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John Arne Riise
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Personal information
Full name John Arne Semundseth Riise
Date of birth 24 September 1980 (1980-09-24) (age 29)
Place of birth Ålesund, Norway
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Left Back, Left Midfielder
Club information
Current club Roma
Number 17
Youth career
Years Team
1994–1997 Aalesund
1998–2001 Monaco 44 (4)
2001–2008 Liverpool 234 (31)
2008– Roma 54 (6)
National team
Years Team Apps
1996 Norway U-15 9 (3[1])
1997 Norway U-16 5 (3[1])
1997 Norway U-17 2 (0[1])
1998 Norway U-18 4 (0[1])
1999 Norway U-19 1 (0[1])
1998–2000 Norway U-21 17 (2[1])
2000– Norway 84 (12[1])
† Appearances (Goals).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 June 2009

John Arne Semundseth Riise (born 24 September 1980 in Ålesund) is a Norwegian footballer who plays for Roma in the Italian Serie A. He is the older brother of Bjørn Helge Riise, and more famously played for Liverpool FC. He is renowned for his runs forward and thunderous long shots.

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Club career

Early career

John Arne Riise began his career in his homeland with Aalesund. After a single season as a senior player for the club, he moved abroad in 1998, and played the formative years of his professional career with French club Monaco. He was a regular member of the 1999-2000 Ligue 1 championship-winning side, however, he fell out of favour with coach Claude Puel after admitting his desire to leave. Riise was subject of interest from English Premier League clubs, especially Fulham and Leeds United that both tabled £4m bids in 2000,[2] though both came to nothing as Monaco wanted £6 million for him. He was then sold to Liverpool for £4 million the following summer.[3]

Liverpool

Riise became Liverpool's first signing during the 2001 transfer window, when he moved from Monaco in a £4 million deal. He made his début for Liverpool in the 2001 UEFA Super Cup game against Bayern Munich on 24 August, played at the Stade Louis II, and scored as Liverpool went on to win the game 3-2. He also scored many important goals throughout the season against teams such as Arsenal, Everton, Newcastle and an especially memorable goal against Manchester United. Riise initially wore the number 18 shirt, but from the 2004-2005 season he wore the number 6 shirt, vacated by defender Markus Babbel. He scored ten goals in his first season with Liverpool.

He endured what were considered below-average seasons by most in the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons,[4] but he rediscovered his form in 2004-05 following the appointment of Rafael Benítez as manager, winning a Champions League winner's medal, although his attempt in the penalty shoot-out against A.C. Milan was saved. In the 2005 Football League Cup Final he scored in the first minute of the game, however Chelsea eventually prevailed 3-2 after extra time. In January 2006, Riise signed a new contract at Anfield to keep him at the club until 2009.[5] In February 2008, Riise announced his desire to stay at Liverpool for the rest of his career.[6] He earned an FA Cup winner's run in 2006, scoring in the semi-final against Chelsea and being successful in the penalty shoot-out against West Ham in the final.

After a poor run of form in Liverpool's away games in the autumn of 2006, Riise reacted to comments made by team-mates Pepe Reina and Jamie Carragher that Liverpool could effectively write off their chances of winning the league, saying "We never give up. Cowards give up."[7]

Riise competing in a match against Everton.

Riise made it into the top 50 Liverpool appearances of all time when he played in the 5-0 victory over Luton Town on 15 January 2008.

On 22 April 2008, in Liverpool's Champions League semi-final first leg against Chelsea at Anfield, Riise scored an own goal in the 95th minute to equalise. Liverpool went on to lose 3-2 in the away match and were eliminated from the tournament 4-3 on aggregate.

Riise playing for Liverpool.

Roma

Throughout the 2007-08 season, Riise's natural place in the side was often taken by Fábio Aurélio, when the Brazilian established himself as the club's first choice left-back.[8] After being linked with moves to other English clubs, on 18 June 2008 Riise signed a four-year contract with A.S. Roma. The club reportedly paid a fee of £1.5m, which could rise up to £3m, with pay of €2.8m per year. Riise scored his first goal for the club against league leaders Inter. Two months later, he would score again in the same stadium against AC Milan with a stunning free-kick into the top right corner. He would also provide the pass that scored Roma's second. Riise was the man of the match for the game, which ended 3-2 in favour of Roma.[9] On January 24th, Riise played a central role in Roma`s 1-2 away win over Juventus, scoring a late header three minutes into injury time.

Personal life

Riise married his childhood sweetheart, Norwegian model, Guri Havnevik in 2003,[10] but later divorced in 2004. He has one daughter with Guri called Ariana, born in January 2001. He has Ariana's name tattooed on his right arm.

He is now engaged to Maria Elvegard. The couple were due to be married in the summer of 2008, but had to postpone the day after moving to Rome. They are getting married in the summer of 2010.

On August 4 2009, Maria gave birth to the couples first child, Emma. [11] He has Emma's name, plus her date of birth tattooed on his left arm.

