Jesper Grønkjær is a former Danish professional footballer. A pacey winger, Grønkjær played on the right or left wing, or as a second striker, he played a total 400 league games for a number of European clubs, most notably winning the 1999 Dutch Cup with Ajax Amsterdam and playing more than 100 games for English club Chelsea. Grønkjær ended his career with FC Copenhagen. Grønkjær is one of the only few Greenlandic soccer players to play in international tournaments. Grønkjær was capped 80 times for the Denmark national team from 1999 to 2010, he played for his country at the World Cup in 2002 and the 2010, as well as two European Championship tournaments. He was named 1995 Danish Under-19 Player of the Year. Raised in Thisted, Grønkjær started his career with local team Thisted FC. Earlier in his career he was told, he moved on to defending Danish Superliga champions Aalborg Boldspilklub in 1995. He played 100 matches for the club, including games in the European 1995–96 UEFA Champions League tournament.
He attracted the attention of a string of European top clubs. AaB sold Grønkjær in a £3.5 million transfer deal with Dutch club Ajax in October 1997, with Grønkjær moving to Amsterdam in July 1998. At Ajax, he was coached by fellow Dane Morten Olsen, played alongside Danish international Ole Tobiasen. With Ajax, he won the 1998–99 KNVB Cup and he was named "Ajax Player of the Year" by the fans in 1999–2000 again finding himself pursued by a host of top teams. In October 2000, Grønkjær joined Premier League club Chelsea for £7.8 million, which made him the most expensive Danish football player. However, he was still sidelined with an injury until January 2001, his career at Chelsea lasted for four years although his form during that time was somewhat inconsistent. At his best he was a constant threat. In Chelsea's fourth round FA Cup match away to Gillingham on 28 January 2001, Grønkjær started his first match for the club and scored two goals and hit the post twice, as Chelsea won 4–2, his most notable Chelsea performance came against Liverpool on the final day of the 2002–03 season, assisting with the first goal and scoring the second at Stamford Bridge to give Chelsea a 2–1 victory and fourth place in the league, which allowed the club to qualify for the upcoming 2003–04 UEFA Champions League tournament.
The importance of this result cannot be overstated, as qualification for the Champions League was considered essential to Roman Abramovich's impending takeover of the club, at the time in some financial difficulty. For this reason, it is referred to as the "billion pound goal." Talking about the match in February 2011, Grønkjær said "I remember the goal well. I was on the right wing when we got a throw-in, but instead of passing I cut in from the right and beat three or four defenders before sticking it in the other corner, it was a nice feeling, a good reward for a great season."In the 2003–04 UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg away at Highbury Stadium, Grønkjær came on for Scott Parker in the second half, with Arsenal leading 1–0 on the night and 2–1 on aggregate. Within six minutes of the substitution, Chelsea equalized through a goal by Frank Lampard; as Wayne Bridge scored three minutes before the final whistle, Chelsea went on to defeat Arsenal 3–2 on aggregate and book a place in the semi-finals.
In the following semi-final against AS Monaco, he scored from outside the penalty area with a cross-come-shot, but it was not enough for Chelsea to reach the final, as the club was defeated 5–3 on aggregate by Monaco. Grønkjær scored a strike in front of 67,000 fans at Old Trafford against Manchester United in the penultimate game of the 2003–04 season, the second of a three-game scoring streak, his final goal scored for Chelsea came the following week against Leeds United, where he scored the winner with a header in the first half. Chelsea had fired manager Claudio Ranieri before UEFA Euro 2004, Grønkjær signed for Birmingham City for £2.2 million in July 2004. He had a poor start with Birmingham, he scored only once, against Lincoln City in the Football League Cup. He was transferred for a fee of around € 2 million. Grønkjær struggled to settle in Spain and, following putting in a transfer request, made a reported €6 million move to Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart in the summer of 2005, where the club was building a formidable squad under manager Giovanni Trapattoni and Grønkjær would play alongside fellow Dane Jon Dahl Tomasson.
