Here's an English translation of an article from one of Norway's leading newspapers Dagbladet:
Slik er fotballjentene
Coach Åge Steen comments on the squad he brings with him to America.
BENTE NORDBY (Goalkeeper/29 yrs/119 caps/Kolbotn)
Bente has been arguably the best keeper in the world for many years, and still is. She is very eager to exercise, has her main strength on the line, but also in one-on-one situations. She loves challenges and gets better the bigger the occasion is. In that aspect, USA '03 suits her perfectly. Bente is our first choice, one of the team's matchwinners. Can win a game on her own.
INGRID HJEMSETH (Goalkeeper/23 yrs/5 caps/Trondheims-Ørn)
Ingrid represents the new generation of goalkeepers. She is fearless, dives into dangerous situations and has a knack of getting injured much because of that. In addition to being courageous she is very good off the line where she has an even bigger potential than Bente. Ingrid will definitely be Norway's next No.1.
BRIT SANDAUNE (Defender/31 yrs/115 Caps/Trondheims-Ørn)
Brit has enormous experience and is a typical "continuity-carrier". She is very consistent in her performances. She is a bit shy and cautious by nature, but she always delivers the goods on the field. She is also very good at taking care of the younger ones in the squad.
ANE STANGELAND (Defender/23 yrs/27 caps/Klepp)
Ane is tough and a "no-mercy" type of central defender. She trains with a Division 2 Men's team a couple of times every week in addition to her time with Klepp. She has had her nose broken a number of times - last time in Algarve last winter - much thanks to her physical style of playing. Her main strength is of course duel-battles with attackers.
MONICA KNUDSEN (Defender/28 yrs/82 caps/Asker)
Monica is our bulldozer in defence. When she decides to tackle she goes in with everything she is worth - and even more. She used to be a midfielder, but has moved back and has experienced a big boost as player after the change. Monica is strong in the duel-battles, but still needs to work on the tactical part of the game. She occasionally "falls asleep" during games and needs a wake up call to get up to her brilliant best. I doubt she will "fall asleep" during the World Cup.
ANNE TØNNESEN (Defender/29 yrs/59 caps/Klepp)
Anne is a more playing defender, good on the ball and rather different from the bulldozer Monica. She was put out of action with a head-injury during the Sydney Olympics, and she has broken her leg twice this last year, but "Unlucky-Anne" is back in action now having missed a lot of the preparations before the World Cup. All her re-hab work has impressed everybody and given her a deserved place on our teamroster.
MARIT FIANE CHRISTENSEN (Defender/22 yrs/6 caps/Asker)
Marit came from Larvik to Asker this year and is something of a rough diamond. Her height makes her dominant in the air. She is still very green on the national team, but it will surprise me if she doesn't get a lot of caps. In addition to her great potential she is also a great joker. There is always a lot of laughing where Marit is.
GUNHILD FØLSTAD (Defender/21 yrs/3 caps/Trondheims-Ørn)
Gunhild has great speed and could be the successor for the injured Marianne Paulsen at right back in the World Cup. She is tall, slim and athletic. She is nice and the most quiet person off the field in the group. However, when she does talk there is always something interesting coming from her. As with Marit, Gunhild is a player for the future.
HEGE RIISE (Midfielder/34 yrs/177 caps/Carolina Courage)
Hege is the boss and the "mother" in the team. She has won everything and has enormous knowledge in the women's game. She uses that knowledge all the time and makes sure things are running smoothly. On the field Hege is a soccerplayer with capital S. She has a vision none else is anywhere near, superb passing ability and a free-kick expert. She might be a deciding factor in the World Cup.
SOLVEIG GULBRANDSEN (Midfielder/22 yrs/67 caps/Kolbotn)
Solveig's goal is to become the greatest player in the world. She thinks and talks a lot about the game also off the field. She could be a big star in the World Cup if she takes out her full potential. She is a typical winner who wants to win everything she participates in no matter if it is a friendly or World Cup final. She is at the "very advanced" level technically and tactically and she also dares to ask her coaches critical questions.
UNNI LEHN (Midfielder/26 yrs/88 caps/Carolina Courage)
Unni has climbed through the ranks from the underage national teams and is today a virtually complete player. She is a ballwinner, good at penetrating passes and also a goalscorer. She works tirelessly for the team no matter what position she plays in. She has a good engine and a woman you can always count on.
KRISTINE EDNER (Midfielder/26 yrs/10 caps/Røa)
Kristine must have the longest throw-ins in the world. She has never played for junior national teams and was a late bloomer in the game. She is central midfielder with a good engine always capable of making long runs from midfield. Kristine Edner is always smiling regardless of situation. Positive with a great mental attitude.
LISE KLAVENESS (Midfielder/22 yrs/19 caps/Asker)
Lise is an intelligent player with clear opinions about everything both on and off the field. [Bauser edits: She has her own column in the sportssection of Norway's biggest newspaper (VG) which is quite remarkable for a relatively inexperienced player who is by no means a household name here]. She is very eager to train and the staff must hold her back so she doesn't "overtrain". At the national team she has proven to be a great ballwinner with good skills and strength in the air. She masters the basics in the game very well which makes her a great asset in midfield
TRINE RØNNING (Midfielder/21 yrs/30 caps/Kolbotn)
Trine is very rare because she can play at every single position - even the goalkeeper's! From the outset she is a midfielder, but against Trondheims-Ørn in the cup she put on the gloves and made sure the champions were eliminated. Trine is the youngest member of the squad.
KARIN BREDLAND (Midfielder/25 yrs/1 cap/Røa)
Karin is a workhorse with good defensive qualities. She is awkward to play against and many opponents think of her like a mosquito you can't kill who just comes back to annoy you time and time again. She is a central midfielder who needs to work a little more on her passing game.
ANITA RAPP (Forward/26 yrs/58 caps/New York Power)
Anita is our best left-footed player. She still works on improving her right. Out on the left flank she very often tries her special "Anita-dummy" which opponents fail to find a cure against all the time. She is very good at crossing the ball and is among the best in the aerial game. Important at set pieces.
MARIANNE PETTERSEN (Forward/28 yrs/93 caps/Asker)
Marianne is back after taking a break from the NT. She is a typical goalgetter who just smells goal. Her bodycontrol and balance is unique much thanks to her long background as a dancer. Her goals usually come from a long toe inside the six yard box or with the thigh or knee. Marianne is not likely to score with a thunderous shot from 30 yards, she just gets the ball in the net. That's the most important thing.
DAGNY MELLGREN (Forward/25 yrs/71 caps/Boston Breakers)
Dagny is captain and a matchwinner for Norway. You order, she delivers. Opponents often shiver when her name is on the teamsheet. They know she is trouble.
LINDA ØRMEN (Forward/26 yrs/46 caps/Asker)
Linda has good speed and is dangerous when cutting in from the left flank. She is good at timing her runs and is often alert when scoringchances appear. Even if Linda plays on the left, she also has a good right foot.
INGRID C. FOSSE SÆTHRE (Forward/25 yrs/15 caps/Arna-Bjørnar)
Ingrid is the best defensive forward we have. Very good at receiving passes and play them quickly through to a quicker partner up front. She is strong and very difficult to get hold of. She is completely different from her striking colleagues Marianne and Dagny.