Brede Hangeland

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Brede Hangeland
2012-08 Hangeland.jpg
Hangeland in August 2012
Personal information
Full name Brede Paulsen Hangeland[1]
Date of birth (1981-06-20) 20 June 1981 (age 33)[1]
Place of birth Houston, Texas, United States
Height 1.99 m (6 ft 6 12 in)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Crystal Palace
Number 4
Youth career
1998–2000 Vidar
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2005 Viking 114 (6)
2006–2008 Copenhagen 63 (3)
2008–2014 Fulham 217 (8)
2014– Crystal Palace 2 (1)
National team
2001–2003 Norway U21 12 (0)
2002–2014 Norway 91 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 August 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19. August 2014

Brede Paulsen Hangeland (born 20 June 1981) is a Norwegian professional footballer who plays for Crystal Palace of the Premier League as a central defender.

He began his career with Viking, where he won the Norwegian Cup in 2001. In 2006 he moved to F.C. Copenhagen, and went on to win two Danish Superliga titles at the club. From 2008 to 2014 he played for Fulham, helping the team to the 2010 UEFA Cup Final, but was released in 2014 after the club's relegation, subsequently joining Crystal Palace.

Hangeland played for the Norway national team between 2002 and 2014. He was the team captain from 2008 until hes resignment. In total he played 91 matches and scored 4 goals.


Club career[edit]

Viking[edit]

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.[3] 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!"[4] 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.

Copenhagen[edit]

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.[5] 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 three times and total played over 100 games in the different tournaments.

Fulham[edit]

Hangeland with Fulham in 2009

During the summer of 2007 newspapers linked him with Premier League clubs Newcastle United, Liverpool, Aston Villa and Manchester City.[6] 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.[7]

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. 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.

Hangeland was appointed captain of the Norwegian national football team on 12 August 2008, and on 23 August he scored his first goal for Fulham against Arsenal, with Fulham winning the game 1–0.

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.[8]

Hangeland marking fellow Norwegian John Carew of Aston Villa in April 2009

On 27 November 2009, Hangeland was rewarded with a new deal with Fulham to last until the summer of 2013.[9] He played in the UEFA Cup Final on 12 May 2010, which Fulham lost 2–1 after extra time to Atlético Madrid in Hamburg.[10]

Hangeland scored two goals in an away win at Birmingham City on 15 May 2011.[11][12] This took his tally up to six Premier League goals on the season which made him the highest scoring centre back in the league,[13] 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, which would have kept him at the club until the summer of 2015.[14] However, 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.[15]

Crystal Palace[edit]

On 1 August 2014, Hangeland joined Crystal Palace on a free transfer signing a one-year deal.[16] On the 16th, he made his competitive debut for the club, on the opening day of the Premier League season away to Arsenal. Hangeland opened the scoring by heading in Jason Puncheon's corner, but Palace eventually lost 2–1.[17]

International career[edit]

Hangeland (back, furthest right) lining up as captain of Norway in 2012

After playing 12 matches on the under-21 national team,[18] he made his debut for the senior national team as a defensive midfielder in a 1–0 win against Austria on 20 November 2002.[19] After the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying, national team coach Åge Hareide named Hangeland as captain instead of Vålerenga's player-coach Martin Andresen.[20] 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 scored four goals.[13][19]

International goals[edit]

Norway's goals are listed first.

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
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

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Personal life[edit]

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.[21][22]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 24 August 2014[23]
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Norway League Norwegian Cup League Cup Europe Total
2001 Viking Tippeligaen 22 0 7 0 0 0 4 0 33 0
2002 26 2 7 0 0 0 4 0 41 2
2003 26 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 32 1
2004 14 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 3
2005 26 0 3 0 0 0 10 0 39 0
Denmark League Danish Cup League Cup Europe Total
2005–06 Copenhagen Danish Superliga 13 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 14 1
2006–07 32 0 6 1 0 0 10 1 48 2
2007–08 18 2 2 0 0 0 9 0 29 2
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2007–08 Fulham Premier League 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
2008–09 37 1 5 0 1 0 0 0 43 1
2009–10 32 1 4 0 0 0 16 2 52 3
2010–11 37 6 3 1 2 0 0 0 42 7
2011–12 38 0 2 0 0 0 14 0 54 0
2012–13 35 0 3 1 1 0 0 0 39 1
2013–14 23 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 25 0
2014–15 Crystal Palace 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 1
Total Norway 114 6 23 0 0 0 18 0 155 6
Denmark 63 3 9 1 0 0 19 1 91 5
England 219 9 18 2 6 0 30 2 273 13
Career total 396 18 50 3 6 0 67 3 519 24

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Viking FK
FC Copenhagen
Fulham

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 185. ISBN 9781845966010. 
  2. ^ Fulham Player Profile
  3. ^ Fifield, Dominic (20 December 2008). "Hangeland vows to stay at Fulham in the long term". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 26 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "Hangeland Q&A". Fulham Official Website. 5 February 2008. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Guldregn over FC København" (in Danish). Ekstra Bladet. 
  6. ^ "Avis: Hangeland på vej til England" (in Danish). Bold.dk. 
  7. ^ "Hangeland Joins Fulham". Fulham FC. Retrieved 18 January 2008. 
  8. ^ "Arsenal target Brede Hangeland remains committed to Fulham". Goal. 13 August 2009. Retrieved 16 August 2009. 
  9. ^ "Brede Hangeland to remain at Fulham until 2013 after signing new deal". London: Guardian Sport. 27 November 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2009. 
  10. ^ McNulty, Phil (12 May 2010). "Atletico Madrid 2-1 Fulham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  11. ^ Ripley, Dan (15 May 2011). "PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: West Ham relegated after Wigan comeback, as Tottenham beat Liverpool to move into Europa League spot – as it happened". Daily Mail (London). 
  12. ^ "FT: Birmingham 0 Fulham 2". Sky Sports. 
  13. ^ a b "Brede Paulsen Hangeland". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  14. ^ "Hangeland's New Deal". Fulham FC. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 
  15. ^ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2647578/Brede-Hangeland-released-Fulham-Premier-League-clubs-red-alert.html
  16. ^ "Transfer news: Brede Hangeland joins Crystal Palace on one-year deal". Sky Sports. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  17. ^ Chowdhury, Saj (16 August 2014). "Arsenal 2-1 Crystal Palace". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  18. ^ "Brede Hangeland's profil". fotball.no (in Norwegian). Football Association of Norway. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  19. ^ a b c Søfting, Thomas. "Brede Hangeland on LANDSLAGET". Home.no. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  20. ^ Kvamme, Sigve (12 August 2008). "- Kan hende det blir lettere å sette meg ut". dagbladet.no (in Norwegian) (Dagbladet). Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  21. ^ Larsen, Marius Helge (11 July 2009). "Fotballkjendiser feiret nygift Brede Hangeland" [Football personalities celebrate newlywed Brede Hangeland]. Aftenposten (in Norwegian). Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  22. ^ Liew, Jonathan (7 February 2014). "Fulham defender Brede Hangeland: I'm just an ordinary guy who happens to play football". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  23. ^ "Brede Hangeland Career Stats". Soccerbase. 11 September 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 

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