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    Martin Andresen

    Surname Andresen
    Forename(s) Martin
    Position(s) Midfield
    Attributes

    5'11"  11st.11lb.
    b. Kråkstad (Norway) 2 February 1977
     

    Career

    Debut 28 February 2004 (27y 26d) Final Game 15 May 2004 (27y 103d)
    CAREER: Kråkstad;Ski;Moss;Viking Stavangar;Stabaek;Wimbledon Oct'99 (£1,800,000)[4+10-1];Molde Jun'00-Dec'00 (loan);Stabaek Dec'00 (free); Blackburn Rovers Jan'04-Jun'04 (loan);SK Brann Mar'05 (£1,250,000); Valerenga Jan’08 (free)(p-c);Follo FK;Stabaek ’13.
    INTERNATIONALS Norway 39 + 4 apps 3 gls
    ’01 v Tur,Ice.’03 v Sco,Bos,Por,Lux,Spa,Spa.’04 v NIr,Ser 1 gl,Rus 1gl,Wal..’05 v Bel,Ita,Blr,Sco(s),Svn,CoR(s), Ita.’06 v Svn(s),Sco,Par,SoK.’07 v Bra,Hun,Mol,Gre,Cro,Bos,Tur 1gl,Mlt,Hun.’08 v Arg,Mol,Gre,Bos,Wal,Mon, Uru.’09 v RoI,Ice,Ger,Fin(s).
    HONOURS Nor Cp win (Stabaek) ’98.
    SQUAD NUMBER 25 Jan’04.
     

    Playing Statistics

    PL 11 apps  - 5 wdn  -129m   3 ns

    Summary

    After working his way through several clubs Andresen established himself at Stabaek who he helped to a cup final victory. A solid box to box midfielder he was brought over to Wimbledon when the club was acquired by Norwegian owners but started only four times for them before he was allowed to return on loan to his own country. His international career blossomed late after stagnating when he came to the end of the age group teams and when the Rovers became interested in him near to the January 2004 transfer window he had started to establish himself a reputation. This extended off the field because he was voted the sexiest man in Norway. Brought over for a week's trail at Brockhall he returned home with no concrete offer but the Rovers failure to sign Muzzy Izzet saw them re-address the situation and agree a loan deal until the end of the season. Although his play went unrecognised the run that saved the club from relegation coincided with the club opting for a diamond formation in midfield with Andresen playing in the holding role. Although there had been talk of a permanent deal neither party appeared to be keen and he returned to Norway to sign for Brann nine months later. Protected by the fact that his father is a multi-millionaire (he owns the furniture firm Skeidar)  he has never been forced to accept moves that he was uncomfortable with and has expressed the view that he will never play outside Norway again. After leading  Brann to the league championship title he left to become Valerenga’s player/assistant coach. In 2009 he took over as head coach, the first Norwegian to hold such a position in the top league for seven years. In 2010 he confined himself to playing with the reserves and agreed that in 2011 he would occasionally play for Follo FK of the Second Division. He was dismissed by Valeranga in October 2012 and the following year played one game for Stabaek. With his affluent background he was able to indulge in his hobby of bridge, reaching a standard where he successfully competed in the North American Bridge Competition.

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