Born: 22.12.1930 in Horten
Position: Inside Forward
Per Bredesen is one of Norway's finest players of all time. Unfortunately, due to the NFF's self-imposed "amateurs only" rule, he only won 18 caps. Bredesen made his name at his local club Ørn Horten, and it soon became obvious that he was an exceptionally talented player. He made his international debut at the tender age of 18, coming on as a substitute for the injured Reidar Kvammen (in his final international match) against Yugoslavia in 1949, and within minutes of entering the game he received a pass from Gunnar Thoresen and fired the ball in the top corner of the goal. A star was born, and for the next two years, the technically gifted Bredesen was ever-present at inside-right, scoring six more goals for Norway, before Italian giants Lazio gave him an offer he couldn't refuse.
When he signed for Lazio in 1952, Bredesen became one of the first ever Norwegians to play professional football abroad. However, in doing so, he became unavailable for the Norwegian national team, because of the amateur rule. Bredesen spent the next decade in Italy where he played for Lazio, Udinese, AC Milan, Bari and Messina. He was a member of the Milan side that won the Scudetto in 1957, and played a total of 139 matches in the Serie A, scoring 29 goals. He also played 73 matches and scored 20 goals in the Serie B. He retired from football and returned to Norway in 1961. He later expressed his regret that he retired too early.
National Team Appearances
|10||26.11.1950||Dublin||Republic of Ireland||2-2|
|12||30.05.1951||Oslo||Republic of Ireland||2-3|
NOTE: Matches in red are not recognized as full internationals by FIFA.
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