Despite the hype and expectations at the start of the season, the club struggled in mid-table. At the beginning of February 2006, Grønkjær and Tomasson criticised Trapattoni as "lacking the will to attack and win." The criticism came after 12 drawn games out of 20, although Trapattoni wanted to assert his authority and benched both players in the next game, he himself was fired the next day, on 9 February 2006. Rumours in the German and Danish media suggested that Grønkjær would leave Stuttgart in favour of Danish club F. C. Copenhagen. Grønkjær was presented as a new player for the defending Danish Superliga champions F. C. Copenhagen on 23 June 2006. Seen as an important player for F. C. Copenhagen's UEFA Champions League ambitions, Grønkjær helped the team qualify for the 2006–07 tournament, the first tournament participation in club history, he picked up a groin injury in a September 2006 Champions League match against Port
Akademisk Boldklub Gladsaxe is a Danish professional football club from Gladsaxe north of Copenhagen playing at the 3rd highest level of Danish domestic football in the Danish 2nd Division group 1. The club was established on February 26, 1889 through a merger of Fredericia Studenternes Kricketklub and Polyteknisk Boldklub. AB is nine time Danish Champions, eight time Copenhagen Champions, one time Danish Cup Champions and six times Copenhagen Cup Champions, the club is thus one of the most successful in Danish football; the club has training and club facilities in Bagsværd north of Copenhagen and plays its home matches at Gladsaxe Stadium called Stade de Lundberg, named after one of the club's pioneers, Knud Lundberg. Since the foundation, AB had an owl as mascot; the club's official fan club is named AB Forever and was founded in 1995. AB is one of the oldest football clubs in Denmark and is from Copenhagen. Here the club had training facilities on Østerbro from 1903–1922. From 1923–1965 the club had training facilities on Nørrebro.
In 1965, AB moved to Gladsaxe. Most of the club's titles were won in the time in Copenhagen in the 1890s and the 1940s; the club participated in the foundation of the Danish Football Association in 1889 and has over the years developed many football players who have played on the Danish national team, including Harald Bohr, Karl Aage Hansen, Knud Lundberg, Kresten Bjerre and René Henriksen. Akademisk Boldklub was founded on February 26, 1889 through a merger of the two academic sports clubs Fredericia Studenternes Kricketklub and Polyteknisk Boldklub. Fredericia Studenternes Kricketklub was a cricket club founded in 1884 by graduating students from the Latin School in Fredericia; when they became students in 1883, they moved to Copenhagen to study at the University of Copenhagen. The following year, they founded the club. Like most other clubs at the time, Fredericia Studenternes Kricketklub only had cricket on the program. However, from around 1887, football became more popular in Denmark as Frederik Markmann, chairman of the board of Københavns Boldklub, took the initiative to translate the laws of the English Football Association to Danish in collaboration with three clubmates and Holger Forchhammer from Fredericia Studenternes Kricketklub.
The club got football on the program from on and participated in Københavns Boldklub's Medal Football Competition. Holger Forchhammer and his brother Johannes Forchhammer were key people in Fredericia Studenternes Kricketklub at that time. Holger Forchhammer took initiative to start a collaboration with Herlufsholm Kostskole, where Holger's father was the rector, to recruit talented players to the team. Holger became board member of AB's first board and chairman of the National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark from 1897–1899, while Johannes became chairman of the Danish Football Association from 1894–1897. With the introduction of football on the program, the club opened for admission from other schools than Fredericia Studenternes Kricketklub; the number of Copenhageners in the club grew larger and the name of the club became unrepresentative of its member. Therefore, members of Fredericia Studenternes Kricketklub and Polyteknisk Boldklub were convened on February 26, 1889, for a joint meeting between the two clubs in order to arrange a merger.
