Bjarne Berntsen

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Bjarne Berntsen
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Personal information
Full name Bjarne Berntsen
Date of birth (1956-12-21) 21 December 1956 (age 57)
Place of birth Norway
Playing position defender
Youth career
Figgjo IL
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1982 Viking[1] 120 (13)
National team
1978–1982 Norway 33 (0)
Teams managed
1986–1988 Bryne
1992–1995 Viking
2004 Viking
2005–2009 Norway (women)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Bjarne Berntsen (born 21 December 1956) is a Norwegian football coach and former player. He is currently employed as the Director of Viking FK, where he has served as both player and manager in the past.

Playing career[edit]

Bjarne Berntsen began his football career in local club Figgjo IL, and went to Norwegian Premier League club Viking in 1977. He played for Viking until 1982, and during this period played 33 matches for the Norway national football team,[2] including the famous September 1981 win over England when he played at right-back.

Manager years[edit]

After retiring as a player Berntsen coached Figgjo, Bryne and Viking, as well as being an assistant coach for the men's national team between 1986 and 1987. Between 1999 and 2004 Berntsen was the CEO for Viking Fotball ASA. In late 2004 he, quite surprisingly, was offered the job as head coach for the Norway women's national football team, and he took over on 1 January 2005.

International trainer[edit]

Berntsen's first tournament with the national women's team was the 2005 UEFA Women's Championship which took place in June 2005 in England. He courted controversy by including in the squad 16-year-old Isabell Herlovsen, the daughter of a former colleague in the Norway national team – but twice she scored vital goals to keep Norway in the tournament. After mixed fortunes in the group stage, Norway played a memorable semifinal against Sweden which they won by 3–2 after extra time with a goal from Solveig Gulbrandsen. In the final against Germany Norway lost 3–1.

Berntsen led the national women's team through qualification to the FIFA Women's World Cup 2007 tournament in China, where they won their group by beating Canada and Ghana and drawing against Australia. In the quarter final against the hosts China, in front of 50,000 spectators, Norway won 1–0, the only goal being scored by Herlovsen. In the semifinal the team lost to Germany by 3–0, and they then lost the third-place playoff 4–1 against the USA to finish in fourth place. By virtue of their performance at the World Cup, Norway qualified for the 2008 Olympics.

After the UEFA Women's Euro 2009, Berntsen resigned as coach of the women's national team. On 11 February 2010, Viking announced that Berntsen again was hired as the CEO of the club, four and a half year after he got fired from the same posisition.[3] Two years later, Berntsen was nominated as vice president of Football Association of Norway which means that he has to quit his position in Viking if he gets elected.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Apart from Norway and Viking, Berntsen is a keen supporter of England and Liverpool.


  1. ^ Viking stats
  2. ^ Norway – Record International Players – RSSSF
  3. ^ "– Svært spesiell dag". rogalandsavis (in Norwegian). Rogalands Avis. 11 February 2010. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Bjarne Berntsen slutter i Viking". (in Norwegian). Stavanger Aftenblad. 23 January 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2012.