Son of a Norway international striker – Odd Iversen – Steffen was born into the sport and went on to emulate his father and enjoy a career that stretched from his home country to England. Unfortunately, injury hit the striker who failed to produce his best form without having been able to have a consistent run of games under his belt at Tottenham.
Born in Oslo while his
father was playing for Valerenga, the family moved back
to Trondheim and Steffen joined Rosenberg after signing
up to Nationalkameratene aged seven in 1984, with a
release should Rosenberg come back for him. As it was,
he joined Astor FK, where he stayed until 1994, when he
did eventually sign for Rosenberg. His talent was
obvious from day one when he hit six goals on his
reserve debut and was fast-tracked into the first team.
The Norwegian side were winning championships and were in the Champions League, gaining Iversen good experience and his appearances in the Under-21 tea, saw him score a record 17 goals for the side. His leggy running style and energetic attitude earned him a reputation as a goal-scorer, who worked hard for the team. In 1998, Steffen made a big hit in Norway's third place finish in the European U-21 Championships in Romania. His last appearance in a Rosenberg shirt was in a victory against AC Milan at the San Siro in the Champions League.
That was December 1996 and his move to Tottenham Hotspur cost £2.5 million. His addition to the side was expected to provide a youthful energy to the attack alongside Teddy Sheringham and then Les Ferdinand. These plans were often hit by injury to the Norwegian, who later claimed that the treatment he was offered at Spurs did not help his recovery.
When Steffen played, his ability was in evidence and although not everyone's cup of tea, he did score some important goals for the club, including the lob in the semi-final second leg of the League Cup away at Selhurst Park against Wimbledon to put Tottenham into the final. And it was at Wembley that his run past Leicester City captain Steve Walsh, produced a shot that the Foxes' keeper Kasey Keller could only parry and Allan Nielsen dived in to head the ball into the net with a minute left to give the ten men of Tottenham an unlikely win against all odds.
Despite being the club's top scorer in 1998-99 and 1999-2000, their was a reluctance amongst some of the Spurs fans to take to the young forward, but his slight frame often saw him come out second in physical battles, although his athleticism often helped him get the better of bigger opponents. His hat-tricks against Sunderland and Southampton showed he was capable of using his movement and the technical aspect of his finishing ability to out-fox defenders.
As he faded out of the reckoning once Glenn Hoddle took over, he was allowed to go join Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2003. His time at Molineux was equally hit by injury, but he got four goals in 16 matches for Wolves, before returning to Norway with Valerenga in 2004, winning his third Norwegian league title the following year.
His contract was up in the summer of 2005 and despite interest from clubs like Everton and Mallorca, he moved back to Rosenberg where he went on to three more championships and play in the Champions league once more. In 2011, Steffen surprised everyone by signing for Crystal Palace on a free transfer and scoring after 58 minutes of his debut, it looked like he could do a good job for the Championship side. However, he only made another 22 appearances and netted only once more before being released in January 2012.
So Iversen returned to
Rosenberg for a third spell, which lasted until November
that year, when Steffen announced that he was retiring
from the game.
The footballing genes stayed in his family with his son – Joey James - training with Spurs as a six year old in 2012. Iversen was married to Anna.