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Stephan Andersen

Stephan Maigaard Andersen (born November 26, 1981) is a Denmark professional football (soccer) player, who plays as a Goalkeeper (association football) for Brøndby IF in the Danish Superliga. Andersen is also playing for the Denmark national football team and was chosen to represent Stephan Andersen country at the 2004 UEFA European Football Championship and 2010 FIFA World Cup.

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Stephan Andersen biography


Stephan Maigaard Andersen (born November 26, 1981) is a Denmark professional football (soccer) player, who plays as a Goalkeeper (association football) for Brøndby IF in the Danish Superliga. Andersen is also playing for the Denmark national football team and was chosen to represent Stephan Andersen country at the 2004 UEFA European Football Championship and 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Club career

Starting Stephan Andersen career at the youth teams of Hvidovre IF, Stephan Andersen moved youth setup of multiple Danish champions Brøndby IF. When Stephan Andersen wasn't seen as a long-term prospect for the Brøndby goalkeeping position, Stephan Andersen left Brøndby in the winter 1999, to rejoin Hvidovre. Andersen made Stephan Andersen senior debut for Hvidovre IF in the lower league Danish 1st Division, and was recognized as a big talent.

In March 2002, Hvidovre owner, and professional goalkeeper, Peter Schmeichel chose to end Stephan Andersen engagement in the club. Hvidovre actively sought to off-load Andersen, one of only two professional players in the squad. Stephan Andersen was initially wanted by a number of clubs in Football in England, including Schmeichel's club Aston Villa FC and Sunderland AFC, the club of Danish international goalkeeper Thomas Sørensen. Sunderland opted to buy Norway national football team goalkeeper Thomas Myhre instead, and no other foreign offers materialized. Andersen moved to Akademisk Boldklub (AB) in the top-flight Danish Superliga championship in August 2002.

Stephan Andersen moved abroad to join England club Charlton Athletic F.C. in a DKK 8 million transfer deal in June 2004. In Stephan Andersen first season with the London club, Stephan Andersen only made two first team appearances. Due to an injury sustained by first choice goalkeeper Dean Kiely, Andersen started the FA Premier League 2005-06 in the team. Charlton's poor mid-season form saw Stephan Andersen dropped in favour of Kiely at first, then Thomas Myhre, who established himself as first choice as Charlton turned their season around. Andersen was reinstated into the lineup for the last two games of the season, when Myhre suffered an injury. In the 2006 summer transfer window, Andersen looked ready to join Leeds United A.F.C. on a season-long loan (football), but as Charlton insisted on a clause to allow the club to recall Andersen at any time during the season, the transfer fell through at the last moment. In the first half of the FA Premier League 2006-07, Stephan Andersen saw the loaned-in Scott Carson become Charlton's starting goalkeeper.

In November 2006, Andersen signed a transfer deal to move back to Denmark to play for Superliga side Brøndby IF at the start of the January 2007 transfer window. and Viborg FF, but was kept in the starting line-up and eventually upped Stephan Andersen game. Stephan Andersen helped Brøndby win the 2008 Danish Cup, and was named 2008 Det Gyldne Bur.

International career

Stephan Andersen was called up for the Denmark national under-21 football team in June 2001, where Stephan Andersen immediately displaced the two years older Rune Pedersen (footballer). While at AB, Stephan Andersen reached 21 games for the Danish under-21 national team, and was the first goalkeeper to win a Danish talent award, when Stephan Andersen was named 2003 Danish Football Player of the Year Young Players of the Year.

Following strong displays for AB, Andersen made Stephan Andersen Danish national team debut against Spain national football team in a March 2004 friendly match. It would be four-and-a-half years before Stephan Andersen got Stephan Andersen second cap. Stephan Andersen was selected as a backup goalkeeper for the Danish national team squad at the 2004 European Championship, where Thomas Sørensen was preferred as the starting goalkeeper in every game. While playing for Brøndby, Andersen got Stephan Andersen second cap in September 2008, and replaced the injured Thomas Sørensen for three games in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification. Stephan Andersen was included in the Danish squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup tournament.

Honours

- Danish Football Player of the Year Young Players of the Year: 2003
- Det Gyldne Bur: 2008

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephan_Andersen

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