Brede Hangeland

Brede Hangeland

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Brede Hangeland

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Brede Paulsen Hangeland (born 20 June 1981) is a Norwegian footballer who plays for Fulham in the Premier League and the Norwegian national team, of which he is the captain. The son of a Norwegian oil company worker, Hangeland was born in Houston, Texas during his parents' two-year spell in the United States, but grew up in Stavanger. He plays as a central defender. The tall Norwegian with his characteristic calm nature is known for combining great aerial ability and physical strength with elegant technique, passing ability and pace.

Club career


Hangeland arrived at Viking from local club FK Vidar at the start of the 2001 season. He helped win the Norwegian cup in his debut season, playing as a central defensive midfielder in the 3–0 victory over rivals Bryne FK in the final. He made his national team debut as a defensive midfielder in a 1–0 win against Austria in 2002, and has so far played more than 60 matches for Norway, mostly as a central defender. In 2005, he was made captain of Viking. When he left Viking he had played a total of 187 games for the club.


On 16 January 2006 he signed a contract with the Danish club F.C. Copenhagen. The tall defender made an impact right from the start together with Danish captain Michael Gravgaard and the two defenders were feared. Because of their height and dominance when it came to headers, they were known as the Copenhagen Air Force. With several great...
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