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Morten Gamst Pedersen (born 8 September 1981 in Vadsømarker, Finnmarkmarker) is a Norwegianmarker-Sámi footballer who currently plays for Blackburn Roversmarker as well as the Norwegian National Football Team.

Club career

Tromsø IL

Pedersen had his breakthrough in the Norwegian Premier League club Tromsø IL, scoring 7 goals in the 2004 season, before he signed with Blackburn with only half a season played by August. The fee was £1.5 million, which could rise to anything up to £2.5 million on the basis of future appearances. Gamst was required to fill the gap left by Damien Duff, who had left in July 2003 to go to Chelsea.

Blackburn

The Norwegian international made his Premier League debut in a 1–1 draw against Manchester United on August 28 2004, a match Blackburn were leading until deep into injury time. He initially struggled to make an impact in the Premier League and had lengthy period of not being selected after Graeme Souness was replaced by Mark Hughes as the Blackburn manager in September 2004. However he started the year of 2005 in style, scoring against Cardiff City on his return to side and going on to score three goals in his next three matches. He went on to finish as the clubs second top scorer for the season with eight goals. Pedersen is also known for his aerial ability.

2005–06 saw Pedersen make the left-midfield position his own and he has become well known for scoring many spectacular goals, such as a volley against Fulham in August 2005 which won BBC Match of the Day's Goal of the Month. The highlight of his Blackburn career came in September 2005 when he scored both goals in a 2–1 victory against Manchester United at Old Traffordmarker.

During the 2006–07 season, Pedersen seemingly struggled for form during the early half of the league season, but returned to form in the second half of the campaign. With new management under Paul Ince, Pedersen found himself in and out of the team but when Ince was dismissed in December and Sam Allardyce being appointed Pedersen was a constant face in the first XI providing dangerous long throws into the box to feed Chris Samba.

International career

He holds 54 cap for his country, scoring 12 goals. He received the coveted Golden Watch award given to him by the Football Association of Norway on the occasion of his 25th appearance for his country. He has become one of the first names on the team sheet for Norwaymarker.

In September 2006, in a match against Hungary, Gamst Pedersen, whose favourite player as a kid was Marco van Basten, scored a goal which was very similar to van Basten's famous goal in the final of the 1988 European Football Championship. Major newspapers Aftenposten, Dagbladet and Verdens Gang all dubbed him van Gamsten as a result of the goal.

On 12 August 2009, he scored 2 goals for Norway in a world cup qualifier against Scotland, scoring in stoppage time in both the first and second half.

Personal life

Ernst Pedersen, his father as well as a football coach, began to train him to use his left foot rather than his natural right foot in a bid to help him become a professional player, as there is less competition for left-sided roles within the sport. As a result his left foot has become his dominant foot. Morten Gamst Pederson 12

Pedersen fronts Norwegianmarker boyband The Players, alongside fellow footballers Freddy dos Santos, Raymond Kvisvik, Kristofer Hæstad and Øyvind Svenning. Released in aid of the Soccer Against Crime campaign, their first single became a hit across Scandinavia.

Club career statistics

Blackburn

(correct as of 29 October 2009)
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Blackburn Roversmarker 2004–05 19 4 3 8 4 0 0 0 0 27 8 3
2005–06 34 9 6 8 1 3 0 0 0 42 10 9
2006–07 36 6 11 6 2 1 7 0 0 49 8 12
2007–08 37 4 4 3 1 0 6 1 4 46 6 8
2008–09 33 1 8 4 0 1 0 0 0 37 1 9
2009–10 9 0 1 2 2 1 0 0 0 11 2 2
Career totals 212 35 43


International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 18 February, 2004 Windsor Parkmarker, Belfastmarker 4-1 Win Friendly
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3 13 October, 2004 Ullevaal Stadionmarker, Oslomarker 3-0 Win FIFA World Cup 2006 Qual.
4 16 November, 2004 Craven Cottagemarker, Londonmarker 2-2 Draw Friendly
5 3 September, 2005 Arena Petrolmarker, Celjemarker 3-2 Win FIFA World Cup 2006 Qual.
6 16 August, 2006 Ullevaal Stadionmarker, Oslomarker 1-1 Draw Friendly
7 2 September, 2006 Szusza Ferenc Stadiummarker, Budapestmarker 4-1 Win UEFA Euro 2008 Qual.
8 21 October, 2007 Ta' Qali Stadiummarker, Ta' Qali 4-1 Win UEFA Euro 2008 Qual.
9 28 March, 2009 Royal Bafokeng Stadiummarker, Rustenburgmarker 1-2 Loss Friendly
10 1 April, 2009 Ullevaal Stadionmarker, Oslomarker 3-2 Win Friendly
11 12 August, 2009 Ullevaal Stadionmarker, Oslomarker 4-0 Win FIFA World Cup 2010 Qual.
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References

  1. (Dagbladet) (VG), Aftenposten, 3 September 2006, pg. 34
  2. Football: The Knowledge - which footballers have released a record? | Football | guardian.co.uk
  3. Includes FA Cup, League Cup and FA Community Shield


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