Meet Evelina Pirjo Jovanka Duljan: The Orlando Pride, ex-Juventus midfielder eligible for Super Falcons

Published: April 22, 2024
Meet Evelina Pirjo Jovanka Duljan: The Orlando Pride, ex-Juventus midfielder eligible for Super Falcons

Evelina Pirjo Jovanka Duljan, the 20-year-old Swedish-born football sensation, joins the lengthy list of Nigeria-eligible players with her remarkable talent and versatility on the field.

Born on May 12, 2003, in Kristianstad, Sweden, Duljan's journey from the youth leagues of Kristianstads DFF to the global stage of professional football is nothing short of remarkable.

Duljan's football journey began in the youth ranks of hometown club Kristianstads DFF, where she honed her skills.

Her early talent did not go unnoticed, and she soon made her mark in the senior squad, amassing an impressive 52 appearances and netting four goals for the club.

In 2021, Duljan embarked on a loan spell with Växjö DFF, gaining valuable experience and further showcasing her abilities on the pitch.

Her stellar performances caught the attention of top-tier clubs, leading to a pivotal move to Serie A giants Juventus in August 2022.

During her tenure with the Bianconeri, Duljan made 23 appearances in all competitions, contributing her skill and tenacity to the team's success.

Duljan's journey took an exciting turn in January 2024 when she signed a one-year contract with the Orlando Pride of the National Women's Soccer League.

The move to the United States marks a significant milestone in Duljan's career as she embraces the challenge of competing in one of the most competitive women's football leagues in the world and currently dons the number 17 jersey for the club. 

While Duljan has made her mark in club football, her international journey is equally noteworthy.

Representing Sweden at various youth levels, Duljan showcased her talent on the global stage, earning caps for the U17, U19, and U23 squads.

The 20-year-old is of Nigerian descent, which means she holds the eligibility to represent Nigeria's Super Falcons if approached by the Nigerian Football Federation.

Her versatility as a right back and midfielder will definitely add depth to the Super Falcons roster, positioning her as a valuable asset for the nine time African queens.

Ejim Kaycee

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