Daniel Wass

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Daniel Wass
Daniel Wass.JPG
Wass in 2012
Personal information
Date of birth (1989-05-31) 31 May 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Gladsaxe, Denmark
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Right back, Left back
Right wing
Club information
Current team
Number 18
Youth career
1995–2006 Avarta
2006–2007 Brøndby IF
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2011 Brøndby 85 (8)
2009 Fredrikstad (loan) 3 (1)
2011–2012 Benfica 0 (0)
2011–2012 Evian (loan) 29 (4)
2012– Evian 74 (16)
National team
2005 Denmark U-16 3 (0)
2005-2006 Denmark U-17 14 (0)
2006-2007 Denmark U-18 4 (0)
2007-2008 Denmark U-19 8 (2)
2008 Denmark U-20 1 (0)
2008–2011 Denmark U-21 14 (0)
2011– Denmark 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 August 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:31, 3 September 2014 (UTC)

Daniel Wass (born 31 May 1989) is a Danish footballer who plays for French Ligue 1 side Evian. His natural role is as right back, but Wass has also been used as right winger.

Club career[edit]

Youth career[edit]

During the majority of his childhood, Daniel Wass played for Copenhagen-suburb-club BK Avarta, but was in 2006 scouted by Brøndby and promptly switched sides. After a year of playing for youth teams within the club, he joined the first team.

Debut for the A-team[edit]

His debut for the Brøndby Danish Superliga team was given in the 2007–08 season by then-manager Tom Køhlert, who wanted to give the young talent a chance; Wass played half of the games that season, but had to withdraw later on in the tournament, due to injury.

Recovering from injury and bronze medals[edit]

At the beginning of the 2008–09 season, Wass secured his place as right defender, and played 28 games out of 33 possible, helping Brøndby to gain the 3. place in Danish Superliga, their best position since the 2005–06 season, where they achieved silver medals.

On loan to Norway and return to Brøndby IF[edit]

Brøndby manager Kent Nielsen felt Wass should spend gain further developing at another club, so Brøndby chose to loan him out to Fredrikstad, a medal-competing side from Norway. On 21 August 2009, Wass made his debut in a 4-1 loss against Rosenborg and on 1 November 2009, Wass started and played the full 90 minutes and scored in a 5-0 win over Lyn. The switch paved way for three unsatisfactory months for Wass, after the board of Fredrikstad FK signed a new manager. Tom Nordlie the new coach, informed Wass, that he had no interest in an offensive right defender. As a result of that, Wass received no more than 3 games, and happily returned to Brøndby in December 2009. For the remainder of the 2009–10 season, Wass got to play more games for Brøndby, ending up securing his place in the starting eleven.

Breakthrough, transfer to Benfica, and loan[edit]

The season of 2010–11 proved to show Wass' importance for the Brøndby squad, when he was selected as first-choice right back for the first 19 games. When the three-month winter break in Danish Superliga between December and March had reached February, Wass announced he would not be renewing his contract with Brøndby. Already since the beginning of January there had been rumours of Wass' summer transfer to Benfica.[1] Wass had no comments to the rumours. Come March 2011, with 14 matches of the season remaining, the attacking force of Wass was recognized, with Coach Henrik Jensen subsequently pushing the player up to right midfielder/winger. In his final matches for the club, Wass managed to score three goals, helping Brøndby to gain their third 3. place in a row.

On 20 May 2011, Wass announced that he had signed a 5-year contract with Benfica.[2] However in 22 July 2011, he was loaned out to Evian Thonon Gaillard F.C. without taking part in any official games for Benfica.[3] Upon joining Evian, Wass would be joining Danish countryman Stephan Andersen, Christian Poulsen and Thomas Kahlenberg. After four months since joining Evian, Wass was kept out of the first team under Bernard Casoni, who prefers Brice Dja Djédjé, considering that he already returning to his parent club.[4] But on 15 October 2011 when he made his debut, playing in right midfield, making an impact when he provided assist for Yannick Sagbo in a 2-1 loss against Saint-Étienne. Several weeks on, Wass scored twice in two consecutive games against Lorient and Rennes. Few weeks on, Wass scored his third goal of the season, in a 2-1 loss against Toulouse. His impact led him placed in the first team under newly manager Pablo Correa, who succeed Casoni, soon placed him in left-back, as Sidney Govou took his position in right midfield. After months of being kept out of the first team, he returned again, playing in left-back, due to Fabrice Ehret. He still resumed his first team, even Guillaume Lacour took his position in left back and led Wass returning to right midfield position, towards the end of the season. Just two games to towards the end of the season, Wass scored his fourth goal in a 2-1 win over Ajaccio.


On 20 June 2012, he signed with Evian on a permanent basis for worth €2.5 million fee.[5] On 12 August 2012, in the opening game of the season against Girondins de Bordeaux, Wass scored a free kick. The game ended in a 2-3 loss for Evian. Like last season, Wass was placed into different various position in defender's and midfield's. On 26 January 2013, Wass scored, once again with Ajaccio, with both team drew 1-1.

Personal life[edit]

Wass is the cousin of Evian teammate Nicki Bille Nielsen.


  1. ^ "Daniel Wass to Benfica" (in Danish). Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  2. ^ "Daniel Wass assume Benfica" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Evian anuncia empréstimo de Wass" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2011-07-22. 
  4. ^ "Wass: "My goal is to return to Benfica»" [Wass: "O meu objetivo é regressar ao Benfica"] (in Portuguese). Jornal Record. 10 October 2011. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "WASS SIGN FOR 4 YEARS" [WASS SIGNE POUR 4 ANS] (in French). The Official Website of Evian Thonon Gaillard. 20 June 2012. Retrieved 12 February 2013. 

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