Players - John Arne Riise

John Arne Riise
Birthdate: 24 September 1980
Birthplace: Molde, Norway
Other clubs: Aalesund (1994-98), Monaco (1998-2001), AS Roma (2008-11), Fulham (2011-14), APOEL Nicosia (2014-15), Delhi Dynamos (2015-16), Aalesund (2 / 2016), Channaiyin (2016)
Bought from: Monaco
Signed for LFC: £4m, 20.06.2001
International debut: 31.01.2000 vs. Iceland
International caps: 110/15 (64/6 at LFC) - 22.03.2013
Liverpool debut: 12.08.2001
Last appearance: 30.04.2008
Debut goal: 24.08.2001
Last goal: 03.04.2007
Contract expiry: 01.07.2008
Win ratio: 56.9% W:198 D:70 L:80
Honours: FA Cup 2006; League Cup 2003; Champions League 2005; European Super Cup 2001, 2005
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 5 / 0
League games / goals / assists: 234 / 21 / 24
Total games / goals / assists: 348 / 31 / 37

Player Profile

Riise was bought to Monaco for £700,000 from Norwegian second division side Aalesund in the summer of 1998. After Jean Tigana left Monaco Riise wanted also to look for pastures new. Leeds showed interest but could not broker a deal with Monaco. Riise was frozen out of the first team but finally it looked like his old mentor Tigana would buy him to Fulham. Liverpool improved Fulham's offer after Riise has agreed terms with the London side and hijacked the deal. Riise benefited from his three-year-stay in France and combined good technique and power. He had no trouble in adapting to the English game and was a tremendous success in his debut season. He helped Liverpool bring in the Charity Shield and the European Super Cup to add to their impressive treble from the previous campaign and in only his second start in the Premier League Riise ran half the length of the pitch to score Reds' last goal in a 3-1 victory over Everton at Goodison Park. Two months later Riise's excellent engine and powerful left foot impressed the club's supporters when he unleashed an incredible shot outside the penalty area that reached 70 mph. (112 km.) before going in off the bar against Manchester United at Anfield. Ripping off his shirt in celebration became his trademark.

The Norwegian delivered on the attacking front, but sometimes his defensive skills left a lot to be desired so he was also used in left midfield. Following a disappointing 2003/04 when Riise was dropped on occasions and drew a blank in the scoring stakes he played in all but one league game under new boss Rafa Benítez in the 2004/05 season that culminated in the drama that was Istanbul. Riise was actually the only Liverpool player to miss in the penalty shoot-out, but he did provide the superb cross that enabled Gerrard to head in Liverpool's first goal in their astonishing revival. Riise, anyway made amends a year later for his penalty miss, in the FA Cup final against West Ham. "I asked the manager to let me take the fourth penalty given what happened in Istanbul last year. I was carrying an injury at the time which meant that I couldn't blast the penalty there which I'd normally do. I had to place it and their keeper (Dida) saved it. That was a nightmare, even though we won the cup, it still left me demoralised but I could use the power now. I blasted it down the middle and it flew in, and as soon as it hit the back of the net, I burst into tears. They were stinging my eyes," Riise explained.

Riise lost his way at Liverpool in his last two seasons often exposed by his lack of skill in receiving the ball and delivering it to a teammate with his personal nadir being his own-goal in the 2008 semi-final against Chelsea in the Champions League. Liverpool were heading for a priceless 1-0 win in the first leg when Riise dived to head the ball into his own net at the Kop end in the 90th minute. After eventful seven years of highs and lows at Anfield Riise left for Roma on 18 June 2008. Jamie Carragher said Riise would be missed. "He can be very proud of what he's achieved with Liverpool. He has played nearly 350 games and scored a lot of goals. He's played at a very high level for a long time now. He's never injured and he's a great professional who has always looked after himself." Riise had two decent seasons in Rome before joining his brother Björn Helge at Fulham in July 2011, at last joining the Cottagers after snubbing a move there in favour of Liverpool in 2001. John Arne was a regular at Fulham and deservedly got a great reception when he returned to Anfield as a visiting player on 1 May 2012 when the Cottagers beat Liverpool 1-0.

