Rune Bratseth

Rune Bratseth (born 19 March 1961) is a former Norwegian footballer who played as a sweeper.

Nicknamed Elk due to his long stature, he is best known for his spell with SV Werder Bremen, also having appeared in the 1994 FIFA World Cup with Norway, its first since 1938, at the age of 33.

Photo Johnny Leo Johansen(c)


Bratseth’s finest moment came when Werder won the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1991–92, in a 2–0 victory against AS Monaco FC. During the campaign, he played in eight (out of nine) complete matches, managing to add two goals (in both legs against Romania‘s FCM Bacău).

Bratseth was named Norway’s Golden Player – the best Norwegian footballer of the past 50 years by the Norwegian Football Association, in November 2003, to celebrate UEFA’s Jubilee.

Subsequently, he became chairman and general manager of Rosenborg, forming a successful partnership with coach Nils Arne Eggen. The club maintained its domestic superiority in the following years.