Brighton & Hove Albion Women sign Finnish international defender

Brihgton's new signing, Emma Koivisto

Brighton & Hove Albion Women have signed Finland international Emma Koivisto on an 18-month contract from Gothenburg FC.

The 26-year-old defender has 58 senior caps and was part of the squad which has qualified for the 2022 European Championships.

Koivisto won the Swedish top-flight with Gothenburg last year, as well as the Finnish championship in 2017 with FC Honka.

Head coach Hope Powell said: “We’re delighted to welcome Emma to Brighton. She has lots of experience of top-level football in Europe and America and we think she will add a lot to the squad.

“She is versatile, so she can play in different positions, is good on the ball and tactically aware. I’ve been really impressed with how she has settled into the squad this week and we look forward to seeing her in a Brighton shirt soon.”

Having come through the ranks at the women’s side representing HJK Helsinki she made her debut for HJK in 2010, before signing for Honka two years later. She spent three years in America with Florida State Seminoles, before moving to Sweden in 2018.

Koivisto has also represented her country at youth level, from under-16 up to under-20 level before making her senior debut in 2012.

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