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Lars Hirschfeld
Lars Hirschfeld
Personal information
Full name Lars Justin Hirschfeld
Date of birth October 17, 1978 (1978-10-17) (age 31)
Place of birth    Edmonton, Canada
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Vålerenga Fotball
Number 1
Youth career
1997 Edmonton Ital-Canadians
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Edmonton Drillers (indoor)
Energie Cottbus II
Calgary Storm
Vancouver Whitecaps
Calgary Storm
Tottenham Hotspur F.C.
Luton Town (loan)
Gillingham F.C. (loan)
Dundee United (loan)
Leicester City
Tromsø I.L.
Rosenborg B.K.
CFR Cluj
Energie Cottbus
Vålerenga Fotball

00 (0)
20 (0)
01 (0)
32 (0)
00 (0)
05 (0)
02 (0)
02 (0)
01 (0)
11 (0)
52 (0)
05 (0)
01 (0)
01 (0)   
National team2
2000– Canada 29 (0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 6 January 2008.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 29 November 2009.
* Appearances (Goals)

Lars Justin Hirschfeld (born on October 17, 1978 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a Canadian football goalkeeper currently playing for Vålerenga Fotball in Norway.


Club career

Hirschfeld started his career with the Edmonton Drillers, playing indoor soccer. He has also played with Energie Cottbus in Germany, Calgary Storm, and Vancouver Whitecaps[1].



In September 2002 he joined English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur, but he rarely featured for the Spurs first team, however, and went on loan to Luton Town and Gillingham F.C. before joining Dundee United in August 2004. A move to Leicester City followed in January 2005, but Hirschfeld only made one start during the remainder of the 04/05 season.


Hirschfeld was then signed by Tromsø I.L. as a replacement goalkeeper for the remainder of the Norwegian 2005-season. Hirschfeld made some crucial saves during Tromsø's campaign to avoid relegation and was a key figure in the UEFA Cup matches against Esbjerg fB and Galatasaray, both of which were won by Tromsø I.L. Nordlys, a local newspaper in Tromsø, called Hirschfeld the greatest goalkeeper ever to play for Tromsø I.L., after only 6 matches at his new club. Nordlys ranked him ahead of such goal keepers as Einar Rossbach, Knut Borch, and Bjarte Flem.

The following season, Hirschfeld won the Norwegian Premier League with Rosenborg B.K., having beaten Espen Johnsen for first-string goalie at the club. Hirschfeld was in goal when Rosenborg beat Valencia CF twice in the UEFA Champions League 2007-08 group stage, recording two clean sheets in home-and-away 2-0 wins, and made a number of saves in his side's 1-1 draw away to English club Chelsea FC, the last match in charge of Chelsea for manager José Mourinho.


Hirschfeld played for CFR Cluj in Romania after joining from Rosenborg for €1,300,000[2] on 6 January 2008. With Cluj he immediately won the domestic double but he only played in 5 games in that first (half) season and he did not play at all for them in 2008/2009. He also was not included in Cluj's UEFA Champions League squad that season.

Energie Cottbus

He then turned back to Energie Cottbus on 26 June 2009 and signed a contract until 30 June 2011[3].


On 15 January 2010 left his club Energie Cottbus and turned back to Norway who sign for Valerenga Fotball[4].

International career

He made his debut for Canada in a January 2000 friendly match against Bermuda but had to compete with Pat Onstad for the national goalkeeper's jersey. By November 2009, he earned a total of 29 caps, scoring no goals. He has represented Canada in 6 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[5]. Hirschfeld's big break with Canada came at the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup, where he was named the best goalkeeper of the tournament after allowing only four goals in five matches and recording an impressive semifinal shutout against the United States. This caused English club Tottenham Hotspur F.C. to take interest, and Hirschfeld signed with them in September 2002.





CFR Cluj



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