Polyteknisk Boldklub was a somewhat younger club from 1885 which consisted of students and graduates from Technical University of Denmark. The result of the meeting was a merger between the two clubs and the foundation of Akademisk Boldklub. In relation to the merger, new requirements for becoming a member of AB were introduced; the admission requirement was that one had an entrance examination from a Scandinavian university or from the Technical University of Denmark. However, an exemption could be granted for this requirement if the board decided unanimously to register a member or if 15 members of the club recommended a person. At the establishment of AB, the club got a new logo with an owl as a mascot; the owl has been the club's mascot since the foundation. The newly established club played in a green and white kit, as did the Fredericia Studenternes Kricketklub. Shortly after the foundation, on April 1, 1889, AB moved to new premises on Østerbro in Copenhagen where the club during the year grew to have 104 active members and 15 passive members.
On March 5, 1889, AB played its first official football match. The match was played at Blegdamsfælleden in Copenhagen, AB won 2-0 against the opponent BK Frem. In 1889, AB participated in the establishment of the Danish Football Association together with 21 football clubs from Copenhagen and five from the province. On April 27, 1889, AB won the Danish Football Association's first tournament, defeating the until invincible club Københavns Boldklub. In the period 1890–1900, AB had great success and won the Copenhagen Football Championship eight times. In 1890 AB played the first Danish-Swedish football match in the history when Halmstads BK was defeated 3-0 away from home. Football was not yet played at schools at the time, AB therefore started a junior department with the intention of recruiting talented young players. However, the department had to close again in 1897 due to the bad behavior of its members. In 1899, the club tried again and this time it had more success as the department's member count rose to 70 during the first year.
The first two members of the new junior department were brothers Niels Bohr and Harald Bohr, who both came to play on AB's first-team squad. Harald Bohr debuted at AB's first-team squad at the age of 16, where he became known as the
Denmark the Kingdom of Denmark, is a Nordic country and the southernmost of the Scandinavian nations. Denmark lies southwest of Sweden and south of Norway, is bordered to the south by Germany; the Kingdom of Denmark comprises two autonomous constituent countries in the North Atlantic Ocean: the Faroe Islands and Greenland. Denmark proper consists of a peninsula, an archipelago of 443 named islands, with the largest being Zealand and the North Jutlandic Island; the islands are characterised by flat, arable land and sandy coasts, low elevation and a temperate climate. Denmark has a total area of 42,924 km2, land area of 42,394 km2, the total area including Greenland and the Faroe Islands is 2,210,579 km2, a population of 5.8 million. The unified kingdom of Denmark emerged in the 10th century as a proficient seafaring nation in the struggle for control of the Baltic Sea. Denmark and Norway were ruled together under one sovereign ruler in the Kalmar Union, established in 1397 and ending with Swedish secession in 1523.
The areas of Denmark and Norway remained under the same monarch until Denmark -- Norway. Beginning in the 17th century, there were several devastating wars with the Swedish Empire, ending with large cessions of territory to Sweden. After the Napoleonic Wars, Norway was ceded to Sweden, while Denmark kept the Faroe Islands and Iceland. In the 19th century there was a surge of nationalist movements, which were defeated in the 1864 Second Schleswig War. Denmark remained neutral during World War I. In April 1940, a German invasion saw brief military skirmishes while the Danish resistance movement was active from 1943 until the German surrender in May 1945. An industrialised exporter of agricultural produce in the second half of the 19th century, Denmark introduced social and labour-market reforms in the early 20th century that created the basis for the present welfare state model with a developed mixed economy; the Constitution of Denmark was signed on 5 June 1849, ending the absolute monarchy, which had begun in 1660.
