Cecilie Leganger

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Cecilie Leganger
Cecilie Leganger 22.04.2009 small.jpg
Personal information
Born (1975-03-12) 12 March 1975 (age 42)
Nationality Norwegian
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Senior clubs

Tertnes IL
Bækkelagets SK
RK Krim
Slagelse FH
Larvik HK
National team
1993- Norway

Cecilie Leganger (born 12 March 1975) is a former Norwegian team handball goalkeeper, World champion, Olympic medalist, European champion, winner of Champions League, and World Player of the year 2001.

International championships[edit]

Leganger made her debut on the Norwegian national team in 1993, 17 years old, and retired three years later, only 20. In 1993 she obtained bronze medal at the World Women's Handball Championship, being voted as Best Goalkeeper and Most Valuable Player at the championship. At the European Championship in 1994, she was voted best goalkeeper. At the 1995 World Championship she was again voted Best Goalkeeper. After a one-year break she made comeback as a club player, but did not play on the national team until the 1998 European Championship, winning gold medal with the Norwegian team and voted as best keeper in the championship. World Champion in 1999, again voted best keeper. She received bronze medal at the Olympic Championships in Sydney 2000.[1] At the World Championship in 2001 she voted again the best keeper.

Club player[edit]

As a club player she is Norwegian Champion from 1999 (with Bækkelaget), Slovenian Champion from 2004 (with Krim Ljubljana), Danish Champion from 2005 (with Slagelse), and Women's EHF Champion in 2004/05 and 2006/07. She played for Larvik HK from 2010 until 2014 where she retired and she is considered to be best female goalkeeper of all time.


  • She was voted World Player of the Year 2001 by the International Handball Federation.[2][3]
  • The best Norwegian national goalkeeper of all time.
  • The best Norwegian, female handballplayer of all time.
  • Best Goalkeeper in the 1993, 1995, 1999 and 2001 world championships.
  • Best Goalkeeper in the 1994 and 1998 European championships.
  • Most Valuable Player in the 1993 World championship.
  • Goalkeeper of the year 2000, 2001, 2002, 2011 and 2012 in the Norwegian League.
  • Goalkeeper of the year 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009[4] in the Danish League.
  • Player of the year 2007 in the Danish League (Selected by the players' committee).[5]


  1. ^ "2000 Summer Olympics – Sydney, Australia – Handball" databaseOlympics.com (Retrieved on 29 April 2008)
  2. ^ Previous World Handball Players Archived 1 January 2008 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved on 11 December 2007)
  3. ^ "World Handball Players of the Year"houstonhandball.org (Retrieved on 29 April 2008)
  4. ^ "Kia Motors Årets Dame Liga All Stars 2008/2009" (in Danish). Håndbold Spiller Foreningen. 13 May 2009. Retrieved 26 June 2009. 
  5. ^ (Danish) "Leganger og Mogensen er årets håndboldspillere"Berlingske Tidende (Lørdag den 5. januar 2008) (Retrieved on 29 April 2008)
Preceded by
Bojana Radulović
IHF World Player of the Year – Women
Succeeded by
Zhai Chao