|Full name||Bjarne Berntsen|
|Date of birth||21 December 1956|
|Place of birth||Sandnes, Norway|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Bjarne Berntsen began his football career at local club Figgjo IL. He signed for Norwegian Premier League club Viking in 1977, and stayed there until 1982. During this period he played 33 matches for the Norway national football team, including the famous September 1981 win over England where he played at the right back position.
Early manager years
Viking club director
Between 1999 and 2004, Berntsen was the Director of Viking. After Viking manager Kjell Inge Olsen resigned on 13 April 2004, he took over as caretaker manager until 12 July 2004, when the club signed Roy Hodgson as their new manager. Berntsen then resumed his role as club Director. In late 2004 he was surprisingly offered the job as head coach of the Norway women's national football team from 1 January 2005 on, which he accepted.
Women's national team coaching career
Berntsen's first tournament with the national women's team was the 2005 UEFA Women's Championship which took place in June 2005 in England. He courted controversy by including 16 year old Isabell Herlovsen, the daughter of one of his former teammates on the Norway national team, in the squad. However, she scored two vital goals to keep Norway in the tournament. After mixed fortunes in the group stage, Norway played a memorable semifinal against Sweden which they won by 3–2 after extra time with a goal from Solveig Gulbrandsen. In the final against Germany, Norway lost 3–1.
Berntsen led the national women's team through qualification to the FIFA Women's World Cup 2007 tournament in China, where they won their group by beating Canada and Ghana and drawing against Australia. In the quarter final against the hosts China, in front of 50,000 spectators, Norway won 1–0, the only goal being scored by Herlovsen. In the semifinal, the team lost to Germany by 3–0, and they then lost the third-place playoff 4–1 against the USA to finish in fourth place. By virtue of their performance at the World Cup, Norway qualified for the 2008 Olympics.
After the UEFA Women's Euro 2009, Berntsen resigned as coach of the women's national team.
Return to Viking
After Viking's relegation from the Norwegian Premier League and manager Ian Burchnall's dismissal from the club in December 2017, Berntsen made a surprising return to Viking, leaving his role as vice president of the Norwegian FA to take on the manager role at the club.
- As of 20 June 2018
|Viking||15 June 1992||31 December 1995||106||53||20||33||50.00|
|Viking (interim)||14 April 2004||11 July 2004||16||5||7||4||31.25|
|Norway (women)||1 January 2005||7 September 2009||76||36||11||29||47.37|
|Viking||19 December 2017||Present||15||8||1||6||53.33|
- Viking stats
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