Kim Vilfort

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Kim Vilfort
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Vilfort at Værløse Stadion (2006)
Personal information
Full name Kim Vilfort
Date of birth (1962-11-15) 15 November 1962 (age 51)
Place of birth Valby, Denmark
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Skovlunde IF
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1981 Skovlunde IF
1981–1985 BK Frem 73 (42)
1985–1986 Lille 24 (1)
1986–1998 Brøndby 332 (67)
National team
1982–1983 Denmark U21 6 (2)
1983–1996 Denmark 77 (14)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Kim Vilfort (born 15 November 1962) is a Danish retired professional footballer who played as a midfielder, and is currently the Head Talent scout at Brøndby IF.

His 17-year professional career was mainly associated with Brøndby, for which he played in 470 official games – being the club's top scorer in history – and won ten major titles.

Vilfort played for more than one decade with Denmark and gained 77 caps. He was an essential figure in the nation's Euro 1992 conquest, and represented the country in three European Championships.

Club career[edit]

Born in Valby, Vilfort started playing football as a boy in Skovlunde IF, usually as a striker. He moved to Boldklubben Frem in 1981, appearing in four top division seasons with the club.

After spending the 1985–86 campaign in France with Lille OSC – only one Ligue 1 goal, club finished in 10th position – Vilfort returned to his country and signed for defending champions Brøndby IF, where he would play out the rest of his career as an attacking midfielder; in the 1986–87 European Cup, the first-ever European competition participation for the club, he scored two goals to help it reach the third round.

1991 was an outstanding year for Vilfort. He helped Brøndby reach the semifinals of the UEFA Cup, appearing in an astonishing 55 league games the 1991 Danish Superliga and the 1991–92 Danish Superliga combined – the latter had been recently created – and netting nine times, going on to be named both Brøndby's Player of the Year and Danish Player of the Year.

From 1996–98, veteran Vilfort won a further two Danish championships with Brøndby. His contract expired on 1 June 1998 after the last game of the 1997–98 season, where he scored the winning goal (a flying header) in a 1–0 win against Odense BK; at the time, only Bjarne Jensen had played more games than him for the club (556), and he would only be overtaken by Per Nielsen more than one decade later. His 78 league goals were second only to Bent Christensen, but he ranked first in overall goals scored for the organization, at 110.

Following his retirement at nearly 36, Vilfort became the head of the Brøndby IF youth system, where his son Mikkel would also play. The club's home ground, Brøndby Stadium, was nicknamed by its fans Vilfort Park.

International career[edit]

Vilfort made his debut for Denmark on 5 October 1983 in a 0–1 defeat against Poland for the 1984 Summer Olympics qualification. He played twice for the national team at UEFA Euro 1988, in an eventual group stage exit.

In the Euro 1992 tournament in Sweden, Vilfort was a nuclear unit for the Danes, being one of the few offensive players in the team's otherwise defensive strategy. He played four of Denmark's five matches in the competition, having to leave training camp to visit his leukemia-stricken 7-year old daughter whose condition was deteriorating, thus missing the group stage decider against France (2–1 win).[1]

Vilfort was twice sent by his family to rejoin his team mates in time to play, and appeared in the semifinal victory against the Netherlands (scoring in the penalty shootout)[2] and again in the final against Germany for the 2–0 shock triumph;[3] Line Vilfort died shortly after the tournament.[4]

After Denmark missed qualification for the 1994 FIFA World Cup, Vilfort represented the nation at Euro 1996. Following the 0–3 group stage loss to Croatia on 16 June, the team was eliminated and the 33-year old ended his international career to concentrate on Brøndby.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Country[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ France 1–2 Denmark; UEFA.com, 17 June 1992
  2. ^ Danes' vacations happily on hold; The New York Times, 25 June 1992
  3. ^ Danes, last to the party, are first in Europe; The New York Times, 27 June 1992
  4. ^ Euro stories: Joy and tragedy for Kim Vilfort; The Euros, 31 October 2010
  5. ^ Casper Helweg Christiansen (15 May 2014). "Kim Vilfort er århundredets spiller". dr.dk. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 

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