H.M. Brattbakk, King of Goals
By Håvard Lindheim, 22 Februar 2006, 10:22
It is a living legend that took farewell with Rosenborg today. Harald Brattbakk will be remembered as one of the greatest players of the club's history.
KING OF GOALS: H.M. Brattbakk - none above, none equal! Congratulations, Harald Martin!
Drawing: Kjetil Strand
151 goals in 224 league games for RBK, 166 in 255 league games total, and in all 256 goals in 347 mandatory games for Rosenborg - that should sum it up. The 35-year old is the most notorical goalgetter ever seen in Norwegian football. Throughout the career he has had an astonishing ability to be at the right spot, at the right time, and has poured the balls into the net one season after another.
As his team mates Bent Skammelsrud, Erik Hoftun and Roar Strand, he got his final breakthrough when the Champions League adventure startet. Indeed, Brattbakk's goal in Istabul in August 1995 made sure that Rosenborg passed Besiktas on more scored goals.
In the most revered club tournament of Europe, he not only made important and nice goals. Often, it was the waiter and assistant Harald Brattbakk that made the best contributions. From a more withdrawn wing position he served his team mates again and again, a fact very appreciated - not least by Vegard Heggem in Milan, around Christmas of 1996!
The story went as it had to. British pounds drew Brattbakk away from Lerkendal. But in front of the 2001 season he was finally back, and produced three new great season, full of goals.
After that times went a bit worse. The veteran forward suddenly stopped scoring, in the spring of 2004, and was put out of the team. Being a reserve wasn't much of a life, and it is very understandable that Brattbakk now signs off with most of his glory intact.
Thanks, Harald Martin!
PS! We hope that the supporters will be given the chance to say good-bye.