Eirik Bakke

Last updated
Eirik Bakke
Eirik Bakke, 2016.jpg
Personal information
Full name Eirik Bakke
Date of birth (1977-09-13) 13 September 1977 (age 43)
Place of birth Sogndal, Norway
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
1993–1999 Sogndal 99 (18)
1999–2006 Leeds United 143 (8)
2005–2006Aston Villa (loan) 14 (0)
2006–2010 Brann 82 (8)
2011–2012 Sogndal 38 (1)
National team
1996–1999 Norway U21 28 (2)
1999–2008 Norway 27 (0)
Teams managed
2015– Sogndal
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 00:45, 20 December 2012 (UTC)

Eirik Bakke (born 13 September 1977 in Sogndal) is a Norwegian retired football player. He played on the right-hand side or centre of midfield.


Club career

Sogndal (1993-1999)

Bakke played 99 matches for Sogndal. His father Svein formerly played for the team.

Leeds United (1999-2006)

Bakke was bought by Leeds United in 1999 from Sogndal for £1.75 million. After an encouraging start to his career at Leeds in 1999 and 2000, injuries and poor form meant that he never quite became a mainstay of the Leeds squad, even after the club was relegated from the Premiership in 2004.

Bakke's career has been blighted by recurrent knee injuries. Patella tendinitis kept him out of the team for the start of the 2004-05 season and he was struck with a torn cruciate ligament on his return in January 2005. In August 2005, having recovered from his injury, Bakke was loaned to Aston Villa. The loan however was ended early after Leeds told Villa that they would only let Bakke go permanently, not on loan and Doug Ellis, Villa's chairman at the time, decided that it was not worth permanently acquiring his services.

Speculation continued as to Bakke's future when he was left out of the Leeds United squad for the match against Sheffield Wednesday on 27 August 2006 with some in the press and supporters speculating that this was due to an imminent transfer. A club statement was released on 29 August 2006 by Leeds United effectively stating that Bakke had played his last game in Leeds United colours. [1] Bakke however stated he would like to stay at the club, [2] and still trained with the club, despite not playing, not wanting to return to playing in Norway at that point in time. [3] The problem arose due to his £23,000 a week wages and £4,000 appearance fees, [4] which were originally agreed during Ridsdale's "Living The Dream" era, but which the club could no longer afford to pay in the league they were currently playing in. Leeds United tried to resolve the issue by attempting to meet Bakke half way so that the player could stay at the club on lesser wages but Bakke's agent stated he wanted the contractually agreed wage. [4] The situation did not look good for Bakke, with Leeds chairman Ken Bates having already terminated Seth Johnson's contract due to excessive wages as part of a determined effort to make Leeds a successful and profitable club once more. Bakke left, being the third last 'O'Leary player' left at Leeds.

Return to Norway: SK Brann (2006-2010)

On 31 August 2006, Bakke signed a two-year deal with SK Brann, and returned home to Norway. [5] The deal was financed by Hardball. Certain media outlets have claimed that Bakke and Brann have a "gentlemen's agreement", that Bakke can leave Brann if a big club wants to sign him, though this has been denied by Brann. Bakke has stated that he still has ambitions to prove himself in Europe before bringing his career to a close in Norway.

Bakke debuted for Brann on 11 September 2006 against Stabæk, in a match best remembered for a two-feet tackle by Joakim Persson of Stabæk on Bakke that could easily have ended Bakke's career.[ citation needed ]

Bakke started the 2007 season playing for Brann 2 in a bid to regain full fitness from his injury problems. He has experienced a bit of a stop-start season, making his first full Tippeliga start on 26 June 2007. Eirik Bakke has been mostly noticed for his no-nonsense approach and English inspired tackling in midfield, but also managed to score the winning goal against arch-rivals Rosenborg BK on 11 August 2007.

Bakke has promised Brann that when he is close to retirement he would finish his career in Norway with the club, playing a further 1-2 seasons. [6] In front of the 2008 season, Bakke became captain of Brann. On 30 May 2008, Bakke extended his Brann deal out 2010. However his new deal had a clause giving Bakke the chance to re-evaluate his deal, if the club decided to lay artificial turf at Brann Stadion. A few weeks later, Brann announced that the club will continue with natural grass as the turf at Brann Stadion also in the coming years.

