Jacobsen playing for Denmark at Euro 2012
|Full name||Lars Christian Jacobsen|
|Date of birth||20 September 1979|
|Place of birth||Odense, Denmark|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in) |
|Playing position||Right back|
|2007–2008||1. FC Nürnberg||7||(0)|
|2010–2011||West Ham United||24||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 February 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Born and raised in Odense, Funen, Jacobsen started his career with local top-flight team Odense Boldklub (OB). His talent was quickly discovered, as he played 58 matches for various youth national teams, and won the 1997 Danish under-19 Player of the Year award. He made his senior debut for OB in the 1996–97 Danish Superliga season.
He got his big break-through the following season, when he played 15 first team matches, even though the club was relegated to the 1st Division. He helped the club win promotion the next season. His most notable result with OB came in the 2002 Danish Cup final. OB won 2–0 against defending Superliga champions F.C. Copenhagen, and Jacobsen was named "Cup Fighter" (man of the match) as the club won its first trophy in nine years.
After the cup triumph, he moved abroad to play for German club Hamburger SV (HSV). Jacobsen made his debut for the club in the Bundesliga league as Hamburger SV lost 2–1 to Wolfsburg on 11 September 2002 and also played 90 minutes. Four days later on 15 September 2002, Jacobsen played in the right midfield position in a 2–0 win over 1. FC Kaiserslautern. At Hamburg, Jacobsen made 22 appearances and scored once, against Bayer 04 Leverkusen in a 4–1 win on 10 May 2003. In the 2003 winter transfer window, he moved back to Denmark to play for F.C. Copenhagen (FCK).
At FCK, Jacobsen was assigned the number two shirt, and he quickly became a part of the starting line-up, playing in different defensive positions. He established himself at right full back, and in FCK's 2005–06 season, he played full-time as the club won the Superliga championship; 2,970 minutes in 33 matches. He was selected by national team coach Morten Olsen for the Danish national team in spring 2006. He made his national team debut on 1 March 2006, and played all 90 minutes of the friendly match 2–0 win against Israel. He went on to play eight national team games in a row, before Morten Olsen decided to spare the FCK players in November 2006, due to FCK's tough autumn schedule with several games in the international 2006–07 UEFA Champions League tournament.
Jacobsen was one of several FCK players who gathered international attention in FCK's UEFA Champions League games. A number of European clubs were reportedly interested in buying him, among them Everton FC, Paris SG and his former club Hamburger SV. However, in December 2006, Jacobsen agreed with FCK to stay at the club until his contract ran out, helping the club defend the Superliga championship.
1. FC Nürnerg
Days later he signed a contract with German club 1. FC Nürnberg starting from July 2007, giving him a three-year contract until 2010. On 12 August 2007, Jacobsen made his debut for the club in a 2–0 loss against Karlsruher SC. His stay with the German club was troubled because of injuries, and the club also failed to stay in the German Bundesliga. Due to injury he played only once in the first half of the season, returning towards the end of the season in a 1–0 win over Wolfsburg on 20 April 2008.He played the last five games of the season on the right of defence, which had been a vulnerable area for the club. He requested a transfer which it was granted in late June 2008. After his release, French side Olympique de Marseille were keen to sign him after manager Eric Gerets make Jacobsen available in his squad.
In August 2008, Jacobsen signed for English Premier League club Everton on a free transfer, on a one-year deal, and was assigned squad number 15. After missing much of his debut season after injuring his shoulder, Jacobsen made his Premier League debut on 21 March 2009, away to Portsmouth. Jacobsen went on to play 90 minutes in a 3–1 win against future club West Ham United on 16 May 2009. He went on to play in the 2009 FA Cup Final, coming on as a substitute at half time for Tony Hibbert where he helped to nullify the threat posed by Florent Malouda down the left wing. Prior the match, Jacobsen told Onside.dk that playing in the Wembley would be a dream come true and said "It would be a dream come true. When you are a boy, you would like to play at Parken, but to play at Wembley is bigger." Despite making only 13 appearances, Everton were keen to keep Jacobsen convincing David Moyes that he deserved a new contract.
On 29 June 2009, Jacobsen joined Blackburn Rovers on a two-year-deal from Everton. On 15 August 2009, Jacobsen made his debut for the club in a 2–0 loss against Manchester City. At the end of the 2009–10 season with Blackburn, Jacobsen had made 15 appearances in all competitions. With a lack of first team opportunities behind Míchel Salgado and Pascal Chimbonda, Jacobsen stated he felt he should get more playing time and that he would not get picked for Denmark in the World Cup if he did not get more playing time.
