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Giving back!

27. juni 2015
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Good morning

I have been quiet last few days, with good reason though. I’ve had so many meetings about exciting things to come. Some I can tell you about later today, while some have to wait a little bit longer before i reveal them. One thing is for sure, I am very happy!

Thursday I went to Moss ( 45 min outside Oslo) and visited a very well organised Football School. 160 very energetic kids who was eager to learn. As you can see from the photos I took, they were all smiles.

I do get a lot of requests to come and visit football schools all around Norway. It’s one of those things I love doing. Giving something back to the kids. Helping them reaching their target. Talking to them and giving them my advice. I have done it all. I have been one of them looking up to players you see on television, wanting to be them. I am privileged to be in this position and I love travelling around. Least I can do is supporting them and trying to help as good as I can. All I want is for them to love what they are doing and do the best they can.

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Signing autographs and taking pictures with them means so much to every single one. It’s pure joy to see how happy they are. Talking about favourite teams, players etc. Messi and Ronaldo are the ones at the moment.

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I’m still training hard. Haven’t started my gym sessions yet as I’m only running the first week with some stability. Tomorrow I will put my whole gym and running program on my blog as well. Can’t wait and I hope some of you will join me;)

Have a great day

 

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Ullevaal tonight

8. juni 2015
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First of all I wanna thank everyone for the amazing respons to my last post. All the support and messages means a lot to me. That kind of behaviour has to stop.

Yesterday I managed to get my wife on the golf course. I love golf and I have been pushing Louise to join me. She is great at sports so I have been telling her that she will learn quickly. What more can I ask for then being able to play golf as much as I want, with the person I love? Our great friend Jørn Johnsen is a golf pro at Grini golf and he started teaching her yesterday. I don’t say this because she is my wife, but wow!! She took it so quickly. I was amazed. She got really into it and hit the ball brilliantly. Either it’s a very good coach or just natural talent. Now she want her own set and bag. All pink of course. We are going today as well. Love it and I’m so excited that she likes it because it means more golf for me as well.

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This morning I woke up early because I had an appointment with a school in Norway. I have been going to different schools to talk about bullying, especially at school. It’s something that I really wanna help prevent as much as possible. Every kid should feel safe and happy at school. They should be able to come and learn as much as they can, not feeling scared because of bullying. Parents and teachers has a big responsibility. They need to teach the kids to be nice and respect other kids.

Tonight I’m going to Ullevaal, supporting the Norwegian national team against Sweden. Haven’t been there for a few years so I’m looking forward to support the team. Stadium is a sell out which means great atmosphere. I will use my snapchat during the game and of course post pictures later. I’m taking Louise and my in laws. Can’t wait!

Hope you all had a good start this week, enjoy and take care of each other.

Riise

 

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“Din jævla avdanka idiot”

7. juni 2015

Jeg elsker Oslo. Jeg elsker å komme hjem til Norge. Når man har bodd i utlandet så lenge som jeg har så er det en drøm å komme hjem på ferie. Noen ganger er jeg hjemme bare et par dager. Det blir bare stress og man har ikke tid til noe. Sommerferien er noe spesielt. Da kan jeg slappe av, møte venner og ha masse tid til å nyte Oslo og alt som hører med.

Å komme hjem betyr også blikk, kommentarer, hvisking, baksnakking, peking og ikke minst snikbilder mens man spiser. Dette synes jeg er trist. Jeg blir faktisk en smule fornærmet over at folk tar bilder mens jeg sitter og spiser, da er det faktisk mer godtatt å bli spurt.

Men jeg har sjeldent opplevd noe ordentlig dritt på gaten. Folk er hyggelige, smilende og støttende. Selvsagt kommer det noen morsomme kommentarer, det hører med. Da er det viktig med selvironi og vise at man ikke tar seg nær av det, de gangene noen vil ha det litt gøy på dine vegne. Da blir jeg heller med på moroa 😉

Jeg har tidligere skrevet om mobbing og netthets. Dette er noe jeg brenner for, og selv har opplevd. Heldigvis for meg gjelder dette stort sett på nettet, for jeg opplever nesten ingenting av dette når jeg er hjemme og folk møter meg på gaten. Det gir meg mye glede.

