ARSENAL star Martin Odegaard’s Stromsgodset debut aged 13 was ILLEGAL and rivals made it easy for him because his father was the coach.
Odegaard made his debut for Stromsgodset in 2012 when he came on as a substitute in a friendly against Mjondalen – a side where his father Hans Erik was an assistant coach at the time.
Mjondalen took a four-goal lead at half-time.
And with such a result, young Odegaard, then playing right wing, was called up from the bench.
Despite being 13 years old, it took Odegaard 25 minutes to register an assist.
But it wasn’t enough to inspire a comeback as Stromsgodset lost the game 5-2.
Ex-Mjondalen ace Martin Strange recalled: “We beat Stromsgodset 5-2 which was a big deal for us at the time.
“We were in the second row and they were local opposition.”
Strange continued, “But of course that wasn’t the headline.
“Most of the attention has been focused on a 13-year-old playing for Stroms-Godset. Which is understandable.”
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Strange admitted he was “kind of cautious” when taking on the talented youngster as his father was Mjondalen’s assistant.
He added: “I was kind of cautious. I didn’t want to hurt him.
“He was only 13 and his father was an assistant coach. It wasn’t the headline you wanted!”
In fact, however, Odegaard’s debut was illegal and the Norwegian club found themselves in trouble after the game.
Stromsgodset assistant coach at the time, Petter Ingebretsen, said it was a risk worth taking.
Ingebretsen said: “I didn’t think about it at the time – that it was going to be a historic event.
“But we got in trouble with the federation after the game – he was too young to play – that made it a historic event!
“But we took a risk and got a warning.”
Within three years, Odegaard found himself at the biggest club in world football, Real Madrid.
And a decade later, he now plays for Arsenal and will return to his homeland to face Bodo/Glimt in the Europa League on Thursday.
The Norway and Arsenal captain said on his debut: “I remember it well.
“I was a child. I feel young today and it’s like 10 years ago now. I was a child. It was a good time.
“I played football, had fun, just enjoyed doing what I love.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6434825/arsenal-martin-odegaard-illegal-debut/ Arsenal star Martin Odegaard’s debut at the age of 13 was illegal and rivals made it easy for him because his father was the manager