09 November 2012, 10:12
In June 2011, Karen Espelund was the first woman to join the UEFA Executive Committee, the ruling committee of the European football association. She first became a member by invitation and since spring 2012 is a full member with voting rights.
Espelund started he career in football as a player of the Trondheims-Ørn club and played more than 300 matches, being also a club board member as of the age of 17. She joined the Norwegian Football Association first as a member of the Women’s Committee before serving as vice-president of the Executive Committee from 1996 t0 1999, when she was appointed as the General Secretary. She held this position for 10 years, during which time Norway became the only country to win the women’s Olympics, World Cup and European Championship.