Medalen 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.
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.
Apart from playing football, Linda 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. She stands at 1.67 m (5 ft 5 1⁄2 in).
Linda Medalen (born 17 June 1965 in Sandnes) is a former Norwegian footballer. Medalen is openly lesbian, coming out in a Se og Hør article in June 1999. In summer 2012 she married former reality entrant Trude Flan. Medalen 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.
Women's Soccer: The Passionate Game by Barbara Stewart, Pam Whitesell, J. Brett and Charmaine Hoope
Age Range: 10 and up
Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: Greystone Books; First Edition edition (August 22, 2003)
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In one generation, women's international soccer has taken its place on the world sports stage. This book traces its history from its first golden age in the late 19th century to the present. Along the way are such peak moments as the legendary 1991 first-ever Women's World Championship that pitted the U.S. against the Norwegians before 60,000 screaming fans, and the breathtaking 1999 battle in Pasadena, California, between teams from the U.S. and China. Memorable portraits of the teams and players that come from more than 130 countries are included, from North Americans Mia Hamm and Brandi Chastain, to China’s Sun Wen, to Germany’s Birgit Prinz. The statistics, schedules, and dozens of colorful photographs add more drama to this exciting story.
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