Frode Grodås is a Norwegian football coach and former national team goalkeeper from Hornindal in Sogn og Fjordane. Capped 50 times for his country, he participated at the 1998 FIFA World Cup as well as being an unused substitute at the 1994 FIFA World Cup. During his career he played for several Norwegian clubs. After his ten-year spell at Lillestrøm he spent six years abroad, in England and Spain, he won the English FA Cup in 1997 with Chelsea, keeping a clean sheet in a 2–0 win in the final. He rounded off his career with Norwegian Division One team Hønefoss. Grodås was last capped in 2002, aged 37 years and 318 days, is the fourth oldest player at the Norwegian national team, he has education from the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences. After retiring as a player, Grodås received the highest level of football coach education in Norway and took over HamKam from 1 December 2005. However, Grodås couldn't deliver the results, Ham-Kam was relegated. Grodås was fired on 7 November 2006. In December 2006, Grodås signed a three-year contract with Lillestrøm as a goalkeeper-coach.
Grodås is back in what he regards as his home club. He has acted as the third-choice goalkeeper for the club. In June 2007 Lillestrøm's first-choice goalkeeper Heinz Müller received a two match suspension after hitting Geir Ludvig Fevang with his left knee; as a result of this, Grodås sat on the substitute bench as backup goalie during the Tippeliga-match against Sandefjord that month. He returned to the bench in August 2007 after an injury to Müller. After Lillestrøm manager Tom Nordlie had resigned on 29 May 2008, Grodås stepped in as caretaker together with former Chelsea teammate Erland Johnsen. In 2010, Grodås ended his term with Lillestrøm in a mutual agreement and took over as goalkeeper-coach for the Norwegian national team. Grodås' son, Victor Grodås, is a footballer, playing for Hødd from Ulsteinvik. Frode Grodås – FIFA competition record Premier League profile
Forward (association football)
Forwards are the players on an association football team who play nearest to the opposing team's goal, are therefore most responsible for scoring goals. Their advanced position and limited defensive responsibilities mean forwards score more goals on behalf of their team than other players. Modern team formations include one to three forwards. Unconventional formations may include none; the traditional role of a centre-forward is to score the majority of goals on behalf of the team. The player may be used to win long balls or receive passes and retain possession of the ball with their back to goal as teammates advance, in order to provide depth for their team or help teammates score by providing a pass. Most modern centre-forwards operate in front of the second strikers or central attacking midfielders, do the majority of the ball handling outside the box; the present role of centre-forward is sometimes interchangeable with that of an attacking midfielder in the 4–3–1–2 or 4–1–2–1–2 formations.
The term "target man" is used to describe a particular type of striker whose main role is to win high balls in the air and create chances for other members of the team. These players are tall and physically strong, being adept at heading the ball; the term centre-forward is taken from the early football playing formation in which there were five forward players: two outside forwards, two inside forwards, one centre-forward. When numbers were introduced in the 1933 English FA Cup final, one of the two centre-forwards that day wore the number nine – Everton's Dixie Dean a strong, powerful forward who had set the record for the most goals scored in a season in English football during the 1927–28 season; the number would become synonymous with the centre-forward position. The role of a striker is rather different from that of a traditional centre-forward, although the terms centre-forward and striker are used interchangeably at times, as both play further up the field than other players, while tall and technical players, like Zlatan Ibrahimović, have qualities which are suited to both positions.
Like the centre-forward, the traditional role of a striker is to score goals. They are fast players with good ball control and dribbling abilities. More agile strikers like Michael Owen have an advantage over taller defenders due to their short bursts of speed. A good striker should be able to shoot confidently with either foot, possess great power and accuracy, have the ability to link-up with teammates and pass the ball under pressure in breakaway situations. While many strikers wear the number 9 shirt, the position, to a lesser degree, is associated with the number 10, worn by more creative deep-lying forwards such as Pelé, with numbers 7 and 11, which are associated with wingers. Deep-lying forwards have a long history in the game, but the terminology to describe their playing activity has varied over the years; such players were termed inside forwards, creative or deep-lying centre-forwards. More two more variations of this old type of player have developed: the second, or shadow, or support, or auxiliary striker and, in what is in fact a distinct position unto its own, the number 10, exemplified by Dennis Bergkamp.
