- Full name: Zećira Musovic
- DOB: 26 May 1996
- Age: 24
- Place of birth: Falun, Sweden
- Height: 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
- Current Squad: Chelsea WFC and Sweden National Team
- Position: Goalkeeper
Zecira Musovic: Early Career
Zecira’s family is from Prijepolje, Serbia, and her three older siblings were born there, but due to the Bosnian War, her family had to leave. In the end, they relocated to Sweden. Zecira grew up in Scandnavia after being born in Falun.
Chelsea’s newest shotstopper started playing football for Stattena IF when she was nine years old. During 2011 and 2012, she played for the club’s senior women’s team in Division 2, where she helped the team win promotion in the latter season.
The latter part of 2012 saw Zecira move from Stattena to LdB FC Malmö. In 2013, Zecira was a backup to Póra Björg (Thora) Helgadóttir, who was named Goalkeeper of the Year at the time as Malmö won the Damallsvenskan Championship. When Helgadóttir left the club during the mid-season break, Malmö rebranded as FC Rosengard for the 2014 Damallsvenskan, which then gave Musovic the chance to be promoted to the first team.
Playing for Keeps: Development and Overcoming Competition
Zecira contested with German import Kathrin Längert for the No. 1 spot at Rosengard. In May 2015, the club announced that they were satisfied with Zecira’s development and awarded her a new two-and-a-half-year contract after she increased her first-team involvement in the 2015 Damallsvenskan. Zecira aspired to be the world’s best goalkeeper.
Before the start of the 2016 Damallsvenskan season, Zecira suffered two setbacks. Rosengard first signed Canadian goalkeeper Erin McLeod, and then Zecira broke her arm while playing for Sweden’s U-23 side. After some long talks with Rosengard director of football Therese Sjögran, the soon-to-be Blue decided to stay with the club, despite feeling down due to losing her starting spot until McLeod recovered from her injury. Rather than requesting a move, she decided to focus on her own game by training with her more experienced Canadian goalkeeper.
In October 2017, Zecira was given a new three-year contract by Rosengard, where she stayed until December 2020 where she signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Chelsea.
Zecira will provide competition to Ann-Katrin Berger and Carly Telford. Zecira was happy to join Chelsea as Chelsea are one of the top teams. She is also Sweden teammates with Magdalena Eriksson and Jonna Andersson.
On 6th March 2020, Zecira made her debut against West Ham United Women at Chigwell Construction Stadium. She kept a clean sheet in a 2-0 win for the Blues.
Zecira Musovic: International Career
Zecira Musovic captained Sweden’s under-19s to the final stage of the 2015 UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship in Israel. She was upset when FC Rosengard stopped her from playing in the tournament due to her having to play in club fixtures. Her disappointment was further compounded as she missed out when Sweden’s under-19 team won the championship.
Despite losing her first-team spot at club level, Zecira was called up for the first 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifiers by new Sweden national team coach Peter Gerhardsson. During this call up, she made several appearances as a non-playing substitute before receiving her first senior cap in March 2018, keeping a 3–0 clean sheet in a match against Russia at the 2018 Algarve Cup.
Zecira endured a difficult second appearance for Sweden, when she deputised for Hedvig Lindahl in a friendly against Italy in October 2018. Her handling error allowed Daniela Sabatino to score the only goal of the match. Nervetheless, she was one of three goalkeepers selected in May 2019 by Sweden for the FIFA Women’s World Cup, alongside Lindahl and the uncapped Jennifer Falk.
- Strong shot-stopper
- Fast reactions
- Good ball control
- Has a powerful kick
- Overall good goalkeeping abilities
Zecira Musovic: Personal life
Zecira earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from Lund University in 2018. Huso Zecira, her older brother, was a lower-division footballer. Zecira has her own website that chronicles her personal and professional life through insightful blog posts.
- Damallsvenskan: Winners: 2013, 2014, 2015; Runners-up: 2016, 2017.
- Svenska Cupen: Winners: 2016, 2017, 2018; Runners-up: 2015.
- Svenska Supercupen: Winners: 2015, 2016.
- Algarve Cup: 2018
- FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019: Bronze Medal
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Written by Meg Aherne (@meggaherne)
Edited by Dan Hill (@idanknow05)