Men sommerferie, helger, og spise ute betyr også fulle nordmenn. I går opplevde jeg noe som jeg gjør fra tid til annen. Da må jeg spørre meg selv, hvor går grensen før man kan reagere? Skal man tåle alt? Skal noen som er tøffe i kjeften fordi de har drukket for mye bare kunne si og gjøre hva de vil? Skal man fordi man er et kjent fjes bare ta til seg dritt? Jeg tåler mye og reagerer sjeldent. Kanskje er jeg for snill, kanskje tenker jeg for mye på at ting blir verre for meg hvis jeg reagerer. Men det må da være noen grenser?

Etter konserten i går med UB så gikk Louise, en venninne av henne og jeg på Olivia for å spise noe mat før festen. Vi fikk bord oppe i et hjørne, noe jeg håpet på. Da får man sitte i fred, trodde jeg. Det var et langbord ved siden av vårt, og det virket som et hyggelig selskap.

Jeg la merke til at han som satt nærmest meg, flyttet på stolen sin slik at han kunne se på meg. Jeg tenkte ikke mer over det på det tidspunktet, da jeg hygget meg i koselig selskap. Plutselig hører jeg sidemannen lire av seg med en nokså høy utestemme “Fy faen han jævla avdanka idiotiske fotballspilleren”. “ Rødhåra jævla dust som ikke kan en jævla dritt”. “Faen for en idiot han er”. Jeg snudde meg og så på han, men han nektet å møte blikket mitt. Louise hørte det og ba meg stille om å ikke si eller gjøre noe. Jeg bare stirret på han. Han unngikk meg. Jeg roet meg og spiste videre. Han gjentok slike setninger flere ganger. Nå kokte det i hele kroppen. Men jeg visste jeg ikke kunne gjøre noe. Ikke fordi jeg ikke ville, men fordi jeg har et ansvar. Å få en reaksjon fra meg var nok akkurat det han ville. Jeg er med min kone, jeg er en offentlig person. Gjør jeg noe så er det meg det går utover. Han var full, men er det en unnskyldning?

Etterhvert ba de andre på bordet hans om å være stillet. De var flaue på hans vegne. Det satte jeg selvsagt stor pris på. Mannen var vel nærmere 60 år. Aller mest synes jeg mest synd på mannen, og at det går an å oppfører seg slik.

Det mest urovekkende var vel drøye 10 minutter senere da han spurte meg om hva jeg synes om Vålerenga! Som om ingenting hadde skjedd. Jeg svarte, og ba han ta seg et glass vann. Det ble ikke så godt mottatt ettersom han deretter begynte å rakke ned på LSK. Han ble dog veldig stille da Bjørn Helge stakk innom Olivia for å si hei til oss.

Før mannskapet på 20 gikk, kom de bort og beklaget oppførselen til den ene stakkaren som hadde liret av seg edel og galle hele kvelden- det synes jeg er fint. Flott å se at noen står opp og tar et ansvar.

Vi skal nå på harrytur til Sverige før vi begge skal spille golf senere i ettermiddag. Er så glad for at Louise har lyst å prøve:) Bilder kommer i neste blogginnlegg.

Ha en fin søndag:)

John Arne

 

 

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You Saved Me!

1. juni 2015
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Yesterday was our one year wedding anniversary. What a perfect way to celebrate in Vegas with our best friends. We went to an amazing restaurant 800 feet up. It’s called “Top of the World”, and it couldn’t be a more perfect name to how I feel.

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We had a reservation for 15 people, Betsson and other friends joined us. It was  magical. I had prepared a speech to my amazing wife. Her reaction was perfect:) Since it was our first anniversary, I thought it was a perfect way to express my feelings for my wife. Maybe you all will read and understand how important she is to me and how much I love her.

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We met over three and a half years ago. Through Facebook. I was not in a good place in my life. I was lost. Didn’t know what to do, how my future looked and what was next. I had very low self confidence. We talked over the phone and Skype before we had our first “secret” lunch. We went to a place where we knew there wasn’t many people. We wanted to get to know each before others knew. Everybody has heard about “Love at first sight”? I have never believed it, until I saw Louise walk into the restaurant. I was truly and madly in love from the first second I looked into her eyes. How she walked, how she dressed, how she smiled, how amazingly beautiful she was. My first thought? How the Fuck did I manage to get a date with this beautiful lady!!!

