Lindegaard warming up before a game in 2011
|Full name||Anders Rosenkrantz Lindegaard|
|Date of birth||13 April 1984|
|Place of birth||Dyrup, Denmark|
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Current club||Manchester United|
|2008||→ Kolding (loan)||10||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:00, 19 May 2013 (GMT).
† Appearances (Goals).
Anders Rosenkrantz Lindegaard (Danish: [ˈɑnɐs ˈlinˀəɡɒːˀ]; born 13 April 1984) is a Danish footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Manchester United, having joined the club in November 2010. He initially came through the ranks of his hometown club, Odense Boldklub, but left due to a lack of first-team opportunities. He got his senior breakthrough winning the 2009 Norwegian Football Cup with Aalesund. He was named 2010 Goalkeeper of the Year in both Denmark and Norway.
He represented Denmark at U19 and U20 level, before making his senior debut on 7 September 2010 against Iceland.
Born in the Dyrup suburb of Odense, Lindegaard started his career at local Danish Superliga team Odense Boldklub (OB). He made his Danish Superliga debut in a 3–1 victory against Silkeborg IF on 19 November 2006. He made his UEFA competition debut on 30 July 2009, in a 4–3 win over Rabotnički. During most of his time in Odense, he was kept out of the team by Arek Onyszko, and he had two loan spells at Kolding FC, where he remained undefeated in the ten league games he got for the team, after it had lost the first four games of the season, and Aalesunds FK, who he would later join permanently. When Onyszko was sacked by Odense in June 2009 due to him being convicted for assaulting his ex-wife, Lindegaard was seen as his replacement. However, the arrival of Roy Carroll at Odense two months later forced him to move on.
In 2009, he joined Norwegian club Aalesunds FK on loan and later permanently. In 2009, he won the Norwegian Football Cup with Aalesund. In 2010, Lindegaard was named Goalkeeper of the Year in both Norway and Denmark.
Since early November 2010, he was reported to have become a target for English club Manchester United. However, former United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel opined that Lindegaard was not yet ready for regular Premier League action. On 23 November 2010, it was reported that Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson expected to complete the signing of the player in the "next two or three weeks." On 27 November 2010, Lindegaard joined Manchester United on a three-and-a-half-year contract for an undisclosed fee believed to be around £3.5m. He trained with the first team throughout December, but he was unable to play for his new club until the transfer window re-opened on 1 January 2011. Lindegaard was officially registered with the Premier League on 6 January, and assigned the number 34 jersey.
On 29 January, Lindegaard made his Manchester United debut in a 2–1 victory against Southampton in the FA Cup Fourth Round. He made his Old Trafford debut on 19 February in another FA Cup match, this time against the Conference National side Crawley Town, in which United won 1–0. In March, he underwent knee surgery that would keep him out of action for five weeks.
On 14 September, Lindegaard made his first UEFA Champions League start for United against Portuguese side Benfica. The match ended in a 1–1 draw with Lindegaard winning critical acclaim for his performance. Manager Alex Ferguson, however, still decided to keep with first choice keeper David De Gea for the next match in the Premier League against Chelsea. Asked about challenging for the first-team spot, Lindegaard said: "What answer do you expect to that question? I've said a thousand times before I'm not here to pick my nose." On 18 October, Lindegaard was handed his second Champions League start for United. He played against Oțelul Galati, with the match ending in a 2–0 win for United, earning them their first Champions League Group stage victory.