Other number 10s who play further back, such as Diego Maradona and Zinedine Zidane, are described as an attacking midfielder or the playmaker. The second striker position is a loosely defined and most misapplied description of a player positioned somewhere between the out-and-out striker, whether he is a "target-man" or more of a "poacher", the Number 10 or attacking midfielder, while showing some of the characteristics of both. In fact, a term coined by French advanced playmaker Michel Platini, the "nine-and-a-half", which he used to describe Roberto Baggio's playing role, has been an attempt to become a standard in defining the position. Conceivably, a Number 10 can alternate as a second-striker provided that he is a prolific goalscorer. Second or support strikers do not tend to get as involved in the orchestration of attacks as the Number 10, nor do they bring as many other players into play, since they do not share the burden of responsibility, functioning predominantly as assist providers.
In Italy, this role is known as a "rifinitore" or "seconda punta", whereas in Brazil, it is known as "segundo atacante" or "ponta-de-lança". The position of inside forward was popularly used in the late nineteenth and first half of the twentieth centuries; the inside forwards would support the centre-forward and making space in the opposition defence, and, as the passing game developed, supporting him or her with passes. The role is broadly analogous to the "hole" or second striker position in the modern game, although here there were two such players, known as inside right and inside left. In early 2–3–5 formations the inside-forwards would flank the centre-forward on both sides. With the advent of
Thomas Harald Myhre is a Norwegian former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. The last club he played for before his retirement was Kongsvinger, having returned to Norwegian football in July 2007. Myhre earned 56 caps for the Norwegian national team, was a part of the Norwegian squad at the 1998 FIFA World Cup and 2000 European Championship tournaments. Myhre was born in Østfold, he started his career with Moss F. K. in the Norwegian First Division, but arrived at Viking in the Premier League in 1993. The 19-year-old replaced Lars Gaute Bø, who retired at the end of the 1992 season, established himself as the first-choice goalkeeper, playing in every match that season. Myhre was the number one goalkeeper for the Norwegian national under-21 team, for whom he reached 27 caps. After missing the entire 1996 season through injury, Myhre returned to form in 1997, he was noticed by English club Everton, who bought him for £800,000 in November 1997. Myhre established himself as Everton's first choice goalkeeper at the expense of an aging Neville Southall.
On 22 April 1998, he made his debut for the Norwegian national team, keeping a clean sheet in the 2–0 victory over Denmark in Copenhagen. Myhre was subsequently selected to represent Norway at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, where he was an unused substitute for Frode Grodås. Following an ankle injury, he was replaced by Paul Gerrard as Everton's starting goalkeeper in the summer of 1999 and failed to reclaim his place. Acting as stand-in for Paul Gerrard in the FA-Cup tie against Aston Villa on 20 February 2000, Myhre was at fault for Villa's opening goal. Everton were knocked out of the FA-Cup and Myhre's days at the club were numbered. In the next two years he played for four different teams, he was first loaned out to Rangers in Scotland in 1999. In 2000, he was loaned from Everton to Birmingham City to ensure an additional fee wouldn't be incurred for reaching a set number of appearances for Everton, he started well for Birmingham, saving a penalty kick from Keith Curle against Wolverhampton Wanderers on his debut.
