Lisa Karolina Viktoria Dahlkvist (born 6 February 1987) is a Swedish professional football midfielder who plays for Eskilstuna United and the Sweden national team. She previously played in the Swedish Damallsvenskan for Umeå IK, Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC, Tyresö FF, and KIF Örebro, in the Norwegian Toppserien for Avaldsnes IL and in the French Division 1 Féminine for Paris Saint-Germain.

Lisa Dahlkvist
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Personal information
Full name Lisa Karolina Viktoria Dahlkvist[1]
Date of birth (1987-02-06) 6 February 1987 (age 33)[2]
Place of birth Stockholm, Sweden[3]
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Eskilstuna United
Number 27
Youth career
Adolfsbergs IK
Karlslunds IF
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005 KIF Örebro
2006–2009 Umeå IK
2010–2011 Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC 42 (13)
2012–2014 Tyresö FF 44 (5)
2014 Avaldsnes IL 11 (0)
2015 KIF Örebro 9 (6)
2015–2016 Paris Saint-Germain 17 (2)
2016–2017 KIF Örebro 30 (0)
2018– Eskilstuna United 28 (2)
National team
2008– Sweden 132 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 July 2017
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 July 2017

Dahlkvist made her Sweden women's national football team debut in 2008 and has accrued more than 130 caps. She represented her country at the 2011 and 2015 FIFA Women's World Cups, the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, as well as the 2009, 2013 and 2017 editions of the UEFA Women's Championship. Her father, Sven "Dala" Dahlkvist, played for AIK and won 39 caps for the Sweden men's team between 1979 and 1985.

Club careerEdit

After one season in KIF Örebro's Damallsvenskan team, 18-year-old Dahlkvist signed for national champions Umeå IK in December 2005. She found the adjustment to a higher standard of football difficult and was close to quitting Umeå on several occasions during the first two seasons.[4] After settling into the team Dahlkvist developed into one of Sweden's best central midfielders, winning three Damallsvenskan titles with the club.[5]

Dahlkvist also played in Umeå's two UEFA Women's Cup final defeats in 2007 and 2008. She scored a penalty in the away leg of the 2008 final.[6]

In autumn 2009 Dahlkvist decided to leave Umeå and received offers from leading Damallsvenkan clubs Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC and Linköpings FC. She accepted the offer from Göteborg.[7] When Dahlkvist's contract expired in 2011, Göteborg wanted to keep her, but she was linked with a transfer to league champions Malmö.[8] Instead she decided to join big spending Tyresö FF on a two-year contract.[9]

Playing for Tyresö FF in February 2012

Tyresö won the Damallsvenskan title for the first time in the 2012 season and Dahlkvist collected her fourth league winner's medal, in addition to three won with Umeå.[10] Dahlkvist and Tyresö were upset in the final of the Svenska Cupen, by her former club Göteborg who won 2–1 after extra time.[11] Dahlkvist started Tyresö's 4–3 defeat by Wolfsburg in the 2014 UEFA Women's Champions League Final. Her first-half collision with Wolfsburg's Lena Goeßling left the German playing with a bandaged facial injury.[12]

Tyresö suffered a financial collapse in 2014 and withdrew from the 2014 Damallsvenskan season, expunging all their results and making all their players free agents. The Stockholm County Administrative Board published the players' salaries, showing Dahlkvist was one of the higher earners at SEK 39 000 per month.[13]

Former club Umeå were not interested in re-signing Dahlkvist, claiming they already had better players than her. Dahlkvist told the Expressen newspaper that salary was of secondary importance and she was prepared to take a pay cut in order to join the right team.[14] In July 2014 she agreed to join Norwegian Toppserien club Avaldsnes IL, who also made an unsuccessful attempt to sign her former Tyresö teammate Marta.[15]

After the ending of the 2014 season Dahlkvist chose to leave Avaldsnes IL, returning to Sweden's Damallsvenskan and KIF Örebro, the club that she played for at the beginning of her senior career.[16] After just half a season back at Örebro, Dahlkvist moved on again, joining compatriots Caroline Seger and Kosovare Asllani at Paris Saint-Germain Féminines of the French Division 1 Féminine.[17]

International careerEdit

Coach Thomas Dennerby gave Dahlkvist her senior Sweden debut on 12 February 2008, a 2–0 win over England in Cyprus. She attended the 2008 Beijing Olympics as one of the squad's reserve players[18] and had been considered for the main squad when the more experienced midfielder Caroline Seger had a pre-tournament injury scare.[19]

Versus Germany in the UEFA Women's Euro 2013 semi-final

The following year, Dahlkvist was included in the main squad for UEFA Women's Euro 2009 in Finland.[20] She started all three matches and performed well as Sweden topped their group,[21] but was dropped to the substitutes' bench for the 3–1 quarter-final defeat by Norway, making way for Nilla Fischer.[22]

In June 2011 Sweden included Dahlkvist in their squad for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.[23] She was a notable success at the tournament, scoring in three successive games: the only goal in Sweden's second group match against North Korea; putting the Swedes ahead from a penalty kick against the United States; and adding a goal in the 3–1 quarter-final win over Australia.[24] Her three goals led all Swedish players in the tournament.

