Espen Johnsen

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Espen Johnsen
Espen Johnsen 2006-05-04.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1979-12-20) 20 December 1979 (age 37)
Place of birth Kristiansand, Norway
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000 Start 43 (0)
2001–2008 Rosenborg 76 (1)
2007–2008 Strømsgodset (loan) 46 (0)
2009 Rosenborg 0 (0)
National team
2003–2008 Norway 18 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Espen Johnsen (born 20 December 1979 in Kristiansand) is a retired Norwegian football goalkeeper.[1] His brother Marius Johnsen is also a footballer, currently playing for Lillestrøm.

Football career[edit]

His career started in local club Vigør. After a few years playing for Start, he was brought to Rosenborg in Trondheim.[2] He was mostly benched his first two years there because of the Icelandic goalkeeper Arni Gautur Arason, who left Rosenborg in 2003 for Manchester City. Espen then established himself as the first-choice in Rosenborg as well as on the Norwegian national team, but lost his place after a six-month injury layoff resulting from an injury sustained while playing against Spain.

After becoming second choice in Rosenborg after the purchase of Lars Hirschfeld, Johnsen made it clear that he was not satisfied with his "demotion", and on 6 October 2006, Strømsgodset announced that he had agreed to join them on a one-year loan deal starting January 2007. He returned to Rosenborg in 2008. In March 2010 he was linked to Swedish champions AIK and according to Norwegian press, he was edging closer to a deal with them.

Education and personal life[edit]

Espen is studying to be an M.D. at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. When living in Kristiansand, he studied at the Agder University College, taking his exam in Christian studies. He is an active member of the Evangelical Lutheran Free Church of Norway.[citation needed]




  1. ^ "Espen Johnsen". Norsk & Internasjonal Fotballstatistikk (in Norwegian). Bergensavisen. Retrieved 11 April 2009. 
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