Martin Andresen

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Martin Andresen
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Personal information
Full nameMartin Andresen
Date of birth (1977-02-02) 2 February 1977 (age 43)
Place of birth Kråkstad, Norway
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position(s) Centre midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
1995–1997 Moss 45 (10)
1997 Viking 26 (8)
1998–1999 Stabæk 47 (16)
1999–2000 Wimbledon 13 (1)
2000Molde (loan) 9 (1)
2001–2004 Stabæk 87 (16)
2003–2004Blackburn (loan) 11 (0)
2005–2007 Brann 64 (11)
2008–2010 Vålerenga 40 (2)
2011–2012 Follo 8 (0)
2013 Stabæk 1 (0)
2015 Sandefjord 3 (0)
National team
1995–1998 Norway U21 24 (4)
2001–2009 Norway 43 (3)
Teams managed
2008–2012 Vålerenga
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Martin Andresen (born 2 February 1977) is a former Norwegian football, who played as a midfielder, [1] and a former football manager.


Club career

Andresen was born in Kråkstad. He was a regular on many Norway national youth teams while playing for Moss, Viking and Stabæk Fotball from 1995–1999. After the 1999 season, Andresen was sold to Premier League club Wimbledon in a deal worth £1 million. But like many of the other Norwegians in the club, his stay became short and unsuccessful. He scored once for Wimbledon; in a 2–1 loss to Liverpool. [2] After a short loan spell at Molde, Andresen returned to his motherclub Stabæk in 2001, where he proved himself to be one of the best central midfielders in Norway.

After a brilliant 2003 season, where Stabæk captured the bronze medals in the Norwegian Premier League, Andresen was loaned out to the Premiership club Blackburn Rovers for six months in 2004, from February to August, but did not sign a longer deal with the English club. Andresen return to Stabæk to save the club from relegation from the Norwegian Premier League. Andresen played while injured and Stabæk could not save their top spot in league Norway. Andresen, not willing to play in the Adeccoliga, asked to be sold. Many clubs in Norway were interested in the national team captain; the high price scared many away, including the champions Rosenborg. Vålerenga looked set to capture Andresen at Christmas 2004. Brann was helped by local investors to sign him on 23 December 2004.[ citation needed ]


Andresen became the most expensive transfer in Brann history, in a deal worth ca. 15.000.000 NOK (£1.310.000). After a disappointing first season, much ruined by injuries, Andresen made it clear that he would be "fit for fight" in 2006. In the pre-season he was appointed captain for Brann, clearly showing his importance for the club on and off the field. In 2006, Brann had their best season opening ever,[ citation needed ] with Andresen filling the captain role. He also periodically captained team Norway, playing in central midfield. In 2007 Brann won the Norwegian League, with Andresen as captain. He was described as the most valuable player by many Norwegian pundits.[ who? ] He was also named in the Team of the Year.


Andresen was announced as the new manager of Vålerenga on 6 November 2007 while still under contract with Brann for the remainder of the year. Brann terminated their working relationship with Andresen the day after. He signed a three-year-long contract with Vålerenga as player and manager. Andresen became the first player/head coach in Norway's top division (Tippeligaen) since Kjetil Rekdal (also with Vålerenga) in 2002.

He retired as a player before the 2010 season, but continued to play several matches for the reserve team in the Norwegian Second Division. In 2011, he played for Follo FK who were in the same division, making eight appearances for the club.

On 15 October 2012, Andresen was dismissed as manager for Vålerenga. [3]


He came out of retirement and joined Stabæk, who had been relegated from Tippeligaen, ahead of the 2013 season. [4]


He came out for retirement for a second time on 18 August 2015, and joined Sandefjord Fotball for the remainder of the 2015 Tippeligaen season. [1]

International career

He made his debut for Norway in a 15 August 2001 friendly match against Turkey and has earned a total of 43 caps, scoring 3 goals. [5]

Personal life

Martin Andresen is an heir to the Norwegian furniture manufacturer Skeidar.

He is also a keen bridge player. [6] In December 2009 he partnered Tor Helness to win one of the side events in the North American Bridge Championships in San Diego. [7]

Career statistics

As of 18 August 2015
1995 Moss 1. Divisjon 214??214
1996 Tippeligaen 246??246
1997 Viking 268??268
1998 Stabæk 258??258
1999 228??228
1999–2000 Wimbledon Premier League 14120151
2000 Molde Tippeligaen 910091
2001 Stabæk 24631277
2002 25151302
2003 25841299
2003–04 Blackburn Premier League 11000110
2004 Stabæk Tippeligaen 13120151
2005 Brann 17210182
2006 24320263
2007 23610246
2008 Vålerenga 23150281
2009 17150221
2010 000000
2011 Follo 2. Divisjon 500050
2012 300030
2013 Stabæk 1. Divisjon 100010
2015 Sandefjord Tippeligaen 300030
Career total3536530338368







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