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Pernille Harder

BIOGRAPHY

Danish attacking player Pernille Harder signed a three-year contract for Chelsea from Wolfsburg ahead of our 2020/21 Barclays FA Women’s Super League season.

The 27-year-old has spent the past three-and-a-half years playing for Wolfsburg and it was there she established herself as one of Europe’s top footballers. She was named UEFA Player of the Year in 2018 and 2020.

Indeed, it was a trophy-laden stint with the leading club in the Frauen Bundesliga, as Harder won the domestic Double in each of her four campaigns at the AOK Stadion, twice finishing as the top scorer in the German top flight. Her tally of 27 in the coronavirus-affected 2019/20 season was the highest by any player in the Frauen Bundesliga since 2010.

While there is so much more to her game than goals, as evidenced by her ability to play in any position across the front of the pitch or in an attacking-midfield role, Harder boasts a scoring record at the top level of European football that would be the envy of any striker.

At Wolfsburg she found the net 103 times in 113 matches, having previously scored 85 goals in 109 appearances for Linkopings in Sweden, while she averaged better than a goal a game at Skovbakken in her homeland.

At international level, Harder debuted for Denmark in October 2009 at the age of 16, marking her first senior appearance for her country with a hat-trick against Georgia. The goals have come thick and fast ever since, as she has netted more than 60 times in over 115 matches.

She also captains her country, having taken the armband on in 2016 – and the following year she was the spearhead of Denmark’s run to the final of the European Championship. Although she scored in that game against the Netherlands, Denmark succumbed to a 4-2 defeat against the host nation.

Harder is undoubtedly the leading light when it comes to women’s football in Denmark, as she has been named as her country’s Player of the Year on six occasions.

As well as receiving the 2019/20 UEFA Women's Player of the Year honour, the Danish skipper was voted as the Women’s Champions League Forward of the Season for her efforts with Wolfsburg in the European competition last term.

Harder had a fine debut season at Chelsea. She played a key role in the Blues' successes which included helping us to lift the 2020/21 Barclays FA Women's Super League trophy and reach the Champions League final for the first time in our history. Harder played 37 out of 40 matches with 28 of them being starts and she found the back of the net 17 times being Chelsea third top scorer behind Sam Kerr and Fran Kirby. The Danish player, who was outstanding throughout our European journey, was selected in the 2020/21 Women's Champions League squad of the season for the fifth consecutive time.