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Isabell Herlovsen

Isabell Herlovsen

Norwegian football player
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Norwegian football player
A.K.A. Isabell Lehn Herlovsen
Countries Norway
Occupations Association football player
Gender female
Birth 23 June 1988 (Mönchengladbach)
Star sign Cancer
Father: Kai Erik Herlovsen
Height: 169 cm
The details

Isabell Lehn Herlovsen (born 23 June 1988) is a Norwegian football player who is currently playing for Vålerenga after moving home from China and the club Jiangsu Suning. She plays as a midfielder and a striker.

Herlovsen is the daughter of former football player Kai Erik Herlovsen and was born in Germany during his spell at Borussia Mönchengladbach. She is a Norwegian women's international having made her debut at the age of 16. Herlovsen was the youngest player at UEFA Women's Euro 2005 and became the youngest goal-scorer in the tournament's history on 9 June 2005 when she scored a goal in a 1–1 draw against France.


Herlovsen began her career at Kolbotn IL. She made her debut with the club in 2004 and played for five seasons winning two league titles in 2005 and 2006 and winning the women's national cup in 2007. Herlovsen had her first appearance for the Norwegian national team at the age of 16. In her first major tournament, Herlovsen was the youngest player at the competition. She scored two goals; one against France in the group stage and another against Sweden in the semi-finals. Norway won the match 3–2, but lost 3–1 in the final to Germany. Following the tournament, Herlovsen drew interest from the women's section of English club Arsenal. The two sides met for negotiations, but were unable to reach an agreement.

At the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup in China, Herlovsen scored one goal in the group stage against Ghana. In the quarter-finals she scored the game-winning goal in Norway's 1–0 victory over the hosts, thus eliminating China from the tournament, in front of 50,000 spectators. In the semi-finals, Norway again lost to Germany. Later that year, Herlovsen scored for her club Kolbotn in the 2007 edition of the women's Norwegian Cup. The players received their championship medals from the King of Norway. On 9 June 2008, Herlovsen was named to the national team squad to play in the women's tournament at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

In August 2009 Herlovsen was selected for the Norway team that had qualified for the UEFA Women's Euro 2009 in Finland. With a steady place in the team for the first time, as a striker, she played all matches and won praise for her energetic and accurate play even at times as the team's single front runner. Norway beat Sweden unexpectedly in the quarter finals only to lose to the champions Germany in the semifinal in which Herlovsen scored Norway's only goal.

On 28 October 2009, Herlovsen's parent club Kolbotn announced that the player, alongside club and national team teammate Christine Colombo Nilsen, would be joining Olympique Lyonnais of the Division 1 Féminine. She made her debut for the club on 8 November 2009 coming on as a substitute in a 6–1 victory over Juvisy. Herlovsen scored her first goal for the club on 7 March 2010 scoring a brace in a 9–0 victory over Muret in the Challenge de France. She later featured in the final match of the UEFA Women's Champions League in 2010.

In February 2017, Herlovsen signed a contract with the Chinese club Jiangsu Suning F.C., at the same time taking a break from playing for the Norwegian national team. In her Chinese debut match she scored a goal.

Personal life

Herlovsen's home is in Fredrikstad. Her father is Kai Erik Herlovsen, a former Norwegian international footballer who also played professionally in Germany for Borussia Mönchengladbach. Isabell has an older sister and a younger brother. In July 2011 Herlovsen came out as a lesbian, having been out to friends and family while in her teens.

Career statistics

Statistics accurate as of match played 11 August 2018

Club Season Division League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2004 Kolbotn Toppserien 10 6 3 4 13 10
2005 18 13 4 2 22 15
2006 11 4 0 0 11 4
2007 15 5 2 1 17 6
2008 14 7 0 0 14 7
2009 22 13 0 0 22 13
2009–10 Lyon Division 1 Féminine 9 0 1 1 10 1
2011 LSK Kvinner Toppserien 16 6 1 1 17 7
2012 22 25 3 2 25 27
2013 17 5 1 1 18 6
2014 20 15 4 7 24 22
2015 12 19 2 2 14 21
2016 21 30 4 9 25 39
2018 Vålerenga 14 4 2 5 16 9
Career Total 221 162 27 35 248 197



  • Toppserien: 2005, 2006
  • Norwegian Cup: 2007
  • Division 1 Féminine: 2009–10
  • Champions League runners-up: 2010
LSK Kvinner
  • Toppserien: 2012, 2014
  • Norwegian Cup: 2014
Jiangsu Suning
  • Chinese Women's FA Cup: 2017


  • Top Scorer, Toppserien: 2012 (25 goals)
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