Olav Nilsen, born January 24, 1942 in Stavanger and died October 11, 2021, is a Norwegian football player.
He was a striker at the start of his career, then a midfielder. He scored 19 goals in 62 appearances for the Norwegian team between 1962 and 1971.
He received his first selection in the Norwegian team on June 21, 1962, against Sweden, in the Euro 1964 qualifiers. He played his last match with Norway on August 8, 1971, again against Sweden, in part of the Nordic championship.
On July 3, 1962, he scored a hat-trick in Trondheim, during a friendly match against Malta (5-0 victory). Subsequently, on July 9, 1962, he scored twice against Iceland in Reykjavik (victory 1-3). He scored another double on June 1, 1967 against Finland in Helsinki, as part of the Nordic championship (0-2 victory).
Seven times, he was captain of the Norwegian selection, in 1967, 1968 and 1969.
In a club, Nilsen played with the Viking FK, a team of which he was captain in the early 1970s. The club won the Norwegian championship in 1972, 1973 and 1974.
With Viking FK, Olav Nilsen played 241 league games, scoring 63 goals. He scored six goals in 1965 and then six more in 1966, which was his best performance.
He also plays with Viking Stavanger four matches in the European Champion Clubs' Cup, and four matches in the UEFA Cup. In the European Champion Clubs' Cup, he scored a goal against Armenian club Ararat Yerevan in October 1974.
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