Cato Guntveit

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Cato Guntveit
Personal information
Full name Cato Falck Guntveit[1]
Date of birth (1975-08-06) 6 August 1975 (age 39)
Place of birth Drammen, Norway
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Right Back
Club information
Current team
Øystese
Number 2
Youth career
Fana
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Fana
1995–1999 Brann 78 (4)
1999–2001 Aberdeen 69 (5)
2002–2010 Brann 95 (3)
2011– Øystese 18 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 Oktober 2012. † Appearances (Goals).

Cato Guntveit is a retired Norwegian footballer who played for SK Brann the most of his career. He was the captain of Brann from 2004 until Brann coach Mons Ivar Mjelde decided Martin Andresen should take over the captaincy prior to the 2006 season. Guntveit played briefly for local club Fana before joining Brann in 1995. He also spent two seasons at Aberdeen, but has played in Brann since 2002. Guntveit is married and has two children. One of the few "local lads" in Brann, he owns and works in a toyshop in Bergen. He retired from football in after the 2010 season.[2]

Biography[edit]

Early career[edit]

Guntveit made his debut for Brann at age 20, under coach Hallvar Thoresen. Thoresen used him frequently as a full back, but when Thoresen was fired, things took a turn for the worse for Guntveit, and he spent less time on the pitch. The following seasons, Guntveit failed to secure a steady first team place, but in the 1998 season, he regained his place for Brann. During that season, new coach Harald Aabrekk moved Guntveit up to the midfield as a right winger, where he enjoyed considerable success, and was seen as a primal factor for Brann's success in 1999, when the club finished 3rd in the Norwegian Premier League and reached the cup final.

Spell at Aberdeen[edit]

In 1999, Cato Guntveit was signed by the Scottish Premier League club Aberdeen as a free transfer. He gained a reputation as a committed player, but his career in the Scottish outfit was hampered due to several injuries. In summer 2002 he returned to Brann after being released from Aberdeen, having played 69 games and scored 5 goals.

Return to Brann[edit]

After returning to Brann, it took Guntveit nearly a year to make his debut, due to a mysterious injury. When he finally made his debut however, he became an integral part of the team, and was once again named a primal factor for Brann's success, this time in the latter half of the 2003 season.

In 2004, Guntveit became the captain of Brann, but he missed the final as Brann won the Norwegian Cup in 2004 (their first trophy since 1982) because of a suspension. In 2005, the arrival of Martin Andresen threatened Guntveit's captaincy, as many believed the Norwegian national team captain (Andresen) would become the captain of Brann. However, Guntveit remained the captain of Brann, but has revealed that the captaincy distracted him from his game, and he was recently stripped of the captaincy prior to the 2006 season, when coach Mons Ivar Mjelde made Andresen captain in a widely anticipated move.

He retired from Brann after the 2010 season, but was enticed by a friend to continue playing, for fourth-tier team Øystese IL, rejecting offers from Løv-Ham and Fana.[3]

Honours[edit]

Norway[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ VG Netts Skattelister
  2. ^ Alstad, Terje (21 October 2010). "Guntveit legger opp". Nettavisen (in Norwegian). Retrieved 14 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Bøyum, Kim (14 November 2010). "Guntveit lokket til Øystese av kompisen". Bergens Tidende (in Norwegian). p. 29. 

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