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Marit Fiane Christensen

Marit Fiane Grødum
Amazon Grimstad32(5)
National team
1996–1997Norway J1613(2)
1997–1999Norway J1810(0)
2000Norway K215(1)
2007Norway86(11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14:16, 28 July 2013 (UTC)

Marit Helene Fiane Grødum(born December 11, 1980 in Vestby) is a Norwegian football central back. Christensen got married on 31 August 2013 and changed her name to Marit Helene Fiane Grødum. She currently plays for Amazon Grimstad in Norway's Toppserien league. She is member of the Norwegian Women's National Football Team, having made her debut for the senior team on March 16, 2003, in a match against USA.[1]

Club career

She started her career in Halsen IF, a local club in Larvik. As the women's teams of Halsen and rival club Nanset IF joined into one club, FK Larvik, Grødum became one of the key players of the club. Both she and the club made a Toppserien debut in 2000. Grødum scored one goal, but could not help the club avoid relegation. In 2002, Larvik and Grødum returned to Toppserien. Even though Larvik survived their second encounter with Toppserien, Grødum changed team to Asker. The stay in Asker was short, as only one year later Grødum continued her way east and ended up in Røa, where she still plays today. Grødum proved to be vital to the club. In her first season in Røa, her team won the double, both the league and the cup. Over the next years, Røa with Grødum has won the league and the cup twice each.

National team

Grødum also became an important part of the national team. When she played her (currently) last match for the national team, Grødum had made 62 appearances, scoring 7 goals. She scored her first goal for Norway on July 24, 2004 in a match against Sweden.[2]

She was part of the squad for the European Championships, in which Norway claimed silver, falling to Germany 3–1 in the championship match. She was also part of the team for the 2003 Women's World Cup, 2007 Women's World Cup and the 2008 Summer Olympics held in Beijing, China.

On October 21, 2008, Grødum and four other Røa players—Marie Knutsen, Guro Knutsen, Lene Mykjåland and Siri Nordby—made headlines when they announced in a press release that they would not be returning to the national team due to issues the five had with the national team leadership.[3] While the press statement never mentioned coach Bjarne Berntsen's name, it was assumed that he was instrumental in their decision to retire from the team. The retirement, which came off in many newspapers as a boycott, created widespread media attention.

Somewhat involuntarily, Grødum became the spokesperson for the five players, especially in a TV-debate with the Norwegian Football Association and coach Bjarne Berntsen. As of January 2009, the issue seemed far from soluble, but with Bjarne Berntsen's retirement and the arrival of a new chief trainer for the national team, Eli Landsem, Grødum was recalled to the side in December 2009 for training matches against China and England in La Manga, Spain in January 2010.

Personal

Grødum is a qualified lawyer and works as a legal adviser to NISO, the Norwegian players' organisation. Norwegian World Cup speed-skater winner Øystein Grødumand Marit became a couple the summer of 2006.[4] Their first child was born in autumn, 2010.[5]

Career statistics

Statistics accurate as of match played 8 June 2013

Club Season Division League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2003 Asker Toppserien 17 3 2 0 19 3
2004 Røa 17 6 3 1 20 7
2005 17 1 4 0 21 1
2006 15 6 5 4 20 10
2007 22 3 3 2 25 5
2008 19 4 7 1 26 5
2009 20 2 0 0 20 2
2010 1 0 2 0 3 0
2011 Amazon Grimstad 7 0 0 0 7 0
2012 15 3 3 0 18 3
2013 10 2 0 0 10 2
Career Total 160 30 29 7 189 38

Honors

  • Røa
    • League champion 2004, 2007, 2008
    • Cup champion 2004, 2006, 2008

References

External links

  • FIFA player profile page
  • Fotballmagasinet's profile page – in Norwegian


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