Rune Bratseth

Rune Bratseth

Football player infobox
playername = Rune Bratseth

fullname =
nickname = Elgen
height =
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1961|3|19
cityofbirth = Trondheim
countryofbirth = Norway
position = Libero
youthyears =
youthclubs = Nidelv
years = ?–1982
clubs = Nidelv Trondheim
Werder Bremen
caps(goals) = 00? 0(?)
083 0(2)
230 (12)
nationalyears = 1986–1994
nationalteam = Norway
nationalcaps(goals) = 060 0(4)
ntupdate = 14 November 2007 (UTC)
pcupdate = 10 April 2007 (UTC)

Rune Bratseth, born March 19, 1961 in Trondheim, Norway is a former football player.

He was named Norway's Golden Player - the best Norwegian footballer of the past 50 years by the Norwegian Football Association, in November 2003 to celebrate UEFA's Jubilee. [ [ The UEFA Jubilee 52 Golden Players] ]

Bratseth is mostly known for playing as a libero in the German Bundesliga club Werder Bremen.

Club career

He started his career at Norwegian club Rosenborg. He played for Rosenborg from 1983 to 1986.

Bratseth was transferred to Werder Bremen in 1986. He was an instant success in the Bundesliga. Bratseth and Werder Bremen won the German league in 1987/88. He was important when his club was runners-up in the German Cup twice in a row, in 1989 and 1990, and finally winners in 1991, beating 1. FC Köln in the final.

Bratseth's finest moment came when Werder Bremen won the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1992, in a 2-0 victory against AS Monaco FC.

Werder Bremen and Bratseth won the German League again in the season of 1992/93. At the end of his career his knees was not what they used to be, and needed injections to play without pain, something he did in his last professional games at the FIFA World Cup in 1994

He retired from professional football in 1995. He played 230 matches in the Bundesliga, and scored 12 goals. [ [ Werder stats] - Fussballportal]

International career

Bratseth made his debut in the Norwegian national team in 1986. He was a regular in the team until 1994, when he retired from the national team. Bratseth was capped 60 times. [ [ Norway - Record International Players] - RSSSF]

During the Football World Cup 1994, Bratseth was captain of the Norwegian squad. Their third and last game against Ireland proved to be his last international game.


When he retired, Bratseth became chairman and general manager of Rosenborg, forming a successful partnership with coach Nils Arne Eggen. Rosenborg has been the dominant team in the Norwegian Premier League ever since Bratseth was appointed.

Bratseth was actually registered as a player when he started his job at Rosenborg, and since Rosenborg didn't have 25 players in their first team squad to be registered for the Champions League, Bratseth was included as a back up. Even though he didn't want to play, he agreed to sit on the bench for one game in case of "emergency".

Bratseth quit his job at Rosenborg in 2007, leaving it to Knut Torbjørn Eggen, Nils Arne Eggen's son.


Norwegian Premier League: Winner (1): 1985.
Bundesliga: Winner (2): 1987-88, 1992-93.
DFB-Pokal: Winner (2): 1990-91, 1993-94.
European Cup Winners' Cup: Winner (1): 1992.

External links

* [ Norway's Golden Player] -
* [ Bratseth profile] at Norwegian FA no icon
* [ Career stats] - National Football Teams


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