Reidar Kvammen

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Reidar Kvammen
Personal information
Full nameReidar Kvammen [1]
Date of birth(1914-07-23)23 July 1914
Place of birth Stavanger, Norway
Date of death 27 October 1998(1998-10-27) (aged 84)
Place of death Stavanger, Norway
Position(s) Striker
Senior career*
1931–1952 Viking
National team
1933–1949 Norway 51 (17)
Teams managed
1953 Molde
1957 Bryne
1960–1963 Bryne
1964 Viking
1966 Bryne
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Olympic medal record
Men's Football
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 1936 Berlin Team

Reidar Kvammen (23 July 1914 – 27 October 1998) was a Norwegian footballer. Kvammen was an inside-forward who played his entire career for Viking, and is regarded as one of Norway's greatest footballers of all time. Kvammen was the first Norwegian footballer to reach 50 caps. Overall, he played 51 internationals and scored 17 goals for Norway. [2]


Kvammen was a prominent member of the Norwegian bronze-medal winning team in the 1936 Olympics, and also played in the World Cup two years later. At club level, he scored 202 goals, [3] which to this date is still a Viking club record. [4]

After his career as player, Kvammen had spells as coach at Molde, [5] Bryne and Viking.

Personal life

Kvammen was born in Stavanger, the son of shoemaker Rasmus Andreas Kvammen and Janna Kvammen, and worked as a police officer. He married Anna Martea Steen in 1942. [6] During the German occupation of Norway Kvammen was sent to a concentration camp in German-occupied Poland. He was imprisoned in August 1943 and held in prison in Stavanger, then in Grini concentration camp from August to December 1943, then in Stutthof concentration camp until the end of the war. [7]

His autobiography, 50 ganger på Norges landslag, was issued in 1949. [6]

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  1. "Reidar Kvammen" (in Norwegian). Football Association of Norway. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 May 2013. Retrieved 6 February 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 January 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. Jensen 2016: p. 140
  5. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 18 September 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. 1 2 Jorsett, Per. "Reidar Kvammen". In Helle, Knut (ed.). Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  7. Ottosen, Kristian, ed. (2004). Nordmenn i fangenskap 1940–1945 (in Norwegian) (2nd ed.). Oslo: Universitetsforlaget. p. 422. ISBN   82-15-00288-9.


  • Jensen, Øyvind Steen (2016). Bronselaget. Historien om Norges største fotballhelter (in Norwegian). Oslo: Forlaget Historie & Kultur.