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Gunhild Følstad

Personal information
Full nameGunhild Bentzen Følstad
Place of birthTrondheim, Norway
Playing positionDefender
Club information
Current clubTrondheims-Ørn

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Gunhild Følstad was a Norwegian football defender from Overhalla near Namsos. The daughter of a football trainer, she played for Trondheims-Ørn and the Norwegian Women's National Football Team for which she has 75 appearances (September 2008). She is a qualified physiotherapist and her hobbies are skiing, reading and music.

Følstad captained Norway in one match against China in the Four-Nations Tournament in Guangzhou in January 2006. In a match played in pouring rain China won 3-1.

She played as a central defender for her club and was a strong, quick and reliable player who played equally well at right- or left-back in the national team. Her throw-in to the six-yard box from the sideline was a useful weapon.

At the 2007 Women's World Cup in China in September 2007 Følstad played in matches watched by 50,000 spectators. Norway finished the tournament in 4th place.

On June 9, 2008 she was named to the Norwegian roster for the 2008 Summer Olympics to be held in Beijing, China. On August 6, 2008, as a left-back in an attacking position, she provided the pass for the 1-0 goal by Leni Larsen Kaurin in Norway's 2-0 defeat of the USA in Qinhuangdao, which was then the quickest goal in the history of the tournament. The team reached the quarter finals where they lost to Brazil.

Gunhild Følstad announced her retirement from football at the end of 2008 to pursue her career as a physiotherapist in Namsos. Her partner is Hallvard Wågheim; their first child, a son, was born in Skage on May 16, 2010 .

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