Simon Kjaer Biography
Simon Kjaer born Simon Thorup Kjær, is a Danish professional footballer. He plays for Spanish club Sevilla as a centre back and captains the Denmark national team.
Simon Kjaer started playing football with club Lund IF near Horsens. He moved to the youth team of Danish Superliga club FC Midtjylland in 2004. He made his senior debut for Midtjylland in the Viasat Cup training matches in June 2006, and was promoted to the first team squad in January 2007.
He had a successful trial with Real Madrid in August 2007, but their transfer offer was refused by FC Midtjylland. He signed a five-year contract with Midtjylland instead in September 2007.
In February 2008, Kjær signed a five-year contract with Italian club Palermo, effective from the summer 2008. In July 2008, Kjær joined Italian club Palermo. He made his Palermo debut on 26 October 2008 against Fiorentina in Serie A.
VfL Wolfsburg signed Kjær on 8 July 2010. Kjær made his Bundesliga debut for Wolfsburg against Bayern Munich on 20 August 2010. On 30 August 2011, Kjær went out on a season-long loan deal to Roma, with the option to purchase at the end of the season. He made his debut for Roma against Inter Milan on 17 September 2011. He return to Wolfsburg after his loan-spell at Roma ended.
On 5 July 2013, it was announced that Kjær had signed a four-year deal with Ligue 1 side, Lille. e scored his first ever Ligue 1 goal against Lorient with a deflected free kick. On 16 June 2015, Kjær joined Turkish side Fenerbahçe, signed four-year deal. On 2 August 2017, Kjær joined Spanish side Sevilla signing a four-year deal.
Simon Kjaer International Career
Simon Kjaer made his debut for the Denmark national under-19 football team in September 2006, at the age of 17. He was named 2007 Danish under-19 talent of the year.
He was called up for the Denmark national under-21 football team in May 2008. He made his debut against the Germany under-21s.
Kjær was called up to the senior Danish national team in February 2009. He was part of the senior squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification game against Sweden on 6 June 2009. Kjær established himself in the Danish starting line-up, played the following three qualification games, and helped Denmark qualify for the 2010 World Cup. He was named in the final squad of 23 participating in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
Kjær was a part of the Danish UEFA Euro 2012-team. He was named in Denmark’s 23-man 2018 FIFA World Cup squad.
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Simon Kjaer Age
He was born on 26 March 1989 in Horsens, Denmark.
Simon Kjaer Wife
He married Elina Gollert in Rona, Italy in June 2017. The couple have two boys. The first child is Milas Kjaer who was born in 2013 and had their second child in November 2015.
Simon Kjaer Height
He stands at 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in).
Simon Kjær VFL Wolfsburg
On 30 June 2010, Wolfsburg confirmed they had opened talks with Kjær. Wolfsburg had beaten off competition from various European heavyweights to sign Kjær. On 8 July 2010, Wolfsburg signed Kjær for an undisclosed fee believed to be in excess of £10million. Following his move to Wolfsburg, Kjær said: “The transfer means I have the chance to play for a top club, I think this is the right step for me.
We have a strong team that can challenge at the top of the Bundesliga. First, I need to secure a regular place.” The deal made Kjær the most expensive Danish footballer in the world. Making the shift from Serie A football to the Bundesliga meant that Kjær would become one of the best paid Danish footballers with an annual salary of around €3 million.
The move from Serie A to the Bundesliga and VfL Wolfsburg was not only economically justifiable for the young Danish defender. Both national coach Morten Olsen and Kjær himself said after the shift that this is both sporty and developmentally was a step in the right direction for him.
Kjær made his unofficial debut for Wolfsburg in a pre-season fixture against FC Augsburg, in which Wolfsburg ran out 1–0 winners. Kjær made his Bundesliga debut for Wolfsburg in a 2–1 loss against Bayern Munich on 20 August 2010.
After a poor start to the season for Wolfsburg, with varying results and unmet expectations; Kjær scored his first goal for Wolfsburg in a 2–0 win over Stuttgart when he headed the ball in over the line after a corner kick. Several statisticians have noted that the ball took a deflection, however the goal was eventually credited to EdinDžeko.
Despite much criticism from the media for his poor performances, Kjær played in the starting lineup in all 17 Bundesliga matches in the autumn 2010 season. After having formed a successful partnership with Italy international Andrea Barzagli in Wolfsburg’s central defence, Kjær would then feature alongside German international Arne Friedrich.
In his 19th appearance in the league, Kjær scored his first Bundesliga goal for the club. Kjær was match winner in the 0–1 away game against Mainz 05, with a headed goal in the 83rd minute, which Kjær secured the first Wolfsburg victory in eight matches – after seven drawn games in a row.
Following Steve McClaren’s sacking (who brought him to the club) due to further poor results in February 2011, Felix Magath returned to Wolfsburg (the manager guided the club to win their first Bundesliga title).
Magath made a comment on criticising the ‘poor condition’ of the players he inherited (including Kjær) from McClaren. During the English coach had Kjær started 20 out of 21 Bundesliga matches, after having been out with an injury in round 20 against Dortmund.
