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Jenny Palmqvist

Published: Tuesday 1 May 2012, 16.37CET
Published: Tuesday 1 May 2012, 16.37CET

Jenny Palmqvist


• A referee since 1996 and promoted to the Damallsvenskan within three years. Sweden's Jenny Palmqvist officiated at her first international match with the FIFA Women's World Cup qualifier between Poland and Romania on 18 May 2002 – almost exactly ten years before her appointment to the 2012 UEFA Women's Champions League final between Olympique Lyonnais and 1. FFC Frankfurt in Munich.

• Soon recognised as a leading international referee, she was selected for the 2004 Olympic women's football tournament and took charge of the final between the United States and Brazil, though she had to bow out before extra time due to cramp.

• Sweden's referee of the year in 2005, Palmqvist took part in her first Women's World Cup in 2007, returning to China a year later for the Olympics.

• In 2009 she refereed the second leg of the UEFA Women's Cup final between FCR 2001 Duisburg and Zvezda-2005, played in front of a competition record crowd of 28,112; that summer brought her first UEFA European Women's Championship in Finland.

• Up until the 2011 Women's World Cup, where she was fourth official in the final, Palmqvist was employed as a full-time referee by the Swedish Football Association (SvFF) before returning part-time to work as a sales manager for an interior design firm.

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