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Erik Hagen
Personal information
Full name Erik Bjørnstad Hagen
Date of birth July 20, 1975 (1975-07-20) (age 34)
Place of birth    Veme, Norway
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1+12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Hønefoss
Number 5
Youth career
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Strømsgodset IF
Zenit St. Petersburg
Wigan Athletic (loan)

42 (6)
24 (0)
112 (4)
67 (3)
1 (0)
27 (0)
0 (0)   
National team2
2004-2007 Norway 28 (3)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of November 21, 2009.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of June 6, 2007.
* Appearances (Goals)

Erik "Panzer" Hagen (born 20 July 1975) is a Norwegian international football player, formerly playing on with Hønefoss. He is a center back. During his time in Hønefoss he was labelled "Panzer" by the fans.[citation needed] Among other things he created a "hate list" of Norwegian footballers in the club magazine Vål'enga Magasin, containing among others Vidar Riseth.[1]

On 9 October 2004 Erik Hagen made his first appearance on the Norwegian national team away to Scotland at 29 years of age. Norway won 1-0. Since then, Hagen has been a regular member of the Norwegian central defence.

Hagen's won the Kniksen award as Defender of the year, and as Kniksen of the year in 2004. The Kniksen award is the highest individual award for a Norwegian footballer.

In December 2004 Erik Hagen was sold to Zenit St. Petersburg from Vålerenga, becoming the first Norwegian footballer to play in Russia. In 2005 Hagen played 28 league matches for Zenit, receiving 12 cautions. In January 2006 he was elected vice-captain by the team. On 31 January 2008 it was announced that Hagen would be joining English Premier League side Wigan Athletic, signing on loan until the end of the current season.[2] His only appearance for the first team was in the away defeat at Portsmouth.

He has a twin brother, Rune Hagen, who also plays professional football. He signed for Vålerenga at the same time as his brother.[citation needed]

On July 28, 2008 he appeared on the Vålerenga home stadium before a game against Tromsø. It was announced he has once again signed for the club, and is coming back to where his career reached new heights. According to Vålerenga he has signed a 2 1/2 year contract with the Oslo club. This was especially appreciated with Klanen, Vålerenga's official supporter club, as Hagen was one of the most popular players to play for the club.

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 1 March 2006 Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor, Dakar  Senegal 2-1 Defeat Friendly
2 17 October 2007 Asim Ferhatović Hase Stadium, Sarajevo  Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-0 Win UEFA European Championship 2008 Qual.
3 17 November 2007 Ullevaal stadion, Oslo  Turkey 1-2 Defeat UEFA European Championship 2008 Qual.


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