Daniel Berg Hestad
Daniel Berg Hestad (born 30 July 1975) is a Norwegian football manager and a former player, who played as a central midfielder, most notably for Molde. He is currently the manager of Molde 2 and the Under-19 squad of Molde. With 666 official appearances, he is the player with most official matches for Molde. He currently holds the record for most matches in Eliteserien with 473. He is three time Norwegian league champion, and four times Norwegian Cup champion. He retired from football after playing the Europa League round of 32 game against Sevilla which Molde won 1–0, the 25th of February 2016, in his 900th match for Molde. He holds the club record for most offficial matches for Mo
Hestad training with Molde in 2013
|Date of birth||30 July 1975|
|Place of birth||Molde, Norway|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Central Midfielder|
|Molde (Reserves and U-19 manager)|
|2017–||Molde 2 (U19)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Berg Hestad debuted for Molde in the Tippeligaen match against Start on 23 May 1993. On 23 October 1994, Hestad was in the starting lineup in Molde's team in the final of the 1994 Norwegian Cup against Lyn. Hestad played 80 minutes in the game Molde won 3–2 and secured the club's first ever major trophy. Hestad became runner-up three times in the league (1995, 1998, 1999) before leaving the club in January 2004.
On 4 July 2003, Hestad announced that he would leave Molde to join Dutch side Heerenveen on a free transfer from 1 January 2004. He signed a two and a half year contract with the club. Berg Hestad played well in the beginning of his Heerenveen career, and drew attention from several clubs, including Tottenham Hotspur. He played a total of 53 games and scored 5 goals in all competitions during his two seasons at Heerenveen.
Second spell at MoldeEdit
Daniel Berg Hestad returned to Molde in July 2005. In his first season back, Hestad helped his team winning the club's second trophy. He scored the third goal in the 2005 Norwegian Cup final which Molde won 4–2 against Lillestrøm after extra time. Molde were relegated to 1. divisjon in 2006, thus Hestad played in the second tier, for the first time since the 1994 season, in the 2007 season. Hestad was five times runner-up in Tippeligaen with Molde (1995, 1998, 1999, 2002 and 2009) before he finally could lift the trophy as captain of the 2011 Champions.
In 2012, after winning two consecutive Tippeligaen titles, it was speculated whether Berg Hestad would retire. He did however sign a new one-year-contract ahead of the 2013 season. He was one of Molde's best players during the season, and in September 2013 he told the club that he would sign a new contract for one more year if the offer was good enough. On 24 November 2013, he won his seventh trophy with Molde after coming in as a substitute in the 2013 Norwegian Cup final, a game Molde won 4–2 against main rival Rosenborg. When he signed a new one-year extension in November 2013, the manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær stated that Berg Hestad would be a part of Molde's coaching staff during the 2014 season. Hestad became the oldest goalscorer in the European competitions on 5 November 2015, when he scored the 2–1 winning goal in a Europa League match against Celtic aged 40 years and 99 days. On 25 February 2016, Hestad retired from football after playing the Europa League round of 32 game against Sevilla, his 666th match for Molde, which Molde won 1–0. With 473 matches in Eliteserien, he is the player with the most matches in the history of the top-tier in Norwegian football.
Hestad played a total of 30 games for Norway at youth and under-23 level. In 1998, he was a part of the Norwegian U-21 team, that won bronze medal in 1998 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship. In the final qualifier before the tournament he captained the Norwegian side against a French side containing Thierry Henry, David Trezeguet, Patrick Vieira and Ludovic Giuly. Berg Hestad scored the third goal for Norway to put them 3–0 up in Valenciennes. Norway ended up winning 3–2 and qualified.
Hestad has 8 caps for the Norwegian national team, between 1998 and 2003. He made his debut against Denmark on 22 April 2003 and got his last appearance in Norway's 2–1 against Oman on 28 January 2003.
Hestad grew up in a family who contains a long line of Molde players. His father Stein Olav Hestad held the club record for most first-team appearances of all-time, before this was beaten by Daniel. His uncles Harry Hestad, Odd Berg and Jan Berg also played many years at the club. His brother, Peter Berg Hestad, also played there a few years.
He married Trude Vik in 2006, with whom he has two sons, Tobias and Jonathan.
In 2000, he served time in prison for driving under the influence. This incident occurred during Molde's Christmas party after Berg Hestad was informed of the hospitalisation of his wife and their infant baby. Both were in a critical state and in a moment of poor judgement, Berg Hestad got in his car to drive to the hospital, only to crash after a few hundred meters.
- Molde FK
- Includes other competitive competitions, including the Eliteserien Promotion/Relegation Play-Offs
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