|Full name||Jessica Carola Julin|
|Date of birth||6 December 1978|
|Place of birth||Pietarsaari, Finland|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Defender / Midfielder|
|1995–1997||FC United (Pietarsaari)|
|2000–2002||South Carolina Gamecocks|
|2014–2015||Hovås Billdal IF|
|2014–2015||Hovås Billdal IF|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Jessica Carola Julin (born 6 December 1978) is a Finnish former footballer who played in either defence or midfield. She spent several seasons in the Swedish Damallsvenskan representing Umeå IK, Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC, AIK and Stattena IF. After making her debut for the Finland women's national football team in 1997, Julin won 118 caps and participated at UEFA Women's Euro 2005 and UEFA Women's Euro 2009.
Finns or Finnish people are a Finnic ethnic group native to Finland.
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A Swedish–speaking Finn, Julin was born on Finland's Independence Day. She grew up in Jakobstad. After moving to Sweden and playing for Umeå IK in 1998 and 1999, Julin accepted a scholarship to University of South Carolina and played varsity soccer from 2000 to 2002. She then returned to Umeå but was Cup-tied for the 2003 UEFA Women's Cup Final because she had played for HJK in their 8–0 defeat to Frankfurt in the quarter final. Julin featured in both legs of the following year's final and collected a winners' medal.
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After the 2010 season Julin retired from playing to become the assistant manager of Jitex BK.She took over as manager of IF Böljan for the 2012 season following two years at Jitex.
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In 2014 Julin moved to coach Hovås Billdal IF and also made a playing comeback with the Elitettan club.After leading the club to a best ever fifth-place finish in the 2015 season, she resigned her position.
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