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Strandli: Frank

1993-1994 (Player Details)


Born: Norway: 16-05-1972

Debut v Middlesbrough (h) (Substitute): 30-01-1993

61 13st 13lb (1994)

Just minutes after coming on for Rod Wallace Norwegian International Frank Strandli opened the scoring against Middlesbrough but it was to prove a false start for the big Norwegian striker. He had arrived at Elland Road just days earlier in a 250,000 transfer from IK Start, where he had scored thirty-six goals in ninety games, but he struggled to adapt to the pace of the English game and his career at both domestic and international level dipped. It had all looked so promising for a player who had first trained with Leeds in 1991 and been a fully paid up member of the Leeds United Supporters Club. He was capped by Norway as a seventeen year-old against Bermuda, Leeds wanted him to come to England in October 1992 but he had to complete his National Service with the Norwegian Army and the move was delayed because of difficulties in getting a work permit. He did get half a game in a friendly against AC Milan in December, a month after collecting his sixth Norwegian cap against China. However, it all turned sour at Leeds and, suffering from homesickness, he failed to start a Premiership game in 1993-94 and in November 1994 was transferred to SK Brann for 100,000, after spending six months on loan with the Norwegian club. He scored fourteen goals in forty-three games for SK Brann before moving to Lillestrom SK in 1995. He found the net regularly and amassed thirty-four goals in just sixty-four games from 1995 to 1996. He then moved to Greek club, Panathinaikos, where he scored eighteen goals in sixty appearances from 1997 to 1999. He then returned to Scandinavia to play with Danish club Aalborg Boldspilklub and in two years scored twenty-four goals in fifty-three matches before retiring in September 2002 and receiving $1m in insurance compensation. He coached in Southern Norway in 2003 but quit in early 2005 and then became coach of his first club FK Start. He was capped twenty-four times by Norway but only managed three goals, one of which was a penalty.

League 5/92
F.A. Cup 10
League Cup 0/10