Norwegian players are becoming rarer in Premier League clubs, but there was a time when they were perhaps the most popular legionnaires in the elite. The British appreciated the character of Scandinavians, their outstanding physical condition, and easy adaptation to British football. In this article, we will talk about the 3 most popular Norwegians who played in the Premier League.
Norwegian strikers were most valued in England – they were the ones who achieved the greatest success in the Premier League, and forward Steffen Iversen became one of the Norwegian legends in the Premier League. The son of the famous Norwegian striker Odd Iversen showed himself perfectly in the Champions League, where Rosenborg beat even Milan thanks to his goals, and in 1996 he ended up in Tottenham.
This is not to say that Iversen was a key figure of the Spurs, but nevertheless, he spent seven years in the team, willingly doing the work that he was provided with by numerous Tottenham managers. Like his friend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he was effective from substitutions. But there were periods when Iversen was the main striker of the team, and his pass to Alan Nielsen in the 1999 League Cup final brought the team the first trophy after a long time.
After an unsuccessful season at Wolverhampton, Iversen went to Norway and spent a very good season there in his father’s Vålerenga, and he had offers from Everton and Mallorca. But he decided at the age of 30 to return to Rosenborg, where he scored 63 goals in addition to those 18, which he scored in his young years. In the 2011/12 season, he still returned to England and spent the season at Crystal Palace, but then made his second return to Rosenborg.
While talking about Iversen, we should note that his playing period coincided with the emergence of the online casino industry. He enjoyed incredible popularity not only in Norway but in the Premier League as well. Statistically, he was always known as a player who always got a lot of support from fans and punters all the time. He promoted the emergence of the casino industry in Norway as well, and if you follow this link, you will find out that his influence, after approximately 8 years, is felt in this industry – a lot of Norwegian players are subject to promotions.
Right now, he is 43 and is a player-manager for Trygg/Lade.
Tore André Flo
One of the most popular Norwegians in the Premier League was Tore Andre Flo – a striker who appeared at Chelsea back when the Blues didn’t have a lot of money.
It is very interesting that the surname Flo is also the name of a small village in Norway, which gave Norwegian football a lot of stars from the Flo family. In the major league of the championship of Norway, seven representatives of this family played, and in the championship of England – three! The oldest in this dynasty was Kjell Rune Flo – the oldest brother of Tore Andre, followed by another older brother Jostein, who played in Sheffield United and the Norwegian national team and scored more than 100 goals for Strømsgodset, in which he now works as a sports director.
Tore Andre was the third brother, and the youngest – Jarle, played in the position of central defender for Sogndal.
Of course, Andre became the most famous – when Leeds decided to invite him to a contract in 2006, and the team in recent years did not have enough money, the Kaiser Chiefs group, which is in full support for Leeds, decided to help the club with money.
In the last years of his career, Flo scored a little but was very useful on the field thanks to his hard effort – in his youth, not all managers appreciated these qualities, which led to frequent changes in teams, but the fact that Tore never remained without work and played until 39 years old, speaks of his highest professionalism. He ended his career in 2012, where he started – at Sogndal.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
And finally, the most famous Norwegian footballer of all time, the favourite of Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United fans, the well-deserved “super-sub” of the Premier League and the man who brought the ability to go on a substitution to the rank of art.
A “baby-faced assassin” appeared at Manchester United in 1995, after being bought by Manchester for £1.5 million from Molde, and this was one of the Scot’s most successful transfers in his long and well-deserved career.
Of course, Solskjaer is known primarily for his goal in extra time against Bayern Munich. Alas, Ola’s career was ruined by injuries – they who did not give him the opportunity to spend more time on the field, and it was because of them that he was forced to be content with the role of a substitute in Manchester United.
Judging by the numbers, Solskjaer’s career peaked in the 2001/02 season, when he scored 17 goals in the championship and was the main striker of Manchester United, but we should note his magnificent comeback in the 2006/07 season with 11 goals of the 33-year-old after nearly three years of downtime due to injury. Sir Alex Ferguson was waiting for the attacker to be able to play again, believed in him, and Ole returned, showing the real class and the fact that goal instinct is that talent that does not go anywhere with age.
Ferguson always said that Solsjkaer would make an excellent coach, and he wasn’t mistaken – Ole is currently a manager of Manchester United, and even though he had some downfall in the club, he managed to achieve success.