Mariann Gajhede Knudsen

Mariann Gajhede
Personal information
Full name Mariann Gajhede Knudsen
Date of birth (1984-11-16) 16 November 1984
Place of birth Skagen, Denmark
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Linköpings FC
Number 6
Youth career
Skagen IK
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001 B52/Aalborg
2002–2010 Fortuna Hjørring
2011– Linköpings FC 51 (3)
National team
2002 Denmark U-19
2003–2014 Denmark 103 (6)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:02, 10 July 2013 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:16, 15 November 2014 (UTC)

Mariann Gajhede Knudsen (born 16 November 1984) is a Danish footballer, who plays as a central midfielder for Linköpings FC in Sweden's Damallsvenskan. She won over 100 caps for the Danish national team, before announcing her retirement from international football in November 2014.

Club career

Gajhede Knudsen represented Fortuna Hjørring in both legs of the 2003 UEFA Women's Cup Final, a 1–7 aggregate defeat to Umeå IK of Sweden.

In November 2010 Gajhede Knudsen brought eight years and 215 matches with Fortuna Hjørring to an end and signed for Linköpings. She was cup-tied for the remainder of LFC's 2010–11 UEFA Women's Champions League campaign.[1]

International career

Gajhede Knudsen made her senior international debut in October 2003, in a 6–1 win over Belgium. She went on to play at UEFA Women's Euro 2005 in North West England[2] and the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup in China. An anterior cruciate ligament injury kept Gajhede Knudsen out of UEFA Women's Euro 2009.[3]

She was named in national coach Kenneth Heiner-Møller's Denmark squad for UEFA Women's Euro 2013.[4] In Denmark's opening group match against hosts Sweden Gajhede Knudsen gave her team the lead in an eventful 1–1 draw.[5]


  1. "Dansk landslagsspelare till LFC" (in Swedish). Linköpings FC. 22 November 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  2. Ove Hansen, Jörn (9 June 2005). "Wir haben das Niveau, um ganz nach oben zu kommen" (in German). Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  3. Saffer, Paul (20 July 2009). "Pape up for more after Denmark win". UEFA. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  4. Bruun, Peter (21 June 2013). "Upbeat Heiner-Møller confirms Denmark squad". UEFA. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  5. Dutt, Sujay (11 July 2013). "Petersen's 'crazy' day for Denmark". UEFA. Retrieved 13 July 2013.

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