Vegard Heggem

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Vegard Heggem
Vegard Heggem portrait.png
Heggem with Liverpool in 1999
Personal information
Date of birth (1975-07-13) 13 July 1975 (age 39)
Place of birth Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Right back
Youth career
1982–1991 Rennebu IL
1992–1994 Orkdal IL
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991 Rennebu IL 20? (4?)
1992–1994 Orkdal IL 68? (26?)
1995–1998 Rosenborg 57 (5)
1998–2003 Liverpool 54 (3)
National team
1995–1998 Norway U-21[1] 18 (1)
1998–2000 Norway 20 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Vegard Heggem (born 13 July 1975 in Trondheim) is a former Norway international footballer.

Club career[edit]

Heggem made his professional debut with Rosenborg on 21 April 1995 against Kongsvinger in the Norwegian Premier League.[2] He is best remembered by some for the goal in the away match against Milan in the 1996–97 UEFA Champions League when Rosenborg sensationally beat the Italian giants, thereby advancing to the Champions League quarter-finals.

After the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Heggem transferred to Liverpool for £3.5 million.[3] His first two seasons at Anfield were splendid, but he was unfortunately plagued by hamstring injuries. He was the player substituted when Steven Gerrard made his debut for the club on 29 November 1998. After being injured in the 2000 European championship he rarely appeared during the 2000–01 season, and during the next two seasons he did not appear in the lineup at all.

Heggem left Liverpool when his contract ended in the summer of 2003, and shortly thereafter retired from football.

International career[edit]

Heggem made his national team debut on 25 February 1998 against France, scoring a goal. He was selected for the 1998 FIFA World Cup squad, but spent the entire tournament as a substitute. He played in the 2000 UEFA European Football Championship, but was injured during the second group match.

Personal life[edit]

Heggem is currently the owner and manager of the salmon fishing business Aunan Lodge on the river Orkla in Sør-Trøndelag.[3] He is also an official patron of AFC Liverpool, an independent football club owned and run by Liverpool supporters. He is also a regular at Liverpool home matches, and was also at the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final in Istanbul.

In February 2012, the AGM of Rosenborg elected Vegard Heggem as a member of the board for a period of two years.

Honours[edit]

Rosenborg
Liverpool

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

[2][4]

Season Club Division League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1995 Rosenborg Tippeligaen 15 1 8 2 6 1 29 4
1996 14 1 2 0 9 2 25 3
1997 23 3 3 0 8 0 34 163
1998 5 0 2 0 0 0 7 0
Rosenborg total 57 5 15 2 23 3 95 10
1998–99 Liverpool Premier League 29 2 1 0 1 0 5 0 36 2
1999–2000 22 1 0 0 3 0 25 1
2000–01 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
Liverpool total 54 3 1 0 4 0 6 0 65 3
Career total 111 8 16 2 4 0 29 3 160 13

International[edit]

[5]

Norway national team
Year Apps Goals
1998 6 1
1999 9 0
2000 5 0
Total 20 1

International goals[edit]

[6]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 25 February 1998 Stade Vélodrome, Marseille, France  France 2–3 3–3 Friendly

Legacy[edit]

In the 2002 book Folkets Fotballbok. De største øyeblikkene (The People's Football Book. The Greatest Moments) (ISBN 82-994467-2-4), penned by sports writer Oddleiv Moe, his goal against Milan at the San Siro was named one of the twelve greatest moments in Norwegian football history. The chapter devoted to his goal was named Mirakelet på San Siro (The miracle at San Siro).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vegard Heggem. N3Sport.no. Retrieved 10 April 2013
  2. ^ a b Heggem's RBK stats (in Norwegian). Rosenborg BK. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Past players; Vegard Heggem". Liverpool FC. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Vegard Heggem's Liverpool stats. LFCHistory.net. Retrieved 10 April 2013
  5. ^ "Vegard Heggem" (in Norwegian). NFF. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Vegard Heggem". Eu-Football.info. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 

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