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Kristine Minde

Kristine Minde

National team: Norway

Which player most inspired you and why? Maren Mjelde has inspired me the most. I played with her for five or six years at Arna-Bjørnar. One reason is her dedication to do her very best in every training session and every game. She was a good role model in my first years at Arna-Bjørnar and she has meant a lot to my development as a footballer.

Which coach most inspired you? Head coach Morten Kalvenes and his assistant Bjarne Hagen at Arna-Bjørnar inspired me the most. They are very good at seeing the individual player in a team and arranging individual training sessions. I had several good training sessions and conversations with them, which have helped me to achieve my goals and get me to where I am today.

What was the best advice they gave you? Step out of your comfort zone.

Best player you've played with? Impossible to say! I've played with so many great players with different qualities and skills.

Toughest opponent? Germany

What are your memories of your first club as a child? I played with girls of the same age as me at Tertnes IL and I had all my friends there. We were very good and had so much fun together. We played in a division with opponents who were older than us and we did very well. We won several tournaments; the biggest were the Norway Cup and Adidas Cup. It was a fantastic team and great club where I spent almost ten years playing football.

What tip would you give a young player hoping to succeed? Train more and get better than your opponent. Get through the tough periods of hard training. It will be worth it when you lift your first trophy with the club or national team. But always, always remember to have fun :-)

What was the experience like of playing in a youth final tournament? I played in the 2011 UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship final against Germany. The final was not a fun experience since we lost by very many goals. We had a strong team and played many good matches against great opponents. I have many good memories and learned a lot on and off the field. Even though the final didn't quite go as we wanted, the tournament was a big experience and was important for my development as a football player.

Last updated: 07/09/14 21.38CET

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year

General info

  • Name: Kristine Minde
  • Position: Midfield
  • Date of birth (Age): 08/08/1992 (23)
  • Country: Norway
  • Club: Linköping ( SWE)

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA Women's EURO 2015/17

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Women's Champions League (Round of 32)
    08/10/14: Liverpool 2-1 Linköping
  • National team: UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship (First qualifying round)
    05/09/07: Norway 11-0 Bulgaria

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

Norway WOCO161
Norway WU-192612
Norway WU-1761

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Women's Champions League
Last updated: 08/06/2016 01:17 CET