Christian Eriksen

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Christian Eriksen
Christian Eriksen v Arsenal 1314.jpg
Eriksen playing for Tottenham Hotspur in 2014
Personal information
Full name Christian Dannemann Eriksen[1]
Date of birth (1992-02-14) 14 February 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth Middelfart, Denmark
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Tottenham Hotspur
Number 23
Youth career
1995–2005 Middelfart G&BK
2005–2008 OB
2008–2010 Ajax
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2013 Ajax 113 (25)
2013– Tottenham Hotspur 26 (7)
National team
2007–2009 Denmark U17 27 (9)
2009 Denmark U18 5 (1)
2009–2010 Denmark U19 3 (1)
2011 Denmark U21 3 (1)
2010– Denmark 44 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:07, 18 August 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12:07, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

Christian Dannemann Eriksen (born 14 February 1992) is a Danish footballer who plays for English club Tottenham Hotspur as an attacking midfielder. He made his debut for the Denmark national team in March 2010, and was the youngest player of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.[3][4]

In 2011, Eriksen was named Danish Football Player of the Year, Dutch Football Talent of the Year, Ajax Talent of the Year (Marco van Basten Award), and made the UEFA Euro U-21 Team of the Tournament.[5] He won the Eredivisie with Ajax in 2010–11, 2011–12, and in 2012–13 before signing with Tottenham Hotspur in August 2013. Eriksen won Tottenham Hotspur 'Player of the Year' award for the 2013/14 season.

Club career[edit]

Early career in Middelfart and Odense[edit]

Eriksen started playing football in his hometown Middelfart before his third birthday. In 2005 he switched to Odense Boldklub, who competed in the Danish youth championships. His team lost the semi-final against Brøndby IF, but afterwards he was named "Best Technical Player" of the tournament.[6] The following year OB won the tournament, when Eriksen scored the only goal in the final.[7] After some good performances for OB's U-16 team and later on U-19 team and the Danish U-17 team, major European football clubs including Chelsea and Barcelona began to take notice.[8] The player had trials with Barcelona, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Milan, but finally decided to move to Ajax, stating "My first step should not be too big. I knew that playing in the Netherlands would be very good for my development. Then Ajax arrived and that was a fantastic option".[9]

AFC Ajax[edit]

Youth & entrance in the first squad[edit]

On 17 October 2008 it was announced that Eriksen had signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Amsterdam-based Ajax.[10] The transfer fee received by OB was estimated at €1 million (£847,199).[11] He worked his way through the youth teams, and was promoted to the first team squad in January 2010, where he was given the number 51 shirt.[12] Within the month, he made his first team debut for the Dutch team in the Eredivisie on 17 January 2010 against NAC Breda.[13] Ajax manager Martin Jol compared him to the likes of Ajax youth products Wesley Sneijder and Rafael van der Vaart and described him as a good reader of the game in the traditional "number 10" role like the two Dutch internationals and Danish legend Michael Laudrup, who also played for Ajax.[12][14]

Eriksen in a Europa League match against Spartak Moscow

On 25 March 2010 he scored his first goal for Ajax in a 6–0 win against opponent Go Ahead Eagles in the Dutch Cup. On 10 April 2010, Eriksen extended his contract with Ajax until the summer of 2014, stating "I can still learn a lot here, I'm not finished yet and I hope I can mean a lot for the club."[15] On 6 May 2010, Eriksen played in the second match of the final of the 2009–10 Dutch Cup as Ajax beat Feyenoord 1–4, with 1–6 on aggregate.[16] At the end of his first professional season at Ajax, Eriksen had played 21 competitive matches, scoring one goal, and had made his international debut for Denmark.[1][17] For his second season in the first team of Ajax, Eriksen was given the number 8 shirt.[18]

Breakthrough season[edit]

Eriksen started the 2010–11 season well, scoring his first Ajax league goal on 29 August 2010 in an away victory over De Graafschap.[19] On 11 November 2010, Eriksen scored his first goal at the Amsterdam ArenA a 3–0 Cup victory over BV Veendam.[20] In December, Eriksen was named Danish "Talent of the Year".[21] Several days after receiving this award, Eriksen once again proved his value to Ajax by scoring the only goal in a 0–1 away league victory over Vitesse.[22] On 17 February 2011, Eriksen scored his first goal in a European tournament, the Ajax goal to 2–0, when Ajax beat Anderlecht 3–0 in the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League.[23] On 13 March 2011, Eriksen scored a solo goal, running from the half way line to finish it off with a strike to secure a 3–1 win over Willem II.[24]

Eriksen with Ajax teammates.

