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|Full name||Daniel Omoya Braaten|
|Date of birth||25 May 1982|
|Place of birth||Oslo, Norway|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 June 2015.
Daniel Omoya Braaten (born 25 May 1982) is a Norwegian footballer, who currently playes for the Norwegian club Vålerenga. Braaten has been capped 52 times for the Norway national football team. He usually plays as a winger.
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. 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.
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.
After a tough season in England, Braaten signed a three-year contract with French side Toulouse on 25 June 2008. 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. 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.
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. At the end of the seasong Braaten left Copenhagen without a new contract.
On the 9. February 2015 he signed a one-year deal with Kjetil Rekdal and Vålerenga in the Norwegian Tippeliga after almost eight months as a free agent. He scored his first goal for his new club away versus Sandefjord FK on his birthday, 25 May.
After playing four matches for Norway U18 in 2000, and two matches for Norway U21 in 2003, 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.
- Score and Result lists Norway's goals first
|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|
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Correct as of 21 June 2015
(Correct as of 7 February 2013)
- Tippeligaen: 2
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