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Re: Norwegian players 2008
« Reply #40 on: April 26, 2008, 06:08:21 PM »
Røa player profile:  Mone Gjesteby, born 01-01-1979.

Lawyer Mone dreams of running her own business with Røa's two other players who are lawyers, Marit Fiane Christensen and Marte Braavold.  Those are not her only dreams . .
Favourite team:  Røa and FC Lyn.
Best football memories:  The Double in 2004.
Expects this season: Gold in the league and Cup Final, plus advancement in the UEFA Women's Cup.
Always have: Mobile + batteries, planner, chewing gum, water and bank card.
Would take on a desert island:  Satellite phone, my pillow and food/drink.
Free time spent:  Relax with friends and family.
Work/school:  Work as a lawyer in NAV Administration Oslo and Akershus, Sickness from Work Office.
Favourite food:  I think home-made pizza.
In 15 years:  I will live at Vindern will be married with children and a dog and will be a partner in the law firm of Fiane, Braavold and Gjesteby Ltd.

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Interview with Gunhild Herregården
« Reply #41 on: April 27, 2008, 10:11:26 AM »
An article by the Røa goalkeeper:

Neither of our girls were on the field when Norway U-19s won their second match today against Portugal.  But we have heard from Gunhild Herregården and Marte Kvaale in Portugal about what it's like to play with the flag on your shirt and what Gunhild thinks about moving to Røa.

The two are now in Portugal with the Under-19 national team so missed today's Toppserien match.  We had a chat with Gunhild to get her thoughts about Røa and the national team.

"If we play at our best the whole way, we have a good chance.  We won well against Portugal and Ukraine, but Italy are a team we expect to play an even match with.  It will be the group final on Tuesday and we are going all-out for a win", she said after today's match.

Gunhild has been a secure card in all the age-limited national teams and so has solid international experience.  "I hope obviously to have as much playing time as possible.  I played the whole match against Ukraine but today I sat on the bench.  I shall work hard in the hope of being back in the starting eleven against Italy on Tuesday - it's best to play", she continued.  "Playing international matches is as much fun as it can be!  There's something extra in playing with the flag on your shirt and it's extra fun to try to take Norway to the championship".

Gunhild has taken her move to Røa well and has already debuted for us in the Toppserien.  "The move has been fine! it's easy to get into the atmosphere, everyone is so nice.  I am thriving and look forward to every single training session! I also feel that through the winter I have developed as a footballer more than I have done for a long time".

After a hectic winter with a lot of travelling there has not been much time for school for the Ulefoss girl who is just coming to the end of her third year at Norway's top sports school.  "It can be reasonably hectic when school, club and national team are calling.  Not least it's strange to play on two different teams.  The biggest difference in the national team is that I play with girls of my own age and from all over the country.  We have a great time together and a lot of fun.  We only train together when we have a meeting, but we all function well as a team", she concluded.

We wish Gunhild and Marte good luck for the group final against Italy on Tuesday.         

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Re: Norwegian players 2008
« Reply #42 on: April 30, 2008, 02:34:22 PM »
Not football but related: http://youtube.com/watch?v=W_8uhv_leJE&feature=related shows a special kind of Sami singing called joiking, performed by ex-Asker and Norway Under-21 footballer Anne Maddji Heatta.
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Prizes for Ane Stangeland Horpestad
« Reply #43 on: May 01, 2008, 04:31:38 PM »
On Sunday Ane Stangeland Horpestad received the Klepp Commune's Culture Prize and the Roagaland Sports Council's performance Cup.

Before Klepp's televised Toppserien match against Asker, the national team captain was presented with the prizes.  Jens Lindhardsen, daily leader in Klepp Elite, thinks the prizes are fully deserved.  "Ane is a fantastic leading figure for us.  She is the type who will be first at the stadium before a match to socialise with the people round her, including the children who want to talk to her - she has time for all of them.  These prizes could not have gone to a better person", says Lindhardsen.

Ane Stangeland Horpestad is a well known name, which the club values a lot.  "When we did a survey earlier in the year, 68 percent of the inhabitants of Klepp chose Ane as a good ambassador for the Commune.  After only three weeks of the season I have had several enquiries from organisations about whether Ane can attend functions and describe what we are doing at the club", said Lindhardsen.

