Ørjan Berg

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Ørjan Berg
Orjan Berg 2006-05-04.jpg
Personal information
Full name Ørjan Berg
Date of birth (1968-08-20) 20 August 1968 (age 45)
Place of birth Bodø, Norway
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1988 Bodø/Glimt 16 (2)
1988–1990 Rosenborg 65 (11)
1990–1992 FC Wettingen 23 (0)
1992–1993 TSV 1860 München 8 (0)
1993–1994 FC Basel 25 (1)
1994–1999 Bodø/Glimt 97 (10)
1999–2006 Rosenborg 123 (10)
Total 383 (34)
National team
1988–2000 Norway 19 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ørjan Berg (born 20 August 1968 in Bodø) is a former Norwegian football midfielder, who most recently played for Rosenborg. He retired at the end of the 2006 season, and has previously played for F.K. Bodø/Glimt, FC Wettingen, TSV 1860 München, and FC Basel. Ørjan is the brother of Bodø/Glimt player Runar Berg, and the son of legendary Bodø/Glimt midfielder and playmaker Harald Berg.

He is the current sporting director of Bodø/Glimt.

He is married and has two sons, Patrick and Marius.

Club career[edit]

Berg first played — as his father had — at Bodø/Glimt, then playing in the 2nd division, later moving up to the 1st. In 1988 Rosenborg coach Nils Arne Eggen brought him and his friend Jahn Ivar "Mini" Jakobsen from Bodø/Glimt to Rosenborg, where they won the double in their debut year in the Norwegian top division.

After two seasons at Rosenborg, Berg was sold to Swiss club Wettingen FC in 1990, where he played for one season before moving to 1860 Munich and FC Basel before returning to his home club Bodø/Glimt in 1996.

In Bodø/Glimt, now back in the top division, Berg played for three seasons losing a cup final against Tromsø I.L. in 1996. In 1999 Rosenborg needed to strengthen its team to play in the UEFA Champions League, and Berg went on loan to Rosenborg. Later that year he was traded to Rosenborg.

In mid season 2006, he returned to his home town Bodø, trying to recover from injuries which has plagued him in the last (almost) two years. If he recovered, he said he would join Rosenborg again when preseason starts at the beginning of 2007 – which would have been his last season in the famous white and black shirt according to his contract. However, it became increasingly clear that his injury would never be completely healed, and he decided to terminate his contract a year early. His official farewell ceremony took place in the recess of the RosenborgViking match on 29 October.

International career[edit]

Berg made his debut for the Norwegian national team in 1988, but after Egil Olsen became coach Berg was rarely found good enough for the squad. He got a second chance when Norway got Nils Johan Semb as coach in 1998 and Berg played on the national team again 10 years after his debut. He earned a total of 19 caps, scoring 1 goal.[1] His last international match was a February 2000 friendly match against Sweden. In 2002, Berg declared that he retired from the national team.

Honours[edit]

Statistics[edit]

  • Matches in the Norwegian top division (2006 season included):
    • Bodø/Glimt – 97 matches
    • Rosenborg – 187 matches

References[edit]

  1. ^ Søfting, Thomas (10 October 2009). "Norway – International Players". Retrieved 9 April 2013. 

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