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Lars Hirschfeld back to Norway


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Norwegian tippeliga-team Vålerenga (national champs 2005, cup champs 2008) are in need of a new no. 1. keeper after Troy Perkins moved back to the US due to personal reasons.

The hot rumour is that they are close to signing Lars Hirschfeld. According to TV2, the keeper and Vålerenga have already agreed to a contract.

http://fotball.fvn.no/eliteserien/article159345.ece

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Thanks for the update. That would be a good opportunity for Lars. He was put in an awkward position with Cottbus, coming in to take over the number 1 keeper spot as the incumbent Tremmel was expected to be transferred to a bigger club last summer. When that didn't happen, Lars was stuck on the bench.

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It'll be interesting to see how he manages to become a backup keeper if this transfer goes through.

Personally, I think we should be looking forward, not backward. Let's see if he could not play at Chelsea or Liverpool with the same ability that he hasn't played in Germany and Romania.

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With all due respect, if you read my post, he was brought into Cottbus to play, but the economy being what it is, they could not get the money they wanted for the very highly rated Tremmel.

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quote:Originally posted by Kurosawa

While we are talking about Norway what's up with Olivier Occéan, was'nt his contract over at the end of last season? Will he stay with Lillestrom or will he go back to Odd Grenland like it was rumoured at some point last summer.

As per the Canadians Abroad thread, he scored today in a pre-season friendly. Probably a sign that he's on track to stay with Lillestrom.

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Vålerenga got Lars on a free transfer: http://www.dagbladet.no/2010/01/15/sport/lars_hirschfeld/valerenga/tippeligaen/fotball/9944380/

By the way, that article quotes Lars as saying Norway reminds him a lot of Canada, and so he is very happy to be back. :)

With Lars, OO, and possibly Poz I might have to start up a "Canadians in Norway" thread again...

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Lars has played one official club game (DFB-Pokal) and hasn't played a League game in 20 months. I hope he can get some playing time in Norway.

I'm surprise Valerenga got him on a free when Cottbus paid a tranfer to get him and he was on a 2 yrs contract.

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quote:Originally posted by Start fan in exile

Vålerenga got Lars on a free transfer: http://www.dagbladet.no/2010/01/15/sport/lars_hirschfeld/valerenga/tippeligaen/fotball/9944380/

By the way, that article quotes Lars as saying Norway reminds him a lot of Canada, and so he is very happy to be back. :)

With Lars, OO, and possibly Poz I might have to start up a "Canadians in Norway" thread again...

Hopefully one year to keep him sharp before returning to his rightful home at Vancouver Whitecaps FC. :)

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^ Actually, I was wondering about whether Lars would be a target for the Caps when it's time to make the main MLS signings. While Nolly has proven himself fully competent time and time again, the Canadian quota needs to get filled somehow, and Lars would be an excellent addition to fill a spot.

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quote:Originally posted by Rudi

Lars is better than Troy Perkins anyway (although Perkins is very good, and will bolster TFC's Eastern rival), so a good bit of business for Valerenga.

I'm not sure Lars is better than Perkins (who could be USA third keeper at the World Cup). Perkins was voted team MVP for Valerenga after the 2008 season and was well respected by the fans. Lars seemed a little bit rusty against Poland, I think he'll have to get used to be a starter again.

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