Leon Andreasen

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Leon Andreasen
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Personal information
Full name Leon Hougaard Andreasen
Date of birth (1983-04-23) 23 April 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Aidt, Denmark
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defender / Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Hannover 96
Number 2
Youth career
0000–1999 Hammel GF
1999–2001 AGF Aarhus
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2005 AGF Aarhus 105 (17)
2005–2008 Werder Bremen 32 (2)
2006–2007 Mainz 05 (loan) 15 (4)
2008–2009 Fulham 19 (0)
2009 Hannover 96 (loan) 11 (2)
2010– Hannover 96 41 (6)
National team
2001–2002 Denmark U19 6 (0)
2004 Denmark U20 2 (0)
2002–2006 Denmark U21 23 (6)
2007– Denmark 18 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 April 2009

Leon Hougaard Andreasen (born 23 April 1983 in Aidt, Jutland) is a Danish professional football player, who plays as a defender or midfielder. He has won eighteen caps and scored three goals for the Denmark national football team. He currently plays for Hannover 96.

Biography[edit]

Andreasen started playing football at local club Hammel GF. After a stay at the very popular football academy, Hessel Gods Fodboldkostskole in Grenaa, he moved on to the youth team of AGF Aarhus in 1999, where he signed his first contract in 2001. He established himself as a regular in AGF's squad for the top-flight Danish Superliga championship. He initially played as a right midfielder or right back, but eventually settled in the central defender position. He was called up for the Danish under-19 national team in May 2001, and went on to play 31 games and score six goals for various Danish youth selections.

On 1 July 2005, he moved to Germany to play for SV Werder Bremen in Bundesliga championship. Due to the injury of Finnish defender Petri Pasanen, Andreasen played 12 of the first 17 league games for Werder Bremen. When Pasanen recovered in December 2005, Andreasen was often relegated to the reserves' bench for the second half of the season. In May 2006, he was selected for the Danish under-21 national team squad for the 2006 European Under-21 Championship. As age restrictions were calculated from the start of the qualification matches in September 2004, he competed in the tournament at age 23. When the Denmark under-21s were eliminated in the preliminary group stage, Andreasen's youth national team career was over.

In his second season at Werder Bremen, Andreasen only played four games in the first half of the season. In January 2007, he was loaned out to German league rivals 1. FSV Mainz 05. He made his debut on 27 January against VfL Bochum, in the defensive midfielder position,[1] and went on to score four goals in his first seven games for Mainz. Although he couldn't prevent Mainz from being relegated, his stay at Mainz was a great success. In March 2007, he was called up to the Danish national team by national manager Morten Olsen.[2] He made his debut against Spain, where he replaced Martin Jørgensen in the first half, before he was substituted for Nicklas Bendtner in the second half.

He joined Fulham in January 2008 for an undisclosed fee on a three-and-a-half-year deal that will see him at the club until the summer of 2011.[3]

Andreasen had limited chances to establish a place at Fulham and therefore left the club for Germany's Hannover 96 in the winter break in 2009. He initially signed on loan for 6 months and after strong performances, made a permanent move.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Denmark's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 2 June 2007 Copenhagen, Denmark  Sweden 3–3 (a) UEFA Euro 2008 Qual.
2 1 April 2009 Copenhagen, Denmark  Albania 1–0 3–0 FIFA World Cup 2010 Qual.
3 6 September 2013 Ta' Qali, Malta  Malta 1-0 2-1 FIFA World Cup 2014 Qual.
  • (a): Match abandoned

References[edit]

  1. ^ "VfL Bochum vs Mainz – Bundesliga 2006/2007". Football-Lineups.com. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Lars Berendt (14 March 2007). "22 spillere mod Spanien" (in Danish). DBU. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Andreasen Joins Fulham". Fulham FC. 8 December 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2010. 

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