Svein Kvia

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Svein Kvia
Personal information
Full name Svein Kvia
Date of birth (1947-09-27)27 September 1947
Place of birth Stavanger, Norway
Date of death 2 February 2005(2005-02-02) (aged 57)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Viking
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1980 Viking 551 (27)
National team
1969–1976 Norway 38 (3)
Teams managed
1977 Viking
1984 Viking
1986–1987 Viking
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Svein "Kvien" Kvia (27 September 1947 – 2 February 2005) was a Norwegian footballer who spent his entire career at Viking F.K., where he was one of the club's most successful players of all time.

Between 1965 and 1980, Kvia played 551 times for the Viking first team. This is still an all-time club record. He also reached 38 caps for the Norwegian national team between 1969 and 1976, scoring 3 goals.[1] Kvia helped Viking win the national junior championships in 1965, and he was a central figure in the team that won four straight league titles between 1972 and 1975. He was also captain of the side that clinched The Double of league and cup in 1979. In addition, Kvia won league bronze medals in 1968, 1971 and 1978. Kvia was also manager of the Viking first team on three separate occasions, in 1977, 1984 and 1986–87. In the 1990s, he served as the club's director for several years.

Kvia was voted Norwegian footballer of the year in 1976, and he was voted midfielder of the year five times in the period 1971–76. In 1989 Kvia was proclaimed honorary member of Viking. He died at the age of 57 from brain cancer.

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