It establishes a constitutional monarchy organised as a parliamentary democracy. The government and national parliament are seated in Copenhagen, the nation's capital, largest city, main commercial centre. Denmark exercises hegemonic influence in the Danish Realm, devolving powers to handle internal affairs. Home rule was established in the Faroe Islands in 1948. Denmark negotiated certain opt-outs, it is among the founding members of NATO, the Nordic Council, the OECD, OSCE, the United Nations. Denmark is considered to be one of the most economically and developed countries in the world. Danes enjoy a high standard of living and the country ranks in some metrics of national performance, including education, health care, protection of civil liberties, democratic governance and human development; the country ranks as having the world's highest social mobility, a high level of income equality, is among the countries with the lowest perceived levels of corruption in the world, the eleventh-most developed in the world, has one of the world's highest per capita incomes, one of the world's highest personal income tax rates.
The etymology of the word Denmark, the relationship between Danes and Denmark and the unifying of Denmark as one kingdom, is a subject which attracts debate. This is centered on the prefix "Dan" and whether it refers to the Dani or a historical person Dan and the exact meaning of the -"mark" ending. Most handbooks derive the first part of the word, the name of the people, from a word meaning "flat land", related to German Tenne "threshing floor", English den "cave"; the -mark is believed to mean woodland or borderland, with probable references to the border forests in south Schleswig. The first recorded use of the word Danmark within Denmark itself is found on the two Jelling stones, which are runestones believed to have been erected by Gorm the Old and Harald Bluetooth; the larger stone of the two is popularly cited as Denmark's "baptismal certificate", though both use the word "Denmark", in the form of accusative ᛏᛅᚾᛘᛅᚢᚱᚴ tanmaurk on the large stone, genitive ᛏᛅᚾᛘᛅᚱᚴᛅᚱ "tanmarkar" on the small stone.
The inhabitants of Denmark are there called "Danes", in the accusative. The earliest archaeological findings in Denmark date back to the Eem interglacial period from 130,000–110,000 BC. Denmark has been inhabited since around 12,500 BC and agriculture has been evident since 3900 BC; the Nordic Bronze Age in Denmark was marked by burial mounds, which left an abundance of findings including lurs and the Sun Chariot. During the Pre-Roman Iron Age, native groups began migrating south, the first tribal Danes came to the country between the Pre-Roman and the Germanic Iron Age, in the Roman Iron Age; the Roman provinces maintained trade routes and relations with native tribes in Denmark, Roman coins have been found in Denmark. Evidence of strong Celtic cultural influence dates from this period in Denmark and much of North-West Europe and is among other things reflected in the finding of the Gundestrup cauldron; the tribal Danes came from the east Danish islands and Scania and spoke an early form of North Germanic.
Historians believe that before their arrival, most of Jutland and the nearest islands were settled by tribal J
Lars Martin Jørgensen, more known as Martin Jørgensen, is a Danish former professional footballer played as a midfielder or defender. He is working as talent manager for AGF. Jørgensen scored 12 goals for the Denmark national football team, he is the only player. He has played at two European Championship tournaments. After Denmark's elimination from the 2010 World Cup, Jørgensen announced his retirement from the national team; as he was close to reach his anniversary match no.100 for the national team, the coach Morten Olsen however decided to call him up for one last farewell match, in November 2010. After a brief retirement, he returned to the national team as he was called up for the Euro 2012 qualifying match against Norway on 6 September 2011, he is the older brother of retired Danish football player Mads Jørgensen. Born in Ryomgaard at Djursland he began his club career at the local club IF Midtdjurs. Jørgensen moved to AGF Aarhus as a youngster. Jørgensen's footballing talent was recognized as he was chosen to represent various Danish youth national teams from 1991 onward.
