Jarstein with Hertha in 2017
|Full name||Rune Almenning Jarstein|
|Date of birth||29 September 1984|
|Place of birth||Skien, Norway|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 January 2018.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2017
Rune Almenning Jarstein (born 29 September 1984 in Skien, Norway) is a Norwegian international footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga and the Norwegian national team.
Jarstein made his debut in the Norwegian Premier League, aged 18, playing for Odd Grenland in 2002. In 2007, after Odd Grenland had been relegated to the Norwegian First Division, he was transferred to Rosenborg.
His contract with Viking expired after the 2013 season. On 17 December 2013, he signed a two-year contract through the 2016 season for the German capital club Hertha BSC. Through the 2015/2016 season he was the first-choice goalkeeper as Thomas Kraft was injured after sustaining a shoulder injury which put him on the sidelines for a long period of time. This gave second-choice goalkeeper Jarstein the chance to show his ability, and he took the chance taking the keeper spot for the rest of the season. On 18 December 2015 after his successful spell he was rewarded with a contract extension of three and a half years at Hertha BSC to the end of the 2019 season. As of he 2016/17, Jarstein is considered to be Hertha BSC's first choice goalkeeper over Thomas Kraft. After Kraft suffered the injury in the 2015/16 season, Jarstein took over and after several stand out performances was awarded the spot of first choice keeper by manager Pal Dardai. Only during the UEFA Europa League qualification round did Kraft and Jarstein switch positions, with Jarstein in goal for the home leg and Kraft in goal for the away leg. In an away match against Borussia Dortmund, Jarstein's performance was met with high praise after several outstanding saves and after saving a penalty from Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, earning Hertha a point with a 1-1 away draw.
Jarstein has been capped 30 times at youth level for Norway.
On 23 August 2007, he made his debut for the Norway national team, playing 45 minutes in a 2–1 win over Argentina. When Jon Knudsen was injured in 2011, Jarstein became the new first-choice goalkeeper at the national team, and was the first choice until the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification started in September 2012, when Espen Bugge Pettersen played the match against Iceland. Jarstein was however back in the starting line-up in the next match against Slovenia, and in January 2013 the goalkeeper coach on the national team Frode Grodås stated that Jarstein was the first-choice goalkeeper.
- As of 30 January 2018
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