Daniel Berg Hestad
Hestad training with Molde in 2013
|Date of birth||30 July 1975|
|Place of birth||Molde, Norway|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Central Midfielder|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 February 2015.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 March 2008
Daniel Berg Hestad (born 30 July 1975) is a retired Norwegian footballer, who played as a central midfielder, most notably for Molde. He is the player with most matches for Molde, and currently holds the record for most matches in Tippeligaen. He is three time Norwegian league champion, and four times Norwegian cup champion. He retired from football after playing the Europa League game against Sevilla which Molde won 1-0, the 25th of February 2016, in his 900th match for Molde.
Berg Hestad debuted for Molde in the Tippeligaen match against Start on 23 May 1993, and has since played more than 700 first team matches for this team, which is a club record. With 350 Tippeliga-matches, he is the player with second most matches in Tippeligaen, only beaten by Roar Strand. In 2003 he moved to Dutch team SC Heerenveen, where he played two seasons, returning to Molde in the summer of 2005. Hestad was five times runner-up in Tippeligaen with Molde (1995, 1998, 1999, 2002 and 2009) before he finally could lift the trophy as captain of the 2011 Champions.
After winning two straight Tippeligaen titles, it was speculated whether Berg Hestad would retire. He did however sign a new one-year-contract ahead of the 2013 season. He was one of Molde's best players during the season, and in September 2013 he told the club that he would sign a new contract for one more year if the offer was good enough. When he signed a new one-year extension in November 2013, the manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær stated that Berg Hestad would be a part of Molde's coaching staff during the 2014 season. Hestad became the oldest goalscorer in the European competitions on 5 November 2015, when he scored in a Europa League match against Celtic aged 40 years and 99 days.
Hestad has 8 caps for the Norwegian national team, between 1998 and 2003, as well as a multitude of junior and youth internationals. In 1998, he was a part of the Norwegian U-21 team, that won bronze medals in 1998 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship. In the final qualifier before said tournament he captained the Norwegian side against a French side containing Thierry Henry, David Trezeguet, Patrick Vieira and Ludovic Giuly. Berg Hestad scored the third goal for Norway to put them up 0-3 in Valenciennes. Norway ended up winning 2-3 and qualified.
Hestad comes from a long line of Molde players. His father Stein Olav Hestad held the club record for most first-team appearances of all-time, before this was beaten by Daniel. His uncles Harry Hestad, Odd Berg and Jan Berg also played many years at the club. His brother, Peter Berg Hestad, also played there a few years.
He married Trude Vik in 2006, with whom he has two sons, Tobias and Jonathan.
In 2000 he served time in prison for driving under the influence. This incident occurred during Molde's Christmas party after Berg Hestad was informed of the hospitalisation of his wife and their infant baby. Both were in a critical state and in a moment of poor judgement, Berg Hestad got in his car to drive to the hospital, only to crash after a few hundred meters.
- As of match played 25 February 2016
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