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Maria Thorisdottir

BIOGRAPHY

We added Norway international Maria Thorisdottir to the squad in September 2017, shortly before the start of a new WSL1 season, and she went on to play an important role in our Double triumph.

The defender was previously at Klepp in her homeland and just prior to becoming a Blue, had represented Norway at the European Championships. She played two of her nation’s three games in the Netherlands.

Thorisdottir is a World Cup quarter-finalist with Norway having competed at France 2019 alongside Chelsea team-mates Maren Mjelde and Guro Reiten. She played a crucial role in the finals at centre-back and featured in all five of their matches. This included playing against club team-mates such as Ji So-Yun of South Korea and a number of our England players at the last-eight stage, which ended in a 3-0 defeat.

Upon signing, Thorisdottir described her playing style and said: ‘I am maybe like a Viking. I like to go hard into duels, win the ball in the air and try to play my team-mates in well.’

The 25-year-old played for Norway at junior levels before making her debut for the full national team against Iceland in March 2015. In the World Cup in Canada that summer, she helped the side to two impressive results in the group stage, a 3-1 win against the Ivory Coast and a 1-1 draw with Germany. She came on at half-time in a defeat by England in the knockout stage.

Early in her career she was in the Norway Under-17 squad that reached the semi-finals of the European Championships in 2009 and she played in the final at Under-19 level two years later.

Thorisdottir made a total of 26 appearances in her first season at the club, one which ended with the Blues securing both the WSL 1 title and FA Women's Cup. She proved to be a valuable member of the squad, featuring in several positions across defence and midfield.

She has scored on one occasion for the Blues and an excellent finish it was too. It came against Bosnian champions, SFK 2000 Sarajevo, in the Champions League Round of 32 last season. The defender was unmarked at the back post and calmly volleyed into the net first time which contributed to Chelsea’s enthralling 5-0 win.

The Norwegian unfortunately suffered concussion in October 2018 in our 5-0 defeat to Arsenal which meant she had a long spell out of action. However, Thorisdottir made a return to the Chelsea back-line in our penultimate league match against Yeovil Town which ended in a 8-0 victory.