Riise appeared in thirty-one Premier League matches and one FA Cup-tie for Fulham in the 2012/13 season. Surprisingly, because he was known for the power of his shooting during his seven seasons with Liverpool, he was still waiting for his first Fulham goal after two full seasons with the Cottagers. At the end of his three-year contract, Riise was released by Fulham. He had played nearly a hundred matches for the Cottagers in three seasons but failed to score a single first-team goal during that time. At the start of September 2014, Riise signed a two-year contract with Cypriot club APOEL Nicosia but after winning the league and cup double in his first season his contract was terminated by mutual consent. He then announced he had joined Delhi Dynamos for the 2015 Indian Super League season. Riise rejoined his old club Aalesund in March 2016 but only three months later he confirmed his retirement from football, saying his body could no longer cope and he no longer had the motivation to carry on at a high level. However, he did change his mind for another stint in the Indian Super League. In 2018 he published his autobiography, "Running Man".
Appearances per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 234 17 13 79 5 348
2001-2002 38 2 0 15 1 56
2002-2003 37 3 4 11 1 56
2003-2004 28 1 2 4 0 35
2004-2005 37 0 5 15 0 57
2005-2006 32 6 0 12 2 52
2006-2007 33 1 1 12 1 48
2007-2008 29 4 1 10 0 44
A more detailed look at the player's appearances
Total Opponent
23 Chelsea
17 Arsenal
16 Manchester United
15 Blackburn Rovers
14 Aston Villa
13 Middlesbrough
13 Everton
13 Bolton Wanderers
12 Birmingham City
12 Tottenham
12 Charlton Athletic
11 Fulham
11 Newcastle United
10 Manchester City
9 West Ham United
8 Southampton
7 Portsmouth
7 Sunderland
6 Reading
5 Wigan Athletic
5 Leeds United
4 Watford
4 Crystal Palace
4 Barcelona
4 Leverkusen
3 Marseille
3 Galatasaray
3 PSV Eindhoven
3 Leicester City
3 Luton Town
3 Derby
3 Sheffield United
3 Ipswich Town
2 Norwich City
2 Anderlecht
2 Juventus
2 Celtic
2 Real Betis
2 Toulouse
2 Deportivo
2 Bordeaux
2 Besiktas
2 Olimpija
2 Roma
2 CSKA Sofia
2 Valencia
2 Borussia Dortmund
2 AS Monaco
2 Dynamo Kiev
2 Boavista
2 Grazer AK
2 AC Milan
2 Spartak Moscow
2 Basel
2 Auxerre
2 Olympiacos
1 Vitesse Arnhem
1 Steaua Bucharest
1 Yeovil Town
1 Barnsley
1 Millwall
1 Havant
1 FBK Kaunas
1 CSKA Moscow
1 Deportivo Sap.
1 Sao Paolo
1 Maccabi Haifa
1 Inter Milan
1 Benfica
1 Bayern Munich
1 Wolves
Total Started/substitutions
296 Started
26 On the bench
52 Substitute
41 Substituted
Total Competition
234 Premier League
68 Champions League
17 FA Cup
13 League Cup
9 UEFA Cup
2 World Club Championship
2 Community Shield
2 European Super Cup
1 Charity Shield
Goals per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 21 3 2 4 1 31
2001-2002 7 0 0 1 0 8
2002-2003 6 0 0 0 0 6
2003-2004 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004-2005 6 0 1 1 0 8
2005-2006 1 3 0 0 0 4
2006-2007 1 0 1 2 1 5
2007-2008 0 0 0 0 0 0
A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring
Assists per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 24 2 3 6 2 37
2001-2002 3 0 0 0 0 3
2002-2003 5 0 2 2 0 9
2003-2004 4 0 0 1 0 5
2004-2005 7 0 0 1 0 8
2005-2006 1 1 0 2 2 6
2006-2007 1 0 0 0 0 1
2007-2008 3 1 1 0 0 5
A more detailed look at the player's assists
Milestone Appearances
# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 12.08.2001 Manchester United Millennium Stadium Other
50 03.04.2002 Leverkusen Anfield Europe
100 02.03.2003 Manchester United Millennium Stadium League Cup
150 21.08.2004 Manchester City Anfield League
200 30.04.2005 Middlesbrough Anfield League
250 09.04.2006 Bolton Wanderers Anfield League
300 21.04.2007 Wigan Athletic Anfield League
Milestone Goals
# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 23 24.08.2001 Bayern Munich Stade Louis II Europe
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Related Quotes

