Marit Fiane Grødum
|Full name||Marit Helene Fiane Grødum|
|Date of birth||11 December 1980|
|Place of birth||Vestby, Norway|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Central Back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14:16, 21 September 2014 (UTC)
Marit Helene Fiane Grødum (née Christensen; born December 11, 1980) is a Norwegian football central back. Christensen married Øystein Grødum on 31 August 2013 and changed her name to Marit Helene Fiane Grødum. She currently plays for Amazon Grimstad of Norway's Toppserien league. She is member of the Norwegian national team, having made her debut for the senior team on March 16, 2003, in a match against the United States.
She started her career in Halsen IF, a local club in Larvik. As the women's teams of Halsen and rival club Nanset IF joined into one club, FK Larvik, Grødum became one of the key players of the club. Both she and the club made a Toppserien debut in 2000. Grødum scored one goal, but could not help the club avoid relegation. In 2002, Larvik and Grødum returned to Toppserien. Even though Larvik survived their second encounter with Toppserien, Grødum changed team to Asker. The stay in Asker was short, as only one year later Grødum continued her way east and ended up in Røa. Grødum proved to be vital to the club. In her first season in Røa, her team won the double, both the league and the cup. Over the next years, Røa with Grødum won the league and the cup twice each.
Grødum also became an important part of the national team. When she quit the national team in October 2008, Grødum had made 62 appearances, scoring seven goals. She scored her first goal for Norway on July 24, 2004 in a match against Sweden.
She was part of the squad for the 2005 European Championships, in which Norway claimed silver, falling to Germany 3–1 in the championship match. She was also part of the team for the 2003 Women's World Cup, 2007 Women's World Cup and the 2008 Summer Olympics held in Beijing, China.
On October 21, 2008, Grødum and four other Røa players – Marie Knutsen, Guro Knutsen, Lene Mykjåland and Siri Nordby – made headlines when they announced in a press release that they would not be returning to the national team due to issues the five had with the national team leadership. While the press statement never mentioned coach Bjarne Berntsen's name, it was assumed that he was instrumental in their decision to quit the team. The retirement, interpreted by newspapers as a boycott, created widespread media attention.
Somewhat involuntarily, Grødum became the spokesperson for the five players, especially in a TV-debate with the Norwegian Football Association and coach Bjarne Berntsen. As of January 2009, the issue seemed far from soluble, but with Bjarne Berntsen's retirement and the arrival of a new chief trainer for the national team, Eli Landsem, Grødum was recalled to the side in December 2009 for training matches against China and England in La Manga Club, Spain in January 2010.
Veteran national coach Even Pellerud selected Grødum in Norway's squad for UEFA Women's Euro 2013 in Sweden. She started the final at Friends Arena, where Anja Mittag's goal gave the Germans their sixth successive European title.
Grødum is a qualified lawyer and works as a legal adviser to NISO, the Norwegian players' organisation. Norwegian World Cup speed-skater winner Øystein Grødum and Marit became a couple the summer of 2006. Their first child was born in autumn, 2010.
Statistics accurate as of match played 8 June 2013
- Toppserien: Winner 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009
- Norwegian Women's Cup: Winner 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010
- 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup: Quarter-final
- 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup: Fourth place
- 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing: Quarter-final
- UEFA Women's Euro 2005: Runners-up
- UEFA Women's Euro 2013: Runners-up
- Norwegian Football Association player profile[permanent dead link]
- NFF player profile page[permanent dead link]
- Fem Røa-spillere takker nei til landslaget
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- Burke, Chris (28 July 2013). "Angerer the hero as Germany make it six in a row". uefa.com. UEFA. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
- Lykke til, kjære Archived 2011-07-20 at the Wayback Machine.