Henning Berg

Henning Berg

Berg as a coach of Legia Warsaw in 2014
Personal information
Full name Henning Stille Berg
Date of birth (1969-09-01) 1 September 1969
Place of birth Eidsvoll, Norway
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1987–1988 Lørenskog
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1991 Vålerenga 66 (2)
1992–1993 Lillestrøm 20 (1)
1993–1997 Blackburn Rovers 159 (4)
1997–2000 Manchester United 66 (2)
2000Blackburn Rovers (loan) 17 (0)
2000–2003 Blackburn Rovers 74 (3)
2003–2004 Rangers 20 (0)
Total 422 (12)
National team
1992–2004 Norway 100 (9)
Teams managed
2005–2008 Lyn
2008–2011 Lillestrøm
2012 Blackburn Rovers
2014–2015 Legia Warsaw
2016- Videoton

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Henning Stille Berg (Norwegian pronunciation: [ˈhɛnˈnɪŋ ˈstɪlˈlə ˈbærg]; born 1 September 1969) is a Norwegian football manager and former player who played as a defender.[1] He is currently the manager of Hungarian League club Videoton FC.[2]

His career lasted from 1988 to 2004, most notably in the Premier League where he won titles with both Blackburn Rovers and Manchester United, becoming the first player to win the Premier League with two clubs.[3] He also played in his native land for Vålerenga and Lillestrøm before finishing his career in the Scottish Premier League with Rangers. He was capped 100 times by Norway, scoring nine goals.

Berg became a manager in 2005 with Lyn and then Lillestrøm. He returned to Blackburn as manager in 2012, but was sacked after just 57 days in the post, overseeing 10 games including only one victory. In January 2014, he became the new coach of Legia Warsaw.

Playing career


Born in Eidsvoll, Berg played for Vålerenga and Lillestrøm before coming to England. Blackburn Rovers manager Kenny Dalglish attended a match between England and Norway at Wembley on 14 October 1992 to scout Tore Pedersen, but Pedersen was injured during the match and replaced by Berg. Dalglish was so impressed with Berg that he later offered him a contract.[4] Berg joined Blackburn in January 1993 for £400,000.[5]

Berg made his debut for Blackburn on 2 February 1993, coming on as a substitute in a 2–1 Premier League home defeat to Crystal Palace.[6] He soon made the right-back position his own in the Rovers side and played a vital role in Blackburn's successful title-winning season under manager Kenny Dalglish in 1994–95, missing only two games throughout the season. Also a competent centre-back, Berg's versatility and consistent performances for Blackburn earned him a move to Manchester United in 1997 for a fee of £5 million – at the time the joint-highest fee ever paid for a defender by a British club.[7][8]

Berg had supported Manchester United as a boy and manager Alex Ferguson had first wanted to sign Berg for United nine years earlier when he was a teenager, but the move fell through because United could not obtain a work permit.[9] Berg was a regular choice in the Manchester United line-up during the 1997–98 season, but the arrival of Jaap Stam in July 1998 meant he was restricted to just 16 Premier League appearances in 1998–99 as the team won the Treble of the Premier League, the FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League. Berg missed the 1999 FA Cup Final and the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final through injury,[8] but still picked up a medal for both, having been involved in most of the team's matches on the way to the final. With the league title in 1999, Berg became the first player to win the Premier League with two clubs, a feat he would be alone with until 2010. Later Ashley Cole Nicolas Anelka, Gael Clichy, Kolo Touré, Carlos Tevez and Robert Huth matched the feat.[10] Berg regained his place in the side during the 1999–2000 season, when Ronny Johnsen was injured.

Berg rejoined Blackburn Rovers in September 2000, initially on loan for three months, before securing a permanent transfer under manager Graeme Souness. Rovers were promoted back to the Premier League in 2000–01. Further success followed for Berg in the following season, when Blackburn won the League Cup, beating Tottenham Hotspur 2–1 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, with Berg lifting the trophy as captain.[11]

Berg later moved on from Blackburn and had a season at the Scottish club Rangers in 2003–04, where he played his last game professionally.


At international level, Berg was part of the Norwegian national team at the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cups, as well as Euro 2000. He made his debut for Norway in a friendly against the Faroe Islands in May 1992 and earned a total of 100 caps over a period of 12 years, scoring nine goals.[12] His final international match was a friendly against Wales in May 2004, in which he was substituted early on by Claus Lundekvam to mark the end of his Norway career.

