Caroline Graham Hansen

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Caroline Graham Hansen
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Graham Hansen playing for Wolfsburg in 2015
Personal information
Full name Caroline Graham Hansen[1]
Date of birth (1995-02-18) 18 February 1995 (age 23)
Place of birth Oslo, Norway
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Right winger
Club information
Current team
VfL Wolfsburg
Number 26
Youth career
Lyn
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2013 Stabæk 71 (32)
2013 Tyresö 7 (3)
2014 Stabæk 9 (2)
2014– VfL Wolfsburg 63 (21)
National team
2011– Norway 60 (21)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 October 2017
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 May 2018

Caroline Graham Hansen (born 18 February 1995) is a Norwegian footballer who plays as a winger for Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg and the Norway women's national football team. She spent the second part of the 2013 Damallsvenskan season in Sweden, playing for Tyresö FF. Hansen represented Norway at youth international level, and made her debut for the senior team in 2011. In 2013, she was a part of the Norwegian team that won silver at UEFA Women's Euro 2013.

Club career[edit]

Playing for Tyresö in 2013

Born and brought up in Oslo,[2] Hansen played for Lyn up to age 15, and was a part of the team that won the under-16 girls' class in the Norway Cup.[3]

She transferred to Stabæk in August 2010, and made her Toppserien debut the same week, as a 73rd-minute substitute in the match against FK Donn. Hansen made an assist as Stabæk won 3–0.[4] Stabæk won the league title later that year with a 3–0 home win over Trondheims-Ørn.[5] She was a part of Stabæk's 2011 Norwegian Women's Cup winning team, who beat Røa on penalties after extra time. Hansen assisted Katrine Pedersen's equalizer during the extra time, but was the only Stabæk player to miss in the shoot out.[6]

In August 2013 Hansen signed for Swedish Damallsvenskan champions Tyresö FF.[7] In the second half of the season she started five of her seven league appearances and scored three goals.[8] She also helped Tyresö qualify for the 2013–14 UEFA Women's Champions League quarter finals.

Hansen returned to Stabæk in January 2014 to complete her high school education, as she did not get the grades necessary to do so in Sweden. She continued to be monitored by several leading European clubs and intended to move away again after finishing school in June 2014. Realising that female footballers do not earn enough money to retire on, Hansen was planning for her career after football. At Stabæk she arranged to play Toppserien matches for the women's team while training with the male youth teams.[9]

On May 8, 2014 the German club VfL Wolfsburg announced that it had signed a two-year contract with Hansen.[10] Norwegian media stated her annual salary as around £100,000.[11]

International career[edit]

In 2011, 16-year-old Hansen was a part of the Norwegian under-19 team who finished as runners-up in the 2011 UEFA Women's U-19 Championship, after losing the final against Germany. Hansen was also included in the Norwegian squad for the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Japan, where the team reached the quarter-final.[12]

She made her senior debut for Norway against Belgium in November 2011.[13] In June 2012 Hansen scored her first senior international goal in an 11–0 rout of Bulgaria, a match in which she also assisted more than half of Norway's goals.[14]

Hansen was named in Norway's squad for UEFA Women's Euro 2013 by veteran coach Even Pellerud.[15] Winger Hansen and fellow teenager Ada Hegerberg at centre forward were important players in the Norwegian team which reached the competition final.[16][17] In the final at Friends Arena, Hansen won a 61st-minute penalty after drawing a foul from Saskia Bartusiak, but Germany's goalkeeper Nadine Angerer made her second penalty save of the match. Anja Mittag's goal gave the Germans their sixth successive title.[18]

She was ruled out of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup after failing to recover from a serious knee injury in time for the competition.[19]

Career statistics[edit]

Statistics accurate as of 10 May 2018

Club Season Division League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2010 Stabæk Toppserien 7 1 0 0 7 1
2011 19 8 2 0 21 8
2012 21 7 5 4 26 11
2013 15 10 1 1 16 11
2013 Tyresö Damallsvenskan 7 3 0 0 7 3
2014 Stabæk Toppserien 9 2 0 0 9 2
2014–15 Wolfsburg Bundesliga 17 7 4 2 21 9
2015–16 13 6 2 2 15 8
2016–17 16 6 3 1 19 7
2017–18 18 2 2 3 20 4
Career Total 141 52 19 13 160 65

Honours[edit]

Stabæk
VfL Wolfsburg

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Players - Norway" (PDF). FIFA. 4 August 2014. p. 14. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Norway Mediaguide 2013" (PDF). Football Association of Norway. p. 10. Retrieved 18 January 2014. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ [1][permanent dead link] Norway Cup 2010 results
  4. ^ Match report Stabæk-Donn, retrieved 18 September 2013
  5. ^ Stabæk win the league title
  6. ^ Match report, 2011 Cup Final, retrieved 18 September 2013
  7. ^ "Graham Hansen valgte svensk klubb" (in Norwegian). Oslo: Dagbladet. 8 August 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Caroline Graham Hansen" (in Swedish). Swedish Football Association. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  9. ^ Hoel, Yasmin Sunde; Pedersen, Kaj (6 January 2014). "Graham Hansen bryter med storklubb - skal trene med Stabæk-herrene". NRK (in Norwegian). Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  10. ^ https://www.vfl-wolfsburg.de/info/frauen/aktuelles/detailseite/artikel/verstaerkung-aus-oslo.html
  11. ^ http://www.womensfootball.eu/forum/index.php/topic,7905.msg78820.html#msg78820 Article in English with further references
  12. ^ "FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Japan 2012 List of Players Norway" (PDF). FIFA. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  13. ^ Juvet, Jo (21 June 2013). "Teenage talent Hansen backs Norway blend". uefa.com. UEFA. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  14. ^ Aas, Erlend Marius (2012-06-18). "LAR IKKE ALL SKRYTEN GÅ TIL HODET". Oslo: NFF. Archived from the original on 2012-06-19. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  15. ^ Aarre, Eivind (13 June 2013). "Pellerud 'excited' by Norway squad". uefa.com. UEFA. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  16. ^ Lindmark, Stig (27 July 2013). "Hansen och Hegerberg - norska tonårsstjärnor" (in Swedish). Swedish Football Association. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  17. ^ Harrison, Wayne (29 July 2013). "Reporters' pick of UEFA Women's EURO 2013". uefa.com. UEFA. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  18. ^ Burke, Chris (28 July 2013). "Angerer the hero as Germany make it six in a row". uefa.com. UEFA. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  19. ^ "Caroline G Hansen ruled out of Norway squad with knee injury". Women's Soccer United. 19 May 2015. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 

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