Thomas Berntsen

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Thomas Berntsen
Personal information
Full name Thomas Edvin Berntsen[1]
Date of birth (1970-07-31) 31 July 1970 (age 46)
Place of birth Oslo, Norway
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
0000–1992 Strømmen
1993–1996 Lillestrøm 65 (1)
1997–1999 Vålerenga 44 (0)
2000 SW Bregenz 3 (0)
2000 Bryne 5 (0)
2001 Bærum
Teams managed
2006 Lørenskog
2007–2008 Kongsvinger
2008–2011 Strømmen
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Thomas Edvin Berntsen (born 31 July 1970) is a Norwegian football coach and former football defender. As a player, Berntsen is most notable for his time at Lillestrøm and Vålerenga in Tippeligaen and the Austrian club Bregenz. After his retirement he has been head coach of Lørenskog, Kongsvinger and Strømmen.

Player career[edit]

He was born in Oslo, and started his career in Strømmen before he moved to Lillestrøm where he played 65 matches in Tippeligaen from 1993 to 1996. He then moved to Vålerenga where he played 45 league-matches between 1997 and 1999 and also won the Norwegian Football Cup in 1997.

In 2000, Berntsen moved to the Austrian club SW Bregenz, where his former teammate from Lillestrøm, Jan Ove Pedersen also were playing.[2] After playing three matches in six months for Bregenz, he was loaned out to Bryne where he played five matches in Tippeligaen before he retired after one season with Bærum in 2001 Norwegian Second Division.

Managerial career[edit]

In 2006, Berntsen was the head coach of the third-tier club Lørenskog[3] and John Carew's youth club was fighting promotion alongside Notodden. In the decisive match of 2006 Norwegian Second Division, Notodden won 5–3 against Lørenskog at home, and was promoted to Adeccoligaen.[4]

Even though Lørenskog was not promoted, Berntsen was head coach of a second-tier team in 2007 since Kongsvinger hired him as Vegard Skogheim's successor on 6 November 2006. Berntsen led Kongsvinger to a strong fourth place in 2007 Adeccoligaen, two points behind Bryne which played promotion play-off. With two points in the six first matches of the 2008-season, and Kongsvinger positioned at the bottom of the table, Berntsen was fired on 7 May 2008.[5]

On 3 August 2008 he was hired as head coach of his youth-club Strømmen,[6] and saved the club from relegation to Norwegian Third Division. Ahead of the 2009-season, Petter Myhre was named co-coach together with Berntsen.[7] With Berntsen and Myhre as coaches, Strømmen won their 2009 Norwegian Second Division group and was promoted to Adeccoligaen. In 2010 Strømmen finished three points behind the play-off promotion. The next season, Myhre had resigned from the job at Strømmen and was replaced by Andreas Holter which would be leading Strømmen together with Berntsen.[8] In the decisive match of the 2011-season, Strømmen avoided relegation with a 6–1 win against Nybergsund.[9]

In July 2011, Nettavisen named Berntsen as one of the most talented football-coaches in Norway.[10] Berntsen's contract ended after the 2011-season, and he was replaced by Erland Johnsen.[11] In December 2011, Berntsen was linked to the vacant job as head coach of the Tippeliga-club Stabæk,[12] but according to Norwegian TV 2 Berntsen recejeted Stabæk's offer.[13]


  1. ^ "Thomas Edvin Berntsen". (in Norwegian). Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Ny trener klar for Kongsvinger". (in Norwegian). Rogalands Avis. 6 November 2006. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Thomas Berntsen ny trener i Kongsvinger". (in Norwegian). 6 November 2006. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "2. divisjon: Avgjort i siste runde!". (in Norwegian). Dagsavisen. 18 September 2006. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Kongsvinger sparker treneren". (in Norwegian). Aftenposten. 7 May 2008. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "Thomas Berntsen ny trener". (in Norwegian). Strømmen IF unofficial supporter club. 3 August 2008. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Petter Myhre sidestilt hovedtrener". (in Norwegian). Romerikes Blad. 21 November 2008. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  8. ^ "Her er Petter Myhres etterfølger". (in Norwegian). Strømmen IF. 2 January 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "Asker rykket ned". (in Norwegian). Nettavisen. 30 October 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "Dette er fremtidens tippeligatrenere". (in Norwegian). Nettavisen. 9 July 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
  11. ^ "Erland Johnsen blir Strømmen-trener". (in Norwegian). Aftenposten. 25 November 2011. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  12. ^ "Thomas Berntsen kan bli ny Stabæk-trener". (in Norwegian). VG. 28 December 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  13. ^ "Petter Belsvik ny Stabæk-trener" (in Norwegian). TV 2. 2 January 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2012.