LOTTA SCHELIN

Born: Feb. 27, 1984, in Trangsund, Sweden

Position: Forward, winger

Clubs played for: Goteborg (Sweden), Lyon (France)

International career: Schelin made her national team debut in March 2004, and went on to represent her country at the Athens Olympics later that year, making an appearance as a late substitute in Sweden's bronze-medal match loss to Germany. Injuries sidelined her for most of 2005, but she rebounded the following year, helping Sweden finish third at the Algarve Cup tournament in Portugal. Her performance in that tournament led to a regular spot on team, as she went on to play for Sweden at the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup and the 2008 Olympics, scoring at both events.

Why is she so special? Regarded as the face of a new era for Sweden, Schelin is one of the most sought after players in world soccer. A skilful creator, Schelin is a pivotal member of the Swedish national team and the tall, attacking star has drawn comparisons to her male compatriot Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Her most famous moment: Schelin scored the winning goal in Sweden's bronze-medal victory over France at the 2006 Algarve Cup.

Here's an interesting fact: Schelin scored both goals in Sweden's 2-1 victory over Canada in the group stage of the 2008 Olympic tournament in China.