At the same time he said that there are several in Klepp who deserve recognition.  "So many people put in a colossal effort and deserve to share the limelight", Lindhardsen concluded.

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Re: Norwegian players 2008
« Reply #44 on: May 03, 2008, 09:42:07 AM »
They are both known for being dangerous in front of goal.  Now they have found the tune off the pitch.

Lindy Melissa Wiik was the top scorer in the Toppserien last year, and now she has opened this season with seven goals in the first four matches.  But it is not only on the pitch that the Asker players has scored.  She has now got her own top scorer.

Wiik's boyfriend Peter Kovacs is a goal-thief for the Oslo club Odd Grenland.  The tall Hungarian has shown his strength in front of goal in Tromsø, Viking and Strømgodset before moving to Odd Grenland in the summer.  Up to now he has three goals this season.

"We have a little competition, but I am certain she is going to beat me.  I am going to have to be content with second place", he smiled to TV2 Sport.

It was not love at first sight.  "We met more or less every day for a year before we were together", said Wiik.  They do not forget football in their free time.  "We watch a lot of matches - we are happy to do that.  We watch every match that's on TV", said the Asker striker.   

video: http://www.tv2.no/sporten/fotball/toppserien/article1802263.ece

Photo by Lene Mehl: Melissa Wiik with Kolbotn's Rebecca Angus

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Ane's 97th cap
« Reply #45 on: May 07, 2008, 05:55:31 PM »
Stavanger:  Ane Stangeland Horpestad will today equal the number of games played by Norwegian star Erik Thorstvedt.  On Saturday she passed her former Klepp teammate Dagny Mellgren's total.

"I am being pushed back in the queue", smiled Thorstvedt.  He is not too upset because he is now the only man in the top-five list.  "It's fine.  Let the girls go ahead.  National team captain Ane is a great role model", he said to Aftenbladet.

"Ane's total tonight of 97 means that she should pass 100 against the USA in the summer", said an impressed trainer Bjarne Berntsen.

"If anyone had told me a few years ago that I would get near 100, I would not have believed them", said Stangeland herself.

"That says a lot about Ane - she is modest when it comes to her own achievements.  But she is a clever player who is more important than she herself estimates.  She always does things right and is stable", said Berntsen.

Stangeland debuted against Italy in 1999 when she was brought in from the Under-21 team.  Since January 2001 she has been a regular member of the team, since 2002 as a centre back.

"I have found my place and won't let it go", smiled Stangeland.

Her one-year younger colleague Solveig Gulbrandsen debuted a year before her, and is reaching 120 matches for the Norway A-team.  "Ane does not compromise on the pitch.  She always gives 120 percent.  She is the captain with a capital "C", is good in the role, and is always there.  Also she has no pain threshold", said an impressed Gulbrandsen.

With the expected 100 matches Stangeland will reach tenth place in the all-time list in Norwegian women's football, headed by Hege Riise with 188 games.  The top Rogaland player is Linda Medalen with 152.  "I won't reach that", said Stangeland.  The nearly-28-year-old central defender has not decided whether she will continue playing after the Beijing Olympics.  "I have always taken one year at a time.  Now I am really looking forward to the Olympics, so we will take things as they come", said the Orre girl.

"We have several who can take over in the defence, but she need not worry", said Berntsen, who will keep his team captain as long as possible.

Erik Thorstvedt thinks the women have a lot of stability on the national team.  "There are not so many who have gone overseas who are not available", said Thorstvedt.  He is impressed with the new generation of football women.  "Now they are good.  Many of them are fantastic and have high standards, not least technically".

Top national players:
188: Hege Riise. 172: Bente Nordby. 152: Linda Medalen. 151: Heidi Støre. 134: Unni Lehn. 120: Brit Sandaune. 120: Solveig Gulbrandsen. 111: Ann Kristin Aarønes. 105: Gro Espeseth. 98: Marianne Pettersen. 96: Ane Stangeland Horpestad. 95: Dagny Mellgren.

Top Rogaland players:
152: Linda Medalen. 97: Erik Thorstvedt. 96: Ane Stangeland Horpestad. 95: Dagny Mellgren. 68: Anne Tønnessen. 62: Olav Nilsen. 54: Arne Larsen Økland. 51: Reidar Kvammen. 43: Silje Jørgensen. 43: Brede Hangeland.

