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Guro Reiten

After some brilliant performances in Toppserien through the last years, it was time to move abroad for Guro Reiten. She left the Norwegian premiership in the summer of 2019. Now she has found her place in London and has delivered very well for the blues.


LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 17: Guro Reiten signs for Chelsea Women’s team at Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on July 17, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Howes – Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

The football journey started in Sunndal, a small place in Norway. She played for Sunndal, Kattem, Trondheim’s-Orn(Now Rosenborg), and LSK Kvinner. After this, she moved abroad to continue the journey to Chelsea FC. With 19, 27, and 14 goals in the Norwegian premiership for LSK Kvinner in just over two seasons, clubs abroad were starting to focus on the Norwegian talent. She finished her LSK Kvinner journey with 60 goals in 62 games.

In front of the World Cup in France, the transfer from LSK Kvinner to Chelsea FC was made public. Reiten was on an outgoing contract with LSK Kvinner.

“It is so cool, and I look forward to it, but now my head is in the World Cup. Chelsea will be a great challenge and is one of the best clubs in Europe“, was the comment Reiten said to VG right after the statement. 


Right now, we are in a substantial period with a lot of unknown situations about the rest of the season. Reiten is right now at home in Sunndal on holiday during the eastern. After a hard time, she was able to go home to Norway. She was first denied to go from England but could go after a while.

“In the beginning, it was hard to know what was going to happen. We weren’t allowed to leave the country. We lived in quarantine and were isolated from everyone. We did not practice. After a while, we were finally allowed to go home. It feels safer to be home when the situation is like it is right now. Our season is on hold right now, and nothing clear right now. We have a discussion once a week where we receive some information about what’s happening and what can become the outcome. We just take it day after day. Of course, I hope the season is going to be completed, but in a situation like this, we all understand that there are other things out there more important than football.”

The season is now at hold. Chelsea is fighting with Man City in the title race, staying just one point behind with a game in hand. The Chelsea players are told to keep themselves in shape, so they don’t lose the edge they have to win the title when the season restarts.

“Of course, we practice during this period. You can practice wherever you are in the world. Now I am at home, and I have quarantine, so right now I stay at home as much as I can. Luckily I have a workroom. My dad built – where I can practice what I must to keep in shape. I also take some trips outside to keep the stamina in check. The weather here in Sunndal is a bit tricky to call. Sometimes I wake up with a lot of snow outside – then I can go skiing or something. There are always ways to keep in shape.”

The resting has been far away for Reiten for the last 12 months. She was now in her most extended period without games since the ending of the Norwegian premiership back in 2018. This virus can make her 2019/20 season even longer.

“It is something we have discussed all the way. My season is longer than the rest of our squad right now. I had played a half-season for LSK Kvinner before I came to England. Now it looks like this season will be even longer.”

” Therefore, this is a bit of a tricky situation for me, and I do feel the fatigue. I felt it right before the Christmas break, back in November and December that I should have had a break. The Christmas break did me good, and I have felt good after it. I believe it will be okay. I like to turn everything to the positive side. Therefore I just try to do the best out of it. Now I get some rest, and hopefully, I will feel even better when we return to the pitch.

There might have been a long season for Reiten. Her debut season in England is, however, nothing to complain of. After being nominated to the player of the month twice in the top flight in England, scoring five goals and delivering eight assists in just 15 games. It is easy to see that Reiten has found her place in the lineup. Reiten tends to agree.

“Yes, it has been a great start. I knew I came to an outstanding team with a lot of good players. I know I usually need time to find my place. New teammates, a new style, and things like that, but it has gone very well. I feel like I have delivered and helped my team as well as I could. Of course, I have high expectations to become better, so I just have to work on even harder.”

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Four goals, three points and a clean sheet 🎯

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Found her place: Guro Reiten have delievered from the the first second in the blue shirt

Enormous mentality

Reiten has won everything you can win in Norway. In February, she won her first trophy with Chelsea when the Blues won 2-1 against Arsenal in the FA WLS cup final.

How was it?

“It was nice. We live a very professional life here, and football is what makes our living. With all that, we have pressure and expectations. If there is one thing I have learned, it has to be that winning is everything. This year we had expectations about winning three out of three trophies. It was a trophy that Chelsea hadn’t won before, so it was cool! I do hope that this isn’t the only trophy we will win this year.”

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 29: Maria Thorisdottir of Chelsea, Maren Mjelde of Chelsea and Guro Reiten of Chelsea with the cup during the FA Women’s Continental League Cup Final Chelsea FC Women and Arsenal FC Women at City Ground on February 29, 2020 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Harriet Lander – Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

The Chelsea starlet has landed at a club at its rise. The club is eager to become the top team in Europe. This year Chelsea has signed Reiten and Sam Kerr (Winner of The Guardians top 50 women’s players in 2019.) Now they have signed the former Bayern Munich captain Melanie Leupolz as well. 

So, how is the new situation for Guro Reiten as a Chelsea player?

I have always dreamed about living this life one day – and now I do live my dream.

