Erik Thorstvedt

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Erik Thorstvedt
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Thorstvedt in 2011
Personal information
Full nameErik Thorstvedt [1]
Date of birth (1962-10-28) 28 October 1962 (age 58)
Place of birth Stavanger, Norway
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Youth career
Senior career*
1980–1981 Viking 0 (0)
1981–1983 Eik-Tønsberg 44 (0)
1983–1985 Viking 38 (0)
1985–1987 Borussia Mönchengladbach 12 (0)
1987–1988 IFK Göteborg 22 (2)
1988–1996 Tottenham Hotspur 173 (1)
National team
1982 Norway U-21 5 (0)
1982–1996 Norway 97 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Erik Thorstvedt (born 28 October 1962) is a former Norwegian professional football goalkeeper. [2] He won 97 caps for the Norwegian national team, and was the starter in goal at the 1994 FIFA World Cup. [3]



He has played for Viking, Eik-Tønsberg, Borussia Mönchengladbach, IFK Göteborg and Tottenham Hotspur. He was the first Norwegian to win the FA Cup when he won it with Spurs in 1991 and later became the first Norwegian to play in the Premier League. During his time at Tottenham Thorstvedt lived in the Hertfordshire town of Hoddesdon. [4]

Thorstvedt retired in 1996 due to back injuries. [4] After his career as a player, he worked as a goalkeeping coach with the Norwegian national team, [4] and had a brief spell as Director of Football at Viking.

He has worked as an expert commentator/pundit for various TV channels, [4] and was the TV-host on the Royal League matches shown on TVNorge. [5] He was also the coach of Tufte IL, a team created for the reality-TV show Heia Tufte!. [6] For his appearance in this show he was awarded the Se og Hør readers' TV personality of the year award. [7] He had a weekly football show on Mondays called "Matchball Mandag" on TV2 where he and guests looked at games played in the Norwegian top division with a humorous approach.


Tottenham Hotspur

Personal life

He is the father of Norwegian model and former MTV presenter Charlotte Thorstvedt and Genk midfielder Kristian Thorstvedt. [10]

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  10. "En telefonsamtale gjorde Thorstvedt til Viking-spiller". (in Norwegian). Aftenposten. 22 April 2018. Retrieved 15 January 2019.