Henrietta Johannsesen, Aftenbladet
http://fotball.adressa.no/sa/article107071.ece

Photo below by Kristian Jacobsen: Ane Stangeland Horpestad (r) with Marit Fiane Christensen at the Viking Stadium training before the Poland match.

Also see a photo of Ane with I think some family members at:
http://fotball.adressa.no/kvinner/article107729.ece?service=bigImage&myStart=0
I think her parents are on the right of the picture.

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Re: Norwegian players 2008
« Reply #46 on: May 17, 2008, 08:23:35 PM »
Gunhild Følstad does not feel gagged.  She would like to apply her interest in human rights in the Olympic nation China, if she is asked. 

"It is not a problem for me to be part of Amnesty's campaign", said the 26-year-old in Overhalla, in reply to the question whether she is willing to act personally on the question of civil rights in Tibet.  "Amnesty stands for things that it is difficult to disagree with.  I have no problem with accepting if I am asked to contribute", she said.

In a report Amnesty International accused the Chinese authorities with stifling criticism before the summer Olympics in Beijing.  This is against the undertakings China gave when they were awarded the Olympics to improve civil rights in the country.  Amnesty International thinks that conditions in China have become worse since they were awarded the summer games.

The international Olympic committee (IOC) is now in full swing with damping down controversy to avoid the summer games becoming a complete farce.

"It's natural that there will be a debate around something like the Olympics.  It's good that it is based round a theme like human rights", thinks Gunhild Følstad.

Top sports are often characterised by big egos, only taken up with themselves and what is theirs.  Not Gunhild Følstad, who is thoughtful and takes the trouble to be engaged in social questions. 

The IOC's charter guarantees racial, political and religious rights in the Olympic arena.  Outside the arena these ideas do not have the same protection.  "The debate about whether or not to hold a boycott is too big to take as a single question.  But it is not negative to talk about it and focus on it.  For there to be any progress there must be a common front", said Følstad, who thinks the IOC could well accept that sporting functions should address one thing at a time.

"Sporting exercises, like others, stand for one thing.  I see no problem with people having thoughts.  People can agree or disagree with what will happen.  I don't think there is any reason to restrict us", thinks the 26-year-old, who is highly likely to be in Norway's Olympic-qualified women's national football team in the summer.

At last year's World Cup she had a glimpse of conditions in the giant country.  "We stayed at hotels with high standards but we saw trends.  When we went out in the street we saw beggars; there were big differences in a small area.  But we were not taken to the worst parts.  I think they are good at concealing the worst", she said.

"Do you think you will become involved in these problems?" - "It's difficult to answer for everybody.  All types of people take part.  Some take the trouble, others don't.  But it is really good that people who have the possibility use the chance to take part", thinks Gunhild Følstad.     

Kjell Vidar Aune, Namdalsavisa  
http://www.namdalsavisa.no/Sport/article3508494.ece 
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Re: Ane' 97th cap
« Reply #47 on: May 17, 2008, 11:35:14 PM »
Stavanger:  Ane Stangeland Horpestad will today equal the number of games played by Norwegian star Erik Thorstvedt.  On Saturday she passed her former Klepp teammate Dagny Mellgren's total.

Tusen takk for posting the translation of this article Alan.  Believe it or not, but Erik Thorstvedt was the first male Norwegian professional football player I ever met and Dagny Mellgren was the first female Norwegian professional football player I ever met. 

I met Erik the Viking when he was here in San Diego the day before Norway played a friendly match against Costa Rica in January 1994.  I met Dagny back in March 2001 when she at the Olympic training center just south of San Diego.  All of the WUSA players were training there for at least a week and the friendly matches played there were open to the public and free of charge.  8)

I just noticed too that it was Henriette Johannesen who wrote this article.  She has such an incredible weath of knowledge about women's football and hopefully she will be there in Fredrikstad covering the Norge - U.S. match for Aftenbladet.
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Pellerud leaving Canada
« Reply #48 on: June 04, 2008, 09:06:12 AM »
Even Pellerud only laughed at the question about whether he would be a possibility as a trainer at the LSK Hall when he finishes in Canada after the Olympics.  "Ha ha ha, no, it's not a slight possibility", he answered when asked whether he could be the Lillestrøm trainer next year.  "It isn't a possibility.  I have been there before and am not interested in a repeat", he said without adding anything more.  Pellerud was appointed as LSK trainer in 1997 but had to go, after a season when the team ended in 10th place.

