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Erik Mykland
Personal information
Full name Erik Mykland
Date of birth July 21, 1971 (1971-07-21) (age 38)
Place of birth    Risør, Norway
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7+12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Drammen
Youth career
Risør FK
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1989
1989–1996
1995
1996–1997
1997–2000
2000–2001
2002–2004
2008–2009
2009–
Bryne FK
IK Start
FC Utrecht (loan)
FC Linz
Panathinaikos
1860 Munich
FC Copenhagen
IK Start
Drammen
017 0(1)
159 (11)
009 0(0)
028 0(0)
071 0(3)
026 0(0)
051 0(1)
009 0(0)
001 0(0)   
National team
1990–1991
1990–2000
Norway U21
Norway
015 0(0)
078 0(2)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 16 October 2009.
* Appearances (Goals)

Erik Mykland (born July 21, 1971 in Risør), nicknamed Myggen (mosquito, as he used to flap his arms and hands like one when celebrating his goals), is a former Norwegian footballer who currently plays for Drammen FK, as a midfielder.

A rarity in modern Norway footballers (standing at a mere 171 cms and a very technical player), Mykland amassed 78 caps and two goals for the Norwegian national team, having appeared in two FIFA World Cups, in 1994 and 1998, as well as UEFA Euro 2000.

Mykland was one of the most popular footballers in Norway, well-liked but never without controversy. His bohemian, unshaved look and relaxed lifestyle were contrasts to the growing professionalism in football.

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Club career

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IK Start

After starting his career with modest Bryne FK, Mykland was "brought home" to IK Start in 1989, for NOK 60.000, first appearing against Moss FK in Melløs Stadion, later that year, as Start finished the league in 9th place.

In 1990, Mykland was named midfielder of the year in Norway, and also made his international debut. Start finished the 1991 season third, with impressive wins over Viking FK (4-1) and Rosenborg BK (5-0). After the latter, Mykland and seven other teammates were included in the team of the week. Also this year, he was named best player of an under-21 match, as Norway trounced Italy 6-0, in Stavanger; he represented the nation in this category a total of 15 times.[1]

Move abroad

After being named the nation's player of the year in 1992, and being relegated with Start four years later, Mykland left for Austria's FC Linz (he had already served a small loan stint at FC Utrecht). Also during that year, movie producer Thomas Robsahm made a film, simply called "Myggen", which consisted in following Mykland for a whole season.[2][3]

In 1997, Mykland moved to Panathinaikos F.C. but, during his spell at the club, it failed to achieve any silverware. After a season with German League outfit TSV 1860 München (he also started 2001-02, but was released following a serious run-in with then club coach Peter Pacult),[4]he joined F.C. Copenhagen in January 2002,[5]playing very little due to injuries. He was also reportedly found drunk on the pavement asking people walking by to arm wrestle, and was also criticized for his occasional smoking. Håvard Rem wrote a book about Mykland in 2000, entitled Erik Mykland : oppvekst, livsstil, EM 2000, spillestil.

In June 2004, Mykland retired, at 33, after nearly a year out with injuries.[6] On September 8, 2006, he and several other former Norwegian internationals played an exhibition match against former Argentina stars, including Diego Maradona, Claudio Caniggia and Matias Almeyda. Argentina won 10-8.

In June 2007, Mykland helped build a football school in Risør, alongside former Start player Bernt Christian Birkeland.

Comeback

On July 9, 2008, Mykland announced his return to football, aged 36, rejoining former club IK Start, in the second level.[7][8]On September 2, he was charged with possession and use of cocaine and having a "peripheral role" in a large drug dealing network in Norway's Romerike county."[9]In June 2009, he stated that he would withdraw from his active career, after just nine games for Start.[10]However, shortly after, he changed his mind, moving to lowly Drammen FK (third level).[11]

International career

Mykland made his debut for Norway on November 7, 1990, during a 3-1 away win against Tunisia. He scored the first of his two international goals on September 8, 1992, during a 1994 World Cup qualifier against San Marino, which finished 10-0.

During the 1998 World Cup, in-between games, Mykland and fellow international Henning Berg were caught in a bar drinking. They claimed they had only had a few beers, but Berg later admitted in his biography that they actually were drunk.

In Euro 2000, Mateja Kežman of Yugoslavia was sent off after just one minute, after a dangerous tackle on Mykland.[12]

References

  1. ^ "Erik Mykland, 21.7.1971" (in Norwegian). fotball.no. Football Association of Norway. http://www.fotball.no/histstat.ASP?WCI=wiPerson&personid=243347. Retrieved 2009-05-26.  
  2. ^ Pedersen, Ole Petter. "Erik Mykland" (in Norwegian). Store norske leksikon (Kunnskapsforlaget). http://www.snl.no/Erik_Mykland. Retrieved 2009-05-26.  
  3. ^ Mykland at IMDB
  4. ^ Mykland in the cold at 1860
  5. ^ København sign Mykland and Albrechtsen
  6. ^ Mykland's future threatened by injury
  7. ^ Solholm, Rolleiv (2008-07-10). "Football: Supercomeback by Mykland" (in English). The Norway Post. http://www.norwaypost.no/cgi-bin/norwaypost/imaker?id=170761. Retrieved 2008-07-12.  
  8. ^ Sellevold, Terje (2008-07-09). ""Myggen" to Start" (in Norwegian). nrk.no. http://www.nrk.no/nyheter/distrikt/sorlandet/1.6132451. Retrieved 2008-06-09.  
  9. ^ Berglund, Nina. "Soccer star faces drugs rap" (in English). Aftenposten. http://www.aftenposten.no/english/sports/article2631229.ece. Retrieved 2008-09-02.  
  10. ^ Myggen legger opp for godt (Myggen retires for good); Dagbladet, 30 June 2009 (Norwegian)
  11. ^ Erik "Myggen" Mykland klar for DFK (Erik "Myggen" Mykland signs for DFK) (Norwegian)
  12. ^ The best and worst so far; BBC Sport, 22 June 2000

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