Niklas Gunnarsson (born 27 April 1991 in Tønsberg) is a Norwegian footballer, who plays as a defender for the Tippeligaen side Vålerenga. He is known for his trademark long throw ins, good crossing ability and offensive play.
Gunnarsson made his senior debut on 25 March 2012 against Songdal, they lost the game 0-4. He started his career with Pors Greenland moving on to Walsall, but he was released by Walsall because of strained finances (whatever That means, but that is what the Norge wiki site says.surely They would have had to make a payment of some sort, for his contract )
His contract with Odd Greenland, expired after the 2013 season, and in October 2013 he signed a three-year contract with Vålerenga and joined the club in January 2014.
From Hibernian FC Page.
In Sunday’s match against Alloa, Niklas Gunnarsson made his home debut for Hibernian, following matches away to home against Raith Rovers, Greenock Morton and Heart of Midlothian.
He says that it was good that he got to experience playing at Easter Road Stadium in front of the home fans, who he reserved praise for.
Gunnarsson has enjoyed the backing that the supporters have given the team, both home and away – especially appreciating the rendition of Sunshine on Leith at Easter Road following the Edinburgh Derby victory.
He said: “It was a good feeling to finally play at Easter Road, it’s nice to play at home as you feel that you have all the support from the fans, which I again thought was very, very good. I was very satisfied to play at the home ground.
“I have said on many times that our fans are very, very, good. After the Hearts game when they were singing Sunshine on Leith, it was absolutely brilliant. It was a great feeling and experience for myself.
“Again when we were playing against Alloa, the fans supported us all the time and even when we are not playing so well, they are behind us all the time – that’s good.”
The right-back, who hails from Norway, believes that the match against Morton will be difficult, just like every game in the Ladbrokes Championship has been.
Despite Hibernian being favourites for a majority of matches in which they play, Gunnarsson insists that every game in football is a tough prospect, and is not as straight-forward as people may assume.
He said: “When we play in the league, people expect that we will win every game easily, but in football when a new game comes up it is always difficult. It is difficult to break down teams, especially if they play quite deep.
“This will be our third match against Morton, we have won both the others 1-0 and they have been good playing against us. They are good at defending and they work really hard, they fight for every ball.
“We need to make sure we win the first ball, the second ball and the third ball, and if we do that, we have the quality to win the match.”