Guro Reiten

It is refreshing to try something new, learn a new culture, a new country, and new people. Our daily routine is very professional. There is nothing we don’t have access to. Everything is built for us to be successful. I have always dreamed about living this life one day – and now I do live my dream. Our typical day looks like a normal working day back in Norway. We show up at 9’o clock to eat breakfast. Then we have some meetings and get some help from the physio. Then we have practiced before we eat lunch. Then we might have some more sessions or some individual practicing. We usually end our day at about 2, 3 or 4’o clock. It depends on which day, what the plan is, and such. We have everything we need to be successful. It is just up to us selves to deliver.”

Brutal meeting with English football

A transfer abroad can be abrupt for most people. The Wolfsburg player and former teammate of Reiten – Ingrid Syrstad Engen have already told Norwegian media about her brutal face-off with German football. Reiten did also feel the impact of higher physics in the English premiership. It took just some minutes of the first practice to realize how it would be.

“The first thing that happened was that I was tackled and after I landed I heard her say the famous words; Welcome to England. It is a tough and physic league, and I am sure that I become harder my self. I fight better in the one on one situations now. I have been more athletic as well because of the pace of the game over here. You feel it in every part of the game, both the basic speed and the transition of the game. You need to think faster, deliver quicker, and become more active. I am pretty sure I have developed as a player since I left Norway. At least that what I want to believe.”

Reiten’s dream about being a professional football player has become a reality. The fight to deliver at a high level and to claim new trophies will, however, never end. Her new objectives are enormous, but they match the goals Chelsea set.

“I want to win. That’s why I’m here. I want to win the league, play Champions League next year. I hope we will be able to finish this season. You know, fight for the Champions League spot.

“For both Chelsea and me, I have realized that the focus is all about the team. There isn’t that much individually. I mean, it doesn’t mean to much. The only important thing is to win and how to prepare the team to be it’s best. If there is something I want to practice individually, I have to tell them my self. They will be there and help me, of course. We have a lot of trainers who will help us and I practice a lot of shooting. However, I have to tell them that I want to practice it, they don’t tell me.

THE NORWEGIAN TRIAD: Maren Mjelde, Maria Thorisdottir and Guro Reiten. FOTO: Olof Andersson (TV 2)

From Sunndal with love… football love.

Reiten found her true love back in her home town Sunndal. In a state with just above 7000 citizens. You knew where you could discover Reiten, she was there at all times—down on the pitch, only polishing the technique. Hour after hour.

“I have always had passion and love for football. I had hours after hours a day with my football. I kicked the ball in the wall, 100-1000 times a day. If I think back, I realize I didn’t do it to become best. I did it because it was my love and what I loved to do. Of course, what you do – if you do it more, you will become better. I have always heard by others that I have been good. Not a wrong way to boost some confidence, is it? It made me just want to go on and on.

How was it to grow up in Sunndal?

I have been lucky. I am from a beautiful city with a lot of quality coaches and a lot of footballers. Football is prevalent here in Sunndal. There were a lot of boys and girls playing football. We were in some functional groups and had a lot of good players, a lot didn’t get as far as me, but they were outstanding. They deserve to receive some credit; they pushed me and made me who I am today. So yeah, it is great to be from Sunndal!

Guro Reiten is a role model. Young boys and girls have her as their wallpaper on the phone; they watch youtube videos and follow Reiten’s steps carefully. Nothing to be shocked by, but for Reiten, her self – the perfect female role model wasn’t easy to find during her youth.

Unfortunately, it is a question I receive a lot. When I grew up, we didn’t see women’s football on the TV. So I have always looked up to Steven Gerrard. With the emptiness of female role models, Steven becomes my hero. The publicity of women’s football become better when I got older, like 16-17 years. I had already started to play in the Norwegian top division by then, so, no I haven’t had any female football role models. Luckily things are about to change, we see more and more of women’s football on TV, and we see the boost in fans who goes to the stadium. Just like it should be.

It might have been hard to see women’s football on the TV before, but for the young Reiten – her future was put in stone. She was going to be a footballer.

“Haha, like… I mean, you can see photos of me when I was a very young girl. There was always a ball around. Even before I could walk, I had a ball in my stroller. I didn’t have dolls. It was the most important thing for me to have the football. I do believe football has been something I have loved from my first breath.

How does it feel to have played 50 national games for Norway at the age of just 25?

“-It is the biggest thing I do. To put that red national shirt on.”

Guro Reiten

“You know, to be allowed to play 50 games for Norway is huge. It is the biggest thing I do. To put that red national shirt on. Everyone asks me about the debut, and of course – it was extremely cool. However, for me – it is a special feeling every time I am allowed to put that shirt on. I feel so lucky, and it feels better and better every time I do it. So, yes – It is so cool, and I am so proud to be able to represent our country, and I am very proud to do so.”

The interest in women’s football is growing at massive speed. We in Norske Fotballkvinner have a wish to be a part of this. That’s why we started our project to be able to frame our women’s footballers. Reiten approves this with great admiration.

It is beneficial. It proves that the interest is there and that people want to follow us and want’s to know more about what we say and do. It is nice that accounts and media which can reach out to more people arrive. We do see that women’s football is growing very fast now. Just look at the numbers from the attendance last World Cup and so on. It is so refreshing to be a part of that.