|Full name||Jesper Hansen|
|Date of birth||31 March 1985|
|Place of birth||Slangerup, Denmark|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|2005||→ Ølstykke FC (loan)||37||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 August 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Jesper Hansen (born 31 March 1985) is a Danish footballer. He plays as a goalkeeper for Evian in the Ligue 1. Hansen has amassed a total 18 youth caps for Denmark under six different age groups, he is yet to earn a senior cap.
Having yet to make his debut for the first team, Jesper Hansen went on loan to Ølstykke FC in December 2004, the team he previously played for at youth level. Hansen would extend his stay at Ølstykke for an additional 6 months, where he was first choice goalkeeper for the team, whom were struggling to avoid regulation in the Danish 1st Division. He would go on to make 37 league appearances during his year long stay at Ølstykke.
August 2007, having yet to make his league debut, with 2 first team appearances in cup competitions, Hansen renewed his contract for another 4 years. Where he claimed he turned down first team opportunities from 1st Division clubs, to instead be patient and wait for his chance with FCN, whom he credited for his football education.
First choice goalkeeper and captain Kim Christensen was sold to IFK Göteborg on March 13, 2008. Theis F. Rasmussen was then brought in on a free, leaving speculation on who would be first choice to replace the departed Christensen. It was expected that Rasmussen was to be ahead of Hansen in selection, as was a common occurrence in the national youth team, though Jesper Hansen would go on to be first choice and Theis Rasmussen would fail to make a single league appearance during his two season stay with F.C. Nordsjælland.
17 March 2008, head coach Morten Wieghorst gave Jesper Hansen his league debut, after almost 5 years as backup, he started the game in goal against F.C. Midtjylland, which they would lose 1-0. His first clean sheet would come a week later in a 1-0 win over Brøndby. Hansen would go on to concede 26 goals in his first 15 appearances in the last half of the 2007-08 season, since his debut, giving FCN one of the worst defense records in the league, the team would finish 9th in the league.
With F.C. Nordsjælland ending the first half of the 2008-09 season close to relegation, the club opted to bring in experienced Serbian goalkeeper Nenad Novaković on a free transfer, taking over as first choice, Hansen being demoted back to the bench for the rest of the season. The gamble paid off, as the club avoided relegation once again, finishing a slightly improved 8th in the league. At the start of the 2009-10 season, Hansen broke his thumb, ending any chance of him retaking the first choice position as goalkeeper for the duration of the injury. The situation resulted in the club bringing in Thomas Villadsen as backup for Novaković, on a temporary deal.
Mid season, after some poor performances from Novaković, Jesper Hansen was given a chance to retake the goalkeeping position, with a start against AGF, he managed to keep a clean sheet in a 2-0 win and consequently returned as first choice for FCN. He claimed after the match that being benched was a learning experience.
Jesper Hansen would go on to make some instrumental performances for the rest of the season, including a strong performance against league champions F.C. Copenhagen, keeping a clean sheet in a shock 2-0 win, as well as being credited for keeping the Farum club alive in their 3-1 Danish cup quarter final win against Silkeborg. Hansen would go on to be part of the Danish cup winning squad, his first senior trophy, in a 2-0 win over F.C. Midtjylland in the final.
Hansen retained his position as first choice the following 2010-11 season, with head coach Morten Wieghorst often praising his performances in the media. Hansen as well as the team slowly improved throughout the season, gaining on their previous league finish with 6th and once again went to the finals of the Danish cup, lifting the trophy for a second consecutive time, in a 3-2 win over FCM. With Hansen's contract expiring at the end of the season, there was speculation whether or not he would remain at the club. Jesper Hansen had hinted at trying something new, but nothing materialized. He would eventually sign a new contract, keeping him at the club for another year, till summer 2012.
