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Erik Fuglestad

Erik Fuglestad
Norwich Career: 1997-2000 (80 appearances, 2 goals)
Current Club: Randaberg IL (Norway) (Head Coach)
Date of Birth: 13/08/1974
Nationality: Norwegian


Norwegian defender Erik Fuglestad joined Norwich in the autumn of 1997 from Viking Stavanger on a Bosman style free transfer. His career began with Randaberg. A Norwegian Under 21 international, he was called into a warm-up squad for the Norwegian World Cup squad but failed to make the final 22.

In December 1999, Erik's name was circulated to Norwegian clubs in the hope that one of them might purchase him for a small fee rather than Norwich lose out when he became available on a Bosman free transfer at the end of the season. In addition to clubs from Norway, Danish side Brondby were also rumoured to be interested. Ironically this decision was made just before Erik reclaimed a place in the Norwich first team for the 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion on 4th December 1999.

In March 2000, Teamtalk reported that "Erik Fuglestad is reportedly attracting interest from two unnamed clubs in the Premiership, a Scottish club and his old club Viking Stavanger." In April 2000, Erik's contract was canceled and he returned to Norway joining Viking on a short term contract for the remainder of the English season (until 21 May 2000). A further contract was signed in June 2000 to last until October 2000. Belgian club Lokeren were also said to be interested in signing Erik. In October 2000, Erik signed an extension to his contract that would see him remain with Viking until the end of the 2002 season. In July 2002, the UnOfficial Football Transfers website reported that Erik might move to Norwegian side Brann on a Bosman free transfer

Erik Fuglestad has had to retire from the game following the kidney disease that he got in the 2004 season and which have made him able to enter the field of play again. He is now studying for his coaching diploma and will coach for Viking FK's junior team as well as working in the club's commercial department.

An attempted comeback with home club Randaberg I.L. in 2007 was cut short as Fuglestad's kidney illness returned, and he announced his retirement on August 7, 2007.

Ahead of the 2008 season he went from being coach of Viking FK's junior team to player developer in Bryne FK.

In 2012 he became the head coach of Norwegian third division side Randaberg IL

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