Henning Berg Profile

Henning Berg

Hen­ning Stille Berg, born Eids­voll, Nor­way, Septem­ber 1, 1969. Hen­ning Berg played for VIF Oslo, Lille­strom SK, Black­burn Rov­ers, Man­chester Uni­ted, and Glas­gow Ran­gers be­tween 1998 and 2004. Af­ter a re­ward­ing foot­balling ca­reer that saw him win three Pre­mier Lea­gue titles, one FA Cup, one Foot­ball Lea­gue Cup, and one UEFA Cham­pi­ons Lea­gue trophy, Berg mo­ved in­to man­agement wi­th Lyn Oslo at the end of the 2003-04 season.

Born in the his­tor­ic­al mu­ni­cip­al­ity of Eids­voll in Nor­way, Hen­ning Berg kick-star­ted his long and re­ward­ing ca­reer wi­th the Young Men’s Chris­ti­an As­so­ci­ation of Oslo. From there, the cent­ral de­fens­ive bul­wark went on to ap­pear for Nor­we­gi­an Pre­mier Lea­gue te­ams VIF of Oslo and Lille­strom SK be­fore he was bought by Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue si­de Black­burn Rov­ers for a fee of £400,000 mid­way thro­ugh the 1992-93 cam­paign. He made his de­but for The River­siders as a sec­ond ha­lf sub­sti­tute for Gor­don Cow­ans in a 2–1 Pre­mier Lea­gue de­feat ag­ainst Crys­tal Pal­ace at Ew­ood Park on the 2nd of Feb­ruary 1993 and qui­ckly settled down in Lan­cashire. Whi­le wi­th Black­burn, Berg emer­ged as one of the key play­ers in the ex­tremely tal­en­ted Rov­ers te­am that went on to win the Pre­mier Lea­gue Cham­pi­on­ship in 1994-95. Greatly im­pressed by the de­fens­ive qual­it­ies of the Ew­ood Park cent­ral ha­lf, Man­chester Uni­ted man­ager Al­ex Fer­guson then bro­ught him to Old Traf­ford for an es­tim­ated trans­fer fee of £5 mil­lion at the be­gin­ning of the 1997-98 sea­son. Iron­ic­ally, Berg had a tri­al wi­th Uni­ted in 1987, but he was un­able to sign a con­tract wi­th The Reds af­ter he had failed to ob­tain a work per­mit. The Norse­man com­bined a clin­ic­al tack­le wi­th good po­s­i­tion­al sense and was han­ded his fir­st Pre­mier Lea­gue ap­pear­ance for the club by Fer­guson when he took the field as a sub­sti­tute for fel­low coun­try­man Ronny John­sen in a 1-0 tri­umph ag­ainst South­ampton at Old Traf­ford on the 13th of Au­gust 1997.

At Man­chester Uni­ted, Berg help­ed his em­ploy­ers clinch the coveted The Tre­ble as the club went on to win the Pre­mier Lea­gue, the FA Cup and the Cham­pi­ons Lea­gue in the 1998-1999 cam­paign. The Man­chester Uni­ted power­house won his third Pre­mier Lea­gue medal the fol­low­ing year be­fore he de­cided to make his re­turn to Black­burn Rov­ers where he help­ed his for­mer club re­gain their Pre­mier Lea­gue status in 2001. In the sea­son that fol­lowed, he picked up a Lea­gue Cup medal wi­th The Blue and Whi­tes be­fore he mo­ved to Glas­gow Ran­gers where he fin­ished off his act­ive ca­reer. A Nor­we­gi­an in­ter­na­tion­al, he was han­ded his seni­or de­but by long ball mer­chant Egil Ol­sen in a 2-0 friendly vic­tory over the Faroe Is­lands at Ull­evall Sta­dium in Oslo on the 13th of May 1992 and pro­ceeded to play an as­ton­ish­ing 100 mat­ches for the Nor­way te­am. The com­mand­ing cent­ral de­fender also rep­res­en­ted his home­land in the 1994 Wor­ld Cup in the Uni­ted States of Amer­ica and the 1998 Wor­ld Cup in Fran­ce, as well as the 2000 Euro­pean Cham­pi­on­ship in Bel­gi­um and the Neth­er­lands. Af­ter ulit­mately hanging up his foot­ball equip­ment in the sum­mer of 2004, Berg took over the head coach­ing helm at Nor­we­gi­an Pre­mier Lea­gue si­de Lyn Oslo, where he stayed un­til was hired as man­ager of Lille­strom SK on the 21st of Oct­ober 2008. He then ma­naged Black­burn Rov­ers and Le­gia War­saw be­fore he sig­ned a two-year con­tract wi­th Videoton on the 5th of May 2016, on­ly to be sacked the fol­low­ing year. Hen­ning Berg Play­ing Ca­reer: VIF Oslo, Lille­strom SK, Black­burn Rov­ers, Man­chester Uni­ted, Black­burn Rov­ers, Glas­gow Ran­gers. Man­aging Ca­reer: Lyn of Oslo, Lille­strom SK, Black­burn Rov­ers, Le­gia War­saw, Videoton.


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