Pernille Harder (footballer)

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Pernille Harder
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Harder with Denmark in 2017
Personal information
Full name Pernille Mosegaard Harder
Date of birth (1992-11-15) 15 November 1992 (age 25)
Place of birth Ikast, Denmark
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
VfL Wolfsburg
Number 22
Youth career
1997–2005 Tulstrup-Faurholt IK
2005–2007 FC Ikast
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Team Viborg 1
2010–2012 IK Skovbakken 27 (22)
2012–2016 Linköpings FC 87 (70)
2017– VfL Wolfsburg 33 (23)
National team
2007–2009 Denmark U17 23 (9)
2009–2011 Denmark U19 15 (13)
2009– Denmark 101 (53)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 05 June 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 June 2018

Pernille Mosegaard Harder (born 15 November 1992) is a Danish professional footballer who plays as a striker for VfL Wolfsburg as well as for the Danish national team, the latter of which she has captained since 2016. She made her debut for the national team in 2009.

Club career[edit]

Pernille Harder in 2013

Before signing for Linköpings in June 2012 Harder played for Team Viborg and IK Skovbakken in her country's Elitedivisionen.[1] Skovbakken had made Harder and her contemporary Sofie Junge Pedersen contracted players in April 2010, in recognition of their exception potential.[2]

Harder chose a Swedish club for her next destination because she wanted a new challenge, but also because she wanted to remain in Scandinavia. In September 2013 she scored all four goals in Linköpings' 4–1 win at relegation-bound Sunnanå SK.[3]

In the 2015 Damallsvenskan season Harder scored 17 goals in 22 appearances for Linköping, winning a series of national awards including Årets Anfallare (English: Forward of the Year) and Årets Allsvenska Spelare (English: League Player of the Year). At the annual awards gala she shared the stage with male winner Zlatan Ibrahimović and was described as "hyper-talented" and "world class" by Swedish national coach Pia Sundhage.[4][5] Harder was also voted Danish Football Player of the Year in 2015.[6] In June 2016, Harder was among 30 local worthies to be named in a Wall of Fame by Linköping Municipality.[7]

Harder enjoyed further success in the 2016 Damallsvenskan season, retaining the League Player of the Year award. Her 23 league goals secured the Top Goalscorer award and helped Linköping win the Damallsvenskan title.[8] By now a transfer target for the biggest clubs in women's football, Harder's agent announced in November 2016 that she would be leaving Linköping for a new challenge.[9] In December 2016, it was announced that Harder had signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with VfL Wolfsburg running from January 2017.

International career[edit]

At the inaugural 2008 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in New Zealand, Harder was part of the Denmark team who won their group before losing 4–0 to eventual champions North Korea in the quarter-final.[10] Still 16 years old, she contributed a hat-trick to a crushing 15–0 win over Georgia in her senior international debut in October 2009, and she has continued to score regularly for the Danish team ever since.[11]

Harder scored further hat-tricks against Austria and Armenia in 2011 and Russia in 2013.[12] She was named in national coach Kenneth Heiner-Møller's Denmark squad for UEFA Women's Euro 2013.[13] With nine goals she had been the team's top goalscorer in qualifying.[14]

In October 2013, Harder won her 50th cap for Denmark in a 1–1 draw with Serbia. She scored Denmark's goal in the match.[15] In March 2016, Harder was appointed captain of the national team.[16]

In 2017, she was named in national coach Nils Nielsen's Denmark squad for the UEFA Women's Euro 2017. She captained the team to the final and scored a goal in Denmark's 4–2 defeat by hosts the Nethelands. She was voted runner-up to Lieke Martens in the UEFA Women's Player of the Year Award for 2016–17.[17]

International goals[edit]

