|Full name||Ragnvald Soma|
|Date of birth||10 November 1979|
|Place of birth||Kvernaland, Norway|
|Height||1.89 m (6 ft 2 1⁄2 in)|
|2001–2002||West Ham United||7||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 July 2013
Ragnvald Soma (born 10 November 1979) is a Norwegian footballer who plays as a defender for his childhood club Frøyland Idrettslag. He signed for them 02.02.2014 effectively retiring from professional football.
Soma started his professional career in Bryne FK, amassing 99 league games.
West Ham United
In January 2001 he moved to English Premier League club West Ham United for £800,000. His stay there lasted just over one and a half years, during which Soma made only seven league appearances before returning to Bryne on a free transfer. Whilst at West Ham he played in their 1–0 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford in the 2000–01 FA Cup, coming on as a late substitute for his debut.
With Bryne relegated at the end of the 2003 season, Soma moved to SK Brann. He became an instant hit, being voted player of the year by several newspapers and becoming a regular in the Norway national team squad. In March 2006 he transferred to Viking for an undisclosed fee believed to be around £500,000, with Brann also getting right back Bjørn Dahl as a part-exchange.
Austria and Denmark
After a spell with the Danish Superliga side Nordsjælland, Soma joined the Danish 1st Division side Lyngby. After his contract with Lyngby expired, he was training with his old club Viking. He played the second half of 2013 for Førde IL.
|2000–01||West Ham||Premier League||4||0||1||0||5||0|
|2012–13||Lyngby||Danish 1st Division||8||1||0||0||8||1|
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