Sogndal (2011-2012)

He signed a two-year deal with Sogndal in 2011. In November 2012 he decided to retire as an active player. [7]

International career

He made his debut for Norway in a January 1999 friendly match against Israel, coming on as a substitute for Egil Østenstad and earned 26 caps since, scoring no goals. [8] His last international match was an March 2008 friendly match against Montenegro, coming on as a substitute for Martin Andresen.

Career statistics

As of December 2012
ClubSeasonLeagueLeagueCup¹League CupContinental²Total
Apps.Goals Yellow card.svg Red card.svg Apps.Goals Yellow card.svg Red card.svg Apps.Goals Yellow card.svg Red card.svg Apps.Goals Yellow card.svg Red card.svg Apps.Goals Yellow card.svg Red card.svg
Leeds United 1999-2000 Premier League 29260340020001021044870
2000–01 292902000101012131443131
2001–02 2726000002100610035460
2002–03 341100420010006110454110
2003–04 1012010100000----11130
2004–05 Championship 101000000000----1010
Aston Villa (loan) 2005–06 Premier League 1401000003000----14010
Leeds United 2005–06 Championship 901000000000----9010
2006–07 301000001100----4110
England total156837010610102103455021021441
Brann 2006 Tippeligaen 70000000--------7000
2007 101003000----000013100
2008 210001000----201024010
2009 182203100--------21300
2010 265700000--------26500
Sogndal 2011 191400000--------19100
2012 190311000--------19031
Norway total12091618100----201013010171
Career total2761753118710102103656134031612

¹ includes FA Cup, and Norwegian Football Cup.

² Include Champions League and UEFA Cup.

Managerial statistics

As of 21 July 2021

Sogndal IL Flag of Norway.svg 1 January 2015 Present 214954970044.39




Related Research Articles

Tore André Flo Norwegian footballer and coach

Tore André Flo is a Norwegian former professional football striker and youth coach. He was capped 76 times, scoring 23 goals for Norway, and represented his country in 1998 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2000, and scored Norway's first goal when Norway won 2–1 against Brazil and advanced to the second round of the 1998 World Cup.

Sogndal Fotball Sogndal ILs association football section

Sogndal Fotball is the association football department of Norwegian sports club Sogndal IL from Sogndal in Vestland. The club was founded in 1926. The men's team currently plays in 1. divisjon, the second tier of the Norwegian football league system. The club's home matches are played at the 5,622 capacity Fosshaugane Campus.

Gylfi Einarsson is a retired Icelandic football player. He played as a midfielder.

Martin Andresen Norwegian footballer

Martin Andresen is a former Norwegian football, who played as a midfielder, and a former football manager.

Håkon Opdal Norwegian footballer

Håkon Eikemo Opdal is a Norwegian professional footballer who plays for Brann in the Eliteserien, as a goalkeeper. He has previously played for Brann and Start, where he won Tippeligaen in 2007 and the Norwegian Cup in 2004.

Harald Aabrekk Norwegian footballer and manager

Harald Olav Aabrekk is a Norwegian football coach and a former player. He played for Sogndal and Brann in the Tippeligaen, Norway's top professional football league. He has been head coach of Sogndal, Tromsø, Brann, Haugesund, Vålerenga and Aalesund, and has also served as an assistant coach for the Norway national football team.

2007 SK Brann season SK Brann 2007 football season

The 2007 season was SK Brann's 99th season and their 21st consecutive season in the Norwegian Premier League. Brann won the Norwegian Premier League in 2007. In the end, they finished 6 points ahead of their nearest rival, Stabæk. The team did cause a small sensation, and bitter disappointment among tens of thousands of Brann-supporters who had gathered in Bergen to watch the game live, on 20 October, by losing to Ålesund 1–2 in the 24th of 26 rounds, a match where a draw would have set aside all doubt about Brann's league win. However two days later, Viking defeated Brann's last rival to the gold medals Stabæk with a 2-1 result, thereby securing Brann the first league championship since 1963 anyway.

The 2008 season was SK Brann's 100th season and their 22nd consecutive season in the Norwegian Premier League.

