Date of Birth: 24 September 1980 (32 years old)
Place of Birth: Alesund, Norway
Debut: 21 July 2011 v. Crusaders FC (h) UEFA Europa League
Previous Club(s): Alesunds, AS Monaco, Liverpool, AS Roma
A fans’ favourite wherever he has played, John Arne Riise certainly underlined his terrace status during his first season at the Cottage following a number of spirited performances.
Regarded as one of Europe’s most respected left-backs, his capture last summer represented quite a coup for the Club and the Norwegian international didn’t disappoint. A Champions League winner with Liverpool and a player with plenty of international experience, Riise has been a consistent performer at the top for more than a decade.
Renowned for his unrivalled stamina and powerful shooting, he gave his all during the 2011/12 campaign – impressing both as an accomplished defender and as a marauding full-back. Riise offers a fine delivery from the left flank too, whilst his threat from set-pieces will provide his team with further chances throughout the 2012/13 campaign.
Having come close to joining Fulham when the Club was first promoted to the Premier League in 2001, there is no doubting Riise’s importance to the Whites’ immediate future.