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Thorbjørn Svenssen in 1951
|Full name||Ole Thorbjørn Svenssen|
|Date of birth||22 April 1924|
|Place of birth||Sandefjord, Norway|
|Date of death||8 January 2011 86)(aged|
|Place of death||Sandefjord, Norway|
|Playing position||Central defender|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
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