Alexander Tettey

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Alexander Tettey
Alexander Tettey.jpg
Tettey playing for Rosenborg in 2007
Personal information
Full name Alexander Banor Tettey[1]
Date of birth (1986-04-04) 4 April 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Accra, Ghana
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Norwich City
Number 27
Youth career
1999–2002 Bodø/Glimt
2002–2003 Kolstad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2009 Rosenborg BK 89 (12)
2005 Skeid (loan) 5 (2)
2009–2012 Rennes 60 (2)
2012– Norwich City 55 (3)
National team
2004 Norway U18 7 (0)
2005 Norway U19 8 (0)
2006–2008 Norway U21 14 (0)
2007– Norway 22 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 September 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 October 2013

Alexander Banor Tettey (born 4 April 1986) is a Norwegian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for English club Norwich City.

Tettey was born in Ghana, but moved to Norway when he was young. He has previously played for Rosenborg and Rennes. Since 2007, he has played for the Norwegian national team.

Early years[edit]

Tettey was born in Accra, Ghana, but moved to Bodø in Norway in 1999. He later moved to Trondheim, and started to play football for Kolstad. After joining Rosenborg's youth department, Tettey made his debut for the first team in a friendly match against GIF Sundsvall in January 2003, and in September 2003 he joined the first team squad and became the youngest player in Rosenborg's first team squad since Ola By Rise, Knut Torbjørn Eggen and Øivind Husby in 1977.[2]

Club career[edit]

Rosenborg BK[edit]

Tettey started his career in Rosenborg as a central midfielder, but under Knut Tørum in 2007 he was made a defensive midfielder. In the 2008 season he was appointed Rosenborg's vice-captain and with club legend Roar Strand in and out of the team Tettey was a frequent captain.[3]

Stade Rennais FC[edit]

During his stay in Rosenborg, Tettey was being closely followed by French club Rennes, as they looked to create a squad with the potential of winning the title.[4] On 31 July 2009, he signed a four-year contract with French club. Tettey got his debut for the club shortly thereafter, but got injured in his first match for the club . His stay in Rennes has thereafter been plagued with injuries, but Tettey has nonetheless managed to pick up 23 appearances for the club.[5] On 9 January 2011, Tettey scored his first goal in the Round of 64 of the French Cup. He scored the first of Rennes' goals as well the fifth in their 7–0 win over Cannes.[6]

Norwich City[edit]

On 25 August 2012, Tettey signed for Premier League club Norwich City on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee.[7] He scored on his debut, scoring the only goal of the game in a 1–0 win against Doncaster Rovers on 26 September in the League Cup.[8] He was also named man of the match, and stated he hoped his performance had been enough to earn him a start in a Premier League game.[9] He made his league debut three days later, replacing Steve Morison in the 79th minute of a 5–2 defeat against Liverpool at Carrow Road.[10] He made his first league start on 6 October against European Champions Chelsea, however he could not prevent Norwich falling to a 4–1 defeat after Grant Holt had given the Canaries an 11th minute lead.[11] He made his full home debut on 20 October, helping Norwich to a shock 1–0 win against Arsenal after another goal from Holt.[12] He became a regular in the team until he suffered an injury in February 2013, which persisted and kept him out of action for a longer period than initially thought.[13] After over a month out, he made his return to playing on 30 March, replacing Jonny Howson in the 85th minute of a 1–0 defeat away to relegation rivals Wigan Athletic after a late goal from Arouna Kone.[14] He played in the final game of the season on 19 May, as Norwich produced a shock result to beat Manchester City 3–2 at the Etihad Stadium, to inflict only their second home defeat in the last 48 games, and to give Norwich their highest Premier League finish of 11th since they finished third in the 1992–93 season.[15]

On 1 November 2013 it was announced that Tettey would be ruled out for 'a couple of months' following ankle surgery, which was performed after a stoppage-time collision with Cardiff City player Fraizer Campbell had left the ankle "very sore".[16]

On 22 March 2014 he scored his first goal for Norwich City with a brilliant volley against Sunderland in a 2-0 win. It was described as one of the goals of the season.[17]

International career[edit]

Tettey is now a naturalized Norwegian and has been capped for the Norwegian under-18, 19 and 21 national teams, and he made his first appearance on the Norwegian national team in their 2–1 win against Argentina on 22 August 2007.


Rosenborg BK


  1. ^ "A. Tettey". Soccerway. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Tidligere spiller: Alexander Tetty" [Former player: Alexander Tettey] (in Norwegian). Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  3. ^ (Norwegian) Profile: 10 Alexander Tettey, Retrieved 4 July 2008.
  4. ^ Alexander Tettey rejoint le SRFC
  5. ^ (Norwegian) Tettey: – Nå er jeg veldig oppgitt, 1 September 2010
  6. ^ (French)
  7. ^ "Norwich City sign Alexander Tettey from Rennes" BBC Sport. 25 August 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  8. ^ "Norwich 1–0 Doncaster" BBC Sport. 26 September 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  9. ^ "Alexander Tettey looks for Norwich chance in Premier League" BBC Sport. 27 September 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  10. ^ "Norwich 2–5 Liverpool" BBC Sport. 29 September 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  11. ^ "Chelsea 4–1 Norwich" BBC Sport. 6 October 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  12. ^ "Norwich 1–0 Arsenal" BBC Sport. 20 October 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  13. ^ "Norwich City's Alexander Tettey injury persists" BBC Sport. 7 March 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  14. ^ "Wigan 1–0 Norwich" BBC Sport. 30 March 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  15. ^ "Man City 2–3 Norwich" BBC Sport. 19 May 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  16. ^ "Alex Tettey: Norwich City midfielder ruled out for 'months'". BBC Sport. BBC. 1 November 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  17. ^ Rae, Richard (22 March). "Norwich City ease relegation worries at expense of Sunderland". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 March 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

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