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Madeleine Giske

Personal information
Full nameMadeleine Giske
Date of birth14 September 1987(age 29)
Place of birthNuremberg, Germany
Height1.65 m (5 ft 4.9 in)
Playing positionMidfielder, Forward
Club information
Current clubArna-Bjørnar Fotball

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Madeleine Giske (born Nürnberg, Germany, 14 September 1987) is a Norwegian football midfielder who currently plays for Arna-Bjørnar in Bergen, Norway. She is also a member of the Norwegian Women's National Football Team.

Giske is the daughter of Anders Giske, a former professional footballer who captained the Norwegian National Football Team, as well as playing for clubs such as SK Brann, FC Nuremberg, Bayer Leverkusen and 1. FC Köln.

In 2003 as a 15-year-old Madeleine Giske joined the Bergen club IL Sandviken where she debuted in Division-1 on April 26. She was an immediate success and continued with the same club when it was promoted into the Toppserien in 2004, scoring eleven goals in that season and also in the next. In 2006 she moved to Arna-Bjørnar, also in Bergen, where she debuted with Erika Skarbø and Elise Thorsnes. She has contributed a lot to making Arna-Bjørnar one of the top clubs in Norway and it finished 5th in the league table for 2009.

Having progressed through Norway's national youth teams, Giske made her senior national team debut on 25 March 2006 in a match against Greece, and scored her first international goal, also in a match against Greece, on 20 June 2006. In most of her 11 matches for the national team she has started on the bench, but she has played as a back, an attacking midfielder and as a winger. She went with the team to the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup in China in 2007 and played as a substitute in Norway's match against Ghana which they won 7-2. The team reached the semifinals of the World Cup where they lost to Germany and eventually finished in 4th place behind Germany, Brazil and USA.

In June 2008 Giske heard of her selection as a reserve for the Norwegian national side to travel to China for the 2008 Summer Olympics only minutes after she had an anterior cruciate ligament rupture diagnosed, suffered in a club match against Team Strømmen two days earlier on June 7. The remainder of 2008 was spent recovering and she resumed full training in January 2009.

Giske played 45 minutes for Arna-Bjørnar in a training match against Sandviken on March 7, 2009, resuming her football career exactly nine months after the injury. Since then she has been a regular member of Arna-Bjørnar's starting eleven and in the 2009 season she scored eight goals.

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