Odd Iversen

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Odd Iversen
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Full nameOdd Helge Iversen
Date of birth(1945-11-06)6 November 1945
Place of birth Trondheim, Norway
Date of death 29 December 2014(2014-12-29) (aged 69)
Place of death Trondheim, Norway
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
1964 Trond
Senior career*
1964–1965 Rosenborg 2 13 (13)
1965–1969 Rosenborg 54 (73)
1969–1972 Racing Mechelen 44 (27)
1973–1975 Rosenborg 42 (29)
1976–1979 Vålerenga 65 (35)
1980–1982 Rosenborg 64 (21)
National team
1966 Norway U21 5 (4)
1967–1979 Norway 45 (19)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Odd "Ivers" Iversen (6 November 1945 – 29 December 2014) was a Norwegian footballer who played as a striker; he is notable for his former record of 158 goals in Norwegian top tier football, as well as his still-standing record of 30 goals in a single season.



Iversen began his career in Rosenborg in 1964, and would spend twelve of his eighteen years as a top tier footballer in the club. He is often regarded as one of the greatest Norwegian footballers ever, and was the top goalscorer four times in the Norwegian top division (1967, 1968, 1969 and 1979). Upon retirement in 1982, he became the first Norwegian player in history to get a testimonial match by his club (Rosenborg). At the time of his death he still held the record of most goals scored in one season (30 goals in 18 matches), a record that as of November 2020 still stands. [1] During his career as a footballer he scored 158 goals in the top division, a record that stood for more than 20 years until it was broken by Petter Belsvik (159) in 2003. Since then, Harald Martin Brattbakk (166) and Sigurd Rushfeldt (172) have also passed Iversen in the all-time goalscoring chart.

In addition to Rosenborg, Iversen also played for Vålerenga and Racing Mechelen in Belgium. He also got 45 caps and 19 goals for the Norwegian national team. [2]

Personal life and death

Odd Iversen is the father of Steffen Iversen. He died in Trondheim in the early hours of 29 December 2014 from an unspecified illness, aged 69. [3]





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  2. http://www.home.no/greenriver/players/iversen_o.html
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