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SK Brann

SK Brann
Full name Sportsklubben Brann
Short name Brann
Founded 26 September 1908 (1908-09-26)
Ground Brann Stadion, Bergen
Ground Capacity 17.686
Chairman Eivind Lunde
Head coach Lars Arne Nilsen
League OBOS-ligaen
2014 Tippeligaen, 14th (relegated)

SK Brann (most often called Brann or SK Brann Bergen in international contexts) is a Norwegian football club, founded 26 September 1908, from Bergen. Brann has been in the Norwegian Premier League Tippeligaen since 1987[1] but was relegated at the end of the 2014 season. They play their home matches at Brann Stadion[2] where they had a record-breaking 17,310 in average attendance in the 2007 season.[3] In October 2007, Brann won the series for the first time since the 1963 season.


  • Overview 1
    • Formation and early years 1.1
    • 1960s and 1970s: Glory and relegation 1.2
    • 1980s: The "yo-yo" years 1.3
    • 1990s: Derbies, medals and brief European success 1.4
    • 2000s: First title in decades 1.5
    • 2010s: Rebuilding the team, and relegation 1.6
  • Achievements 2
  • Recent history 3
  • Players and staff 4
    • Current squad 4.1
    • Out on loan 4.2
    • Coaching staff 4.3
    • Administrative staff 4.4
  • Player of the year 5
  • Managers 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


As the biggest club in Norway's second-largest city Bergen, Brann is historically one of the major clubs in Norway in terms of public interest, and hence there are high expectations for the club every season. Brann won their first Norwegian Premier League titles in 1961/62 and 1963, but after this Brann was involved in the race for the league title only in seasons 1974-76, 1990 and 2006. In 2007, they reclaimed the league title and thus ended an 44-year-long waiting period.

Despite the limited success, the club has never failed to spark considerable interest from the Norwegian media and keeping an epidemics of football hysteria continuously running in Bergen. Moreover, Brann have regularly been winners and runners-up of the Norwegian Cup. The club reached the Quarter Finals of the Cup Winners' Cup in the 1996/97 season.

Formation and early years

On 26 September 1908 Christen K. Gran and Birger Gjestland together with eight other men, met in a local café in Bergen. Due to dissatisfaction of the current state of the local football clubs in Bergen, they decided to form a new football club. They called the it Ski- og Fodboldklubben Brann (Ski and Football Club Brann). This was later changed to Sportsklubben Brann (Sport Club Brann).

Brann played their first match against a local Bergen team on New Year's Day 1909, drawing 1-1. During the first years Brann struggled with poor results. Then in 1917,considered the breakthrough year for Brann, they managed to qualify for the Cup final. Brann lost the match 1-4 against Brann Stadion was opened. The opening match was against the Norwegian national team, losing 2-6. In 1923 Brann won their first title when they defeated Lyn 2-1 in the Cup final. Two years later Brann claimed their second title this time defeating Sarpsborg 3-0 in the cup final.

The following years Brann entered a recession. Brann had to wait until 1947 before again qualifying for the top league that was now called Norgesligaen (Norwegian league). In 1950 Brann once again managed to qualify for the Cup final, losing 0-3 to Fredrikstad.

Brann Stadion with surrounding fields

1960s and 1970s: Glory and relegation

In the 1960s Brann produced two of Norway's most profiled players. With

  • SK Brann official club pages

External links

  1. ^ a b "Sportsklubben enBrann - Ekte lidenskap har et navn". Retrieved 6 September 2008. 
  2. ^ "NIFS - Norsk & Internasjonal Fotballstatistikk". Retrieved 6 September 2008. 
  3. ^ "NIFS - Norsk & Internasjonal Fotballstatistikk". Retrieved 6 September 2008. 
  4. ^ "Dobbelmesteren rykket ned". (in Norwegian).  
  5. ^ - Der kunne du blitt helten, Erik ("There you could have been the hero Erik") VG, 20 October 2007(Norwegian)
  6. ^ Brann er årets seriemester ("Brann is the year's league champion") NRK, 22 October 2007 (Norwegian)
  7. ^ Olsen, Bjørn Thomas; Madsen, Elin. "Tapte så det sang". Retrieved 23 February 2008. 
  8. ^ Châtelet, Christian. "Marseille squeeze past battling Brann". Retrieved 2008-11-13. 
  9. ^ "Spanish sides take varied routes to success". Retrieved 2008-11-13. 
  10. ^ "End of an era for Mjelde and Brann". Retrieved 13 November 2008. 
  11. ^ Bergersen, Tormod (21 May 2010). "Steinar Nilsen ferdig i Brann" (in Norwegian). Bergensavisen. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
  12. ^ Brakstad, Thomas; Benjamin Bye Åsali (22 May 2011). "Skarsfjord: - Spillerne må ha tunnelsyn" (in Norwegian). Verdens Gang. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
  13. ^ Lyngøy, Roar (5 April 2011). "VG tror fortsatt på Brann-nedrykk" (in Norwegian). Bergens Tidende. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
  14. ^ "Rune Skarsfjord: – En gave til det bergenske publikum" (in Norwegian). TV2. 21 September 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  15. ^ "Aalesund ødela Branns medaljehåp". (in Norwegian).  
  16. ^ "Huseklepp Makes Brann Move". Portsmouth FC. 28 July 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  17. ^ Lyngøy, Roar (26 November 2014). "Mjøndalen ydmyket svake Brann" (in Norwegian). Bergens Tidende. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  18. ^ "A-laget støtteapparat - Brann". Sportsklubben Brann. 
  19. ^ "Mest lest - Brann". Sportsklubben Brann. 
  20. ^ "Nyheter - Brann". Sportsklubben Brann. 
  21. ^ "Nyheter - Brann". Sportsklubben Brann. 