In 2000 he took the job as national team chief for the Canadian women's football team, but on Monday he announced his departure after this year's Olympics.  "Everything comes to an end.  It's time the players had a change, and at the same time I need a new challenge", he said.

He is uncertain about what awaits him.  "Just now we are focussing on the Olympics and I am not sitting on the fence waiting to see what happens with a new job", he said. 

He was also uncertain about whether or not he would return to Norway.  "The new job will decide where I will be.  We want to go back to Norway but whether that will happen I don't know", said Pellerud.  "I am probably not a strong candidate as trainer for the national team, but I'm open to anything that might turn up".

Pellerud has had much praise in Canada for his work in women's football, but has only one goal at present, and it has nothing to do with a new job: "the goal is the quarter finals at the Olympics", he said.

Alexander Carlsen Strande
http://fotball.adressa.no/kvinner/article109455.ece
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Hæg scores
« Reply #49 on: June 04, 2008, 01:30:27 PM »
Donn-Radar's 17-year-old keeper Helene Hæg scored a penalty this week when her team, Donn 2 from Kristiansand, beat Søgne in a league match.  Donn's first team plays in the Norwegian women's Division-1.

Hæg came to national attention a year ago when as a promising keeper she had a severe head injury in a motorcycle accident and spent three weeks in a coma, partly in the University hospital in Oslo and then back in her home town on the south coast.  She then went into a rehabilitation programme that was expected to last around 12 months, and had to re-learn to walk and talk along with everything else. 

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Reidun NIlsen's new career
« Reply #50 on: June 17, 2008, 08:47:25 PM »
Former Toppserien player Reidun Nilsen has been guesting for Asker FK in recent weeks following the serious injury to their striker Bettina Jevne, and scored a goal in the Cup match against Fart.

But her main interest now lies in bringing the Sami international football team to new heights.  Earlier this year she retired from top football and moved to Sør-Varanger in Finnmark, the remote arctic region of Norway bordering on to Finland and Russia.  This forms part of the Sapmi area that extends over several national borders and is home to the Sami people with their separate languages and customs.

"I am not completely finished with football and aim to play for the Sapmis women's football team", said Nilsen.  In the autumn she lost the Cup Final with Asker against Kolbotn, but she has played in several Cup Finals and has been a champion as well as a successful Norway Under-23 player.

The team are hoping to take part in the Viva World Cup in football, to be played in Gallivarre, northern Sweden.  "I wish to take part in the championship, with women taking part for the first time", said Nilsen.

http://www.nrk.no/kanal/nrk_sami_radio/1.4984376
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Re: Norwegian players 2008
« Reply #51 on: June 28, 2008, 10:16:51 AM »
Tine Wulf (20) has had a difficult spring season at Trondheims-Ørn but is not giving up.  On Thursday she rocketed the ball under the crossbar for their only goal when Norway Under-20 lost to Germany by 2-1 at Klepp.

The trick-queen has had little playing time in the Toppserien since she moved to Trondheims-Ørn from Træff in the winter, and the move away from family and friends in her home town of Molde has been more difficult than expected.

"The spring season has not gone as I wanted and it has been tough on and off the pitch.  But all the time I realised that it takes time to come into a new club and a new atmosphere.  I have no plans to leave Trondheims-Ørn", said Wulf to her local paper in Molde, Romsdals Budstikka.

Her contract says that she can leave if things are not right, and she could have taken advantage of it.  "I had the chance of a 3-month trip to Iceland, but I turned it down quite quickly.  I am busy establishing myself in the Toppserien and want to continue with that", said the Norway Under-20 player.

"Also I plan to start college in the autumn and an Iceland trip would have upset the timing", she said.  She compares the level in Iceland with the best in the Norwegian 1st Division, but decided against the visit this time.  Instead she is focusing on club and country.  This week she has been at Klepp at the Under-20 meeting, a step on the way to the World Cup in Chile in November.

On Tuesday the Under-19s lost 2-3 to Germany on the way to their European Cup tournament in France in July.  Thursday the Under-20s, with Tine, met Germany again, and it was another loss for the Norwegian players but Tine was happy with the match despite a slight injury.

