Jimmy Nielsen

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Jimmy Nielsen
JimmyNielsen 07JUL2012.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1977-08-06) August 6, 1977 (age 37)
Place of birth Aalborg, Denmark
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
B52/Aalborg Fodbold Club
0000–1994 AaB U19
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1995 Millwall 0 (0)
1995–2007 AaB 398 (0)
2007–2008 Leicester City 0 (0)
2008–2010 Vejle 63 (0)
2010–2013 Sporting Kansas City[1] 128 (0)
Total 589 (0)
National team
1994–1997 Denmark U19 11 (0)
1997–1999 Denmark U21 17 (0)
1999–2003 Danish League XI 4 (0)
Teams managed
2014– Oklahoma City Energy FC
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 20, 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of March 24, 2010

Jimmy Nielsen (born August 6, 1977 in Aalborg) is a retired Danish professional football goalkeeper. In December 2013, he was named the head coach of USL Pro Soccer League's Oklahoma City Energy FC, a club that will begin play in 2014.[2]

Until June 2007, he played 398 games for Danish team AaB Fodbold. Playing every league match for AaB since 1997, Nielsen won the 1999 Danish Superliga championship with AaB. Nielsen has on occasion featured in the Danish national team setup as an unused substitute. He won the 1998 and 2004 Danish Goalkeeper of the Year award.

Football career[edit]

Europe[edit]

Jimmy Nielsen, goalkeeper of Sporting Kansas City, during a match against the Vancouver Whitecaps in April 2011.

Nielsen started his career in local amateur club B 52/Aalborg FC. He played youth football for AaB Fodbold, before signing for English club Millwall F.C. in 1994. He did not play for the club and moved back to Denmark, settling in at AaB in 1995. He made his senior debut in 1996, quickly becoming the starting goalkeeper in AaB. Nielsen was one of the cornerstones of AaB, culminating in the 1998–99 Danish Superliga championship.

Nielsen signed a contract with Leicester City on June 4, 2007. He joined via Martin Allen's agent, who claimed he was "another Peter Schmeichel".[3] However, he was left in the reserve squad following the arrival of Hungarian goalkeeper Márton Fülöp. As a result, Nielsen revealed he planned to leave the club during the January transfer window,[4] and was given the green light to do so on November 14.[5] He left the club on January 22, 2008 having his contract terminated by mutual consent without ever having played for the club.[6] The next day he signed a 2½-year contract with Danish team Vejle Boldklub.[7] After the 2009 season, Nielsen was "very close" to retiring after his former club, Vejle Boldklub, was relegated from the Danish Superliga.[citation needed]

Major League Soccer[edit]

In February 2010, after having a conversation with and receiving a contract offer from Peter Vermes, Nielsen moved to Major League Soccer team Sporting Kansas City. After his first season, Nielsen stated that he would love to stay with the club another two or three years before considering retirement again.[8]

As reported on December 15, 2010, Nielsen signed a 1-year contract extension to stay with the club through at least the 2011 MLS season.[9] He was sent off for a handball outside the box on June 9, 2011, in Sporting Kansas City's inaugural game at their new stadium, Sporting Park.[10] On November 28, 2011, Nielsen signed a contract extension with Kansas City through the 2013 season. The contract also included an option for the 2014 season.[11] Nielsen received the 2012 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award. He broke the club record with 0.79 goals against average and helped the team finish first in their division. Nielsen retired following the 2013 season which saw him win the MLS Cup.[12]

International[edit]

During a session with the Denmark national under-21 football team in 1999, Nielsen and U-21 teammates Allan Kierstein Jepsen and Peter Degn went to the Munkebjerg casino in Vejle at night to gamble. They were subsequently excluded from all national team practices, a ban that lasted several years. This earned Nielsen the nickname Casino-Jimmy.[13]

Coaching[edit]

The Oklahoma City Energy FC who plays in the USL Pro league, announced in December 2013 that Nielsen will be its first ever head coach.[2] The club is said to be vying for a spot in the top-flight MLS.[14]

Honors[edit]

Club[edit]

Aalborg BK
Sporting Kansas City

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Team was known as Kansas City Wizards in 2010
  2. ^ a b "Jimmy Nielsen named head coach of Oklahoma City Energy FC". energyfc.com. OKC Energy FC. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Milan works his magic". Leicester Mercury. 27 September 2007. Archived from the original on 22 November 2007. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Nielsen set for Foxes exit, Sky Sports 2007-09-28. Retrieved on 2007-09-29.
  5. ^ Nielsen set to quit Foxes, Sky Sports 2007-11-14. Retrieved on 2007-11-15.
  6. ^ "Nielsen Moves On". Leicester City F.C. 24 January 2008. Archived from the original on 15 April 2012. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  7. ^ (Danish) "Nielsen: Vejle får en sulten spiller". Tipsbladet. 2008-01-23. 
  8. ^ http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/nielsen-surprising-even-himself-kc-renaissance
  9. ^ http://www.sportingkc.com/news/2010/12/sporting-notebook-kcs-busiest-offseason
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ http://www.sportingkc.com/news/2011/11/nielsen-signs-extension
  12. ^ http://www.sportingkc.com/news/2013/12/mls-cup-champion-jimmy-nielsen-announces-retirement-after-19-year-professional-career
  13. ^ Brisendine, Steve. "Sporting Kansas City's Jimmy Nielsen takes a gamble on a new tell-all autobiography | THE WORD". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  14. ^ Edwards, Andy. "Oklahoma City's USL PRO franchise to build soccer stadium with sights on MLS future". mlssoccer.com. MLS. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  15. ^ http://www.sportingkc.com/blog/numbers/2013/12/09/white-pumas-historic-career-skc
  16. ^ Wiebe, Andrew. "Sporting KC's Nielsen voted Allstate Goalkeeper of the Yr". MLS Soccer. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  17. ^ http://www.sportingkc.com/news/2012/10/sporting-kc-announces-2012-team-awards
  18. ^ http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/nielsen-adds-sixth-sotw-honor
  19. ^ http://www.mlssoccer.com/sotw/2011

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Denmark Bora Zivkovic
Vejle Boldklub captain
2008–2010
Succeeded by
Denmark Steffen Kielstrup
Preceded by
United States Davy Arnaud
Sporting Kansas City captain
2012-2013
Succeeded by
United States Matt Besler
Awards
Preceded by
Denmark Erik Boye
Det Gyldne Bur
1998
Succeeded by
Denmark Peter Kjær
Preceded by
Morocco Karim Zaza
Det Gyldne Bur
2004
Succeeded by
Denmark Jesper Christiansen
Preceded by
United States Kasey Keller
MLS Goalkeeper of the Year
2012
Succeeded by
Jamaica Donovan Ricketts