Whatever happened to Steffen Iversen?

The 1990’s and early 2000’s saw a host of strikers come and go at White Hart Lane, from the good (Jurgen Klinsmann, Teddy Sheringham) to the bad (Ilie Dumitrescu, Sergei Rebrov). One player who was a mainstay for the Spurs forward line in this time was a Norwegian striker who spent 8 years in England with Spurs and Wolves. What happened to Steffen Iverson?

Iversen will be most remembered for his time with Spurs, spending seven years at the club, from 1996-2003. The Norwegian international came to England just after his 20th birthday, having spent a year playing for Rosenborg in his native country. He did OK for Spurs in a time when they were struggling (this was in the time of Christian Gross after all), but was not likely to be winning any Golden Boot awards, scoring 36 goals in 143 appearances with the club. Iversen did win a League Cup in his spell in London but left to join Wolves in 2003, where he scored 4 goals in a single season at Molineaux.

After his spell at Wolves, Iversen returned to Norway with Valerenga and was a key player for them, leading the club to a Norwegian title in 2005. Loved in Norway for his finishing skills and being excellent in the air, Iversen rejoined his old club Rosenborg after his contract with Valerenga expired. The star of the side with 17 goals, the striker helped the club again win a Norwegian title in 2006.

Under contract at Rosenborg until 2011, Iversen has expressed a desire to end his career in England, and was linked with a move to Newcastle in January. The Norwegian has also been linked with Norwich and Lazio in recent seasons. Capped 77 times by Norway in his career, Iversen has scored 21 goals for his country and still features for Norway, although he has been left out of the Norway squad to face Slovakia next week.

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