A stretch and some pain in her back made her a little immobile in the central midfield, but not enough for her to miss the performance of the match when she thundered the ball under the bar from 22 yards past a stressed keeper.  "I got a good shot and was delighted to see it go into goal", she said with a smile.  Half time was close and they had trailed 1-0, so it was good to go in 1-1 at the break.

Norway had two other big chances, first when Wulf put a free kick on to a post and forced the keeper to yield a corner that was then saved.  "A good match, but the Germans managed a 2-1 win after they scored in the second half.  The Germans are reckoned among the world's best, and we had a good match against them, so I think it's going really well", said the 20-year-old.  She was taken off at half time and Caroline Walde of Arna Bjørnar came closest to an equaliser with a shot on the crossbar.

Vegards Flemmen Vaagbø, Romsdals Budstikka
http://rbnett.no/article/20080627/SPORT/904767576/1085
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Re: Norwegian players 2008
« Reply #52 on: June 28, 2008, 05:17:55 PM »
Kristiansund:  With Ole Gunnar Solskjær as chief instructor, Bodø players Richardo Kahgezo (14) and Victoria Ludvigsen (15) have spent the week at a meeting of some of the country's best football talents.

"We have had a great time but we both hoped to perform a little better", they said.

Richardo is originally from Congo but has lived in Norway five years.  "I didn't play organised football in Congo, but we played a lot in the street", he said. 

Victoria plays on the recruit team at Grand Bodø.  "There are a lot of good players at this meeting, but I am used to a high level in training and games at the club.  It's a bit easier playing with people you know, but this is a challenge I have to take".

This is the 6th time StatoilHydro has sponsored the meeting, which was earlier called Ole Gunnar Solskjær's Football Academy.  Players are selected from all over the country so it is really a national meeting.  The former Manchester United player has been central in the arrangements the whole time.  The players (25 girls and 25 boys) go through two training sessions per day at Atlanten with Solskjær as the instructor for boys and girls. 

"We hope to take this further but must admit it is tough already", said the two.  This is the first time under-14 boys have been selected for a national meeting.  They are not playing a match this season but will have more training in November.  The girls are being selected into an Under-15 national team to play their first match in Germany at the end of August.  Before that they will have a meeting at the sports high school in a little over one month. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjær is not the only well known instructor on his old home pitch this week.  Åge Hareide (men's national trainer) has also been a regular instructor.  The women's national trainer Bjarne Berntsen also promised to attend but was away with the team on matches against Austria and Poland earlier in the week.

Besides training there were theory and other courses.  Hareide did courses on conduct, values and ethics among other things.  "For us in the NFF it is important that the players take ideas home with them to their everyday lives.  That way we can develop Norwegian football in the long term", said Hareide.

Ricardo has played for Junkeren and Tverlandet.  The quick and strong forward has Liverpool, France and Brazil as his favourite teams.  "Here at home it's obviously Bodø-Glimt", he emphasized.  Ricardo also enjoys skiing a lot in the winter.  "For someone who grew up in Africa it is special fun - but football is my sport", he concluded.     

Rune Helle, Avisa Nordland
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The day Erika wrote history
« Reply #53 on: July 09, 2008, 08:21:08 PM »
An article from August 2005:

On Sunday Erika Skarbø (18) did what no other Norwegian has done before.  She played two international matches in one day.  The keeper from Ulsteinvik started on Sunday with the no. 1 shirt, in goal for Norway's Under-19 team, and finished it wearing the no. 12 shirt for the Under-21s. 

"It was huge to play two matches in a row, especially as no-one has done that before.  It isn't every day you make history", smiled Erika Skarbø. 

Both matches were played against Sweden on the artificial pitch at Rolvsrud stadium in Lørenskog just outside Oslo, where the U-19s and U-21s had had a training session over the weekend.  Erika Skarbø is the clear first-choice keeper for the U-19s, but on the U-21s there are several in front of her in the queue.

On Sunday, after her U-19 match, Erika was invited on to the bench for the U-21s because first keeper Christine Colombo Nilsen had injured herself earlier in the weekend.  But second keeper Caroline Knutsen injured a knee after 35 minutes of the first half.  Stand-in reserve Erika had to put on the gloves once more.  "It was a pity that Caroline took an injury, but great to get the chance on the Under-21s also.  I don't know really how ready I was for another match, but it went all right", thought the 18-year-old. 

