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Offline Alan

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Lie expects tough competition for a place
« Reply #140 on: December 23, 2010, 11:22:14 AM »
Kristin Lie missed the Cup Final this year after breaking a bone in a foot.  The 32-year-old from Namdalseid is hungry for new challenges in the coming season, but whether there will be a place for her in the World Cup is a difficult question.

"Obviously I really would like to be there, but it isn't something that figures a lot in my plans.  They are going more for the younger players, but you never know what will happen", said Lie.

She has had a good season with Trondheims-Ørn in the Toppserien but there are many players with their eyes on the World Cup.  "I know I have been close to being selected, but there are plenty of other good players.  It will be difficult but a lot can happen before the summer and there could be surprises", she said.  "I am highly motivated after the injury and haven't given up.  I am going to give it a go and see what happens".

To come to top form Lie has to train up carefully after the injury she took two months ago.  She has done a lot of swimming, cycling and strength training.  "I am beginning to improve and will soon be running, but there will be no football before the middle of January", she said.  "This has set me back a little, but I have kept form quite well.  You never know how the body will react, but I hope to get back gradually".

Lie points out that it's natural to be a bit tired of football at the end of the season, but when you can't play you always feel a little extra tingle in your feet.  Where Trondheims-Ørn is concerned there have not been any discussions so far but she is clear on one thing: "we will be better than last year, but we must turn 2-1 defeats into wins".  

Hanne Prestvik http://www.namdalsavisa.no/Sport/article5424728.ece
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Norway could surprise - Mykjåland
« Reply #141 on: December 27, 2010, 12:00:03 PM »
A 'quicker' Lene Mykjåland wants to win The Double again with Røa.  The 23-year-old also thinks Norway has a good team for the World Cup this summer.  This week she is going to the USA for a week's holiday, but after that it's preparations for the season with Røa that are top priority.

"I am looking forward to it very much.  It will be an exciting year, and I am well motivated for training", said Mykjåland.  She won The Double in the last two seasons before she went to the USA with Washington Freedom, and now her goal is to do it again.  "At Røa we always want to win.  It's stupid to have lower goals than you have had before", said 2009's top scorer.

The season in the USA has improved her.  The tempo is higher and the players are stronger.  "I had to think and react more quickly; a good first touch became even more important, and I had to know what I wanted to do when the ball arrived", said the forward from Kristiansand.

In the summer, at the World Cup, Norway is in a group with Brazil, Australia and Equatorial Guinea.  "It's exciting.  There are many other good teams so it will be tough.  But with good preparation I think we could surprise.  We have a good team", said Lene Mykjåland

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Offline Andreas Kolle

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Re: Norwegian players 2010
« Reply #142 on: December 28, 2010, 12:33:38 PM »
There was a paper edition interview with Ingvild Stensland in yesterday's Fædrelandsvennen. I will try to get a hold of it and bring you the details. She did mention that she was under a lot of pressure, and considered offers from a German top club, in addition to considering moving home to Norway and playing for a club down South (she did not specifically mention Amazon Grimstad, her former team Donn's rivals).

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Re: Norwegian players 2010
« Reply #143 on: December 28, 2010, 02:52:48 PM »
National team captain insecure about the future

Ingvild Stensland (29) does not know where she will play football as her contract with Lyon expires the next summer.

-I have not heard anything from the management in Lyon yet, but I presume that something happens after New Years Eve, the 29-year old player says. She has already gotten an offer from a German top club, and is considering playing for a club in Sweden or Norway - With a squad where 23 out of 23 players are national team players, it is hard every day ad the club where only those who are best at training throughout the week get to play a match. At the same time it could mean that I am not considered good enough to get a new contract offer, and then it is a good thing to be open for several alternatives, she means.
The sympathetic midfielder is not ruling out playing for a club in the South of Norway.

