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Berntsen recalls Olympic hero

Published: Wednesday 22 March 2006, 13.05CET
Norway coach Bjarne Berntsen has turned to Ragnhild Gulbrandsen to solve their goalscoring problems as they resume qualifying in Greece.
by Eivind Aarre
from Stavanger
Published: Wednesday 22 March 2006, 13.05CET

Berntsen recalls Olympic hero

Norway coach Bjarne Berntsen has turned to Ragnhild Gulbrandsen to solve their goalscoring problems as they resume qualifying in Greece.

Norway coach Bjarne Berntsen has turned to Ragnhild Gulbrandsen to solve their goalscoring problems as they resume their FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying bid on Saturday.

Goalscoring concerns
Though UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2005™ finalists Norway top World Cup Group 1 with three wins from as many games, they scored just one goal at the recent Algarve Cup, despite creating a hatful of chances. So for this weekend's trip to Greece, Berntsen has recalled Gulbrandsen, who has recovered from career-threatening injuries in recent years and has not played for Norway since 2004.

Asker move
The 29-year-old Gulbrandsen, a scorer in the 2000 Olympic final when Norway won gold, said: "If I get to play, I would of course like to contribute with some goals." She joined Norwegian Cup holders Asker FK in the winter after getting a job as a journalist on a newspaper in the town.

Norway squad
Goalkeepers: Christine Colombo Nilsen (Kolbotn IL), Bente Nordby (Djurgården/Älvsjö).

Defenders: Marit Fiane Christensen (Røa Idrettslag), Gunhild Følstad (SK Trondheims-Ørn), Maritha Kaufmann (Team Strømmen), Siri Nordby (Røa Idrettslag), Ane Stangeland (Kolbotn IL).

Midfielders: Madeleine Giske (Arna-Bjørnar), Camilla Hammerø Huse (Kolbotn IL), Tonje Hansen (Kolbotn IL), Leni Larsen Kaurin (Asker FK), Marie Knutsen (Kattem IL), Unni Lehn (SK Trondheims-Ørn), Trine Rønning (Kolbotn IL), Ingvild Stensland (Kolbotn IL).

Forwards: Lene Storløkken (Team Strømmen), Ragnhild Gulbrandsen (Asker FK), Isabell Herlovsen (Kolbotn IL).

Last updated: 25/03/06 17.43CET

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