Casper Sloth

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Casper Sloth
Casper Sloth 2014.jpg
Personal information
Full name Casper Bisgaard Sloth
Date of birth (1992-03-26) 26 March 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth Aarhus, Denmark
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Leeds United
Number 33
Youth career
2001–2004 Brabrand IF
2004–2009 AGF
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2014 AGF 134 (10)
2014– Leeds United 10 (0)
National team
2008–2009 Denmark U17 12 (0)
2009–2010 Denmark U18 7 (0)
2010 Denmark U19 3 (0)
2011 Denmark U20 3 (2)
2011– Denmark U21 10 (0)
2012– Denmark 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 September 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 September 2013

Casper Bisgaard Sloth (English pronunciation: /ˈkæspɚ sloʊt/) (born 26 March 1992 in Aarhus) is a Danish professional footballer, who currently plays for the Football League Championship side Leeds United. He is also a Denmark international.

He is known as a skillful and creative midfielder, with vision and ability to both up the tempo and hold on to the ball.[1]

Biography[edit]

Aarhus[edit]

Sloth started his youth career at Brabrand IF. He joined AGF academy in 2004, and progressed through the youth system.

Sloth made his AGF senior debut in the Danish Superliga championship on December 7, 2009, aged 17. The game was a 1–1 draw with Esbjerg fB at AGF's NRGi Park stadium.[2] In 2008, former teamate Benny Feilhaber proclaimed Sloth as 'the greatest current talent in Danish football'.[3]

On May 1, 2010 he opened his scoring account for AGF with two goals in a 4–1 win against Silkeborg IF.[4] In October 2012 he was voted Superliga Player of the Month.[5]

During the 2013/14 season, Sloth was unable to help prevent AGF being relegated from the Danish Superliga.[6]

On 22 August 2014, Yorkshire Evening Press journalist Phil Hay tweeted that a deal had been agreed for Sloth to join Leeds United on a 3 year deal.

Leeds United[edit]

Sloth joined English Football League Championship side Leeds United on Monday 25 August on a 3 year deal. He was allocated the number 33 shirt for the 2014/15 season.[7][8] The fee for Sloth was believed to be in the region of £600k.[9][10]

Sloth made his debut for Leeds on 30 August against Bolton Wanderers.[11][12]

International career[edit]

Sloth has also played more than 30 games for various Danish youth selections, including eight games for the Denmark national under-21 football team.[13]

On November 14, 2012, he made his debut for the senior Danish national team in a friendly game in Istanbul against Turkey. Sloth played the first half in a game which ended 1–1, and was hailed as one of Denmark's best players of the game.[14]

On 5 March 2014, Sloth started for Denmark's in a 1-0 loss to England at Wembley, Sloth putting in an impressive performance though he did get booked for a bad tackle on Englands Steven Gerrard. Denmark lost to a late goal from Daniel Sturridge.[15]

Honours[edit]

  • Superliga Player of the Month: October 2012

Trivia[edit]

In Denmark, Sloth was also the face of Scandinavian hair wax company ID Hair.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ AGF profile
  2. ^ Official Danish Superliga statistics
  3. ^ http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?depth=1&hl=en&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dcasper%2Bsloth%2Bdenmark%2Bwiki%26safe%3Doff%26hl%3Den%26biw%3D1366%26bih%3D643&rurl=translate.google.co.uk&sl=da&u=http://www.morethanaclub.dk/news.php%3Freadmore%3D12785%26news_id%3D12785&usg=ALkJrhhCaI6DRCfreCcStEuJMQ8B0ep5BA
  4. ^ http://www.danskfodbold.com/kamp.php?ID=7989
  5. ^ http://www.agf.dk/agf-fodbold/nyhedsarkiv/2012/november/sloth-maanedens-spiller-i-superligaen/
  6. ^ "Leeds sign Denmark midfielder Casper Sloth from Aarhus". Sky Sports News. 25 August 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "UNITED SIGN DANISH INTERNATIONAL". Leeds United Official Site. 25 August 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "AGF sells Sloth Leeds". AGF Official Site. 25 August 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Leeds United complete Sloth signing". Yorkshire Evening Post. 25 August 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  10. ^ Phil Hay (2 September 2014). "Leeds United: Whites have never had a busier transfer window". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "Leeds Vs Bolton Wanderers". Leeds United Official Site. 30 August 2014. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  12. ^ "CASPER EXCITED TO BE HERE". Leeds United Official Site. 3 September 2014. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  13. ^ National team profile
  14. ^ http://www.tipsbladet.dk/nyhed/superliga/kometen-sloth-ville-hellere-spille-i-dag
  15. ^ David Ornstein (5 March 2014). "England 1 Denmark". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  16. ^ "Har du mere SWAG end Sloth?". AGF Official Site. 29 August 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2012.