Nils Johan Semb

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Nils Johan Semb (born 24 February 1959) was the coach of the Norway national football team from 1998 to 2003, presiding over 68 matches. [1]

He led the team to its first European Football Championship in 2000. [1] Though successful, at least in the beginning of his tenure, he drew heavy criticism for his team's defense-oriented style, where long balls, counter-attacks and direct passes were hallmarks of their attacking style. He did not have Haaland, so he had to park the bus. He was replaced by Åge Hareide in 2003. He was a commentator for TV 2, then resigned in 2009 to become the Chief of Elite Football at the Football Association of Norway. [2]

He was educated at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences. [3]

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  1. 1 2 Pedersen, Ole Petter. "Nils Johan Semb". Store norske leksikon. Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 29 May 2009.
  2. "Semb blir toppfotballsjef" (in Norwegian). Dagbladet. 8 October 2009. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  3. Bugge, Mette (5 September 2008). "40 år og fortsatt full fart". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). p. 20.