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Leni Larsen Kaurin (born 21 March 1981) is a Norwegian football midfielder who has made almost 100 appearances for the Norway women's national football team. Kaurin represented her country in the 2009 and 2013 editions of the UEFA Women's Championship, as well as the 2007 and 2011 FIFA Women's World Cups. She also played at the 2008 Olympic Football Tournament. At club level she played for domestic teams Fortuna Ålesund, Asker, Team Strømmen, Stabæk and Fløya. She also played for German Frauen-Bundesliga clubs Turbine Potsdam, FFC Frankfurt and VfL Wolfsburg as well as a short stint in the North American W-League with Ottawa Fury.

Leni Larsen Kaurin
Leni Larsen Kaurin 2012.jpg
Personal information
Full name Leni Larsen Kaurin
Date of birth (1981-03-21) 21 March 1981 (age 38)
Place of birth Ålesund, Norway
Height 166 cm (65 in)
Playing position Midfielder, Winger
Youth career
Skarbøvik IF
Fortuna Ålesund
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2003 Asker
2004 Team Strømmen
2005–2007 Asker
2007–2009 Turbine Potsdam 41 (5)
2010 FFC Frankfurt 8 (0)
2010–2012 VfL Wolfsburg 22 (1)
2012 Ottawa Fury 4 (0)
2012–2013 Stabæk 18 (1)
2014 Fløya
2016– Bærum
National team
2001– Norway 98 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15:43, 28 July 2013 (UTC)

Club careerEdit

Kaurin was born in Ålesund, West Norway.[1] She began her career in the youth team at Skarbøvik IF, along with male footballer John Arne Riise, who was in the year above her at school.[2]

Kaurin in January 2008

She joined 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam from Asker, at the end of 2007. She was then the only Norwegian woman footballer playing in Germany. On 2 February 2010 she announced that she would transfer to 1. FFC Frankfurt in order to have more match-time in the German top women's division and maintain her international career.[3] Shortly afterwards she transferred again to VfL Wolfsburg.

After four-and-a-half years in Germany, Kaurin decided to return to Norway and accepted a contract from Stabæk. She played for Ottawa Fury in the North American W-League during July 2012, to get match practice ahead of Stabæk's UEFA Women's Champions League campaign.[4]

When Kaurin was released by Stabæk after the 2013 season, she alleged that the team's male coach had sexually harassed her which caused her to play badly.[5] In 2014, she played for and coached Fløya, who were battling relegation from the 1. divisjon.[6] In 2016 she came out of retirement to sign for minnows Bærum SK, at the same time becoming their player developer.[7]

International careerEdit

Kaurin scored 10 times in 37 international matches for Norway's age-limited teams before her debut in the senior national team, a 5–1 win over Finland at the 2001 Algarve Cup. She was disappointed to be one of the last players to be cut from the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup squad. From the beginning of 2006 she began playing more regularly for Norway.

In September 2007 Kaurin played a leading role on the right wing in Norway's campaign at the FIFA Women's World Cup 2007 tournament in China, where the team achieved fourth place.[8] She is known for her ability to dribble past defenders and pass accurately into the penalty area, and as a result she assists in scoring many goals.[9]

On 9 June 2008 she was named to the Norwegian roster for the 2008 Summer Olympics to be held in Beijing, China.[10]

On 6 August 2008 she scored the first goal for Norway, playing in Qinhuangdao against the United States in the opening Olympics soccer match for both teams, a match Norway won 2–0. The goal, after 61 seconds, was also the fastest goal in Olympic soccer history, beating the former record of four minutes. But the record only lasted six days before being broken by the United States' Heather O'Reilly.[11]

She played for Norway at UEFA Women's Euro 2009, where the team reached the semi-finals.[12] In May 2011 Kaurin was selected to join Norway's squad to go to the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 in Germany in June–July 2011.[13]

She was called up to be part of the national team for UEFA Women's Euro 2013.[14] In the final at Friends Arena, Kaurin was an 85th-minute substitute. Anja Mittag's goal gave the Germans their sixth successive European title.[15]


  1. ^ "Norway Mediaguide 2013" (PDF). Football Association of Norway. p. 8. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 August 2013. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  2. ^ Sandven, Arild (11 September 2007). "Riise og Kaurin har sms-et før superonsdagen" (in Norwegian). Aftenposten. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Kaurin wechselt an den Main" (in German). 3 February 2010.
  4. ^ Holmlund, Tor Bjørnar; Synstad, Gro (6 June 2012). "Vil vinne noe med Stabæk" (in Norwegian). Budstikka. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  5. ^ Gulbrandsen, Ragnhild (16 January 2014). "Stabæk-trener inviterte landslagsspiller til sex" (in Norwegian). Budstikka. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  6. ^ Sivertsen, Øyvind (19 August 2014). "Fløya kan jo ikke rykke ned!" (in Norwegian). Aftenbladet. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  7. ^ "Leni er læremester og forbilde!". Bærum SK. 26 March 2016. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  8. ^ Leni Larsen KaurinFIFA competition record
  9. ^ "Leni Larsen Kaurin". 10 September 2009. Archived from the original on 8 December 2014. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  10. ^ Drømmen gikk i oppfyllelse[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Fast women set the pace". 13 August 2008. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  12. ^ Johnston, Barry; Juchem, Markus (25 August 2009). "Kaurin laments 'crazy' twist". UEFA. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  13. ^ "Mediaguide 2011 Norway" (PDF). Football Association of Norway. p. 8. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  14. ^ "Pellerud 'excited' by Norway squad". Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  15. ^ Burke, Chris (28 July 2013). "Angerer the hero as Germany make it six in a row". UEFA. Retrieved 8 December 2014.

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