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Tom Lund

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Full nameTom Arne Lund
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Tom Lund (born 10 September 1950) is a former Norwegian football coach and striker, he is considered as perhaps Norway's greatest football player of all time.

Lund spent his entire career at Norwegian club Lillestrøm, despite receiving numerous offers from big clubs abroad. The most famous example of his loyalty came in 1973, when he turned down Ajax, who wanted him to fill in the gap after football legend Johan Cruijff. On September 14, 1977 Lillestrøm played against Ajax in the European champions cup, at Ullevaal Stadium and won 2 0. The match was seen by more than 20,000 spectators, which became an all-time record attendance for any LSK match at home. But Lillestrøm lost the second-leg match in Amsterdam 4 0. It was after these two matches and a national cap Ajax decided that they wanted Lillestrøm's Tom Lund to replace Johann Cruyff when he left for FC Barcelona . Lund also turned down offers from clubs like Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

In all official competitions, he played 336 matches and scored 193 goals for Lillestrøm (of which 253 matches and 137 goals were recorded in league competition), helping his club to win the Norwegian Cup in 1977, 1978 and 1981, and the Norwegian top division in 1976 and 1977. He won 47 caps for the Norwegian national team, and scored 12 goals. He retired from football in 1982, at the relatively young age of 32, while still being regarded as one of the best players in Norwegian football.

Lund is afraid to fly, and travelled by car to away games in Norway and Europe. It has been speculated that this is one of the reasons why he turned down offers from abroad.

From 1985 to 1987, as well as in 1990, Tom Lund coached Lillestrøm, and secured a cup triumph in 1985 and a league championship in 1986. For his loyalty and achievements with Lillestrøm he is one of the few Norwegian footballers to be immortalised in sculpture, with a statue of him standing outside Lillestrøms stadium, Åråsen.

As of 2006, Tom Lund is an investor in Lillestrøm, and is part of the club's sports committee.

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