Svein Grøndalen

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Svein Grøndalen
Personal information
Full name Svein Grøndalen[1]
Date of birth (1955-02-08) 8 February 1955 (age 65)
Place of birth Halden, Norway
Youth career
Kvik Halden
0000–1971 Raufoss
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1974 Raufoss
1975–1980 Rosenborg 123 (6)
1981–1984 Moss 84 (3)
1985–1986 Ås
1987 Moss 4 (0)
National team
1973–1984 Norway 77 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Svein Grøndalen (born 8 February 1955) is a Norwegian former footballer.

He was born in Halden,[2] and as a youngster he lived in Halden, Drammen, Halden again, and Hunndalen. He played youth football for Kvik Halden and Raufoss,[3] and senior football for Raufoss, Rosenborg, Moss and Ås. In total he got 77 caps for Norway,[2] between 1973 and 1984.[3]

Grøndalen played left back or central defender, and was noted for his "physical" style of play. Many people remember him best for a brutal tackle which injured Swede Ralf Edström during a 1977 international match.[3] He is also remembered for missing a World Cup qualification match due to a bizarre injury, while running in the forest before the game Grøndalen ran into a moose and injured himself so badly he couldn't play the next game.[4]

He took education at the Norwegian Institute of Technology.[3]


  1. ^ "Svein Grøndalen" (in Norwegian). Football Association of Norway. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  2. ^ a b Henriksen, Petter, ed. (2007). "Svein Grøndalen". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d Nygaard, Brynjulf (19 June 1998). "Svein Grøndalen - knallhard back med 77 landskamper". Aftenposten Aften (in Norwegian). p. 30.
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