During the rest of the season, Eriksen became more and more important for Ajax, due to his growing capabilities as the team's playmaker, providing many assists. After a good season during which he developed himself into an undisputed starter in the side that won the 2010–11 Eredivisie (Ajax's first Eredivisie title in seven years), he was named Ajax's Talent of the Year.[25] On 23 May 2011 he was named Dutch Football Talent of the Year, the second Danish player to win the award since Jon Dahl Tomasson in 1996. He was elected by a jury under command of Holland's all-time best player Johan Cruyff. "He's a player I really like with all my heart," Cruyff praised Eriksen. "This prize is just the beginning, a stimulus to get the maximum out of his career. The talent is there, the recognition also; now it is up to the player himself. He is a typical product of the Danish school. You can compare him with Brian and Michael Laudrup. Only time will tell if Eriksen can reach the same level as them.".[26]

Rising influence in the squad[edit]

On 18 October 2011, Eriksen scored his first goal in the UEFA Champions League when Ajax beat Dinamo Zagreb 2–0 in the group stage, making him the 2nd youngest player to score in the 2011–12 season. In the second match versus Dinamo Zagreb on 2 November he provided assists to Gregory van der Wiel and Siem de Jong as well as being involved with the third goal, as Ajax cruised to a 4–0 victory.[27] He was named Danish Football Player of the Year on 7 November after helping Ajax win the Eredivisie the previous year and guiding the national team to a successful Euro 2012 qualification campaign, after receiving the award Eriksen said, "I am extremely honoured to be standing here tonight. I did not expect it, it really means a lot to me. I would like to thank my team-mates in the national team as well as my team-mates at Ajax".[28] Following the success of Eriksen's third consecutive Eredivisie title in the 2012–13 season, he opted not to renew his contract with Ajax, and with one year still remaining on his current contract he was permitted to search for a new club. Having come to terms with Tottenham Hotspur in England, Eriksen left Ajax having appeared in 113 league matches, scoring 25 goals and 41 assists. He played in 16 matches for the KNVB Cup, scoring four goals and making four assists. He made 30 appearances on the continental stage for Ajax, scoring three goals, and making 9 assists all together. Having also competed in the Johan Cruijff Shield three years in a row.[29]

Tottenham Hotspur[edit]

2013/14 Season[edit]

On 30 August 2013, Tottenham Hotspur announced that they had completed the transfer of Eriksen from Ajax,[30] in a deal believed to be worth £11 million (€13.5 million), after Eriksen passed a medical at the club. Eriksen joined the club on the same day as Erik Lamela, who joined from Roma, and Vlad Chiricheș, who joined from Steaua București, and took the club's total spending for the 2013 summer transfer window to £109.5 million.[31]

On 14 September 2013, he made his Premier League debut against Norwich City, providing an assist for Gylfi Sigurðsson.[32] Spurs manager André Villas-Boas commented: "It was a great debut for Christian, he is a pure number 10, a creative player and his individual quality made all the difference."[33]

On 19 September 2013, Eriksen "clipped a wonderful dipping shot" over the goalkeeper to score his first Tottenham goal and complete a 3–0 win over Tromsø IL in the Europa League.[34] He added to his Tottenham goal tally with a goal from a free kick in a 1–1 draw against West Bromwich Albion on Boxing Day 2013, and the second goal in Spurs' 2–1 win against Manchester United on 1 January 2014.[35] On 23 March, after goals from Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana had given Southampton a 2–0 lead against Tottenham at White Hart Lane, Eriksen scored twice to level the score and assisted Gylfi Sigurðsson to score the winning goal.[36] On 12 April, he scored a stoppage-time equalisier as Spurs came from 3–0 down to draw 3–3 at West Bromwich Albion.[37] By the end of the season, Eriksen had scored 7 goals in the Premier League.

