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Brann new home for Andresen

Published: Sunday 12 December 2004, 0.30CET
News round-up: Norway captain Martin Andresen has joined SK Brann from relegated Stabæk IF.

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Published: Sunday 12 December 2004, 0.30CET

Brann new home for Andresen

News round-up: Norway captain Martin Andresen has joined SK Brann from relegated Stabæk IF.

Norway captain Martin Andresen has joined Tippeligaen side SK Brann from relegated Stabæk IF. Andresen has agreed a three-year deal with the 2004 Norwegian Cup winners, who will compete in the 2005/06 UEFA Cup. Andresen, who also received offers from the likes of Rosenborg BK, Lillestrøm SK, Vålerenga IF, FC København and Panathinaikos FC, said: "Brann play the type of football that I like, and that will suit me. I do also think that I will fit in with the type of players Brann already have in their squad." Brann coach Mons Ivar Mjelde, whose side finished third this season, added: "We are very satisfied to have secured the signature of a player of this stature. This shows that Brann now are serious contenders at the top of Norwegian football."

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