Roddar named to Swedish Olympic football team
FORT MYERS, Florida – Former FGCU women’s football star Julia roddar was selected to her first Olympic team as she will represent Sweden at the upcoming Tokyo games in July.
Roddar, who was named reserve, represented the Swedish national team at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup where they won third place. In the 2016 Summer Olympics, Sweden finished second behind Germany.
In Group G, Sweden will face the defending World Cup champions United States alongside Australia and New Zealand. Roddar has compiled nine caps for the senior national team and recently appeared in a friendly against Australia earlier this month where she played the full 90 minutes at left-back.
“We are so proud of Julia and excited for her,” said the head coach of women’s football. Jim blankenship. “This opportunity and this experience to represent your country at the Olympics is truly incredible.”
Roddar spent her freshman year at Wisconsin before joining the Greens and Blues in 2012. During her three-year stint with the Eagles, she started all 62 games she appeared in, scoring four goals with 10 assists. FGCU went 21-1-3 in the ASUN game after Roddar arrived with three ASUN regular season championships, two ASUN tournament titles and two NCAA tournament spots.
The native of Falun, Sweden, is also a current member of the Washington Spirit of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL).
She becomes the ninth FGCU Olympian overall and will be one of two Eagles featured at next month’s Olympics. Petra Halmaï, who is currently part of the FGCU swimming and diving team, will be there to represent his country, Hungary.
The opening ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will take place on Friday, July 23, and the action will run through Sunday, August 8. NBC will broadcast all games and each event will also be available to watch on the NBCOlympics.com live stream. . For a more detailed view of the daily competition schedule, click on here.
Olympic women’s football draw
Japan, Canada, Great Britain, Chile
China, Brazil, Zambia, Netherlands
Beijing 2008 – Dani Beaubrun (Swimming, Saint Lucia), Eva Lehtonen (Swimming, Finland)
London 2012 – Dani Beaubrun (Swimming, Saint Lucia), Karen Vilorio (Swimming, Honduras)
Rio 2016 – Lani Cabrera (Swimming, Barbados), Evita Leter (Swimming, Suriname), Brooke Sweat (Beach Volley, USA)
Tokyo 2020 – Petra Halmai (swimming, Hungary), Julia Roddar (women’s football, Sweden)
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More than two decades of college coaching veteran, head coach Jim blankenship, who was named ASUN Coach of the Year in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2019, made FGCU women’s football an annual ASUN conference candidate and a thriving program in the South region in just 13 seasons. Blankenship started the program in 2007 and has since guided the Eagles to 13 double-digit winning seasons, culminating with the ASUN Regular Season Championships in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019. In 2011 and 2012, he also led the Eagles to back-to-back ASUN tournament titles, becoming the first team in college history to qualify for the NCAA tournament. The Eagles won the 2014 ASUN tournament and hosted the first NCAA Championship event on campus. The Eagles won their fourth NCAA tournament appearance with the 2015 ASUN Tournament Championship and won their first NCAA game at USF in 2015 while finishing 24th nationally. In 2016, the Eagles made three consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament with a third straight ASUN tournament title. A year later, the Eagles became the first ASUN women’s football program to host four consecutive NCAA tournaments with another tournament title in 2017. Blankenship guided the FGCU to an overall record of 174-62-27 (. 711) in the first 13 seasons of the program’s existence, including an 86-17-15 (.801) mark in ASUN. Blankenship’s impressive career record of 414-133-38 (0.740) over 26 seasons came as he led the FGCU, University of Miami, Lynn University and St. Thomas University.
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