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Linda Medalen (born 17 June 1965 in Sandnes) is a former Norwegian footballer.
Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Nordic country in Northwestern Europe whose territory comprises the western and northernmost portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula; the remote island of Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard are also part of the Kingdom of Norway. The Antarctic Peter I Island and the sub-Antarctic Bouvet Island are dependent territories and thus not considered part of the kingdom. Norway also lays claim to a section of Antarctica known as Queen Maud Land.
She was one of Norway's most celebrated women footballers, finishing her international career with 152 caps, scoring 64 goals.She was on the Norwegian team that won the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup.
In sport, a cap is a metaphorical term for a player's appearance in a game at international level. The term dates from the practice in the United Kingdom of awarding a cap to every player in an international match of association football. In the early days of football, the concept of each team wearing a set of matching shirts had not been universally adopted, so each side would distinguish itself from the other by wearing a specific sort of cap.
The Norway women's national football team is controlled by the Football Association of Norway. The team is former European, World and Olympic champions and thus one of the most successful national teams. The team has had less success since the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.
The 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup, the second edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, was held in Sweden and won by Norway. The tournament featured 12 women's national teams from six continental confederations. The 12 teams were drawn into three groups of four and each group played a round-robin tournament. At the end of the group stage, the top two teams and two best third-ranked teams advanced to the knockout stage, beginning with the quarter-finals and culminating with the final at Råsunda Stadium on 18 June 1995.
She played most of her career in Norway with Asker Fotball, and retired in 2006, at age 41. She also spent seven seasons in Japan with Nikko. She started her career as a striker, but as her career progressed, she moved further back on the field, and was playing toward the end of her career in central defence.
Asker Fotball is the football department of Norwegian sports club Asker SK from Asker.
Nikko Securities Dream Ladies was a women's football team which played in Division 1 of Japan's Nadeshiko League. It founded the league back in 1994. The club was disbanded in 1998.
Apart from playing football, Medalen works as a police officer. In 2007, she was elected to serve as a local politician in Asker municipality council for the Conservative Party. 1.67 m (5 ft 5 1⁄2 in).Medalen is openly lesbian, coming out in a Se og Hør article in June 1999. On 16 June 2012, Medalen married Trude Flan. She stands at
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