Annica Sjölund

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Annica Sjölund
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Personal information
Full nameAnnica Maria Sjölund [1]
Date of birth (1985-03-31) 31 March 1985 (age 34)
Place of birth Finström, Åland, Finland
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
IF Finströms Kamraterna
Senior career*
2002 Älvsjö AIK
2003–2005 FC United (Pietarsaari)
2006–2007 Åland United
2008–2009 AIK 41 (15)
2010–2013 Jitex BK 65 (28)
2014–2015 Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC 18 (6)
National team
2006–2014 Finland 67 (16)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 22:06, 20 July 2015 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13:53, 25 August 2014 (UTC)

Annica Maria Sjölund (born 31 March 1985) is a Finnish football striker, who last played for Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC of Sweden's Damallsvenskan. She previously played for FC United Pietarsaari and Åland United in Finland's Naisten Liiga and Jitex BK, [2] Älvsjö AIK and AIK [3] in Sweden.

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Club career

In August 2012 Sjölund sustained an anterior cruciate ligament injury while playing for Jitex in a match against Örebro. [4]

Anterior cruciate ligament injury ligament injury near the knee

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KIF Örebro DFF association football club

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Sjölund left Jitex after the 2013 Damallsvenskan season. She was wanted by former club Åland United, but decided to stay in Sweden with Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC. [5]

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International career

She is a member of the Finnish national team; scoring on her debut against Belgium in May 2006. [6] She took part in the 2009 European Championship, where she scored one goal in the quarter-finals against England. [7]

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National coach Andrée Jeglertz selected Sjölund in Finland's squad for UEFA Women's Euro 2013, [8] where she scored the team's only goal at the tournament – a late equaliser in a 1–1 draw with Denmark.

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Sjölund also represented Åland at the Island Games football tournament in 2001 and 2007. [9]

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Personal life

Her brother Daniel Sjölund is also an international footballer. [1]

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