Per Ciljan Skjelbred
|Full name||Per Ciljan Skjelbred|
|Date of birth||16 June 1987|
|Place of birth||Trondheim, Norway|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Central midfielder|
|2013–2014||→ Hertha BSC (loan)||28||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 March 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 February 2017
Per Ciljan Skjelbred (born 16 June 1987) is a Norwegian footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for Hertha Berlin. He has previously played for Rosenborg and Hamburger SV, and has been capped 43 times playing for Norway, but has of 2017 retired from international football.
Skjelbred was born in Trondheim and started his career at local football club Trygg/Lade. He made an impression, and was selected to compete in a football talent competition entitled Proffdrømmen ("The dream being Professional Football Player") on Norwegian TV3. Skjelbred won this competition and as first prize, he got a week's training with Liverpool Liverpool offered him a contract in order to include him in their youth team, but he declined. Instead, he went to the Norwegian club Rosenborg, where he soon made an impression.
Skjelbred made his debut in Tippeligaen against Bodø/Glimt in 2004, and aged 16 years and 358 days he is the second youngest player at Rosenborg. After scoring a goal in the first match of the 2005 Champions League against Olympiacos, he was tackled in the return match at Lerkendal on 23 November by Ieroklis Stoltidis. Both bones in Skjelbred's lower leg snapped just above the ankle. Although he went in with both legs and had no chance of getting the ball, Stoltidis said he had not meant to harm Skjelbred. Skjelbred returned to football on 10 March 2006 in Rosenborg's match against Aalesund, playing the first half of the match which Rosenborg won 5–1.
Skjelbred joined the German side Hamburger SV in August 2011. After playing 268 minutes for the club in Bundesliga, Skjelbred's transfer was called a "mistake" (Bisher Fehlgriff) by Kicker in November 2011, and in November 2012 Skjelbred's name was one of five players that Hamburger SV stated they would sell when the transfer window opened in January 2013.
However, after the 2013 January transfer window closed, Skjelbred remained a Hamburger SV player. In the summer of 2013, he was loaned for one season to Hertha BSC, who in turn loaned Pierre-Michel Lasogga to Hamburg.
After a very successful loan spell at Hertha BSC (he was also voted Bundesliga Norwegian Player of the Season during this time), Skjelbred finally moved to Hertha BSC permanently, during the 2014 Summer transfer window.
On 3 September 2014 Skjelbred captained the Norwegian national side for the first time against England at Wembley. England won the match 1-0 thanks to a Wayne Rooney penalty. Per was handed the captain's armband after previous captain, Brede Hangeland retired from international football.
On 22 February 2017 Skjelbred retired from the national team.
- Score and Result lists Norway's goals first
|1.||11 June 2013||Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Norway||Macedonia||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
Skjelbred married Kristina Jørgensen in October 2012. Together they have two children Eline Sofie and Jonathan.
- Winner: 2010
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- Per Skjelbred at Fussballdaten (German)
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- "Rosenborg overlegne i superfinalen". Verdens Gang (in Norwegian). 7 March 2010. Archived from the original on 27 April 2011. Retrieved 27 April 2011.
- "2008: Stuttgart have last word". Union of European Football Associations. 1 August 2008. Archived from the original on 15 April 2011. Retrieved 15 April 2011.
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