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Erik Hagen

Erik Hagen
Personal information
Full name Erik Bjørnstad Hagen
Date of birth (1975-07-20) 20 July 1975
Place of birth Veme, Norway
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Number 14
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
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 St. Petersburg 67 (3)
2008 Wigan Athletic (loan) 1 (0)
2008–2010 Vålerenga 27 (0)
2010–2011 Hønefoss 20 (1)
2011–2013 Jevnaker 25 (4)
Total 360 (25)
National team
2004–2007 Norway 28 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 November 2009.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 June 2007

Erik "Panzer" Hagen (born 20 July 1975 in Veme) is a Norwegian football player who plays as a centre-back.

Club career

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's 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 St. 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 St.Petersburg.[3]

International career

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

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 1 March 2006 Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor, Dakar  Senegal 2-1 Defeat Friendly
2 17 October 2007 Asim Ferhatović Hase Stadium, Sarajevo  Bosnia-Herzegovina 2-0 Win UEFA European Championship 2008 Qual.
3 17 November 2007 Ullevaal stadion, Oslo  Turkey 1-2 Defeat UEFA European Championship 2008 Qual.

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.


  1. ^ "Portrett: Erik Hagen". Vål'enga Magasinet. 
  2. ^ "Hagen Das-Ler". Wigan Athletic official website. 2008-01-31. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Ex-Zenit Footballer Says He Paid $3,000 Bribe to Referee in European Match". R-Sport. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 

External links

  • Club profile
  • Erik Hagen at
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