Mini Jakobsen

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Mini Jakobsen
Personal information
Full name Jahn Ivar Jakobsen
Date of birth (1965-11-08) November 8, 1965 (age 49)
Place of birth Gravdal, Norway
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Winger/Forward
Youth career
IK Junkeren
IK Grand Bodø
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1987 FK Bodø/Glimt 80 (67)
1988–1990 Rosenborg BK 66 (43)
1990–1993 BSC Young Boys 80 (32)
1993 MSV Duisburg 2 (0)
1993–1994 Lierse S.K. 16 (1)
1994–1999 Rosenborg BK 128 (55)
Total 372 (198)
National team
1988–1998 Norway 65 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Jahn Ivar Jakobsen, nicknamed Mini, (born November 8, 1965 in Gravdal) is a Norwegian former football player (winger/forward) who has played for, amongst others, Bodø/Glimt and Rosenborg.[1]

During the very early years of his career, Jakobsen played at Junkeren and Grand Bodø, two minor Norwegian clubs in the town of Bodø. Mini's actual professional career as a footballer started at the well-known Norwegian club Bodø/Glimt. When he arrived at the club, Bodø/Glimt played in the second division (the second highest division in Norway at the time), but did gain promotion in 1986. In the Norwegian first division, Bodø/Glimt and finished at eighth and seventh place in the 1986 and 1987 season. At Bodø/Glimt, Jakobsen was the top scorer for four consecutive seasons: In 1984 with seven goals (second division), in 1985 with 18 goals (second), in 1986 with 26 goals (second again) and in 1987 with 16 goals (first division).

In 1988, Jakobsen was transferred to Rosenborg, and after a successful season – winning the Norwegian double and becoming the Norwegian topscorer – he got his first cap for Norway. At Rosenborg he became well known as a high quality winger/striker.

After the Norwegian 1990 season, Jakobsen was transferred from Rosenborg to the Swiss club BSC Young Boys, and during the next four years hr played for several different European clubs in Switzerland, Germany and Belgium.

In 1994, Jakobsen returned to Rosenborg, and became a part of Rosenborg's better than expected performances in UEFA Champions League tournament. He then played for Norway in the 1998 World Cup, where they made the second round.

Jakobsen successfully ended his professional career at Rosenborg by winning the Norwegian double in 1999. He is now working as a sports reporter at the Norwegian TV channel TV 2.

In his youth, Jakobsen changed his name from Jan Ivar to Jahn Ivar. He later stated that he changed his name because his idol, Norwegian singer Jahn Teigen, wrote his first name with an h.[2]


  • Norwegian League Champion: 1988, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999[1]
  • Norwegian Cup Champion: 1988, 1990, 1995, 1999[1]
  • Caps for Norway: 65 (11 goals)
  • Norwegian Premier League top scorer: 1989


  1. ^ a b c Pedersen, Ole Petter. "Jahn Ivar Jakobsen". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian) (Kunnskapsforlaget). Retrieved May 28, 2009. 
  2. ^ Gonsholt, Simen V. "Rosensorg". Dagens Næringsliv (in Norwegian) (Dagens Næringsliv). Retrieved January 16, 2012.