Theresa Nielsen

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Theresa Nielsen
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Personal information
Full name Theresa Nielsen
Date of birth (1986-07-20) 20 July 1986 (age 32)
Place of birth Denmark
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Seattle Reign FC
Number 8
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
0000–2002 Hvidovre IF
2003–2008 Ballerup-Skovlunde
2009–2017 Brøndby IF 87 (13)
2017 Vålerenga 22 (2)
2018– Seattle Reign FC 14 (0)
National team
2002–2003 Denmark U-17 15 (3)
2006 Denmark U-21 4 (0)
2009 Denmark U-23 2 (1)
2008– Denmark 121 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 July 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 April 2018

Theresa Nielsen (born 20 July 1986) is a Danish footballer who plays as a defender for the Danish national team and Seattle Reign FC in the American National Women's Soccer League (NWSL).[1] She previously played for Vålerenga Fotball Damer in Norway's top league, the Toppserien, as well as Brøndby IF in the Danish Elitedivisionen. She was named Danish Women's Footballer of the Year in 2012.

Early life[edit]

Raised in Valby, Nielsen began playing football at age six on a team known as Rikken.[2][3]

Club career[edit]

Brøndby IF, 2009–2016[edit]

In 2012, Nielsen was named Danish Women's Footballer of the Year after helping Brøndby IF to a league and cup double.[4]

Vålerenga, 2017[edit]

In January 2017, Nielsen signed with Norwegian club, Vålerenga in Oslo, marking her first time playing for a foreign club.[5] Nielsen made 22 appearances for Vålerenga and scored two goals during the 2017 season.[6] She scored her first goal for Vålerenga in the 47th minute of a match against Kolbotn resulting in a 2–0 win.[7] The club finished in seventh place with a 10–8–4 record.[8] Nielsen was named one of the top 200 players in the world for 2017 by The Offside Rule, a podcast by The Guardian.[9]

Seattle Reign FC, 2018[edit]

Nielsen signed with American side Seattle Reign FC ahead of the 2018 National Women's Soccer League season in January 2018.[10][11] She made her debut for Seattle as a starting defender during the home opener — a 2–1 win over the Washington Spirit on 24 March.[12]

International career[edit]

Nielsen during the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 semi-final against Austria.
Nielsen during the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 semi-final against Austria.

At age 17, Nielsen competed with the Denmarks' under-17 national team at the 2003 European Youth Summer Olympic Festival. She scored in the final as Denmark beat Switzerland on penalties after a 1–1 draw at Stade Sébastien Charléty in Paris.[13]

Nielsen made her senior international debut for Denmark in March 2008, during the team's 1–0 win over Germany at the 2008 Algarve Cup.[14]

She was named to Kenneth Heiner-Møller's squad for UEFA Women's Euro 2013.[15]


with Brøndby IF
with Denmark


  1. ^ Rantz, Susie (31 January 2018). "Seattle Reign sign Danish defender Theresa Nielsen". Sounder At Heart. Vox Media. Retrieved 13 February 2018. 
  2. ^ "Den danske sportselite: Theresa Nielsen - ChriChri". Retrieved 6 April 2018. 
  3. ^ "Rikken-pige årets fodboldspiller" (in Danish). Valby Bladet. 13 November 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Weber, Lennart (3 May 2013). "Theresa har stamplads på landsholdet" (in Danish). Fagligt Fælles Forbund. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Theresa Nielsen: "Det er ikke et farvel - men et på gensyn" - Fodbold for piger". Fodbold for piger (in Danish). 24 January 2017. Retrieved 6 April 2018. 
  6. ^ a b c "T. Nielsen". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 6 April 2018. 
  7. ^ "Theresa Nielsen på tavlen i Vålerenga-sejr". Retrieved 6 April 2018. 
  8. ^ "2017 Toppserien". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 6 April 2018. 
  9. ^ "Theresa Nielsen blant 2017s beste spillere". Vålerenga (in Norwegian Bokmål). Retrieved 6 April 2018. 
  10. ^ "Reign send Mathias to Courage, sign Danish defender Nielsen". The Equalizer. Retrieved 27 March 2018. 
  11. ^ "Seattle Reign sign Danish defender Theresa Nielsen". Sounder At Heart. Vox Media. Retrieved 27 March 2018. 
  12. ^ "Reign FC Open 2018 NWSL Season With A Win Against Washington Spirit". TheBold: Seattle Reign FC. Medium. 25 March 2018. Retrieved 27 March 2018. 
  13. ^ Garin, Erik (9 October 2005). "European Youth Olympic Days (EYOD)". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  14. ^ "Danmark – Tyskland 1 – 0" (in Danish). Danish Football Association. 5 March 2008. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  15. ^ Bruun, Peter (21 June 2013). "Upbeat Heiner-Møller confirms Denmark squad". UEFA. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  16. ^ "EM-heltinde vinder fornem pris i norsk fodbold". DR (in Danish). Retrieved 6 April 2018. 
  17. ^ "Official UEFA Women's EURO 2017 Best Eleven". Retrieved 6 April 2018. 

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