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Harald Brattbakk

Harald Brattbakk

Norwegian footballer
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Norwegian footballer
Countries Norway
Occupations Association football player
Gender male
Birth 1 February 1971 (Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag, Trøndelag, Norway)
Stats
Height: 182
The details
Biography

Harald Martin Brattbakk (born 1 February 1971 in Trondheim) is a Norwegian former football player, now working as a pilot. A former striker, he was the all time top scorer in the Norwegian top division with 166 goals in 255 matches, before being surpassed by Sigurd Rushfeldt in 2011.

Club career

He has played for Kolstad, Rosenborg BK, Celtic, F.C. Copenhagen and Bodø/Glimt (loan).

Brattbakk is most known for his goalscoring abilities for the Norwegian club Rosenborg BK where he has enjoyed three spells (1990–91, 1994–97 and 2001–06) scoring most of his goals which has helped him reach the top of the all-time goalscoring chart in the Norwegian Premier League.

At Celtic, where he played from December 1997 to January 2000, Brattbakk seemed overawed by the pressures of playing for one of Scotland's Old Firm clubs. Though he did enjoy some success with the club — including hitting the clinching goal against St Johnstone to help them win the SPL title on the final day of the 1997–1998 season, and scoring all four goals in a 4–0 win over Kilmarnock that same year — his spell in Glasgow was generally characterised by nervous performances and insufficient goals.

However, Brattbakk has been very successful in Norway. With 166 goals he was the highest-scoring player in the history of the Norwegian Premier League, until his record was beat by Sigurd Rushfeldt on 29 May 2011. Moreover, his record in the Champions League is an impressive one, and includes goals against such top sides as Real Madrid and Milan. He scored 28 goals in 66 matches for Rosenborg BK and scored 4 goals in 9 matches for Celtic in various European Cups. In November 2001, he scored twice against his old club Celtic as Rosenborg defeated them 2–0 in a Champions League tie in Trondheim.

Brattbakk returned to Rosenborg after being on a loan to Bodø/Glimt in the last half of the 2005 season, but on 20 February 2006 it was announced that he had been relieved from his contract and he has now retired from the game.

In 2008 Brattbakk made a comeback in football after signing a contract with his native Kolstad-Fotball, an amateur club in the Norwegian 3rd Division Dep. 19. However, the comeback lasted only for the rest of the 2008 season.

International career

Brattbakk made his debut for Norway in a February 1995 friendly match against Estonia in which he scored two goals. He went on to play seventeen times for his country, scoring five goals.

Retirement

On 21 November 2006 Brattbakk announced on the Norwegian television channel TV3 that he intended to become an airline pilot after his retirement from professional football. He trained as a pilot in Florida at Phoenix East Aviation, Inc. and got his commercial aircraft certification in 2008. Until 2010 he flew for the aircraft company Helitrans, based at Trondheim Airport, Værnes. This included missions for Norwegian Coast Guard. From 2010 he has been working as a pilot for Norwegian Air Shuttle.

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Norway League Norwegian Cup Europe Total
1990 Rosenborg Tippeligaen 3 1 0 0 0 0 3 1
1991 11 1 4 2 2 0 17 3
1992 Bodø/Glimt First Division 19 14 5 5 - - 24 19
1993 Tippeligaen 22 10 7 4 - - 29 14
1994 Rosenborg Tippeligaen 22 17 7 10 4 3 33 30
1995 26 26 10 10 7 4 43 40
1996 26 28 4 11 10 2 40 41
1997 26 23 5 7 8 5 39 35
Scotland League Scottish Cup Europe Total
1997–98 Celtic Premier League 17 7 4 3 - - 21 10
1998–99 25 5 2 1 7 2 34 8
1999–2000 2 0 0 0 2 2 4 2
Denmark League Danish Cup Europe Total
1999–2000 Copenhagen Superliga 14 7 2 1 0 0 16 8
2000–01 17 7 2 0 - - 19 7
Norway League Norwegian Cup Europe Total
2001 Rosenborg Tippeligaen 25 15 3 3 8 3 36 21
2002 25 17 4 10 8 3 37 30
2003 25 17 6 9 8 5 39 31
2004 25 4 5 11 9 3 39 18
2005 9 2 3 2 0 0 12 4
2005 Bodø/Glimt Tippeligaen 11 5 0 0 - - 13 6
2008 Kolstad Third division 5 2 0 0 - - 5 2
Total Norway 280 182 63 84 64 28 407 294
Scotland 44 12 6 4 9 4 59 20
Denmark 31 14 4 1 0 0 35 15
Career total 355 208 73 89 73 32 481 329
  • Total games and goals does not include Third Division and below.

Honours

Club

  • Norwegian Premier League Championship (8): 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
  • Norwegian Football Cup Win: 1995, 2003
  • Scottish Premier League Championship: 1997–1998
  • Danish Superliga Championship: 2000–2001

Individual

  • Tippeligaen top scorer: 1994, 1995, 1996, 2002, 2003
  • Kniksen award as striker of the year: 1994, 1995, 1997, 2003
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