Player of the year

Chairman: Eivind Lunde
Managing director: Vibeke Johannesen
Sports director: Rune Soltvedt

Administrative staff

Head coach: Lars Arne Nilsen
Assistant coach: Robert Hauge
Goalkeeper coach: Dan Riisnes
As of 27 May 2015[18]

Coaching staff

No. Position Player
10 FW Jakob Orlov (on loan at Hammarby)
12 GK Øystein Øvretveit (on loan at Nest-Sotra)
22 MF Sarpsborg 08)
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Out on loan

No. Position Player
1 GK Alex Horwath
3 DF Erlend Hanstveit
4 MF Eirik Birkelund
5 DF Jonas Grønner
6 DF Vadim Demidov (captain)
7 FW Kristoffer Larsen
8 MF Fredrik Haugen
9 MF Kasper Skaanes
10 MF Steffen Lie Skålevik
11 FW Alejandro Castro
12 GK Kenneth Udjus
13 FW Erik Huseklepp (vice-captain)
14 DF Fredrik Heggland
15 DF Bismark Acosta
No. Position Player
16 MF Emil Hansson
17 DF Viljar Vevatne
18 DF Azar Karadas
20 FW Håkon Lorentzen
21 DF Ruben Kristiansen
23 MF Sivert Heltne Nilsen
24 GK Piotr Leciejewski
25 MF Amadaiya Rennie (on loan from Hammarby)
29 MF Kristoffer Barmen
30 DF Fredrik Pallesen Knudsen
33 DF Amin Nouri
35 MF Mathias Raum
38 DF Jan Ruben Sleen
39 FW Oliver Rotihaug
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

As of the 2015 season.

Current squad

Players and staff

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Europe Notes
2005 Tippeligaen 6 26 10 7 9 43 32 37 Quarterfinal UC First round
2006 Tippeligaen 2 26 14 4 8 39 36 46 Fourth round UC Second qualification round Fair play
2007 Tippeligaen 1 26 17 3 6 59 39 54 Fourth round UC Last 32
2008 Tippeligaen 8 26 8 9 9 36 36 33 Fourth round CL
Third qualification round
First round
2009 Tippeligaen 5 30 12 8 10 51 49 44 Quarterfinal
2010 Tippeligaen 13 30 8 10 12 48 50 34 Second round
2011 Tippeligaen 4 30 14 6 10 51 49 48 Final
2012 Tippeligaen 6 30 13 3 14 57 50 42 Semifinal
2013 Tippeligaen 8 30 11 6 13 46 46 39 Third round
2014 Tippeligaen 14 30 8 5 17 41 54 29 Quarterfinal Relegated to the 1. Divisjon
2015 OBOS-ligaen 2 30 14 11 5 46 35 53 Fourth Round Promoted to Tippeligaen

Recent history

  • Norwegian Football Cup:
    • Winners (6): 1923, 1925, 1972, 1976, 1982, 2004
    • Runners-up (9): 1917, 1918, 1950, 1978, 1987, 1988, 1995, 1999, 2011


The 2014 season ended disastrously with relegation for the first time in 29 years. Brann had a difficult season throughout and was on a direct relegation spot for much of the season. A crucial win over Sogndal in the penultimate round lifted them to 14th place (third to last, qualification spot), and a last round win over Haugesund ensured it. This allowed Brann a chance of salvaging a berth in next year's Premier League through a qualifying match against the challenger Mjøndalen IF who had finished third in Adeccoligaen. However Brann lost the match after the first leg at home in Bergen on 23 November ended in a 1-1 draw, while the second leg away ended in a 3-0 victory for Mjøndalen. This result meant that Mjøndalen was promoted to the Norwegian Premier League at the expense of Brann who will play in Adeccoligaen in 2015.[17]

On 28 July 2012, following his previous football team, Portsmouth FC going into administration, Huseklepp joined SK Brann.[16]

