Chelsea Women: Jonna Andersson – Solid and Secure

Jonna Andersson

  • Name: Jonna Ann-Charlotte Andersson
  • D.O.B: 2/01/19993
  • Age: 27
  • Place of birth: Mjölby, Sweden
  • Height:1.67 m/5 ft 6 in
  • Playing position(s): Defender

Club career

Jonna Andersson started her football career with her local team Mjölby where she also grew up. Mjölby is a suburb town in Linköping in the county of Östergötland in Sweden. Andersson joined Linköpings FC ahead of the 2009 season as 16 year-old and then stayed until 2017 when she won her third League title with the team.

“For me the most important thing has been about patience and taking things slowly. I had the opportunity to establish myself as a player in Linköping, starting at the bench, ending up as a regular starter.” – Jonna Andersson

Jonna Andersson: Chelsea Career

Andersson joined Chelsea FC Women in the middle of the 2017/18 WSL season after turning the London team down two times because she didn’t feel ready to move her career abroad. Talking to Andersson about that situation, she explains it further:

“I chose to wait to move abroad when Chelsea came with the offer the first time around. I didn’t feel quite ready back then but I also really wanted to finish my contract with Linköping. I realize that I could’ve missed the chance to play abroad completely, but I had to be honest with myself; personally, I wasn’t ready for it.

I accepted Chelsea’s second offer and I haven’t regretted it for a second. I feel that I have made good decisions so far on my journey. Challenges are very important, but for me, it is also very important to feel safe and secure about myself and my life outside football for it to work so I can perform at my highest level.”

Jonna Andersson and Magda Eriksson.
Andersson with her Chelsea captain. Credit: Mia Eriksson

Since Andersson put pen to paper with Chelsea she has cementated herself as one of the regular starters in the backline on the left-hand side.and has certainly gained Emma Hayes’ trust quickly. Andersson was a part of the Blues’ starting formation 8 times that spring and made 10 appearances. She contributed in winning the Double her first season as a Chelsea player by scoring 4 goals. On the 22nd of November 2019, Andersson extended her contract with Chelsea and committed herself to the club until 2022.

Andersson makes a threat to every opponent when she sets the pace and goes forward to link up with the attacking players. She’s not often talked about but the fact that she plays for one of the best teams in the WSL and creates chances with her accurate crossing and running ability there is no doubt she deserves more credit than she gets.

Andersson in action for Chelsea Women.
Jonna Andersson has proved to be consistent performer for the Blues. Image Credit: Mia Eriksson.

In the 2018/19 season Andersson started 18 WSL matches, playing 1508 minutes in total and had 2 assists, she had 15 crosses and created an amount of 25 chances for Chelsea to score in total.
The last season that was cut short due to Covid-19, in the 15 matches Andersson appeared in she had an 80 % tackle accuracy, winning 16 out of 20 tackles.

Since the current season has started, Andersson obviously still has Emma Hayes’ trust and has only been rested and left out of the squad when the Blues beat Bristol City 9-0 at Kingsmeadow.

The left-back has her priorities straight for this season with the Blues;
“It’s no secret that we’re aiming high for the upcoming season. My dream would come true if I get to win not just the league but also the Champions League with Chelsea!”

Jonna Andersson: International career

Like her fellow Chelsea captain Magdalena Eriksson, Jonna was a part of the successful Sweden under-19 international team, squad at the 2012 U-19 European Championship, finishing second in their group behind Spain but then beating Spain in the final 1-0.

In January 2016 Jonna Andersson made her first appearance for Sweden’s senior national team when she came on instead of Magdalena Eriksson in the second half against Scotland. Like Eriksson, Jonna was also part of the Swedish squad that won silver at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil.

Jonna Anderrson in action for Sweden.
Jonna Andersson (#2) during the WEURO22 qualifier match between Sweden and Latvia at Gamla Ullevi in Gothenburg. Image Credit: Mia Eriksson.

In July 2017, Pia Sundhage named Jonna in Sweden’s UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 squad and in 2018, Peter Gerhardsson picked Jonna to go with Sweden to the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, where Sweden beat England in the 3rd place playoff game to finish 3rd and she received a bronze medal. For Sweden, Jonna has made 52 appearances, with a track record of 27 wins, 17 losses and 8 draws.

Eriksson and Andersson played the same position as left-backs and competed for a starting position in the national team.It wasn’t until Algarve Cup 2020 they cemented as regular starters; Eriksson as a centre-back and Andersson as a left-back.

Personal Life

Jonna never dreamt about being a professional football player but felt that she grew into the idea of being one, step by step. As a young player she often discussed football with her dad. 

”I got a lot of tips and ideas from my dad when I was younger which involved things that he suggested for me to train on to develop as a player. Unfortunately, I didn’t listen to him enough when he told me to practice on small details, which I sometimes, thinking back about it today, wish I had done. We had a lot of great discussions about my football and my development during my younger years.”

Did you Know?

If you ask Jonna to describe her strengths, her answer is:

“I am an offensive and loyal football player with good running ability”

Strengths

  • Powerful going forward
  • Good with her passing foot 
  • Accurate making crosses into the box
  • A hard worker 

Honours

Chelsea

  • FA Women’s Super League: 2017–18, 2019–20
  • The FA Cup: 2017–18
  • FA Women’s Continental League Cup: 2019–20
  • FA Community Shield: 2020

Linköpings FC

  • Damallsvenskan: 2009, 2016, 2017
  • Svenska Cupen: 2009, 2013-14, 2014-15; Runner-up: 2015-16
  • Svenska Supercupen Winner:2009 Runner up: 2015, 2016
  • In the county of Östergötland Jonna was awarded player of the year in 2009
  • Linköpings FC sponsor Svensk fastighetsförmedling awarded Jonna as one of the most talented players of the year 2016 with a scholarship

Sweden

  • Summer Olympic Games Silver medal: 2016
  • FIFA Women’s World Cup Third place: 2019

Sweden U19

  • UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship: 2012

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Written by Mia Eriksson

Edited by Rob Pratley


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