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Hangeland came to Craven Cottage in 2008 from Copenhagen for £2.5 million, reuniting him with former manager Roy Hodgson who he played under at Norwegian side Viking.
His presence was huge for the London side. He came to the club when they were rock bottom of the Premier League and Hangeland, together with central defensive partner Aaron Hughes, tightened up the back line immeasurably helping Fulham to avoid relegation when it seemed almost certain.
The following season, the big Norwegian was a rock in defence as Fulham conceded an average of less than a goal a game and helped them to seventh position in the League thus gaining qualification to the Europa League.
During the following season, Hangeland was part of the Fulham side that went all the way to the Europa League final, a feat that rippled throughout Europe having been 1500/1 to win at the start of the tournament.
His has continued to make his presence felt this season, scoring in the last minute recently against Manchester United to earn his side a draw (though he did score an own goal to give them the lead).
Due to his performances for the Craven Cottage outfit, Hangeland attracted the attention of Arsenal who were rumoured to be very close to a deal. It fell through however and the defender signed a new contract, keeping him at Craven Cottage until 2014, something fans will appreciate.