Rosenborg legend Nils Arne Eggen fell asleep quietly the night before Wednesday, 80 years old.
Now, several celebrities have taken to social media to share their grief and pay tribute to the late football coach.
Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre writes in a post shared on his Facebook page that it is with gratitude that he will remember Eggen:
– Norwegian sports and Norwegian society have lost a man who has meant an enormous amount to many and left deep traces behind. Nils Arne Eggen was Norway’s most winning football coach of all time, but he was also so much more. With generosity and commitment, he shared his opinions on most things and helped to create life and community in Norwegian society.
Under a photo shared on Instagram, the pop duo Marcus and Martinus write this:
– The greatest Norwegian coach of all time, and one of the most humble people we have met … Rest in peace, Nils Arne Eggen.
Former national team player Jan Aage Fjørtoft writes on Twitter that one of the greatest legends in Norwegian football has passed away. He calls Eggen “Sir Alex” by Rosenborg, and brags about his success in the Champions League with almost only “homemade” players.
One of the greatest legend of Norwegian football ever, Nils Arne Eggen, has died.
The “Sir Alex” of Rosenborg who had success in the Champions League with nearly only “home-made” players.
A fantastic personality that I loved to be around
RIP 🙏❤️ https://t.co/FFvwuoZITl
– Jan Aage Fjørtoft 🏳️🌈 🇳🇴 (@JanAageFjortoft) January 19, 2022
– A wonderful personality that I loved to be around. Rest in peace, Fjørtoft concludes.
Author Unni Lindell reminisces back to a book event where she met Eggen. Lindell emphasizes that she did not know him personally, but that he made an impression on her.
– I am not a football enthusiast, on the contrary, I think there is too much of it in all channels, Lindell writes before she continues:
– But he here had something wonderfully unorthodox about him. He was so deeply eager, clear and focused. I admired him for that.
The national football team has also posted a tribute:
Tore Strømøy, known to most as “Tore on the track”, writes in a Facebook post that both football and Trøndelag lost some of their color today.
– It is only to be hoped that many will take some of your lessons further. Not only when it comes to football, but also the way to be as a person. Popular, unassuming, open, committed, treated others to success, and playing each other well.
– Rest in peace, Nils Arne, Strømøy concludes.