Ragnhild Gulbrandsen

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Ragnhild Gulbrandsen
Personal information
Full name Ragnhild Øren Gulbrandsen
Date of birth (1977-02-22) 22 February 1977 (age 41)
Place of birth Narvik, Norway
Height 171 cm (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2001 Trondheims-Ørn 70 (93)
2002–2003 Boston Breakers 13 (1)
2004–2005 Trondheims-Ørn 18 (17)
2005–2007 Asker 16 (10)
National team
1997–2007 Norway 80 (30)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 December 2007

Ragnhild Øren Gulbrandsen (born 22 February 1977) is a Norwegian journalist and former football striker from the city of Trondheim who retired from football at the end of 2007. Most of her playing career was spent with Trondheims-Ørn (Trondheim Eagles) women's football club, with whom she won the Norwegian elite league, the Toppserien, three times and the Cup four times, and was the club's top scorer in 1997, 2000 and 2001. As of April 2012, Gulbrandsen's 141 Toppserien goals made her third in the all-time goalscorer statistics.[1]

In 2000 Gulbrandsen played in the Norway team which won gold at the Sydney Olympics, scoring Norway's second goal in the 3–2 final win against the USA. She played as a professional in the USA with Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) club Boston Breakers in 2002 and 2003.

At the end of 2005 Gulbrandsen moved to Oslo to work as a journalist, and considered retiring from football. But she joined Asker women's football club, and in the 2006 season when Asker won the Division 1 title, she twice scored six goals in a match. She last played for Asker SK and the Norwegian national team.

At the FIFA Women's World Cup 2007 tournament in China in 2007, Gulbrandsen scored six goals for Norway and won the Tournament's Bronze Shoe award as the third top scorer behind Marta of Brazil and Abby Wambach of the USA. Her international career, which was interrupted several times by injury, included 97 appearances for Norway at all levels, with 38 goals. She later found employment as a journalist for Budstikka.

Ragnhild's father Odd Gulbrandsen played professional football for Rosenborg BK.[2] She is not related to the contemporary Norwegian footballer Solveig Gulbrandsen.[3]


  1. ^ Grythaugen, Stian (13 April 2012). "Rekordjakt i Toppserien" (in Norwegian). Romerikes Blad. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Ragnhild Gulbrandsen Bio". ESPN. 7 September 2003. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  3. ^ Andresen, Gorm (11 October 2005). "Vi trener like mye som gutta" (in Norwegian). Dagbladet. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2014.

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