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Morten Gamst Pederson 12
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- Full name Morten Gamst Pedersen
Date of birth September 8, 1981 (1981-09-0 (age 26)
Place of birth Vadsø, Norway
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Deep Lying Forward / Left Winger
Current club Blackburn Rovers
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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 pounds, which could rise to anything up to 2.5 million pounds on the basis of future appearances. It was reported that Manchester United, Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur were also interested in the player. However, 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 FA 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 Rovers 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.
He holds 32 caps for his country, scoring eight 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 and their undoubted star.
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.
When Pedersen was 15, his father, Ernst Pedersen, 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.
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