[15] Hopes for a medal were dashed however, when Brann first lost the cup final 1-2 against Aalesund, and then the last match of the league, also against Aalesund. Finally, Brann finished in fourth place.[14] by defeating Fredrikstad in the semi-final.2011 Norwegian Football Cup Final Although the season did not continue as strongly as that, Brann remained a contender for a top three position in the league and the team also qualified to the [13] Expectations for Brann were low ahead of the 2011 season, with

The 2010 season was a poor season for Brann. On 19 May the team surprisingly was knocked out of the cup after losing 0-1 to the 3rd division (4th tier) team Fyllingen. The head coach Steinar Nilsen resigned two days later,[11] and was replaced by Rune Skarsfjord.[12] In the 2010 league, Brann finished in 13th place, thus securing the last spot that avoided relegation or relegation play-offs.

2010s: Rebuilding the team, and relegation

Steinar Nilsen took over the team, and Brann finished fifth in the 2009 league.

Brann-Lyn 081007

The 2008 season was a major disappointment for all the fans hoping to repeat the success of the 2007 season. In the league Brann finished 8th (of 14 teams) and in the national cup they reached the final 16 but was eliminated after an 8-0 loss away to Molde FK. Brann also participated in the UEFA Champions League qualifier, but was eliminated from the contest in the third qualifying round after losing both matches (home 0-1, away 1-2) against Olympique de Marseille from France.[8] After this they played against the Spanish team Deportivo de La Coruña in the first round of the 2008–2009 edition of UEFA Cup but was eliminated on penalties after an aggregate result of 2-2.[9] On 7 October 2008 Brann and their head coach Mons Ivar Mjelde announced that he would resign from the club at the end of the season.[10]

Brann won the league in 2007. In the end they finished 6 points ahead of its nearest rival, Stabæk. The team did cause a small sensation, and bitter disappointment among tens of thousands of Brann-supporters who had gathered in Bergen to watch the game live, on 20 October by losing to Aalesund 1-2 in the 24th of 26 rounds, a match where a draw would have set aside all doubt about Brann's league win.[5] However two days later, Viking defeated Brann's last rival to the gold medals Stabæk with a 2-1 result, thereby securing Brann the first league championship since 1963 anyway.[6] The same season Brann also qualified for the group stage of the UEFA Cup, and advanced from the group with a win and a draw. Brann faced a tough test against Everton F.C. with the aggregated score an 8-1 loss after two games.[7]

For most of the 2006 season Brann were top of the league and by many considered to be favourites to win the title. However, a poor run of form after the summer break, coupled with a correspondingly good run of form from archrivals Rosenborg meant that the Brann hopefuls were disappointed once again.

Being one of the biggest clubs in Norway in terms of public interest, it is generally agreed that Brann have underperformed compared to their potential at least since the mid-1970s. However, on 7 November 2004, Brann won their first title in 22 years defeating F.C. Lyn Oslo 4-1 in the Norwegian Cup. Bengt Sæternes was man of the match scoring three goals within the first 35 minutes.

In their impatient but unfruitful struggle to reclaim the glory of the 1960s, Brann over the years gained a reputation for inept leadership, unfounded enthusiasm or optimism and almost continuous internal unrest, deservedly or not. Since Mons Ivar Mjelde took over as manager in 2003, however, this image has changed, as the leadership has embraced continuity and extremely down-to-earth principles. Brann were now considered one of the best-run and harmonic clubs in the Norwegian Premier League.

Ending third in 2004 season of the league qualified Brann for the Scandinavian Royal League.

The 2002 season was the worst season for Brann in twelve seasons. Brann finished third from the bottom and had to play play-off to stay in the top league. Fortunately for Brann (equally unfortunately for Sandefjord, their opponent) the matches ended 0-0 (away), 2-1 (home), and Brann narrowly avoided relegation after a Sandefjord shot went less than a foot wide in injury time.

Teitur Thordarson was named new manager in 2000, when Harald Aabrekk left the job. For the second time in four seasons Brann won silver medals, secured after defeating Molde 4-0 in the last game of the season. Thorstein Helstad became the top goal scorer in the league in 2000 and 2001.

2000s: First title in decades

In 1998, as in 1995, Brann found themselves at the bottom of the table halfway through the season. The manager Kjell Tennfjord was replaced by Harald Aabrekk, and a host of quality players were purchased. This saved Brann from relegation, but combined with the construction of a new stand on Brann Stadion it gave them grave financial problems that only recently were resolved.

In 1997, Brann finally won league silver medals after a solitary last-match again from former manager Mons Ivar Mjelde. Later, Brann have also won league medals after finishing second in the 2000 and 2006 season and third in 1999 and 2004.

