- Name: Maren Nævdal Mjelde
- D.O.B: 6/11/1989
- Age: 30
- Place of birth: Bergen, Norway
- Height:1.65 m/5 ft 5 in
- Playing position(s): Defender, Defensive midfielder
Maren joined the Norwegian club, Arna-Bjørnar, at the age of 15 in 2005. Arna-Bjørnar finished the Toppserien league in the third position in 2012, where she earned a bronze medal. Maren transferred to the German club Turbine Potsdam before the 2013 season and she played in all the club’s matches in the latter part of the season when they finished the runner-up in the German Cup and League competitions.
Maren Mjelde: Chelsea Career
On the 22nd November 2016, Maren signed for Chelsea on an initial deal until 2018, where she had bags of experience with 107 caps already for Norway.
Emma was impressed with what she saw when watching Maren play and believed she was a player that Chelsea needed to be able to strengthen the squad.
Maren made 34 appearances in the 2017/18 WSL season – the second-highest amount of appearances in the squad and she captained the side twice. Maren’s tally of five goals was bettered by only six players and her form was recognised by her opponents in the WSL as she was nominated for the Women’s Player of the Year and named in the Team of the Season. Maren ended the season by signing a new three-year contract with the club.
On the 27th March 2019, Maren scored the winning injury-time goal against PSG to help the team progress through to the Semi-Final of the Champions League, where they would face multiple time winners of the Champions League Lyon. Within that same year, Maren scored the only goal in Chelsea Women’s historic win versus Manchester United Women, which was the first game ever played between these two teams in the WSL.
She also proved her dislike of Manchester clubs by scoring against Manchester City a few weeks ago.
Already this season Maren has made 4 appearances, played 337 minutes and scored 2 goals. She is an integral part of the team whether she is playing in midfield or in the backline, she rarely puts a foot wrong and she makes good judgements when tackling to win the ball back.
Maren Mjelde: International career
In October 2007, Maren made her first senior international appearance for Norway against Russia and she was also selected for UEFA Women’s Euro 2009, and the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Maren scored her first goal for Norway against Ukraine in a qualifying playoff for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Maren was Norway’s vice-captain during 2011 and 2012 through the team’s qualification campaign for the UEFA Women’s Euro in 2013. In this tournament, Maren played at right-back for the first time and she captained the team in their match in group B when Norway beat Germany 1-0 on the 17th of July. Norway lost the final 1-0 to Germany, and Maren was included in UEFA’s Squad of the Tournament.
Maren was selected in Even Pellerud’s squad for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup where she scored against Germany again in a 1–1 draw in the group stage and she played in Norway’s second-round defeat by England.
Mjelde has been the captain of Norway since 2013 and she was included in the squad for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2019 where Norway lost to England in the Quarter Final’s. It has a strong Blues connection, as Mjelde, Maria Thorisdottir and new signing at the time Guro Reiten came up against two other Chelsea Women’s players Fran Kirby and Millie Bright.
Maren Mjelde came from a football family as she has a brother that plays professionally in Norway and her Dad, her Mum and her little brother who love football. Mjelde’s older brother would bring Maren when she was young along to his training sessions.
Her Dad was her brother’s coach when they were younger so she was always around them when they trained. Maren’s brother used to put her in goal so that he could have someone to shoot at and Maren says that she thinks it was a good thing that I didn’t end as a goalkeeper! Although, all those times she was put in goal made her want to be a footballer.
Did you Know?
When Maren nine she also started to play handball and she was pretty good at it too!
- Strong defensively
- Great leader
- Natural defensive midfielder
- Positional Awareness
- Penalty Expert
- FA WSL: 2017-18, 2019-20
- Football Association WSL Spring Series: 2017
- FA Women’s League Cup: 2019-20
- Football Association Women’s Cup: 2018
- FA Community Shield: 2020
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Written by Meg Aherne
Edited by Rob Pratley