Sunnmørsposten spoke with Under-19 chief Jarl Torske and Under-21 chief Per Brogeland after the match, and neither of them had heard of a player turning out for two matches on the same day before.  "This means she has two records.  Two years ago she became the player with the most international matches in one month, when she played nine in a row for the Under-17s in the Nordic Cup in Sweden and the Under-19s at the European Cup in Germany", said Jarl Torske.  "And remember this was a genuine substitution.  It came because of an injury, not because anyone was looking to make history", said Per Brogeland. 

With her 55 minutes for the Under-21s the Fortuna Ålesund keeper completed 145 minutes with the flag on her shirt in the space of a few hours in the afternoon sunshine at Lørenskog.  When she ran on in the U-21 match it was not much more than an hour since she had completed the whole U-19 match.  "I must say I was pleased with my contribution in both matches even though there are always things that can be improved", Skarbø summed up.

The Under-19s lost their match by 1-0 after Johanna Andersson outwitted Skarbø in the 24th minute.  "She came through in a running duel with my defenders and got a foot on to the ball to place it past me.  It was not so easy to do something with it, but not impossible", said Skarbø.

The talented keeper kept a clean scoresheet in the Under-21 match as Norway beat Sweden 2-0, with goals by Solfrid Andersen and Lisa-Marie Woods.  "Hehe - it was good to get revenge straight away", smiled Erika Skarbø, who will turn out again in the Norway kit in a month when the Under-19 team plays European Cup qualification in Estonia.

Peter Tubaas, Sunnmørsposten
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Brilliant Erika - and Norway
« Reply #54 on: July 11, 2008, 09:49:10 AM »
An even older article, from March 2003:

La Manga: 15-year-old Erika Skarbø from Hødd debuted for the Under-19 national team on Wednesday - and she is one to watch after a good debut.

In the Norway-France match, which Norway won 2-0, Erika had four or five top-notch saves and was as calm as a veteran between the posts.  This gave confidence to the defence, who held the French attack in an iron grip.  "I was really pleased with this match.  It was SO good to get a win after an embarrassing performance (0-2) against Sweden", said Erika, who goes to school in Ulsteinvik.  

France beat Denmark 2-0 on Monday and were big favourites against Norway.  But Tone Heimlund from Fløya put Norway into the lead with a header before two minutes had been played.  A minute later a French striker placed a cannon shot towards the corner of the net, but Erika Skarbø was down like a panther and held the ball.

France had several dangerous shots before half time, but Erika saved them all showing the highest confidence.  In the second half Norway had full control, and at times the French girls were outplayed.  When Medkila's express train Stine Frantzen came up on the wing France had enormous problems.  Lene Mykjåland from Randsund is the same age as Erika, and she produced the 2-0 goal.  It could have been much more.

"It was a really good match for us, the best I have seen as the trainer.  I was upset after Monday's terrible performance against Sweden but today it was a match to remember.  It was really good PR for girls' football in Norway", said trainer Jarl Torske from Sunndalsøra.  

And he had many good words to say about Erika from Hødd.  "A unique keeper talent in Norway.  She has a flexibility and a stretch that is fabulous.  Here and now I can guarantee she will be with us in the future, even if she is three years younger than the other players".

Erika is a decisive girl but she did not quite know how to take the praise.  But how can she continue with her development?  "I train with Hødd's boys' team once a week, and will also be in goal for Hødd 2 in the boys' league.  In time I am hoping to move to Fortuna Ålesund but I am going to finish the season with Hødd this year.  I'm having a good time", she said.

Erika is a real Ålesund girl.  She lived there for the first six years of her her life, before her father's job took the family over to live in Scotland for three years.  After that they went back to Norway, to live in Ulsteinvik.  As well as football, Erika is a keen handball player and has a strong shot as an outplayer in the Hødd girls' handball team.  But she is in no doubt that football is the top priority.

For Fortuna's keeper Synnøve Svarstad, the Erika-show means that Synnøve will be on the bench for the Denmark match on Friday.  Even though Synnøve did not play badly against Sweden it was some fatal backplay that led to goals against Norway.  Synnøve was also unfortunate to be playing behind a team that lacked self-confidence on Monday.  But against France it all came flooding back and Erika took full advantage.  

