The day has finally come for me to start my blog. I must admit that I´m quite nervous, but very excited at the same time. I have for a long time been asked from different people why I haven`t started a blog. My first thought has always been that I felt I had nothing to write about. But the more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea. I want my blog to be a place where I can open up about my life, especially as a professional footballer. I want to use this blog to give something back to all the fans that has followed me throughout the years. Without all of you I would have never enjoyed my career as much as I have. I will write about things that has happened in my life, on and off the pitch. It also gives me a chance in my own words to put things straight.
Being a footballer has always been my dream. When I was young I had no one I really looked up to. I was mainly just training hard on my own trying to be as good as I could. I will use all my experience on my blog to give something back, and try and help others to reach their dreams. I don`t say that my way is the right way, but it did work for me and if it has a chance to help someone else, I am willing to have a go. Trying to be successful at any job is difficult, it requires hard work, determination and patience. It can be a lot easier if you have someone you might look up to or someone who has done it before you, sharing their thoughts. If that person you look up to has made their dream come true, that person sure knows a thing or two about reaching their targets.
I will use this blog to express myself in many ways. As I said before I will write about things that has happened on and off the pitch. Games, finals, training, diets, recovery, media, Q&A, personal life and more. I will also post videos from different settings of my life. This will be my way of talking to you amazing fans. Tell me what you want to read about. I want this blog to be succesfull, and for that I need all of you to help me out. At all the clubs I have played for, my first target is to connect with the fans. Without the fans the club can`t be succesfull. The fans travel all over to follow their team, spending a lot of money. After every post you have the chance to leave a comment, use it. I will answer and use my blog to connect with you.
As this is only my first post I wanna thank you all in advance for giving me a chance. I am very excited and hope you will enjoy our ride together. Just for your information I will be posting in English and Norwegian, you can also use the Google Translate button.
47 Comments on “Welcome to my blog”
John, a player that writes is something beautiful for a supporter. Your left foot won’t be never forget here in Rome!!! #dajeRoscio
Thank you. Its important to connect with the fans
Good luck with your blog John, glad to hear that you are coming back to Anfield for the charity match. YNWA
Thanks a lot man. Cant wait to come back:) Will give my best with my blog
From one left footed ginger to another, it was an honour to watch you play for LFC for so long. Your goal against Manu remains one of my favourite goals ever!! See you on the 29th
Thanks “Ginger” see you soon at Anfield
Best of luck with the blog John, can’t wait to see you back at Anfield in a few weeks!
Thanks a lot. Will be a great day
Best of luck with the blog John, can’t wait to see you back at Anfield in a few weeks!
Best of luck with the blog john, can’t wait to see you back at Anfield!
Good luck John. Thank you for being part of APOEL – MONO APOEL
Its an honor to be part of this great club!! Will be posting about APOEL also of course;)
Looking forward to your blog posts! Roll on March 29th!!
(Blog ideas:, differences about the different countries you’ve lived and played in, a favourites post – favourite stadium, favourite player, favourite city etc. Stories about coming into money at a young age, regrets u have/things u might’ve done differently)
Thank you!!! Great ideas!!! All written down:)
Gratulerer med blogg, John Arne!
Det har vært en sann berikende opptur å følge din reise som guttunge som meier ballen i mål fra 45 meter for storklubben Monaco, til kanonskuddet på frispark fra 70 mils avstand for Liverpool mot erkefienden Manchester United. Du har spilt for noen av de største klubbene som finnes og med og mot de beste spillerne i verden. Du har flest landslagskamper for ditt fedreland. Verken Sunnmøre, eller Norge, er nok klar over, eller klarer å ta inn over seg alle de barrierene du har brutt basert på fantastisk arbeidsinnsats og talent. Gleder meg til å se deg spille på Anfield med Captain Fantastic igjen! Gode innspill tidligere på bloggen her. Jeg hører også gjerne mer om *ditt første mål *reisen til Monaco * din første Liverpool-kamp *dine favorittspillere i de klubbene du har spilt for *veien til suksess. Håper du starter opp fotballskole! Lykke til med bloggen, John Arne! Arild
Hei Arild og tusen takk for veldig fine ord:) Slike ting setter jeg veldig stor pris på. Jeg har notert ned dine ønsker på bloggen. Veldig bra innspill:)
Så flott blogg! Det blir spennende å følge deg.
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Tusen takk for det Robert:) Ja jeg er spent selv.
