Nils Johan Semb

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Nils Johan Semb (born 24 February 1959) was the coach of the Norwegian national football team from 1998 to 2003, presiding over 68 matches.[1]

He led his team to the 2000 European Football Championship (a first for Norway).[1] Though successful, at least in the beginning of his tenure, he drew heavy criticism for his team's defense-oriented style, where long balls, counter-attacks and direct passes were hallmarks of their attacking style. He was replaced by Åge Hareide in 2003. He was a commentator for the Norwegian TV channel TV 2, but resigned in 2009 to become the Chief of Elite Football at the Football Association of Norway.[2]

He has his education from the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences.[3]


  1. ^ a b Pedersen, Ole Petter. "Nils Johan Semb". Store norske leksikon. Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2009-05-29. 
  2. ^ "Semb blir toppfotballsjef" (in Norwegian). Dagbladet. 8 October 2009. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Bugge, Mette (5 September 2008). "40 år og fortsatt full fart". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). p. 20.