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John Arne Riise

John Arne Semundseth Riise (born 24 September 1980 in Ålesund, Norway) is a Norwegian association football who currently plays as a defender (association football) for Fulham F.C. and the Norway national football team. Riise spent seven years playing for Premier League side Liverpool F.C. before moving to Roma in 2008. John Arne Riise is the older brother of Bjørn Helge Riise, who is John Arne Riise team-mate at Fulham.

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John Arne Semundseth Riise (born 24 September 1980 in Ålesund, Norway) is a Norwegian association football who currently plays as a defender (association football) for Fulham F.C. and the Norway national football team. Riise spent seven years playing for Premier League side Liverpool F.C. before moving to Roma in 2008. John Arne Riise is the older brother of Bjørn Helge Riise, who is John Arne Riise team-mate at Fulham.

Early career

Riise began John Arne Riise career in John Arne Riise homeland with Aalesunds F.K.. After a single season as a senior player for the club, John Arne Riise moved abroad in 1998, playing the formative years of John Arne Riise professional career with France club AS Monaco FC. When Aalesund opened their Color Line Stadion in April 2005, businessman Olav Nils Sunde donated a statue to the club, which was erected in front of the stadium. Whilst Sunde denied it, the statue bore a very strong resemblance to Riise. In 2007, when Riise played in the Champions League Final, a Norwegian commentator demanded the statue officially carry John Arne Riise name. Riise himself has said, "The name change is not for me to decide. Everyone sees who it is, and I know that it was made for me."

John Arne Riise was a regular member of the 1999–2000 French Division 1 Ligue 1 championship-winning side, however, John Arne Riise fell out of favour with coach Claude Puel after admitting John Arne Riise desire to leave. Riise was subject of interest from English Premier League clubs, especially Fulham F.C. and Leeds United A.F.C. that both offered £4 million bids in 2000, though both came to nothing as Monaco wanted £6 million for him.

John Arne Riise was then sold to Liverpool F.C. for £4 million the following summer.

Liverpool

John Arne Riise made John Arne Riise debut for Liverpool in the 24 August 2001 2001 UEFA Super Cup game against Bayern Munich played at the Stade Louis II. John Arne Riise scored as Liverpool went on to win the game 3–2. John Arne Riise also scored important goals throughout the Premier League season against teams such as Arsenal, Everton, Newcastle, and Manchester United. Riise initially wore the number 18 shirt but changed to the number 6 shirt in the 2004–05 in English football, which had been vacated by defender Markus Babbel. John Arne Riise scored ten goals in John Arne Riise first season with Liverpool.

John Arne Riise endured what were considered below-average seasons by most in the 2002–03 in English football and 2003–04 in English football seasons, but John Arne Riise rediscovered John Arne Riise form in 2004–05 following the appointment of Rafael Benítez as manager. John Arne Riise won a UEFA Champions League winner's medal, providing the assist for Liverpool's first goal of the final, although John Arne Riise attempt in the penalty shoot-out against A.C. Milan was saved. In the 2005 Football League Cup Final John Arne Riise scored in the first minute of the game; however, Chelsea eventually prevailed 3–2 after extra time.

In January 2006, Riise signed a new contract at Anfield to keep John Arne Riise at the club until 2009. In February 2008, Riise announced John Arne Riise desire to stay at Liverpool for the rest of John Arne Riise career.

John Arne Riise helped the club to win the 2005–06 FA Cup, scoring in the semi-final against Chelsea F.C. and successfully converting John Arne Riise attempt in the penalty shoot-out against West Ham United F.C. in 2006 FA Cup Final.

After a poor run of form in Liverpool's away games in the autumn of 2006, Riise reacted to comments made by teammates José Manuel Reina and Jamie Carragher that Liverpool could effectively write off their chances of winning the league, saying, "We never give up. Cowards give up."

Riise made it into the list of the top 50 Liverpool appearance-makers of all time when John Arne Riise played in the 5–0 victory over Luton Town F.C. on 15 January 2008.

On 22 April 2008, in Liverpool's UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg against Chelsea F.C. at Anfield, Riise scored an own goal in the 95th minute to equalise. Liverpool went on to lose 3–2 in the away match and were eliminated from the tournament 4–3 on aggregate.

Roma

Throughout the 2007–08 in English football, Riise's natural place in the side was often taken by Fábio Aurélio, the Brazilian establishing himself as the club's first choice left-back. After being linked with moves to other English clubs, Riise signed on 18 June 2008 a four-year contract with A.S. Roma. The club paid €5 million total (which could go up to €5.5 million), including €2.8 million per year. Riise soon became a fan favorite with John Arne Riise hard working spirit which drove Roma to several important victories. In fact, Riise's first goal for the club was against league leaders F.C. Internazionale in a pivotal top of the table game. Two months later, John Arne Riise scored again in the same stadium against A.C. Milan with a free kick into the top right corner, also providing an assist on Roma's second goal of the game. Riise was the man of the match for the game, which ended 3–2 in favour of Roma. On 24 January 2010, Riise scored a late header three minutes into injury time in Roma's 2–1 away win over Juventus F.C.. John Arne Riise was also responsible for the dismissal of influential goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon in the same game after making a terrific run leaving Buffon no choice but to foul the full back. Given the nature of the game, it is seen as one of Riise's most memorable moments in a Roma jersey to date.

Fulham

On 13 July 2011, Fulham announced that John Arne Riise had signed a three-year-deal with the club for an undisclosed fee. Riise joined John Arne Riise brother, Bjørn Helge Riise at Fulham who signed for the club in 2009. Riise made John Arne Riise Fulham debut on 21 July 2011 playing in the Europa League against Crusaders F.C. at Craven Cottage. Riise has been a regular starter for the left back position in league matches since then.

International career

John Arne Riise made John Arne Riise debut for Norway national football team against Iceland national football team on 31 January 2000. John Arne Riise first international goals came against Turkey national football team, in a Exhibition game match on 23 February 2000, a game Norway won 2-0. Through the next decade, Riise was Norway's first-choice left-back, and on 12 November 2011, John Arne Riise played John Arne Riise 100th international match when Norway lost 4-1 against Wales national football team

International goals

Scores and results list Norway's goal tally first:

John Arne Riise got engaged to Maria Elvegard in 2007. The couple were due to be married in the summer of 2008 but had to postpone the day after moving to Rome. They married on 21 June 2010 in a private ceremony in New York, inviting only their family and close friends. Maria decided to have a double barrelled surname, (Elvegard Riise).

With Maria, John Arne Riise have one daugther named Emma born on 4 August 2009, and one son named Patrick born in November 2011. John Arne Riise has Emma's name and date of birth tattooed on John Arne Riise left arm. In February 2012, they announced that they will divorce.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Arne_Riise

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