Lars Bohinen

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Lars Bohinen
Bohinen in 2009
Personal information
Full name Lars Roar Bohinen [1]
Date of birth (1969-09-08) 8 September 1969 (age 51)
Place of birth Vadsø, Norway
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Sarpsborg 08 (manager)
Senior career*
1986 Bærum SK 2 (0)
1987 Lyn 20 (3)
1988–1989 Vålerenga 33 (5)
1989–1990 Viking 10 (0)
1990–1993 BSC Young Boys 58 (6)
1993Lillestrøm (loan) 19 (1)
1993–1995 Nottingham Forest 64 (7)
1995–1998 Blackburn Rovers 59 (7)
1998–2001 Derby County 56 (1)
2001–2002 Lyngby 26 (0)
2002 Farum 2 (0)
2003–2005 Vålerenga 6 (2)
National team
1989–1991 Norway U21 8 (1)
1989–1999 Norway 49 (10)
Teams managed
2004–2006 Vålerenga (assistant)
2007–2009 Stabæk (director of sports)
2012–2013 Asker
2014–2017 Sandefjord
2018–2020 Aalesund
2021– Sarpsborg 08
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 11 January 2008
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 January 2008

Lars Roar Bohinen (born 8 September 1969) is a Norwegian former professional footballer who played as a midfielder from 1986 until 2005 notably in the English Premier League for Nottingham Forest, Blackburn Rovers and Derby County. He is currently the manager of Eliteserien club Sarpsborg 08. Bohinen is of Kven descent.


Club career

Bohinen was born in Vadsø, Finnmark, in far northeastern Norway near the Soviet border in the Arctic. Nevertheless, he never played first team football in Finnmark. His first professional club was Vålerenga, and he played for Viking, Young Boys Bern, Nottingham Forest, Blackburn Rovers, Derby County Lyngby F.C. and Nordsjælland.

Nottingham Forest

Bohinen is perhaps best well known in England for his time with Nottingham Forest. He moved from BSC Young Boys to Frank Clark's Nottingham Forest for a £450,000 fee in 1993. He joined Forest at a time when they were struggling in the first division of English Football, and a clause in his contract meant that he could leave at any time if another club matched a £700,000 buyout fee. After gaining promotion to the Premier League with Forest, Bohinen stayed there for another season which included some famous goals for the Norwegian, most notably a 30-yard chip at White Hart Lane in a 4-1 victory for Forest against Tottenham Hotspur.

Blackburn Rovers

In 1995 English champions Blackburn matched the £700,000 buyout clause in his contract and Bohinen moved to Ewood Park, signing a three-year contract. [2] His first season was a success as he became a regular in the Blackburn side, scoring four league goals - including a double against his old club as Rovers thrashed Forest 7-0. Opportunities became more limited upon Roy Hodgson's arrival in 1997, as the new manager preferred more defensive-minded central midfielders.

Derby County

Bohinen joined Derby County from Blackburn in March 1998 for £1.45 million. He had his contract cancelled by the club in January 2001, [3] having scored just once in a 3-1 away defeat against Crystal Palace in April 1998. [4] [5]

International career

He made his debut for the Norwegian national team in 1989 and earned 49 caps, scoring 10 goals. [6] He once refused to play for the Norwegian national team against France in protest after the French Army started carrying out nuclear tests in the South Pacific. [7]


After he retired from footballing, Bohinen became assistant coach for Vålerenga in Oslo, Norway, but later quit the job. He later became sporting director in Stabæk, but resigned in April 2009.

In 2011, Bohinen finished third on the television show Skal vi danse?, the Norwegian version of Strictly Come Dancing. [8]

Lars Bohinen is a cousin of Sigurd Rushfeldt.

Managerial statistics

As of 1 August 2021
Asker 2 November 201228 October 2013291955065.52
Sandefjord 28 October 201320 December 2017134632150047.01
Aalesund 20 December 201723 August 202084501420059.52
Sarpsborg 08 6 June 2021Present11335027.27

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