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Vegard Heggem
Personal information
Date of birth 13 July 1975 (1975-07-13) (age 34)
Place of birth    Trondheim, Norway
Playing position Right-back/Right-winger
Youth career
1982–1991
1992–1994
Rennebu
Orkdal
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1995–1998
1998–2003
Rosenborg
Liverpool
95 (10)
54 0(3)   
National team
1995–1998
1998–2000
Norway U-21
Norway
18 0(1)
20 0(1)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Vegard Heggem (born 13 July 1975 in Trondheim) is a former Norway international footballer. On elite level he played for Rosenborg and English giants Liverpool, and he was capped 20 times for the national team.[1] He is best remembered by some for the goal in the away match against AC Milan in the 1996 UEFA Champions League, when Rosenborg sensationally beat the Italian giant team, thereby advancing to the Champions League quarter final.

Heggem got his national team debut 25 February 1998 against France, scoring a goal. He was selected for the 1998 FIFA World Cup squad, but spent the entire tournament as a substitute. After the World Cup, Heggem transferred to Liverpool FC for £3.5m[2]. His two initial seasons at Anfield were splendid, but the pacy right back/midfielder was unfortunately plagued by hamstring injuries. He played in the 2000 UEFA European Football Championship, but he got injured during the second match. During the 2000-01 season he appeared in only a few matches, and during the next two seasons he didn't appear in the lineup at all. Heggem left Liverpool FC when his contract ended in the summer of 2003, and shortly thereafter retired from football.

He is currently the owner and manager of a salmon fishing business at the river Orkla in Sør-Trøndelag.[3] He is also an Official Patron of AFC Liverpool, an independent football club owned and run by Liverpool FC supporters. He is also a regular at Liverpool home matches, and was also at the 2005 Champions League Final in Istanbul.

After hearing that The Sun newspaper had printed quotes from him claiming to be an exclusive, Vegard released the following statement to Liverpool fans via a variety of fan forums. The reason Vegard Heggem released the statement at all, is the controversial relationship between Liverpudlians and The Sun following the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.

It's been brought to my attention that the Sun has printed a story with quotes from me. I want to state that I am aware of the history between the Sun Newspaper and Liverpool FC, and I would never give an interview to this newspaper. I gave an interview to a journalist from the Swedish newspaper "Dagens nyheter" on Wednesday where I commented on Steven Gerrard, and the quotes are taken from this interview. I am very sad that this has happened, and I hope that Liverpoolfc.tv: Official Web Site will assist me in getting a message out to the fans of Liverpool FC that an interview with the Sun never took place.
Thanks.
Vegard Heggem

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Honours

Rosenborg BK
Liverpool F.C.

Legacy

In the 2002 book Folkets Fotballbok. De største øyeblikkene (The People's Football Book. The Greatest Moments) (ISBN 82-994467-2-4) penned by sports writer Oddleiv Moe, his goal against AC Milan at San Siro was named one of the twelve greatest moments in Norwegian football history. The chapter devoted to his goal was named Mirakelet på San Siro (The miracle at San Siro).

References

  1. ^ "Statistics for Vegard Heggem". Football Association of Norway. http://www.fotball.no/histstat.ASP?WCI=wiPerson&personid=179285. Retrieved 3 February 2009. 
  2. ^ "liverpoolfc.tv: Player Profile". Liverpool Football Club. http://www.liverpoolfc.tv/team/past_players/players/heggem/. Retrieved 2008-04-04. 
  3. ^ Skiphamn, Silje Sjursen (27 May 2008). "Får slippe laksen fri" (in Norwegian). Nationen. http://www.nationen.no/distrikt/article3566080.ece. Retrieved 2008-07-20. 

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