Daniel Braaten

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Daniel Braaten
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Braaten in 2013
Personal information
Full name Daniel Omoya Braaten
Date of birth (1982-05-25) 25 May 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Oslo, Norway
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Free agent
Youth career
0000–2000 Skeid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2004 Skeid 102 (22)
2004–2007 Rosenborg 63 (12)
2007–2008 Bolton Wanderers 6 (1)
2008–2013 Toulouse 157 (13)
2013–2014 F.C. Copenhagen 23 (1)
National team
2003–2004 Norway U21 2 (0)
2004– Norway 51 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21 November 2014

Daniel Omoya Braaten (born 25 May 1982) is a Norwegian footballer, who currently is unattached. He most recently played for Danish Superliga side F.C. Copenhagen. Braaten has been capped 50 times for the Norway national football team. He plays as a winger

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Braaten while playing for Rosenborg

Born in Oslo, with his family originally from Nigeria, Braaten started his career in his native Norway, first with Skeid before joining giants Rosenborg BK. Before signing for Rosenborg, Braaten had attracted interest from various clubs in Norway and abroad, and had a trial with French side RC Lens in late 2003 with Daniel Fredheim Holm.[1] Braaten had however trained with Rosenborg as early as autumn 2002, but was still in contract with Skeid, before signing in 2004 for approximately £250,000.

Braaten had become one of the most profiled players of the Norwegian Premier League, through his colourful, untraditional and artistic playing style. He had become known especially for his individual technical skills and physical strength, and as a player who did unexpected things on the field, surprising both opposing players as well as the audience. He was famous not only for his pace, but also for his usage of the seal dribble, an incredibly difficult trick involving running while bouncing (and controlling) the ball on top of the head.

Bolton Wanderers[edit]

On 3 August 2007 Braaten signed for Bolton Wanderers for a reported fee of £450,000 and scored his first goal in English football just over three weeks later, netting the final goal in Bolton's 3–0 win over Reading.[2]

Toulouse[edit]

After a tough season in England, Braaten signed a three-year contract with French side Toulouse on 25 June 2008.[3] He was included as part of the deal which saw Johan Elmander move to Bolton. He scored his first league goal in Toulouse's 4–1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain.[4] He performed a unique celebration by spinning on his back while spinning upwards at the same time after scoring his first goal for the club.

F.C Copenhagen[edit]

After being a free agent after being released by Toulouse in July 2013, Braaten signed a one-year long deal with Danish side FC Copenhagen on 2 September 2013. He got the shirt number 22.

International career[edit]

Braaten (right) playing for Norway in a May 2012 friendly match

After playing four matches for Norway U18 in 2000, and two matches for Norway U21 in 2003,[5] Braaten made his debut for Norway on 22 January 2004 in a friendly match against Sweden, when playing for Skeid in Adeccoligaen, the second-tier league in Norway. His first international goal came against Estonia, in a Friendly match on 20 April 2005, a game Norway won 2–1. As of February 2013, he has been capped 45 times for Norway, scoring three goals.[6]

International goals[edit]

Score and Result lists Norway's goals first
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 20 April 2005 A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia  Estonia 1–0 2–1 Friendly
2. 6 June 2007 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Norway  Hungary 2–0 4–0 UEFA Euro 2008 qualification
3. 11 June 2013 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Norway  Macedonia 2–0 2–0 Friendly
4. 15 October 2013 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Norway  Iceland 1–1 1–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
Source:[6]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Correct as of 16 March 2014

Club Division Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Skeid Adeccoligaen 2000 12 0 0 0 12 0
2001 28 3 0 0 28 3
2002 26 4 2 1 28 5
2003 22 6 5 2 27 8
2004 14 9 1 0 15 9
Total 102 22 8 3 110 25
Rosenborg Tippeligaen 2004 10 5 0 0 8 1 18 6
2005 19 2 0 0 8 1 27 3
2006 19 3 4 0 2 0 25 3
2007 15 2 4 0 0 0 19 2
Total 63 12 8 0 18 2 89 14
Bolton Premier League 2007–08 6 1 3 0 5 0 14 1
Total 6 1 3 0 5 0 14 1
Toulouse Ligue 1 2008–09 30 1 5 1 0 0 35 2
2009–10 32 4 5 0 7 1 44 5
2010–11 32 5 1 0 0 0 33 5
2011–12 31 1 1 0 0 0 32 1
2012–13 32 2 0 0 0 0 32 2
Total 157 13 12 1 7 1 176 15
Copenhagen Superliga 2013–14 12 1 0 0 4 1 16 1
Total 12 0 0 0 4 1 16 1
Career Total 340 48 31 4 34 4 405 56

National team[edit]

(Correct as of 7 February 2013)[5]

National team Season Apps Goals
Norway 2004 2 0
2005 5 1
2006 4 0
2007 4 1
2008 2 0
2009 8 0
2010 2 0
2011 6 0
2012 9 0
2013 3 1
2014 2 0
Total 45 3

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Rosenborg[7]
2004, 2006

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Cheese, Caroline (25 August 2007). "Bolton 3–0 Reading". BBC News. 
  3. ^ Hareide glad for Braaten-overgang | adressa.no
  4. ^ Toulouse v. PSG Match Report
  5. ^ a b "Daniel Omoya Braaten's profil". fotball.no (in Norwegian). Football Association of Norway. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Søfting, Thomas. "Daniel Braaten" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 12 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "Mestvinnende spillere" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 

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