Martin Andresen

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Martin Andresen
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Personal information
Full name Martin Andresen
Date of birth (1977-02-02) 2 February 1977 (age 37)
Place of birth Kråkstad, Norway
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Centre Midfielder
Youth career
Kråkstad
Ski
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1997 Moss 51 (10)
1997 Viking 29 (8)
1998–1999 Stabæk 56 (16)
1999–2000 Wimbledon 14 (1)
2000 Molde (loan) 9 (1)
2001–2004 Stabæk 87 (16)
2003–2004 Blackburn (loan) 11 (0)
2005–2007 Brann[1] 64 (11)
2008–2010 Vålerenga 40 (2)
2011–2012 Follo 8 (0)
2013 Stabæk 1 (0)
Total 368 (65)
National team
1995–1998 Norway U21 24 (4)
2001–2009 Norway 43 (3)
Teams managed
2008–2012 Vålerenga
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 June 2012.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 January 2010

Martin Andresen (born 2 February 1977 in Kråkstad) is a former Norwegian football player. From 2008 to 2012, he was the manager of Vålerenga.

Club career[edit]

Martin Andresen was a regular on many Norwegian national youth teams while playing for Moss, Viking and Stabæk Fotball from 1995–1999. After the 1999 season, Andresen was sold to Premier League club Wimbledon in a deal worth £1. million. But like many of the other Norwegians in the club, his stay became short and unsuccessful. After a short loan spell at Molde, Andresen returned to his motherclub Stabæk in 2001, where he proved himself to be one of the best central midfielders in Norway. When he were in Stabæk he also gave "kokkos" to Roar Strand which Roar Strand were not very excited for, this is one of Martin Andresen's proudest moments.

After a brilliant 2003 season, where Stabæk captured the bronze medals in the Norwegian Premier League, Andresen was loaned out to the Premiership club Blackburn Rovers for six months in 2004, from February to August, but did not sign a longer deal with the English club. Andresen once again decided to return to Stabæk to save the club from relegation from the Norwegian Premier League, but despite that Andresen played even while injured, Stabæk could not save their spot in the highest Norwegian league. Andresen, not willing to play in the Adeccoliga, asked to be sold. Many clubs in Norway were interested in the newly appointed national team captain, but the high price scared many away, including the champions Rosenborg. Vålerenga looked set to capture Andresen just before Christmas 2004, but Brann, with help from local investors signed the midfielder on 23 December 2004.

Brann[edit]

Martin Andresen became the most expensive transfer in Brann history, in a deal worth ca. 15.000.000 NOK (£1.310.000). After a disappointing first season, much ruined by injuries, Andresen made it clear that he would be "fit for fight" in 2006. In the pre-season he was appointed captain for Brann, clearly showing his importance for the club on and off the field. In 2006, Brann had their best season opening ever,[citation needed] with Andresen filling the captain role. He also periodically captained the Norwegian national team, playing in central midfield. In 2007 Brann won the Norwegian League, with Andresen as captain. He was described as the most valuable player by many Norwegian pundits.[who?] He was also named in the Team of the Year.

Vålerenga[edit]

Andresen was announced as the new manager of Vålerenga on 6 November 2007 while still under contract with Brann for the remainder of the year. Brann terminated their working relationship with Andresen the day after. He signed a three-year-long contract with Vålerenga as player and manager. Andresen became the first player/head coach in the Norwegian top division (Tippeligaen) since Kjetil Rekdal (also with Vålerenga) in 2002.

He retired as a player before the 2010 season, but continued to play several matches for the reserve team in the Norwegian Second Division. In 2011, he played for Follo FK who were in the same division, making eight appearances for the club.

On 15 October 2012, Andresen was dismissed as manager for Vålerenga.[2]

He came out of retirement and joined Stabæk, who had been relegated from Tippeligaen, ahead of the 2013 season.[3]

International career[edit]

He made his debut for Norway in 15 August 2001 friendly match against Turkey and has earned a total of 43 caps, scoring 3 goals.[4]

Private life[edit]

Martin Andresen is an heir to the Norwegian furniture manufacturer Skeidar.

He is also a keen bridge player.[5] In December 2009 he partnered Tor Helness to win one of the side events in the North American Bridge Championships in San Diego.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 17 May 2013
Season Club Division League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2000 Molde Tippeligaen 9 1 0 0 9 1
2001 Stabæk 24 6 3 1 27 7
2002 25 1 5 1 30 2
2003 25 8 4 1 29 9
2003–04 Blackburn Premier League 11 0 0 0 11 0
2004 Stabæk Tippeligaen 13 1 2 0 15 1
2005 Brann 17 2 1 0 18 2
2006 24 3 2 0 26 3
2007 23 6 1 0 24 6
2008 Vålerenga 23 1 5 0 28 1
2009 17 1 5 0 22 1
2010 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011 Follo 2. Divisjon 5 0 0 0 5 0
2012 3 0 0 0 3 0
2013 Stabæk Adeccoligaen 1 0 0 0 1 0
Career Total 220 30 28 3 248 33

Honours[edit]

Norway[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ SK Brann profile
  2. ^ "Andresen ferdig i Vålerenga" (in Norwegian). 
  3. ^ Bilet, Anders Modun (18 March 2013). "Martin Andresen gjør comeback" (in Norwegian). Nettavisen. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Norway – Record International Players – RSSSF
  5. ^ (Norwegian) Norsk Bridgefestival 2003
  6. ^ Daily Telegraph Bridge News p34 Issue no 48, 060 (dated 8 December 2009)

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