Christine Colombo Nilsen

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Christine Colombo Nilsen
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Personal information
Date of birth (1982-08-03) August 3, 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Norway
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Vålerenga
Number 30
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Kambo IL
Athene Moss
Arna-Bjørnar
Liungen IF
2005–2009 Kolbotn 75
2009–2010 Lyon (0)
2012– Vålerenga 4 (0)
National team
2006- Norway 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 February 2012.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 February 2012

Christine Colombo Nilsen (born April 30, 1982) is a Norwegian football goalkeeper. She currently (2012) plays for Vålerenga in the Toppserien. She is also a member of the Norway women's national football team.

She has appeared nine times for the national team since her debut on March 11, 2006 in a match against Finland. She was a member of the 2007 Women's World Cup squad.

On June 9, 2008 Nilsen was named to the Norwegian roster for the 2008 Summer Olympics to be held in Beijing, China.[1]

In autumn 2009 Nilsen joined French champions Olympique Lyonnais where she stood in goal for several rounds of the UEFA Women's Champions League, which OL won in 2010 by beating Turbine Potsdam in the Final.

Nilsen left Olympique Lyonnais in July 2010 and returned to Norway to work as a hairdresser with no plans to continue in football. But she was persuaded to stand in goal for Arna-Bjørnar for a few games in the autumn while Erika Skarbø was injured, and was also a member of the Norway national squad that in September qualified for the 2011 World Cup. In autumn 2011 she played a further two matches for Arna-Bjørnar. In January 2012 she joined the newly promoted Toppserien club Vålerenga, trained by her former Kolbotn teammates Cecilie Berg-Hansen and Solveig Gulbrandsen. Her new contract allows her flexibility to continue working outside football. She was member of Norway's squad at the 2012 Algarve Cup.

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