Solveig Gulbrandsen

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Solveig Gulbrandsen
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Solveig Gulbrandsen
Medal record
Women's football
Competitor for  Norway
Summer Olympics
Gold 2000 Sydney Team competition

Solveig Gulbrandsen (born 12 January 1981) is a Norwegian footballer currently worked as an assistant coach for Vålerenga Fotball Damer. She has previously played for Kolbotn, Stabæk and FC Gold Pride, and the Norwegian national team where she was capped 154 times and won the 2000 Summer Olympics.

Career[edit]

Hailing from the Oppegård area to the South-East of Oslo, Gulbrandsen started her career for Kolbotn

In 1998 she made her debut for the Norwegian National Team and has made regular appearances until the end of 2010. She won a gold medal with the Norwegian national team in the 2000 Summer Olympics. In 2005 Norway reached the Final of the 2005 UEFA Women's Championship by beating Sweden 3-2, with Gulbrandsen scoring two goals and earning a yellow card for hoisting her shirt over her head after scoring the first goal. She has played 154 international matches and scored 47 goals (at end of 2010).

Gulbrandsen took part in the FIFA Women's World Cup 2007 tournament in China, her third such tournament, when Norway achieved fourth place behind Germany, Brazil and the USA. Her team Kolbotn became the Norwegian Cup holders after winning the Cup Final in November 2007.

On 9 June 2008 she was named to the Norwegian roster for the 2008 Summer Olympics that was held in Beijing, China.[1] Norway advanced to the quarter-finals where they lost to Brazil. Gulbrandsen was hit in a wrist early in the match but continued playing and discovered only afterwards that a bone had been broken.

In December 2008 Gulbrandsen announced her transfer to Stabæk Fotball Kvinner, formed from the bankrupt Asker FK and other players.[2]

Gulbrandsen was selected for Norway's team in the UEFA Women's Euro 2009 played in Finland. The team survived the group stage to beat Sweden 3-1 in the quarter-final, losing to Germany 3-1 in the semifinal. At the end of the tournament she announced it would be her last championship but she would continue playing to the end of the season at least. In October 2009 she announced that she had decided with her family to continue playing for another season.[3]

On 10 December 2009 FC Gold Pride in Santa Clara, California, playing in the WPS league, announced that Gulbrandsen had signed a contract to play and to take part in coaching and education, starting in March 2010. However, on 7 July 2010, FC Gold Pride announced that Gulbrandsen would be returning to Norway and Stabæk FK, effective after the club's 17 July match against Philadelphia. Gulbrandsen cited a desire to begin a transition to a post-soccer career in Norway for her decision.[4]

After a successful autumn season with Stabæk in 2010 she announced her retirement as a football player[5] and joined the Oslo club Vålerenga as an assistant trainer. She also announced that she was expecting her second child.

A highlight video of Gulbrandsen's last league match, in which she assisted two goals and Stabæk won the Toppserien league title, can be seen on line from the Norwegian channel TV 2.[6] She retired from her club side Stabæk Fotball Kvinner after the 2010 season.

In the latter half of the 2011 season Gulbrandsen played some matches as a substitute for the first-division club Vålerenga,[7] and was later hired as the team's assistant player coach. During 2012 and 2013 she played regularly for Vålerenga.

Personal life[edit]

Gulbrandsen is the daughter of former Norway international footballer Terje Gulbrandsen[8] and Inger Elise Johansen, a former Norwegian champion in Rhythmic Gymnastics. She is married to Espen Andreassen, a former football trainer in Kolbotn women's football club. On 8 June 2006 Solveig Gulbrandsen gave birth to her first child, a son named Theodor. Her second child was born on June 19, 2011, a daughter named Lilly. She is unrelated to the other footballer Ragnhild Gulbrandsen.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Drømmen gikk i oppfyllelse
  2. ^ "On paper, we are the best". Womensfootball.eu. 10 December 2008. 
  3. ^ "Another season for Sola". Womensfootball.eu. 
  4. ^ FC Gold Pride and Gulbrandsen Agree to Mutually Terminate Contract
  5. ^ "Farewell to a star". Womensfootball.eu. 8 June 2006. 
  6. ^ "Stabæk v Trondheims-Ørn highlights 30-10-2010". Tv2sporten.no. 30 October 2010. 
  7. ^ "Gulbrandsen skal fikse opprykk for Vålerenga" (in Norwegian). ostkantavisa.no. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "GULL-brandsen". dagbladet.no (in Norwegian). Dagbladet. 25 September 2000. Retrieved 25 August 2012.