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Born: February 27, 1984
Trangsund, Sweden
Hometown: Kallered, Sweden
Residence: Kallered, Sweden
Ht: / Wt: 5'10" / 143 lbs
Event(s): Women's soccer
Position: Forward

International debut
Lotta Schelin made her Sweden debut in 2004 in a 3-0 loss to France. Later that year, she was selected for the Swedish Olympic team, which finished fourth. Her play at the club level (14 goals in 15 games) earned her Swedish Rookie of the Year honors in 2004.

Worth diamonds
In 2006, Schelin raised her game and made a huge difference in helping Sweden qualify for the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup in China. For her effort, she was awarded the Diamantbollen ('Diamond Ball') as the best Swedish female soccer player.

Bitterswede victory
Sweden came into 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup hoping to match or improve on its runner-up finish in 2003. A draw against Nigeria and a loss to the United States meant that the Swedes had to defeat a hard-nosed North Korean team by three goals in the group stage finale. Schelin upped her game and scored two goals, but her team could not score a third goal and bowed out after a 2-1 win.

Second family for Hope

U.S. starting goalkeeper Hope Solo came to Sweden to play for Kopparbergs/Goteborg following the WUSA's suspension of operations in 2003. Among her new teammates who helped in the transition were the generous Schelin sisters, Lotta and Camilla, who befriended her and invited her to Easter dinner early in the season. Solo called the Schelins her "second family" while she played overseas.

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