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Merete Pedersen (born 30 June 1973) is a Danish former[2] football striker who played for Vejle BK and Odense BK in the Elitedivisionen, TSV Siegen in the German Bundesliga and Torres CF in Italy's Serie A, taking part in the UEFA Women's Cup with Odense and Torres.[3] She was a member of the Danish national team for sixteen years, taking part in the 1999 and 2007 World Cups, the 1996 Summer Olympics and the 1997, 2001 and 2005 European Championships.[4]

Merete Pedersen
Personal information
Full name Merete Pedersen
Date of birth (1973-06-30) 30 June 1973 (age 45)
Place of birth Sæby, Denmark[1]
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Jerlev
Ammitzbøl
Jelling
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
0000–1995 Vejle
1995–1999 OB
1999–2000 Siegen
2000–2003 OB
2003–2006 Torres
2006–2009 OB
National team
1993–2009 Denmark 136 (65)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 January 2012

In September 2008 Pedersen scored the only goal in Denmark's 1–0 win over Ukraine to secure her country's place at UEFA Women's Euro 2009. It was her tenth goal of the qualifying series.[5] Ahead of the final tournament she retired from international football, stating that she did not wish to sit on the substitute's bench as a 36–year–old and would prefer to concentrate on her career as a teacher. With 65 goals in 136 senior internationals she was the team's all–time top goalscorer.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Merete Pedersen". SR/Olympic Sports. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  2. ^ Merete Pedersen. OB125.dek
  3. ^ Profile in UEFA's website
  4. ^ Profile and list of appearances in the Danish Football Association's website
  5. ^ Bruun, Peter (2008-10-01). "Pedersen goal takes Denmark to finals". Copenhagen: UEFA. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  6. ^ Wadland, Jacob (2009-05-13). "Merete Pedersen stopper på landsholdet" (in Danish). Copenhagen: Danish Football Association. Retrieved 2012-10-07.