Bjørn Helge Riise

Bjørn Helge Riise
Personal information
Full name Bjørn Helge Semundseth Riise
Date of birth (1983-06-21) 21 June 1983
Place of birth Ålesund, Norway
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 21
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2003 Aalesund 49 (5)
2003–2005 Standard Liège 17 (0)
2004–2005Brussels (loan) 31 (2)
2005–2009 Lillestrøm 86 (10)
2009–2012 Fulham 15 (0)
2011Sheffield United (loan) 13 (1)
2011Portsmouth (loan) 2 (0)
2012–2015 Lillestrøm 82 (7)
2015– Aalesund 37 (2)
National team
Norway U21 16 (5)
2006– Norway[1] 35 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 November 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 January 2013

Bjørn Helge Semundseth Riise (born 21 June 1983 in Ålesund) is a Norwegian professional footballer. He currently plays for Aalesund. Riise plays either a central midfielder or a right winger, and has earned 35 international caps for Norway. He played for Fulham of the Premier League from July 2009 to August 2012. He is the younger brother of former Liverpool and Fulham player John Arne Riise, also a Norwegian international.

Club career


Early in his career, Riise was linked with several clubs, including Manchester City and Cardiff City, but deals failed to materialize.[2] Riise threatened to retire after the Cardiff deal fell through due to complications with Aalesund, his club at the time, stating "I don't understand what Aalesund want from me. I almost want to quit football because it's not fun anymore".[3]

Standard Liège

In January 2003, Riise signed a three-year deal with Standard Liège, after impressing on a trial that included two reserve team appearances. He became teammates with fellow Norwegian Ole Martin Årst.[4]


After playing only 17 matches for Standard Liège, he was loaned out to Brussels. When his contract expired, Brussels would have a call option on him. However, there were transfer talks between Brussels and Brann, according to Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad.[5]


Riise returned to Norway with Lillestrøm in the summer of 2005, where he signed a three-and-a-half-year deal. He made his debut for Lillestrøm on 3 July against Molde.[6]


In July 2009, Norwegian media reported that Riise was to join international team-mates Brede Hangeland and Erik Nevland at Fulham, for a fee believed to be around £2 million.[7][8][9] Riise subsequently signed a three-year deal with for an undisclosed fee.[10]

He made his Fulham début in a Europa League tie against FK Vetra coming on as a 78th-minute substitute for Zoltan Gera. Fulham won the match 3–0, winning the tie 6–0 on aggregate. He played regularly throughout the season under Roy Hodgson, especially in the Europa League.

His contract at Fulham was not extended in the summer of 2012, and was free to leave the club. Riise left during May/June.

On loan to Sheffield United

The following season however he found first team football much harder to come by under new boss Mark Hughes and by February 2011 he opted to move on loan to Sheffield United for the remainder of the season.[11] Whilst at Bramall Lane he scored his first goal in English football, in a 2–0 win over Leeds United.[12] With the Blades struggling he could not help to prevent them from being relegated at the end of the season and returned to Craven Cottage having played thirteen times for the Yorkshire club.

Loan to Portsmouth

Riise joined Portsmouth on a short-term loan on 26 September 2011.[13]

Return to Lillestrøm

On 28 July 2012, Riise was presented as a new Lillestrøm player during half time in their home game with Molde.[14]

Return to Aalesund

After three years at Lillestrøm he signed a contract for Aalesund, the club of his hometown and where he started his career.

International career

He earned his first cap for Norway in a Euro 2008 qualifying match against Malta which Norway won 4–0. He provided three assists in the game which saw his brother John Arne Riise score a goal. Riise earned his first goal for Norway in another qualifying match against Bosnia and Herzegovina. Norway won 2–0, with Riise scoring the second goal of the game.[15]

International goals

Scores and results list. Norway's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Result Competition Scored
1. 17 October 2007 Koševo Stadium, Sarajevo  Bosnia and Herzegovina 2–0 UEFA Euro 2008 qualification 1

Personal life

Riise is married to long term partner, Lena Jenssen – like his brother, he married in the summer of 2010. The couple have three sons, Noah, Filip and Levi.

Career statistics

As of 3 November 2016[16]
Season Club Division League Cup Total
2005 Lillestrøm Tippeligaen 13030160
2006 25131282
2007 24371314
2008 9010100
2009 15620176
2009–10 Fulham Premier League 12040160
2010–11 300030
2011–12 000000
2010–11 Sheffield United The Championship 13100131
2011–12 Portsmouth 200020
2012 Lillestrøm Tippeligaen 11200112
2013 29561356
2014 27010280
2015 15000150
2015 Aalesund 13000130
2016 24230272
Career Total 2432029327223



  1. Søfting, Thomas. "Bjørn Helge Riise" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 3 November 2011.
  2. Riise deal collapses?
  3. Mamma Riise raste mot Aalesund Archived 27 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine. (Norwegian)
  4. Bjorn Riise signs for Standard Liege
  5. Riise åpner for Brann Archived 27 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine. (Norwegian)
  6. Riise enig med Lillestrøm Archived 27 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine. (Norwegian)
  7. Bjørn Helge Riise klar for Fulham (Norwegian)
  8. Bjørn Helge Riise klar for Fulham Archived 20 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine. (Norwegian)
  9. Fulham sign Bjørn Helge Riise
  10. "Riise's brother makes Fulham move". BBC Sport. 22 July 2009. Retrieved 22 July 2009.
  11. "Blades sign Norwegian". Sheffield United F.C. 15 February 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  12. "Leeds win was massive". 22 March 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
  13. "Portsmouth sign Fulham midfielder Bjorn Helge Riise on loan". BBC. 26 September 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2011.
  14. Bjørn Helge Riise klar for LSK (Norwegian)
  15. "Norway graft earns Sarajevo success". 17 October 2007. Retrieved 24 April 2011.
  16. "Bjørn Helge Riise". (in Norwegian). TV 2. Retrieved 22 March 2013.

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