He played well for Birmingham, returned to the national team in the spring of 2000, to play at the Euro 2000. After Euro 2000, Everton loaned him out to Tranmere Rovers, as well as Danish club FC Copenhagen with whom he won the Danish superliga. In November 2001, Myhre permanently left Everton, as he was sold to Turkish club Beşiktaş for £375,000. After one season at Beşiktaş, he moved back to England to play for Sunderland in July 2002. At Sunderland, Myhre was second choice goalkeeper behind Thomas Sørensen, was loaned out to Crystal Palace in October 2003, his stay at Sunderland was plagued by injuries, he played only one of the Euro 2004 qualifiers for Norway. However, he returned as first-choice goalkeeper in Sunderland after the departure of Sørensen, playing 31 league games in the 2004–05 season, as the club won promotion to the Premier League, he returned to the national team, playing 11 of the 12 qualifiers for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. However, Myhre's contract with Sunderland ran out in June 2005, he chose not to prolong it.
On 21 July 2005 he moved back to Norway and joined Fredrikstad F. K. on a free transfer, where he played on a match-by-match basis. He played three matches for Fredrikstad, including an emotional encounter with his former club Viking, before English club Charlton Athletic signed him on a two-year deal on 8 August 2005 following an injury to their goalkeeper Dean Kiely. Second choice goalkeeper behind Stephan Andersen, Myhre established himself as Charlton's starting goalkeeper in December 2005. Through the rest of the season, Myhre kept 10 clean sheets, he played more than ten hours without conceding a home goal at The Valley. However, following the departure of manager Alan Curbishley, he once again found himself second choice goalkeeper at the start of the 2006–07 season, this time in favour of the loaned-in Scott Carson. In 2007, he moved back to former club Viking, he didn't play as much as he would have wanted with a back injury keeping him out most of 2008. He started the 2009 pre-season well, played most of the season for the Stavanger-team.
His contract with Viking ended after a late night out in February 2010. Myhre claimed that Viking was only looking to get rid of him, using it as an excuse. Revelations are that he was drugged in Marbella. On 5 March 2010 Myhre signed for Kongsvinger. On 11 March 2011, Myhre announced. Myhre was selected to represent Norway at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, where he was an unused substitute for Frode Grodås. At the 2000 European Championship in June, he played all three games for Norway. Myhre kept clean sheets against Spain and Slovenia, conceded only one goal in the tournament – Savo Milošević's winner in the match against Yugoslavia. In a Euro 2008 qualifier against Turkey on 28 March 2007, Norway were leading 2–0 at half time. In the second half, Myhre couldn't hold a free kick from Hamit Altıntop, fumbled the ball into his own net. Minutes before full-time, another Altıntop shot went straight through Myhre's legs, the game ended 2–2. Although his Norwegian teammates were consoling him, Myhre proclaimed the match his "worst day on the field".
The game against Turkey was Myhre's last game for Norway. Thomas Myhre at Soccerbase Official Viking profile at the Wayback Machine FCK profile Thomas Myhre at National-Football-Teams.com
1998 FIFA World Cup
The 1998 FIFA World Cup was the 16th FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men's national association football teams. It was held in France from 10 June to 12 July 1998; the country was chosen as the host nation by FIFA for the second time in the history of the tournament, defeating Morocco in the bidding process. It was the second time that France staged the competition and the ninth time that it was held in Europe. Qualification for the finals began in March 1996 and concluded in November 1997. For the first time in the competition, the group stage was expanded from 24 teams to 32, with eight groups of four. 64 matches were played in 10 stadiums in 10 host cities, with the opening match and final staged at the Stade de France, Saint-Denis. The tournament was won by host country France. France won their first title, becoming the seventh nation to win a World Cup, the sixth to win the tournament on home soil. Croatia, Jamaica and South Africa made their first appearances in the finals. France was awarded the 1998 World Cup on 2 July 1992 by the executive committee of FIFA during a general meeting in Zürich, Switzerland.
