Rest of The Nordic Union

Rest of The Nordic legends are mainly qualified by Norwegian players combined with a few Finnish and Icelandic players. The first legends Einar Gunderson started from the late 1920s. The 1930s saw a great Norwegian team led by Arne Brustud.  However, the first world-class player has to spend time until the late 1980s when Rube Bratseth performed in Bundesliga as a world-class defender in related season. In the mid-1990s, Jari Litmenen achieved the highest status of third place Ballon’Dor among rest of the Nordic players. 

Rest of The Nordic



Location : Northern Europe
European Championship Participation  : 2 Times (2000, 2016)
World Cup Participation  : 3 Times (1938, 1994, 1998)
Achievement   : 1936 Olympic Game Bronze Medal
Most Caps : Jari Litmanen (130 Games)
Top Scorer   :   Jorgen Juve (33 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever :   Jari Litmanen


All-Time Rest of the Nordic Squad


1. Eric Thorstvedt

Date Of Birth  :  28 October 1962
Height  :  193 cm, Position  :  Goalkeeper
Nation  :  Norway, Caps  :  97 Games
Major Club :  Tottenham Hotspurs
World Cup Participation : 1994 (3 Games)
Club Honours  : 1 Time FA Cup
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement  : 1990 Norwegian Footballer of The Year
Class  :  Prince Bronze



2. Arto Tolsa

Date Of Birth  :  9 August 1945
Height  : Unknown, Position : Right-Back
Nation :  Finland, Caps : 77 Games
Major Club  :  Beerschot  
World Cup Participation  : None
Club Honours : 1 Time Finnish League
1 Time Belgian Cup
International Honours :  None
Individual Achievement : 3 Times Finnish Footballer of The Year
Class  : Prince Bronze



3. John Arne Riise

Date Of Birth  :  24 September 1980
Height : 185 cm, Position : Left-Wing-Back
Nation  : Norway, Caps : 84 Games
Major Club  : Liverpool, Roma
World Cup Participation : None
Club Honours : 1 Time French Cup
1 Time FA Cup, 1 Time League Cup
2005 UEFA Champion League
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement :  2006 Norwegian Footballer of The Year
Class  :  Princess Gold
4. Rune Bratseth

Date Of Birth  : 19 March 1961
Height  : 192 cm, Position :  Sweeper
Nation :  Norway, Caps : 60 Games
Major Club  : Werder Bremen
World Cup Participation : 1994 (3 Games)
Club Honours : 1 Time Norwegian League
2 Times Bundesliga, 2 Times DFB-Pokal
1992 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement :  
3 Times Norwegian Footballer of The Year (1991, 1992, 1994)
UEFA Jubilee Award (Norway)
Class  :  Prince Gold

5. Sami Hyypia

Date Of Birth  :  7 October 1973
Height : 195 cm, Position : Center-Back
Nation : Finland, Caps : 103 Games
Major Club : Liverpool
World Cup Participation :  None
Club Honours  : 2 Times FA Cup         
2 Times English League Cup, 2001 UEFA Cup
2005 UEFA Champion League Winner, 2007 Runner-Up
International Honours  : None
Individual Achievement : 7 Times Finnish Footballer of The Year
2001 Finnish Sports Personality of The Year
Class  :  Prince Silver

6. Asbjorn Halvorsen

Date Of Birth  : 3 December 1898
Position : Destroyer
Height  :  168 cm
Nation : Norway, Caps : 19 Games
Major Club : Hamburg SV
Olympic Games Participation : 1920 
Club Honours : 2 Times German Championship
1 Time FA Cup, 1999 UEFA Champion League
International Honours    :   None
Individual Achievement  :  None
Class  :  Prince Silver


7. Asgier Sigurvinsson

Date Of Birth  :  8 May 1955
Position  :  Playmaker
Height  : 182 cm
Nation :  Iceland, Caps  : 45 Games
Major Club :  VFB Stittgart
World Cup Participation  :   None
Club Honours : 1 Time Bundesliga Champion
1 Time Icelandic Cup,1 Time Belgian Cup,1 Time DFB-Pokal
International Honours  : None
Individual Achievement : UEFA Jubilee Award (Iceland)
Class  :  Prince Silver


8. Roald Jensen

Date Of Birth  :  13 January 1943
Height  : 170 cm, Position : Right-Winger
Nation : Norway, Caps  : 31 Games
Major Club :  Brann Bergen, Hearts of Midlothian
World Cup Participation :  None
Club Honours  : 2 Times Norwegian League
1 Time Norwegian Cup
International Honours    :   None
Individual Achievement  :   None
Class : Prince Silver