He made his senior debut for AGF in 1993, was a part of the GF team that won the 1996 Danish Cup trophy. He was named 1996 Danish under-21 Player of the Year, set a record of 31 games for the Danish under-21 national team, scoring 9 goals, his contract with AGF had a release clause permitting Jørgensen to leave the club on a free transfer in April 1997. He moved to Italy, to play alongside fellow Dane Thomas Helveg at Udinese Calcio in the Serie A championship, he helped Udinese finish third in the 1997–98 season, made his debut for the senior Danish national team in March 1998 against Scotland, under national team coach Bo Johansson. He was chosen to represent Denmark at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, where he got his international breakthrough, he took part in all five Denmark matches at the tournament and scored the opening goal in the 2–3 quarter-final defeat to eventual runners-up Brazil. Jørgensen was called up by Johansson to compete for Denmark at the 2000 European Championship, despite being injured.
The tournament was no success for Jørgensen, who played a single game as Denmark were eliminated in the preliminary group stage. He made his second World Cup appearance, at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, he played in Denmark's three group stage matches, before suffering an injury which kept him from playing the 2nd round where Denmark were eliminated. At the 2004 European Championship, Jørgensen played in all Denmark's four matches before elimination. After spending seven years at Udinese, Jørgensen moved to league rivals ACF Fiorentina in August 2004, when Fiorentina bought half of Jørgensen's transfer fee rights. Jørgensen has beloved by the fans, he is an attacking midfielder right behind the two strikers and during the 2007–2008 season served as a right back for a majority of the season. He scored 2 goals in the UEFA Cup against Elfsborg and was a key part of the 3–2 victory over Juventus on 2 March 2008, his 2008–2009 season was plagued by an early onset of muscular injuries that left him out of the team until February 2009.
He stated that once his time in Florence finished he would like to return to Aarhus before he retires. Despite a difficult season, he signed a contract extension to remain in Florence until June 2010. In the 2008–2009 season, Jørgensen scored a crucial 90th-minute equalizer against Lecce which gifted Fiorentina the fourth and final Champions League slot. On 9 December 2009 Jørgensen scored the first goal in Fiorentina's 2–1 victory over Liverpool at Anfield, his first career goal in the Champions League, after receiving a nice pass from Alberto Gilardino on a counterattack. Fiorentina claimed top spot in the group with this win, having eliminated Liverpool a fortnight prior. On the second last day of the transfer window, 31 January 2010, Jørgensen returned to his childhood club, Danish AGF Aarhus for undisclosed fee, he had 6 months contract left with La viola. On 11 November 2014, Martin Jørgensen announced his decision to retire from active football by the end of 2014. In the winter 2014, Jørgensen was hired as playing assistant manager at AGF.
He had this job until the summer. He continued as player without any coaching role from the summer 2014 until new year, where he stopped his career, he got the job as U14 coach in January 2015. One month after he was hired as U14 coach in AGF, he was hired as the assistant manager of the Danish national team, but in the summer 2015, his role got changed from U14 coach to talent coach, while he continued as assistant manager on the national team. He left the post as assistant manager in January 2016. Source: Notes Scores and results list Denmark's goal tally first. Score column indicates score after each Jørgensen goal. AGFDanish Cup: 1995–96 Danish under-21 Player of the Year: 1996 Martin Jørgensen stopper karrieren‚ bold.dk, 11 November 2014 Hareide dropper Olsens assistenter‚ bold.dk, 5 February 2016 Martin Jørgensen at Soccerway Martin Jørgensen's official homepage Danish national team profile Official Danish Superliga stats Martin Jørgensen at National-Football-Teams.com Italian League stats at gazzetta.it
Martin Laursen is a Danish former footballer who played in the centre-back position. He played three seasons for Italian club A. C. Milan, with whom he won the 2003 UEFA Champions League and the 2004 Serie A championship, he played for Italian clubs Hellas Verona and Parma FC, was the team captain of English club Aston Villa. He was most the manager of BK Søllerød-Vedbæk. Laursen was capped 53 times and scored two goals for the Denmark national team from 2000 to 2008, he was named 2008 Danish Football Player of the Year, he represented Denmark at the 2000 European Championship, 2002 FIFA World Cup, 2004 European Championship tournaments. Born in Fårvang near Silkeborg, Laursen started playing football with local amateur club Horn/Fårvang IF, he started his senior career with nearby top-flight club Silkeborg IF in the Danish Superliga championship. Laursen made his Silkeborg debut under Silkeborg manager Preben Elkjær. Laursen helped steer Silkeborg to second place in the 1997–98 Superliga season, under new Silkeborg manager Sepp Piontek, as he played 22 games and scored one goal during that season.
