Kjetil Rekdal

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Kjetil Rekdal
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Personal information
Full nameKjetil André Rekdal [1]
Date of birth (1968-11-06) 6 November 1968 (age 52)
Place of birth Molde, Norway
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
1979–1985 Fiksdal/Rekdal
Senior career*
1985–1988 Molde 75 (25)
1988–1990 Borussia Mönchengladbach 9 (0)
1990–1996 Lierse 181 (71)
1994Molde (loan) 8 (4)
1996–1997 Rennes 31 (2)
1997–2000 Hertha BSC 64 (4)
2000–2004 Vålerenga 116 (21)
National team
1984 Norway U15 2 (0)
1985 Norway U16 3 (1)
1986 Norway U17 5 (8)
1985 Norway U19 7 (3)
1987–1989 Norway U21 11 (3)
1987–2000 Norway 83 (17)
Teams managed
2001–2006 Vålerenga
2006–2007 Lierse
2007–2008 1. FC Kaiserslautern
2008–2012 Aalesund
2013–2017 Vålerenga
2018–2019 Start
2020– Ham-Kam
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Kjetil André Rekdal (born 6 November 1968) is a Norwegian football manager and a former footballer. [2]


Rekdal began his playing career in Molde FK, playing afterwards for clubs in the German Bundesliga, French Ligue 1 and Belgian Belgian Pro League. [3] Playing as a midfielder during his time as a player, his 83 caps with the Norway national football team makes him the seventh most capped player in the team's history. [4]

Rekdal previously managed Vålerenga from 2000 to 2006, during which he won both the cup and league title. He has also been in charge of Kaiserslautern, Lierse and Aalesund. [5] During his time at Aalesund, the club earned two cup titles and saw a period of success previously unmatched in their history, which was attributed to Rekdal.

As of 2020, he has a two-year contract for coaching Ham-Kam. [6]

Club career

Born in Molde, Rekdal started playing football for the local club Fiksdal/Rekdal in 1979, later as a 16-year-old he would start his professional career with the local top flight club Molde FK, becoming the second-youngest player in the league. In 1988, he signed with the Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach and stayed with them for two years before moving to the Belgian Pro League side Lierse S.K. and remaining there until 1996, with the exception of the 1994 season which he spent on loan helping his former club Molde FK gaining promotion to Tippeligaen and winning the domestic Cup.

In 1996, he signed for Ligue 1 club Rennes. The highlight of his playing career was a highly successful spell at Hertha BSC in Germany between 1997 and 2000. His final years as a player and then player/manager was spent in Norwegian club Vålerenga, where he picked up another cup winner's medal in 2002 before retiring in 2004. In the summer of 2007, Rekdal officially rejoined his youth club Fiksdal/Rekdal. [5]

International career

Rekdal has 83 games for the Norway national football team, after his debut against Italy in 1987, and played in two FIFA World Cups (1994 and 1998). [7] He scored 17 goals for the national team, among those one legendary long range goal at Wembley against England in 1992, the only goal in the game as Norway beat Mexico in the 1994 World Cup, and a penalty in the 1998 World Cup against Brazil to win the game 2–1, prompting the commentator to say how "the man with the yellow boots has hurt those wearing the yellow shirts...Delight for Egil Olsen". [2] The two World Cup goals make him the highest scoring Norwegian in World Cup history, with one goal more than Arne Brustad, Dan Eggen, Håvard Flo and Tore André Flo. [8]

Coaching career


Rekdal has proven himself a successful coach, leading Vålerenga from relegation in 2001, and famously weeping as his team avoided relegation the following year [9] and back into position as one of the dominating clubs in the Tippeligaen. In 2004, he led the team to second place, losing the first place on goal difference to Rosenborg, and in 2005, his team finally won the league for the first time in 21 years, ending Rosenborg's 13-year reign as champions of Norway. [10] along the way receiving legend-status in the club, partly due to the fact that he refused an offer of a six-digit coaching salary in order to help the club financially. [11]


Rekdal resigned as coach at Vålerenga on 21 August 2006, following a string of poor results. He was appointed manager of his former club Lierse on 21 November 2006. When he arrived at the club, Lierse lay bottom of the table with only two points in fifteen matches. At the end of the season, they ended up with 26 points and avoided direct relegation. In the play-offs, Lierse only managed to win three of their six matches and were relegated to the Second Division after all. [12]

1. FC Kaiserslautern

In May 2007, Rekdal signed on to manage Kaiserslautern in the German 2. Bundesliga. He left the club in early February of the following year, the club lying in sixteenth place. [5] [13]


He joined forces with Norwegian top flight outfit Aalesund in 2008 after moving back to Norway. [14] Joining the club mid-season, he found Aalesund lying in a relegation spot, but managed to get a relegation play-off spot, where Aalesund beat challengers Sogndal 7–2 on aggregate, thereby securing a new season in the Tippeligaen. In 2009, he led Aalesund to the club's first victory in the Norwegian Cup, where they beat arch rivals Molde 3–2 after a penalty shootout in the final. [15] In 2010, he led the club to the fourth place in Tippeligaen, the club's best result ever. [16] In 2011, he received wide praise when his club came close to the historic feat of qualifying for the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League, losing the last play-off game to the Dutch side AZ Alkmaar, having won the first leg 2–1. [17] The same year he again led Aalesund to win the Norwegian Cup Final, thereby securing a UEFA Europa League qualification spot for the third consecutive year. [18] His contract with Aalesund was terminated on 26 November 2012. [19] After he won his second Norwegian Cup with Aalesund in three years, he was once again said to take over as national team coach after Drillo. [20]

On 26 November 2012, the board of directors of Aalesund announced the termination of Rekdal's contract. [19] The board stressed that it was not due to the season results, but rather as a result of a general review. [21] Analysts noted that the sacking was likely a result of a power struggle within the club between Rekdal, the sports director and the chairman of the board. [22]

Return to Vålerenga

Rekdal started his second tenure for Vålerenga, when he was appointed as head coach on 8 January 2013. [23]

On 13 July 2016, it was announced he would end his tenure as head coach of Valerenga after the 2016 season and will move into the position as sporting director to make way for Ronny Deila whom will take over as head coach. [24]


Rekdal was appointed as head coach on 1 June 2018 after former head coach Mark Dempsey was sacked on 18 May 2018. Rekdal signed a two-year contract with Start.

