Arne Knut Pedersen (1 November 1931 – 16 November 2013)[1] was a Norwegian footballer. He was a deep-lying inside forward, or offensive midfielder by today's terminology, who spent his entire playing career at his hometown club Fredrikstad FK, where he was a key player during the club's most successful period in the 1950s and early 1960s. He was also capped 40 times by Norway, and scored 11 international goals.

Arne Pedersen
Myntkast mellom Fredrikstad Fotballklubb og Sandefjord Ballklubb cupfinalen 1957.jpg
Pedersen (left) and Thorbjørn Svenssen ahead of the 1957 Norwegian Football Cup Final
Personal information
Full name Arne Knut Pedersen
Date of birth (1931-11-01)1 November 1931
Place of birth Fredrikstad, Norway
Date of death 16 November 2013(2013-11-16) (aged 82)
Place of death Fredrikstad, Norway
Playing position Inside forward
Youth career
1945–1950 Fredrikstad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1950–1966 Fredrikstad 231 (107)
National team
1957–1966 Norway 40 (11)
Teams managed
1971–1973 Fredrikstad
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Pedersen was born and raised in Fredrikstad, and joined Fredrikstad FK as a youth player in 1945. His older brother Leif Pedersen (1924–1990) also played for the club at the time. Arne Pedersen made his debut for FFK's first team in 1950, and soon became a regular in the side. During his time with the club, Pedersen won six Norwegian league titles and three Norwegian Cup titles, including the double in 1957 and 1961 and that makes him the most successful player in the history of Fredrikstad FK.[2]

In 1960, Pedersen scored one of the goals when Fredrikstad defeated Ajax 4–3 in the European Champions Cup, as well as the return leg in Amsterdam which ended in a goalless draw.[3] In total, Pedersen played 231 matches for Fredrikstad in the Norwegian league, scoring 107 goals, between 1950 and 1966.[4] His final match for the club was the 1966 Cup Final where he scored the winning goal from the penalty spot as FFK defeated Lyn by a score of 3–2.[5] He played a total of 342 matches for Fredrikstad, which is a club record.[6]

International careerEdit

Pedersen made his international debut in a 1958 World Cup qualification match against Hungary in November 1957. He scored his first international goal the following year against Finland, but it was not until 1962 that he became a regular in the national side. In June 1963, he scored one of the goals in Norway's surprising 4–3 win against Scotland, and he also played in Norway's shock 3–0 victory against Yugoslavia in a 1965 World Cup qualifier.[1]

Later lifeEdit

After his retirement as a player in 1966, Pedersen coached several clubs in the Østfold region, including Fredrikstad from 1971 to 1973. He also coached lower-league sides Trosvik, Torp, Tistedalen and Kvik Halden. He died in the early hours of 16 November 2013, at the age of 82.[5]



  1. ^ a b "Football PLAYER: Arne Pedersen". 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  2. ^ Søfting, Thomas (20 November 2013). "En FFK-legende har gått bort" [An FFK legend has died]. Fotballson (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Fredrikstad FK – AFC Ajax 4:3". 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  4. ^ Søfting, Thomas (21 November 2013). "Norway – All-Time Topscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  5. ^ a b Johansen, Dag Ole; Hermansen, Boe Johannes (17 November 2013). "Arne Pedersen er død" [Arne Pedersen is dead]. Fredriksstad Blad (in Norwegian).
  6. ^ Jensen, Øyvind Steen (2001). 100 år med norsk fotball. N.W. Damm & Søn AS. ISBN 82-496-0090-8.

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