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Aasmund Bjørkan

Not to be confused with Asmund Bjørken.

Aasmund Bjørkan
Personal information
Full nameAasmund Karl Bjørkan
Date of birth (1973-07-03) 3 July 1973 (age 41)
Place of birthBodø, Norway
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing positionMidfielder
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1991–2000Bodø/Glimt174(40)
2000–2002Vålerenga39(9)
2002–2005Bodø/Glimt69(10)
Teams managed
2009–2010Alta
2011–2012Ranheim
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Aasmund Bjørkan (born 3 July 1973) is a Norwegian former professional footballer who works as assistant coach at Bodø/Glimt. He has previously been head coach of the First Division sides Alta and Ranheim. As a player, he played as a winger for Bodø/Glimt and Vålerenga, and won the Norwegian Cup in 1993 and 2002.

Career

He made his debut for Bodø/Glimt in 1991,[1] and helped win promotion ahead of the 1993 season. In his first Norwegian Premier League season in 1993 he played all 22 league games. He remained a steadfast first-team player at Bodø/Glimt[2] until changing club to Vålerenga in the middle of the 2000 season.[3] After some meagre seasons[2] he returned to Bodø/Glimt in August 2002.[4] He started off well, playing all 26 league games in 2003,[2] but was eventually struck by problems with jumper's knee.[5] He retired as an active player after the 2005 season.

Ahead of the 2006 season he was offered the job as head coach of Steigen SK.[6] This did not happen; instead he was hired in Bodø/Glimt as a player developer.[7] Ahead of the 2009 season he was hired as the new head coach for second-tier club Alta IF.[8] After two seasons there Bjørkan moved to become the new head coach for Ranheim from 1 January 2011, where he replaced Per Joar Hansen who took over the Norwegian under-21 team.[9] Bjørkan led the team to a fourth and a seventh place in the First Division, and left the club after the 2012 season when his contract expired.[10] He was linked to the vacant position as head coach of Bodø/Glimt ahead of the 2013 season, but after the club hired Jan Halvor Halvorsen as head coach, Bjørkan was hired as his assistant coach.[11]

Career statistics

Season Club Division League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1993 Bodø/Glimt Tippeligaen 22 4 0 0 22 4
1994 12 2 0 0 12 2
1995 24 8 0 0 24 8
1996 26 6 0 0 26 6
1997 22 1 0 0 22 1
1998 26 9 0 0 26 9
1999 26 8 3 1 29 9
2000 16 2 1 1 17 3
2000 Vålerenga 5 1 1 1 6 2
2001 Adeccoligaen 30 8 1 0 31 8
2002 Tippeligaen 4 0 0 0 4 2
2002 Bodø/Glimt 5 2 0 0 5 2
2003 26 4 7 2 33 6
2004 23 4 3 1 26 5
2005 15 0 4 2 19 2
Career Total 282 59 20 8 302 67

Honours

References

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