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Dennis Rommedahl (born 22 July 1978 in Copenhagenmarker) is a professional Danishmarker footballer, who is currently playing as a winger for Ajax. He has represented the Danish national football team in more than 80 matches, scoring 16 goals. Rommedahl was selected for the Danish squads at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2004 tournaments. He was also nominated for Danish Footballer of the Year in 2007.

Club career

Early career

Born in the Bispebjerg borough of Copenhagen, Rommedahl went on to play youth football for a number of clubs, including B 93 and Lyngby FC. He got his senior debut in 1995 for Lyngby, playing in the Danish Superliga championship.

PSV

In 1997, he was brought to the Dutchmarker club PSV Eindhoven, where he made his debut on March 22 in a 1-0 home loss against SC Heerenveen. After playing another match, PSV subsequently loaned him out to RKC Waalwijk for the 1997–98 season. He returned to PSV in 1998 and became a success by outrunning rival defenders with his fast wing-runs and excellent crossing ability. In total, he won four Eredivisie championships with PSV as well as four times the Johan Cruijff-schaal. He was linked with a big-money move to Italymarker, which never happened despite the reported interest.

Charlton

Rommedahl made the switch from Dutch to English football in the summer 2004, with Charlton Athletic beating Tottenham Hotspur to his signature, Rommedahl signing a four-year contract. His first season was spent settling in, with a notable length of time spent on the bench and on the physio's table, but his second season saw him flourish as he took a leading role in helping Charlton up towards the top of the Premiership.

Rommedahl had been linked with several moves away from Charlton. In the summer of 2006, he was nearly sold to FC Zenit Saint Petersburg. In December 2006, he was linked with a £1 million move to F.C. Copenhagen. This link was resurrected as Charlton edged closer to relegation, this time with Rommedahl being discussed as a replacement for Michael Silberbauer who was expected to leave Denmark to join a foreign club. In the summer of 2007, Galatasaray SK and Getafe CF were interested in signing him.Eventually he and Charlton agreed to sell him to Dutch side Ajax on July 20, 2007 for fee of £680,000.

Ajax

With Ajax, Rommedahl immediately won his fifth career Johan Cruijff-schaal in a 1-0 win over his former team PSV Eindhoven. He was also one of five players nominated Danish Football Player of the Year for 2007. For the second half of the 2008-09 season, he went out on loan to N.E.C. Nijmegen.

International career

Rommedahl was selected to play for the Danish under-19 national youth team in July 1996. In all, he went on to play a combined 19 matches and score 5 goals for the under-19 and under-21 national youth team.

When Morten Olsen, former coach of Dutch club Ajax, took over as coach of the Danish national team, Rommedahl was immediately called up for his Denmark debut in August 2000. Rommedahl went on to play the next 38 Danish national team matches in a row, the first 32 games in the starting line-up. The 38 games included Denmark's four games at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, where he scored a goal against defending world champions France in Denmark's 2-0 victory. His unbroken run of national team games was stopped in February 2004 when he missed the friendly match against Turkey. He also played all four Danish matches at the Euro 2004.

Statistics

Season Club Competition Apps Goals
1995/96 Lyngby FC Danish Superliga 9 0
1996/97 Lyngby FC Danish Superliga 17 4
1996/97 PSV Eindhoven Eredivisie 2 0
1997/98 RKC Waalwijk Eredivisie 34 5
1998/99 PSV Eindhoven Eredivisie 19 2
1999/00 PSV Eindhoven Eredivisie 23 0
2000/01 PSV Eindhoven Eredivisie 31 5
2001/02 PSV Eindhoven Eredivisie 34 12
2002/03 PSV Eindhoven Eredivisie 33 6
2003/04 PSV Eindhoven Eredivisie 19 4
2004/05 Charlton Athletic FA Premier League 26 2
2005/06 Charlton Athletic FA Premier League 21 7
2006/07 Charlton Athletic FA Premier League 28 0
2007/08 Ajax Eredivisie ? ?
2008/09 Ajax Eredivisie 22 9
NEC Eredivisie ? ?
2009/10 Ajax Eredivisie ? ?
Total 218 69


Position

He is a winger well known for his speed.

International goals

Scores and results list Denmark's goal tally first.


# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 7 October 2000 Belfastmarker, Northern Irelandmarker 1-1 1-1 2002 World Cup qualification
2 15 November 2000 Copenhagenmarker, Denmarkmarker 1-0 2-1 Friendly match
3 15 November 2000 Copenhagenmarker, Denmarkmarker 2-0 2-1 Friendly match
4 1 September 2001 Copenhagenmarker, Denmarkmarker 1-0 1-1 2002 World Cup qualification
5 6 October 2001 Copenhagenmarker, Denmarkmarker 1-0 6-0 2002 World Cup qualification
6 17 April 2002 Copenhagenmarker, Denmarkmarker 3-0 3-1 Friendly match
7 11 June 2002 Incheonmarker, South Koreamarker 1-0 2-0 2002 FIFA World Cup
8 29 March 2003 Bucharestmarker, Romaniamarker 1-1 5-2 Euro 2004 qualification
9 29 March 2003 Bucharestmarker, Romaniamarker 5-2 5-2 Euro 2004 qualification
10 9 February 2005 Athensmarker, Greecemarker 1-2 1-2 2006 World Cup qualification
11 17 August 2005 Copenhagenmarker, Denmarkmarker 1-0 4-1 Friendly match
12 16 August 2006 Odensemarker, Denmarkmarker 2-0 2-0 Friendly match
13 6 September 2006 Reykjavíkmarker, Icelandmarker 1-0 2-0 Euro 2008 qualification
14 6 June 2007 Rigamarker, Latviamarker 1-0 2-0 Euro 2008 qualification
15 6 June 2007 Rigamarker, Latviamarker 2-0 2-0 Euro 2008 qualification
16 17 October 2007 Copenhagenmarker, Denmarkmarker 3-1 3-1 Euro 2008 qualification


Honours



References

  1. Copenhagen to make bid for Charlton's Rommedahl, tribalfootball.com, December 31, 2006
  2. Rommedahl naar NEC , nu.nl, January 20, 2000


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