Terje Skarsfjord

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Terje Skarsfjord (born 28 June 1942) is a former Norwegian football player and manager. He has also authored and co-authored several educational books about coaching and how to improve your skills.[1][2][3][4]
He has had several spells as manager of Tromsø IL. 1996, 1999–2001, and 2003. During his most successful spell Tromsø IL won the Norwegian Football Cup in 1996,[5] and famously beat Chelsea FC 3–2 in the European Cup Winners Cup.[6]
He returned in 1999 for a less successful spell which ended with him being replaced by Swedish manager Tommy Svensson.[7]
He returned again in 2003 when the team looked set for relegation, hopelessly adrift at the bottom of the table. He then masterminded an incredible recovery[8] in which Tromsø IL avoided relegation by a last-gasp goal by Arne Vidar Moen in the fifth minute of overtime against Rosenborg BK, winning the match 1–0.[9] This meant that Aalesund FK were surprisingly relegated after having seemed safe, in shock and disappointment their manager Ivar Morten Normark commented that he would go home and eat only dry bread and drink a diet soda, while television pundit Ivar Hoff said the tension was so great that he felt he needed to have a cigarette.[10] His popularity at the time was such that the local newspaper speculated that he might have won if he had decided to run for mayor.[11]

Terje Skarsfjord is father of the former footballer and football coach Rune Skarsfjord.[12]


  1. ^ En viktig bok for norsk fotball – fotball.no – Norges Fotballforbund. fotball.no. Retrieved on 2011-04-21.
  2. ^ (Norwegian Bokmål) Ask – Dokument. Ask.bibsys.no. Retrieved on 2011-04-21.
  3. ^ (Norwegian Bokmål) Ask – Dokument. Ask.bibsys.no. Retrieved on 2011-04-21.
  4. ^ (Norwegian Bokmål) Ask – Dokument. Ask.bibsys.no. Retrieved on 2011-04-21.
  5. ^ Norwegian cup finals (1902–2010). Rsssf.no. Retrieved on 2011-04-21.
  6. ^ Tromsø IL – Chelsea '97 3–2 on YouTube. Retrieved on 2011-04-21.
  7. ^ Tommy Svensson tillbaka i Norge | Fotboll | Sportbladet | Aftonbladet. Aftonbladet.se (2001-08-20). Retrieved on 2011-04-21.
  8. ^ Skarsfjord får æren | h-a.no. Fotball.h-a.no (2006-03-28). Retrieved on 2011-04-21.
  9. ^ Rosenborg – Tromsø IL 0–1 '03 on YouTube (2007-04-02). Retrieved on 2011-04-21.
  10. ^ Nedrykksdrama 2003 on YouTube (2004-10-31). Retrieved on 2011-04-21.
  11. ^ ht.no. Fotball.ht.no (2006-03-28). Retrieved on 2011-04-21.
  12. ^ Bøyum, Kim (23 November 2008). "Fristet av Brann og Bergen; fakta Rune Skarsfjord". Bergens Tidende (in Norwegian).