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Linda Birgitta Sembrant (born 15 May 1987) is a Swedish footballer who plays as a defender for Serie A club Juventus and the Sweden national team.

Linda Sembrant
Linda Sembrant Jan 2013.jpg
Personal information
Full name Linda Birgitta Sembrant[1]
Date of birth (1987-05-15) 15 May 1987 (age 32)[2]
Place of birth Uppsala, Sweden[3]
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Juventus
Number 32
Youth career
SK Servia
Upsala IF
Bälingetrollen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2007 Bälinge IF
2006Lincoln Ladies (loan) 3 (0)
2008–2010 AIK 62 (6)
2011 Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC 22 (3)
2012–2014 Tyresö FF 30 (4)
2014–2019 Montpellier 99 (9)
2019– Juventus 0 (0)
National team
2008– Sweden[4] 120[5] (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 July 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 October 2019

Club careerEdit

Sembrant began playing football with SK Servia, then progressed through the youth system of Bälinge IF.[6] Although her role model while growing up was the striker Henrik Larsson,[6] Sembrant became a defender.

 
Sembrant (L) and Marta

Sembrant spent the 2006–07 off–season playing in England with Lincoln Ladies (then known as Lincoln City Ladies).[7] She then moved to AIK in 2008.[8] In November 2010 Sembrant switched to Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC, after becoming captain of AIK.[9] One year later she moved to Tyresö FF.[10]

In 2012 Sembrant was part of the Tyresö team who won the Damallsvenskan championship, but she missed the end of the season after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury.[11] Tyresö suffered a financial collapse during the 2014 season, withdrawing from the league and letting all their players go. Sembrant secured a lucrative move to French club Montpellier.[12]

In July 2019, Sembrant moved to Italy to sign with defending Serie A champions Juventus.[13]

International careerEdit

Sembrant represented Sweden at all youth levels, then won her first senior cap against England in February 2008.[14] She was withdrawn from the Sweden squad for Euro 2009 through injury.[15]

In 2011 Sembrant was called up to Sweden's squad for the World Cup in Germany.[16] She retained her place in the national selection for the 2012 London Olympics.[17]

On the occasion of Sembrant's 50th cap, she scored Sweden's goal in a 1–1 draw with Canada. The friendly match was staged in Los Angeles in November 2014.[18]

Sembrandt scored against Thailand at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, the opening goal in a 5–1 win.[19]

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC
Tyresö FF

InternationalEdit

Sweden

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Linda Sembrant". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  2. ^ a b "List of Players - 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 24 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Profile". Svenska Fotbollförbundet (in Swedish). Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Damlandslagsspelare 1973–2012". Svenskfotboll.se. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Profile". FIFA.com. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Sembrant, Linda". svenskfotboll.se. June 2008. Retrieved 13 March 2010.
  7. ^ "Lincoln Land Linda Sembrant". Fair Game. Retrieved 13 March 2010.
  8. ^ "Linda Sembrant". svenskfotboll.se. Retrieved 13 March 2010.
  9. ^ Stefan Mellerborg (15 November 2010). "Linda Sembrant lämnar AIK" (in Swedish). AIKfotboll.se. Archived from the original on 28 March 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2011.
  10. ^ More shock departures from Kopparbergs/Göteborg, Stensland and Sembrant leave W Soccer News
  11. ^ Nilsson, Alva (28 January 2013). "Korsbandsrapport Linda Sembrant" (in Swedish). Damfotboll.com. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  12. ^ "Sembrant går till Montpellier". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). 11 June 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  13. ^ "Welcome to Juventus, Linda Sembrant!". Juventus.com.
  14. ^ "Dam: Lotta Schelin sänkte England". svenskfotboll.se. Retrieved 13 March 2010.
  15. ^ "Dam: Linda Sembrant borta från EM". svenskfotboll.se. Retrieved 13 March 2010.
  16. ^ "3. Linda Sembrant". FIFA. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
  17. ^ "Linda Sembrant". British Broadcasting Corporation. 13 August 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  18. ^ "Oavgjort för Sverige när Hurtig debuterade" (in Swedish). Västerbottens-Kuriren. 27 November 2014. Archived from the original on 11 December 2014. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  19. ^ "Sweden cruise past Thailand to make Women's World Cup last 16". France 24. 16 June 2019.

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