Christian Grindheim

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Christian Grindheim
Christian Grindheim 2006-06-06.jpg
Grindheim in 2006
Personal information
Date of birth (1983-07-17) 17 July 1983 (age 34)
Place of birth Haugesund, Norway
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Haugesund
Number 7
Youth career
Haugar
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2004 Haugesund 98 (22)
2005–2008 Vålerenga 70 (7)
2008–2011 Heerenveen 97 (7)
2011–2013 F.C. Copenhagen 37 (0)
2013 Vålerenga (loan) 14 (0)
2013–2017 Vålerenga 134 (16)
2018– Haugesund 0 (0)
National team
2004–2005 Norway U-21 15 (1)
2005–2015 Norway 54 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:26, 6 January 2018 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 August 2015

Christian Grindheim (born 17 July 1983) is a Norwegian football midfielder who currently plays for the Tippeligaen club FK Haugesund. Grindheim is known as a hardworking midfielder with tough tackling and powerful shots. He has made over 50 appearances for the Norway national team.

Club career

Grindheim was born in Haugesund[1] and started his career in the local club Haugar, before he joined Haugesund where he made his debut for the first team in Tippeligaen at the age of 17. After Haugesund's relegation from the First Division in 2004, several Tippeligaen clubs were interested in his signature.

Viking, with Roy Hodgson as manager, made an offer for Grindheim, but he chose Vålerenga. At Vålerenga, he played regularly for the team that won the league in 2005.[2]

On 7 January 2008, Grindheim joined Heerenveen. Heerenveen paid Vålerenga a reported transfer fee of €3 million.[3] He played 86 matches for the club winning the 2008–09 Dutch Cup.[4]

On 15 June 2011, Grindheim transferred to FC Copenhagen on a three-year contract, for a reported transfer fee of €750,000.[4]

In February 2013, Grindheim returned to Vålerenga on loan with an option to buy,[5] which Vålerenga took up in July 2013, signing Grindheim to a three-year contract.[6]

International career

Grindheim made his debut for the Norwegian national team, on 17 August 2005 in a friendly match against Switzerland. Grindheim played 45 minutes in a match Norway lost 2–0.[2] He scored his first goal in Egil Olsen first match in his second stint as head coach of Norway, the friendly match against Germany on 11 February 2009, He reached his 50th cap in the friendly match against England.[2][7]

Career statistics

As of 6 January 2018[8][9]
Club Season League Cup Other[nb 1] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Haugesund 2000 Tippeligaen 1 0 0 0 1 0
2001 Adeccoligaen 12 1 0 0 12 1
2002 28 5 1 0 29 5
2003 29 7 5 2 34 9
2004 28 9 1 1 29 10
Total 98 22 7 3 0 0 105 25
Vålerenga 2005 Tippeligaen 24 2 5 1 29 3
2006 24 2 3 0 27 2
2007 22 3 3 1 25 4
Total 70 7 11 2 0 0 81 9
Heerenveen 2007–08 Eredivisie 9 0 0 0 4 0 13 0
2008–09 30 4 3 1 33 5
2009–10 28 1 2 0 30 1
2010–11 30 2 2 0 32 2
Total 97 7 7 1 4 0 108 8
Copenhagen 2011–12 Superliga 30 0 5 0 35 0
2012–13 7 0 1 0 8 0
Total 37 0 6 0 0 0 43 0
Vålerenga 2013 Tippeligaen 24 1 3 0 27 1
2014 29 4 2 0 31 4
2015 30 5 0 0 30 5
2016 28 1 3 0 31 1
2017 Eliteserien 23 5 4 0 27 5
Total 134 16 12 0 0 0 146 16
Haugesund 2018 Eliteserien 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 436 52 43 6 4 0 483 58
Notes
  1. ^ Eredivisie playoffs

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 11 February 2009 LTU Arena, Düsseldorf  Germany 1–0 Win Friendly
2 29 May 2010 Ullevaal stadion, Norway  Montenegro 2–1 Win Friendly
Source:[7]

Honours

Vålerenga IF
SC Heerenveen
F.C. Copenhagen

References

  1. ^ a b "Christian Grindheim". altomfotball.no (in Norwegian). Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Skuseth, Karianne Nelly (26 May 2012). "For én nordmann er England-kampen ekstra spesiell". tv2.no (in Norwegian). TV 2 (Norway). Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Hedlundh, Kent (10 January 2008). "Grindheim joins Heerenveen". Sky Sports. Retrieved 8 December 2017. 
  4. ^ a b van Leeuwen, Gerrit (16 June 2011). "Copenhagen snap up Grindheim". Sky Sports. Retrieved 8 December 2017. 
  5. ^ "Christian Grindheim til Vålerenga". h-avis.no (in Norwegian). Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Grindheim blir i Vålerenga: – Nå er han hjemme for godt". nrk.no (in Norwegian). Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Søfting, Thomas. "Christian Grindheim" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 12 November 2011. 
  8. ^ "NIFS - Norsk & Internasjonal Fotballstatistikk". nifs.no (in Norwegian). Retrieved 6 January 2018. 
  9. ^ "Christian Grindheim » Club matches". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 6 January 2018. 

External links

  • Christian Grindheim at National-Football-Teams.com
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