Christian Grindheim

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Christian Grindheim
Christian Grindheim 2006-06-06.jpg
Grindheim in 2006
Personal information
Date of birth (1983-07-17) 17 July 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Haugesund, Norway
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 19
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2004 Haugesund 98 (20)
2005–2008 Vålerenga 70 (7)
2008–2011 Heerenveen 86 (7)
2011–2013 F.C. Copenhagen 37 (0)
2013 Vålerenga (loan) 14 (0)
2013– Vålerenga 32 (4)
National team
2004–2005 Norway U-21 15 (1)
2005– Norway 53 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 August 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 October 2013

Christian Grindheim (born 17 July 1983) is a football midfielder who currently plays for the Tippeligaen club Vålerenga Fotball. Grindheim is known as a hardworking midfielder with tough tackling and powerful shots. He has made over 50 appearances for the Norway national team.

Club career[edit]

Grindheim was born in Haugesund[1] and started his career in the local club Haugar, before he joined Haugesund where he made his debut for the first team in Tippeligaen at the age of 17. After Haugesund's relegation from the First Division in 2004, several Tippeliga-clubs was interested in the talented midfielder's signature. Viking, with Roy Hodgson as manager, made an offer for Grindheim, but he chose Vålerenga where he was a playing regularly for the team that won the league in 2005.[2]

On 7 January 2008, Grindheim was transferred to Heerenveen.

On 15 June 2011, Grindheim transferred to FC Copenhagen on a three-year contract.

In February 2013, Grindheim moved to Vålerenga on loan with an option to buy,[3] which Vålerenga took up in July 2013, signing Grindheim to a three-year contract.[4]

International career[edit]

Grindheim made his debut for the Norwegian national team, on 17 August 2005 in a friendly match against Switzerland. Grindheim played 45 minutes in a match Norway lost 2–0.[2] He scored his first goal in Egil Olsen first match in his second stint as head coach of Norway, the friendly match against Germany on 11 February 2009, He reached his 50th cap in the friendly match against England.[2][5]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 11 February 2009 LTU Arena, Düsseldorf  Germany 1–0 Win Friendly
2 29 May 2010 Ullevaal stadion, Norway  Montenegro 2–1 Win Friendly


Vålerenga IF
SC Heerenveen
F.C. Copenhagen


  1. ^ a b "Christian Grindheim". (in Norwegian). Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Skuseth, Karianne Nelly (26 May 2012). "For én nordmann er England-kampen ekstra spesiell". (in Norwegian). TV 2 (Norway). Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Christian Grindheim til Vålerenga". (in Norwegian). Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Grindheim blir i Vålerenga: – Nå er han hjemme for godt". (in Norwegian). Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Søfting, Thomas. "Christian Grindheim" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 12 November 2011. 

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