Vidar Riseth

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Vidar Riseth
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Riseth pictured in May 2006
Personal information
Full nameVidar Riseth [1]
Date of birth (1972-04-21) 21 April 1972 (age 49) [2]
Place of birth Frosta, Norway
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) [3]
Position(s) Centre back / Central midfielder
Youth career
0000–1990 Neset
1991–1992 Rosenborg
Senior career*
1992–1993 Rosenborg 11 (2)
1993–1996 Kongsvinger 56 (20)
1995–1996Luton Town (loan) 11 (0)
1996–1998 LASK Linz 69 (11)
1998–2000 Celtic 56 (3)
2000–2003 1860 Munich 43 (3)
2003–2007 Rosenborg 104 (12)
2007–2009 Lillestrøm 32 (2)
2009Strømsgodset (loan) 7 (0)
2010 Kongsvinger 14 (0)
National team
1997–2007 Norway 52 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Vidar Riseth (born 21 April 1972) is a Norwegian former professional footballer.


Riseth played for Neset, Rosenborg, Kongsvinger, Lillestrøm and Strømsgodset in Norway, and Luton Town, LASK Linz, Celtic and 1860 Munich abroad. He played 52 times for the Norwegian national team, scoring four goals, and played for his country at the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000. [4] He retired as a professional footballer in June 2010.

Club career

Early career

Riseth joined Rosenborg from local side Neset in January 1991. He played one game in the 1992 championship winning season, but had more games as Rosenborg won back to back in 1993. In 1994, he joined Kongsvinger. He played there for three seasons, scoring regularly as he played as a centre forward at this time of his career. [5] Late in his Kongsvinger career, he went for a brief loan to Luton.

On 20 March 2000, while playing for Scottish club Celtic, he scored the opening goal in the 2000 Scottish League Cup Final, which Celtic went on to win 2–0. [6] In November, he moved on loan to German club 1860 Munich until the end of the season. [7] At the end of his loan spell, the two clubs discussed making the deal permanent. [8]

He returned to Norway to play for Rosenborg, and on 24 October 2007, helped secure their first UEFA Champions League home victory in six years, scoring the second in a shock 2–0 win against Spanish club Valencia. [9]

Career statistics

Club performanceLeagueCupOtherContinentalTotal
NorwayLeague Norwegian Cup Europe Total
1992 [10] Rosenborg Tippeligaen 10000010
1993 [10] 1022320145
1994 [11] Kongsvinger 18320203
1995 [11] 2412432815
EnglandLeague FA Cup League Cup A-I Cup Total
1995–96 [12] Luton Town Division One 110000010120
NorwayLeague Norwegian Cup Europe Total
1996 [11] Kongsvinger Tippeligaen 14543188
AustriaLeague Austrian Cup Supercup Europe Total
1996–97 [13] [14] LASK Linz Bundesliga 3374110388
1997–98 [13] [14] 29441335
1998–99 [13] [14] 702090
ScotlandLeague Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
1998–99 [12] Celtic Premier League 273300000303
1999–2000 [12] 280104150381
2000–01 [12] 1000103151
GermanyLeague DFB-Pokal Ligapokal Europe Total
2000–01 [15] 1860 Munich Bundesliga 211100000221
2001–02 [15] 1921061263
2002–03 [15] 30101050
NorwayLeague Norwegian Cup Royal League Europe Total
2003 [10] Rosenborg Tippeligaen 20350100353
2004 [10] 254405070414
2005 [10] 21310101324
2006 [10] 2415051342
2007 [10] 14110101252
2008 [3] Lillestrøm 2221010242
2009 [3] 10030130
2009 [3] Strømsgodset 700070
2010 [3] Kongsvinger 14000140
Career total40353491115257452470


Source: [4]
Norway national team

International goals




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