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Morten Gamst Pedersen
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Personal information
Full name Morten Gamst Pedersen
Date of birth September 8, 1981 (1981-09-08) (age 28)
Place of birth Vadsø, Norway
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Left winger
Club information
Current club Blackburn Rovers
Number 12
Youth career
1997–1998 Norild
1998–1999 Polarstjernen
1999–2000 Norild
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2004 Tromsø 85 (43)
2004– Blackburn Rovers 183 (27)
National team
1999 Norway U18 4 (3)
2000 Norway U19 2 (0)
2001–2004 Norway U21 18 (10)
2004– Norway 54 (12)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:37, 13 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:38, 14 November 2009 (UTC)

Morten Gamst Pedersen (born 8 September 1981 in Vadsø, Finnmark) is a Norwegian-Sámi footballer who is currently playing his club football for Blackburn Rovers in the English Premier League as well as internationally for Norway. Pedersen was signed by former Blackburn boss Graeme Souness back in 2004, just in time ahead of the new campaign 2004-05 in his first season in English football he featured in 27 matches and scored eight goals in all competitions.


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.[citation needed] Gamst was required to fill the gap left by Damien Duff, who had left in July 2003 to go to Chelsea.


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 Trafford.

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 caps 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 Norway.

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.[1]

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.[2]

Pedersen fronts Norwegian 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.[3]

Club career statistics


(correct as of Saturday 13 March 2010)
Club Season League Cup[4] Europe Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Blackburn Rovers 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 5 1 4 45 6 8
2008–09 33 1 8 4 0 1 0 0 0 37 1 9
2009–10 24 3 3 6 2 2 0 0 0 30 5 5
Career totals 183 27 35 35 10 6 12 1 4 230 38 46

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 18 February 2004 Windsor Park, Belfast  Northern Ireland 4-1 Win Friendly
3 13 October 2004 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo  Slovenia 3-0 Win FIFA World Cup 2006 Qual.
4 16 November 2004 Craven Cottage, London  Australia 2-2 Draw Friendly
5 3 September 2005 Arena Petrol, Celje  Slovenia 3-2 Win FIFA World Cup 2006 Qual.
6 16 August 2006 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo  Brazil 1-1 Draw Friendly
7 2 September 2006 Szusza Ferenc Stadium, Budapest  Hungary 4-1 Win UEFA Euro 2008 Qual.
8 21 October 2007 Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali  Malta 4-1 Win UEFA Euro 2008 Qual.
9 28 March 2009 Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg  South Africa 1-2 Loss Friendly
10 1 April 2009 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo  Finland 3-2 Win Friendly
11 12 August 2009 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo  Scotland 4-0 Win FIFA World Cup 2010 Qual.


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Morten Gamst Pedersen
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Personal information
Full name Morten Gamst Pedersen
Date of birth 8 September 1981 (1981-09-08) (age 29)
Place of birth    Vadsø, Norway
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Blackburn Rovers
Number 12
Senior clubs
Years Club
Blackburn Rovers
National team
2004- Norway

Morten Gamst Pedersen (born 8 September 1981) is a Norwegian football player. He plays for Blackburn Rovers and Norway national team.

Club career statistics

[1] [2]

Club Performance League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
NorwayLeague Norwegian Football Cup League Cup EuropeTotal
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
2004/05Blackburn RoversPremier League1947311-278
CountryNorway 1555415554
England 1592416513312120033
Total 3147816513312135587

International career statistics

Norway national team


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