Sweden finished third after losing their semi-final to Japan in Frankfurt then beating France 2–1 in Sinsheim. Third place in the World Cup also ensured Sweden's qualification for the 2012 Olympic football tournament in England. Dennerby kept Dahlkvist in Sweden's squad for the games,[25] where they lost to France in the quarter-finals. Dahlkvist's form had dipped since the previous year's World Cup.[26]

During the build up to UEFA Women's Euro 2013 in Sweden, Dahlkvist recognised that new coach Pia Sundhage preferred Caroline Seger and Marie Hammarström as the national team's first choice central midfield pairing.[27] Despite questionable fitness Dahlkvist was included in Sweden's squad for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada. Sundhage described the decision as "a gamble" and hoped Dahlkvist could rediscover the excellent form she had shown at the previous World Cup four years earlier.[28] At the finals, Sweden drew all three of their group stage matches against Nigeria, United States, and Australia. They were eliminated in the round of 16 after losing 4-1 to Germany.

Dahlkvist remained with the squad for the 2016 Rio Olympics, where Sweden took home the Silver Medal. Though she did not score during the run of play, she was the final taker for Sweden in penalty shoot-outs in both the Quarter-Final match against the USA and the Semi-Final match against hosts Brazil. Her penalty kicks were successful in both contests. [29]

Matches and goals scored at World Cup and 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
  Germany 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup
2011-6-28[m 1] Leverkusen   Colombia Start

1–0 W

Group match
2011-7-2[m 2] Augsburg   North Korea Start 64 1-0

1–0 W

Group match
2011-7-6[m 3] Wolfsburg   United States 77.

off 77' (on Hammarström)

16 1-0

2–1 W

Group match
2011-7-10[m 4] Augsburg   Australia Start 16 2-0

3–1 W

2011-7-13[m 5] Frankfurt   Japan Start

1–3 L

2011-7-16[m 6] Sinsheim   France Start

2–1 W

Third Place Match
 London 2012 Women's Olympic Football Tournament
2012-7-25[m 7] Coventry   South Africa Start 20 2-0

4–1 W

Group match
2012-7-28[m 8] Coventry   Japan 87.

off 87' (on Göransson)

0–0 D

Group match
2012-7-31[m 9] Newcastle   Canada 53.

on 53' (off Fischer)

2–2 D

Group match
2012-8-3[m 10] Glasgow   France Start

1–2 L

  Canada 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
2015-6-8[m 11] Winnipeg   Nigeria 57.

off 57' (on Sembrant)

3–3 D

Group match
2015-6-12[m 12] Winnipeg   United States Start

0–0 D

Group match
2015-6-16[m 13] Edmonton   Australia Start

1–1 D

Group match
 Rio de Janeiro 2016 Women's Olympic Football Tournament
2016-8-3[m 14] Rio de Janeiro   South Africa 46.

off 46' (on Rubensson)

1–0 W

Group match
2016-8-6[m 15] Rio de Janeiro   Brazil Start

1–5 L

Group match
2016-8-9[m 16] Brasília   China PR 62.

off 62' (on Asllani)

0–0 D

Group match
2016-8-12[m 17] Brasília   United States Start

1–1 (pso 4–3) (W)

2016-8-16[m 18] Rio de Janeiro   Brazil Start

0–0 (pso 4–3) (W)

2016-8-19[m 19] Rio de Janeiro   Germany Start

1–2 L

Gold Medal Match

Matches and goals scored at European Championship tournamentsEdit

Goal Match Date Location Opponent Lineup Min Score Result Competition
 2009 European Championship
2009-8-25[m 20] Turku   Russia 69.

off 69' (on Liljegärd)

3–0 W

Group match
2009-8-28[m 21] Turku   Italy 66.

off 66' (on Fischer)

2–0 W

Group match
2009-8-31[m 22] Turku   England 60.

off 60' (on Landström)

1–1 D

Group match
 2013 European Championship
2013-7-10[m 23] Gothenburg   Denmark 63.

on 63' (off Göransson)

1–1 D

Group match
2013-7-13[m 24] Gothenburg   Finland 57.

on 57' (off Hammarström)

5–0 W

Group match
2013-7-16[m 25] Halmstad   Italy Start

3–1 W

Group match
2013-7-21[m 26] Halmstad   Iceland 63.

on 63' (off Hammarström)

4–0 W

2013-7-24[m 27] Gothenburg   Germany 82.

on 82' (off Samuelsson)

0–1 L

 2017 European Championship
2017-7-17[m 28] Breda   Germany Start

0–0 D

Group match
2017-7-21[m 29] Deventer   Russia 63.

off 63' (on Folkesson)

2–0 W

Group match
2017-7-25[m 30] Doetinchem   Italy 46.

on 46' (off Seger)

2–3 L

Group match
2017-7-29[m 31] Doetinchem   Netherlands Start

0–2 L


Playing styleEdit

Dahlkvist is a central midfield player whose main strength is her range of passing. wrote that Dahlkvist also reads the game well and takes responsibility during matches, a trait apparent even when she was a youngster.[30] During the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, the Dagens Nyheter newspaper described the industrious Dahlkvist as a "tough workhorse in both defence and attack".[31] She is seen as a player who thrives on the big occasion and won praise for calmly converting her 2011 World Cup penalty past the United States' celebrated goalkeeper Hope Solo,[32] a feat she repeated in the Rio Olympics.[33]

Personal lifeEdit

Dahlkvist identifies as a lesbian and came out publicly in 2008.[34] She's married and has a daughter.


Dahlkvist playing her first game for new coach Pia Sundhage at Växjö's Myresjöhus Arena


Umeå IK
Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC
Tyresö FF




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