Laursen played 35 games and scored one goal for Silkeborg in the Superliga from his debut until his last game in June 1998. After three seasons at Silkeborg, Laursen moved to Italy in August 1998, to play for Hellas Verona in the second-tier Serie B league; the contact with Verona was mediated by Silkeborg manager Preben Elkjær. Laursen was plagued by a knee injury for the majority of his first season at Verona, where the club won promotion to the top-flight Serie A championship. Laursen established himself in the Verona starting lineup during his second season in Italy, he became known as Lionheart Laursen among the Verona fans, describing his courage and great ability to time his headers. Seeking a high-profile move, Parma AC made a successful bid of 9,000 million Italian lire to sign half of the registration rights of Laursen in June 2000, in a deal including Parma-owned player Anthony Šerić remaining at Verona on loan. Laursen played a further season with Verona. After the 2000–01 Serie A season, Laursen moved to join Parma who acquired the remaining 50% of his registration rights for another 9,000 million Italian lire, while Šerić in turn made a co-ownership deal with Verona in June 2001, for 2,500 million lire.
Following only three weeks of training at the club, Parma loaned Laursen out before he would play any games for the club. In July 2001, Laursen was loaned out to Serie A rivals A. C. Milan, who needed depth in their squad, he started out strong for his new club, scoring two goals in the first four rounds of the 2001–02 Serie A season, played 22 league games in his first season with Milan. Milan decided to buy him in the middle of the season for a fee of 21.5 billion lire. In the summer 2002, Milan bought Italian international defender Alessandro Nesta, Laursen's playing time diminished to a combined 20 league games in the next two seasons. Though winning silverware with Milan in 2003, Laursen did not play in the 2002–03 UEFA Champions League final, he won the Coppa Italia, UEFA Champions League and European Super Cup in 2003, the 2004 Serie A championship. Due to the presence of Paolo Maldini and Alessandro Nesta, Laursen failed to establish himself in Milan's first team in the long run; when Milan bought Dutch international defender Jaap Stam in May 2004, Laursen left the club shortly thereafter.
On 21 May 2004, Laursen was bought by FA Premier League side Aston Villa for a fee of £3 million, on a four-year contract. His debut with Villa came against Southampton on 14 August, a match which ended 2–0 in Villa's favour. Laursen's time at Villa proved frustrating, he put in a few encouraging performances on and off, during the 2004–05 season, but the knee injury that plagued him earlier in his career returned and kept Laursen at playing only one Premier League game for Aston Villa during the 2005–06 season. After a re-occurrence of the knee injury during the summer 2006 off-season, his playing future at club and international level was seen to be in doubt, he underwent a full rehabilitation in Bologna, returned to the Villa side in August 2006. Villa hired Martin O'Neill as manager in August 2006, he and Laursen came to an understanding of giving Laursen the freedom to train as he wanted, which helped prevent further injuries. Laursen became an integral part of O'Neill's plans, the physical English playing style proved to suit Laursen perfectly.
Laursen became an effective goalscorer for Villa during the 2007–08 season, scoring six goals from his position of centre-back. This included three goals against Tottenham Hotspur, two of which came in a thrilling 4–4 draw at White Hart Lane, the other coming in a 2–1 home victory. Laursen agreed terms on a new two-and-a-half-year deal with Aston Villa in January 2008, he played all Villa's matches, except for League Cup games, during the 2007–08 season and he was voted the Supporters' Player of the Year in 2008. Laursen replaced Gareth Barry as club captain for Villa on a permanent basis for the 2008–09 season. In Aston Villa's first game of the 2008–09 season, Laursen captained the side in the UEFA Intertoto Cup, continued his goal-scoring record from set pieces by scoring Villa's second goal in the 2–2 draw against Danish team Odense BK. Laursen managed to get onto the scoresheet in a UEFA Cup match with FH Hafnarfjörður, against Stoke City in the Premiership. On 23 October 2008, Laursen gave Aston Villa the lead in the UEFA Cup game against Ajax Amsterdam with a header from close-range.