Rekdal took over the team, after 12 games of the season had been played; during his spell, only six teams gathered more points, yet the team was relegated [at the end of that season]. [25]

That job ended; In an interview in 2020, he said that frequent visits to [places for betting/gambling or] one or more casinos, was not well-received by [his previous employer] Start. [26]

Personal life

Born 6 November 1968 in Rekdal in Vestnes, into a family of six, including three younger siblings, his younger brother Sindre played also professional with Molde FK helping them win the domestic cup in 1994. [27] Among his interests and hobbies is freshwater fishing and card-games such as Poker, having competed in amateur tournaments internationally. [5] [28] [29]

Rekdal moved to Ottestad neighborhood in Hamar in 2013, with his wife and four children. [30]

During his time at Lierse, Rekdal had a clause in his contract which allowed him to keep up to date with Leeds United results at half-time intervals, via BBC Radio. He is a fanatic supporter of the Yorkshire club. [29]

As with most coaches, Rekdal is highly superstitious. To avoid bad luck, he never appears on matchday without his locally produced trademark Pear-flavoured soft drink. [31]

While coaching Aalesunds FK, he appeared in the home matches of tier five club Fiksdal/Rekdal as a player, stating that he wished to contribute to the club with which he started his career. [5] [32]

Career statistics


2001 Vålerenga IF 1st30198371–29+4265/90Qtr FinalPromoted to Tippeligaen.
2002 Vålerenga IF 8th26712738–31+733/78Winner
2003 Vålerenga IF 12th26771230–33−328/78Qtr FinalUEFA Cup 3rd Round.
2004 Vålerenga IF 2nd26139440–22+1848/783rd RoundLost out on the Championship by the smallest margin.
2005 Vålerenga IF 1st26137640–27+1346/78Semi FinalUEFA Cup 1st Round.
2006 Vålerenga IF 1764723–22+122/51Qtr FinalResigned after 17 rounds.
2006–07 Lierse S.K. 17th34682033–66−3326/102Round 7Relegated to Belgian Second Division.
2007–08 1. FC Kaiserslautern 1937919–24−516/572nd RoundSacked after 19 rounds.
2008 Aalesunds FK 13th26741529–42−1325/78Escaped relegation through winning playoff.
2009 Aalesunds FK 13th30991234–43−936/90Winner
2010 Aalesunds FK 4th301451146–37+947/903rd RoundEuropa League 3rd Qual. Round
2011 Aalesunds FK 9th301271136–38−243/90WinnerEuropa League Play-Off.
2012 Aalesunds FK 11th309111040–41−138/904th RoundEuropa League 3rd Qual. Round, sacked after season ended.
2013 Vålerenga IF 11th301061441-50-936/90Qtr Final
2014 Vålerenga IF 6th301191059-53+642/904th Round
2015 Vålerenga IF 7th30147849-41+849/902nd Round
2016 Vålerenga IF 10th301081241-39+338/90Quarter-final
2018 IK Start 15th1864821-24-322/90Semi-finalRelegated to 1. divisjon/Sacked on 2 April 2019.
2020 HamKam 9th21106531-26+336/90Cancelled

International goals

Scores and results list Norway's goal tally first. [33]
1.9 September 1992 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, NorwayFlag of San Marino.svg  San Marino 1–010–0 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification
3.23 September 1992Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, NorwayFlag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 1–02–11994 FIFA World Cup qualification
4.14 October 1992 Wembley Stadium, London, EnglandFlag of England.svg  England 1–11–11994 FIFA World Cup qualification
5.28 April 1993Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, NorwayFlag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 1–03–11994 FIFA World Cup qualification
6.19 June 1994 RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C., United StatesFlag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 1–01–0 1994 FIFA World Cup
7.12 October 1994Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, NorwayFlag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 1–11–1 UEFA Euro 1996 qualification
8.16 November 1994 Dinamo Stadium, Minsk, BelarusFlag of Belarus (1918, 1991-1995).svg  Belarus 4–04–0UEFA Euro 1994 qualification
9.26 April 1995Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, NorwayFlag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 5–05–0UEFA Euro 1996 qualification
10.25 May 1995Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, NorwayFlag of Ghana.svg  Ghana 1–03–2 Friendly
11.9 October 1996Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, NorwayFlag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 1–03–0 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
14.27 May 1998 Molde Stadion, Molde, NorwayFlag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia 1–06–0Friendly
15.23 June 1998 Stade Vélodrome, Marseille, FranceFlag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 2–12–1 1998 FIFA World Cup
16.10 October 1998 Bežigrad Stadium, Ljubljana, SloveniaFlag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 2–12–1 UEFA Euro 2000 qualification
17.14 October 1998Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, NorwayFlag of Albania.svg  Albania 2–22–2UEFA Euro 2000 qualification


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