Ole Martin Årst

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Ole Martin Årst
Personal information
Full name Ole Martin Årst
Date of birth (1974-07-19) 19 July 1974 (age 40)
Place of birth Bergen, Norway
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Sortland
Brage/Trondenes
Fløya
Tromsø
Skarp
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1995 Skarp 22 (34)
1995–1997 Tromsø 54 (19)
1997–1999 Anderlecht 36 (11)
1999–2000 K.A.A. Gent 33 (30)
2000–2003 Standard Liège 73 (41)
2003–2007 Tromsø 103 (45)
2007–2011 Start 67 (34)
2012 Tromsø 25 (3)
Total 413 (217)
National team
1995-1996 Norway U21 5 (1)
2000-2007 Norway 22 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ole Martin Årst (born 19 July 1974) is a Norwegian retired footballer. He is a former top scorer in both Belgium's and Norway's top leagues.

Club career[edit]

Årst was born in Bergen, but grew up in Tromsø.[1] He made his professional debut for Tromsø IL on 22 April 1995 against Hamarkameratene at Briskeby stadion. After the 1997 season he was sold to Anderlecht for NOK 13 million. He then moved to K.A.A. Gent in Belgium and ended up as a top goalscorer in 2000 with 30 goals. Then Standard Liège signed him for NOK 24 million. He returned to Tromsø IL in the summer of 2003 for NOK 5 million.

Årst became the top scorer in the Tippeligaen 2005, with 16 goals. After a hat-trick against IK Start on 2 October 2005 Årst was ranked as the top league scorer of all times in Tromsø IL with 51 goals. On 9 July 2007 he transferred to IK Start.

Start went down that season, but as Start won a direct promotion in 2008, Årst did not participate in any games due to a serious injury. The same injury limited him to only two games in the 2009 season.

He announced his retirement in October 2009.[2]

He made a comeback for the club in a friendly match in early 2010. He then signed a contract for the duration of 2010, with possibilities of renewal.

Årst signed a one-year deal with Tromsø IL ahead of the 2012 Tippeligaen season. This was his third spell at the club.

International career[edit]

He made his debut for Norway in a January 2000 friendly match against Iceland and earned 22 caps since, scoring 2 goals.[3]

Club statistics[edit]

Statistics accurate as of match played 26 September 2012

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Norway League Norwegian Cup Europe Total
1994 Skarp Third division 22 34 ? ? - - 22 34
1995 Tromsø Tippeligaen 7 1 3 3 2 0 12 4
1996 24 9 8 6 - - 32 15
1997 23 9 4 5 4 3 31 17
Belgium League Belgian Cup Europe Total
1997-98 Anderlecht Jupiler Pro League 18 10 ? ? ? ? ? ?
1998-99 18 1 ? ? ? ? ? ?
1999-00 K.A.A. Gent 32 30 ? ? ? ? ? ?
2000-01 Standard Liège 29 14 ? ? ? ? ? ?
2001-02 12 6 ? ? ? ? ? ?
2002-03 30 19 ? ? ? ? ? ?
Norway League Norwegian Cup Europe Total
2003 Tromsø Tippeligaen 13 5 3 1 - - 16 6
2004 25 11 3 0 - - 28 11
2005 26 16 2 2 7 4 35 22
2006 26 11 2 2 - - 28 13
2007 13 2 3 5 - - 16 7
2007 Start 12 6 2 0 - - 14 6
2008 Adeccoligaen 0 0 0 0 - - 0 0
2009 Tippeligaen 2 0 0 0 - - 2 0
2010 24 12 3 4 - - 27 16
2011 29 16 6 4 - - 35 20
2012 Tromsø Tippeligaen 25 3 5 1 3 0 33 4
Total Norway 271 134 45 33 16 7 331 174
Belgium 139 80 ? ? ? ? ? ?
Career total 410 214 ? ? ? ? ? ?
  • Total: statistics from top two divisions only

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Johansen, Reidun (19 July 2003). "Årst i hundre" (in Norwegian). Dagbladet. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Samuelsen, Kjetil (30 October 2009). "Årst legger opp". Fædrelandsvennen (in Norwegian). Retrieved 30 October 2009. 
  3. ^ Ole Martin Årst at National-Football-Teams.com