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Vegard Heggem

Personal information
Date of birth13 July 1975(age 41)
Place of birthTrondheim, Norway
Playing positionRight-back/Right-winger

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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. He is best remembered by some for the goal in the away match against AC Milan in the 1996-97 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. 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 did not 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. 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.

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