Arne Kotte

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Arne Kotte
Personal information
Date of birth (1935-03-20)20 March 1935
Place of birth Steinkjer, Norway
Date of death 8 July 2015(2015-07-08) (aged 80)
Place of death Steinkjer, Norway
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1951–1952 Steinkjer
1952–1955 Vålerenga
1955–1956 Steinkjer
1956–1957 Palermo 0 (0)
1958–1960 Frigg Oslo
1960–1965 Steinkjer
National team
1953–1954 Norway U21 3 (3)
1953 Norway B 1 (0)
1953–1961 Norway 19 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Arne Kotte (20 March 1935 – 8 July 2015) was a Norwegian footballer who played as a forward.

He was active at club level in Norway and Italy, and he represented Norway at senior international level.


Born in Steinkjer, Kotte played for Steinkjer, Vålerenga, Palermo and Frigg Oslo.[1] He started his career with Steinkjer, before moving to Oslo in the summer of 1952 where he joined Vålerenga.[2] He played three seasons for the Oslo club before returning to Steinkjer in the summer of 1955.[2]

On 12 August 1956, Kotte signed a professional contract with Italian team Palermo.[2] By doing so he became the first professional footballer from Steinkjer to play abroad.[2] However, he suffered a knee injury five minutes into his first Palermo training match, which put him out of action for six months.[2] He was eventually released by the club due to them filling their quota of foreign players after they signed Argentine Santiago Vernazza as a replacement for him.[2] He had a trial with Spanish club Barcelona in the autumn of 1957, where he played three friendly matches, but the trial spell was cut short because of the knee injury, and he was not offered a contract by Barcelona.[2]

Kotte returned to Norway in late 1957, and subsequently joined Frigg ahead of the 1958 season.[2] He played three seasons for the Oslo club before once again moving back to Steinkjer, where he played out the remainder of his career before retiring as a player in 1965.[2]

He won 19 international caps for Norway between 1953 and 1961,[1] scoring three goals.[3] One of his caps was earned in a FIFA World Cup qualifying match.[4] He also played for Norway at under-21 and B level.[3]

Later life and death

After retiring from playing in 1965, Kotte was active as a coach and referee.[2] Kotte died in Steinkjer on 8 July 2015.[2]

Career statistics

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 25 May 1955 Bislett Stadium, Oslo, Norway  Republic of Ireland 1–3 Loss Friendly
2. 25 September 1955 Råsunda Stadium, Solna, Sweden  Sweden 1–1 Draw 1952–55 Nordic Cup
3. 5 November 1961 Empire Stadium, Gżira, Malta  Malta 1–1 Draw Friendly
Correct as of 9 March 2017[5]


  1. ^ a b "Arne Kotte". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Lars Lilleby Macedo (8 July 2015). "Arne Kotte er død". Trønder-Avisa (in Norwegian). Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Profile" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Football Association. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  4. ^ Arne KotteFIFA competition record (archive)
  5. ^ Football PLAYER: Arne Kotte
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