Isabell Herlovsen

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Isabell Herlovsen
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Personal information
Full name Isabell Lehn Herlovsen
Date of birth (1988-06-23) 23 June 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Mönchengladbach, West Germany
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
LSK Kvinner
Number 9
Youth career
2000–2004 Kolbotn
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2009 Kolbotn 90 (48)
2009–2010 Lyon 9 (0)
2011– LSK Kvinner FK 52 (36)
National team
2004– Norway 80 (32)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 October 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 November 2012

Isabell Lehn Herlovsen (born 23 June 1988 in Mönchengladbach) is a Norwegian football player who is currently playing for LSK Kvinner FK after being released from her contract with French club Olympique Lyonnais of the Division 1 Féminine.[1][2] She plays as a midfielder and a striker.

Herlovsen is the daughter of former football player Kai Erik Herlovsen and was born in Germany during his spell at Borussia Mönchengladbach. She is a Norwegian women's international having made her debut at the age of 16. Herlovsen was the youngest player at UEFA Women's Euro 2005 and became the youngest goal-scorer in the tournament's history on 9 June 2005 when she scored a goal in a 1–1 draw against France.[3]


Herlovsen began her career at Kolbotn IL. She made her debut with the club in 2004 and played for five seasons winning two league titles in 2005 and 2006 and winning the women's national cup in 2007. Herlovsen had her first appearance for the Norwegian national team at the age of 16. In her first major tournament, Herlovsen was the youngest player at the competition. She scored two goals; one against France in the group stage and another against Sweden in the semi-finals. Norway won the match 3–2, but lost 3–1 in the final to Germany. Following the tournament, Herlovsen drew interest from the women's section of English club Arsenal. The two sides met for negotiations, but were unable to reach an agreement.

At the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup in China, Herlovsen scored one goal in the group stage against Ghana. In the quarter-finals she scored the game-winning goal in Norway's 1–0 victory over the hosts, thus eliminating China from the tournament, in front of 50,000 spectators. In the semi-finals, Norway again lost to Germany. Later that year, Herlovsen scored for her club Kolbotn in the 2007 edition of the women's Norwegian Cup. The players received their championship medals from the King of Norway. On 9 June 2008, Herlovsen was named to the national team squad to play in the women's tournament at the 2008 Summer Olympics.[4]

In August 2009 Herlovsen was selected for the Norway team that had qualified for the UEFA Women's Euro 2009 in Finland. With a steady place in the team for the first time, as a striker, she played all matches and won praise for her energetic and accurate play even at times as the team's single front runner. Norway beat Sweden unexpectedly in the quarter finals only to lose to the champions Germany in the semifinal in which Herlovsen scored Norway's only goal.

On 28 October 2009, Herlovsen's parent club Kolbotn announced that the player, alongside club and national team teammate Christine Colombo Nilsen, would be joining Olympique Lyonnais of the Division 1 Féminine.[5] She made her debut for the club on 8 November 2009 coming on as a substitute in a 6–1 victory over Juvisy. Herlovsen scored her first goal for the club on 7 March 2010 scoring a brace in a 9–0 victory over Muret in the Challenge de France. She later featured in the final match of the UEFA Women's Champions League in 2010.

Personal life[edit]

Herlovsen's home is in Fredrikstad. Her father is Kai Erik Herlovsen, a former Norwegian international footballer who also played professionally in Germany for Borussia Mönchengladbach. Isabell has an older sister and a younger brother. In July 2011 Herlovsen came out as a lesbian, having been out to friends and family while in her teens.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

Statistics accurate as of match played 6 October 2013

Club Season Division League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2004 Kolbotn Toppserien 10 6 3 4 13 10
2005 18 13 4 2 22 15
2006 11 4 0 0 11 4
2007 15 5 2 1 17 6
2008 14 7 0 0 14 7
2009 22 13 0 0 22 13
2009–10 Lyon Division 1 Féminine 9 0 1 1 10 1
2011 LSK Kvinner Toppserien 16 6 0 0 16 6
2012 22 25 3 2 25 27
2013 14 5 1 1 15 6
Career Total 151 84 14 11 165 95



LSK Kvinner



  1. ^ "Herlovsen libérée de son contrat avec Lyon" (in French). FootoFeminin. 9 December 2010. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Isabell Herlovsen". Store Norske Leksikon. Retrieved 16 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "Norway Player profile - Isabell Lehn Herlovsen". UEFA. Retrieved 16 June 2010. 
  4. ^ Drømmen gikk i oppfyllelse
  5. ^ Herlovsen and Colombo to Lyon
  6. ^ Ingrid Marie Treborg (5 July 2011). "Isabell Herlovsen står fram som lesbisk" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 14 September 2011. 

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