Erik Hagen

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Erik Hagen
Hagen with Zenit
Personal information
Full nameErik Bjørnstad Hagen
Date of birth (1975-07-20) 20 July 1975 (age 45)
Place of birth Veme, Norway
Height1.87 m (6 ft 1+12 in)
Position(s) Defender
Youth career
Senior career*
1994–1996 Jevnaker 42 (6)
1996–1997 Liv/Fossekallen 42 (6)
1998–1999 Strømsgodset IF 24 (0)
2000–2004 Vålerenga 112 (4)
2005–2008 Zenit Saint Petersburg 67 (3)
2008Wigan Athletic (loan) 1 (0)
2008–2010 Vålerenga 27 (0)
2010–2011 Hønefoss 20 (1)
2011–2013 Jevnaker 25 (4)
National team
2004–2007 Norway 28 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Erik Hagen (born 20 July 1975) is a retired Norwegian footballer who played as a centre-back in Norway and Russia, as well as for the Norwegian national team, earning 28 caps.




During his time with Vålerenga, Hagen received the nickname "Panzer" from the club's fans. Amongst other things he created a "hate list" of Norwegian footballers in the club magazine Vål'enga Magasin, containing the likes of Vidar Riseth. [1]

Hagen won the Kniksen Award as Defender of the Year, and as Kniksen of the Year in 2004. The Kniksen award is the highest individual award for a Norwegian footballer.

In December 2004 Hagen was sold to Zenit Saint Petersburg, becoming the first Norwegian footballer to play in Russia. In 2005, he played 28 league matches for Zenit, receiving 12 cautions. In January 2006 he was elected vice-captain by the team.

On 31 January 2008, it was announced that Hagen would be joining Premier League club Wigan Athletic, signing on loan until the end of the English season. [2] However, he only made one appearance for the team, in the away defeat at Portsmouth.

On 28 July 2008, Hagen appeared at the Vålerenga home game against Tromsø, where it was announced he had re-signed for the club until the end of the 2010 season. The return of one of Vålerenga's most popular players was well received with supporters.

During an interview in April 2014, Hagen admitted to bribing a referee in a European match during his time with Zenit Saint Petersburg. [3]

International career

Hagen made his debut, aged 29, for the Norwegian national team away to Scotland on 9 October 2004. Norway won 1–0.

Personal life

Hagen has a twin brother, Rune Hagen, who also plays professional football. He signed for Vålerenga at the same time as his brother.[ citation needed ]

Career statistics


Source: [4] [5]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueNational CupLeague CupContinentalOtherTotal
Zenit Saint Petersburg 2005 Russian Premier League 28050-80-410
2006 24050-50-340
2007 15050-20-220
2008 0000-00-00
Wigan Athletic (loan) 2007–08 [6] Premier League 100000--10
Vålerenga 2008 Tippeligaen 6000---60
2009 21020-00-230
Hønefoss 2010 Tippeligaen 17010--20200
2011 Adeccoligaen 3000---30
Career total115318000150201503


Source: [7]
Norway national team

International goals

11 March 2006 Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor, Dakar, SenegalFlag of Senegal.svg  Senegal 1-21-2 Friendly
217 October 2007 Asim Ferhatović Hase Stadium, Sarajevo, Bosnia and HerzegovinaFlag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1-02-0 UEFA European Championship 2008 Qual.
317 November 2007 Ullevaal stadion, Oslo, NorwayFlag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 1-01-2 UEFA European Championship 2008 Qual.

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