In 2005 Riise was thrust into the spotlight by the Norwegian press, when it emerged he had recently sent out text messages to a number of celebrity women with the same chat-up lines. He was dubbed "SMS-kongen" ("The SMS King" in Norwegian).[12]

In October 2007, details of Riise's payslip were stolen from his dustbin and leaked to the internet, revealing his monthly take home pay to be £82,413.[13]

Career statistics

Correct as of 24 January 2010.[14]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Norway League Norwegian Football Cup League Cup Europe Total
1997 Aalesund First Division 8 1 - - - 8 1
1998 17 4 - - - 17 4
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
1998-99 Monaco Division 1 7 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 8 0
1999-00 21 1 0 0 0 0 6 1 27 2
2000-01 16 3 0 0 2 0 2 0 20 3
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2001-02 Liverpool Premier League 38 7 2 0 0 0 15 1 55 8
2002-03 37 6 3 0 4 0 11 0 55 6
2003-04 28 0 1 0 2 0 4 0 35 0
2004-05 37 6 0 0 5 1 15 1 57 8
2005-06 32 1 6 3 0 0 12 0 50 4
2006-07 33 1 1 0 1 1 11 2 46 4
2007-08 29 0 2 0 2 0 8 0 41 0
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
2008-09 Roma Serie A 31 2 1 0 - 8 0 40 2
2009-10 24 4 0 0 - 6 1 30 5
Total Norway 25 5 - - - 25 5
France 44 4 0 0 2 0 9 1 55 5
England 234 21 15 3 16 2 76 4 339 30
Italy 55 6 1 0 - 14 1 70 7
Career Total 354 34 16 3 14 2 99 6 485 45

Honours

Monaco

Liverpool

Individual

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 23 February 2000 Ali Sami Yen Stadium, Istanbul  Turkey 2 – 0 Win Friendly
2 7 September 2002 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo  Denmark 2 – 2 Draw UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
3 16 October 2002 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo  Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 – 0 Win UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
4 9 February 2005 Ta'Qali Stadium, Valetta  Malta 3 – 0 Win Friendly
5 8 June 2005 Råsunda Stadium, Stockholm  Sweden 3 – 2 Win Friendly
6 2 June 2007 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo  Malta 4 – 0 Win UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
7 12 September 2007 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo  Greece 2 – 2 Draw UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
8 28 May 2008 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo  Uruguay 2 – 2 Draw Friendly
9 1 April 2009 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo  Finland 3 – 2 Win Friendly
10 12 August 2009 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo  Scotland 4 – 0 Win World Cup 2010 qualifying
11 5 September 2009 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík  Iceland 1 – 1 Draw World Cup 2010 qualifying
12 9 September 2009 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo  Macedonia 2 – 1 Win World Cup 2010 qualifying

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "John Arne Riise, 24.9.1980" (in Norwegian). fotball.no. Football Association of Norway. http://www.fotball.no/histstat.ASP?WCI=wiPerson&personid=2692338. Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  2. ^ "Liverpool who's who". BBC Sport. 2002-08-08. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/l/liverpool/2173949.stm. Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
  3. ^ "Liverpool win chase for Riise". BBC Sport. 2001-06-20. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/f/fulham/1373396.stm. Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
  4. ^ "John Arne Riise Bio". http://soccernet.espn.go.com/players/profile?id=7936&&cc=5901. 
  5. ^ "Riise signs new deal at Liverpool". BBC Sport. 2006-01-20. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/l/liverpool/4632352.stm. Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
  6. ^ "Riise: I'll bounce back". Liverpool F.C.. 2008-02-06. http://www.liverpoolfc.tv/news/archivedirs/news/2008/feb/6/N158744080206-1311.htm. Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
  7. ^ "Riise & Reina split on title race". BBC Sport. 2006-11-15. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/l/liverpool/6150266.stm. Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
  8. ^ "AS Roma sign Riise from Liverpool". BBC Sport. 2008-06-18. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/l/liverpool/7461405.stm. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  9. ^ Riise rakes in riches in Rome|publisher=Aftenposten newspaper|date=2008-06-19|accessdate=2008-06-19}}
  10. ^ Soccer star ties the knot
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ occer star silent on SMS pick-up routine
  13. ^ "Liverpool star's payslip on web". BBC News. 2007-10-31. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/merseyside/7071296.stm. Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
  14. ^ "John Arne Riise Profile, Statistics, News, Game Log". ESPN Soccernet. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/players/stats?id=7936&cc=5739. Retrieved 2010-01-24. 

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John Arne Riise
File:John Arne
Personal information
Full name John Arne Semundseth Riise
Date of birth 24 September 1980 (1980-09-24) (age 30)
Place of birth    Ålesund, Norway
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Roma
Number 17
Youth clubs
1994-1997 Aalesund
Senior clubs
Years Club
1997-1998
1998-2001
2001-2008
2008-
Aalesund
Monaco
Liverpool
Roma
National team
2000- Norway

John Arne Riise (born 24 September 1980) is a Norwegian football player. He plays for Roma and the Norwegian national football team.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
NorwayLeague Norwegian Football Cup League Cup EuropeTotal
1997AalesundFirst Division81---81
1998174---174
FranceLeague Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue EuropeTotal
1998/99MonacoDivision 17000001080
1999/00211000061272
2000/01163002020203
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
2001/02LiverpoolPremier League3872000151558
2002/033763040110556
2003/04280102040350
2004/053760051151578
2005/063216300120504
2006/073311011112464
2007/08290202080410
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia League Cup EuropeTotal
2008/09RomaSerie A31220-80412
2009/10
CountryNorway 255---255
France 444002091555
England 2342115314276433930
Italy 31220-80412
Total 3343217316293546042

International career statistics

[1]

Norway national team
YearAppsGoals
200071
200140
200292
2003110
2004100
2005102
200660
2007112
200881
200994
2010
Total8512

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