Villa went on to win the match 2–1. He was named 2008 Danish Football Player of the Year in November 2008. In December 2008, Laursen was injured again, he returned for the gam
Peter Madsen (footballer)
Peter Planch Madsen is a retired Danish professional footballer who played as a striker. He played 13 games and scored three goals for the Danish national team, Madsen was part of the Danish squad at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and 2004 European Championship tournaments. Born in Roskilde, Madsen started playing as a junior for Roskilde B 06, before he moved on to the youth team of Brøndby IF. Considered a good talent, he played 35 matches and scored nine goals for various Danish national youth teams from 1993 to 1999, he made his senior debut for Brøndby in April 1997, went on to win three Danish Superliga championships and the 1998 Danish Cup in his six years with the club. He finished the 2001–02 season as joint league top scorer with Kaspar Dalgas, Madsen made his debut for the Danish senior national team in October 2001, he was included for the Danish team to compete at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, but did not play any games at the tournament. Madsen was long linked with a move abroad, he was loaned out to German team VfL Wolfsburg in January 2003, playing in the top-flight Bundesliga championship.
A part of the loan contract was a June 2003 transfer deal worth 15 million DKK, but as Wolfsburg rejected the transfer, Madsen ended up playing for German league rivals VfL Bochum in the summer 2003. In his first season with Bochum, Madsen scored 13 league goals, he was chosen to represent the Danish national team at the 2004 European Championship, where he took part in a single match at his second international tournament. Following Euro 2004, Madsen scored his first national team goals, when he scored three goals in a 5–1 win against Poland in August 2004; as Bochum were relegated following the 2004–05 season, Madsen moved on to 1. FC Köln in July 2005. Never a success at Köln, he was told to find a new club in January 2006. On 30 January 2006, he signed a loan deal with English club Southampton FC, lasting until the end of the 2005–06 season. Madsen scored twice in his nine league games for Southampton in his loan spell, before returning to Köln, relegated to the 2. Bundesliga, he played 13 games for Köln in the 2nd Bundesliga before leaving the club.
In May 2007, he agreed a move back to Brøndby IF, signing a five-year contract effective from 1 July 2007. Complete statistic of all games played in the senior career; as of 11 July 2012 Complete statistic of all A-level games, played for the Denmark National Football Team. From the first match in October 2001, until the latest match in February 2005. Scores and results list Denmark's goal tally first. Danish Superliga champion: 1996–97, 1997–98, 2001–02 Danish Cup champion: 1997–98 Top scorer of the Danish Superliga: 2001–02 Peter Madsen at Soccerbase
2006 FIFA World Cup
The 2006 FIFA World Cup was the 18th FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international football world championship tournament. It was held from 9 June to 9 July 2006 in Germany, which won the right to host the event in July 2000. Teams representing 198 national football associations from all six populated continents participated in the qualification process which began in September 2003. Thirty-one teams qualified from this process, along with the host nation, for the finals tournament, it was the second time that Germany staged the competition, the tenth time that it was held in Europe. Italy won the tournament, they defeated France 5–3 in a penalty shoot-out in the final, after extra time had finished in a 1–1 draw. Germany defeated Portugal 3–1 to finish in third place. Angola, Ivory Coast and Tobago, Togo made their first appearances in the finals, it was the first appearance of Serbia and Montenegro under that name. The 2006 World Cup stands as one of the most watched events in television history, garnering an estimated 26.29 billion times viewed, compiled over the course of the tournament.
