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Egil Olsen

Published: Monday 31 May 2010, 16.33CET
Egil Olsen
Norway coach Egil Olsen ©Getty Images
Published: Monday 31 May 2010, 16.33CET

Egil Olsen


Date of birth: 22 April 1942
Nationality: Norwegian
Playing career: Østsiden IL, Vålerenga IF, Sarpsborg FK, SK Frigg, Hasle-Løren IL
Coaching career: SK Frigg (three times), Hasle-Løren IL, Østsiden IL, Fossum IF, Lyn Oslo FC, Aalesunds FK, Norway (twice), Vålerenga IF, Wimbledon FC, Fredrikstad FK, Iraq

• Born in Fredrikstad, Olsen began playing with local side Østsiden before breaking into higher-level football with Oslo club Vålerenga. A useful winger, nicknamed 'Drillo' for his talent as a dribbler, he was capped 16 times by Norway between 1964 and 1971.

• Began coaching while still active as a player at Frigg and Hasle-Løren. Spent six years in charge of Norway's Under-21 team before establishing his reputation at club level with Lyn and Aalesund.

• Appointed caretaker of Norway's senior team in October 1990. Made stunning start including 6-1 win against Cameroon in first match and 2-1 defeat of Italy in a 1992 UEFA European Championship qualifier to win permanent role.

• Transformed Norway's fortunes with direct style of play, taking country to successive FIFA World Cups in 1994 and 1998 and to second place in FIFA world rankings. Stood down after France '98, where Norway beat Brazil, with record of 44 wins, 27 draws and just 16 defeats.

• After unsuccessful spell in England with Wimbledon, returned to international management with Iraq and was reappointed as Norway coach in January 2009. Failed to reach 2010 World Cup but will remain in charge until summer 2012, when Ståle Solbakken will take over.

Last updated: 09/09/10 17.23CET

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