Aurora Mikalsen

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Aurora Mikalsen
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Personal information
Full name Aurora Watten Mikalsen[1]
Date of birth (1996-03-21) 21 March 1996 (age 25)[2]
Place of birth Kristiansund, Norway[3]
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Sandviken
Number 1
Youth career
0000–2011 Clausenengen
2012–2014 Arna-Bjørnar
2015 Clausenengen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2014 Arna-Bjørnar 1 (0)
2013–2014Arna-Bjørnar 2 (loan) 18 (0)
2015 Clausenengen 6 (0)
2016–2019 Kolbotn 64 (0)
2019–2020 Manchester United 0 (0)
2020–2021 Tottenham Hotspur 5 (0)
2021– Sandviken 7 (0)
National team
2011 Norway U15 2 (0)
2012 Norway U16 3 (0)
2012–2013 Norway U17 8 (0)
2014–2015 Norway U19 16 (0)
2016–2019 Norway U23 16 (0)
2018– Norway 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 July 2021
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2 September 2019[4]

Aurora Watten Mikalsen (born 21 March 1996) is a Norwegian footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Toppserien club Sandviken. She has represented the Norway national team at multiple youth levels and received her first senior call-up in February 2018.[5]

She previously played in England with FA Women's Super League clubs Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

Club career[edit]

Norway[edit]

Having started her youth career with her hometown team Clausenengen, Mikalsen moved to Arna-Bjørnar in August 2012.[6] On 2 November 2013, Mikalsen made her senior debut, starting for Arna-Bjørnar in a 2–1 Toppserien defeat to Vålerenga.[7]

In 2015, Mikalsen returned to Clausenengen. She split playing time between the under-19s and senior 2. divisjon team.[4] Mikalsen was also a regular starter for Clausenengen FK boys U19, which won the regional championship in the 2015 season.

On 16 December 2015, Mikalsen signed with Kolbotn ahead of the 2016 Toppserien season.[8] On 28 March 2016, Mikalsen made her debut for the team in a 1–1 draw with LSK Kvinner.[9]

Manchester United[edit]

In July 2019, Mikalsen trained with FA WSL club Manchester United while the team was on tour in Oslo.[10] On 6 September 2019, Manchester United made the permanent signing of Mikalsen, in need of a backup after injuries to Emily Ramsey and Fran Bentley coupled with the pregnancy of Siobhan Chamberlain left the team with only Mary Earps to start the season.[11][12] She made her debut on 21 November 2019, starting in an 11–1 League Cup Group Stage victory over Championship team Leicester City.[13] She left at the end of the season following the expiration of her contract having made one appearance.[14]

Tottenham Hotspur[edit]

Aurora Mikalsen during her Tottenham debut against Chelsea

On 27 July 2020, it was announced Mikalsen had signed a one-year contract with WSL team Tottenham Hotspur.[15] With Spurs in good form having won their last three matches and only conceded twice, Mikalsen was forced into a debut on 31 January 2021 with regular starter Rebecca Spencer injured. She started in a 4–0 loss Chelsesa.[16] Mikalsen remained starter for the duration of Spencer's injury absence, playing a total of five games, all in the WSL. Spurs lost 1–0 to Aston Villa,[17] 3–2 to Everton, and 2–0 to Brighton & Hove Albion before Mikalsen earned her first and only clean sheet for Spurs as part of a goalless draw with Reading.[18] She left at the end of the season upon the expiry of her contract.[19]

Sandviken[edit]

On 28 July 2021, Mikalsen returned to Norway to sign with Toppserien side Sandviken.[20]

International career[edit]

Mikalsen has represented the Norway national team at under-15, under-16, under-17, under-19 and under-23 level.[4]

In 2018, Mikalsen received her first senior call-up as part of the 2018 Algarve Cup squad.[21] A year later, Mikalsen was part of the senior squad that won the 2019 Algarve Cup.[22]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 28 July 2021[4][1]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup[b] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Arna-Bjørnar 2013 Toppserien 1 0 0 0 1 0
2014 0 0 1 0 1 0
Total 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Arna-Bjørnar 2 (loan) 2013 2. divisjon 11 0 11 0
2014 7 0 7 0
Total 18 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
Clausenengen 2015 2. divisjon 6 0 1 0 7 0
Kolbotn 2016 Toppserien 8 0 1 0 9 0
2017 22 0 2 0 24 0
2018 22 0 2 0 24 0
2019 12 0 1 0 13 0
Total 64 0 6 0 0 0 70 0
Manchester United 2019–20 FA WSL 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Tottenham Hotspur 2020–21 FA WSL 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Sandviken 2021 Toppserien 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 94 0 8 0 1 0 103 0

Honours[edit]

International[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "A. Mikalsen". uk.women.soccerway.com.
  2. ^ "Aurora Mikalsen". ESPN FC. 2019. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  3. ^ Edøy, Rune (13 February 2019). "Keeper fra Kristiansund inne i landslagsvarmen". Tidens Krav (in Norwegian). Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d Fotballforbund, Norges. "Aurora Mikalsen - Profil". fotball.no - Norges Fotballforbund (in Norwegian).
  5. ^ Rønhovde, Henning Hope (19 September 2018). "Kristiansundkeeper Aurora inn på landslaget". Tidens Krav. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Aurora Mikalsen til Arna Bjørnar - Clausenengen Fotballklubb". www.cfk.no.
  7. ^ Fotballforbund, Norges. "Vålerenga - Arna-Bjørnar - 02.11.2013 13.00". fotball.no - Norges Fotballforbund (in Norwegian).
  8. ^ "Aurora Mikalsen klar for Kolbotn - Clausenengen Fotballklubb". www.cfk.no.
  9. ^ Fotballforbund, Norges. "Kolbotn - LSK Kvinner - 28.03.2016 15.00". fotball.no - Norges Fotballforbund (in Norwegian).
  10. ^ Moen Myhre, Sondre (30 July 2019). "Kolbotn-spiller trente med Manchester United: – Får se hvor langt samtalen bærer". Bergens Tidende. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  11. ^ "Man Utd Women announce signing of Aurora Mikalsen". www.manutd.com.
  12. ^ "Player ratings: Manchester United's signings of summer 2019". FAWSL Full-Time. 28 April 2020.
  13. ^ "Man Utd Women v Leicester Women match report". www.manutd.com.
  14. ^ "Aurora Mikalsen to depart Manchester United Women". www.manutd.com.
  15. ^ "Aurora Mikalsen joins Spurs Women". Tottenham Hotspur.
  16. ^ Smyth, Rob (31 January 2021). "Chelsea 4-0 Tottenham Hotspur: WSL – as it happened". The Guardian (in British English). ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  17. ^ "Iwabuchi goal gives Villa first home win". BBC Sport (in British English). Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  18. ^ "Reading 0-0 Tottenham". womenscompetitions.thefa.com.
  19. ^ "Spurs Women player update". Tottenham Hotspur.
  20. ^ "Vi ønsker Aurora Mikalsen velkommen til Sandviken". Sandviken Toppfotball (in Norwegian). 28 July 2021.
  21. ^ "Martin Sjögren names Norway squad for the Algarve Cup 2018". Women's Soccer United. 12 February 2018.
  22. ^ a b Fotballforbund, Norges. "Vant Algarve Cup: - Utrolig gøy å vinne". fotball.no - Norges Fotballforbund (in Norwegian).

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