In connection with the dismissal declared affection in public, that he was sorry for firing, and that he had been happy to work with Steve McClaren. In his first season, Kjær made 32 appearances and scored two goals.
In his second season at Wolfsburg, Kjær made three appearances for Wolfsburg. Kjær’s time at Wolfsburg has been met by frustration, as the club narrowly avoided the drop last season and he has come under fire for some lacklustre displays.
Clubs like English side Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Italian side Juventus had reportedly shown interest in signing the player.
Simon Kjaer Fenerbahce
On 16 June 2015, Kjær joined Turkish side Fenerbahçe, signed four-year deal for €7.65 million.
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What do you see as your most important job as captain of the national team?
Simon Kjaer: “It will be to share my experience with the younger players. You know that your whole nation will be watching. It is a huge event – and when I talk to the young players in our squad, I will tell them, that this could be a once in a lifetime opportunity. They must enjoy the experience but also give everything they have – because it may never happen to them again.”
Going into the World Cup as the leader of your country, what are your personal objectives for a successful campaign?
Simon Kjaer: “I am incredibly proud of being the captain of Denmark at the World Cup. It was a personal highlight and a huge honour for me to receive the armband in the first case – and then to lead the boys and my nation through the qualification. I can’t wait to get started in Russia, because we want to achieve something great together.”
You made your Denmark debut in 2009, you were 20 at the time. What did this mean to you?
Simon Kjaer: “It was amazing to be a part of my national team in that early age – and I am happy to have been in the line-up ever since. It will always make me proud to play for my country.”
Which country are the main favourites in Russia? And who will be seen as the dark horse?
Simon Kjaer: “I have mostly focused on our own group, and France are not only favourites in our group, but also have the potential to be one of the title favourites. Obviously Spain is also up there with so much top quality in the squad – and don’t forget Brazil.”
“I am incredibly proud of being the captain of Denmark at the World Cup. It was a personal highlight and a huge honour for me to receive the armband in the first case…”
Have you got a memorable moment of Denmark at a World Cup tournament?
Simon Kjaer: “I was only a little boy during the World Cup in France in 1998, but one moment will always stay with me, when Denmark beat Nigeria to qualify for the quarter-finals. Michael Laudrup with all the vision in the world freezing time; looking one way and chipping the ball in another direction to Ebbe Sand, controlling the ball perfectly before striking it in the net. Pure footballing beauty – breathtaking and completely an unforgettable moment for a football mad kid like me.”
You were at South Africa 2010. What was it like playing in your first World Cup?
Simon Kjaer: “Playing at a World Cup is a personal highlight. It is what all children dream of, when they kick the ball in a street, a garden or in school. Now at 29, I have been fortunate enough to be a part of two final tournaments already, now facing the third and hopefully with more to come in my career after this. When I compare the World Cup in South Africa to the Euros in Ukraine and Poland, I just have to say, that there is nothing like the World Cup.”
What do you think of Denmark’s group – are there any teams that could be tough to play against?
Simon Kjaer: “They will all be tough. When you look at the FIFA ranking, we have three teams in top 12 right now, and that shows really high quality. The FIFA ranking doesn’t tell the full story, but it tells us, that these teams including ourselves win a lot of matches since we all have these high positions in the list.”
The 2018 World Cup will be the fourth time that Denmark have entered the competition over the last 20 years. What is this feeling like with the other teammates in the dressing room?
Simon Kjaer: “We feel like children before Christmas. We can’t wait to get started.”
You will be entering the 2018 World Cup as a player who is in his prime. Do you think it is possible that in four years’ time you could play in Qatar, for a potential third World Cup?
Simon Kjaer: “You never know in football – but I still have a lot of ambitions with my club and my country.”
If you could go back in time and give advice to an 18-year-old Simon Kjaer, what would it be and why?
Simon Kjaer: “I don’t want to sound arrogant, but I would not change a lot. I am happy with my career so far. I have been in many clubs, where I have always played a lot of matches, gathered experience and developed myself as a player and as a person.
“Now, I play in a great club in the best League in the world – and I am the captain of my country in the World Cup. In my private life I have a wonderful little family with my two boys and my wonderful wife. So I would tell myself as an 18-year-old to stay true to myself and always believe in my own values as a professional and as a person.”
You’ve been playing in La Liga for a season. How well have you adapted to Spanish football?
Simon Kjaer: “It’s been frustrating for me to have too many injuries in my first season, but I have enjoyed playing for this great club with the amazing supporters. Actually, we have done well in a lot of great matches this season: We knocked out Atletico Madrid of the Copa del Rey, we knocked out Manchester United of Champions League, where we drew with Liverpool – who went all the way to the Final.
“And in La Liga, we beat Real Madrid and came so close to beating Barcelona in our home game, that ended 2-2. Last season was a bit too turbulent for the club and we have to be more consistent, but when you look at bottom line, the results are not that bad; the quarter-finals of the Champions League, the Copa del Rey Final and qualification for Europa League.”
How has playing in La Liga helped you improve as a player?
Simon Kjaer: “A football career is one long education, where you will always learn and develop. And playing at the highest level – in the best League in the world is a great challenge that develops you as a player in general. Even the teams from the bottom half of La Liga have a very high level of football.”
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