Steffen Iversen

Born: 10.11.1976 in Oslo
Position: Forward
Caps: 79
Goals: 21




Profile

As the son of Odd Iversen, one of Norway's most prolific goalscorers of all time, Steffen Iversen always had to face the inevitable comparisons to his father. And although he didn't quite reach the prolific heights of his dad in the goalscoring department, Steffen managed to have a fine career of his own. It could even be argueed that with four league titles, seven seasons in the Premier League and having played in the European Championship finals, Steffen has had the more successful career of the two. Either way, the Iversens' combined total of 124 caps and 40 international goals make them Norway's most-capped and top goalscoring father/son combination.

The younger Iversen began his career at Astor, one of Trondheim's smaller clubs, but as a talented youngster who also happened to be the son of a Rosenborg legend, it was only a matter of time before Steffen would join the city's top club. Iversen signed for Rosenborg in 1994, and made his first-team debut the following year. Over the next two seasons, Iversen proved himself as a chip off the old block by scoring regularly for Rosenborg in both domestic competition and the Champions League. By the end of the 1996 season, Iversen had scored 21 goals for the team and was also a regular for Norway U21. In December 1996, just over a month after his 20th birthday, Iversen jumped at the opportunity to play in the Premier League when he was signed by Tottenham - much to the anger of Rosenborg coach Nils Arne Eggen, who felt the boy was too young to move abroad.

Iversen didn't take long to make an impact at White Hart Lane, and was a regular by the end of the 1996/97 season. In seven seasons at White Hart Lane, Iversen scored almost 50 goals. However, with Solskjær and Flo ahead of him in the pecking order, Steffen had to wait until late 1998 before making his full international debut - and was at the time usually deployed in midfield or on the wing for the national team. Anyway, despite being played out of position most of the time, Iversen became a regular and scored several important goals for Norway in the qualification campaign for Euro 2000.

Despite having only recently returned from injury, Iversen made his mark at the Euro 2000 finals. Much has been said about Norway's defensive tactics at the tournament, but they did at least get one good result, the 1-0 win against Spain, where Iversen scored the winning goal. However, aside from good defensive play from the makeshift back four, and Erik Mykland's occational brilliance, Iversen's goal was Norway's lone highlight at Euro 2000.

By 2001, Iversen was no longer first-choice in the Tottenham lineup, and in he moved to newly-promoted Wolverhampton ahead of the 2003/04 season. Steffen scored on his debut at Molineux, but the move soon turned into a nightmare. He got little playing time for the Premiership strugglers, and was released at the end of the season, following Wolves' relegation. On a more positive note, Iversen scored another important goal against Spain in the Euro 2004 qualifying playoff. However, this time it was to no avail as the Spaniards won 5-1 on aggregate, eliminating Norway from the competition.

In the summer of 2004, Steffen returned to Norway and signed a two-year contract with another of his father's old clubs, Vålerenga. In 2005, Iversen somewhat ironically was a key contributor as Vålerenga went on to win the league title, breaking Rosenborg's 13-year stranglehold on the domestic title. The following season, he moved back to Rosenborg, where he helped his old club regain the title. In November 2007, in the Euro qualifier against Malta, Steffen scored his 19th international goal, equaling his father's goal tally for the national team. The following year, he passed his dad in the goalscoring charts when he scored a brace against Iceland.

At the end of the 2010 season, Iversen decided to return to London, and signed with Crystal Palace. His first season at Selhurst Park was decent, but in 2011/12 he lost his place in the side, and returned to Norway for a third spell at Rosenborg ahead of the 2012 season. He announced his retirement at the end of 2012, and shortly afterwards took up a job as a football pundit for television channel C-More.