On 1 October 2011, Lindegaard made his Premier League debut for United against Norwich in a 2–0 win at Old Trafford. Lindegaard continued his run of clean sheets in his next four appearances in the Premier League, which included a 1–0 home win against Sunderland on 5 November, a 1–0 away win against Aston Villa on 3 December, a 5–0 away win at Fulham on 21 December and a 5–0 home win against Wigan in United's Boxing day fixture. His run of clean sheets in the league finally ended on 4 January away to Newcastle United when he was beaten three times in a game that United lost 3–0. A week later on 8 January, Lindegaard played his biggest game for Manchester United so far, a 3–2 win against Manchester City in the FA Cup. He was chosen again for the starting line-up the following week when United beat Bolton Wanderers 3–0. On Monday 30 January 2012, Anders damaged ankle ligaments in training, forcing him to miss the game against Stoke the next day, along with the unwell first-choice David de Gea meaning youngster Ben Amos played between the sticks. Later in the week Sir Alex Ferguson revealed Anders would be missing for 4–5 weeks and wouldn't be expected back until the home game with West Brom.
On 3 August 2012, Lindegaard signed a new four-year contract with United, keeping him at the club until June 2016. He also took the number 13 jersey made vacant by the departure of Park Ji-Sung, who had left the club for QPR.
Since the game against Norwich on 17 November 2012 the first-choice David de Gea was sidelined with wisdom teeth problems. Lindegaard was kept in goal for United's next five games until De Gea was recalled for the Champions League match against CFR Cluj. Lindegaard returned to the first team on 1 December 2012, against Reading, a match that ended 4-3. After the match, he came in for criticism by former United goalkeeper Alex Stepney, who said that he lacks "authority at the back". On 5 May 2013 Lindegaard started his first Premier League game against Chelsea in a 0-1 defeat. After long on the bench as an understudy to De Gea and United have already secured the league title earlier, Lindegaard was finally put in goal for Sir Alex Ferguson's final game as United manager at the Hawthorns; the match finished 5-5. Lindegaard got a Premier League medal for that game because he had 10 Premiership appearances.
Lindegaard has represented Denmark at under-19, under-20, and senior level. He made his debut for the Denmark under-19 national football team in September 2002, and played a 2003 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship qualification 1–0 win over Switzerland on 13 October 2002. He played a total six youth international games until September 2003.
He made his senior international debut in a Euro 2012 qualifier against Iceland on 7 September 2010. Denmark won 1–0. On 8 October 2010, Denmark faced Portugal in another Euro 2012 qualifier. Early on in the game, with Denmark trailing 0–2, an injury sustained by starting goalkeeper Thomas Sørensen brought Lindegaard into action. He made many saves to keep his team in the game, but conceded a goal in the 85th minute to Cristiano Ronaldo for the 1–3 result. Lindegaard started the following Euro 2012 qualifier against Cyprus, in which Lindegaard kept a clean sheet as Denmark won 2–0. He was expected to feature for Denmark at the Euro 2012 finals but due to injuries while playing for his club and lack of proper game time post-recovery his national team mate Stephan Andersen took over after normal second choice goalkeeper Thomas Sørensen was injured in a pre-tournament friendly against Brazil.
|Club||Season||League||Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other[nb 1]||Total|
Statistics accurate as of match played 19 May 2013
|Denmark national team|
Statistics accurate as of match played 18 November 2012
Lindegaard is one of the few footballers to have spoken out against the intolerance of homosexuality in football and the absence of openly gay players from the professional game. In a 2012 blog entry he wrote:
As a footballer I think first and foremost that a homosexual colleague is afraid of the reception he could get from the fans. My impression is that the players would not have a problem accepting a homosexual. Homosexuality in football is a taboo subject. The atmosphere on the pitch and in the stands is tough. The mechanisms are primitive, and it is often expressed through a classic stereotype that a real man should be brave, strong and aggressive. And it is not the image that a football fan associates with a gay person. The problem for me is that a lot of football fans are stuck in a time of intolerance that does not deserve to be compared with modern society's development in the last decades. While the rest of the world has been more liberal, civilised and less prejudiced, the world of football remains stuck in the past when it comes to tolerance. Homosexuals are in need of a hero. They are in need of someone who dares to stand up for their sexuality.
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- Anders Lindegaard at ManUtd.com
- Anders Lindegaard at National-Football-Teams.com
- Career stats at Transfermarkt
- National team data (Danish)
- Career stats at Danmarks Radio (Danish)