We talked with Stian Ohr after the match.  He sat in the stands and was full of praise for the keeper.  "She stood like a god, and women's football must take note", thought Stian.  And several players in the stands thought that Erika could one day be the new Bente Nordby.                

Helge Skuseth
http://www.smp.no.htest.osl.basefarm.net/article/20030312/SPORT/303120301
 
France v Norway 12-02-2003 0-2 (0-1):
Norway U-19 (4-3-3):            
Erika E. Skarbø -        
Lene Haaskjold Carlsen, Runa Vikestad, Silje H. Kopke Da Fonesca, Oda Høilo Svingen -        
Lisa-Marie Woods, Anneli Giske, Monica Henriksen -        
Siri M. Nordeide Grønli, Tone R. Heimlund, Lene Mykjåland.

Reserves: Synnøve Svarstad, Lise-Marie Bergvoll, Melissa Wiik, Nasra Abdullah, Natalia Santis Galves, Stine Frantzen, Olga Stangeland.
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Tarik Elyounoussi to Le Mans
« Reply #55 on: July 17, 2008, 02:56:43 PM »
Tarik Elyounoussi (20) has been sold to French club Le Mans for £3 million. 

He is a former schoolmate of Norwegian Olympic players Isabell Herlovsen (20) and Marita Skammelsrud Lund (19).  The friends attended St. Olav's school in Fredrikstad as teenagers. 

Elyounoussi has been playing for the Norway national side as well as for his club FFK Fredrikstad, and scored in the recent friendly between Norway and Uruguay which ended in a 2-2 draw.
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Re: Norwegian players 2008
« Reply #56 on: July 23, 2008, 04:01:40 PM »
Marie Knutsen getting married

Marie Knutsen has many irons in the fire, both as a Røa player with the Dynamite Girls, and also with the national team.  But things are also happening on the home front.

"I am getting married in the summer, to my boyfriend Patrick, who I have been together with since I was 17", said a sparkling Marie Knutsen.

The couple are looking for a flat in Oslo, so that Marie can train with her teams.  "We have made an offer but now we have to wait and see if the owner rings up", said Knutsen.

In the autumn Marie Knutsen hopes to move her psychology studies from Trondheim to Oslo so that she can train more easily.  "I really want to continue with my psychology as well as football", said Marie Knutsen

http://www.nrk.no/programmer/tv/i_kveld/1.5810937 27-05-08
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http://www1.nrk.no/nett-tv/indeks/133334
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Good humour and high aims for Marie Knutsen
« Reply #57 on: August 04, 2008, 06:44:06 PM »
Marie Knutsen like to hug people.  She just likes people, but sometimes it's a bit too much.

The 25-year-old from Trondheim, newly married, has had advice to hold back a bit at the Olympics.  "Many people think I hug too much, but I depend on contact.  The team doctor says I should be careful who I hug, because it can spread infections", smiled the world's most cheerful midfielder.

The doctor is concerned that Marie and the other players could become ill in China, but Marie thinks that contact helps people to recover.  A good hug can be as good as a vitamin injection.

"I am a sensitive person so I can be happy and sad, but I am really happy with life.  I have many reasons to smile when I wake up in the morning.  A good family, good friends and a fantastic husband.  That does a lot for the quality of life", said Knutsen.

For the national trainer Bjarne Berntsen, the extrovert Trønder is first and foremost an attacking midfielder on the right with many qualities on the pitch.  She is good enough to be a starter in the team.  Marie gets on with things, tackles and never gives up.

"I am a useful first defender and am OK in the air", said the 5 ft 6 in player.  When she decided to move from her club in Trondheim, Kattem, to Røa three seasons ago, she quickly found herself at home in her new club. 

"In Røa I found the same atmosphere as I was used to at home.  The players in the club are a gang of friends.  We are together every day, and quick to engage with each other".

She had played in age-limited national teams, but when Knutsen moved as a 17-year-old from her home club to Byåsen, a bottom club in the Toppserien, all was not what she expected.  "The change was too much.  It can be tough for young players to go from a friendly club to a Toppserien club with a different culture at a tougher level.  I think I was pressurised to change clubs too soon". 