International career[edit]

With Denmark in 2012

Youth squads[edit]

Eriksen was called up to the Denmark national under-17 football team in July 2007,[38] and impressed in his debut for the team on 31 July.[39] In 2008, he scored 9 goals in 16 games for the U-17s, and was named Danish U-17 Talent of the Year by the Danish FA.[40] He was also one of four nominees for the 2008 Danish Talent of the Year award,[41] which was won by Mathias Jørgensen.[40] He played 27 games for the under-17 team until February 2009. He played a total of 8 games for the Denmark U-18 and Denmark U-19 teams during 2009. Eriksen was also called up for the Danish U-21 squad to the European championship in Denmark in 2011, the Danish team only participated in the group stage and Eriksen scored a goal against Belarus.

Senior squad[edit]

He received his first senior Denmark call-up in February 2010,[42] making his debut in Denmark's friendly match against Austria in March,[17] to become Denmark's fourth youngest full international, being the youngest debutant since Michael Laudrup.[43]

On 28 May 2010, Denmark coach Morten Olsen announced that Eriksen would be part of the final squad of 23 participating in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.[44] He was the youngest player participating in the tournament.[3][4] At the World Cup, Eriksen played two matches, against the Netherlands and Japan, but Denmark were unable to progress beyond the group stage.[45][46]

On 9 February 2011, in the 1–2 friendly loss home against England, Eriksen was named Man of the match, and everyone, including Chelsea star Frank Lampard,[47] Man Utd star Rio Ferdinand (on Twitter),[48] manager Morten Olsen and several media experts in Denmark and England[49] praised his performance. On 4 June 2011 Eriksen scored his first national team goal, to give Denmark a 2–0 lead over Iceland in their Euro 2012 qualifier. In doing so, he became the youngest Danish player ever to score a goal in European qualification, being 9 days younger than Michael Laudrup when he scored his first goal in 1983.[50]

Sponsorship[edit]

In 2012, Eriksen signed a sponsorship kit deal with American sportswear and equipment supplier, Nike. He appeared in an advert for the new Nike Green Speed II alongside Raheem Sterling, Stephan El Shaarawy, Mario Götze, Eden Hazard and Theo Walcott in November 2012.[51][52]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Statistics accurate as of matches played on 11 May 2014.[53]

Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe1 Other2 Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Ajax 2009–10 Eredivisie 15 0 4 1 2 0 21 1
2010–11 Eredivisie 28 6 6 1 12 1 1 0 47 8
2011–12 Eredivisie 33 7 2 0 8 1 1 0 44 8
2012–13 Eredivisie 33 10 4 2 8 1 45 13
2013–14 Eredivisie 4 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 2
Total 113 25 16 4 30 3 3 0 162 32
Tottenham Hotspur 2013–14 Premier League 25 7 1 0 1 0 9 3 36 10
Total 25 7 1 0 1 0 9 3 36 10
Career total 138 32 17 4 1 0 39 6 3 0 198 42

1 Includes UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League matches.

2 Includes Johan Cruijff Shield matches.

International[edit]

Statistics accurate as of matches played on 28 May 2014.[54]

Denmark national team
Year Apps Goals
2010 10 0
2011 10 2
2012 11 0
2013 11 2
2014 2 1
Total 44 5

International goals[edit]

Scores and results table. Denmark's goal tally first:

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 4 June 2011 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík  Iceland 2-0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
2. 10 August 2011 Hampden Park, Glasgow  Scotland 1-1 1–2 Friendly match
3. 5 June 2013 Nordjyske Arena, Aalborg  Georgia 2–1 2–1 Friendly match
4. 14 August 2013 PGE Arena, Gdańsk  Poland 1–1 2-3 Friendly match
5. 22 May 2014 Nagyerdei Stadion, Debrecen  Hungary 1–1 2–2 Friendly match

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Ajax

Individual[edit]

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