October 17, 2021
Nils Olav Nilsen (born 24 January 1942, died 11 October 2021) was a Norwegian football player and coach. Nilsen began his career as a midfielder, later he was a striker and top scorer, before ending his career as a midfielder. He played 62 A-national matches for Norway, and scored 19 national team goals - including one of the goals when Norway beat Yugoslavia in a World Cup qualifier in 1965. At club level, Nilsen played for Viking, and was a key player and captain when the club had its heyday in the early 1970s. He took part in winning three straight league championships in the period 1972 to 1974, and was nicknamed "Olav Viking" by the supporters. In his first season for Viking, he became cup champion in 1959. 15 years later, he was involved in losing the cup final against Skeid in his very last season. After retiring as a player after the 1974 season, he coached Viking when the team won its fourth league gold in a row in 1975. Nilsen became an honorary member of Viking in 1979. He died on October 11, 2021, aged 79 years.