Pernille Harder (footballer)

Not to be confused with Pernille Harder (badminton) (born 1977), badminton player.
Pernille Harder
Personal information
Full name Pernille Mosegaard Harder
Date of birth (1992-11-15) 15 November 1992
Place of birth Ikast, Denmark
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Number 16
Youth career
1997–2005 Tulstrup-Faurholt IK
2005–2007 FC Ikast
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Viborg
2010–2012 Skovbakken
2012– Linköping 87 (70)
National team
2008 Denmark U17
2009– Denmark 77 (37)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 November 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 September 2016

Pernille Harder Mosegaard (born 15 November 1992) is a Danish professional footballer who plays as a striker for Linköping FC of Sweden's Damallsvenskan.[1] She made her debut for the Denmark national team in 2009 and represented her country at UEFA Women's Euro 2013 in Sweden.[2]

Club career

Before signing for Linköpings in June 2012 Harder played for Team Viborg and IK Skovbakken in her country's Elitedivisionen.[3] Skovbakken had made Harder and her contemporary Sofie Junge Pedersen contracted players in April 2010, in recognition of their exception potential.[4]

Harder chose a Swedish club for her next destination because she wanted a new challenge, but also because she wanted to remain in Scandinavia. In September 2013 she scored all four goals in Linköpings' 4–1 win at relegation-bound Sunnanå SK.[5]

In the 2015 Damallsvenskan season Harder scored 17 goals in 22 appearances for Linköpings, winning a series of national awards including Årets Anfallare (English: Forward of the Year) and Årets Allsvenska Spelare (English: League Player of the Year). At the annual awards gala she shared the stage with male winner Zlatan Ibrahimović and was described as "hyper-talented" and "world class" by Swedish national coach Pia Sundhage.[6][7] Harder was also voted Danish Football Player of the Year in 2015.[8] In June 2016, Harder was among 30 local worthies to be named in a Wall of Fame by Linköping Municipality.[9]

International career

At the inaugural 2008 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in New Zealand, Harder was part of the Denmark team who won their group before losing 4–0 to eventual champions North Korea in the quarter-final.[10] Still 16 years old, she contributed a hat-trick to a crushing 15–0 win over Georgia in her senior international debut in October 2009, and she has continued to score regularly for the Danish team ever since.[11]

Harder scored further hat-tricks against Austria and Armenia in 2011 and Russia in 2013.[12] She was named in national coach Kenneth Heiner-Møller's Denmark squad for UEFA Women's Euro 2013.[13] With nine goals she had been the team's top goalscorer in qualifying.[14]

In October 2013, Harder won her 50th cap for Denmark in a 1–1 draw with Serbia. She scored Denmark's goal in the match.[15]


  1. Profile in Linköping FC's website
  2. Profile in UEFA's website
  3. Harder and Nadia leave Skovbakken. IK Skovbakken's website
  4. Dahl Mikkelsen, Tejs (27 April 2010). "To talenter på kontrakt i Skovbakken" (in Danish). Århus Stiftstidende. Retrieved 5 September 2015.
  5. Fussganger, Rainer (14 September 2013). "Pernille Harder – Player of the Week". Our Game Magazine. Retrieved 27 June 2014.
  6. Bråstedt, Mats; Kristoffersson, Daniel (9 November 2015). "Alla vinnare på Fotbollsgalan 2015" (in Swedish). Expressen. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  7. Lyngbach Johnsson, Katja (9 November 2015). "Pernille Harder på scenen med Zlatan" (in Danish). DR (broadcaster). Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  8. "Pernille Harder kåret til årets spiller" (in Danish). TV 3 (Denmark). 4 December 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  9. "Wall of fame" (in Swedish). Linköping Municipality. 21 June 2016. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  10. "List of Players - Denmark" (PDF). FIFA. 27 October 2008. p. 5. Retrieved 5 September 2015.
  11. Profile in the Danish Football Association's website
  12. Boye Estrup, Rasmus (10 July 2013). "Portræt af Pernille Harder" (in Danish). Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  13. Bruun, Peter (21 June 2013). "Upbeat Heiner-Møller confirms Denmark squad". UEFA. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  14. "Denmark". UEFA. 1 October 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  15. "Dansk uafgjort i Serbien" (in Danish). Danish Football Association. 26 October 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2014.
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