They defeated Morocco by 12 votes to 7. Switzerland withdrew; this made France the third country to host two World Cups, after Mexico and Italy in 1986 and 1990 respectively. France hosted the third edition of the World Cup in 1938. England, who hosted the competition in 1966 and won it, were among the original applicants, but withdrew their application in favour of an successful bid to host UEFA Euro 1996. On 4 June 2015, while co-operating with the FBI and the Swiss authorities, Chuck Blazer confirmed that he and other members of FIFA's executive committee were bribed during the 1998 and 2010 World Cups host selection process. Blazer stated that "we facilitated bribes in conjunction with the selection of the host nation for the 1998 World Cup". Since France won the selection process it was thought the bribery came from its bid committee, it transpired that the bribe payment was from the failed Moroccan bid. The qualification draw for the 1998 World Cup finals took place in the Musée du Louvre, Paris on 12 December 1995.
As tournament hosts, France was exempt from the draw. 174 teams from six confederations participated, 24 more than in the previous round. Fourteen countries qualified from the European zone. Ten were determined after group play - the best second-placed team. CONMEBOL and CAF were each given five spots in the final tournament, while three spots were contested between 30 CONCACAF members in the North and Central America and the Caribbean zone; the winner of the Oceanian zone advanced to an intercontinental play-off against the runner-up of the Asian play-off, determined by the two best second placed teams. Four nations qualified for the first time: Croatia, Jamaica and South Africa; the last team to qualify was Iran by virtue of beating Australia in a two-legged tie on 29 November 1997. This was Team Melli's first appearance in the finals since 1978, the last time Tunisia qualified for the tournament. Chile qualified for the first time since 1982, after serving a ban that saw them miss out on the two previous tournaments.
Paraguay and Denmark returned for the first time since 1986. Austria, England and Yugoslavia returned after missing out on the 1994 tournament, with the Balkan team now appearing under the name of FR Yugoslavia. Among the teams who failed to qualify were two-time winners Uruguay; as of 2018, this is the most recent time Austria, Norway, Bulgaria and Jamaica have qualified for a FIFA World Cup finals, as well as the last time Portugal missed out. The highest ranked team not to qualify was Czech Republic, while the lowest ranked team that did qualify was Nigeria; the following 32 teams, shown with final pre-tournament rankings, qualified for the final tournament. France's bid to host the World Cup centered on a national stadium with 80,000 seats and nine other stadiums located across the country; when the finals were awarded in July 1992, none of the regional club grounds were of a capacity meeting FIFA's requirements – namely being able to safely seat 40,000. The proposed national stadium, colloquially referred to as the'Grand stade' met with controversy at every stage of planning.
As Mayor of Paris, Jacques Chirac negotiated a deal with Prime Minister Édouard Balladur to bring the Stade de France – as it was named now, to the commune of Saint-Denis just north of the capital city. Construction on the stadium started in December 1995 and was completed after 26 months of work in November 1997 at a cost of ₣2.67 billion. The choice of stadium locations was drafted from an original list of 14 cities. FIFA and CFO monitored the progress and quality of preparations, culminating in the former providing final checks of the grounds weeks before the tournament commenced. Montpellier was the surprise inclusion from the final list of cities because of its low urban hierarchy in comparison to Strasbourg, who boasted a better hierarchy an
Ståle Solbakken is a Norwegian former international football player, head coach of Danish Superliga side Copenhagen. During his playing career, Solbakken was named 1995 Norwegian midfielder of the year, he won the Danish Superliga championship with both Aalborg BK and Copenhagen, he played 58 matches and scored nine goals for the Norwegian national team during the end of the 1990s, represented Norway at the 1998 World Cup and 2000 European Championship tournaments. He ended his active career in March 2001 following a heart attack; as a manager, he was named 2004 Norwegian Manager of the Year, has won six Danish Superliga championships with Copenhagen. Solbakken was in charge of German club 1. FC Köln during the 2011–12 season and managed English side Wolverhampton Wanderers in a six-month tenure. Solbakken, a midfielder, started his career in Norway. After five seasons with Grue he moved to HamKam, a then-second tier club, in 1989, he was the club's top goalscorer in the 1990 season. The following season he scored 14 goals to help the club to promotion to the top-flight Norwegian Premier League.