The 2008 Tippeligaen was the 64th completed season of top division football in Norway. The season began on 29 March and ended 2 November. Brann were the defending champions, having won their third Tippeligaen championship in 2007. The teams promoted from the 1. divisjon at the end of the previous season were champions Molde, automatic qualifiers HamKam, and play-off winners Bodø/Glimt.

Rodolph Austin Jamaican professional footballer

Rodolph William Austin is a Jamaican professional footballer who plays as a midfielder.

The 2009 Tippeligaen was the 65th completed season of top division football in Norway. The competition began on 15 March and end on 1 November. Stabæk were the defending champions. Odd Grenland, Sandefjord and Start entered as the three promoted teams from the 2008 1. divisjon. They replaced HamKam who were relegated to the 2009 1. divisjon.

The 2009 season was SK Brann's 101st season and their 23rd consecutive season in the Norwegian Premier League. Steinar Nilsen took over as head coach after the six-year tenure of Mons Ivar Mjelde. The club didn't see the big signings or sales in the January transferwindow. Local-lad Erlend Hanstveit left the club after 10 years, while thought-to-be star striker Njogu Demba-Nyrén was sold only one year after signing with the club following a season where his performance was below expectations.

Jørgen Skjelvik Norwegian footballer

Jørgen Skjelvik is a Norwegian professional footballer who plays for Odense as a left back. After starting his career with the local club Stabæk, Skjelvik moved to Sweden where he played in Allsvenskan with Helsingborg and Kalmar, before he returned to Norway and joined Rosenborg in July 2013. He has represented Norway from under-18 to under-21 level, but was left out of the Norwegian squad for the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship due to an injury.

The 2010 season is SK Brann's 102nd season and their 24th consecutive season in the Norwegian Premier League.

Magnus Sylling Olsen Norwegian footballer

Magnus Sylling Olsen is a retired Norwegian footballer. He has previously played for Aalesund in Tippeligaen in addition to the lower-league clubs Mjøndalen, Drøbak-Frogn, Kongsvinger, Bodø/Glimt and Sarpsborg 08. Sylling Olsen usually played on the left wing.

Eirik Markegård Norwegian footballer

Eirik Markegård is a Norwegian footballer who plays as a striker for the Norwegian fifth Division side Jardar. He has previously played for Stabæk and Strømsgodset in Tippeligaen as well as Hønefoss, Sandefjord, Tønsberg and Follo in lower leagues. Markegård was runner-up in the Norwegian Cup in 2010 with Follo.

The 2012 season saw Lillestrøm compete in the Tippeligaen as well as the 2012 Norwegian Football Cup. They finished the season in 9th in the Tippeligaen and they were knocked out of in the Fourth Round by Bodø/Glimt. It was the club's first season with Magnus Haglund as their manager.

The 2013 season was Sogndal's third season back in the Tippeligaen. They finished the season in 12th place and were knocked out of the cup by Vålerenga in the Fourth Round.

Svein Bakke was a Norwegian footballer who played for Sogndal Fotball from 1971 to 1990. Bakke was central player when Sogndal faced SK Brann in the 1976 Norwegian Football Cup. Bakke played 514 matches over his nineteen-year career and scored 321 goals.

The 2016 season is Sogndal's first season back in the Tippeligaen since their relegation at the end of the 2014 season.


  1. Leeds United (2006). "Eirik Bakke:Club Statement" Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine LeedsUnited.com (accessed 29 August 2006)
  2. BBC (28 August 2006). "Bakke faced with Elland Road exit" bbc.co.uk (accessed 29 August 2006)
  3. Sky Sports (30 August 2006). "Eirik's Bakke at Leeds" [ permanent dead link ] SkySports.com (accessed 31 August 2006)
  4. 1 2 Leeds United (September 2006). "Wolves Bid For Lewis (Info Later in Same Page)" Archived 29 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine LeedsUnited.com (accessed 13 September 2006)
  5. Sky Sports (1 September 2006). "Bakke seals Leeds exit" [ permanent dead link ] SkySports.com (accessed 1 September 2006)
  6. Sky Sports (25 May 2006). "Brann Wait On Bakke" [ permanent dead link ] skysports.com (accessed 29 August 2006)
  7. "Eirik Bakke legger opp". vg.no (in Norwegian). VG. 21 November 2012. Retrieved 20 December 2012.
  8. Norway - Record International Players Archived 4 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine - RSSSF