Sigurd Rushfeldt (born 11 December 1972) is a Norwegian footballer who is working as an assistant coach for Tromso as well as a player for Lyngen/Karnes. During his playing career, he played for Tromso, Birmingham City, Rosenborg, Racing de Santander, and Austria Wien. He is well known for his strength and for being a prolific goalscorer. Rushfeldt is the all-time top goal scorer of Tippeligaen.
Rushfeldt was born in Vadso, where he started his career in Vadso Turn and Norild. He was noticed by Tromso, which signed him in 1992. In Tromso Rushfeldt got a reputation of being a prolific goalscorer. This sparked interest from other clubs, and in 1995 he went on an unsuccessful loan spell with Birmingham where he scored just once in the League Cup against Tranmere Rovers. It was not until the end of the 1996 season that Rushfeldt would move on. He then signed for Rosenborg, but not before playing in the cup final that would be Rushfeldt's last match for Tromso in his first spell with the club. Rushfeldt scored Tromso's second goal in the cup final securing a 2–1 win over rivals Bodo/Glimt.
With Rosenborg, Rushfeldt had great success. He won the Norwegian Premier League 4 times, he won the cup once more and also became topscorer of the Norwegian Premier League twice. The last time he won the Norwegian Premier League with Rosenborg in 2001, he was loaned in from Racing de Santander which he had transferred to in 1999. His spell with Santander was not a great success and in 2001 Rushfeldt moved on again, this time to Austria Wien. In Vienna he had success and won the league with Austria in 2003 and 2006 and was voted player of the year in the Austrian league 2004/2005. In 2003, 2005 and 2006 he also won the cup with Austria Wien. He scored 3 goals in these finals.
He returned to Tromso, which he had left in 1996, in July 2006. When his contract with Austria Wien was nearing an end Rushfeldt declared that he wanted to end his career in Norway. Several Norwegian clubs were interested in signing him. He chose to return to Tromso declaring that he felt drawn to the north, and that he wanted to follow his heart and therefore it had to be Tromso. In Tromso, he was again paired up in front with former team-mate Ole Martin Arst, who also played in the 1996 cup final and had enjoyed a career as a professional player outside of Norway before he returned to Tromso some years earlier. This partnership ended in July 2007, when Arst was sold. Rushfeldt has built up a new partnership upfront with Morten Moldskred. In November 2007 Rushfeldt was selected to be in the Norwegian Premier league team of the year by a group of Norwegian newspapers, stating that he is invaluable as a target man.
Rushfeldt signed a new contract with Tromso before the 2009 season, a one year extension that would see him take on the role of coach as well. He came off to a good start, scoring 5 goals in 4 appearances, including a brace away against SK Brann, a match that Tromso went on to win 4–2.
Rushfeldt became the all-time top scorer of the Norwegian Tippeligaen on 29 May 2011, the day 19 years after his first goal there. In a home match against SK Brann he scored in the first half, equaling Harald Brattbakk's record 166 goals. In the second half, he scored two more goals, completing a perfect hat-trick.
Rushfeldt's last appearance as a professional football player came against IK Start in 2011. He helped his team to finishing runner-up in the league, equalling Tromso's best ever season, 1990, when they also finished runners-up.
Rushfeldt was given a testimonial match which was played at Alfheim Stadion on 2 June 2012. The match was played between two teams mostly made up of players he had played with during his career at Tromso, Rosenborg. and Austria Wien, divided into a "Tromso All Stars" and a "Rosenborg All Stars" team. Rushfeldt played the first half for Tromso and most of the second half for Rosenborg, scoring once for each team. The match ended in a 6–4 victory for the Rosenborg team.
In May 2014, Rushfeldt announced that he would play for Lyngen/Karnes IL in the Norwegian fourth division (level 5 on the Norwegian football pyramid). In his debut for his new club, he scored twice. Rushfeldt will continue living in Tromso and occasionally play for Lyngen/Karnes (in neighboring Lyngen) when his schedule permits it.
In 1994 he surprisingly got a place in Egil Olsen's squad for the 1994 World Cup in USA playing in one game, but Rushfeldt never established himself as a regular having only won a total of 7 caps by 2001, and he did not score his first goal until 2002 in a game against Japan. In 2006 he announced his decision to retire from the national team. However in 2007 he reconsidered his decision and agreed with the national team coach Age Hareide that he would make himself available for the game against Bosnia because John Carew was unavailable due to injury. He came on as a substitute in the game against Bosnia, making his first national team appearance in 2 years. Norway failed to qualify for the European Championship and he retired for good from the national team. He ended his international career playing 38 games scoring 7 goals.Scores and results list Norway's goal tally first.
In October 2013, Rushfeldt was appointed the assistant coach of Tromso, after Steinar Nilsen replaced Agnar Christensen as head coach of the club.1995–96: FA Cup stats is games/goals in League Cup.
TromsoNorwegian Cup: 1996
RosenborgTippeligaen: 1997, 1998, 1999
Norwegian Cup: 1999
Austria WienAustrian Bundesliga: 2002–03, 2005–06
Austrian Cup: 2003, 2005, 2006
RosenborgTippeligaen top scorer: 1997, 1998
Kniksen award striker of the year: 1998
Rosenborg and TromsoTippeligaen top scorer: All time top scorer (168 goals)
Kniksen's Honour Award: 2011
Austria WienAustria Wien player of the season: 2003–04