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I met her parents after a few weeks. I do admit that I was really really really nervous!! Louise has told me they were very protective and that they knew who I was and about my past. Not the best way to meet the parents of the girl you want to be with you for the rest of your life. All I wanted was to be myself and show them that I can take care of their daughter. I wanted them to meet me and see who I was in person,  not by reading the papers. I nailed it! Not to brag, but I put on my best behaviour and her dad, who I felt was the most important person to impress, liked me from the first second. So I’m told by himself afterwards. I couldn’t get a better compliment. Her parents are very important to me. I love them so much and I have no problem to admit that me and Truls (her dad) are very close friends. I see him more as one of the boys than my father in law. He has taught me a lot about life in general and I’m a very lucky guy to have him in my life.

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We have been through a lot together my dear wife. You suddenly appeared in my life and changed it completely. You showed me all the love I needed to smile and be happy again. You gave me hope for a future that I have been looking for my whole life. You made me a better person. I can honestly say that you saved me. You saved me from hitting rock bottom emotionally. My head was everywhere and I had no idea what was coming next. I was lost. Meeting you was the best thing that could happen to me. The timing was something taken out of a dream. You follow me wherever I go and you are always there when I need you. These 3.5 years have been amazing. You care so much for me and everything around me. You show me so much love and you always support me, no matter what. You are pushing me to be the best I can be on and off the pitch. I can’t thank you enough for who you are and what you mean to me. I will love you forever and try my best to give you the life you deserve. That’s my biggest mission in life.

Can’t wait for the rest of our life together

 

 

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Let’s Play!

30. mai 2015
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The day is finally here. It’s time to play some Poker in this years WSOP in Vegas. This is what this trip is all about. Since I’m in season most of the year I can’t play EPT or other big Poker tournaments.To me this is a dream come true.  Every year I’m excited to take my wife and friends to Vegas with Betsson and play in The World Championships. Although I’m not a professional Poker player, yet, I’m learning all the time. I watch videos, read books and try to learn from the best but at the same time try to find my own style of play. As any other thing I do in life, if I start something I’m doing everything I can to be as good as I can.

Yesterday was a great day. Woke up early, had breakfast in the room before we went down to the pool and met our friends. It was around 38 degrees, but to me it felt a lot warmer!! Since we are on holiday we started very early with some slush drinks. I love those kind of drinks when it’s so hot. Music was on by the pool and we really enjoyed ourself. We got some amazing friends with us and we have such a great time together.

In the afternoon I had to go with Betsson and register for the tournament I’m playing in today. Me, Tone, Felix and Markus went together. We were told there could be a waiting line up to 3 hours!! Luckily it took us only 30 min to get through. I’m always so excited to play in big tournaments. They told us it’s 20 thousand players in this tournament. Challenge accepted! Met my poker idol Thor Hansen at the hotel as well. What an amazing person. He has done so much for Norwegian Poker and Poker in general. I have played with him a few times, I really hope I can play at the same table here in Vegas. Love that guy.

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Riise og Thor HansenRiise og ToneWe went for a Betsson dinner later that night. Gumball 3000 came to Vegas so it was time for a big party. As always Betsson never holds back when it comes to dinners and making people feel great. Everybody was in a great mood and ready to have a great time. In Vegas they are very strict when it comes to ID. And of course I forgot mine!! I couldn’t get in and join the others. Me and Louise went back to our hotel to pick up my passport, but had to wait 45 min for a taxi to get there, and the same to go back. We just figured there is no point going back when it took so long. Disappointed!!!!! We got some pictures from our friends, looked amazing.

Wishing everybody a great Saturday. We are going to be by the pool all day before I go into game mode. You can follow me on Snapchat, Riise3, to see how I get on in the tournament.

 

 

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Champions!!!!!

25. mai 2015
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We won the Cup on Wednesday and yesterday we won The Championship. In my first year we got The Double. I’m so happy for the team, the fans and everybody involved with APOEL. We have worked so hard for this. Amazing. It’s 15 years since I last won the League Championship. I signed last September hoping that I could have the possibility to fight for The Cup and the League. We won both the first year! This summer is gonna be great!