After narrowly avoiding relegation in his first season at the top level, Solbakken was part of the HamKam side that finished 5th in 1993 - a position they have not bettered since. In 1994, he transferred to their Premier League rivals Lillestrøm where he finished as runner-up in the league during his first season. Although the club finished in fourth during the following campaign, Solbakken's performances saw him win the Kniksen award as the Norwegian Midfielder of the Season, he was appointed club captain by Lillestrøm and helped the side again finish runners-up in 1996 before he serving one final season in 1997 for the Canaries. In total, he made 99 league appearances for scoring 34 times. In October 1997, Solbakken joined English Premier League club Wimbledon for £250,000. In his six league games for Wimbledon, Solbakken scored one goal against West Ham United, was twice named "man of the match", but he fell out with team manager Joe Kinnear and was banned from club training shortly thereafter.
He was sold to Danish side Aalborg BK in March 1998. Solbakken became Aalborg BK's captain, guided the club to the 1998–99 Danish Superliga championship, as well as the final of the 1998–99 Danish Cup tournament, he won Danish football's Player of the Year Award in 2000. In total, he scored 13 goals for AaB in the Danish Superliga. In August 2000, he departed to Danish league rivals Copenhagen. Solbakken became a regular player in the side and helped push them to the top of the table but he was unable to complete the season after suffering a heart attack in March 2001; the club went on to win the 2001 Superliga championship and give Solbakken a second championship medal as a player. During training on 13 March 2001 Solbakken had a heart attack, he was attended to by the club doctor Frank Odgaard who found that his heart had stopped beating. He asked a player to call an ambulance and to tell them it was critical, whilst he continued to administer cardiac massage. Upon the ambulance's arrival, Solbakken was pronounced clinically dead at the scene.
On the way to the hospital in the ambulance he was revived nearly seven minutes later. He now has a pacemaker fitted; the heart attack was the result of a undetected heart defect. Shortly after, on medical advice, he announced his playing retirement. Solbakken made his international debut for the Norwegian national team on 9 March 1994, in a 3–1 friendly win in Wales. Although he was not named in the squad for the 1994 World Cup, he became a regular feature in the squad soon after, he was a member of the Norwegian team that qualified for 1998 World Cup, where he appeared in two of their group games as well as their second round exit to Italy. His country qualified for the next major tournament, the 2000 European Championship, but Solbakken picked up an injury shortly before the finals. In the end, he was only able to appear in one tournament game: a goalless draw with Slovenia that eliminated them in the group stage. After this exit, he announced his international retirement, aged 32. In total, he won 58 caps for scoring nine times.
Scores and goals list Norway's goal tally first. In 2002, Solbakken returned to Norway and started his managerial career at his old club HamKam, positioned at the second tier, he had great success at HamKam, as the club won the league and was promoted to the top-flight Tippeligaen. His "resurrection", the "salvation" of HamKam, earned him the nickname "Ståle Salvatore" cited in Norwegian press since; the next season, Solbakken managed HamKam to a fifth place in the Tippeligaen 2004 season, he won the 2004 Kniksen award as Norwegian Manager of the Year. In late 2005, Solbakken was named as new manager of another of Copenhagen. In his first years at the club, Solbakken guided Copenhagen to the 2006 and 2007 Danish Superliga championship, as well as the 2006 Royal League trophy, he managed Copenhagen through to the group stage of the 2006–07 UEFA Champions League, after beating Ajax in the final qualifying round on 23 August 2006. Copenhagen finished last in its group, though they won a meriting 1–0 victory against semi-finalists Manchester United.