-At times I long for my family, and I have caught myself thinking at the alternative to play for a south at the South. When I was yound, I thought that I would never leave Lyngdal, the 29-year-old [Norwegian newspapers are obsessed with age] whilst glancing thoughtfully through the window from the central café.

It is late in the afternoon at the 23rd of December, and the streets are almost void in the little town where the sympathetic National team captain is at home to enjoy the Christmas festivities with the family. -Having been as much around the world, the great length to school here is not so great anymore, she says and smiles. The professional football player is quite evidently comfortable being back home. Even if back and knee injuries worry, and it demands a forced rest for some weeks to come.
-The knee injury is only a ligament strain and an injured meniscus the will be heals in a couple of weeks. The back problems are more worrisome, Stensland admits. The prolapse she has felt for a couple of years now, but the pains have never been so bad that they have prevented her from playing. Until this winter. Now the pains go from the back and down to the left leg when it is strained.
-I got a specialist treatment in France not long ago, and go something or other injected into my back. That treatment means that I am not allowed to train for the time being, something which is unusual when you normally train every day. It is inconvenient when we are in the middle of the season in France, the 29-year old [again] progresses, and admits that she should have reacted to the unpredictable back pains earlier.
If the body is more cooperative in the future, she has great aims for the coming six months..
-The clup and my own goal is to win the league and the Champions League. Last season's loss on penalties in the finals was a real bummer ("utrolig kjip") and it still hurts, the midfield engine confesses, even if she has two consecutive league titles to look back at in france.


Further down the page:

-Must dare to think of a World Cup medal
The national team captain is a given on the Norwegian women's national team if she is uninjured in time for the summer's World Cup in football crazy Germany. That event she is already looking forward to. A lot.
-I have been in a Wold Cup before, and it really gave me a taste for more. It is not exactly wrong that it happens in Germany. They are fantastic at arranging championships, and the football interest is enormous. Six months before the World Cup they have sold 300 000 tickets. It will be fantastic, she thinks.
-What about the ambitions for the championship?
-I think we should have as a goal to take a medal and tough enough to say it out. There are incredibly many good teams in women's football, but we should still fight to be among the top three, she continues.
She adds that she will gladly continue on the national team until the Olympics in London.
-I really would like to contribute to qualifying for the Olympics, so I will postpone considering the future until after that time, the player Lyngdal tells us.

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Re: Norwegian players 2010
« Reply #144 on: December 28, 2010, 03:37:44 PM »
She is still a tremendous player but her game seemed to go south when she went south.  Perhaps injury, perhaps the training, perhaps burnout, perhaps just a fish out of water.  Who knows.  I just feel very sorry for her and think she perhaps needs a good life counselor.  Hopefully some family time got her closer to home, wherever that is.

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Re: Norwegian players 2010
« Reply #145 on: December 28, 2010, 05:23:48 PM »
For some reason -like it's no secret I'm a huge fan of the player-, I really wished I wouldn't get to read that kind of article, even though I knew the day would come...

Thanks for the translation, though. Do you have a link to the original page, btw?

In Lyon, we knew she had back injuries, but last time we asked her she said it wasn't so bad and that she'd be ok a week after. Then, almost 2 months after, it's sad to read that it seems worse than predicted at that time. Yet, I agree with law10 on the fact that we may have not seen so much of her glorious days lately, when she's at her best, she's an important player for the team. No one else has that profile in D1.

In addition and as a problem never comes alone, the club website just announced yesterday that she had stayed in Norway because of gastroenteritis problems.

Considering the concurrence in the club, and now reading that, it might just be unprobable, but even if she's not in the best position to convince them, I still hope they will offer her to extend her contract.

In Lyon or anywhere else, her career is not over yet and I wish her the best, anyway.



And speaking of norwegian OL palyers, any news about Isabell? The club still pretends that she could finally stay.

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Re: Norwegian players 2010
« Reply #146 on: December 28, 2010, 10:45:36 PM »
Isabell, unlike Woods, has remained silent. And law10, it was a newspaper article not published online...

