Joackim Jørgensen

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Joackim Jørgensen
Personal information
Full name Joackim Jørgensen
Date of birth (1988-09-20) 20 September 1988 (age 25)
Place of birth Yven, Norway
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder/Defender
Club information
Current team
Number 4
Youth career
1996 Yven IF
2002 Borg Fotball
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007 Sparta Sarpsborg 22 (1)
2008–2011 Sarpsborg 71 (12)
2008–2009 Lørenskog (loan) 12 (2)
2012–2013 Elfsborg 35 (1)
2014– Viking 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 October 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 November 2011

Joackim Jørgensen; (born 20 September 1988) is a Norwegian footballer playing for Viking FK. He is a defensive playmaker and well known for his passing and hard working abilities. But also in blocking areas and read the game which makes him a player who often control and pick up lost balls and start over in the field. He has been chased by several Norwegian clubs (Rosenborg BK, Molde) but chose to move to Sweden and IF Elfsborg. [1] [2]

Early years[edit]

He was born in Yven and grew up in Bærum[citation needed] and already when he was a child he had a genuine interest in football. Jørgensen started in his home town club Yven IF and played there until he was 14 years old until he moved to Sarpsborg youth section which introduced a new focus on young players. Joackim stayed in the club and developed a lot as a player and the age of 18 he made his debut for Sarpsborg's first team.


Sarpsborg 08[edit]

His senior career started out in FK Sparta Sarpsborg (now Sarpsborg 08), where he in his debut season played a whole season in the Adeccoligaen, 2007. He played 26 matches and scored one goal, but during the season he played on various positions. Season 2008 he was on a loan to Lørenskog IF for one year where he got at more offensive role. He did a great season at Lørenskog and now formerly Sarpsborg 08 wanted him back. Season 2009 and 2010 Jørgen played as a defensive midfielder. He became quickly a very important player for Sarpsborg 08 in the Adecceligaen. He was one the key players when Sarpsborg 08 advanced to Tippeligaen 2011, first division in Norway. In the following season in Tippeligaen, Sarpsborg got relegated back to Adeccoligaen, but Jørgensen's performance on the field made other clubs in Norway and Scandinavia interested in the player. Clubs like Rosenborg BK, Molde FK, Stabæk Fotball wanted to sign contract with him. Joackim also declared that he wanted to move to a better club, he felt that he wanted to develop even more. His goal against Viking on 30 June 2011; an amazing long shoot from 31 metres[3] was nominated as goal of the year in the Tippeliga.

IF Elfsborg[edit]

Jørgensen was sold to IF Elfsborg on 20 November 2011[4] for about 300,000£-600,000£[5] making this the biggest deal in the history of Sarpsborg 08. The club president later on confirmed the deal and Jørgensen said that he had never worked with a such a professional club as Elfsborg. He stated that the reasoning behind choosing Elfsborg ahead of other Norwegian clubs was Jörgen Lennartssons qualities as a manager and the way Elfsborg play football.

Joackim's comments on the transfer were: "Elfsborg are probably the team that will bring me the most and I think I can perform well at this club. They have a good staff of coaches and a lot of good players. I like the way Elfsborg want to play, they like to play the ball. I like the passing mentality. I hope I can contribute in the penalty area, both offensively and defensively. I am quite strong in the air."

The new head coach of Elfsborg, Jörgen Lennartsson was the one who scouted Joackim already during his time at Stabæk. He commented on Joackim: "He is a type of player I think we are missing a little. He is a Jari Illola-type, slow but still skilled. I followed him during my time at Stabæk and he has done an incredibly good job at Sarpsborg. He is a typical two-way player and he's really fit. 28 starts in Tippeligaen this season. I think he has a very good shot and is good in his main game. He is a good team player and a great guy, I'm very happy that we could bring him to Elfsborg."

Personal life[edit]

The night before 25 April 2010, the same day as Sarpsborg 08 was meeting Follo in Adeccoligaen, Jørgensen was caught for driving under the influence.[6] He did not serve time in prison, instead he was sentenced to pay a fine of NOK 25 000.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 7 October 2013[8]
Season Club Division League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2007 Sparta Sarpsborg Adeccoligaen 22 0 0 0 - - 22 0
2008 Sarpsborg 08 4 0 0 0 - - 4 0
2008 Lørenskog Second Division N/A - - - - N/A
2009 2 0 - -
2009 Sarpsborg 08 Adeccoligaen 14 2 0 0 3 1 17 3
2010 25 7 3 1 0 0 28 8
2011 Tippeligaen 28 4 4 0 0 0 32 4
2012 Elfsborg Allsvenskan 21 0 0 0 0 0 21 0
2013 14 1 0 0 1 0 15 1
Career Total 128 14 9 1 4 1 141 16




  1. ^ "Joackim Jörgensen till Elfsborg". (in Swedish) (Borås Tidning). 20 December 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Norske talangen Joackim Jörgensen klar för IF Elfsborg". (in Swedish) (IF Elfsborg). 20 December 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Viking klarte bare uavgjort mot ti mann". (in Norwegian). Stavanger Aftenblad. 30 June 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "Joackim Jørgensen til Elfsborg". (in Norwegian). Aftenposten. 20 November 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "Jørgensen presenteres som Elfsborg-spiller". (in Norwegian). Sarpsborg Arbeiderblad. 20 November 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2011. 
  6. ^ "Sarpsborg-spiller tatt for fyllekjøring". (in Norwegian). Bergens Tidende. 26 April 2010. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Sarpsborg 08-spiller slipper fengsel". (in Norwegian). Stavanger Aftenblad. 19 July 2010. Retrieved 4 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "Joackim Jørgensen". (in Norwegian). A-pressen.