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Fredrik Gulbrandsen

Norwegian footballer

Fredrik Gulbrandsen (born 10 September 1992) is a Norwegian footballer who plays as a forward for Süper Lig club İstanbul Başakşehir.

Club career[edit]

Lillestrøm[edit]

Gulbrandsen began his career with his hometown club Lillestrøm. He made his debut in the Norwegian top division against IK Start in May 2009, as the youngest Lillestrøm player ever.[2] In March 2010, he was loaned out to Lyn for the duration of the spring season.[3] While with Lyn he made 11 appearances and scored 2 goals. He returned to Lillestrøm for the 2011 season, and on 3 July 2011 scored his first goal for the club in a 2–1 victory over Viking FK.[4]

On 15 July 2013, Gulbrandsen signed a contract with Molde. He had a breakthrough season in 2014 appearing in 29 matches and scored 14 goals in all competitions, helping Molde to their first league and cup double in club history. On 23 November 2014, Gulbrandsen opened the scoring for Molde in a 2–0 victory over Odd in the 2014 Norwegian Football Cup Final.[5] After an injury plagued 2015 season, Gulbrandsen regained his form scoring 4 goals in 9 matches to start the 2016 season, drawing the attention of top European sides.

RB Salzburg[edit]

On 16 June 2016, he moved to Red Bull Salzburg FC and signed a contract until 2019.[6] On 23 July 2016, he scored his first goal for Red Bull Salzburg in his league debut in a 3–1 loss to Sturm Graz.[7] On 23 October 2016 Gulbrandsen scored his second goal for Salzburg in a 5–1 victory over SKN St. Pölten.[8]

New York Red Bulls (loan)[edit]

On 10 March 2017, Gulbrandsen joined Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls on a one-year loan deal.[9] He was released on 6 June 2017.[10]

Return to RB Salzburg[edit]

During the 2017–18 season, Salzburg had their best ever European campaign. They finished top of their Europa League group, for a record fourth time, before beating Real Sociedad and Borussia Dortmund thus making their first ever appearance in the UEFA Europa League semi-final.[11] On 3 May 2018, he played in the Europa League semi-finals as Olympique de Marseille played out a 1–2 away loss but a 3–2 aggregate win to secure a place in the 2018 UEFA Europa League Final.[12]

İstanbul Başakşehir[edit]

On June 25, 2019, he has signed 3-year contract with Turkish Süper Lig club Başakşehir.[13]

International career[edit]

Gulbrandsen made his debut for the Norway national football team on 27 August 2014 in a friendly against the United Arab Emirates in Stavanger. He started the match, which ended goalless, but was substituted at half time for fellow debutant Fredrik Ulvestad.[14] His competitive debut came on 16 November, replacing Tarik Elyounoussi in added time at the end of a 1–0 away win against Azerbaijan in UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying.[15]

Personal life[edit]

He is the son of footballer Tom Gulbrandsen who played for Lillestrøm and SV Ried.[16]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 21 November 2020[17]

Honours[edit]

Molde

Red Bull Salzburg

İstanbul Başakşehir

References[edit]

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