Christian Mouritsen

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Christian Mouritsen
Christian R Mouritsen HB 2012.jpg
Personal information
Full name Christian Restorff Mouritsen
Date of birth (1988-12-03) 3 December 1988 (age 25)
Place of birth Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
Playing position Forward, Midfielder
Club information
Current club HB Tórshavn
Number 11
Youth career
HB Tórshavn
2005–2007 Manchester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Manchester City 0 (0)
2008–2009 HB Tórshavn 7 (0)
2009–2010 B36 Tórshavn 35 (9)
2010–2011 Valur 11 (0)
2012- HB Tórshavn 25 (10)
National team
Faroe Islands U17 6 (0)
Faroe Islands U19 6 (3)
Faroe Islands U21 11 (0)
2009– Faroe Islands 12 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 September 2012.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 September 2012

Christian Restorff Mouritsen (born 3 December 1988) is a Faroese footballer who currently plays for HB Tórshavn in the Faroe Islands.

Club career[edit]

The two brothers Christian R. Mouritsen and Kristin R. Mouritsen (in red/black) playing against FC Suðuroy in 2012.

Mouritsen joined the Manchester City Academy in the 2005 and signed a 3-year contract. He had been on trial with Brøndby and Everton, also several other clubs in England and the Netherlands had offered him a trial, but in the end decided to sign with Manchester City. The Youth team reached the FA Youth Cup Final in the 2005/06 season, losing to Liverpool in the Final 3-2 on aggregate. Although making many appearances for the Manchester City Youth and Reserve teams, after 3 years at the club he was released in July 2008 after his contract expired.[1] Shortly after his release prior to Manchester City's match against EB/Streymur, he was quoted as saying "I left City because they told me I wasn't good enough, so I've returned home to try something new".[2]

In August 2008 he rejoined HB Tórshavn, he only managed 20 minutes of playing time for HB before the 2008 season ended, because of injuries which kept him sidelined. He also has 2 brothers who were in the HB Tórshavn squad during the same period, younger brother Kristin and older brother Jóhan.

His first match in 2009 was against B68 Toftir, Mouritsen came on as substitute, deep into the second half. He only went on to make 6 league appearances from the bench that season for HB, before he transferred to rival club B36 Tórshavn in the summer of 2009.[3] Although his transfer from HB to B36 didn't go as smoothly as planned. Certain formalities weren't carried out before July 28, when the transfer window had closed. HB pointed out to B36 that Mouritsen had been playing for them illegally, after which the appropriate documents were handed to FSF by B36. Later, it was revealed that the reason for the delay was an administrative mistake by B36. The Faroese Football Federation discussed the matter and decided that the transfer could not be accepted because the documents necessary had not been handed in on time. Though they reconsidered and on August 21 they gave Mouritsen permission to transfer to B36.[4] Despite this, the second half of the 2009 season went a lot better for Mouritsen, scoring 2 goals in 9 starts for B36.[5] After the season had ended, before Christmas in 2009 he went on a trial at Newcastle United along with fellow U-21 teammate Jóan Símun Edmundsson. Jóan ended up going out on-loan to Newcastle in 2010 until the end of the English season, but Brian Kerr said about Mouritsen “Chris liked them both, but felt that Christian, at 21, needed first-team football, which Newcastle couldn’t offer him.”[6] In July 2010, Christian went on trial with English League One club Tranmere Rovers.[7] Christian signed for Valur in November 2010 along with two team mates from the Faroese national team, Jónas Þór Næs and Pól Jóhannus Justinussen.[8]

International career[edit]

Mouritsen has represented the Faroe Islands at Under-17, U19 and U21 level, as well at full international level. He was the Faroe Islands U-21 captain and was also part of the U-21 team that famously beat Russia 1-0 in the UEFA U-21 Championship qualifying match.[9] He was picked in the main squad to face Poland in May 2006,[10] but didn't get to make his appearance in the match. His first full cap came 3 years later when Faroe Islands took on Iceland in a friendly, in 2009. Faroe Islands won the match 2-1.[11]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Faroe Islands' goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 8 October 2010 Športni park Stožice, Ljubljana, Slovenia  Slovenia 1-5 1-5 Euro 2012 qualifying

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Football | Transfer Centre | Speculation | City confirm list of leavers". Sky Sports. 2008-07-03. Retrieved 2010-05-26. 
  2. ^ Cheeseman in the Faroes (2008-07-18). "Manchester - BBC Radio Manchester - Cheeseman in the Faroes". BBC. Retrieved 2010-05-26. 
  3. ^ "Christian Mouritsen :: Christian Restorff Mouritsen". zerozerofootball.com. Retrieved 2010-05-26. 
  4. ^ "Klaksvíkar Ítróttarfelag - Klaga send til FIFA". Ki.fo. 2009-07-27. Retrieved 2010-05-26. 
  5. ^ "Christian Mouritsen :: Christian Restorff Mouritsen". zerozerofootball.com. Retrieved 2010-05-26. 
  6. ^ "More News On Jóhan Símun Edmundsson". Nufcblog.com. Retrieved 2010-05-26. 
  7. ^ "Mouritsen on Trial". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  8. ^ "Christian Mouritsen í Val". Fotbolti.net (in Icelandic). 2010-11-18. Retrieved 2010-12-01. 
  9. ^ "Under-21 2011 - Faroe Islands-Russia". UEFA.com. 2009-06-05. Retrieved 2010-05-26. 
  10. ^ "Faroese team selection for Poland friendly". Soccerandequipment.com. Retrieved 2010-05-26. 
  11. ^ "Iceland vs. Faroe Islands, friendly international 21 March 2009". Soccerandequipment.com. 2009-03-21. Retrieved 2010-05-26.