In the hype around a big tournament, it’s easy to build a narrative that begins and ends with a team’s biggest star. But the players who make or break a squad are often further down the depth chart. Their success or failure will dictate a team’s tournament. These are The Influencers.
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Date of birth: 8 August 1992
Place of birth: Bergen, Norway
If the Swiss army ever looked beyond pocket knifes to footballers, they may very well have engineered Kristine Minde; the skeleton key of a player. Need a center back? Minde. How about a fullback or center mid, wide midfielder, winger or center forward? Yeah, still Minde. Technically an attack-minded midfielder, Minde has been utilized at left back for Norway for the majority of Martin Sjögren’s tenure – after a failed experiment with Elise Thorsnes in that position. And left back is where fans are likely to see Minde lining up this summer.
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