Lars-Christopher Vilsvik

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Lars Christopher Vilsvik
Personal information
Full name Lars Christopher Vilsvik
Date of birth (1988-10-18) 18 October 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth West Berlin, West Germany
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Strømsgodset
Number 26
Youth career
1994–1998 Tennis Borussia Berlin
1998–2006 Lichterfelder FC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2010 Lichterfelder FC 79 (18)
2010– Strømsgodset 182 (21)
National team
2012– Norway 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 November 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 January 2013

Lars Christopher Vilsvik (born 18 October 1988) is a Norwegian footballer who plays as a defender for the Tippeligaen side Strømsgodset. Vilsvik, who has a German mother and a Norwegian father, grew up in Germany where he played for the amateur sides Tennis Borussia Berlin and Lichterfelder FC. In 2010, he made his professional debut in Norway with Strømsgodset. Being eligible to play for both Norway and Germany, Vilsvik made his debut for the Norwegian national team in 2012.

Career[edit]

Club career[edit]

Vilsvik was born in West Berlin[1] to a Norwegian father and a German mother,[2] and began his football career as a 6-year old for the club Tennis Borussia Berlin, where he played with his good friend Jérôme Boateng.[3]

Lichterfelder FC[edit]

When he was 16 years old he began playing for the German fifth-tier club Lichterfelder FC. He played half a season as a junior for the club, before he as the youngest player (17) was promoted to the first team, where he played for four years. He also had trials at Rosenborg BK,[2] Hamburger SV[4] and Eintracht Braunschweig.[5]

Strømsgodset[edit]

In November 2009, Vilsvik was on trial for the Norwegian club Strømsgodset, and impressed the coach and sports director enough to get a three-year contract.[6] His first months in the club was spent playing at the reserve team, until he got a few chances on the first team as a left back. In the summer of 2010, he did a couple of strong performances in a row, and was highly praised by the coach and the fans. He is currently a regular in Strømsgodset's team.

International career[edit]

With both a German and Norwegian citizenship, Vilsvik was eligible to represent both his mother's and father's country.[7]

In November 2011 he was called up in the Norway squad, for their game with Wales as a replacement for Tom Høgli.[8] Vilsvik made his debut for the national team in January 2012 for the Kings Cup in Thailand, where he played his first two international matches. He was again called up for the national team for in June 2012 as a replacement for Jonathan Parr, and with Vilsvik's teammate Kim André Madsen also in the squad, Strømsgodset had two players in the Norwegian squad for the first time since 1970.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 4 November 2016[1]
Season Club Division League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2010 Strømsgodset Tippeligaen 22 2 7 0 29 2
2011 27 2 3 0 2 0 32 2
2012 30 3 5 1 35 4
2013 26 5 1 1 3 0 30 6
2014 25 2 3 0 2 0 30 2
2015 24 4 3 0 6 2 33 6
2016 28 3 5 1 2 0 35 4
Career Total 182 21 27 3 15 2 224 26

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Lars-Christopher Vilsvik". altomfotball.no (in Norwegian). TV 2. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Realiserte en felles drøm". touch.dt.no (in Norwegian). Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Godset-Vilsvik barndomsvenn med Tyskland-stjerne". vg.no (in Norwegian). Verdens Gang. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Vilsvik zum Probetraining beim HSV". die-fans.de (in German). Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Bunoza und Vilsvik heute bei Eintracht im Probetraining". braunschweiger-zeitung.de (in German). Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Vilsvik fra Norge-tvil til landslagsjubel" (in Norwegian). VG. 8 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "Anruf vom Onkel". tagesspiegel.de (in German). Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Høgli melder forfall - Vilsvik inn i troppen" (in Norwegian). VG. 8 November 2011. 
  9. ^ Hoff, Jørgen B. (1 June 2012). "Dette har ikke skjedd på landslaget siden 1970" (in Norwegian). Dagbladet. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 

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