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Øyvind Leonhardsen
Personal information
Full name Øyvind Leonhardsen
Date of birth 17 August 1970 (1970-08-17) (age 39)
Place of birth    Kristiansund, Norway
Playing position Midfielder (retired)
Club information
Current club Lyn Oslo (youth coach)
Youth career
1987–1989 Clausenengen FK
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Tottenham Hotspur
Aston Villa
Lyn Oslo
064 0(9)
063 (20)
076 (13)
037 0(7)
054 0(7)
019 0(3)
046 0(2)
041 0(7)
391 (68)   
National team
1990–2003 Norway 086 (19)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Øyvind Leonhardsen (born 17 August 1970, in Kristiansund, Møre og Romsdal) is a Norwegian former footballer. He retired after the 2007 season, and at that moment he was captain of Strømsgodset IF in the Norwegian Premier Division, ending a career with nine years in English football with clubs like Wimbledon, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa. In Norway he played for Molde, Rosenborg, Lyn Oslo and Strømsgodset.

Leonhardsen won the honorable Kniksen award as the best midfielder in 1991 and 1993. He was voted the Player's Player of the Year in Norway in 1994.

Leonhardsen started his career in Clausenengen before he, as a 19 year old, moved to Premier Division side Molde in 1989. Two years later he was brought to Norwegian champions Rosenborg. Playing for them, he was voted best player in Norway in 1994. Leonhardsen moved to Wimbledon in the Premier League the following season, where he made an instant impact. In the summer of 1997 he was bought by his childhood favourites, Liverpool. He then moved to Tottenham Hotspur, before joining Aston Villa on a free transfer in August 2002.[1] He moved back to Norway in 2004 to join FC Lyn Oslo, where he became the captain. He signed a two year contract with second level club Strømsgodset IF from Drammen in December 2005.

Leonhardsen retired aged 37 after helping securing Strømsgodset IF promotion to Tippeligaen in 2006, and later securing a new contract in the top flight in 2007.

Now Leonhardsen is working as a youth coach in his former club Lyn Oslo [2].

Leonhardsen made 86 appearances for the Norwegian national team, scoring 19 goals. He was part of the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cup squads.

In Norway, the expression "a Leo run" is derived from Leonhardsen's running capacity and his smart movements. He is reckoned as somewhat of a cult hero and a symbol of the Norway national team success in the 1990's. He earned great respect during his career due to his highly professional approach to the game.


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