Management career


On 22 April 2005, Berg was appointed manager of Lyn at the age of 35, signing a four-year contract with the Oslo side. His first game with Lyn was against Start two days later, getting a 1–1 draw, followed by a 6–1 win against Molde the next week. Lyn finished third that season.


On 19 August 2008, Lyn announced that Berg had accepted an offer from Lillestrøm, where he had last played in 1992. He signed a five-year contract and took over as head coach on 21 October 2008. On 27 October 2011, Berg was sacked three matches before the end of the season as investor Per Berg promised fresh funds for acquiring quality players after the season.

Blackburn Rovers

While working as a pundit for Norwegian TV, Berg had made a withering assessment of Blackburn Rovers' owners, Venky's. He said: "There are no real managers with credibility who would accept a job like that."[13] On 31 October 2012, Blackburn Rovers announced that Berg had accepted an offer for a three-year contract to manage the club.[3] He became Blackburn's first foreign manager. Berg said of his previous comments about the club's owners, Venky's: "That was me looking at it from the outside without knowing really what was going on in the inside. I think this club at the moment is going in the right direction."[13]

Berg's first match in charge of Blackburn came on 3 November 2012, a 2–0 defeat away to Crystal Palace.[14] His first and only win was on 17 November 2012, a 4–1 victory away to Peterborough.[15] That was to prove to be his only win as Blackburn manager, as Berg was sacked on 27 December, after just 57 days in the post.[16]

On 14 February 2013, the LMA lodged legal proceedings to the high court against Blackburn Rovers for non-payment of wages to Berg.

Since leaving Blackburn Rovers, Berg has worked as a scout on an informal basis for Norwich City, looking at matches in both England and Germany.[17]

Legia Warsaw

On 19 December 2013 it was announced that he will be new manager of Legia Warsaw starting from 1 January 2014.[18] In his first full season as coach, he led the team to the Polish Ekstraklasa title. On 5 October 2015 he was sacked while sitting second in the league, following a 2-2 draw against Górnik Zabrze.[19]


On 5 May 2016 Berg signed a 2-year contract with Székesfehérvár-based Hungarian League club Videoton FC.[20][21]

Career statistics



Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental[22] Other[23] Total
Blackburn Rovers 1992–93 40 40
1993–94 401 0 0401
1994–95 421 0 00000421
1995–96 370 0 00000370
1996–97 3622030412
Total 159410016000001854
Manchester United 1997–98 27120007100362
1998–99 16050305010290
1999–2000 221000012030371
2000–01 100000000010
Total 6627030231401033
Blackburn Rovers (loan) 2000–01 1700010180
Blackburn Rovers 2413000271
2001–02 3412020381
2002–03 161100020191
Total 9136030201023
Rangers 2003–04 200300070300
Total 200300070300
Total 3364260220321404205


As of 14 August 2016
Team Nat From To Record
Lyn Norway 22 April 2005 9 September 2008 89 37 23 29 41.57
Lillestrøm Norway 21 October 2008 26 October 2011 90 28 28 34 31.11
Blackburn Rovers England 31 October 2012 27 December 2012 10 1 3 6 10.00
Legia Warsaw Poland 1 January 2014 4 October 2015 97 60 16 21 61.86
Videoton Hungary 5 May 2016 11 4 3 4 36.36
Total 297 130 73 94 43.77
Year Nat Team Pos Pl W D L GF–GA +/− Pts Cup Notes
2005 Norway FC Lyn Oslo 3rd 26 12 8 6 37–21 +16 44/78 3rd Round
2006 Norway FC Lyn Oslo 7th 26 10 5 11 33–36 −3 35/78 4th Round UEFA Cup 1st Qual. Round.
2007 Norway FC Lyn Oslo 9th 26 10 4 12 43–46 −3 34/78 Qtr Final
2008 Norway FC Lyn Oslo 19 8 5 6 27–23 +4 29/57 Qtr Final Left by mutual consent.
2009 Norway Lillestrøm SK 11th 30 9 10 11 43–50 −7 37/90 4th Round
2010 Norway Lillestrøm SK 10th 30 9 13 8 51–44 +7 40/90 3rd Round
2011 Norway Lillestrøm SK 27 9 5 13 45–49 −4 32/81 4th Round Sacked after 27 rounds

(Three matches before the end of the season)



Blackburn Rovers
Manchester United


Legia Warsaw



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  22. Includes UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup
  23. Includes FA Community Shield, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup
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