Random 1990s Footballer Tuesday: #37 Vegard Heggem
Name: Vegard Heggem
In his 90s prime for: Liverpool
Lowdown: A lightning fast right-back, Norwegian Heggem started out at Rennebu and Orkdal before joining Rosenborg, Norway’s most successful club. He played 95 league games for the club, winning three titles in four seasons and a domestic cup.
His most famous time at the club came in 1997, when he scored a goal in the San Siro against AC Milan to knock the Italian giants out of the Champions League, sensationally advancing Rosenborg through to the quarter-finals.
Heggem scored on his international debut against France, but to his frustration was not selected for a single game during the 1998 World Cup, after which he was signed by Gerard Houllier at Liverpool for a fee of £3.5million.
Heggem impressed hugely during his first two seasons at the club, often operating almost as a winger such was his pace. He became a real fans’ favourite, but unfortunately suffered with severe hamstring injuries after his initial bright start. He managed to win a UEFA Cup winners’ medal in 2001 through playing a few games that season, but spent the next two seasons aiming to gain fitness.
Unfortunately, in 2003 Heggem was forced to hang up his boots at the age of 28 and after just 65 league appearances on Merseyside.
Now: After retiring, Heggem decided to buy salmon fishing business in Norway, which is almost certainly something that no English footballer will follow. Heggem is also a patron of AFC Liverpool, and independent club set up by supporters unhappy with their treatment by the club.
Finally, he is an elected member of the Board at Rosenborg.