The final attracted an estimated audience of 715.1 million people. The vote to choose the hosts of the 2006 tournament was held in July 2000 in Switzerland, it involved four bidding nations after Brazil had withdrawn three days earlier: Germany, South Africa and Morocco. Three rounds of voting were required, each round eliminating the nation with the fewest votes; the first two rounds were held on 6 July 2000, the final round was held on 7 July 2000, which Germany won over South Africa. Accusations of bribery and corruption had marred the success of Germany's bid from the beginning. On the day of the vote, a hoax bribery affair was made public, leading to calls for a re-vote. On the night before the vote, German satirical magazine Titanic sent letters to FIFA representatives, offering joke gifts like cuckoo clocks and Black Forest ham in exchange for their vote for Germany. Oceania delegate Charlie Dempsey, who had backed England, had been instructed to support South Africa following England's elimination.
He abstained. Had Dempsey voted as instructed, the vote would have resulted with a 12–12 tie, FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who favoured the South African bid, would have had to cast the deciding vote. More irregularities surfaced soon after, including, in the months leading up to the decision, the sudden interest of German politicians and major businesses in the four Asian countries whose delegates were decisive for the vote. Just a week before the vote, the German government under Chancellor Gerhard Schröder lifted their arms embargo on Saudi Arabia and agreed to send grenade launchers to the country. DaimlerChrysler invested several hundred million Euro in Hyundai, while one of the sons of the company's founders was a member of FIFA's executive committee. Both Volkswagen and Bayer announced investments in Thailand and South Korea, whose respective delegates Worawi Makudi and Chung Jong-Moon were possible votes for Germany. Makudi additionally received a payment by a company of German media mogul Leo Kirch, who paid millions for worthless TV rights for friendly matches of the German team and FC Bayern Munich.
On 16 October 2015, the German news magazine Der Spiegel alleged that a slush fund with money from then-Adidas CEO Robert Louis-Dreyfus was used to influence the vote of four Asian members of the FIFA executive committee. The sum of 6.7 million Euro was demanded back by Dreyfus. In order to retrieve the money, the Organizing Committee paid an equivalent sum to the FIFA as a German share for the cost of a closing ceremony, which never materialized. Wolfgang Niersbach, president of the German Football Association, denied the allegations on 17 October 2015, saying that "the World Cup was not bought" and that he could "absolutely and categorically rule out the existence of a slush fund"; the DFB announced. During a press conference on 22 October 2015, Nierbach repeated his stance, emphasizing that the 6,7 million were used in 2002 to secure a subsidy by FIFA. According to Niersbach, the payment had been agreed upon during a meeting between Franz Beckenbauer and FIFA president Blatter, with the money being provided by Dreyfus.
On the same day, FIFA contradicted Niersbach's statement, saying: "By our current state of knowledge, no such payment of 10 million Franks was registered by FIFA in 2002." The following day, former DFB president Theo Zwanziger publicly accused Niersbach of lying, saying: "It is evident that there was a slush fund for the German World Cup application". According to Zwanziger, the 6.7 million Euros went to Mohamed Bin Hammam, who at the time was supporting Blatter's campaign for president against Issa Hayatou. On 22 March 2016 it was announced that the FIFA Ethics Committee was opening proceedings into the bid. 198 teams attempted to qualify for the 2006 World Cup. Germany, the host nation, was granted automatic qualification, with the remaining 31 finals places divided among the continental confederations. Thirteen places were contested by UEFA teams, five by CAF teams, four by CONMEBOL teams, four by AFC teams, three by CONCACAF teams; the remaining two places were decided by playoffs between AFC and CONCACAF and between CONMEBOL and OFC.
Eight nations qualified for the finals for the first time: Angola, Czech Republic, Ivory Coast, Togo and Tobago, Serbia and Montenegro. Czech