Yesterday we went into the game only needing a draw. We decided to have a go from the first whistle and try to kill the game early. After going 2 up very early, they hit one back before we scored 2 goals. 4-1 at half time, we knew the game was over. Nothing really happened in the second half, they scored one goal, but we were never in danger. When the final whistle went we our fans went onto the pitch and celebrated with us. Shirt and shorts were ripped off. We couldn’t care less, we were the Champions. This feeling makes all the hard work worth it.

We went back to Nicosia and had an opened bus through the city and met our fans by the local APOEL supporter bar. Amazing scenes! As you will see in the pictures, this meant a lot to the fans. We planned a big night of celebration, and I’m sure the boys did. I went home early as I was leaving early for Liverpool and  the 10th year anniversary since we won the Champions League.

I am very proud to call myself The Double Champion of Cyprus. I have worked hard for this personally and with the team. Great teammates who deserves both these titles. I will now enjoy a nice long holiday. Can’t wait for this summer. A lot of things will be happening.

Hope you enjoy some of the pictures from the celebrations.

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One last push!

24. mai 2015
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I’m just in bed at the team hotel. So many thoughts in my head. But only one of them are important at this moment The League title! Wednesday we won the Cup. My first trophy for some years. Was an amazing feeling. To score a “Riise rocket” was also special. I wrote before the Final that I played for Louise and that this was a chance for me to give something back to her. To be able to do that was an incredible feeling. She was proud, that’s what matters to me.

Today is the last game of the season. We are 3 points ahead. We only need a draw, but we never think like that. We are going for the win as always. This is why I came here, to be in a position to win. And today we can win the League! Something I haven’t done since 2000 with AS Monaco. I have been so close many times, but not as close as today. I am desperate for this title! I have dreamt of winning a League Championship for so long! I will not miss this chance today. The whole team are very focused and ready for the challenge. Winning the Cup gave us a lot of confidence that we will use today. The fans will be on fire today and give us all the support we need.

When I think back, it’s been a season with a lot of ups and a few downs. I came in September after 3 months holiday. I was not in good condition. I was 5% body fat- and 5 kg too heavy. I needed a long holiday to get my head sorted and motivation back. Now I knew the hard work started. But I will never ever let my body go down like that again. I’m a fitness freak and it’s the first and last time it will happen. I felt bad, but 3 months off was extremely good for my head. I needed it to be able to keep pushing. OK, body fat and kg was not where I wanted, but that’s easy to get rid off. I was mentally ready now. I had my own plan for my stay here in Cyprus. Win trophies, get back to being a machine and show I was far from done.

It took some weeks to be fully fit and ready. When Thorsten Fink took over as coach, he brought Nikola. His fitness coach. I’m sure you have seen my Instagram, Snapchat pictures of the two of us together. This guy changed my life when it comes to fitness. He made me fitter and stronger than I have ever been. He is by far the best fitness coach I have ever seen. We worked every day in the gym, apart from day before a game. From the first day when I realised who he was, what he has done and how good he was, I told him: Niko, You are the guy I have been waiting for, make me into a machine! I want to get to a new level. A level I have never been. I want to show the doubters and haters that I’m still here. Push me to the limit and make me as strong as I have ever been. His reply? “Don’t worry machine, we start today”. I thank you Niko for what you have done for me, what you have taught me about football fitness.I thank you for what you will help me with in the future, but more importantly, I thank you for the friendship we have. You are the reason I came back to my best and now has 6 goals.

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The whole team has worked so hard for a year. I only came in September, but APOEL started in mid june. The players have put in so much effort. The whole team deserve to be in this position. We deserve to be fighting for the title. But to win it we need to be 100% focused today and give everything we have. It’s the last game after a long season. No games are easy, and today will also be difficult. But we are ready, and with the support from our passionate fans, it’s going to be an exciting game!

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Let’s give it all boys and have one last push!!!!!!!

 

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Very important week!!!

