Tor Røste Fossen

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Tor Røste Fossen
Personal information
Full name Tor Røste Fossen
Date of birth (1940-06-19)19 June 1940
Place of birth Kolbu, Norway
Date of death 7 August 2017(2017-08-07) (aged 77)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962 Rosenborg 1(?) (0)
1963–1966 Rosenborg 28 (0)
1967–1971 Rosenborg 54 (0)
Teams managed
1970–1971 Rosenborg (assistant)
1972–1974 Rosenborg
1972–1976 Norway Junior
1975–1977 Start
1978–1987 Norway
1988–1989 Frigg Oslo
1990 Faaberg
1991 Strømsgodset
1992–2001 Frigg Oslo
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Tor Røste Fossen (19 June 1940 – 7 August 2017) was a Norwegian football player and coach. He played for Rosenborg from 1964 to 1971, earning two Norwegian Premier League titles and one Norwegian Cup championship. He coached several Norwegian clubs besides coaching the Norway national football team during ten years 1978–1987.


Fossen grew up in Kolbu and Vågå. He came to Trondheim in 1962 where he played as goalkeeper in Rosenborg. Until 1969 Fossen played 55 matches in the top division. In 1970 a new goalkeeper, Geir Karlsen, arrived at Rosenborg, and Fossen was benched. He then became assistant coach under George Curtis, and in 1972 head coach together with Nils Arne Eggen coaching Rosenborg to the double, winning both the league and the cup titles. Fossen continued without Eggen 1973–1974, and the team became second both in the league and in the cup 1973. Fossen coached Start 1975–1977[1] to bronze medal in the league 1975. Besides this Fossen also coached Norway national team for juniors 1972–1976.

From 1978 to 1987 Fossen coached the Norway national football team.[2] One of the victories in Fossen's time as Norway manager was the 2–1 win against England in the 1982 World cup qualification. This victory is eternalized by radio reporter Bjørge Lillelien. Fossen coached Norway in the 1984 Olympics.

Later Fossen coached Frigg Oslo, together with Hallvar Thoresen, Faaberg, and Strømsgodset,[3] together with Einar Sigmundstad, winning the 1991 Norwegian Football Cup, beating Rosenborg 3–1 in the final. His last post as a coach was in Frigg Oslo before taking over other managerial tasks in the club. Fossen retired 2007.


Rosenborg as player
Rosenborg as coach
Strømsgodset as coach


  1. ^ ""Historisk oversikt: Trenere"". Archived from the original on October 4, 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-20. (in Norwegian). IK Start. Retrieved 20 March 2013.
  2. ^ "A-Landslagstrenere herrer" (in Norwegian). NFF. Retrieved 20 March 2013.
  3. ^ ""Trene gjennom tidene"". Archived from the original on July 18, 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-14.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link) (in Norwegian). Strømsgodset IF. Retrieved 20 March 2013.
  4. ^ "Mestvinnende med RBK" (in Norwegian). NRK. Retrieved 22 July 2008.