Bjarne Berntsen

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Bjarne Berntsen
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Personal information
Full name Bjarne Berntsen
Date of birth (1956-12-21) 21 December 1956 (age 62)
Place of birth Sandnes, Norway
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Viking (manager)
Youth career
Figgjo IL
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1982 Viking[1] 120 (13)
National team
1978–1982 Norway 33 (0)
Teams managed
1986–1988 Bryne
1986–1987 Norway (assistant)
1992–1995 Viking
2004 Viking (caretaker)
2005–2009 Norway (women)
2018– Viking
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Bjarne Berntsen (born 21 December 1956) is a Norwegian football coach and former player. He is currently the manager of Eliteserien club Viking.

Playing career

Bjarne Berntsen began his football career at local club Figgjo IL. He signed for Norwegian Premier League club Viking in 1977, and stayed there until 1982. During this period he played 33 matches for the Norway national football team,[2] including the famous September 1981 win over England where he played at the right back position.

Early manager years

After retiring as a player, Berntsen coached Figgjo, Bryne and Viking. Between 1986 and 1986, Berntsen was also the assistant coach of the Norwegian national team.

Viking club director

Between 1999 and 2004, Berntsen was the Director of Viking. After Viking manager Kjell Inge Olsen resigned on 13 April 2004, he took over as caretaker manager until 12 July 2004, when the club signed Roy Hodgson as their new manager. Berntsen then resumed his role as club Director. In late 2004 he was surprisingly offered the job as head coach of the Norway women's national football team from 1 January 2005 on, which he accepted.

Women's national team coaching career

Berntsen's first tournament with the national women's team was the 2005 UEFA Women's Championship which took place in June 2005 in England. He courted controversy by including 16 year old Isabell Herlovsen, the daughter of one of his former teammates on the Norway national team, in the squad. However, she scored two vital goals to keep Norway in the tournament. After mixed fortunes in the group stage, Norway played a memorable semifinal against Sweden which they won by 3–2 after extra time with a goal from Solveig Gulbrandsen. In the final against Germany, Norway lost 3–1.

Berntsen led the national women's team through qualification to the FIFA Women's World Cup 2007 tournament in China, where they won their group by beating Canada and Ghana and drawing against Australia. In the quarter final against the hosts China, in front of 50,000 spectators, Norway won 1–0, the only goal being scored by Herlovsen. In the semifinal, the team lost to Germany by 3–0, and they then lost the third-place playoff 4–1 against the USA to finish in fourth place. By virtue of their performance at the World Cup, Norway qualified for the 2008 Olympics.

After the UEFA Women's Euro 2009, Berntsen resigned as coach of the women's national team.

Later years

On 11 February 2010, Viking announced that Berntsen was again hired as the Director of the club, nearly five and a half years after he resigned from the same posisition.[3]

Two years later, Berntsen was nominated and elected vice president of the Football Association of Norway which meant that he had to quit his position at Viking.[4]

Return to Viking

After Viking's relegation from the Norwegian Premier League and manager Ian Burchnall's dismissal from the club in December 2017, Berntsen made a surprising return to Viking, leaving his role as vice president of the Norwegian FA to take on the manager role at the club.[5]

Managerial statistics

As of 11 November 2018
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Viking 15 June 1992 31 December 1995 106 53 20 33 050.00
Viking (interim) 14 April 2004 11 July 2004 16 5 7 4 031.25
Norway (women) 1 January 2005 7 September 2009 76 36 11 29 047.37
Viking 19 December 2017 Present 32 21 1 10 065.63
Total 230 115 39 76 050.00


  1. ^ Viking stats
  2. ^ Norway – Record International Players Archived May 4, 2013, at the Wayback Machine – RSSSF
  3. ^ "– Svært spesiell dag". rogalandsavis (in Norwegian). Rogalands Avis. 11 February 2010. Archived from the original on 7 March 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Bjarne Berntsen slutter i Viking". (in Norwegian). Stavanger Aftenblad. 23 January 2012. Archived from the original on 24 January 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2012.
  5. ^ "Bjarne Berntsen ny hovedtrener i Viking". (in Norwegian). VG. 18 December 2017. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
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