Håvard Nordtveit

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Håvard Nordtveit
2012-07 Nordtveit.jpg
Nordtveit in July 2012
Personal information
Full name Håvard Nordtveit[1]
Date of birth (1990-06-21) 21 June 1990 (age 27)
Place of birth Vats, Norway
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder / Defender
Club information
Current team
1899 Hoffenheim
Number 6
Youth career
1997–2003 Vats 94
2003–2005 Skjold
2006 Haugesund
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Haugesund 10 (0)
2007–2011 Arsenal 0 (0)
2008 Salamanca (loan) 3 (0)
2009 Lillestrøm (loan) 17 (0)
2009–2010 1. FC Nürnberg (loan) 19 (0)
2011–2016 Borussia Mönchengladbach 152 (10)
2016–2017 West Ham United 16 (0)
2017– 1899 Hoffenheim 5 (0)
National team
2006 Norway U16 10 (1)
2007 Norway U17 7 (0)
2007–2008 Norway U18 4 (3)
2007–2009 Norway U19 14 (0)
2008–2013 Norway U21 24 (1)
2011– Norway 38 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:47, 24 August 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:13, 14 November 2017 (UTC)

Håvard Nordtveit (HAW-var NOOR-tveyt, born 21 June 1990) is a Norwegian professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for 1899 Hoffenheim and the Norway national team.[2]

Club career[edit]

Norway[edit]

Nordtveit began his career as a youth in Norway with Vats 94 and Skjold. On 20 August 2006 he became the youngest player ever to play for Haugesund,[3] as he was selected for the starting line-up in a 2–0 victory against Sogndal at Haugesund Stadium. He made nine league appearances during the following season for Haugesund in the Norwegian First Division.[4] That season he also appeared in the Norwegian Football Cup, being in the starting line up in the 1–6 victory against Djerv 1919 (1st round),[5] and coming on in the 33rd minute in a 4–0 victory over Løv-Ham scoring one goal (third round).[6] Haugesund went all the way to the final.

Arsenal[edit]

Arsène Wenger travelled to Norway on 11 June 2007 to watch an Adeccoligaen match and begin negotiations to sign Nordtveit.[7] The members of the FKH board stated that the club had rejected Arsenal's initial bid. The player himself said that his club was asking for a "supernaturally high" transfer fee. The price being quoted in the Norwegian media was 20 million Norwegian kroner [8] (approximately £1.7 million at the time). A transfer fee was later finalized on 3 July 2007 for £500,000 initially, rising to £2m after 40 first team appearances.

Haugesund captain Kevin Nicol and former Norway coach Nils Johan Semb praised him as the brightest defensive talent in Europe.[9]

He made his Arsenal debut in their first pre-season friendly against Barnet on 14 July 2007. He came on after half-time, replacing Kerrea Gilbert. He was named captain of Arsenal's reserve squad for the first match of the 2007–08 FA Premier Reserve League season; in an interview with Arsenal.com, Nordtveit said he was "honoured" to have been named captain, and that he hoped to continue in that role in the future.

In the final game of the 2007–08 season he was named on the substitutes' bench against Sunderland and given the shirt number 55.

2008–09 season[edit]

On 18 August 2008, Salamanca — Arsenal's Spanish link club — signed him on a six-month loan for the 2008–09 season to play in the Segunda División along with another young Arsenal player, Pedro Botelho. He came off the bench to make his debut for UD Salamanca as they drew with Sevilla Atlético in the second fixture of the season.

Arsenal recalled him on 29 October, after becoming unhappy with the amount of playing time the Norwegian had received in recent weeks.[10] However, he was not eligible for playing matches until 1 January 2009. On 21 January, he finally made his first appearance for the reserves since spending time on-loan at UD Salamanca, in a 2–2 draw against the Stoke City reserves. On 10 March 2009, Norwegian Premier League outfit Lillestrøm signed Nordtveit on loan until 1 August 2009.[11]

Nordtveit joined Lillestrøm on a loan deal in March 2009, until 1 August, the same year. He made his debut in the Norwegian Premier League in Lillestrøm's season opener away against Stabæk as a right fullback, a role which he retained for the remainder of his time with the Norwegian side.

2009–10 season[edit]

On 28 July 2009, 1. FC Nürnberg agreed a one-year loan deal for the Norwegian defender from Arsenal.[12] Despite being a centre-back, his primary role at Nürnberg was in the defensive midfield position.[13]

Borussia Mönchengladbach[edit]

On 30 December 2010, Nordtveit joined Borussia Mönchengladbach on a three-and-a-half-year contract, the transfer fee was £800,000.[14] He made his competitive debut for the club on 15 January 2011 in their Bundesliga match against Nürnberg.[citation needed] In April 2011, Nordtveit scored his first goal in Germany, against 1. FC Köln in a 5–1 victory for Borussia Mönchengladbach.[citation needed] He was used mostly as a defensive midfielder, and established himself as a key player for Gladbach, taking the departed Michael Bradley's place in the squad.[citation needed]

West Ham United[edit]

On 16 May 2016, it was announced that Nordtveit would be joining West Ham United on 1 July 2016 on a five-year contract. He made his official debut for the Hammers on 28 July in a 2–1 defeat to NK Domžale in the first leg of a Europa League qualifying match, playing the full 90 minutes.