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Re: Norwegian players 2010
« Reply #147 on: December 28, 2010, 10:56:57 PM »
Thanks Andreas and D-Oz. Interesting to read.

There comes a point where you start to wonder whether having her as captain is the safest choice for 2011...mind, removing her from the captaincy isn't exactly a vote of confidence. Difficult  :-\
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Home for treatment
« Reply #148 on: December 29, 2010, 12:10:38 AM »
Ingvild Stensland will be treated at the Top Sports Centre in Oslo for back and knee troubles.  "I have been struggling with several prolapsed vertebrae recently.  At the same time I have taken a stretch on the inside of a collateral knee ligament.  So I am not in my best form", said Ingvild Stensland to VG. 

"Ingvild Stensland is an important and good player for us.  I hope she will quickly be back to normal training", said Eli Landsem.

"Thinking about the World Cup in the summer I have decided to be optimistic.  I hope to improve with some days of rest at home in Norway.  I am very pleased that I will be followed up by Olympiatoppen.  I have had back trouble for some years but it has never been as bad as recently", said Stensland.

After Christmas the idea is that the Lyngdal girl will be at a training session with Lyon.  If she cannot play football she will do other training.  The NFF has been in contact with Lyon about her training routine, to confirm that she will be able to follow Olympiatoppen's training schedule.

Stensland is the captain of Norway with 101 international caps.  Her contract at Lyon lasts until next summer. 

Arnfinn Tveit http://www.farsunds-avis.no/artikkel.asp?Artid=71533
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Re: Norwegian players 2010
« Reply #149 on: December 29, 2010, 02:09:14 PM »
And speaking of norwegian OL palyers, any news about Isabell? The club still pretends that she could finally stay.
No news, but I don't think there is a chance of her staying at OL . . from what she told vg http://www.womensfootball.eu/forum/index.php/topic,6257.40.html it seems that she has been asking for a release for 4-5 months, and is determined to find a club where she will get some match-time.
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Re: Norwegian players 2010
« Reply #150 on: January 04, 2011, 11:50:04 PM »
Emilie Haavi was chosen for VG's Helg magazine (a semi-stylish magazine to give a more serious alibi for a newspaper balancing on the edge of becoming Norway's Daily Mirror) as the Football hero of 2011 in the mag's run-down of people to notice in 2011. There were no other sports people represented there (but a blogger, a politician, an author, a band, a designer and so on).

Emilie was in a chic late 40's attire.

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Re: Norwegian players 2010
« Reply #151 on: January 05, 2011, 03:44:52 PM »
It's good that they chose her, and it's good that she had enough exposure in the media to be considered in the first place.  The Daily Mirror is not our worst tabloid by a long way, but I think VG is a few notches up the ladder.
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Re: Norwegian players 2010
« Reply #152 on: January 05, 2011, 04:09:20 PM »
I don't know what their reputation is, but that's a pretty classy shoot, and a brilliant idea.

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« Reply #153 on: January 05, 2011, 11:45:07 PM »
One of Norway's sharpest tounges, so the saying goes, a marxist intellectual editor/author called Jon Michelet, is supposed to have uttered: "VG? My dog can read VG!". VG thought it was a great PR-scoop.

VG is, when compared to most English newspapers, relatively modest in pandering opinions to their readers. If I remember my Yes, Prime minister (I think I did this one earlier):
The Daily Mirror is run by people who think they run the country,
The Guardian is read by people who think they ought to run the country,
The Times is read by people who actually do run the country,
The Daily Mail is read by the wives of the people who run the country,
The Financial Times is read by people who own the country,
The Morning Star is read by people who think this country ought be run by another country, and
The Daily Telegraph is read by people who think it is.

In this parallell, Norway's equivalents would be: VG, Dagsavisen, Aftenposten, Dagbladet, Dagens Næringsliv, Klassekampen and Morgenbladet (the last one a stretch).