John Arne Riise
|Full name||John Arne Semundseth Riise|
|Date of birth||24 September 1980|
|Place of birth||Molde, Norway|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Playing position||Left wingback|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:30, 21 May 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
John Arne Semundseth Riise (born 24 September 1980 in Molde, Norway) is a Norwegian footballer who currently plays as a left wing-back for Fulham and the Norwegian national team, where he is the most-capped player. Riise spent seven years playing for Premier League side Liverpool before moving to Roma in 2008. He is the older brother of Bjørn Helge Riise.
Early career 
Riise began his career in his homeland with Aalesund. After a single season as a senior player for the club, he moved abroad in 1998, playing the formative years of his professional career with French club AS Monaco. When Aalesund opened their new stadium in April 2005, businessman Olav Nils Sunde donated a statue to the club, which was erected in front of the stadium. Whilst Sunde denied it, the statue bore a very strong resemblance to Riise. In 2007, when Riise played in the Champions League Final, a Norwegian commentator demanded the statue officially carry his name. Riise himself has said, "[The name change] is not for me to decide. Everyone sees who it is, and I know that it was made for me."
He was a regular member of the 1999–2000 Ligue 1 championship-winning side, however, he fell out of favour with coach Claude Puel after admitting his desire to leave. Riise was subject of interest from English Premier League clubs, especially Fulham and Leeds United that both offered £4 million bids in 2000, though both came to nothing as Monaco wanted £6 million for him.
He made his debut for Liverpool in the 24 August 2001 2001 UEFA Super Cup game against Bayern Munich played at the Stade Louis II. He scored as Liverpool went on to win the game 3–2. He also scored important goals throughout the Premier League season against teams such as Arsenal, Everton, Newcastle, and Manchester United. Riise initially wore the number 18 shirt but changed to the number 6 shirt in the 2004–2005 season, which had been vacated by defender Markus Babbel. He scored ten goals in his first season with Liverpool.
He endured what were considered below-average seasons by most in the 2002–03 and 2003–04 seasons, but he rediscovered his form in 2004–05 following the appointment of Rafael Benítez as manager. He won a Champions League winner's medal, providing the assist for Liverpool's first goal of the final, although his attempt in the penalty shoot-out against Milan was saved. In the 2005 Football League Cup Final he scored in the first minute of the game; however, Chelsea eventually prevailed 3–2 after extra time.
After a poor run of form in Liverpool's away games in the autumn of 2006, Riise reacted to comments made by teammates Pepe Reina and Jamie Carragher that Liverpool could effectively write off their chances of winning the league, saying, "We never give up. Cowards give up."
Riise made it into the list of the top 50 Liverpool appearance-makers of all time when he played in the 5–0 victory over Luton Town on 15 January 2008.
On 22 April 2008, in Liverpool's Champions League semi-final first leg against Chelsea at Anfield, Riise scored an own goal in the 95th minute to equalise. Liverpool went on to lose 3–2 after extra time in the away match and were eliminated from the tournament 4–3 on aggregate.
Throughout the 2007–08 season, Riise's natural place in the side was often taken by Fábio Aurélio, the Brazilian establishing himself as the club's first choice left-back. After being linked with moves to other English clubs, Riise signed on 18 June 2008 a four-year contract with A.S. Roma. The club paid €5 million total (which could go up to €5.5 million), including €2.8 million per year. Riise soon became a fan favorite with his hard working spirit which drove Roma to several important victories. In fact, Riise's first goal for the club was against league leaders Internazionale in a pivotal top of the table game. Two months later, he scored again in the same stadium against Milan with a free kick into the top right corner, also providing an assist on Roma's second goal of the game. Riise was the man of the match for the game, which ended 3–2 in favour of Roma. On 24 January 2010, Riise scored a late header three minutes into injury time in Roma's 2–1 away win over Juventus. He was also responsible for the dismissal of influential goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon in the same game after making a terrific run leaving Buffon no choice but to foul the full back. Given the nature of the game, it is seen as one of Riise's most memorable moments in a Roma jersey.
On 13 July 2011, Fulham announced that John Arne Riise had signed a three-year-deal with the club for an undisclosed fee. Riise joined his brother, Bjørn Helge Riise at Fulham who signed for the club in 2009. Riise made his Fulham debut on 21 July 2011 playing in the Europa League against Crusaders at Craven Cottage. Riise has been a regular starter for the left back position in league matches since then. On 22 December 2012, Riise received a standing ovation from the kop during the game against his former club Liverpool. The Kop also sung the 'Riise song' during the game as a tribute to their former player.
International career 
John Arne Riise made his debut for Norway against Iceland on 31 January 2000. His first international goals came against Turkey, in a Friendly match on 23 February 2000, a game Norway won 2–0. Through the next decade, Riise was Norway's first-choice left-back, and on 12 November 2011, he played his 100th international match when Norway lost 4–1 against Wales On 15 August 2012, Riise played his 104th match for Norway and equalled Thorbjørn Svenssen's record as the most-capped Norwegian player.
International goals 
Scores and results list Norway's goal tally first:
Playing style 
Riise is "[r]enowned for his unrivaled stamina and powerful shooting....impressing both as an accomplished defender and as a marauding full-back." He also is a threat from set pieces.
Personal life 
Riise was married to his childhood sweetheart, the Norwegian model Guri Havnevik, from 2003 until they divorced in 2004. He has one daughter with Guri named Ariana, born in January 2001. He has Ariana's name tattooed on his right arm.
He got engaged to Maria Elvegard in 2007. The couple were due to be married in the summer of 2008 but had to postpone the day after moving to Rome. They married on 21 June 2010 in a private ceremony in New York, inviting only their family and close friends. Maria decided to have a double barrelled surname, (Elvegard Riise).
With Maria, he has one daughter named Emma born on 4 August 2009, and one son named Patrick born in November 2011. He has Emma's name and date of birth tattooed on his left arm. He also has Patrick's name tattooed on his left arm. In February 2012, they announced that they will divorce.
Career statistics 
- As of 21 May 2013
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Norway||League||Norwegian Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|France||League||Coupe de France||Coupe de la Ligue||Europe||Total|
|1998–99||AS Monaco||Division 1||7||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||8||0|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Italy||League||Coppa Italia||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Norway national team|
- AS Monaco
- FA Community Shield (2): 2001, 2006
- UEFA Super Cup (2): 2001, 2005
- Football League Cup: 2003, 2005 (Runner-up)
- UEFA Champions League: 2005, 2007 (Runner-up)
- Club World Championship: 2005 (Runner-up)
- FA Cup: 2006
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- Soccer star ties the knot
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