Heggem with Liverpool in 1999
|Date of birth||13 July 1975|
|Place of birth||Trondheim, Trøndelag, Norway|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Vegard Heggem (born 13 July 1975 in Trondheim) is a former Norway international footballer.
He rose to prominence with Rosenborg, winning three league titles and a cup, and scoring a goal to knock Milan out of the UEFA Champions League. In 1998, he joined Liverpool, but was troubled by injury during his five seasons there before retiring.
In a two-year international career, Heggem earned 20 caps for Norway, scoring once in his debut match. He was part of their squads at the 1998 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2000.
Heggem made his professional debut with Rosenborg on 21 April 1995 against Kongsvinger in the Norwegian Premier League.He is best remembered by some for the goal in the away match against Milan in the 1996–97 UEFA Champions League when Rosenborg sensationally beat the Italian giants, thereby advancing to the Champions League quarter-finals and at the same time knocking Milan out of the tournament.
After the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Heggem transferred to Liverpool for £3.5 million.His first two seasons at Anfield were successful, but he was plagued by hamstring injuries. He was the player substituted when Steven Gerrard made his Premier League debut for the club on 29 November 1998 in a 2–0 win over Blackburn Rovers. After being injured in the 2000 European Championship he made only four appearances for Liverpool during the 2000–01 treble-winning season, and he made no appearances at all during his last two years at the club.
Heggem left Liverpool when his contract ended in the summer of 2003, and shortly thereafter retired from football at the age of 28. He played his last game of football at the age of just 25.
Heggem made his national team debut on 25 February 1998 against France, scoring a goal in the 3–3 draw at the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille. He was selected for the 1998 FIFA World Cup squad, but spent the entire tournament on the substitutes' bench as Norway reached the last 16. He played in the 2000 UEFA European Football Championship, playing the full 90 minutes in Norway's opening 1–0 win over Spain at De Kuip in Rotterdam. However, in the second match against FR Yugoslavia, he left the pitch injured after 35 minutes to be replaced by his Liverpool teammate Stig Inge Bjørnebye,and Norway eventually were eliminated.
Until the end of the 2020 salmon fishing season Heggem ran the salmon fishing business Aunan Lodge on the river Orkla in Trøndelag. Heggem still owns the property but the new tenants will continue the operation under the name Grindal Salmon Lodge.He is also an official patron of A.F.C. Liverpool, an independent football club owned and run by Liverpool supporters. He is also a regular at Liverpool home matches, and was also at the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final in Istanbul.
In February 2012, the AGM of Rosenborg elected Vegard Heggem as a member of the board for a period of two years. Heggem decided not to stand for reelection when his fourth term ended in 2020..
|Rosenborg||1995||Tippeligaen||15 (1+14)||1||8 (3+5)||2||6 (0+6)||1||29 (4+25)||4|
|1996||Tippeligaen||14 (3+11)||1||2 (1+1)||0||7 (4+3)||2||23 (8+15)||3|
|1997||Tippeligaen||23 (22+1)||3||3 (3+0)||0||10 (10+0)||0||36 (35+1)||3|
|1998||Tippeligaen||5 (4+1)||0||2 (1+1)||0||0||0||7 (5+2)||0|
|Total||57 (30+27)||5||15 (8+7)||2||23 (14+9)||3||95 (52+43)||10|
|Liverpool||1998—1999||Premier League||29 (27+2)||2||2 (2+0)||0||5 (4+1)||0||36 (33+3)||2|
|1999—2000||Premier League||22 (10+12)||1||3 (1+2)||0||—||25 (11+14)||1|
|2000—2001||Premier League||3 (1+2)||0||0||0||1 (1+0)||0||4 (2+2)||0|
|Total||54 (38+16)||3||5 (3+2)||0||6 (5+1)||0||65 (46+19)||3|
|Career total||111 (68+43)||8||20 (11+9)||2||29 (19+10)||3||160 (98+62)||13|
|Norway national team|
|1.||25 February 1998||Stade Vélodrome, Marseille, France||France||2–3||3–3||Friendly|
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