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Erik Huseklepp
Personal information
Full name Erik André Huseklepp[1]
Date of birth 5 September 1984 (1984-09-05) (age 25)
Place of birth    Bærum, Norway
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Forward, Right winger
Club information
Current club Brann
Number 13
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
2004 - 2005
2005 -
Fyllingen
Brann
57 (6)[2]
90 (19)   
National team2
2005 - 2006
2008 -
Norway U21
Norway
08 (1)[3]
07 (1)[3]

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 1 November 2009.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 13 August 2009.
* Appearances (Goals)

Erik André Huseklepp (born 5 September 1984) is a Norwegian forward who currently plays for Brann.

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Early life

He was born in Bærum but raised in Bergen. At the age of 18 he played youth football for Fyllingen, but left because he was not given a place in the junior squad. After two seasons in Vadmyra, where he played both junior and senior football, he returned to Fyllingen, this time in the senior team.[4] He played in the Norwegian Second Division in 2004 and the first half of 2005, but was signed by Brann on 10 August. He scored nineteen seconds into his first league match as a starter, and subsequently became a first team regular. His father Ingvald Huseklepp played four seasons for Brann in the 1970s.

Playing Style

He is a quick right winger possessing dribbling skills; but can play as a striker too. He lacks the finishing skills required for a striker; however makes lots of chance in the process. He has a skill to outrun full backs and chip the ball over goal keeper.

Professional career

In 2006, Huseklepp had a hard time making the first team, only starting 6 games in the Premier League and being substituted in all of them. The 2007 season was much the same, with Brann coach Mons Ivar Mjelde preferring to use Huseklepp as an impact player, taking on tiring defenders in the closing stages of the game. Erik Huseklepp signalled that he would not sign a new contract with SK Brann, and as he has made himself a name as a flamboyant and technically gifted winger, a number of clubs were interested in signing the player.[5] However, in November 2007 Huseklepp signed a new contract with Brann for three more years. The team became league champions that year. His form in 2009/2010 season have been outstanding: 15 goals and 10 assists from 30 matches and many clubs including Liverpool have reportedly been trying to sign him.

On 12 August 2009, he scored his first International goal in the 60th minute of the 4–0 victory over Scotland, after strike partner John Carew had hit both posts. He was awarded Man of the match by the viewers in his international debut which he played from the start.[6] Huseklepp was the first player hailing from Bergen since 1963 to score for the national team.[4]

Honours

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Norway

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 12 August 2009 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo  Scotland 4 – 0 Win World Cup 2010 qualifying

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