Roar Strand

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Roar Strand
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Personal information
Date of birth (1970-02-02) 2 February 1970 (age 51)
Place of birth Trondheim, Norway
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
1989–2010 Rosenborg 416 (79)
1993Molde (loan) 23 (9)
2013–2015 Mosvik 11 (4)
2016– Melhus 14 (8)
National team
1994–2003 Norway 42 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Roar Strand (born 2 February 1970) is a Norwegian former football player. He played as a midfielder at the Norwegian club Rosenborg. Strand was capped 42 times for the Norwegian national team. He is the player with the fourth-highest number of appearances in the Norwegian top division. He has won 16 league titles, more than any other player in history and the Norwegian Football Cup five times, and he has scored goals in 21 consecutive top flight seasons.




Strand was born in Trondheim and played for Rosenborg his whole career, except for the 1993 season when he was loaned out to Molde FK, from he made his debut in 1989 till he retired in 2010. He mostly played as midfielder but as an allrounder he also played as winger and wingback.

Strand won the Norwegian top division 16 times (11 consecutive) as well as the Norwegian Football Cup five times with Rosenborg. He participated in the UEFA Champions League 11 times with Rosenborg and played 71 Champions League matches and 100 matches including the qualification matches. He is third on the list of most appearances in the Norwegian Premier Division. [1]

He is looked upon as a hero among supporters of Rosenborg because he has always been loyal to the club without having played abroad where the salaries are higher. He is also highly respected among both players and fans of other Norwegian clubs. The number 6 jersey he used in Rosenborg was retired in his honor. This is the only time Rosenborg has retired a jersey number.

Roar Strand has played over 400 matches in the Norwegian Tippeliga. Match number 400 was against HamKam on Sunday 21 September 2008. Sunday 19 April 2009 he played match number 600 for Rosenborg BK. That includes Norwegian top division, Norwegian Cup, European cups and Royal League. [2]

Strand shares a European record with Manchester United's Ryan Giggs of scoring in 21 consecutive top flight seasons. That equals Pelé, but is behind Romario, who scored in 23 consecutive seasons. [3]


Strand played for various youth teams between 1986 and 1989 before he was called up to the Norwegian U-21 side in 1990, where he played ten games and scored six goals.

In 1994, he was called up to the squad for the 1994 World Cup in the United States, but he did not play. His debut came on 5 June in a 2–0 loss against Sweden in the preparation for the World Cup.

Strand played in the 1998 World Cup in France and in the 2000 European Football Championship in Belgium and the Netherlands. He retired from the national team in 2003, despite pressure for him to carry on.

Strand is one of only 19 players in Champions League history to have made 100 or more appearances in the competition for the same club.

He played 42 games and scored four goals for Norway. [4]

Career statistics

Statistics accurate as of 1 November 2009

Club performanceLeagueCupContinentalTotal
NorwayLeague Norwegian Cup Europe Total
1989 Rosenborg Tippeligaen 1202010150
1993 Molde 23962--2911
1994 Rosenborg 2265142319



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