steffen iversen - fact file

1996 - 2003        forward


Born on 10th November 1976 in Oslo, Norway.

Height : -  1.85m (6' 1)

Weight : -  69.84 kgs    (11st 0lbs)


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.




Career Record
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
Nationalkameratene (Norway) 1984 ?? ??  ?? ??
Astor (Norway) ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
Rosenborg (Norway) 1994 ?? 21st April 1995 v Kongsviner (Tippaligaen) (away) ?? ??
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR December 1996 ?? 7th December 1996 v Coventry City (away) (Premier League) won 2-1 137 + 40 as a sub 47
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2003 Free ??  11 + 5 as a sub ??
Valerenga (Norway) 2004 Free ??  ?? ??
Rosenborg (Norway) 13th February 2006 Free ??  ?? ??
Crystal Palace 2nd January 2011 Free 3rd January 2011  v Preston North End (Championship) (Home) won 1-0  -  scored once  12 + 11 as a sub 2
Rosenborg (Norway) 15th February 2012 ?? ??  ?? ??
- ?? ?? ??  ?? ??

Career Record
Rosenborg (Norway)
50 League appearances; 18 goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
112 (+ 31 as a sub) League appearances; 36 goals
10 (+ 5 as a sub) FA Cup appearances; 4 goals
11 (+ 4 as a sub) League Cup appearances; 6 goals
4 European appearances; 1 goal
Wolverhampton Wanderers

11 + 5 as a sub League appearances; 4 goals
11 + 1 as a sub FA Cup appearances; 0 goals
2 League Cup appearances; 0 goals
- Other appearances; goals
Valerenga (Norway)

- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
Rosenborg (Norway)
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
Crystal Palace
11 + 9 as a sub League appearances; 2 goals
1 + 1 as a sub FA Cup appearances; 0 goals
0 + 1 as a sub League Cup appearances; 0 goals
European appearances; goals
Rosenborg (Norway)
12+ 9 as a sub League appearances; 6 goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
1 + 4 as a sub Other appearances; 0 goals

Norway international
79 caps; 21 goals
Debut : 1999 v Albania (European Championship qualifier) ()
23 Under-21 caps; 17 goals
6 Under-18 caps; 7 goals
7 Under-17 caps; 4 goals

League Cup winners medal 1998-1999  (THFC)
League Cup runners medal 2001-2002 (THFC)
Norwegian Premier League championship winners medal 1995, 1996, 2006, 2009, 2010 (Rosenborg);  2005  (Valerenga)
Norwegian Cup winners medal 1995 (Rosenborg)
Norwegian Premier League player of the year 2006
Norwegian Premier League player of the month - September 2006

100th Premier League appearance for Tottenham - 30th September 2000  v Leeds United (Away)
150th Spurs appearance - 1st April 2002 v Leeds United  (Premier League) (Home) Won (scored once)
- appearance



2000  (THFC Programme 19.08.2000)

Last season's best goal : -  Stephen Carr against Manchester United.  It was such a good goal - mainly because you would never expect it of him !

Last season's best save : -  Has to be one of Ian Walker's - as he's the only goalkeeper that played !  But there are too many to single just out one.

Last season's best tackle : -  That one David made !

Last season's best assist : -  That corner from Shaggy (Darren Anderton) early in the season from which I scored against Newcastle.  It was spot on.

Last season's best celebration : -  Chris Armstrong at Newcastle when he mimicked the Alan Shearer one.

Last opponent socialised with : - Liverpool's Vegard Heggem, my former team-mate at Rosenborg and fellow Norwegian international.  We had an evening out in Belgium after the European Championship.

Did you ever meet your boyhood hero ? : -  I never really had one.

Have any of your school friends become famous ? : -  No, but then who does from Norway ?  I can name four Norwegian bands, but can you ?

Where did you spend your summer holiday ? : - At home in Norway with my family and then New York, Miami and the Bahamas.

First ever trip abroad : - I went to Miami when I was five and celebrated my birthday there.  That sounds quite an adventurous and exciting thing to do but my Dad was playing for Rosenborg at the time and they had a training camp there, so we just joined the travelling party.  I still remember it well.

Best game ever played in for Spurs : -  That has to be either Manchester United or Arsenal at home last season.  We played well as a team in both and neither were given the chance to win the game.  We were in full control.

First ever professional game went to see : -  There was no professional football in Norway when I was younger, although there is now.  But I was taken to a number of big international games.  I was just about two or three and must have been a major distraction to my mother as I sat on her knee !

What do you remember about your debut ? : -  There was nothing in particular to recall at Rosenborg, but I had a good goal disallowed in my first game for Spurs.  That was at Coventry in December 1996 and the referee decided that I had collided unfairly with the goalkeeper.  Still, we won 2-1.

Spurs lookalike : - That can only be Stephen Carr who looks like Fred Flintstone and Darren Anderton, who resembles Shaggy from Scooby-Doo, hence the nicknames.

Strangest piece of fan mail ever received : - When I was at Rosenborg I received an odd bracelet and a long letter  from a girl saying she would commit suicide if I didn't wear the bracelet in the next game !  I did what she asked but I never heard from her again !  And no, I don't still have the bracelet !

Best Premiership player in your position ? : -  There are a lot !  Shearer, Owen, Flo, Solskjaer, Yorke, Cole ... How many do you want ?

Euro 200's best : - Luis Figo

Top Premiership foreign legion : -  Hedman, Heggem, Stam, Desailly, Zieger, Kewell, Viera, di Matteo, Beger, Henry, Yorke

Top Home Countries Premiership team (including Republic of Ireland) : - Martin, Carr, Campbell, Keown, Le Saux, Beckham, Keane, Scholes, Giggs, Shearer, Heskey

Coronation Street or Eastenders ? :  Not bothered about either.

Des Lynam or Gary Lineker ? :  Gary Lineker

John Motson or Martin Tyler ? :  Who are they ?

Alan Hansen or Andy Gray ? :  Andy Gray.  Alan Hansen just criticises everybody.

Jennifer Aniston or Gillian Anderson ? :  Jennifer Aniston

Andrea Corr or Sharon Corr ? :  Andrea

What item are you most likely to find in your dashboard ? : Nothing but the car handbook.

Mastermind specialist subject :  English literature

Most like a one-to-one with :
Current :  Angelina Jolie from the film "The Bone Collector".
Past :  Leif Ericson - the Viking who left Norway and discovered America ahead of Columbus.




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What Steffen Iversen said about ...
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"In future, I will never allow anyone in this country operate on me with a knife and fork."

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