Knut Næss, football player & coach, died at 88

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Knut Næss, born on March 11, 1927 and died September 11, 2015, he was a Norwegian footballer and manager who coached Rosenborg BK to the club’s first three major trophies: the Norwegian Cup in 1960 and 1964, and the 1967 League Championship.

Knut joined Rosenborg in 1937 and spent his entire player career there, except during World war II when he played for an illegal team called Falkenkameratene at a time when all organized football in Norway was suspended because of the wartime sports boycott which lasted from 1941 until the end of the war.

He played around 200 games for Rosenborg as a left half (midfielder), and also was their captain. He had to retire in 1960 due to an injury.

In the 1959-60 season Knut coached Rosenborg, with fellow player Olav Wang as his assistant, and secured both victory in the 1960 Norwegian Cup (the first club from Trøndelag to do so) as well as the club’s first-ever promotion to the top division.

Knut then left Rosenborg, and coached Nidelv IL to double promotion (from fourth to second division), before returning to Rosenborg at the end of the 1963 season.

With Knut as coach, Rosenborg won the Norwegian Cup for the second time in 1964 and again secured a promotion to the top division.

In 1967, Knut guided Rosenborg to it’s first-ever league title, and finished second in 1968.

Knut then chose to retire from coaching, and was succeeded by George Curtis from England.

He died at age 88 on September 11, 2015.

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