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 23)[2]
Place of birth Bærum, Norway
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)[3]
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Sheffield United
Number 8
Youth career
Asker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2014 Asker 2 15 (0)
2013–2014 Asker 8 (0)
2015 Vålerenga 2 11 (0)
2015–2017 Vålerenga 36 (0)
2017–2020 Genk 84 (4)
2020– Sheffield United 35 (3)
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 24 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:45, 14 September 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:45, 30 May 2021 (UTC)

Sander Gard Bolin Berge (born 14 February 1998) is a Norwegian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for EFL Championship 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. 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 Premier League club Sheffield United, becoming the club's record signing.[6][7] He signed on a four-and-a-half year contract.[8] On 2 July, Berge scored his first goal for Sheffield United in a 3–1 win against Tottenham Hotspur.[9]

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.[10]

On 5 September 2019, Berge scored his first international goal for Norway against Malta in the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying rounds in the 34th minute.[11]

Personal life[edit]

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.[12][13] 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).[14]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 14 September 2021
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup[b] Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goal Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Asker 2 2013[1] 3. divisjon 10 0 10 0
2014[1] 3. divisjon 5 0 5 0
Total 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
Asker 2013[1] 2. divisjon 1 0 0 0 1 0
2014[1] 2. divisjon 7 0 1 0 8 0
Total 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Vålerenga 2 2015[1] 2. divisjon 11 0 11 0
Vålerenga 2015[1] Tippeligaen 11 0 2 1 13 1
2016[1] Tippeligaen 25 0 5 0 30 0
Total 36 0 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 43 1
Genk 2016–17[4] Belgian First Division A 19 0 2 0 6[c] 0 27 0
2017–18[4] Belgian First Division A 14 0 1 0 15 0
2018–19[4] Belgian First Division A 28 0 2 0 10[c] 2 40 2
2019–20[4] Belgian First Division A 23 4 1 0 6[d] 0 1[e] 0 30 4
Total 84 4 6 0 0 0 22 2 1 0 113 6
Sheffield United 2019–20[15] Premier League 14 1 2 0 16 1
2020–21[16] Premier League 15 1 0 0 1 0 16 1
2021–22[17] Championship 6 1 0 0 0 0 6 1
Total 35 3 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 38 3
Career total 189 7 16 1 1 0 22 2 1 0 229 10
  1. ^ Includes Norwegian Football Cup, Belgian Cup, FA Cup
  2. ^ Includes EFL Cup
  3. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  4. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  5. ^ Appearance in Belgian Super Cup

International[edit]

As of match played on 14 October 2020[18]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Norway 2017 7 0
2018 5 0
2019 8 1
2020 4 0
Total 24 1
As of match played on 14 October 2020. Norway score listed first, score column indicates score after each Berge goal.[18]
List of international goals scored by Sander Berge
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1 5 September 2019 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Norway 15  Malta 1–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2020 qualification [19]

Honours[edit]

Genk

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Sander Gard Bolin Berge: Klubbstatistikk" [Sander Gard Bolin Berge: Club statistics] (in Norwegian). Norwegian Football Federation. Retrieved 30 May 2021.
  2. ^ "Sander Berge: Overview". ESPN. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  3. ^ "Sander Berge: Overview". Premier League. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "S. Berge: Summary". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 30 May 2021.
  5. ^ https://www.whoscored.com/Players/321020/Fixtures/Sander-Berge
  6. ^ "Twitter". Sheffield United F.C. Retrieved 2020-01-30 – via Twitter.
  7. ^ "Record signing arrives at the Lane". Sheffield United F.C. Retrieved 2020-01-30.
  8. ^ "Sheffield United break club transfer record to sign Sander Berge from Genk". The Guardian. 2020-01-30. Retrieved 2020-02-04.
  9. ^ "Sheffield United 3-1 Tottenham: Blades end losing run to strengthen top six bid". BBC Sport. 2020-07-02. Retrieved 2020-07-03.
  10. ^ "Sander Gard Bolin Berge - Profil". Norwegian Football Federation.
  11. ^ "Norway-Malta". UEFA. 5 September 2019. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
  12. ^ AS, TV 2. "- Til tider har jeg pushet Sander litt for hardt".
  13. ^ "Sander Berge og storebroren storspiller i hver sin idrett".
  14. ^ I bestefars fotspor Archived 2016-02-01 at the Wayback Machine, Vålerenga Fotball (10 February 2015) (in Norwegian)
  15. ^ "Games played by Sander Berge in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 30 May 2021.
  16. ^ "Games played by Sander Berge in 2020/2021". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 30 May 2021.
  17. ^ "Games played by Sander Berge in 2021/2022". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 August 2021.
  18. ^ a b "Sander Gard Bolin Berge: Landslagstatistikk" [Sander Gard Bolin Berge: National team statistics] (in Norwegian). Norwegian Football Federation. Retrieved 30 May 2021.
  19. ^ "Norway vs. Malta 2–0: Summary". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 30 May 2021.

External links[edit]

  • Profile at the Sheffield United F.C. website