Hangeland playing for Fulham in 2009
|Full name||Brede Paulsen Hangeland|
|Date of birth||20 June 1981|
|Place of birth||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Height||1.99 m (6 ft 6 1⁄2 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 April 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Brede Paulsen Hangeland (born 20 June 1981) is a Norwegian professional footballer who is currently a free agent, after being released by Fulham. He is the current captain of the Norway national team. He plays as a central defender. The tall Norwegian, with his characteristic calm nature, is known for combining great aerial ability and physical strength with good passing ability for a defender.
The son of a Norwegian oil company worker, Hangeland was born in Houston, Texas during his parents' two-year spell in the United States, but grew up in Stavanger. Since moving back to Stavanger, Hangeland said on America, quoting: "We were there for a short period in 1980/81, which is when I was born and then we went back home, so obviously I don’t remember too much about my time there!" Hangeland arrived at Viking from local club FK Vidar at the start of the 2001 season. He helped win the Norwegian cup in his debut season, playing as a central defensive midfielder in the 3–0 victory over rivals Bryne FK in the final. In 2005, he was made captain of Viking. When he left Viking he had played a total of 187 games for the club.
On 16 January 2006 he signed a contract with the Danish club F.C. Copenhagen. The tall defender made an impact right from the start together with Danish captain Michael Gravgaard and the two defenders were feared. Because of their height and dominance when it came to headers, they were known as the Copenhagen Air Force. With several great performances in the 2006–07 UEFA Champions League group stage Brede Hangeland was linked with numerous big clubs around Europe. During his time at Copenhagen, Hangeland won the Danish Superliga twice and the Royal League once. He played in 63 league games, scoring 3 times and total played over 100 games in the different tournaments.
During the summer of 2007 newspapers linked him with Premier League clubs Newcastle United, Liverpool, Aston Villa and Manchester City. Hangeland refuted the rumours and said he was glad to play for Copenhagen, but finally on 18 January 2008 after days of speculation, it was officially confirmed that he had signed for Fulham, where he was reunited with his former manager from Viking, Roy Hodgson, and former Viking FK striker Erik Nevland.
On 29 January 2008 he made his Fulham debut when Fulham played Bolton Wanderers at Reebok Stadium. He was voted Man of the Match by Sky Sports after the game. Following a series of good performances he quickly became a fan's favorite at Craven Cottage. The club survived relegation in the 2007–08 season with Brede forming a formidable partnership with Aaron Hughes at the heart of Fulham's defence.
During the summer of 2009, media reports linked him to Arsenal, but Hangeland indicated that he was happy to remain at Fulham. On 22 October he scored his second goal for Fulham, in the Europe League match against A.S. Roma.
On 27 November 2009, Hangeland was rewarded with a new deal with Fulham and put pen to paper on a contract that will see the Norwegian captain at Craven Cottage until the summer of 2013.
Hangeland scored two goals in an away win at Birmingham City on 15 May 2011. This took his tally up to 6 Premier League goals on the season which made him the highest scoring centre back in the league, and the second highest goalscorer for Fulham behind Clint Dempsey.
Hangeland signed a two-year contract extension with the option of a further year on 28 March 2013, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2015.
On 3 June 2014, Hangeland was released by Fulham. Through his advisor, Hangeland released a statement saying that he had been dismissed by e-mail, without having talked to anyone in the club about the future or his contract. This was countered by the club who noted Hangeland had refused to attend meetings with the club's management.
After playing 12 matches on the under-21 national team, he made his debut for the senior national team as a defensive midfielder in a 1–0 win against Austria on 20 November 2002. After the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying, national team coach Åge Hareide named Hangeland as captain instead of Vålerenga's player-coach Martin Andresen. His first goal came in his 62nd match; a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying match against Iceland. As of February 2013, Hangeland has been capped 82 times, 38 of them as captain, and has netted 4 goals.
Norway's goals are listed first.
|1||3 September 2010||Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík||Iceland||2 – 1||2 – 1||Euro Qualifier|
|2||15 August 2012||Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo||Greece||1 – 2||2 – 3||Friendly|
|3||12 October 2012||Stade de Suisse, Bern||Switzerland||1 – 1||1 – 1||World Cup Qualifier|
|4||16 October 2012||Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium, Larnaca||Cyprus||1 – 1||3 – 1||World Cup Qualifier|
When Hangeland married Celin Trana in 2009, rather than giving presents guests were asked to contribute to a Save the Children project to build a school in Cambodia. Around £45,000 was raised.
- As of 15 January 2014
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Norway||League||Norwegian Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Denmark||League||Danish Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
- Viking FK
- FC Copenhagen
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