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Morten Gamst Pedersen

Morten Gamst Pedersen
Complete Name: Morten Gamst Pedersen
Nationality: Norwegian
Place of Birth: Copenhague, Denmark
Date of Birth: 10/06/1975
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 84 kg
National Team: Norway
Current Club: Blackburn Rovers (England)
Position: Forward


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Club career history

Tromso IL (Norway), Blackburn Rovers (England)




Morten Gamst Pedersen (born September 8, 1981 in Vadsų) is a versatile Norwegian football player who currently plays for Blackburn Rovers primarily as a left winger/midfielder, but can also operate on the right or as a striker. Despite being born naturally right footed, Pedersen at the age of 15 trained himself to become stronger on his left side after noticing the shortage of natural left footers playing in the game.

He initially signed from Tromsų I.L. to Blackburn Rovers in August 2004 for 1.5 million pounds, which could rise to anything up to 2.5 million pounds on the basis of his later appearances. It is reported that Manchester United, Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur were also interested in the player. However, Pedersen was required to fill the gap left by Damien Duff, who had left in July 2003 to go to Chelsea.

Pedersen, a 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.

Pedersen initially struggled to make an impact in the Premier League and had lenghty period of not being selected after Graeme Souness was replaced by Mark Hughes as Blackburn 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. The highlight of his Rovers career came in September 2005 when he scored both goals in a 2-1 victory against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

He holds sixteen caps for his country, scoring four goals.

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