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Etzaz Hussain (born 27 January 1993) is a Norwegian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Eliteserien club Molde FK. Born in Oslo, he played for nearby Langhus as a youth player, before moving to Manchester United in 2009. After two years in England, he returned to Norway with Vålerenga, but shortly after moved to Fredrikstad, where he made his professional debut. Hussain transferred to Molde in mid-2012 and won the Tippeligaen in his first season at the club.

Etzaz Hussain
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Hussain with Molde in 2018
Personal information
Full name Etzaz Muzafar Hussain
Date of birth (1993-01-27) 27 January 1993 (age 26)
Place of birth Oslo, Norway
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Molde
Number 16
Youth career
000?–2009 Langhus
2009–2011 Manchester United
2011 Vålerenga
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2012 Fredrikstad 32 (5)
2012–2015 Molde 78 (6)
2016 Sivasspor 8 (0)
2016 NK Rudeš 3 (0)
2017– Molde 39 (6)
2017Odd (loan) 11 (3)
National team
2008–2009 Norway U16 9 (2)
2009–2010 Norway U17 10 (0)
2010–2011 Norway U18 10 (2)
2011–2012 Norway U19 11 (0)
2012–2013 Norway U21 8 (3)
2013 Norway U23 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 June 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 October 2013

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Playing careerEdit

Hussain is of Pakistani descent,[1] but was born in Oslo, and played for Langhus in his early days, before he transferred to Manchester United on 21 February 2009,[2] and signed a professional contract with United on his 17th birthday.[3] Even though Hussain only stayed in England for two years, and did not get any chances for the first team, he said to the Norwegian newspaper VG in February 2012 that "it was an experience for life" and would advice other Norwegian youngster to grab the opportunity if they had the chance.[4] In January 2011 he returned home to Norway, and signed for the Tippeligaen club Vålerenga.[5]

Less than three months later, Hussain signed for Fredrikstad, also a Tippeligaen club,[6] after some disagreements between Vålerenga and Hussain on the way forward.[7] On 14 August 2011, Hussain sent Fredrikstad to the semi-final of 2011 Norwegian Football Cup with the match-winning goal with only a couple of minutes left of the overtime, at the expense of Molde now managed by his former boss at the Manchester United reserves, Ole Gunnar Solskjær.[8] On 31 October 2011, Hussain scored his second goal in two matches, with the match winning goal against Vålerenga, the club that believed he wasn't good enough for Tippeligaen.[9]

MoldeEdit

On 27 July 2012 Hussain moved to Molde FK, reuniting with Ole Gunnar Solskjær.[10] He won the league with Molde in 2012 and 2014 and the Norwegian Cup in 2013 and 2014.

SivassporEdit

On 7 January 2016, Hussain signed a 2.5-year contract with Turkish Süper Lig side Sivasspor.[11] With the Sivasspor, Hussein was unable to avoid the relegation of the club to the second Turkish division. Following relegation, his contract at Sivasspor was terminated in mutual agreement on 4 July 2016.[12]

Rudeš ZagrebEdit

Etzaz signed for the second-tier Croatian side NK Rudeš, coached by the former Liverpool F.C. player Igor Bišćan, in October 2016.[13]

Molde returnEdit

On 28 February 2017, Molde announced that Etzaz had returned to the club.[14]

International careerEdit

Etzaz Hussain played on youth level for Norway. As he has never appeared for Norway in a competitive match, he remains potentially eligible the represent Pakistan.

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 22 June 2019[15]
Club Season Division League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Fredrikstad 2011 Tippeligaen 20 2 4 1 24 3
2012 12 3 2 1 14 4
Total 32 5 6 2 38 7
Molde 2012 Tippeligaen 10 2 2 0 8 0 20 2
2013 22 2 6 1 3 0 31 3
2014 19 1 6 0 2 0 27 1
2015 27 1 3 0 11 2 41 3
Total 78 6 17 1 24 2 119 9
Sivasspor 2015–16 Süper Lig 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Total 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Rudeš 2016–17 FavBet Druga liga 3 0 1 0 4 0
Total 3 0 1 0 4 0
Molde 2017 Eliteserien 13 1 4 1 17 2
2018 Eliteserien 23 5 2 0 7 1 32 6
2019 Eliteserien 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Total 39 6 8 1 7 1 0 0 54 8
Molde Total 117 12 25 2 31 3 0 0 173 17
Odd (loan) 2017 Eliteserien 11 3 0 0 0 0 11 3
Total 11 3 0 0 0 0 11 3
Career total 172 20 31 4 31 3 0 0 234 27

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sarwar, Shazia (3 October 2010). "Årets vinnere av Blendprisen". Blend (in Norwegian).
  2. ^ "Norsk 16-åring klar for United". dagbladet.no (in Norwegian). Dagbladet. 27 January 2009. Retrieved 13 February 2012.
  3. ^ "Hussain skrev proffkontrakt med Man. United". dagbladet.no (in Norwegian). Dagbladet. 27 January 2010. Retrieved 13 February 2012.
  4. ^ "Slik gikk det med 2009-talentene som dro utenlands". vg.no (in Norwegian). Verdens Gang. 13 February 2012. Retrieved 13 February 2012.
  5. ^ "Etzaz Hussain fra United til Vålerenga". tv2.no (in Norwegian). TV 2. 18 January 2011. Retrieved 13 February 2012.
  6. ^ "Etzaz Hussain klar for FFK". fredrikstadfk.no (in Norwegian). Fredrikstad FK. 17 March 2011. Retrieved 13 February 2012.
  7. ^ "Her har FFK-talentet senket "sine egne"". vg.no (in Norwegian). Verdens Gang. 31 October 2011. Retrieved 13 February 2012.
  8. ^ "Solskjærs læregutt sendte Molde ut av cupen". rbnett.no (in Norwegian). Romsdals Budstikke. 14 August 2011. Retrieved 13 February 2012.
  9. ^ "Kastet ut, senket VIF". aftenposten.no (in Norwegian). Aftenposten. 31 October 2011. Retrieved 13 February 2012.
  10. ^ "Fredrikstad selger Etzaz Hussain til Molde" (in Norwegian). tv2.no. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  11. ^ "Etzaz Hussain Medicana Sivasspor´da". www.sivasspor.org.tr (in Turkish). Sivasspor. 7 January 2016. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  12. ^ Etzaz Hussain at the Turkish Football Federation
  13. ^ NEVJEROJATNA VIJEST IZ ZAGREBAČKOG PREDGRAĐA Nakon Igora Bišćana, u mali Rudeš stiže igrač Manchester Uniteda koji je maestralno zabio Dinamu! at Jutarnji List
  14. ^ "ETZAZ BACK IN MOLDE FK". moldefk.no. Molde FK. 28 February 2017. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  15. ^ "Etzaz Hussain". nifs.no (in Norwegian). A-pressen. Retrieved 17 March 2013.