9. Jorgen Juve

Date Of Birth  :  22 November 1906
Position : Box-To-Box Midfielder/ Target Striker
Nation :  Norway, Caps  : 45 Games (33 Goals)
Height  :  Unknown, Major Club :  Lyn
World Cup Participation  :   1938 (No Game)
Club Honours :  Unknown
International Honours : 1936 Olympic Game Bronze Medal
Individual Achievement  :  Norway All-Time Top Scorer
Class  :  Prince Silver




10. Jari Litmanen

Date Of Birth  :  20 February 1971
Height :  182 cm, Position : Deep-Lying Forward
Nation  :  Finland, Caps : 114 Games (30 Goals)
Major Club : Ajax Amsterdam
Club Honours : 5 Times Dutch Champions, 3 Times Dutch Cup
1 Time Finnish Cup, 1 Time FA Cup, 2001 UEFA Cup
1995 UEFA Champion League, Intercontinental Cup
International Honours, World Cup Participation : None
Individual Achievement : 8 Times Finnish Footballer of The Year
1993 Dutch League Footballer of The Year
1994 Dutch League Top Scorer, 1995 Bronze Ball Ballon'Dor
1995 Finnish Sport Personality of The Year
1996 UEFA Champion League Top Scorer
Finland All-Time Top Scorer, UEFA Jubilee Award (Finland)
Class  :  Prince Silver


11. Arne Brustad

Date Of Birth  : 14 April 1912
Position : Left-Winger
Nation :  Norway
Height :  177 cm
Major Club  :  Lyn
Caps  : 33 Games (17 Goals)
World Cup Participation  :  1938 (1 Game)
Club Honours  :  2 Times Norwegian Cup
International Honours  :  1936 Olympic Game Bronze Medal
Individual Achievement :  None
Class  :  Prince Silver

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Substitution


12. Jussi Jaaskaleinen

Date Of Birth  :  19 April 1975
Position  :  Goalkeeper
Height  :  191 cm
Nation  :  Finland
Caps   : 56 Games
Major Club  :  Bolton
World Cup Participation  :  None
Club Honours  :  None
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement :  2007 Finnish Footballer of the Year
Class  :  Prince Bronze

13. Thorbjorn Svenssen

Date Of Birth  :  22 April 1924
Position  :  Center-Back
Height  :  191 cm
Nation  :  Norway
Caps   : 104 Games
Major Club  :  Sandefjord
World Cup Participation  :  None
Club Honours  :  None
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement :  None
Class  :  Prince Silver

14. Ronny Johnsen

Date Of Birth  :  10 June 1969
Position : Stopper/Destroyer
Height  :  188 cm
Nation : Norway, Caps  : 62 Games
Major Club : Manchester United
World Cup Participation  : 1998 (4 Games)
Club Honours  : 4 Times English Premier League
1 Time FA Cup, 1999 UEFA Champion League
International Honours    :   None
Individual Achievement  :  None
Class  :  Prince Bronze


15. Per Bredesen

Date Of Birth  :  22 December 1930
Position  :  Attacking Midfielder/ Right-Winger
Nation  :  Norway
Height  :  173 cm
Major Club  :   Lazio
Caps  : 18 Games (7 Goals)
World Cup Participation  :  None
Club Honours : 1 Time Italian Series A
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement :  None
Class  :  Prince Bronze



16. Reidar Kvammen

Date Of Birth  :  23 July 1914
Position  :  Attacking Midfielder
Height  :  Unknown
Nation  :  Norway
Caps  : 51 Games (17 Goals)
Major Club :  Viking
World Cup Participation :  1938 (1 Game)
Club Honours :  2 Times Norwegian Cup
International Honours  : 1936 Olympic Game Bronze Medal
Individual Achievement  :  None
Class  :  Prince Silver


17. Tom Lund

Date Of Birth  :  10 September 1950
Height :   180 cm, Position : Attacking Midfielder
Nation  :  Norway, Caps  : 47 Games  (12 Goals)
Major Club  :  Lillestrom
World Cup Participation  :   None
Professional Scores Record : 196 Goals/ 336 Games
Club Honours  :  2 Times Norwegian League
3 Times Norwegian Cup
International Honours  :   None
Individual Achievement : 1 Time Norwegian League Top Scorer
1981 Norwegian Sportsperson of The Year
Class  :  Prince Silver

18. Hallvar Thoresen

Date Of Birth  : 12 April 1957
Position : Attacking Midfielder
Height  : 178 cm
Nation  : Norway
Caps  :  50 Games
Major Club  :  PSV Eindhoven
World Cup Participation  :  None
Professional Scores Record : 152 Goals/314 Games
Club Honours : 3 Times Dutch League, 1 Time Dutch Cup
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement  :  None
Class  : Prince Silver

19. Einar Gundersen

Date Of Birth  : 20 September 1896
Position : Fats Striker  Nation  :  Norway
Caps  :  33 Games (26 Goals)
Height :  Unknown
Position : Target Striker
Major Club :  Odd Grenland
World Cup Participation  : None
Club Honours  : 5 Times Norwegian Cup
International Honours    :   None
Individual Achievement  :    None
Class  : Prince Bronze


