Christian Kalvenes

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Christian Kalvenes
Personal information
Full name Christian Kalvenes[1]
Date of birth (1977-03-08) 8 March 1977 (age 40)
Place of birth Bergen, Norway
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Left-back, Centre-back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1997 Brann 1 (0)
1998–2000 Åsane 45 (4)
2000–2003 Sogndal 67 (4)
2003–2006 Brann 11 (0)
2006–2008 Dundee United 48 (2)
2008–2010 Burnley 27 (1)
2010–2012 Brann 33 (0)
Total 232 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Christian Kalvenes (born 8 March 1977) is a retired Norwegian footballer who played as a defender. During his career he had three spells with SK Brann and played for Åsane and Sogndal. He also played abroad for Dundee United in Scotland and Burnley in England.



Christian Kalvenes was born in the city of Bergen and started his senior career with SK Brann, but played only one match. 10 years and one day after his first match, he played his second league appearance for the club, against FC Lyn Oslo 29 May 2005. In the meantime, he played for both Åsane and Sogndal. Despite the fact that he was one of the great talents of Brann in the 1990s, he never managed to establish himself in the A-team squad. After several good seasons as a central defender in Åsane he was taken to a Sogndal teams vying for promotion to the Premier League in the summer of 2000. His breakthrough in the Norwegian Premier League came with Sogndal for whom he made 67 appearances scoring 4 goals. In 2003, he returned to SK Brann where he managed only 11 appearances and no goals in 3 years. He played mainly at left, helping the club won the qualifier against Vålerenga same year scored more away goals.

In the next few seasons he was a safe choice at left back Sogndal in addition to score numerous goals on free kicks. In front of the 2004 season, he was brought back to Brann, but where he went mostly injured forward to his debut in 2005. Ironically, he was back from injury around the same time as his rival on the left back, Erlend Hanstveit. After Hanstveit's recovery, he was forced to find himself as a substitute.

Dundee United[edit]

On 2 August 2006, Kalvenes joined Dundee United for a fee of around £50,000.[2] In his competitive debut for United, Kalvenes scored the second goal in a 2–2 draw against Rangers at Ibrox. In August 2007, Kalvenes was "harshly sent off" against Kilmarnock, a decision which gave Kilmarnock an "undeserved victory."[3] The red card was later overturned. For the season 2007 – 2008, Kalvenes was voted the top left back in Scotland following an impressive season as the tough man in the Dundee United defence.

In January 2008, it was reported that Kalvenes was likely to leave United at the end of his contract and return to Norway;[2] something the player admitted considering in March, although adding it would be "difficult to walk away" and "tough to leave".[4] Following an injury in mid-April, Kalvenes confirmed he had played his last match for the club, and that he would return to Norway at the end of the season to be closer to his family.[5] In his time at Tannadice Park, Kalvenes made 48 appearances scoring 2 goals. Kalvenes scored on his competitive debut at Ibrox as United drew 2–2 with Glasgow Rangers in the second game of the 2006–07 season. That was to be his only goal of a season when he established himself as a regular, playing over 30 games for the Terrors. Midway through his second season at Tannadice Park, the left back hinted at a return to Scandinavia in the summer of 2008, when his contract expired. However, he continued to be a regular starter and ended his Dundee United career as he started in his penultimate appearance in April 2008 – with a goal against Rangers. And after temporarily shelving immediate plans to raise a family back in Scandinavia, he signed a two-year deal with Burnley in June 2008.


Burnley snapped up Kalvenes on a Bosman transfer in June 2008. His move to Burnley came as a surprise as it was believed that he would be heading back home to Norway, as stated by the player when he left Dundee Utd at the end of the 2007–2008 season. The 31-year-old Norwegian left full back, pronounced 'Kal-Ven-Es', signed a two-year deal with the Clarets after his contract with the Scottish club expired. He was to play an important role in the Clarets promotion winning campaign, making twenty-one league appearances with his only goal of the season proving to be a vital one. It came in March at Bloomfield Road on a cold, wet Tuesday evening when his late strike secured an important 1–0 victory over Lancashire rivals Blackpool. The marauding left backs' goal against Blackpool proved to be a pivotal moment in the play-off surge by the Lancashire outfit.

He played an important part in helping Burnley gain promotion from the Coca-Cola Championship to the Premier League via the play-offs.

On his Premiership debut in August 2009, he became the first Premiership player from the city of Bergen.[6]

On 8 April 2010, Kalvenes had his contract terminated by mutual consent.[7]


On 14 June 2010 Kalvenes signed for Brann for the third time of his career.[8] He retired after the 2012-season.[9]

Outside football[edit]

Christian Kalvenes is noted for being one of the few footballers in the Norwegian Tippeliga to have held a second profession outside football. He is currently working as a marketing manager for Chess Communications, a virtual network operator. Prior to this, he was also acknowledged for his interest in academics and education. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree. During his spell at Burnley F.C and Dundee United, he often preached about the importance of pursuing an academic career to High School and College students. Currently, he is an active member in the campaign against bullying for Norwegian schools.


Dundee United[edit]




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  1. ^ "Christian Kalvenes". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 2 April 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Kalvenes heading through exit door at end of season". The Courier (Dundee). 9 January 2008. Archived from the original on 15 March 2008. 
  3. ^ McGuigan, Thomas (13 August 2007). "Kilmarnock 2–1 Dundee Utd". BBC Sport website. 
  4. ^ Roache, Ian; Davie, Jim (29 March 2008). "Kalvenes admits future up in air". The Courier (Dundee). Archived from the original on 3 April 2008. 
  5. ^ "Kalvenes calls time at Tannadice". BBC Sport website. 24 April 2008. Retrieved 24 April 2008. 
  6. ^ Pamer, Anders (14 August 2009). "Ingen glamour hos Bergens første Premier League-spiller". Bergens Tidende (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 17 August 2009. Retrieved 16 August 2009. 
  7. ^ Kalvenes Ends Turf Moor Stay Archived 11 April 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "Skrev under for tredje gang" (in Norwegian). 14 June 2010. Archived from the original on 19 June 2010. 
  9. ^ "Christian Kalvenes legger opp" (in Norwegian). NRK. 14 August 2012. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 

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