Kristofer Hæstad

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Kristofer Hæstad
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Personal information
Full name Kristofer Kruger Hæstad
Date of birth (1983-12-09) 9 December 1983 (age 30)
Place of birth Kristiansand, Norway
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Central midfielder
Youth career
Randesund
Vigør
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2007 Start 156 (20)
2007 Wigan Athletic (loan) 2 (0)
2008–2014 Vålerenga 147 (9)
National team
2005– Norway 27 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 June 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 January 2010

Kristofer "Doffen" Krüger Hæstad (born 9 December 1983) is a Norwegian footballer. He is a central midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Hæstad played for the youth teams of Randesund and Vigør.

Start[edit]

He was signed by Start in 2001, and debuted in the Norwegian Premier League in 2002, when the youthful Start squad only made 11 points and were relegated.

After two seasons in the First Division, Start were once again promoted in 2004, with Hæstad as one of the team's central players. Hæstad has continued in great form after the promotion, and was named player of the month by NRK in April 2005.

In July 2006, Hæstad launched a music single This Is For Real together with four other professional Norwegian footballers – Morten Gamst Pedersen, Freddy dos Santos, Raymond Kvisvik, and Øyvind Svenning. They call their band The Players.

On 25 August 2006 it was revealed that Manchester United watched the talented Norwegian during a UEFA Cup qualifying game against Drogheda United.[1] He was also rumoured to be wanted by Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, West Ham United and Leeds United.[2]

On loan at Wigan[edit]

On 29 December 2006 it was announced that Wigan Athletic had secured Hæstad on a 6 months loan contract. The Wigan boss, Paul Jewell expressed delight on signing the talented midfielder.[3] The Norwegian newspaper VG would later reveal that it not was a standard loan contract, but an intricate deal that could see Hæstad stay at Wigan until July 2010, if they pick up an option to buy him at the end of the current season.[4] Hæstad made his Premier League debut on 13 January 2007 against Chelsea,[5] but was released from his loan contract at Wigan Athletic by mutual consent on 1 April 2007.[6]

Hæstad made a scoring return for Start on his return to Norway after scoring the fourth goal in a 4–2 victory away to Aalesund

Vålerenga[edit]

On 2 January 2008, Kristofer Hæstad signed a four-year contract with Vålerenga. On 29 March 2008, Hæstad made his competitive debut for Vålerenga in the season's first game against Aalesund. After a poor first season plagued by injuries, and failing to score a goal, rumors said that he was heading away from the club,[citation needed] most likely back to his former club Start. However, he stayed at Vålerenga and had a great second season.[according to whom?] He scored his first goal against Start in a 2–3 loss. He also scored two goals against Lyn which ended 4–4.

International career[edit]

24 May 2005, Hæstad debuted for the national team in a private match against Costa Rica.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 2 June 2007 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo  Malta 4–0 Win UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying

Career statistics[edit]

As of 6 October 2013
Season Club Division League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2001 Start Adeccoligaen 8 1 0 0 8 1
2002 Tippeligaen 25 2 4 0 29 2
2003 Adeccoligaen 25 0 2 0 27 0
2004 30 9 0 0 30 9
2005 Tippeligaen 23 3 4 1 27 4
2006 22 3 3 1 25 4
2006–07 Wigan Premier League 2 0 1 0 3 0
2007 Start Tippeligaen 23 2 2 0 25 2
2008 Vålerenga 21 0 5 0 26 0
2009 28 4 5 2 33 6
2010 27 3 0 0 27 3
2011 24 0 1 0 25 0
2012 24 1 1 0 25 1
2013 23 1 4 0 27 1
2014 0 0 2 0 2 0
Career Total 305 29 34 4 339 33

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Source: Sky Sports
  2. ^ Source: BBC Sport
  3. ^ Source: BBC Sport
  4. ^ Source: VG
  5. ^ "Tactical Formation". Football-Lineups.com. Retrieved 20 January 2007. 
  6. ^ "Wigan release Norwegian Haestad". BBC Sport. 1 April 2007. Retrieved 1 April 2007. 

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