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Forgotten football stars – Morten Gamst Pedersen

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Here is another forgotten football star we are going to talk about – the former Blackburn midfielder Morten Gamst Pedersen.

When was the last time you watched Morten Gamst Pedersen playing football? Did you know that he is still a professional and honestly, do you even remember him as a football player?

We are here to refresh your memory of the 37-year-old Norwegian who is currently playing at Eliteserien side Tromso.

Tromso is actually the club that gave Morten Gamst Pedersen his professional debut back at the start of the 21st century. Pedersen made a total of 121 appearances for the club in his first stint there, netting 51 goals across all competitions.

He established himself as one of the most talented Scandinavian players back then, while his big break came in the summer of 2004, when former Blackburn Rovers boss Graeme Souness signed him in a €2.25 million transfer deal.

By then he had only become a regular international player, netting two goals on his Norway debut against Northern Ireland.

Pedersen made his Premier League debut in a 1-1 draw against Manchester United in August 2004. He struggled to make an immediate impact on the team though, registering only 19 league appearances in his debut season at Ewood Park.

The 2005-06 campaign was much better for the Norwegian midfielder and the highest scoring one in his time at Blackburn, as he found the net 10 times in all competitions.

Morten Gamst Pedersen was actually never a world-class player, but he was one of those guys who were constantly a big threat to any Premier League title contender. The Norwegian just loved playing against the big guys.

In his prime, Pedersen was a technically gifted footballer, who possessed an amazing ball control, vision and passing range. His best skill, however, was the accuracy of his left foot. He is one of the few players to have scored at least 10 Premier League goals from a direct free kick.

The Norwegian stayed at Blackburn until August 2013. He spent his final season at Ewood Park in the Championship, as the Rovers were relegated from top-flight English football in the 2011-12 campaign.

His next club was Turkish side Kardemir Karabukspor, where he made only 10 appearances before returning to Norway in the following year.

Pedersen spent the next two seasons at Rosenborg, but after losing his place in the starting line up in 2015, he decided to come back to the place where it all started – Tromso IL.

The midfielder has made 84 appearances and scored four goals for Tromso since his return. He is almost 38 now, but Pedersen doesn’t give up.

He will have a tough task to keep the Boys alive in the Eliteserien, as they sit in 14th (third from behind) with 18 games played and only five wins in the current season.