Sander Berge

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Sander Berge
Personal information
Full name Sander Gard Bolin Berge[1]
Date of birth (1998-02-14) 14 February 1998 (age 22)[2]
Place of birth Bærum, Norway
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)[3]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Sheffield United
Number 32
Youth career
Asker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2014 Asker 8 (0)
2015–2017 Vålerenga 36 (0)
2017–2020 Genk 73 (4)
2020– Sheffield United 2 (0)
National team
2013 Norway U15 4 (1)
2014 Norway U16 8 (4)
2015 Norway U17 4 (0)
2015–2016 Norway U18 6 (0)
2016 Norway U19 1 (0)
2016 Norway U21 2 (0)
2017– Norway 20 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:10, 9 February 2020 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 November 2019

Sander Gard Bolin Berge (born 14 February 1998) is a Norwegian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Sheffield United.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Berge was born in Bærum, Viken.[4] He started his career playing youth football for Asker Fotball, making his senior debut in the end of the 2013 season for the team then playing in the Norwegian 2. divisjon (3rd tier). He joined top flight team Vålerenga before the 2015 season. Berge made his league debut coming off the bench against Sandefjord on 11 July 2015 and his first league start against Rosenborg, quickly establishing himself as a key player for the club.[citation needed]

On 2 January 2017, he signed a four-year contract with K.R.C. Genk. He made his first team league debut on 21 January as a substitute in the 0–1 win away against Eupen. He earned his first start and full match against Royal Excel Mouscron on 17 February in a 1–0 win at home, becoming an integral part of the team for the remaining season, which included an impressive run in the Europa League, ending in the quarter finals against Celta Vigo.[5]

Sheffield United[edit]

On 30 January 2020, Berge signed for Sheffield United, becoming their record signing in the process.[6][7] He signed on a four-and-a-half year contract.[8]

International career[edit]

Berge made his debut for Norway when he played for the under-15 team against Canada U15 on 2 May 2013. He has later represented Norway at every level up to under-21. He made his senior team debut 23 March 2017 aged 19, coming on as a substitute in the 76th minute of the Euro-qualifier against Northern Ireland.[9]

On 5 September 2019, Sander Berge scored his first international goal for Norway against Malta in the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying rounds in the 34th minute.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Sander Berge comes from a basketball playing family, with his father, Swedish mother and older brother all having played basketball at international level. His brother has also played for top flight teams Centrum Tigers and Asker Aliens.[11][12] Berge is also the grandson of Ragnar Berge who played as a left-back for Vålerenga from 1945 until 1957, and was capped once by Norway (in 1955).[13]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 9 February 2020[4]
Club Season Division League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goal Apps Goals Apps Goals
Asker 2013 2. divisjon 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2014 7 0 1 0 0 0 8 0
Total 8 0 1 0 0 0 9 0
Vålerenga 2015 Tippeligaen 11 0 2 1 0 0 13 1
2016 25 0 5 0 0 0 30 0
Total 36 0 7 1 0 0 43 1
Genk 2016–17 Belgian First Division A 9 0 2 0 6 0 17 0
2017–18 13 0 1 0 0 0 14 0
2018–19 28 0 2 0 10 2 40 2
2019–20 23 4 1 0 6 0 30 4
Total 73 4 6 0 22 2 101 6
Sheffield United 2019–20 Premier League 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Career total 119 4 14 1 22 2 155 7

International[edit]

As of match played on 18 November 2019[14]
Norway
Year Apps Goals
2017 7 0
2018 5 0
2019 8 1
Total 20 1

International goals[edit]

Norway score listed first, score column indicates score after each Berge goal.[14]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 5 September 2019 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Norway  Malta 1–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2020 qualification

Honours[edit]

Genk

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Updated squad lists for 2019/20 Premier League". Premier League. 6 February 2020. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  2. ^ "Sander Berge". ESPN. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  3. ^ "Sander Berge: Overview". Premier League. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d "S. Berge: Summary". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
  5. ^ https://www.whoscored.com/Players/321020/Fixtures/Sander-Berge
  6. ^ "Twitter". mobile.twitter.com. Retrieved 2020-01-30.
  7. ^ "Record signing arrives at the Lane". www.sufc.co.uk. Retrieved 2020-01-30.
  8. ^ Media, P. A. (2020-01-30). "Sheffield United break club transfer record to sign Sander Berge from Genk". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-02-04.
  9. ^ Fotballforbund, Norges. "Sander Gard Bolin Berge - Profil". fotball.no - Norges Fotballforbund.
  10. ^ "Norway-Malta". UEFA. 5 September 2019. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
  11. ^ AS, TV 2. "- Til tider har jeg pushet Sander litt for hardt".
  12. ^ https://www.vg.no/sport/fotball/landslaget/sander-berge-og-storebroren-storspiller-i-hver-sin-idrett/a/24149144/
  13. ^ I bestefars fotspor Archived 2016-02-01 at the Wayback Machine, Vålerenga Fotball (10 February 2015) (in Norwegian)
  14. ^ a b "Sander Berge statistics". National Football Teams. Retrieved 6 June 2018.

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