National Team Appearances

# Date Venue Opponent Score Goals Competition
Tottenham (England)
1 14.10.1998 Oslo Albania 2-2 European Champ. Qual.
2 18.11.1998 Cairo Egypt 1-1
3 27.03.1999 Athens Greece 2-0 European Champ. Qual.
4 28.04.1999 Tbilisi Georgia 4-1 European Champ. Qual.
5 20.05.1999 Oslo Jamaica 6-0
6 30.05.1999 Oslo Georgia 1-0 European Champ. Qual.
7 05.06.1999 Tirana Albania 2-1 European Champ. Qual.
8 18.08.1999 Oslo Lithuania 1-0
9 04.09.1999 Oslo Greece 1-0 European Champ. Qual.
10 08.09.1999 Oslo Slovenia 4-0 European Champ. Qual.
11 09.10.1999 Riga Latvia 2-1 European Champ. Qual.
12 14.11.1999 Oslo Germany 0-1
13 29.03.2000 Lugano Switzerland 2-2
14 26.04.2000 Oslo Belgium 0-2
15 27.05.2000 Oslo Slovakia 2-0
16 13.06.2000 Rotterdam Spain 1-0 European Championship
17 18.06.2000 Liège Yugoslavia 0-1 European Championship
18 21.06.2000 Arnhem Slovenia 0-0 European Championship
19 16.08.2000 Helsinki Finland 1-3
20 02.09.2000 Oslo Armenia 0-0 World Cup Qualifier
21 07.10.2000 Cardiff Wales 1-1 World Cup Qualifier
22 11.10.2000 Oslo Ukraine 0-1 World Cup Qualifier
23 24.03.2001 Oslo Poland 2-3 World Cup Qualifier
24 28.03.2001 Minsk Belarus 1-2 World Cup Qualifier
25 15.08.2001 Oslo Turkey 1-1
26 01.09.2001 Chorzow Poland 0-3 World Cup Qualifier
27 05.09.2001 Oslo Wales 3-2 World Cup Qualifier
28 13.02.2002 Brussels Belgium 0-1
29 17.04.2002 Oslo Sweden 0-0
30 14.05.2002 Oslo Japan 3-0
31 22.05.2002 Bodø Iceland 1-1
32 07.09.2002 Oslo Denmark 2-2 European Champ. Qual.
33 12.10.2002 Bucharest Romania 1-0 European Champ. Qual.
34 16.10.2002 Oslo Bosnia-Herzegovina 2-0 European Champ. Qual.
35 20.11.2002 Vienna Austria 1-0
36 30.04.2003 Dublin Republic of Ireland 0-1
37 22.05.2003 Oslo Finland 2-0
38 07.06.2003 Copenhagen Denmark 0-1 European Champ. Qual.
39 11.06.2003 Oslo Romania 1-1 European Champ. Qual.
Wolverhampton (England)
40 20.08.2003 Oslo Scotland 0-0
41 06.09.2003 Zenica Bosnia-Herzegovina 0-1 European Champ. Qual.
42 10.09.2003 Oslo Portugal 0-1
43 15.11.2003 Valencia Spain 1-2 European Champ. Qual.
44 19.11.2003 Oslo Spain 0-3 European Champ. Qual.
45 18.02.2004 Belfast Northern Ireland 4-1
Vålerenga
46 09.10.2004 Glasgow Scotland 1-0 World Cup Qualifier
47 13.10.2004 Oslo Slovenia 3-0 World Cup Qualifier
48 16.11.2004 London Australia 2-2
49 09.02.2005 Valetta Malta 3-0
50 30.03.2005 Chisinau Moldova 0-0 World Cup Qualifier
51 24.05.2005 Oslo Costa Rica 1-0
52 04.06.2005 Oslo Italy 0-0 World Cup Qualifier
53 08.06.2005 Stockholm Sweden 3-2
54 17.08.2005 Oslo Switzerland 0-2
55 03.09.2005 Celje Slovenia 3-2 World Cup Qualifier
56 08.10.2005 Oslo Moldova 1-0 World Cup Qualifier
57 12.10.2005 Minsk Belarus 1-0 World Cup Qualifier
58 12.11.2005 Oslo Czech Republic 0-1 World Cup Qualifier
59 16.11.2005 Prague Czech Republic 0-1 World Cup Qualifier
Rosenborg
60 16.08.2006 Oslo Brazil 1-1
61 02.09.2006 Budapest Hungary 4-1 European Champ. Qual.
62 06.09.2006 Oslo Moldova 2-0 European Champ. Qual.
63 07.10.2006 Athens Greece 0-1 European Champ. Qual.
64 15.11.2006 Belgrade Serbia 1-1
65 07.02.2007 Rijeka Croatia 1-2
66 24.03.2007 Oslo Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-2 European Champ. Qual.
67 02.06.2007 Oslo Malta 4-0 European Champ. Qual.
68 06.06.2007 Oslo Hungary 4-0 European Champ. Qual.
69 08.09.2007 Chisinau Moldova 1-0 European Champ. Qual.
70 12.09.2007 Oslo Greece 2-2 European Champ. Qual.
71 17.11.2007 Oslo Turkey 1-2 European Champ. Qual.
72 21.11.2007 Valetta Malta 4-1 European Champ. Qual.
73 26.03.2008 Podgorica Montenegro 1-3
74 06.09.2008 Oslo Iceland 2-2 World Cup Qualifier
75 11.10.2008 Glasgow Scotland 0-0 World Cup Qualifier
76 15.10.2008 Oslo Netherlands 0-1 World Cup Qualifier
77 12.08.2009 Oslo Scotland 4-0 World Cup Qualifier
78 03.09.2010 Reykjavik Iceland 2-1 European Champ. Qual.
Crystal Palace (England)
79 26.03.2011 Oslo Denmark 1-1 European Champ. Qual.

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