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Ulf Ottosson

Ulf Ottosson
Norwich Career: 1997 (8 appearances, 1 goal)
Current Club:
Date of Birth: 02/07/1968 (Degerfors)
Nationality: Swedish


Swedish striker Ulf Ottosson came to Carrow Road on loan from IFK Norrkoping in January 1997. He began his career with Degerfors in 1987 for whom he scored 121 goals in 199 games before departing in 1996. He joined Portuguese side Chaves but this was not his first time abroad as he had spent 2 months on loan with Swiss side Locarno in 1991/92. In the autumn of 1996, Ulf returned to Sweden joining IFK Norrkoping.

Ulf showed initial promise at Carrow Road scoring twice on his reserve team debut against West Ham on 15th January 1997. Unfortunately the Canaries lost 3-2. He was quickly promoted into the first team and made his full debut as an 81st minute substitute for John Polston against Grimsby on January 18th. Ulf made a total of 8 appearances for the Canaries scoring once in a 3-2 victory at Sheffield United. Ultimately Ulf failed to impress Mike Walker who chose not to offer him a full contract. Despite this disappointment, Ulf still regards his spell in Norfolk as enjoyable. "The atmosphere was fantastic. The only thing that mattered there was football and there was at least 14.000 - 18.000 spectators at every home match."

Returning to Sweden, Ulf initially joined Ljungskile before returning to Degerfors IF in 1997. At the end of the 1999 season, Degerfors were relegated to the Second Division and Ulf decided to move on. Although he had made 270 appearances for them. He had also started his own business making cabinets. Regular Flown To The Nest contributor Dag T Hoelseth informed me in February 2000 that Ulf has joined Italian side Viterbese who play in Serie C1 Girone B. According to Teamtalk on 19th June, Ulf was homesick and looking to return to Sweden. Degerfors, Frolunda and Assyriska were set to be interested. Ulf indeed returned to Degerfors in June 2000 and scored twice in his first game back.

At the end of his second spell with Degerfors, Ottoson was said to have started his own business making cabinets

Ottoson began coaching at Gullspångs IF in 2005, before taking up a player role at Strömtorps IK in 2006. The following year, he became coach of Strömtorps, but was fired in September 2007.

After taking a three year long timeout from football, Ottosson returned as a player-manager for Swedish 7th level club Ängebäck BK in 2011 He quit midway through the 2013 season.

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