In 1996, as in 1990, Brann were denied bronze medals in injury time of the last game, after a terrible blunder by keeper Birkir Kristinsson. Only days later, however, Brann beat PSV Eindhoven of the Netherlands to advance to the quarter-finals of the Cup Winners' Cup, ironically thanks to world-class goalkeeping by the same Birkir Kristinsson. This was the second time a Norwegian team had qualified for the last eight in Europe. In the quarter-finals, Brann first drew 1-1 at home against Liverpool F.C., before losing the away match 3-0 and thus being knocked out.

Brann were notorious for lacking a regular goal scorer ever since the 1970s, but this ended with Trond Egil Soltvedt's many goals in 1993 and 1994. His extremely dedicated style, his innocent and somewhat naïve personality and the fact that many of his goals were scored as a midfielder made him immensely popular. Just before the start of the 1995 season, however, he was sacked by Brann's board for "disloyalty", the board refusing to elaborate on this. Disciplinary action was also taken against stars Frank Strandli, Inge Ludvigsen and Claus Lundekvam. This caused a public outcry, the issue was all over the national media, there were demonstrations in the centre of Bergen, and the fans were split in their support to Soltvedt or to the board and manager Hallvar Thoresen. Attendances and the atmosphere on Brann Stadion initially plummeted as a result of this. The team spirit amongst players also seemed broken, and the first game against Molde F.K. was lost 6-0 at home, resulting in the entire crowd yelling for the board to resign. With Brann at bottom position halfway through the league season, Hallvar Thoresen was sacked and Kjell Tennfjord, the manager behind Fyllingen IL's success, was appointed. He saved Brann into an eventual mid-table position and led them to the Norwegian Cup finals, again sparking immense optimism around the club.

Fyllingen IL were promoted back into the Norwegian Premier League in 1992. In 1993 Brann got their two first-ever wins against their local rivals. A 6-1 thrashing in the penultimate league round sent Fyllingen down, while securing continued Premier League status for Brann. After the season, Brann purchased Fyllingen's key player Per-Ove Ludvigsen, and this put an end to Fyllingen and the derby matches. Fyllingen are now a mediocre second division side without top flight ambitions.

In 1991, after a shock resignation of manager Teitur Thordarson, Brann once again struggled, and needed a win in their last game against Strømsgodset in order save play-off against two first division teams. Losing the game would send Brann down, while securing play-off for equally struggling local rivals Fyllingen IL. Also, there were fears that a relegation would spawn another long-term "elevator era". A panic-stricken crowd saw Brann win the game 2-0. In the play-offs, though beating Strindheim IL at home, Brann still needed to beat Bryne F.K. away in a deciding match. A goal by Sten Glenn Håberg gave Brann a 1-0 win over Bryne, however, in a dramatic match where former Brann manager Mons Ivar Mjelde, then at the opposition side, hit the post.

Unlike for example the English Premier League, the top three teams of the Norwegian Premier League are awarded medals. Silver and bronze medals are sometimes received with a shrug, but Brann's dismal league history made them top priority for the club in the 1990s. In 1990, Brann were involved in a decisive last match where they had the chance of clinching the league title, but lost and ended fourth. They lost out on their first medals since 1976 as local rivals Fyllingen IL conceded two vital goals against Molde FK in stoppage time. Only weeks prior to this, Fyllingen IL had beaten Brann in the Cup semi finals, and their outspoken ambitions to take over the football hegemony in Bergen by now had become a major annoyance for Brann.

1990s: Derbies, medals and brief European success

Brann hadn't had any real challenge from local rivals at least since the 1950s. In 1989, however, the Bergen-based Fyllingen IL were promoted to the Norwegian Premier League for the first time.

With the 1980s came Brann's "yo-yo" era. Brann were relegated in 1979 and won the 2nd division in 1980, and the team continued to alternate between the 1st and 2nd division until they finally avoided relegation in 1987. This was a world record for consecutive relegations-promotions involving a top tier division. Brann remained in the top flight until it was relegated at the end of the 2014 season. In 1982, Brann again won the Cup Championship, beating Molde 3-2. Neil MacLeod scored the winning goal in the 57th minute.

1980s: The "yo-yo" years

Brann were promoted back into the top league in 1967, and Brann won the Sogndal 2-1. In each of the seasons 1974-1976, Brann narrowly missed out on the league title, attracting an average attendance that was unheard of in Norway at the time.

In 1964, Brann were among the favorites to win their third consecutive league championship, but due to many injured players the team only won one of the first nine league-games. In the second half of the season, Brann was positioned in the relegation zone and the team's star, Roald Jensen had departed to the Scottish team Hearts. Before the decisive match of the season, Brann was one point behind Viking on the last spot which was clear of relegation, and Brann were facing the already relegated Raufoss at home. Even though Brann had the greatest chances to score a goal, Raufoss won the match 1-0, and Brann surprisingly was relegated from the top league along with Raufoss.[4]


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