Rune Bratseth

Rune Bratseth

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Rune Bratseth (born 19 March 1961) is a former Norwegian football who played as a sweeper.

Nicknamed Elk due to his long stature, he is best known for his spell with SV Werder Bremen, also having appeared in the 1994 FIFA World Cup with Norway, its first since 1938, at the age of 33.

Club career

Born in Trondheim, Bratseth started his career at local club Rosenborg BK. There, he would only be a part-time professional, until he left for Germany's SV Werder Bremen in January 1987, for a mere 93.000. He was immediately cast into the starting XI, making his club debut in a 1–5 loss at 1. FC Nuremberg, on 21 February, after the winter break; he would also win the first of his two national championships in his first full season.

Bratseth's finest moment came when Werder won the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1991–92, in a 2–0 victory against AS Monaco FC. During the campaign, he played in eight (out of nine) complete matches, managing to add two goals (in both legs against Romania's FCM Bacău).

After a second league title with Bremen, Bratseth began suffering knee problems, even needing injections to play. After only one match in 1994–95, he called it quits, at 34, having amassed 230 league matches, with 12 goals, in eight and a half professional seasons. In the 1993–94 UEFA Champions League, Braseth was on the scoresheet at the incredible 5–3 home win against R.S.C. Anderlecht; the Belgian led 3–0 with 25 minutes to go,...
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