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Gunnar Halle : biography

11 August 1965 -

Gunnar Halle (born 11 August 1965) is a Norwegian football manager and former player. A right back, he played for many years professionally in England and for the Norwegian national team. In total he was capped 64 times and scored five international goals, including a memorable hat-trick against San Marino, and was included in the squads for the 1994 FIFA World Cup and 1998 FIFA World Cup. His last assignment was as assistant coach of Molde FK in Norwegian Premier League in the last part of the 2010 season.


Lillestrøm SK
  • Norwegian Premier League Championship: 1986, 1989


Born in Larvik, Vestfold, Norway, from 1981 to 1984 Halle attended the popular elite sports programme at Bjerke Videregående Skole.

Halle started his Norwegian Premier League career in Lillestrøm in 1985 when he joined from Larvik Turn. He quickly became a team regular, and helped win the league titles in 1986 and 1989. In the spring of 1991 he was sold to Oldham Athletic for £250,000, where he played over 200 matches and is regarded as one of the clubs finest players during their Premiership days. Halle joined Leeds United for £500,000 in the winter of 1996, and three seasons later he moved to Bradford City where he stayed another three seasons, scoring twice against Darlington in the League Cup and Portsmouth in the league. A brief spell with Wolverhampton Wanderers concluded his stay in England. He returned to Norway with Lillestrøm in the summer of 2002.

Halle played one and a half seasons for Lillestrøm before rounding off his career as player-coach for Third Division side Aurskog/Finstadbru in the 2004 season. In the 2005 and 2006 seasons Halle worked as the Lillestrøm assistant coach, but was sacked on 13 November 2006 along with head coach Uwe Rösler. The pair were soon hired to coach Viking.

In December 2008, he moved to Lyn as assistant manager. In August 2009 he stepped up to manager following the termination of Kent Bergersen's contract. The club was relegated to First Division after the 2009 season and changed its name to FK Lyn before the 2010 season. On 30 June 2010 the club declared bankruptcy after several years of financial difficulty, forcing them to forfeit from the league. On 30 August 2010, he was named the new assistant coach of Molde FK, again under Rösler.

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