A huge thank you to Lars Sivertsen from the excellent NordicFootball website for sending us this brilliant story and footage.
Kjetil Rekdal, who amassed 83 caps and 17 goals for Norway in his illustrious playing career including a cracker against England at Wembley and a match-winning penalty against Brazil in the 98 World Cup, has had a fine start to his career as a manager. Proving himself to be one of the best up-and-coming coaches in Scandinavia, Rekdal recently lead his Aalesund side to success by winning the 2009 Norwegian cup, as well as guiding the Norwegian minnows into the upper reaches of the Tippeligaen since joining the club in 2008.
Rekdal, however, is more than just a tactical manager. He has quickly garnered a reputation for being one of the most interesting and controversial characters in Norwegian football, in which he has forged a confrontational management-style. This has resulted in Rekdal often caught berating underperforming players in public, with his most famous outburst coming last season when he called former Leeds hardman Eirik Bakke an alcoholic live on national television (see here).
Colourful and a firebrand, Rekdal added another string to his bow last week when, at 41-years-old, the former Molde, Lierse, Rennes, Hertha Berlin and Valerenga defensive midfielder, proved he still has the skills to back up his mouth.
Playing in the fifth tier of Norwegian football for his home club Fiksdal/Rekdal, Rekdal reminded onlookers of his ability by thumping home a brilliant 30-yard free-kick. After the match Rekdal was quote saying, “I hope they put a video of it up on Aalesund’s web-pages so our players can see how it’s done. It’s not so hard when you know how to do it.”
Footage of Kjetil Rekdal’s brilliant free-kick can be seen here.