Mini Jakobsen

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Mini Jakobsen
Personal information
Full nameJahn Ivar Jakobsen [1]
Date of birth (1965-11-08) 8 November 1965 (age 55)
Place of birth Gravdal, Norway
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)m
Position(s) Winger/Forward
Youth career
IK Junkeren
IK Grand Bodø
Senior career*
1984–1987 FK Bodø/Glimt 80 (67)
1988–1990 Rosenborg BK 66 (43)
1990–1993 BSC Young Boys 80 (32)
1993 MSV Duisburg 2 (0)
1993–1994 Lierse S.K. 16 (1)
1994–2000 Rosenborg BK 128 (55)
National team
1988–1998 Norway 65 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Jahn Ivar Jakobsen, nicknamed Mini, (born 8 November 1965 in Gravdal) is a Norwegian former football player (winger/forward) who has played for, amongst others, Bodø/Glimt and Rosenborg. [2]


Club career

During the very early years of his career, Jakobsen played at Junkeren and Grand Bodø, two minor Norwegian clubs in the town of Bodø. Mini's actual professional career as a footballer started at the well-known Norwegian club Bodø/Glimt. When he arrived at the club, Bodø/Glimt played in the third division (the third highest division in Norway at the time), but did gain promotion in 1986. [3] In the Norwegian second division, Bodø/Glimt finished in seventh place in 1987. [4] At Bodø/Glimt, Jakobsen was the top scorer for four consecutive seasons: In 1984, with seven goals (third division), in 1985 with 18 goals (third), in 1986 with 26 goals (third) and in 1987 with 16 goals (second division).

In 1988, Jakobsen was transferred to Rosenborg along with teammate Ørjan Berg, and after a successful season – winning the Norwegian double and becoming the league's top scorer – he got his first cap for Norway. At Rosenborg he became well known as a high quality winger/striker.

After the Norwegian 1990 season, Jakobsen was transferred from Rosenborg to the Swiss club BSC Young Boys, and during the next four years hr played for several different European clubs in Switzerland, Germany and Belgium.

In 1994, Jakobsen returned to Rosenborg, and became a part of Rosenborg's better than expected performances in UEFA Champions League tournament. He then played for Norway in the 1998 World Cup, where they made the second round.

Jakobsen successfully ended his professional career at Rosenborg by winning the Norwegian double in 1999. He is now working as a sports reporter at the Norwegian TV channel TV 2.

Personal life

In his youth, Jakobsen changed his name from Jan Ivar to Jahn Ivar. He later stated that he changed his name because his idol, Norwegian singer Jahn Teigen, wrote his first name with an h. [5]

Career statistics

As of 12 January 2015
SeasonClubDivisionLeagueNational CupLeague CupEuropeTotal
1988 Rosenborg 1. Divisjon 22800228
1989 2218002218
1990 Tippeligaen 2217112318
1990-91 Young Boys Super League 21700217
1991-92 32900329
1992-93 2716002716
1993-94 Duisburg Bundesliga 200020
1993-94 Lierse Jupiler League 16100161
1994 Rosenborg Tippeligaen 520052
1995 2510002510
1996 2515002515
1997 2612002612
1998 2614002614
1999 21243255
Career Total292131540000297135





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