The path to Røa was much easier, and with sister Guro and Lene Mykjåland, the trio started a new life in the capital city.

Now Knutsen is in her fourth year as a psychology student, but football takes most of the time.  "I have patient and understanding friends, and the same goes for my husband and family.  It is a bit selfish to drive ahead with top sport and it means that those round me have to suit themselves to my time-plan, but soon it will be my turn to take responsibility.  There is time for everything".

It is impossible not to like her - open, social, engaged, cheerful, full of humour, positive, thoughtful.  Her teammates thrive on having her energy on the pitch, this player who does not put herself in the driving seat.  It was wholly because of this that she was voted Player of the Year in Norwegian football for 2006.  She is secure as well and thinks that this has something to do with religion.  "I grew up in a Christian family, and this has always been a central part of my life - it puts things into perspective".

Asked if she fancies Norway's chances, she says, "yes, we aim to take a medal in the Olympics and I think we have done a good job all the way since the winter.  It is eight years since Norway was in the Olympics, and there is only Solveig Gulbrandsen who was there in the team that took gold.  We are a new team that will open against the USA.  That could be a key match, but we have the skills to take it.  At our best we can beat all teams".

For the player who played her 50th senior international game against Germany and scored the first goal in the 2-0 win over the world champions, sport at this level is one way to find out more about yourself.  "You test youself and your boundaries.  You experience happiness in mastering the sport and you learn to tackle setbacks and disappointments through matches, so you experience the whole range of feelings.  I am happy to be involved with team sport, it is so wonderful to win something together, the happiness is so great", said Marie, who has a whole squad to hug.  She is definitely not going to spare the hugs at the Olympics.

Mette Bugge
http://www.aftenposten.no/nyheter/sport/ol/article2573287.ece

See http://webtv.tv2.no/webtv/mini/main.do?ref=nff&treeId=2701 for interviews with Marie Knutsen and other players.
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Sleep problems in China
« Reply #58 on: August 06, 2008, 08:32:50 PM »
Qinhuangdao:  Gunhild Følstad (26) has had some restless nights since arriving in China last week.  For the first few days Følstad has been sleepy in the day.  The player from Namsos will start against the USA this afternoon but needed a while to get the daily rhythm right.  China is six hours ahead of Norway, and while Gunhild and her teammates are eating breakfast it's the middle of the night in Norway.

"I tried listening to music and wanted to avoid sleeping tablets.  The last few days have been better", said Følstad to Adresseavisen.  Today neither she nor her teammates will want to be asleep when Olympics favourites USA are on the other half of the pitch.  "I reckon USA are the favourites.  We will need a top day to win this", said Følstad.

There is no doubt who are the favourites for the match.  Only a month ago USA beat Norway 4-0 in a friendly at Fredrikstad.

http://www.adressa.no/sport/ol/article1128445.ece   
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Re: Norwegian players 2008
« Reply #59 on: August 12, 2008, 10:40:51 AM »
This evening Lene Mykjåland (21) and the other football girls will be competing again in the Olympics.

But the 1987-born team at Randesund Sports Club in Kristiansand was not quite like other teams.  Not only had they the later Start and Haugesund player Morten Hæstad, little brother to international "Doffen" in the squad.  Equally sensational was that one of the team's best players was called Lene.

Now she is among the players seeking futher football honours for Norway tonight against Japan, and she is recovered from last week's cold that kept her on the bench for Satuday's match against New Zealand.

"Lene had the ball at her feet as soon as she could walk.  Even though she trained with girls, that was not long after she was out of the pram.  You would never see her without a football close by", said mum Marit Mykjåland.

Up until the age of 14-15 the young talent played in a boys' team.  None of the boys in the team minded, as Morten Hæstad remembers.  "She was just as good as us.  It was worse for boy's teams that played against us, when they got passed by 'that girl'", said Hæstad to ikstart.no.   

Marit said that Lene was also something of a talent at handball.  As a 16-year-old the active girl found herself in a dilemma when she was selected for national team meetings in both handball and football.  "That was something special and an indicator to us.  It was at that time that Lene knew she would have to choose between the two sports", her mother remembers.

"The choice was football, and in spite of injuries and difficult times she has never looked back", said Marit Mykjåland. 

Pål Nordseth
http://www.kjendis.no/2008/08/08/542993.html
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