Morten Jensen (football coach)

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Morten Jensen
Personal information
Full nameMorten Christoffer Jensen [1]
Date of birth (1980-03-09) 9 March 1980 (age 41) [2]
Place of birth Tananger, Norway
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Viking (manager)
Youth career
0000–1992 Havørn
1992–1998 Vidar
1998–1999 Viking
College career
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2003–2006 Dowling Golden Lions (72)
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2000–2002 Vidar
2003–2004 Havørn
2007 Stavanger IF
2008–2010 Vidar
2010–2012 Brodd 10 (5)
2013–2016 Havørn 33 (21)
Teams managed
2013–2016 Havørn
2017 Vidar
2018–2020 Viking (assistant)
2021– Viking
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Morten Christoffer Jensen (born 9 March 1980) is a Norwegian football coach and former player. He is currently head coach of Eliteserien club Viking FK.

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Jensen played youth football at Havørn, Vidar and Viking, before starting his professional career with Vidar. After a couple of years at the club, he joined the Dowling Golden Lions in 2003. He stayed in the US for four years, and then he returned to Norway to join Stavanger IF in 2007. He later had another spell at Vidar and a spell at Brodd, before becoming player-coach of his youth club Havørn. Ahead of the 2017 season, he became head coach of Vidar, and from 2018 to 2020 he was an assistant coach at Viking.

Playing career

Jensen started playing football for Tananger-based side Havørn, before transferring to Stavanger-based side Vidar in 1992. In 1998, he tried his luck at Tippeligaen club Viking FK, but a groin injury hindered his development, and kept him on the sideline for one and a half years. [3]

After his unsuccessful spell at Viking, Jensen returned to Vidar to play first team football. He spent most of his playing career playing for local clubs in the lower divisions in Norway, but he also played college soccer in the US for the Dowling Golden Lions, where he had a very successful period. [3] He joined the club in 2003. [4] In the 2004 season, Jensen scored 27 goals and made 16 assists in 19 matches. [5] In 2006, the Dowling Golden Lions won the NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Championship, and Jensen scored the game-winning goal in the final. [4] He finished the 2006 season with 24 goals and 10 assists, and was awarded NSCAA Division II National Player of the Year. [4]

In August 2007, he returned to Norway, signing for 2. divisjon club Stavanger IF. [6] He later played for Vidar and Brodd. [3]

Managerial career

Havørn and Vidar

Jensen became player-coach of 5. divisjon club Havørn ahead of the 2013 season. [7] The club earned promotion in his first season. [8] He stayed at the club for three more seasons, before being appointed head coach of 2. divisjon club Vidar on 8 December 2016. [9] [10] He stayed at Vidar for one season, a season where Vidar finished in 4th place in group 2 of the 2017 2. divisjon. [3]

Viking

On 19 December 2017, he became assistant coach under Bjarne Berntsen at newly relegated Eliteserien club Viking FK. [11] [12] He served as an assistant coach for three seasons, in which the club earned promotion to the top division in 2018, and won the Norwegian Football Cup in 2019.

On 26 November 2020, it was announced that head coach Bjarne Berntsen would leave Viking after the 2020 season. [13] Simultaneously, it was announced that Jensen and Bjarte Lunde Aarsheim would replace Berntsen, taking over as joint head coaches. [14] [15] Like Jensen, Lunde Aarsheim was also an assistant coach at the club before being appointed head coach. Jensen and Lunde Aarsheim took charge of Viking ahead of the 2021 season.

Honours

Club

Dowling Golden Lions

Individual

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References

  1. Morten Jensen at the Norwegian Football Federation (in Norwegian)
  2. Morten Jensen at WorldFootball.net
  3. 1 2 3 4 Flygind, Kjetil (30 March 2019). "Løpeturen som ble Morten Jensens viktigste kamp" [The run that turned into Morten Jensen's most important fight]. Stavanger Aftenblad (in Norwegian). Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 "Morten Jensen". Dowling Golden Lions. 3 December 2008. Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  5. "Morten (25) er stjerne i USA" [Morten (25) is a star in the US]. Rogalands Avis (in Norwegian). 16 March 2005. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  6. "SIF ut sesongen". Stavanger Aftenblad (in Norwegian). 22 August 2007. p. 41.
  7. "Jensen tar over Havørn". Rogalands Avis (in Norwegian). 14 December 2012. p. 19.
  8. "M 5. div. avd. 02 2013". Norwegian Football Federation. Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  9. Iversen, Espen; Birkemo, Arne (8 December 2016). "Morten Jensen ny Vidar-trener – Brede Hangeland går inn i uoffisiell rolle" [Morten Jensen is the new Vidar coach – Brede Hangeland enters unofficial role]. Rogalands Avis (in Norwegian). Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  10. Nilssen, Stig (8 December 2016). "Jensen blir ny Vidar-trener". Stavanger Aftenblad (in Norwegian). Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  11. "Bjarne Berntsen ny trener i Viking" [Bjarne Berntsen is the new Viking coach]. vikingfotball.no (in Norwegian). Viking FK. 19 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  12. Iversen, Espen (19 December 2017). "– Som å få gullbilletten til Wonkas sjokoladefabrikk". Rogalands Avis (in Norwegian). Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  13. Flygind, Kjetil; Nilssen, Stig (26 November 2020). "Bjarne Berntsen har fått sparken i Viking" [Bjarne Berntsen has been fired from Viking]. Stavanger Aftenblad (in Norwegian). Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  14. Nilssen, Stig; Flygind, Kjetil (26 November 2020). "Jensen og "Batty" overtar som likestilte hovedtrenere" [Jensen and «Batty» take over as joint head coaches]. Stavanger Aftenblad (in Norwegian). Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  15. Nilssen, Stig; Flygind, Kjetil (27 November 2020). "«Vi har mye å bevise og er tøffe i trynet som tar denne jobben»". Stavanger Aftenblad (in Norwegian). Retrieved 13 March 2021.