19. mai 2015
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Can’t believe it’s not even 8am and I’m already blogging. I haven’t been posting for the last couple of days, so when I woke up this morning I felt bad. Took the computer, made breakfast and went outside by the pool and started typing. It’s been crazy hot, so it was already 28 degrees! But again, it proves how much I love blogging and posting about my daily life. Wouldn’t have thought that a few months back, but I love working for United Bloggers, and especially with my wife.

A lot has happened last few days. As all of you read in my last post, Steven Gerrard played his last home game. So sad and very disappointing that he didn’t get the win he deserved. We played Saturday our last home game of the season. A win could have given us the title depending on the other result. It was an unbelievable atmosphere at the game. The other game went our way, but we only got the draw. It was not the result we wanted, but it was important not to lose as they would have passed us.

We are now 3 points clear with one game to go. But before that we have the Cup final tomorrow!! This is why I play football, to have the chance to win trophies. It doesn’t always go your way, but we all know that we have a big chance to take the double. It will be a very tough game tomorrow, but if we play like we know we can, we have a very good chance of winning. But we all know, Cup is Cup. In the last League game we only need a draw to win the league, but i can guarantee you that we are going 100% for the win! I can feel it on my body. Normally the body should be tired after a long season, but when you are fighting for titles something is happening with the energy level. I love it!

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As you can all understand it’s a very big and important week for me and the team. This is why I came to APOEL and Cyprus, to have the chance to fight for trophies. I am grateful for this and will do everything I possibly can for my team and fans. Everybody connected to this great club is doing everything they can, and it’s a great buzz around the club before these 2 games.

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The furniture has left Cyprus. Everything we want for our new apartment from the house in Cyprus was taken into a container and is heading for Norway. I know Louise can’t wait to get it all done. Last night Louise and my amazing mother in law left for Norway. They took the dogs with them. Must admit it’s very lonely here without my wife and the dogs. But this means I will now just prepare for the last 2 games in my own mind. Louise knows how I am when it comes to big games. I can be very quiet, not talk a lot, do my own thing and maybe look a little bit angry. So I can understand why they left now, haha;) But yesterday my great friend Dan “The Man” came to support me and watch the Final. He has been there since I started my professional life, so I know he is excited for this game and that he will do what he does best, get me in a good mood. Will be nice to have him here with me, but most of all I’m glad he can see the final, he loves it and truly deserves it.

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Wishing everybody a great day, and don’t forget to follow me on Snapchat: Riise3.

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Last effort

14. mai 2015

May is a special month for every football fan or player. It’s the month that decides everything for the team you support or the team you play for. The players are tired after a long season, the fans are nervous going into the last few games. One thing is certain, May always brings drama when it comes to football. On a personal level, we are still top of the league and playing The Cup final. 2 games to go in the league. All to play for and my focus is on these last few games. Push myself to give every bit of energy I have left to help my team. This is what you train and play for the whole year, to have a chance to win trophies. More on that on a later stage.

Today has been a very very busy day!! Since we bought an apartment in Norway, we decided to take back some of our furniture and stuff we have here in Cyprus. It will take a few weeks to arrive so Louise started a while back with all the packing and organising.

Today the moving company came to help us pack down what we wanna send back. I bet I think like most men, when we have hired someone to do it, let them do it. Yes, you help and do some things, but not according to my wife. We do everything!!! We were up at 7.30 and have I lifted, carrie, packed, walked million times up the stairs??? 3 floors!! I was so happy when the clock passed 3 pm, it ment I had to go for training. Shame I couldn’t do more at home…….

Louise is amazing when it comes to packing and organising. She has 100% control of absolutely everything in the house. Furniture, clothes, shoes, you name it, she knows. Where she get that kind of energy to keep going all day and night, I don’t know. She never stops until it’s all done and she is happy. I must admit, I do get pushed around by her. Normally I am the one with all the energy, but this I hate! I’m tired before we have even started. Without her, I wouldn’t be able to get anything done. But I’m proud of my effort today. Besides, I have to put in an effort today, tomorrow is the day before the game and I won’t do anything. This is something that has always been important to me. All rest and prepare for our big game on Saturday. Luckily she knows all this and won’t push me around.

Tomorrow I will post something about Steven Gerrard. Saturday is his last home game for Liverpool, and I want to honour this amazing player and person with some kind words.


Hope you all had a great day and I wish you a good night.

See you tomorrow

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