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Erik Nevland

Erik Nevland
Personal information
Full nameErik Nevland
Date of birth10 November 1977(age 39)
Place of birthStavanger, Norway
Height1.77 m (5 ft 9.7 in)
Playing positionForward
Club information
Current clubViking

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Erik Nevland (born 10 November 1977 in Stavanger) is a Norwegian football forward who currently plays for Viking. He has eight caps for Norway, and 22 caps at U-21 level.

Nevland started his career at Viking FK, but in 1997 he was sold to Manchester United at the age of 19, before he had played a single first team match for the Norwegian side. What prompted Manchester United to sign him was a succession of hat-tricks in three games when he was on trial with them. His only goal for the United first team was in a Worthington Cup match against Bury in October 1998. He never managed to establish himself in the United team, with a successful loan spell at Viking and an unsuccessful one at IFK Göteborg. He only ever made one league appearance for United, as a substitute against Southampton on 19 January 1998.

He returned to Viking on a permanent contract in January 2000, winning the Norwegian cup final in 2001 and scoring the two deciding goals in their famous UEFA Cup victory over Chelsea in 2002. He joined FC Groningen on a free transfer in November 2004, and since became a cult hero. In his first half-season for his new club he scored 16 times in 20 matches. Nevland also scored the first ever goal in FC Groningen's new Euroborg stadium.

On April 27, 2007, Nevland signed a new three-year contract with FC Groningen. In December 2007, Nevland was voted 'Groninger of the Year' by television viewers in the province of Groningen, in spite of him not being born in Groningen or the Netherlands.

On January 28, 2008, he signed with Premier League side Fulham for a fee of -2.5 million (£1.85 million), plus a further -0.5 million (£370k) if Fulham retained Premier League status, which they did. On February 3, he made only his second ever Premier League appearance when Fulham played Aston Villa at Craven Cottage.

After making over 50 league appearances for Fulham, and despite Roy Hodgson's wish to keep him at the club, Nevland once again returned to Viking in June 2010. He was promptly assigned the role as captain at Viking.

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