Mads Junker

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Mads Junker
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Personal information
Date of birth (1981-04-21) 21 April 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Copenhagen, Denmark
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Delhi Dynamos FC
Number 9
Youth career
Humlebæk
Helsingør
Oure
Svendborg fB
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2002 Lyngby 23 (4)
2000–2001 Fremad Amager (loan) 27 (16)
2002–2003 Brøndby 11 (0)
2003–2004 Ølstykke 30 (23)
2004–2006 Nordsjælland 52 (28)
2006–2010 Vitesse 86 (18)
2009–2010 Roda JC (loan) 38 (23)
2010–2012 Roda JC 68 (27)
2012–2014 KV Mechelen 56 (10)
2014– Delhi Dynamos FC 14 (3)
National team
2000–2001 Denmark U–19 2 (1)
2002 Denmark U–20 5 (0)
2000–2001 Denmark U–21 6 (0)
2006–2012 Denmark 7 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 January 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 May 2012

Mads Junker (born 21 April 1981 in Copenhagen) is a Danish football striker who plays for Delhi Dynamos in Indian Super League. He has played seven matches for the Danish national team.

Club career[edit]

Junker had his debut in the Danish Superliga in 2000, playing for Lyngby BK while attending High School on the side. Although attracting attention from abroad, he signed with Brøndby IF in December 2001 on a four-year contract. Due to financial difficulties in Lyngby BK he was allowed to leave on a free transfer. Junker was never a great success and was allowed to go on loan to First Division side Ølstykke FC. Junker did not fit into the 4–2–3–1 system favoured by Brøndby manager Michael Laudrup and in 2004 he was sold to FC Nordsjælland.

FC Nordsjælland[edit]

In FC Nordsjælland Junker got off to a flying start, scoring 11 goals in the first half of the season. During the last half, however, he only managed to score twice.

His second season got off to a wrong start as Junker was caught red handed cheating his team mates in a series of poker games. In total Junker swindled his team mates out of 10.000–15.000 DKK. Junker said his desire to win had caused him to use dishonest means, and stated that the incident had taught him a lesson as well as cost a few friendships. As punishment he was replaced as vice-captain by Kim Christensen.

After the gambling incident Junker became increasingly modest, always praising team performance instead of personal ability. Whether this had an influence is unknown, but Junker finally found the stability that had been lacking. Citing the 4–4–2 system and his team as a major factor, Junker scored 15 goals in first half of the season, thus once again attracting attention from abroad.

Vitesse[edit]

During the winter break, Junker signed with Dutch Eredivisie side Vitesse Arnhem for a fee of 10 million DKK as a replacement for Matthew Amoah. He made his debut against Feyenoord, but had to substituted after an hours play due to a hip injury. Junker scored his first goal in the home game against Heerenveen. In total he managed 9 goals for Vitesse in the second half of the 2004/2005 season.

During his first season in Vitesse, Junker was asked for advice when Vitesse looked into the possibility of signing his former team mate from FC Nordsjælland, Anders Due. Vitesse signed Due for a fee of 10 million DKK in July 2006.

During the beginning of his second season Junker lost his first team spot to Anduele Pryor. Junker, not happy with the situation, spoke to the media about the possibility of leaving the club. During the winter transfer window, Junker were about to sign with FC Utrecht, but Vitesse cancelled the deal on the last day of the transfer window, as the club feared playing with only three strikers for the rest of the season.

After the end of the 2006/2007 season FC Utrecht is reportedly still interested, but Vitesse refuse to sell the player who is supposed to have a greater role in the upcoming season.

Roda JC[edit]

In July 2010, Junker signed with Roda JC. The season before, he had already played for the club on loan, in which he scored 21 league goals in 34 matches.

KV Mechelen[edit]

In June 2012, Junker signed with KV Mechelen.

Delhi Dynamos[edit]

In July 2014, Junker signed for the Indian Super League side Delhi Dynamos FC and he will wear No. 9 jersey for the club. [1] He is the current captain of Delhi Dynamos FC. Junker made his first appearance in the Indian Super League for Delhi Dynamos FC on October 14, 2014 vs. FC Pune City. He scored his first goal (which was the first headed goal in Indian Super League) against Chennaiyin FC on October 25 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi.

International career[edit]

Junker made his first appearance for the Danish national team on 16 August 2006 in the friendly against Poland, when he replaced Nicklas Bendtner in the 67' minute. Before this he had played 6 games for the U-21 team, 5 games for the U-20 team and 2 games for the U-19 team.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Denmark's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 11 August 2010 Copenhagen, Denmark  Germany 2–2 2–2 Friendly match

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