Hege Riise

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Hege Riise
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Riise in 2017
Personal information
Date of birth 18 July 1969 (1969-07-18) (age 51)
Place of birth Lørenskog, Norway
Height 5 ft 6 in (168 cm) [1]
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
England (interim)
Team GB
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1989–1995 Setskog/Høland
1995–1997 Nikko Securities Dream Ladies
1997–1999 Setskog/Høland
2000 Asker 18 (3)
2001–2003 Carolina Courage 39 (12)
2004–2006 Team Strømmen 52 (9)
National team
1990–2004 Norway 188 (58)
Teams managed
2007–2008 Team Strømmen
Norway U-23
2009–2012 United States (assistant)
2012–2016 LSK Kvinner (assistant)
2016–2020 LSK Kvinner
2021– England (interim)
2021– Great Britain Olympic
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Hege Riise (born 18 July 1969) is a Norwegian football coach and former midfield [2] player. One of the best footballers of her generation, she won the FIFA Women's World Cup, the Olympic Games, and the UEFA Women's Euro with the Norway women's national football team. [3]

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Playing career

Club career

Riise started playing football at age six and played in a boys' team until age 14. She won the Norwegian Cup competition with Setskog-Høland in 1992. In late 1995 along with four other Norwegians she joined Nikko Securities Dream Ladies football club in Japan. Nikko won the Japanese league and cup competitions in 1996 and the cup in 1997, after which Riise moved back to Norway to play again with Setskog-Høland.

She joined Asker FK, Oslo, in 2000, and again won the cup competition with Asker the same year. Drafted by the Carolina Courage in the Women's United Soccer Association 2000 Foreign Draft, Riise was the team's MVP two times and led the Courage to a WUSA Founders Cup title in 2002, before her involvement was curtailed by an anterior cruciate ligament injury. [1] In 2003 the Norwegian Football Association named Riise the best female Norwegian footballer ever.

Returning to Norway in 2005 Hege Riise joined Team Strømmen of Oslo and became the club's playing assistant trainer in 2006. She played her last top-level match with Team Strømmen on 28 October 2006 aged 37 and retired from football as a player.

International career

Riise made her international debut with the Norwegian national team in 1990. Norway won the UEFA Women's Championship in 1993. Two years later with Norway she won the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup and was awarded the Golden Ball after the competition.

Riise's biggest achievement with Norway was winning the gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, to become one of only three women in the world to win the Olympics, the World Cup and the European Championship (with Gro Espeseth and Bente Nordby).

She retired from international football in September 2004 with 188 caps and 58 goals. [4]

Coaching career

Riise retired as a player at the end of the 2006 season with 188 international caps to her credit, [5] the record for all Norwegian footballers. In 2007, she became the chief trainer at Team Strømmen, in the Norwegian women's premier league, the Toppserien. In the 2008 season, Team Strømmen were runners-up in both the league and the Cup competitions.

On 28 January 2009, Riise was appointed Assistant Trainer to the USA women's national team. [5]

Riise became the interim head coach of the England women's national football team in January 2021. [6] On 10 March 2021 she was also announced as the manager for Team GB at the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics. [7]

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References

  1. 1 2 "10 - Hege Riise". Women's United Soccer Association. Archived from the original on 9 July 2003. Retrieved 16 May 2021.
  2. "Hege Riise – Store norske leksikon". Snl.no. 13 March 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  3. "England: Hege Riise set to lead Lionesses on temporary basis". BBC Sport. 19 January 2021. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  4. Riise Caps and Goals
  5. 1 2 "Women Football: Riise leaves for the US". The Norway Post. Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation & Verdens Gang. 30 January 2009. Retrieved 31 January 2009.
  6. "Hege Riise to lead Lionesses in February, with Rhian Wilkinson also joining". The FA. 19 January 2021. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  7. "Great Britain women name Hege Riise as Olympic Games head coach". Olympic Channel. 10 March 2021. Retrieved 10 March 2021.