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 LA Galaxy and captained the Sweden men’s national team.
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).
She returned to Denmark to Kristianstads, before moving to Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City and then back to Linköpings.
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.
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.
Image Courtesy – Kosovare Asllani (Instagram)