On 16 February 2009, in an interview prior to Copenhagen's Cup tie against Manchester City, Solbakken claimed that Manchester City were "destroying football" with their "incredible sums" of money, referring to Manchester City's bid of over £100 million to sign Kaká. Copenhagen were eliminated by Manchester City on a 3–4 aggregate score. In
Erik Mykland is a Norwegian retired footballer who played as a midfielder. He was nicknamed Myggen during his career, as he used to flap his arms and hands like one when celebrating his goals. A rarity in modern Norway footballers, he played professionally in six different countries representing IK Start, earned 78 caps for the Norwegian national team, having appeared in the 1994 and 1998 World Cups as well as Euro 2000. Mykland was one of the most popular footballers in Norway but never without controversy, his bohemian, unshaved look and relaxed lifestyle in contrast to those of the typical footballers. Born in Risør, Mykland started his career with modest Bryne FK, being "brought home" to IK Start in 1989 for NOK 60.000. He first appeared for the club against Moss FK at Melløs Stadion that year, helping his team rank ninth in the Tippeligaen. In 1990, Mykland was named midfielder of the year in Norway, made his international debut – Start finished the 1991 season third, with wins over Viking FK and Rosenborg BK.
After the latter, he and seven other teammates were included in the team of the week and that year, he was named best player of an under-21 match, as Norway trounced Italy 6–0 in Stavanger. After being named the nation's player of the year in 1992, being relegated with Start four years Mykland left for Austria's FC Linz. During that year, producer Thomas Robsahm made a film called "Myggen", which consisted in following him for a whole season. In 1997, Mykland moved to Panathinaikos FC but, during his spell at the club, it failed to achieve any silverware. After a season in the Bundesliga with TSV 1860 Munich, he joined F. C. Copenhagen in January 2002, playing little due to injuries while gaining a dubious reputation off the pitch: newspaper Ekstra Bladet found him three days before a match drunk on a pavement outside nightclub Rust, asking people walking by to arm wrestle him. Håvard Rem wrote a book about the player in 2000, entitled Erik Mykland: oppvekst, livsstil, EM 2000, spillestil. In June 2004, Mykland retired at 33 after nearly a year out with injuries.
On 8 September 2006, he and several other former Norwegian internationals played an exhibition game against former Argentina stars, including Matías Almeyda, Claudio Caniggia and Diego Maradona, which ended 10–8 for the latter. In May 2007, Mykland helped build a football school in his hometown of Risør, alongside former Start player Bernt Christian Birkeland. On 9 July 2008, Mykland announced his return to football at the age of 36, rejoining former club IK Start in the second level. On 2 September, he was charged with possession and use of cocaine and having a "peripheral role" in a large drug dealing network in Norway's Romerike county." In June 2009 he stated that he would withdraw after just nine appearances. Mykland made his debut for Norway on 7 November 1990, in a 3–1 win in Tunisia, he scored the first of his two goals for his country on 8 September 1992, during a 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifier against San Marino, which finished 10–0. During the 1998 World Cup, in-between games and fellow international Henning Berg were caught in a bar drinking.
They claimed they had only had a few beers, but Berg admitted in his biography that they were drunk. In UEFA Euro 2000, Mateja Kežman of Yugoslavia was sent off after just one minute for a dangerous tackle on Mykland. In all three competitions combined, he appeared in a total of ten matches, nine as a starter – on 23 June 1998, in their historical 2–1 win over Brazil in Marseille, he started on the bench, coming on as a substitute for Roar Strand at half-time. While Mykland failed to score more than twice for the national team, a goal he created by playing through Øyvind Leonhardsen in a Euro 2000 qualifier against Slovenia was rated among Norway's best goals – much due to his ability to trick several defenders prior to the pass. Copenhagen Danish Superliga: 2002–03, 2003–04 Danish Cup: 2003–04 Erik Mykland at National-Football-Teams.com Erik Mykland – FIFA competition record Norway stats at Eu-Football Erik Mykland at FootballDatabase.eu "Geocities profile and international data". Archived from the original on 30 July 2009.
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