Leni Larsen Kaurin

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Leni Larsen Kaurin
Leni Larsen Kaurin 2012.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1981-03-21) 21 March 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Skarbøvik, Norway
Playing position attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 9
Youth career
Skarbøvik IF
Fortuna Ålesund
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–? Asker
Team Strømmen
-2007 Asker
2007–2009 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam 41 (5)
2010 1. FFC Frankfurt 8 (0)
2010–2012 VfL Wolfsburg 22 (1)
2012– Stabæk 17 (0)
National team
2001– Norway 98 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15:43, 28 July 2013 (UTC)

Leni Larsen Kaurin (born 21 March 1981) is a Norwegian footballer, who currently plays for Stabæk.[1]

Early life[edit]

Kaurin was born in the village of Skarbøvik near Ålesund in West Norway.


She joined 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam from Asker, at the end of 2007. She was then the only Norwegian woman footballer playing in Germany. On 2 February 2010 she announced that she would transfer to 1. FFC Frankfurt in order to have more match-time in the German top women's division and maintain her international career.[2] Shortly afterwards she transferred again to VfL Wolfsburg.

International career[edit]

Kaurin played 37 international matches for Norway's age-limited teams before her debut in the senior national team in 2001. From the beginning of 2006 she began playing regularly for Norway.

In September 2007 Kaurin played a leading role on the right wing in Norway's campaign at the FIFA Women's World Cup 2007 tournament in China, where the team achieved fourth place.[3] She is known for her ability to escape defenders and pass accurately into the penalty area, and as a result she assists in scoring many goals.

On 9 June 2008 she was named to the Norwegian roster for the 2008 Summer Olympics to be held in Beijing, China.[4]

On 6 August 2008 she scored the first goal for Norway, playing in Qinhuangdao against USA in the opening Olympics soccer match for both teams, a match Norway won 2–0. The goal, after 61 seconds, was also the fastest goal in Olympic soccer history, beating the former record of four minutes. But the record only lasted 6 days before being broken by Heather O'Reilly.

In May 2011 Kaurin was selected to join Norway's squad to go to the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 in Germany in June–July 2011.

Personal life[edit]

Kaurin enjoys snowboarding and studies astrology, and has expressed an interest in working in the fire service.


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