My hero! It’s been my childhood dream to meet you. Absolutely devastated I haven’t been able to get tickets to see you back at Anfield! YNWA xx
Thank you for the nice words Amy
I’m so glad that u have finally decided to start ur own blog! It’d be a pleasure for us to learn about ur experiences as a footballer. APOEL club is pleased to have u keep up with the good job
Thank you very much. I will do my best to please you all with my blog. Im honoured to play for APOEL
Cheers Riise, always nice when players do things like this, looking forward to hearing about your time at LFC, especially about Istanbul. I still remember watching the Chelsea/Bayern CL Final at Aria in Las Vegas and turning around and seeing you at the table behind us watching the game as well. My brother and I came up and said hi real quick, not too often you get a share a match with a Champions League winner/LFC legend!
I will for sure write about Istanbul,biggest night of my career. I actually do think i remember you guys from Vegas;)
I’m excited to see what you have to post. Best of luck!
Thank you Sebastian.
All the best John for your blog.
Before joining my team APOEL, i only new that you are a great player that have played for the team i support in UK – Liverpool. Now i have realised that you are also a great character outside the pitch. I think it’s an amazing feeling for you to get all this love from the supporters of the teams you have previously played, especially from Liverpool and Roma fans.
Surely it’s an honour for us in APOEL to have you playing for our team and i hope that when you leave APOEL to remember and be remembered about the time you spend here.
Stay focused on our big target of winning the championship for the 3rd consecutive time and inspire the rest of our players. Give everything on the pitch to bring us the trophy and i assure you that you will never forget that night when you will lift the trophy at APOEL balcony (eksosti) in May.
Be strong – 8 finals are remaining – MONO APOEL
Thank you for your nice message and kind words. Its important to have a good relationship with the fans. I like to think I am respected from both Liverpool and Roma fans for being who I am. I will always remember my time at all my clubs, including APOEL of course! I will work hard and do my best to help the team for the Championship and cup. Mono APOEL
All the best for APOEL this season John, I will definitely be wearing my Norway/Liverpool top of yours to the charity game. It’s been too long since you’ve been at Anfield.
Thank you Alex.
Look forward seeing you there
JOOOOOOHHHHHN ARNE RIIISE!!! RIIIIISE! I WANNA KNOOOOWWWWWWWWWW, HOW YOU SCORED THAT GOAL!!
Man I miss it when you were in the team at Liverpool! Haven’t got a left back anyway near as good ever since you left! Also never had anyone as shredded as you playing for Liverpool haha! Followed your career ever since you left us! Congratulations on the wedding! I love the you’re doing a blog and more footballers should be doing the same! At least some professionals are keeping the game with the fans! Football is drifting further away from the fans and it’s nice to see that you’re still grounded and able to connect with the fans! I wish I could afford the match ticket to come watch you playing at Anfield again! But regardless I’m grateful you’ll be lining up! I hope you score a ‘John Arne Riise Special’ on the day! All the best from Newcastle John!!
Thank you very much Harpal
I hope you know you’ve made my life by replying to my message!!!!!!!! Literally can’t believe it!! Cheers John Laaaaaad!!!!
Bravo Riise!! Keep up with the good job!! Mono APOEL!!
Your blog is great! I look forward to reading more of your posts! You are my hero and were most definitely my favourite player at Liverpool – it was devastating when you left and to this day we still miss you as our left back! It’s great to see how well you’re doing at your new club and that you’re still scoring! All the best!
Thank you very much Tiffany
I look forward to seeing what you are going to put on here best left back of alm time in my eyes always getting signed on football manager
Alright John m8t hope to see you soon when your over for stevies game !!remember the DM I sent ya hopefully you will let me know !!!! U keep up your blog half as good as your left peg you shouldn’t have no problems with it you are truely a LFC LEGEND “YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE”
I still remember watching you playing against Arsenal in 2004 and with all that explosion that came from your one foot, to be reckoned again it was you the reason i was supporting Liverpool and still until right now. It was great to read something from a professional football player which is rarely seen. I wish you good luck for your blog and career, i hope seeing you again at anfield one day, as a player, coach, or simply a former Liverpool player that have been loved by many Liverpudlian (including me !) You’ll Never Walk Alone!!! P.S. : I was really angry that you scored an own goal against Chelsea in your last season in Anfield, but really sad when you left and proven that we never found a left back as good as you are !
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thanks JAR for being part of a period when we won back the respect of european football those years of supporting my team around Europe, winning at Milan, Marseille, Madrid, and of course Barca .. i have such great memories that Rafa, you and the lads gave me ..I was also at Cardiff when you scored THAT goal v chelski running the length of the pitch in the charity shield game,… and some famtastic “rockets” … I wish you well, I am now in MOntenegro, u are welcome to visit the REdS here.. we would be made up! all the best , ChRiS
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Oh wow i’m loving all the fellow Liverpool fans on here….its pretty clear we all miss you Lets have your take on Stevie G thoughts on him leaving/right decision??/the game last Sunday i’m sure you’ll score a cracker on the 29th ♡ x
This is a topic that is close to my heart… Take care!
Where are your contact details though?