Hoffenheim[edit]

On 20 June 2017, West Ham announced that Nordtveit had signed for German side 1899 Hoffenheim, for an undisclosed fee.[15]

International career[edit]

Nordtveit was a regular for the Norway U-17 in qualifying and they barely missed out on a place at the 2007 European Championships. After that he was promoted to the U-19 squad and was ever-present during the 2009 European Championship qualifying, scoring twice, but once again Norway did not make it past the elite qualification stage. He has been a regular for the U-21 team in the 2011 European Championship qualifying campaign.[16] He made his first international appearance on 7 June 2011, in a friendly game against Lithuania. Nordtveit scored his first goal for the national team when he scored Norway's first goal in the friendly match against Northern Ireland on 29 February 2012, which Norway won 3–0.[17] Nordtveit later became a regular in the senior squad, but in October 2012 he was suspended from playing the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Cyprus due to yellow cards.[18] Nordtveit was instead called up for the under-21 side where he played an important role in the 5–3 win against France U21 when Norway qualified for the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.[19]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Norway's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref
1. 29 February 2012 Windsor Park, Belfast  Northern Ireland 1–0 3–0 Friendly [17]
2. 16 November 2014 Bakcell Arena, Baku  Azerbaijan 1–0 1–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualification [20]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 14 October 2017 [21]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season Division League National Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Haugesund 2006 First Division 1 0 0 0 1 0
2007 First Division 9 0 2 1 11 1
Haugesund total 10 0 2 1 12 1
Arsenal 2007–08 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arsenal total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Salamanca (loan) 2008–09 Segunda División 3 0 0 0 3 0
Lillestrøm (loan) 2009 Tippeligaen 17 0 4 0 21 0
Nürnberg (loan) 2009–10 Bundesliga 19 0 1 0 20 0
Borussia Mönchengladbach 2010–11 Bundesliga 16 1 0 0 16 1
2011–12 Bundesliga 31 1 5 0 36 1
2012–13 Bundesliga 31 1 2 1 9[a] 0 42 2
2013–14 Bundesliga 21 1 0 0 21 1
2014–15 Bundesliga 21 2 1 0 5[b] 1 27 3
2015–16 Bundesliga 31 4 2 0 6[c] 0 39 4
Mönchengladbach total 151 10 10 1 20 1 181 12
West Ham United 2016–17 Premier League 16 0 1 0 1 0 3[b] 0 21 0
West Ham United total 16 0 1 0 1 0 3 0 21 0
Hoffenheim 2017–18 Bundesliga 6 0 1 0 0 0 4[d] 0 11 0
Hoffenheim total 6 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 11 0
Career total 222 10 19 2 1 0 27 1 269 13
  1. ^ Two appearances in the Champions League and seven in the Europa League
  2. ^ a b Appearances in the Europa League
  3. ^ Appearances in the Champions League
  4. ^ Two appearances in the Champions League and two in the Europa League

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Squads for 2016/17 Premier League confirmed". Premier League. 1 September 2016. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 
  2. ^ Hornung, Christian (29 December 2010). "Stranzl und Nordtveit sind endlich Borussen" (in German). Bild. Retrieved 30 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Slipper Nordtveit til landslaget". Haugesund Avis. 22 August 2006. Archived from the original on 4 February 2009. Retrieved 15 March 2009. 
  4. ^ "Nordtveit factfile – Norwegian & International Statistics of Football". Nifs.no. Retrieved 15 March 2009. 
  5. ^ "Djerv 1919 - Haugesund". altomfotball. TV 2. 20 May 2007. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Match Statistics – Norwegian & International Statistics of Football". Nifs.no. 27 June 2007. Retrieved 15 March 2009. 
  7. ^ Kvindesland, Sten Christian. "Arsene Wenger overvåket Håvard Nordtveit, og Haugesunds hjemmeseier" (in Norwegian). FotballMagasinet.no. Archived from the original on 4 February 2009. Retrieved 15 March 2009. 
  8. ^ Øystein Eide (30 April 2008). "Er ikke 20 millioner nok?". Haugesunds Avis. Archived from the original on 4 February 2009. Retrieved 15 March 2009. 
  9. ^ "Håvard Nordtveit, Brightest Defensive Talent In Europe?". Youngguns.wordpress.com. 19 February 2008. Archived from the original on 4 March 2009. Retrieved 15 March 2009. 
  10. ^ Nilsson, Ørjan (30 October 2008). "Blir i Arsenal til jul" (in Norwegian). Nettavisen.no. Retrieved 15 March 2009. 
  11. ^ Adams, Tom (10 March 2009). "Another Young Gun goes on loan". Setanta Sports. Archived from the original on 14 March 2009. Retrieved 10 March 2009. 
  12. ^ "Havard Nordtveit kommt zum Club" (in German). sport.msn.de. 28 July 2009. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  13. ^ Harris, Chris (3 August 2010). "Nordtveit – I can follow in Bould's footsteps". arsenal.com. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  14. ^ Harris, Chris (31 December 2010). "Wenger — Why I will let Nordtveit". Arsenal F.C. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  15. ^ "Havard Nordtveit signs for Hoffenheim". West Ham United. 20 June 2017. Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  16. ^ "U21-TROPP TIL EM-KVALIK I SERBIA" (in Norwegian). fotball.no. 2 November 2009. Archived from the original on 2 August 2012. 
  17. ^ a b "Sterk sluttspurt sikret Norge-seier". tv2.no (in Norwegian). TV 2. 29 February 2012. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  18. ^ Askeland, Øyvind; Øgar, Sindre (15 October 2012). "Nordtveit klar for U21-landskamp mot Frankrike" (in Norwegian). Verdens Gang. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  19. ^ Askeland, Øyvind (17 October 2012). "Nordtveit trodde EM røk da Frankrike reduserte" (in Norwegian). Verdens Gang. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  20. ^ "Azerbaijan beaten as Havard Nordtveit earns Norway third straight victory". ESPN FC. 16 November 2014. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  21. ^ Håvard Nordtveit at Soccerway. Retrieved 16 October 2017.

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