Starting the 2011-12 season for FCN in impressive form, with good performances against Sporting Lisbon and HB Køge and helping the team peak to 2nd in the Danish Superliga, Hansen is linked with a possible move abroad, with foreign clubs taking note of his recent form. Hansen's agent stating that he may leave the club on a transfer during the winter of 2011, or on a free when his contract expires in the summer of 2012. On 24 September 2011, in a match with AGF, Hansen was involved in a collision with striker Søren Larsen, which resulted in Hansen going off in the 44th minute and was rushed to hospital. He was diagnosed with a concussion and spent the next few days in hospital to be monitored. Hansen would return to action on 15 October, keeping a clean sheet in a 1-0 win over AaB. At the start of the winter break, Jesper Hansen signed a new 2 year contract extension with F.C. Nordsjælland.
January 2006, during a mini-tournament in Chile, Jesper Hansen saved a penalty in a penalty shootout for the Danish under-21s to book a place in the finals against Unión Española. Which they would go on to win 1-0 with a goal from Morten Rasmussen. Hansen was selected for the Danish squad for UEFA U-21 Championship 2006 in Portugal. He was 3rd choice behind Kevin Stuhr Ellegaard and Theis F. Rasmussen.
3 November 2011, Jesper Hansen received his first call up to the senior national team to face Sweden in a friendly. Hansen was once again called up in December 2011, for Denmark's tour of Thailand in January.
Jesper Hansen has stated that he has been a fan of Juventus since Zinedine Zidane moved to the Turin based club, and that his idol is Gianluigi Buffon. His dream move would be to go to Juventus as Buffon's successor.
Footnotes and references
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- "Ølstykke henter spillere i FCN" (in Danish). Bold.dk. 22 December 2004. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
- "Dakinah skifter til Ølstykke" (in Danish). Bold.dk. 27 June 2005. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
- "FCN-keeper vender hjem" (in Danish). Bold.dk. 24 November 2005. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
- Nielsen, Kasper (1 August 2007). "FC Nordsjælland-talent forlænger" (in Danish). Bold.dk. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
- Nielsen, Kasper (12 March 2008). "Jesper Hansen: Theis er ikke førstevalg" (in Danish). Bold.dk. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
- Horn, Jakob (17 March 2008). "Farlige Frank afgjorde chancefattig kamp" (in Danish). Bold.dk. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
- Horn, Jakob (24 March 2008). "Wieghorst jubler over sin målmand" (in Danish). Bold.dk. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
- Helmin, Jesper (24 February 2009). "Jesper Hansen: Dybt, dybt skuffet" (in Danish). Bold.dk. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
- Houlind, Søren (3 September 2009). "Villadsen skal løse FCNs keeperproblemer" (in Danish). Bold.dk. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
- Helmin, Jesper (27 October 2009). "Glad Jesper H: Jeg har ikke tudet" (in Danish). Bold.dk. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
- Houlin, Søren (24 March 2010). "FCN-keeper: Havde ladet op hele dagen" (in Danish). Bold.dk. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
- Rydzy, Mikkel (8 April 2010). "Stokholm: Jesper Hansen redder os" (in Danish). Bold.dk. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
- Houlind, Søren (16 March 2011). "FCN’s førstekeeper i tvivl om fremtiden" (in Danish). Bold.dk. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
- Houlind, Søren (20 June 2011). "FCN forlænger med førstemålmanden" (in Danish). Bold.dk. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
- Schultz, Jesper (19 September 2011). "Agent: FCN-keeper måske på vej udenlands" (in Danish). TV 2 Sport. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
- Blond, Mikael (25 September 2011). "Jesper H. bliver på hospitalet til mandag" (in Danish). Bold.dk. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
- Helmin, Jesper (5 December 2011). "FCN forlænger med succeskeeper" (in Danish). Bold.dk. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
- "U21-landshold vandt turnering med kun én scoring" (in Danish). Bold.dk. 26 January 2006. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
- "18-årig overraskende udtaget til U/21-EM" (in Danish). Bold.dk. 9 May 2006. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
- Helmin, Jesper (3 November 2011). "Hansen stolt af landsholdsplads" (in Danish). Bold.dk. Retrieved 3 November 2011.
- Helmin, Jesper (6 December 2011). "FCN-profiler jubler over udtagelse" (in Danish). Bold.dk. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
- Blond, Mikael (27 March 2010). "FCN-keeper: Siger ja hvis Juventus ringer" (in Danish). Bold.dk. Retrieved 20 September 2011.