|Full name Kosovare Asllani|
2007–2009 Linkopings FC
Weight 56 kg
Height 1.66 m
|Playing position |
Name Kosovare Asllani
|Date of birth (1989-07-29) 29 July 1989 (age 26)|
Number 18 (Linkopings FC / Forward)
Current team Paris Saint-Germain Feminines
Similar People Lotta Schelin, Caroline Seger, Pia Sundhage, Nilla Fischer, Sofia Jakobsson
Place of birth Kristianstad, Sweden
Kosovare asllani 1989 2015
Kosovare Asllani (born 29 July 1989) is a Swedish professional footballer who plays for Damallsvenskan club Linköpings FC and the Sweden national team. Nicknamed Kosse, Asllani is a proficient striker, possessing great speed and technique in her game. Her playing abilities and Balkan heritage have drawn comparisons with of Zlatan Ibrahimović, who plays for Manchester United and captains the Sweden men's national team.
- Kosovare asllani 1989 2015
- A glimpse of paris with kosovare asllani
- Childhood and early career
- Linköpings FC
- Chicago Red Stars
- Return to Linköping
- Kristianstad DFF
- Paris Saint Germain
- Manchester City
- Second return to Linköping
- National team
- Personal life
Asllani began her club career with Vimmerby IF and has played in the Damallsvenskan for Linköpings FC and hometown club Kristianstads DFF. In the 2010 season she played in the United States, with Chicago Red Stars of Women's Professional Soccer (WPS).
A glimpse of paris with kosovare asllani
Childhood and early career
Asllani is of Kosovar-Albanian descent, born in Kristianstad to Kosovar parents who had migrated to Sweden. Asllani grew up playing both football and ice hockey, but chose to focus her talents on football. At the age of 15, Asllani started her career at second division team Vimmerby IF. During her time at Vimmerby, she scored 49 goals in 48 matches, establishing herself as a football prodigy. Former coach Cecilia Wilhelmsson praised Asllani's football technique and fitness. After receiving offers from many clubs, Asllani agreed a move to Damallsvenskan team Linköpings FC in 2007, where she made quick progress.
During Asllani's first season, she generally came off the substitutes' bench early in the games to help her settle into the Damallsvenskan. During the following season, Asllani established herself as a regular starter and was an increasingly valuable member of the squad. In 2009, she helped Linköping win both the Svenska Cupen and the club's first ever Damallsvenskan title. On 4 December 2009 American Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) club Chicago Red Stars confirmed that they had signed Asllani from Linköpings FC.
Chicago Red Stars
Asllani spent a single season in the WPS. She was established as a fan's favourite and in the 7th week of the season, Asllani received the WPS Player of the Week award after Chicago Red Stars' defeat of FC Gold Pride. After her season with the Red Stars, Asllani returned to Sweden and Linköpings FC.
Return to Linköping
Asllani's presence boosted Linkoping, especially in the UEFA Women's Champions League. She scored goals against Sparta Praha and Arsenal. However, her season was disrupted by a thigh injury and she departed Linköping at the end of the campaign.
In December 2011, she moved back to her hometown Kristianstad to play with Kristianstads DFF who had finished seventh in the previous year's Damallsvenskan.
When Asllani had a month left on her contract with Kristianstads she was subject to a transfer bid from Paris Saint-Germain. Although the teams were in dispute over the size of the transfer fee, Asllani flew to Paris and signed a two-year contract in September 2012, after completing a medical. At PSG Asllani was presented to the media by sporting director Leonardo and player Zlatan Ibrahimović, who declared: "If you want to win you need a Swedish striker." Asllani scored 17 goals in her 19 appearances in the 2012–13 Division 1 Féminine, as PSG finished second in the table behind Lyon. On 4 January 2016, Asllani announced on her Instagram account that she had ended her contract with Paris Saint-Germain, where she had played for three-and-a-half years.
On 22 January 2016, English FA WSL club Manchester City revealed that they had signed Asllani to a two-year contract.
Second return to Linköping
On 10th August 2017 it was announced a two and a half year contract had been agreed for Asllani to return to Linköping
In September 2008 Asllani made her debut for the Swedish national team against Romania and in 2009 she was called up to represent Sweden in UEFA Women's Euro 2009. Asllani was an important member of the national team during the qualification rounds of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup but coach Thomas Dennerby controversially did not select her in the squad sent to Germany for the finals. Football pundits including Pia Sundhage, the Swedish coach of the United States women's national soccer team, expressed surprise at Asllani's omission.
Dennerby recalled Asllani to the national squad for the 2012 London Olympics.
Asllani played for Sweden at the 2016 Summer Olympics, where the team won a silver medal.
As of 2017 Asllani has made more than 80 appearances for her national team.
Asllani has a tattoo of a black double-headed eagle, symbolising Albania, on her ankle. She also has the words "Stay Strong" tattooed on the inside of her right bicep.