MATCH Report: Sweden – USA: Group matches". FIFA.
  2. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup China 1991: MATCH Report: Japan – SWE: Group matches". FIFA.
  3. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup China 1991: MATCH Report: China - Sweden: Quarter-Final". FIFA.
  4. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup China 1991: MATCH Report: Sweden - Norway: Semi-Final". FIFA.
  5. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup China 1991: MATCH Report: Sweden - Germany: Third Place Match". FIFA.
  6. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup Sweden 1995: MATCH Report: Sweden - Brazil: Group matches". FIFA.
  7. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup Sweden 1995: MATCH Report: Sweden - Germany: Group matches". FIFA.
  8. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup Sweden 1995: MATCH Report: Sweden - Japan: Group matches". FIFA.
  9. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup Sweden 1995: MATCH Report: Sweden - China: Quarter-Final". FIFA.
  10. ^ "1996 Olympic Games: MATCH Report: Sweden - China: Group Matches". FIFA.
  11. ^ "1996 Olympic Games: MATCH Report: USA - Sweden: Group Matches". FIFA.
  12. ^ "1996 Olympic Games: MATCH Report: Denmark - Sweden: Group Matches". FIFA.
  13. ^ "1984 European Championship: MATCH Report: Sweden - England: Final first leg". worldfootball.net.
  14. ^ "1984 European Championship: MATCH Report: England - Sweden: Final second leg". worldfootball.net.
  15. ^ "1987 European Championship: MATCH Report: Sweden - England: Semi-final". worldfootball.net.
  16. ^ "1987 European Championship: MATCH Report: Norway - Sweden: Final". worldfootball.net.
  17. ^ "1989 European Championship: MATCH Report: Norway - Sweden: Semi-Final". worldfootball.net.
  18. ^ "1989 European Championship: MATCH Report: Sweden - Italy: Third Place Match". worldfootball.net.
  19. ^ "1989 European Championship: MATCH Report: Norway - Sweden: Semi-Final Leg 1". worldfootball.net.
  20. ^ "1995 European Championship: MATCH Report: Sweden - Norway: Semi-Final Leg 2". worldfootball.net.
  21. ^ "1995 European Championship: MATCH Report: Germany - Sweden: Final". worldfootball.net.

External linksEdit

Lena VidekullFIFA competition record