Rune Bratseth

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Rune Bratseth
Rune Bratseth.jpg
Bratseth in 2010
Personal information
Date of birth (1961-03-19) 19 March 1961 (age 54)
Place of birth Trondheim, Norway
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Sweeper
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
0000–1982 Nidelv
1983–1986 Rosenborg 83 (2)
1987–1994 Werder Bremen 230 (12)
National team
1986–1994 Norway 60 (4)
Teams managed
2006 Rosenborg
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Rune Bratseth (born 19 March 1961) is a Norwegian retired footballer who played as a sweeper.

Nicknamed Elk due to his stature, he is best known for his spell with Werder Bremen, also having appeared in the 1994 World Cup with Norway.

Club career[edit]

Born in Trondheim, Bratseth started his career at local club Rosenborg BK. There, he would only be a part-time professional until he left for Germany's SV Werder Bremen in January 1987, for a mere €93.000.[1] He was immediately cast into the starting XI, making his club debut in a 1–5 loss at 1. FC Nürnberg on 21 February, after the winter break; he would also win the first of his two national championships in his first full season.

Bratseth's finest moment came when Werder won the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1991–92, in a 2–0 victory against AS Monaco FC.[2] During the campaign he played in eight (out of nine) complete matches, adding two goals (in both legs against Romania's FCM Bacău).

After a second league title with Bremen Bratseth began suffering knee problems, even needing injections to play. After only one match in 1994–95 he called it quits at the age of 34, having appeared in 316 official games for the Hanseatics and scored 20 goals. In the 1993–94 UEFA Champions League, he was on the scoresheet at the incredible 5–3 home win against R.S.C. Anderlecht: the Belgians led 3–0 with 25 minutes to go, and he helped to the final comeback with the 2–3.[3]

Bratseth was named Norway's Golden Player – the best Norwegian footballer of the past 50 years by the Norwegian Football Association, in November 2003, to celebrate UEFA's Jubilee.[4] Subsequently he became chairman and general manager of Rosenborg, forming a successful partnership with coach Nils Arne Eggen.[5] The club maintained its domestic superiority in the following years.

Bratseth was actually registered as a player when he started his job at Rosenborg, and since the club did not have 25 players in its first team squad to be registered for the UEFA Champions League, he was included as a backup. Even though he did not want to play, he agreed to sit on the bench for one game in case of "emergency".

Bratseth was manager of Rosenborg between 10 June and 8 November 2006, leaving his post to Knut Torbjørn Eggen, Nils Arne's son.

International career[edit]

Bratseth made his debut in the Norwegian national team in 1986. He was a regular in the following eight years, retiring subsequently with 60 caps.[6]

During the 1994 FIFA World Cup, 33-year-old Bratseth was captain of the Norwegian squad. As the nation exited in the group stage (albeit with four points), their third and last game against Republic of Ireland proved to be his last international.





  1. ^ "Rune Bratseth". 10 July 2003. [dead link]
  2. ^ "1991/92: Bremen shine in Stadium of Light". 1 June 1992. Retrieved 30 July 2009. 
  3. ^ "Anderlecht await Bremen". 20 October 2004. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Golden players take center stage". 29 November 2003. [dead link]
  5. ^ "The riddle of Rosenborg". 27 September 2005. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Norway – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 30 January 2011. 

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