"I asked the manager to let me take the fourth penalty given what happened in Istanbul last year. That hurt me. I was carrying an injury at the time which meant that I couldn't blast the penalty there which I'd normally do. I had to place it and their keeper (Dida) saved it. That was a nightmare, even though we won the cup, it still left me demoralised but I could use the power now.

"I know my penalty here wasn't a great penalty, but a goal's a goal. I blasted it down the middle and it flew in, and as soon as it hit the back of the net, I burst into tears. They were stinging my eyes. It was just so emotional after what happened last season. This was closure, a chance for me to get revenge and put things right."

Riise made amends in the FA Cup final after missing from the spot during the shoot-out in the European Cup final against AC Milan

"...But after about ten minutes yesterday, we witnessed 'that' moment. We were facing a corner, and the ball was deflected away to the edge of our area. Riise was on to it in a flash, and started thundering down the right flank with Pennant for company. Pennant stayed out wide a drew a defender, Gonzalez was tonking down the left flank and he too drew a defender. Riise turned infield and headed for the goal like a turbo-charged tank. Terry backed off - I swear to God he was bricking it - and Riise just kept steaming forward.

By now, everyone at our end had stood up. Hushed voices could be heard above the hum ... 'Go on, son - keep going John' We knew he was going to shoot, and we also new the chances were that he would probably not just miss the goal, but the crowd as well (in fact, that wouldn't have been hard, as only 17 Chelsea fans turned up). Eventually, Terry decided to confront Riise. Bare in mind here that Riise had been running at full pelt for probably 70 yards, and must have been puffing a bit. He was probably looking for a pass - but Pennant and Gonzalez were decoys, and no other Liverpool player had made up the ground. So as Terry stepped forward to block, Riise from all of 25 yards let fly. In truth, it was not the best ball he has ever hit, but it still flew like a cannon-ball towards the corner.

At this point, our whole end fell silent and held it's breath. Cudicini dived and it appeared he might get to it. But wether it was the power, or the dip, or the swerve, or the fact God is a scouser - he missed it, and the ball flew like a missile into the corner..... cue momentary disbelief. Had this really happened? TOO FECKING RIGHT - and we exploded as one with such noise and passion that it is beyond words. These kind of moments are rare, but frig me with a red hot poker, they are worth waiting for.

When the mayhem had died down, and we were just grinning inanely, some fella shouted out 'Even F*cking Ashley Cole couldn't do that!' - and I think he was right. In fact, I can't remember any full back doing what John did yesterday. That kind of ability is rare indeed. And we should cherish it."

A LFC fan called Shaybo describes John Arne Riise’s goal vs. Chelsea in the 2006 Community Shield

Other Clubs
Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Aalesund 1997-1998 Norway 2 25 5 25 5
AS Monaco 1998-1999 France 1 7 0 7 0
AS Monaco 1999-2000 France 1 21 1 27 2
AS Monaco 2000-2001 France 1 16 3 18 3
Roma 2008-2009 Italy 1 31 2 41 2
Roma 2009-2010 Italy 1 36 5 52 8
Roma 2010-2011 Italy 1 32 0 42 1
Fulham 2011-2012 England Premier League 36 0 44 0
Fulham 2012-2013 England Premier League 31 0 32 0
Fulham 2013-2014 England Premier League 20 0 25 0
Apoel Nicosia 2014-2015 Cyprus 1 25 4 26 4
Delhi Dynamos 2015-2016 Indian Super League 15 1 15 1
Aalesund 2016-2017 Norway 1 10 0 12 0
Chennaiyin 2016-2017 India 1 10 0 10 0
Total 315 21 376 26