Pedersen with Norway U-21 in 2011
|Date of birth||8 June 1990|
|Place of birth||Hamar, Norway|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|2012||→ Vålerenga (loan)||15||(8)|
|2012–2013||→ Odense (loan)||24||(7)|
|2013–2014||→ Barnsley (loan)||18||(2)|
|* 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 13 November 2015
He played in his first senior match for HamKam at the age of 14, in a friendly game. In the spring of 2006, he was invited to a trial with Liverpool, but failed to impress, which Pedersen later attributed to an attack of mononucleosis that was identified after he returned home.
In 2007, he was part of the HamKam squad that was promoted to Tippeligaen. He made his debut for HamKam against Skeid on 9 April 2007, and featured in three other matches that season. He made his Tippeliga debut, and scored his first professional goal in the 2–1 victory against Rosenborg on 9 July 2008, making him the match winner. Injuries prevented him of getting more than 5 games in his second senior season.
On 1 January 2009 Pedersen signed for Strømsgodset on a free transfer, after his contract with HamKam ended. He cited the need for a change in surroundings as part of why he signed for a new club. He played his first match in Tippeligaen for Strømsgodset on 15 March 2009 against Start. The match ended 3–3 in with Pedersen scoring two of the goals. He scored another two goals on 2 June 2009 in a 2–1 victory against Brann. Altogether, he scored 10 goals in 24 matches in the 2009 season, making him the top goal scorer for his club that year.
The 2010 season started very well for Pedersen. Playing alongside another young talent, Jo Inge Berget helped Pedersen to score seven goals 16 matches in 2010, and was second on the top-scorer list in Tippeligaen. He suffered an injury during a game a few weeks before the transfer-windows closed, and a transfer seemed unlikely, until Vitesse showed concrete interest in him.
On 30 August 2010, he was sold from Strømsgodset to Vitesse Arnhem for about 12 million NOK, and signed a 4-year contract with the club. Only six weeks later, Vitesse manager Theo Bos was sacked, and was replaced by Albert Ferrer. Pedersen made his debut for the club on 24 October 2010, in the 1–4 defeat against Utrect. He scored his first goal only two minutes after coming on as a substitute. In the next match, on 14 November 2010, he scored two goals for Vitesse in a 5–1 victory over Venlo. He played a total of 16 league matches and scored five goals for the club in his first season, but featured only 5 times in the starting lineup. Vitesse barely avoided relegation in the 2010–11 Eredivisie and manager Albert Ferrer was replaced by John van den Brom. The new manager did not give Pedersen many chances in the 2011–12 Eredivisie. While Vitesse secured a UEFA Europa League, Pedersen only played 4 matches from the start, and came on as a substitute 5 times. He failed to score any goals.
Having struggled with various injuries, Pedersen found it difficult to hold down a spot in Vitesse's starting eleven. He was subsequently sent on loan to Norwegian club Vålerenga on 22 February 2012, and managed 8 goals in 15 league appearances until the loan-deal ended on 1 August. On 21 August 2012, he was fined by the Football Association of Norway for making homophobic remarks towards Stabæk supporters 22 July 2012.
On 11 August 2014, Pedersen was sold to Brann for an undisclosed sum, partly financed by investor Trond Mohn. He scored three goals in ten league matches for the club, but was unable to save them from relegation.
Pedersen had a gentleman's agreement with the former sports director of Brann, Roald Bruun-Hansen, that he would be sold if the club was relegated. However, the interim director Rune Soltvedt informed the striker that he was to be part of the club's plans for winning promotion the next season. During pre-season, on 4 February 2015, Pedersen tore his posterior cruciate ligament, and was injured for over three months, not playing again until 26 May 2015. He then went on to score three goals in his final eight league matches for the club.
On 13 August 2015, Brann sold Pedersen to Strømsgodset for 2 million NOK. He made his comeback debut for the club in the 1–2 away defeat against Aalesund on 14 August 2015. He scored a hat-trick against local rivals Mjøndalen IF in a 4–2 away win on 30 August 2015.
He finished his first season having scored 11 goals in 10 matches, helping his team secure the runner-up position in the 2015 Tippeligaen.
He has represented Norway at youth level from U15 to U23. He played his first match for the U21 side in August 2009, and he scored two goals for Norway U21 in the match against Hungary U21 on 28 May 2010.
He returned to the national team on 12 November 2015, coming on as a substitute in the 61st minute in Norway's 0–1 defeat to Hungary in the first leg of the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying play-offs.
- Score and Result lists Norway's goals first
|1.||15 November 2013||MCH Arena, Herning, Denmark||Denmark||1–1||1-2||Friendly|
- As of 4 November 2016
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Han kom fra Stange som 11-åring (...)
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Marcus Pedersen at Soccerway
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