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Bjørn Helge Riise
Bjørn Helge Riise
Fulham info
Full name Bjørn Helge Semundseth Riise
Date of birth 21 Jun 1983
Place of birth    Ålesund, Møre og Romsdal, Norway
Height 5ft 9in (1.75m)
Playing position Midfielder, Right winger, Central midfielder
Current player? Incorrect
Number(s) worn 17 (2009-2012)
Debut FK Vėtra (a) (30 Jul 2009)
Last Appearance Crusaders (h) (21 Jul 2011)
First goal n/a
Last goal n/a
Joined from Lillestrøm, £1.76 million - 22 Jul 2009
Left for Lillestrøm, Free - 28 Jul 2012
League apps (gls) 15 (0)
All apps (gls) 35 (0)
Other clubs Hessa (youth)
Aalesund (2000-2003)
Standard Liège (2003-2005)
→ Brussels (loan) (2004-2005)
Lillestrøm (2005-2009) & (2012-present)
→ Sheff Utd (loan) (from Fulham) (2011)
→ Portsmouth (loan) (from Fulham) (2011)
International Norway (2006-present)
Apps (gls) 35 (1)

Bjørn Helge Riise was a midfielder, formerly of Fulham. He was signed by Roy Hodgson in summer 2009 and thought spending three seasons at the club, only managed a small number of appearances. He was usually used on the right wing although was capable of playing a more central role. A Norweigan international, his brother John Arne Riise also joined the club two years after his arrival.

CareerEdit

Before Fulham Edit

Bjørn played for amateur football club Hessa, an island close to Aalesund, whom he was scouted by and signed as a 17-year-old in 2000. He made nearly fifty league appearances for them in three years and had not gone unnoticed with clubs in England reportedly close to signing him - first Manchester City and then Cardiff City. It was when the deal with Cardiff fell through when he stated "I don't understand what Aalesund want from me. I almost want to quit football because it's not fun anymore" and came close to retiring at a very young age. He moved on shortly afterwards to Belgium, playing for Standard Liège and then for Brussels on loan. When his contract expired at Liège, Brussels and SK Brann were interested in signing him, though he eventually moved back to Norway and signed for Lillestrøm. He enjoyed four seasons there, where he gained his first international cap until 2011 when Fulham came knocking.

FulhamEdit

He signed for Fulham in July 2009 under Roy Hodgson and was used mainly as a substitute throughout the 2011-12 season, and saw a fair amount of playing time in the club's Europa League run and was an unused substitute in the Final. The following season, unfortunately for Bjørn, saw him play very little and the season after even less. He quickly became surplus to requirements as he slipped down the pecking order and was loaned out to Sheffield United in the latter part of 2010-11 and Portsmouth on a short loan in November 2011.

Despite not making an impact at Fulham, he will be remembered for his role in the vital Europa League meeting away at Basel in which he made two assists in a 3-2 win.

After FulhamEdit

Bjørn returned to former club Lillestrøm on a free transfer in July 2012

Fulham StatisticsEdit

AppearancesEdit

Season Premier League FA Cup League Cup Europa League Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2009-10 12 0 3 0 1 0 12 0 28 0
2010-11 3 0 0 0 0 0 - - 3 0
2011-12 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 4 0
Total 15 0 3 0 1 0 16 0 35 0

DisciplinaryEdit

Season Yellow card Red card
2009-10 0 0
2010-11 0 0
2011-12 0 0
Total 0 0

Fulham MatchesEdit

# Season Date Comp Opposition Venue Result Score Additional Information

External links and referencesEdit

Fulham FC
2009-10 squad
1. Schwarzer 2. Kelly 3. Konchesky 4. Paintsil 5. Hangeland 6. Baird 7. Seol / Shorey 8. A Johnson 9. Okaka 10. Nevland 11. Gera 12. Stockdale 13. Murphy 14. Andranik 15. Kamara 16. Duff 17. Riise 18. Hughes 19. Zuberbühler 20. Etuhu 21. E Johnson 22. Stoor 23. Dempsey 25. Zamora 26. Smalling 27. Greening 29. Davies 31. Saunders 33. Kallio 34. Dikgacoi 35. Elm 36. Anderson / Buchtmann 37. Briggs 38. Etheridge 39. Foderingham 40. Uwezu 41. Bettinelli 42. Harris 43. Jones 44. Marsh-Brown 45. Smith 48. Payne
Manager
Flag of England Roy Hodgson
Fulham FC
2010-11 squad
1. Schwarzer 2. Kelly 3. Konchesky / Salcido 4. Paintsil 5. Hangeland 6. Baird 7. Sidwell 8. A Johnson 11. Gera 12. Stockdale 13. Murphy 14. Senderos 15. Kamara 16. Duff 17. Riise 18. Hughes 19. Zuberbühler 20. Etuhu 21. E Johnson 22. Stoor / Guðjohnsen 23. Dempsey 24. Kakuta 25. Zamora 26. Dikgacoi 27. Greening 28. Briggs 29. Davies 30. Dembélé 31. Saunders 32. Halliche 33. Hoesen 35. Elm 36. Dalla Valle 37. Kačaniklić 38. Etheridge 41. Bettinelli 44. Marsh-Brown 45. Smith
Manager
Flag of Wales Mark Hughes
Fulham FC
2011-12 squad
1. Schwarzer 2. Kelly 3. JA Riise 4. Sidwell 5. Hangeland 6. Baird 7. Pogrebnyak 8. Johnson 9.  10. Kasami 11. Ruiz 12. Stockdale 13. Murphy 14. Senderos 15. Gecov 16. Duff 17. BH Riise 18. Hughes 19. Diarra 20. Etuhu 21. Frei 22. Somogyi 23. Dempsey 24. Dalla Valle 25. Zamora 26. Salcido / Grygera 28. Briggs 29. Davies 30. Dembélé 31. Kačaniklić 32. Halliche 33. Hoesen 34. Donegan 35. Peniket 36. Marsh-Brown / Mesca 37. Harris 38. Etheridge 39. Arthurworrey 40. Smith 41. Bettinelli 42. Trotta 43. Pritchard 44. Joronen
Manager
Flag of the Netherlands Martin Jol

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