West Ham United
On 31 August 2010 transfer deadline day, Jacobsen signed for West Ham United on a free transfer and on a one-year contract, the deal being completed on 1 September, at 5.05pm due to paperwork issues between the two football clubs. He made his debut for West Ham on 11 September in a 3–1 home defeat to Chelsea at Upton Park. Jacobsen was released by West Ham in June 2011. At the end of the 2010–11 season, West Ham United were relegated. During the season, Jacobsen had spoken about West Ham's need to improve and because of it the club deserved to be bottom in the Premier League.
Following his release by West Ham, Jacobsen was linked with several club around Europe despite him being keen to move back to the Danish Superligaen. On 13 September 2011, Jacobsen was set to join AS Saint-Etienne on a free transfer but on 16 September, Jacobsen opted to join his former club F.C. Copenhagen instead and was given number two shirt. Jacobsen made his debut for Copenhagen in a 2–0 victory over Aalborg.
In 1995, Jacobsen made his debut for Denmark at U-16 level. In subsequent years he represented national youth sides in various age categories: U-17 (11 games), U-19 (19 games, 1 goal) and U-21 (26 games). Jacobsen didn't make his senior team debut until the 2006 friendly 2–0 win against Israel. Under Morten Olsen, Jacobsen became a regular member of Denmark's first eleven and was part of Denmark's squads for World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012.
- Scores and results list Denmark's goal tally first.
|1.||7 October 2011||Nicosia, Cyprus||Cyprus||1–0||4–1||Euro 2012 qualifier|
- Danish 1st Division: 1998–99, with Odense
- Danish Cup: 2000–01, with Odense; 2011–12, with Copenhagen
- Danish Superliga: 2003–04, 2005–06, 2006–07 and 2012–13, with Copenhagen
- F.A. Cup 2009 runners-up with Everton
- 1997 Danish under-19 Player of the Year
- 2001 Danish Cup Fighter
- 2005 and 2006 Danish Team of the Year (Right back)
- "Premier League Player Profile". Premier League. Retrieved 5 April 2011.
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- "Lars Jacobsen forlader Nürnberg" (in Danish). Bold.dk. 28 June 2008. Retrieved 26 August 2008.
- "Jacobsen hopes to lure new club". Sky Sports. 20 August 2008. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
- Gamble, Matthew (26 August 2008). "Jacobsen Deal Completed". www.evertonfc.com. Retrieved 26 August 2008.
- "Everton's Lars Jacobsen suffers suspected dislocated shoulder playing for Denmark". London: Telegraph. 11 September 2008. Retrieved 3 September 2010.
- Rob Smyth (21 March 2009). "Portsmouth v Everton – as it happened". London: Guardian. Retrieved 3 September 2010.
- Scott Murray (30 May 2009). "The 2009 FA Cup final: Chelsea v Everton – as it happened". London: Guardian. Retrieved 3 September 2010.
- "Jacobsen has Wembley dream". Sky Sports. 18 April 2009. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
- "Toffees look to keep Jacobsen". Sky Sports. 22 June 2009. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
- "Blackburn sign defender Jacobsen". BBC Sport. 29 June 2009. Retrieved 29 June 2009.
- "Jacobsen frustrated at Rovers". Sky Sports. 21 April 2010. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
- "BBC Sport – Football – Blackburn 3–1 Norwich". BBC News. 24 August 2010. Retrieved 1 September 2010.
- "Jacobsen signs for West Ham". Rovers.co.uk. 1 September 2010. Retrieved 1 September 2010.
- Sheringham, Sam (11 September 2010). "BBC Sport – Football – West Ham 1–3 Chelsea". BBC News. Retrieved 12 September 2010.
- "Players released from 2010/11 Premier League clubs". The Guardian. 16 June 2011. Retrieved 16 June 2011.
- Wyett, Charlie (18 June 2012). "Lars blasts 'stupid' Hammers". The Sun. Retrieved 12 February 2011.
- "Jacobsen ponders Danish switch". Sky Sports. 1 June 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
- "AS Saint-Etienne to sign Danish international Lars Jacobsen – Ligue 1 news". bettor.com. 13 September 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
- O'Rourke, Pete (16 September 2011). "Jacobsen set for Copenhagen". Sky Sports. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Lars Jacobsen.|
- Danish national team profile (Danish)
- Lars Jacobsen at fussballdaten.de (German)
- Lars Jacobsen at Soccerbase
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