# Date Location Opponent Assist/Pass Score Result Competition
1 24 October 2009 Vejle, Denmark  Georgia 3–0 15–0 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying round
2 7–0
3 12–0
4 3 October 2010 Vejle, Denmark   Switzerland 1–3 1–3 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying play-off
5 21 September 2011 Yerevan, Armenia  Armenia 3–0 5–0 UEFA Women's Euro 2013 qualifying round
6 22 October 2011 Vejle, Denmark  Austria 1–0 3–0 UEFA Women's Euro 2013 qualifying round
7 2–0
8 3–0
9 23 November 2011 Vejle, Denmark  Armenia 4–0 11–0 UEFA Women's Euro 2013 qualifying round
10 6–0
11 10–0
12 8 December 2011 São Paulo, Brazil  Chile 4–0 4–0 2011 International Tournament of São Paulo
13 11 December 2011 São Paulo, Brazil  Italy 2–2 2–2 2011 International Tournament of São Paulo
14 13 December 2011 São Paulo, Brazil  Brazil 1–0 1–2 2011 International Tournament of São Paulo
15 4 April 2012 Prague, Czech Republic  Czech Republic 2–0 2–0 UEFA Women's Euro 2013 qualifying round
16 19 September 2012 Vejle, Denmark  Portugal 1–0 2–0 UEFA Women's Euro 2013 qualifying round
17 9 December 2012 São Paulo, Brazil  Mexico 3–0 5–0 2012 International Tournament of São Paulo
18 13 March 2013 Lagos, Portugal  Mexico 2–0 3–0 2013 Algarve Cup
19 8 April 2013 Horsens, Denmark  Russia 3–1 5–1 Friendly
20 4–1
21 5–1
22 25 September 2013 Budapest, Hungary  Hungary 2–0 4–0 Friendly
23 4–0
24 26 October 2013 Belgrade, Serbia  Serbia 1–0 1–1 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification
25 24 November 2013 Valletta, Malta  Malta 3–0 5–0 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification
26 19 June 2014 Tel Aviv, Israel  Israel 2–0 5–0 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification
27 21 August 2014 Reykjavik, Iceland  Iceland 1–0 1–0 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification
28 11 March 2015 Albufeira, Portugal  Norway 1–3 2–5 2015 Algarve Cup
29 2–5
30 8 April 2015 Stockholm, Sweden  Sweden 3–3 3–3 Friendly
31 22 October 2015 Viborg, Denmark  Moldova Katrine Veje 2–0 4–0 UEFA Women's Euro 2017 qualification
32 2 June 2016 Viborg, Denmark  Slovakia Sanne Troelsgaard 1–0 4–0 UEFA Women's Euro 2017 qualification
33 7 June 2016 Viborg, Denmark  Poland unassisted 2–0 6–0 UEFA Women's Euro 2017 qualification
34 Simone Boye 4–0
35 15 September 2016 Chișinău, Moldova  Moldova Nadia Nadim 2–0 5–0 UEFA Women's Euro 2017 qualification
36 Theresa Nielsen 3–0
37 unassisted 5–0
38 28 November 2016 Turbize, Belgium  Belgium 2–0 3–1 Friendly
39 3–1
40 20 January 2017 Larnaca, Cyprus  Scotland 0–1 2–2 Friendly
41 6 March 2017 Vila Real de Santo António, Portugal  Russia unassisted 1–0 6–1 2016 Algarve Cup
42 unassisted 2–1
43 Nicoline Sørensen 4–1
44 8 March 2017 Albufeira, Portugal  Australia Cecilie Sandvej 1–1 1–1 2016 Algarve Cup
45 11 April 2017 Slagelse, Denmark  Finland Stine Larsen 1–0 5–0 Friendly
46 1 July 2017 Gladsaxe, Denmark  England unassisted 1–1 1–2 Friendly
47 6 August 2017 Enschede, Netherlands  Netherlands unassisted 2–2 2–4 UEFA Women's Euro 2017
48 19 August 2017 Győr, Hungary  Hungary unassisted 3–1 6–1 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification
49 24 October 2017 Zaprešić, Crotia  Croatia unassisted 1–0 4–0 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification
50 Theresa Nielsen 2–0
51 2 March 2018 Vila Real de Santo António, Portugal  Netherlands unassisted 1–0 2–3 2018 Algarve Cup
52 8 June 2018 Lviv, Ukraine  Ukraine unassisted 3–0 5–1 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification
53 12 June 2018 Viborg, Denmark  Hungary Nadia Nadim 5–1 5–1 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification

Personal life[edit]

Harder is in a relationship with former Linköpings FC teammate and Swedish international, Magdalena Eriksson.[17]

Honours[edit]

Harder (16) playing for Linköpings in the UEFA Women's Champions League, 2014

Club[edit]

Linköpings FC
VfL Wolfsburg

Country[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Harder and Nadia leave Skovbakken. IK Skovbakken's website
  2. ^ Dahl Mikkelsen, Tejs (27 April 2010). "To talenter på kontrakt i Skovbakken" (in Danish). Århus Stiftstidende. Retrieved 5 September 2015.
  3. ^ Fussganger, Rainer (14 September 2013). "Pernille Harder – Player of the Week". Our Game Magazine. Archived from the original on 27 June 2014. Retrieved 27 June 2014.
  4. ^ Bråstedt, Mats; Kristoffersson, Daniel (9 November 2015). "Alla vinnare på Fotbollsgalan 2015" (in Swedish). Expressen. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  5. ^ Lyngbach Johnsson, Katja (9 November 2015). "Pernille Harder på scenen med Zlatan" (in Danish). DR (broadcaster). Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  6. ^ "Pernille Harder kåret til årets spiller" (in Danish). TV 3 (Denmark). 4 December 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  7. ^ "Wall of fame" (in Swedish). Linköping Municipality. 21 June 2016. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Pernille Harder: Jag har nästan allt klart" (in Swedish). Dagens Nyheter. 21 November 2016. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  9. ^ Bråstedt, Mats (16 November 2016). "Pernille Harder lämnar Linköping" (in Swedish). Expressen. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  10. ^ "List of Players – Denmark" (PDF). FIFA. 27 October 2008. p. 5. Retrieved 5 September 2015.
  11. ^ Profile in the Danish Football Association's website
  12. ^ Boye Estrup, Rasmus (10 July 2013). "Portræt af Pernille Harder" (in Danish). Footy.dk. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  13. ^ Bruun, Peter (21 June 2013). "Upbeat Heiner-Møller confirms Denmark squad". uefa.com. UEFA. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  14. ^ "Denmark". UEFA.com. UEFA. 1 October 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  15. ^ "Dansk uafgjort i Serbien" (in Danish). Danish Football Association. 26 October 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2014.
  16. ^ "Kvindelandsholdet skifter anfører". dr.com. DR. 1 March 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  17. ^ a b Wrack, Suzanne (13 February 2018). "Pernille Harder: 'I was the only girl in the team but they wanted to play with me'". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 February 2018.

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