20. Odd Iversen

Date Of Birth  :  6 November 1945
Position : Target Striker
Height :  181 cm
Nation  :  Norway
Caps   : 45 Games (19 Goals)
Major Club :  Rosenborg
World Cup Participation  :   None
Professional Scores Record : 185 Goals/ 269 Games
Club Honours    :   2 Times Norwegian League
International Honours    :    None
Individual Achievement  :  4 Times Norwegian League Top Scorer
Class  :  Prince Bronze



Manager


Nils Arne Eggen


Year Of Birth :  17 September 1941
Major Team :  Rosenborg
Major Achievement :   10 Times Norwegian League
3 Times Norwegian Cup
Individual Achievement :  1997 Norwegian Football Personality of The Year
Class  :   Prince Silver







                                       Formation XI (4-2-3-1)




Explanation of Formation

The team strategy is a counter-attack with direct ball. Thorstvedt is stand as a goalkeeper. Tolsa is as an equivalent right-back. Riise is an important supported wing-back to the left-wing. Bratseth is a leader in defensive area as a sweeper. Hyypia is a strong wall a stopper, would dominate in aerial defense. Halvorsen would destroy the opponent game and also control the game in central midfield zone. Jensen and Brustud is a traditional winger but also being assigned to go forward in the suitable time. Sigurvinsson is a director of the creativity of the team. Litmanen is a key attacker, would both assist and support scoring from the deep-lying forward zone. Jorgen Juve stands alone as a main striker to keep the ball in the front line and also finish score.



Helsinki Olympic Stadium






Opened : 1938  (Renovated In 2005)
City   : Helsinki
Capacity : 40,000 Seats








Minor Reserved Group

Roar Johansen (Norway, Center-Back)
Gylfi Sigurosson (Iceland, Playmaker)
Albert Gudmunsson (Iceland, Forward)
Eidur Gudjohnsson (Iceland, Forward)
Ole Gunnar Soljkaer (Norway, Target Striker)

The Greatest Rest of the Nordic Footballers of All-Time

1. Jari Litmanen
2. Rune Bratseth
3. Argier Sigurvinsson
4  Arne Brustad
5. Sami Hyypia


22 comments:

  1. Also john carew deservs to be mentioned

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    1. I'm sure his is not deserved in mention. He was a phenomenon physical player and very dangerous striker but scoring effectiveness is far from being considered.

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  2. The Arto Tolsa was born on 08/09/1945.

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  3. Anonymous20/3/15

    Arto Tolsa was born on 9.august.1945.

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  4. Anonymous13/6/15

    Atli Edvaldson?

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    1. Thanks you for this player. He was a captain of Norway since 18 years old and had a success career with Hamburg during the 1920s. I already name him in first XI (replace Johnsen).

      For Atli Edvaldson, Kicker never rate him in any international-class so I suppose he should not be good enough.

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  6. Anonymous30/1/16

    According to norwegian football experts top 5 best norwegian footballers after 1945 looks like that:
    1.Tom Lund
    2.Hallvar Thoresen
    3.Rune Bratseth
    4.Ole Gunnar Solskjær
    5.Henning Berg.

    Before 1941:

    1.Arne Brustad
    2.Reidar Kvammen
    3.Asbjørn Halvorsen
    4.Einar ”Jeja” Gundersen
    5.Jørgen Juve.

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  7. Anonymous19/2/16

    Maybe Tore André Flo could be added

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  8. Anonymous15/7/16

    LOL, John Arne Riise class: Princess Gold

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  9. Anonymous23/9/16

    you could add Antti Niemi or Jussi Jaaskelainen

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    1. They're both were in focus but finally disqualified based on media rating by season.

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  10. Anonymous23/9/16

    Oyvind Leonhardsen?

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    1. I watched him played and he is very impressive. Anyway, he is found to be inconsistent between season to season.

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  11. Anonymous5/10/16

    Leonhardsen was best Norwegian midfielder in 1991 and ''93 and was a good scorer for Norway team being a midfielder

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  12. Anonymous9/10/16

    Niemi was at least better than Thorsvedt

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    1. I don't think so. Thordvedt in his prime was an absolute great wall of Norway's glory years and he achieved with the better club, Tottenham. Neimi played for only smaller club without ascending to the bigger club.

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  13. Anonymous9/10/16

    Ragnar Sigurdsson was a rock in Iceland team which upset England in Euro 2016

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  14. Anonymous26/10/16

    Anyways Niemi was a great spot kick stopper.

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  15. Anonymous26/10/16

    Stig Inge Bjornebye?

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    1. He was reliable but never be considered as a star.

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  16. Anonymous7/12/16

    Gudni Bergsson?

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